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Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 590 590

Russia does targetted killings in other first world countries and we do wetworks in places you wouldn't believe as well. However I still agree that assassinating a high profile US citizen isn't something the the intelligence community or the executive would put in the "good ideas" column.

Comment Re:How big is a "solar panel"? (Score 1) 571 571

The problem was that China used a cheaper technology to flood the market, rather than Solyndra not actually producing a viable product

If you don't have a valid business plan then you don't get a loan. At least, that is the way it is supposed to work. If you know you can create a product for 100 dollars that is currently being imported for 20 from china you don't have a viable product.

Comment Who knows? (Score 1) 236 236

It isn't like we have a good understanding of the mechanism for consciousness or even memory. I'm reminded of the experiments where they train rats to know a maze then start chopping bits of their brain away and no matter which areas the they remove they aren't able to isolate the memory.

Comment Re:You have got to be kidding me (Score 4, Insightful) 727 727

Not directly no. I don't and I haven't. My direct experience has been just the opposite with folks bending over backwards to give them a shot. If you are female and have even a basic aptitude you can write your own ticket at most places I've worked. I'm not saying women don't suffer negative experiences but disproportionately? I don't think so.

Comment No but yes if you make it expensive (Score 1) 654 654

I would consider using public transport if it were not for all the.. less than desirable elements. I especially wouldn't want loved ones traveling on free public transport. At least in my area it isn't safe. So how about this? Free public transport for those that need it and really expensive public transport with all the frills.

Comment Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 250 250

This is actually true. The looming problem of not enough young people is going to hit most developed countries pretty hard. Luckily we are largely immune to it in the US due to our high immigration rate. Of course immigration comes with it's own problems like crime and increased reliance on those same social programs... it might be preferable to increase our fertility rate in the middle and upper middle class.

Comment Re:Why force her to do something she doesn't want (Score 1) 250 250

To be fair housewife isn't exactly equivalent to coal miner or roofer. On the other hand they likely made a decision that their child would be best served by being cared for and getting one on one attention from her rather than being tossed in a daycare.

Comment This will never happen anyway (Score 1) 108 108

I am pretty paranoid about this stuff usually and I know there have been similar measures in the UK already but there is absolutely no way this would survive or even make it to a law in the US. The encryption falls under free speech and it would devastate US tech companies overseas.

Comment Re:The perplexing thing (Score 1) 165 165

That would only be perplexing were he to come from a conservative / constructionist background. The progressive perspective is that the constitution is a living document and subject to whatever interpretation a given generation chooses apply to it.

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. -- Oscar Wilde