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Comment Re:Presidential elections are like Microsoft Windo (Score 1) 492

So? Isn't that the exact quality of a great leader, that they are able to bring people together in agreement? So the problem is pretty clear that the US just hasn't been electing good leaders. I think the Scott Adams piece above is insightful - Americans have been electing followers of the current establishment.

Comment Re:Offsetting the dog bite (Score 1) 663

Oh please. This is more of the same, someone deflecting blame for their own poor behaviour. "dangerous to the human body"? Give me a break - it's sugar. Of course overconsuming anything is bad for you. Hell drinking enough water will kill you.

If you sat in front of a monitor all day, why on earth would you expect to lose weight from 1200-1500 calories? Your metabolism will slow to a grind and it's not surprising at all you gained weight.

"poisoning myself" and "addicted to it" - get over yourself. Your own poor diet and exercise choices, nothing more.

Comment Re:Just Great...prices to increase now??? (Score 1) 418

Where your argument is wrong, and typical with many who support minimum wage increases, is that you are talking of social problems with fixes much more suited to different ways than a tool like minimum wage.

We all want to help the destitute folks supporting families on low-end jobs, a higher minimum wage is just not the appropriate way to do it. Even worse, it generally allows people like yourself to ignore the problem as you feel you are "doing something". Let me ask, have all the previous min wage increases lifted that segment of the population out of poverty?

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 608

That part wasn't even the most disturbing for me, it was the last paragraph..

We live in a dangerous world. We continue to face grave security threats like terrorism, cyber-attacks, and nuclear proliferation that our intelligence community must have all the lawful tools it needs to address.

This basically saying "life is dangerous, you NEED us to protect you". Sadly, the average person these days seems fully willing to submit to law enforcement in the name of safety. I really think people have forgotten what freedom actually is, in that it implies some level or risk or danger, as you don't have anyone in control of you. I think that is too much for people and the cozy modern lives we have afforded them.

Comment Re:High Risk + Low Success = High Cost (Score 1) 245

The only explanation I can think of is that it's good business for them.

How about the majority of doctors are people, and would feel very uncomfortable sitting in front of the family and telling them to go home and die. I've been in the same situation and have family in health care - there's always the possibility additional chemo rounds can extend lifespan, and while it's the doctors job to present the choices, to most stopping treatment feels like "giving up".

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674

Well, this goes back a *lot* of years now so I have no problem posting the story online:

Back when I was 17 I got charged with possession for being caught smoking a joint, and ended up going to court about 7 or 8 times for it. The reason it was so many times, is that the prosecutor kept asking for a "continuance" when my case came up, which I quickly learned was jargon for "just reschedule for later". Now, I was always a pretty smart kid, so in all those hours I sat there in court waiting for my name to be called, I made some interesting observations..

One was how many people were being charged for minor shoplifting offences - seriously, I saw a lot of people being charged with stealing items that cost LESS THAN A DOLLAR. Small and big store owners alike seem to have zero tolerance when it comes to shoplifting, I guess. Lots of people trying to grab chocolate bars or whatever, but I wouldn't have been surprised to see a kid hauled up for eating a penny candy and running from the store without paying.

I figure you probably need a court to deal with these problems - with the huge caveat they are sensible. If only to provide an objective judgment on what often are heated situations between victims, police, accused, etc. If you run it efficiently it's a part of the cost of justice we probably want to keep.

If you want to know what happened to me, eventually prosecutor talked to judge and they offered to drop the charge in exchange for some number of community service hours, and this is how most of the cases were dealt with. At the time I was really pissed off at receiving any "punishment" at all (and perhaps still to some degree not thinking what I did should be illegal), but looking back they had the right idea. 95% of people moving through this court were not criminals, and the court can usually ascertain that pretty quickly. Just the experience is enough to scare those 95% into never reoffending, including possibility of charges, and if they do come back they rightfully start escalating repercussions. But they should still legalize pot ;-)

Comment Re:"cure for cancer" (Score 1) 204

Hey man, never say never. History has consistently found a way to make fools of people proclaiming X will *never* happen.

I know the point you are trying to make, and yes indeed cancer is a huge family of diseases, but all cancers do share a number of things in common: uncontrolled cell growth, lack of programmed cell death, etc., and advancements in fighting these common attributes have led to many of the "cures" you refer to. It's also why some cancer drugs work for many, many types of cancers, because disrupt cell behaviour (say, cell reproduction) in a way that would harm any cancer cell (unfortunately any healthy cell too).

Maybe we need to better define what a cure is.. is it a cure if it rids you of the disease, but destroys your body so bad you can barely walk?

Comment Re:1 thing (Score 1) 583

"No, really, we both know that is a low-ball value, try again"

You extol the values of learning to negotiate, but your example is one of poor negotiation. Anyone well trained in negotiation knows all the power is in first offer. See Anchoring. Amazingly, if most people just learned the cognitive power of first offer and how to craft an effective one, there's few other skills needed to become a good negotiator.

Comment Relationships (Score 1) 583

As someone who started as a programmer out of university, and has grown a quite successful career, my number one piece of advice is to now work on your social skills as much as your technical ones. Learn to build and sustain relationships - projects and work will come and go, though it's far more likely the people you meet will stay in your network for a long time.

Comment Re:stupid (Score 1) 172

Always remember: the law is 100% logic, 0% common sense.

I totally disagree. There are many, many places where common sense shows up in law, perhaps more than any other profession (esp. the sciences). You have something like jury nullification, or even just read any court decision. The judge will look to apply a common sense reading of the law to the actions. When laws are written and read down to the letter, what they are looking for is clarity and a lack of ambiguity, so we can say for sure those specific actions are what we intended to prohibit. Sure, laws are passed which dictate certain ranges of responses from judges, but that's just codifying justice and I don't see how that makes it "100% logic".

Another concept you're probably confusing with that of logic is strict liability.

Comment Re:Get rid of it (Score 1) 389

enacting laws to protect businesses that donate to Elected Politician

Isn't that a sign the US political system is worked as designed and intended?

Pardon me as I wasn't raised there and maybe we were taught incorrectly about the founding principles of the US, but I thought it was along the lines of "individual freedom first, the almighty dollar rules all"...

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