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Comment Re:None of the people I know that Like this Show.. (Score 2) 394

This. So much this. In the first few seasons there where characters with personalities. After around season 3, they stopped writing characters and went for caricatures. Especially with the females on the show, two dimensional is generous. Bernadette used to be an interested and well developed character. Then they decided it would be funnier if she turned into Howard's mom and was the same angry harpy wife that is so common a trope. Amy was a fantastic character when she debuted, but then they turned her into the butt of every joke and made her a creepy adult with an 8 year old mind.

I stopped watching. After several seasons where Sheldon never uttered "Bazinga" I figured out it was a lost cause.

Comment Re:Why was he modded up? (Score 1) 1163

What is "wrong" with the USA is that in general, we are a melting pot of cultures and have immigrants from all over the world trying to get in. Differing cultures all mixing together is bound to create conflicts, whether they be between groups of cultures, or the people left out as the mixing occurs. No other country has the diversity of cultures that the USA does.

The other thing "wrong" is that we are a country founded on freedom, and with that freedom comes people choosing to be violent. Some cowards choose to commit suicide to avoid the consequences of their actions.

There are probably many other reasons that violence is occurring disproportionately in the USA vs the rest of the world, but the easy fixes are not worth doing because they take away the positive qualities of the diversity and the freedom as mentioned above. Despite all that, the trend is still toward lower violence in general. As the varied cultures continue to melt together, if people choose to embrace it, violence will go down. If people choose to resist it, it will only continue the cycle of violence.

Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 1) 135

The taxi monopoly shittifies transit in the whole city. Only in Las Vegas can hotel shuttles take you to the airport but can't pick you up there. Instead you have to wait in a huge line for taxis (as it's the only way out of the airport) and then have the driver take a circuitous route to double the fare to your near airport hotel. Good luck arguing with him as he doesn't speak a lick of English... Did I mention there is a monorail for no particular reason that goes down the strip? Sure would be nice if it actually connected to the airport... It ends just short of airport property. I wonder why the passenger transit system doesn't connect to the airport. Could it be that the taxi and limo monopoly shut that shit down?

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

More to the point, skill is irrelevant. The crazy idea behind statements like "The campus has its own police force who have guns and are trained to use them" makes the assumption that armed police only shoot bad guys. This is demonstrably NOT the case as has been shown in many other recent incidents. Somehow when a police officer shoots innocent unarmed people there is no response to ban guns...

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

Why is it that anytime there is a shooting, the first thing the unarmed people do is call people with guns?

This statement defeats every argument in this entire thread. People who are facing an armed assailant sure believe that other people with guns will make them safer. Even if unarmed cops show up and the shooter commits suicide, it's still a gun that ended the rampage.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

I disagree. I have a prominent sticker on my door that says my house is protected by Smith and Wesson. I don't actually own a gun, but if that sticker can convince a criminal to rob the house next door instead of mine, it has served it's course. The government is stupid for putting up "gun free" stickers. What they should be putting up are stickers saying that they have armed guards or a quick response from armed police. Criminals aren't deterred by gun restrictions, but they are deterred by is an armed defender.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

Link 1) "According to testimony from witnesses, Hasan passed up several opportunities to shoot civilians, and instead targeted soldiers in uniform,[30] who - in accordance with military policy - were not carrying personal firearms."
Link 2) "On April 16, discussion was renewed over if soldiers should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on military bases in Texas and other states."

I could go on but you seem to have this perception that on military bases people are armed and that is not the case as others have stated. Military policy excludes most soldiers (except MPs, who are police) from carrying loaded firearms on base. Every single one of those links you provided were "gun free zones" even though they were against military personnel.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

While this may be true that targets aren't chosen because they are "gun free zones" the opposite is probably something to consider. There aren't any mass shootings at gun stores or conventions. Nobody intending to kill a bunch of defenseless innocent people is going to go to a place where most people are armed.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

Is the difference between a terrorist attack and a random mass shooting what the media calls it? This specific shooting was from a foreigner born in the UK. Why isn't that terrorism?

Neglecting your emotional differentiation between crimes, I would note that the murder rate in the US is ALSO dropping. It has been dropping quite steadily for a long time. As far as why the US has a high murder rate, it's a large place with lots of urban areas. A few of the urban areas really skew the statistics. Washington DC is the most obvious example with extremely restrictive laws about owning guns and a ridiculously high gun homicide rate. The problem is not with guns, it's with the populations. Gun laws and gun ownership do not correlate at all with mass murders or gun homicides.

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