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Comment: Re:Well, not to go all Godwin, but ... (Score 1) 1082

by gmhowell (#48465905) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Reminds me of a story my grandfather told me about his experience in the South Pacific. Punchline was "You're a dumb kid, that Japanese guy is a dumb kid, and you both stumbled upon each other. You've got nothing against each other, but because of something people thousands of miles away decided, only one of you was going to walk away that day."

Comment: Re:We need a *social* change (Score 2) 622

by HBI (#48461357) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

I think the difference between me and the opposing commenters is that I have actually lived in the ugly communities, and they haven't.

I used to act as a local law and insurance adviser and do taxes for people who didn't know how to do this kind of thing for themselves. Please don't call me a community organizer heh. Anyway, the racism and hatred you find in such places must be experienced to be believed. These people need to work - if only to force exposure to other people and to understand that we are all human and must live within some kind of rules to avoid bloodshed. Otherwise, the scenario I painted above is reality - and will become more prevalent when work is optional.

I live in a nicer place now, but I still have friends from those communities and I still remember how things were. They tell me nothing that makes me believe things have changed.

Comment: Re:We need a *social* change (Score 1) 622

by HBI (#48459615) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

You only describe less than 10% of the population.

Meanwhile back here in the real world, people would drink and smoke pot and sleep all day and beat their wives/girlfriends. Then they'd have sex with the neighbors. People would get shot or get their throats cut based on that, depending on the firearms availability. They'd quickly band together in groups and despise outsiders. A quick devolution to anarchy would result.

Much better to keep everyone *busy*.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn