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Comment: Re:Breakdown of adult interaction, oral tradition? (Score 2) 351 351

Interesting observation. My sample size is 5 children, and though it's not statistically significant, it does offer some insights. My children who came of age before ubiquitous connectivity are better conversationalists and are more connected with "tribal knowledge" of the spoken and relational kinds, whereas my youngest are totally connected to the Internet teat and are more disconnected from familial and "tribal" inputs. It will be interesting to see what they and millions of their peers do to the political and social institutions of the US. If you're not a little scared by that prospect, you're not paying attention.

Comment: Re:No way! (Score 1) 514 514

If tech companies didn't use H-1B visas to hire in low wage foreign workers at the very same time they're forcing out existing skilled workers I'd totally agree with you. I have no issues with offering "educated, hungry, motivated people" from the rest of the world access to US labor markets, but some sanity needs to be injected into the process. As it stands, we have many (HP/IBM/MS/FB, etc..) companies essentially lying that there's a "STEM shortage" on one hand and hard data supporting there's no STEM shortage on the other. There's a balance to be struck with the variables of pay, availability, education, residency and motivation that's been out of whack for some time now. Companies need to be forced to be more selective and to provide better justification before hiring tens of thousands of otherwise ineligible foreign nationals to fill jobs in the US while at the same time some efforts beed to be made to ensure those who get hired aren't wage slaves to their visa status.

Comment: Political Science != Science (Score 1) 567 567

I'm old enough to remember the Food Pyramid and the groupthink 'science' that led to it. To say I'm suspicious of the current AGW craze is an understatement. Anytime contrarian scientific findings and theories are discounted out of hand, my BS detector blows a fuse. Take the politics out of current Climate Science and let's look at *all* the data and theories.

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