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Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

by Xylene2301 (#49486627) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Money is not speech. Corporations (And I include Unions in there) are not people. This is not a 1st amendment issue. Why are you OK with letting large organizations bribe our elected officials with campaign donations?

Exactly. ...and there is a distinction between corporations and unions as far as speech is concerned; corporations don't generally give a hoot about the political agenda of their workers whereas unions might. Also, a lot of corporations have offshore workforces whose rights aren't even covered under the US constitution at all. Not so the unions. I recommend that as an extension to Citizens United, any corporation with offshore workforces should be stricken from making campaign contributions either directly or through any PAC.

Comment: Double-edged sword (Score 1) 247

by Xylene2301 (#49205479) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes
Historically, tech developments like gunpowder, splitting the atom, air flight and GPS are double-edged swords and it's rare that they don't entail some risks to human society. Once the tech is invented, fighting it with an axe is pretty much pointless. There's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. The best thing to do is promote the beneficial uses and try to take the edge from the destructive uses. All the guy with the axe did was cost the taxpayers some money.

Comment: it's not a committing decision (Score 1) 700

by Xylene2301 (#48994337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?
You can always try it for a few semesters and then put your kid back in school to see if he's keeping pace with rest. generally if your kid gets some fresh air exercise great food great literature to read and some good learning experiences from you it will be far supirior to most elementary schools.

Comment: BS (Score 1) 231

by Xylene2301 (#46410861) Attached to: Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds
Pardon my cynicism but this is just another opportunity to confuse children even further. 'Math teacher' is generally an oxymoron. The real problem in math education is that the system requires math teachers to be 'math people'. Nerds who do math but can't communicate worth spit. In the elementary grades, we need artists who can teach math. They're rare but they do exist.

Comment: Artists and correctness (Score 1) 1448

Consider that Richard Wagner's music was pretty much anthems for the 3rd reich and his position with regard to the Jews was confused at best. The Israelis recently lifted the bans on his works for their philharmonic. I think artists need a little more slack. 'Ender's Game' is good work, maybe not 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' but I'll see it regardless. I'm a fan of his writing not his politics.

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