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Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 2) 399

Students can (and many do) report rape accusations to the police. But it's two separate processes - a criminal process (handled through the police), and a student conduct process (handled through the university). Universities need a way to determine whether or not the accused should be punished for violating the student code of conduct (just like they would, say, for plagiarism violations or academic cheating). Even if a crime wasn't committed, it still might be a violation of the student code of conduct. It is the university's right to sanction students who violate the code of conduct and they need some way to make a determination as to whether or not a sanction is warranted.

The police, on the other hand, are focused only on whether or not a crime was committed.

In some instances, victims don't want to go to police and prefer it be handled only through the student conduct process. In these instances the university cannot compel the student to go to the police due to FERPA rules. In other instances there is insufficient evidence for a criminal trial but there may be sufficient evidence for a student code of conduct violation.

It is complex and I can see why it looks bad. But there are very legitimate reasons why universities get involved in a separate but parallel process.

Comment Re:Quicker (Score 1) 488

Only 4% were "positive" while the other 9% were "somewhat positive." Being positive or somewhat positive toward a group doesn't mean they are going to be violent or represent any real threat. Have they done the same poll in other parts of the world? I bet in many parts of the world the rates of positive views toward ISIS are similar (probably even in the U.S.).

If you had lived in Syria, would you have had positive views toward Syria? How easily we condemn others.

Just because they are refugees doesn't make them bad people.

Comment Re:Car & House (Score 1) 386

Property is generally not a good investment. If you want to invest in property you can invest in mutual funds that buy up mortgages, real estate (mostly commercial), etc. But thinking of your own home as an investment is a mistake because it's a bad one (low returns and very high cost of ownership, taxes, insurance, etc.).

Comment Re:Thanks to the War on Drugs (Score 1) 310

There is some evidence of honey's impact on specific kinds of allergy symptoms, although honey, especially unfiltered and raw honey, can be dangerous. Some research has suggested honey "should not be considered a completely safe food" due to potential toxic compounds.

Comment Re:The IT Crowd (Score 1) 406

I've thought about this for some time. I find IT Crowd really funny, but I can't connect with TBBT. My thought is that in the IT Crowd we are laughing with the Geeks, in TBBT we are laughing at them. Certainly IT Crowd has stereotypes and exaggerations (comedy would almost be impossible without exaggerations, by the way), but it develops more empathy toward its characters and allows us a way into their experiences much more than TBBT. Take Jen, for instance. Even though she is a stereotype (woman who doesn't understand computers but somehow ends up in charge of IT), she's portrayed as a real person who wants to do a good job and recognizes her shortcomings but just wants to be successful (and really the joke is on the higher level management who hired her without knowing anything about IT or computers, either!).

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 3, Insightful) 1165

Banning guns from certain locations isn't the goal of gun-control advocates. The goal of gun control is to keep the guns out of the hands of the SHOOTER. If that means that a few law-abiding citizens can't get access to an M-16 for entertainment purposes, than so be it. Banning guns piecemeal from specific locations has never been promoted as a comprehensive solution.

Comment Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 5, Insightful) 194

Hulu + isn't free, and neither is cable or satellite television. I don't mind paying for content I want, but I don't want to pay and be forced to sit through tons of commercials. Providers, make your pick. If I'm paying, layoff the adverts. If it's free, then feel free to load it up with advertising, but I'm much more likely to turn it off or install an ad-blocker.

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