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Comment: Re:This will be a historic mission. (Score 1) 190

by benjfowler (#49711725) Attached to: Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020

That in itself is a sign of weakness and laziness.

They only seem to do technical disciplines in great numbers (and aren't particularly good at it; the shops here in London are FULL of "Asians" with worthless IT degrees). They will not study the humanities or anything which challenges their strident, deeply held prejudices. Their inability to throw off their ignorance is what's holding them back. Ironically, worthless technical degrees from crap universities doesn't help with this. "Thinking" entails much more than paying others to build bridges or cut code.

Comment: Re:trickle down economics (Score 2, Insightful) 227

But clearly, funding local schools from property taxes is a terrible idea. When rich people flee an area and leaves poor and disadvantaged (usually non-whites) behind, they get screwed twice: falling economic activity, and then falling funding for decent schools.

Bad schools breed disadvantage. You make it worse by turning schools into "gated communities" (e.g. charter, private schools), and consign everyone else to dropout factories.

A good way to buy social peace, would be to find a better way to fund state schools.

Comment: Re: Trickle Down? (Score 3, Insightful) 227

Quite possibly the easiest way to do that would be to adopt China's approach of selectively implementing trade barriers in the name of domestic self-interest. Everything made of cloth or plastic should get a 200% tariff on it; and those barriers should only be relaxed when we've 'drained the swamp' at home.

This, and cutting all passive welfare to the able-bodied.

At the end of the day, not everyone is smart enough to go to college. Thick people need jobs, money and dignity too.

Unfortunately, this is anathema to our naive neoliberal overlords, whose world-view never went beyond Econ 101.

Comment: PMSL (Score 1) 148

by benjfowler (#49556535) Attached to: Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

That is AWESOME. They've managed to take the piss out of every annoying Web fad invented in the last 5 years.

Incidentally, it does demonstrate the herd mentality of web designers in general... and how when one person used Bootstrap or material design in a website, then a billion other web hipsters will do the same. Result, an Internet where a third of the websites look identical.

Comment: Hey geniuses (Score 3, Insightful) 678

by benjfowler (#49509957) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

... how about charging those rural parasites fair market value for the water they use, reflecting the scarce/non-renewable nature of fossil water??

Asking greedy/short-sighted primary producers to take some of that personal responsibility they vote for and foist onto the urban poor is only fair. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Comment: Doesn't make sense (Score 1) 81

Why would the Chinese government have them attacking their enemies in such an obvious and easily attributable way?

Are they just at the point where they now think they're so big and strong, that they can just steamroll anybody in the world IRL and online without long-term consequences?

It could just be Third World 'peasant mentality'. Or are people, who are ostensibly rational enough to take control of a nation of 1+ billion people, really this stupid?

The world is not octal despite DEC.