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Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 1) 386

by hsthompson69 (#47785075) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

As mentioned in my comment:

"This differs from gender significantly, though, since there are real, biological and neurological differences between the sexes, whereas race is an arbitrary social construct."

You can argue there are discernible "masculine" and "feminine" cultures in the US, but those are generally driven by the real sex differences.

Black skin, on the other hand, does not create thug culture - the soft and hard bigotry of low expectations does.

Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 1) 386

by hsthompson69 (#47785021) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Full quote, for context:

> No doubt, history is filled with all kinds of evil misogyny, racism, and homophobia...and large swaths of the planet still have those problems, especially in the islamic world.

1) sadly, most dark skinned folk in the US are affected by thug culture - this causes all kinds of poor outcomes, including lifespan and prison representation;
2) http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

Freedom to choose thug culture, or non-boardroom careers, or lower wage careers does not mean the rest of the world is imposing these decisions upon others.

Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 1) 386

by hsthompson69 (#47784989) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

WHY is there an imbalance, and is it something we can potentially fix.

If individuals have been given the freedom to make choices, then it doesn't *matter* why there is an imbalance - nothing needs to be fixed. We need to respect the choices of free people.

If you find something that limits their freedom (say, sysadmins deleting feminine accounts), you need to fix that. Active exclusion reducing individual choices (regardless of gender), is wrong.

Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 1) 386

by hsthompson69 (#47782325) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

what explanation do you have for a lack of a normal distribution?

Freedom of choice, and wildly varying individual choices. In regards to race in particular, choices made have very little to do with blood line or skin color, and much more to do with culture and upbringing. This differs from gender significantly, though, since there are real, biological and neurological differences between the sexes, whereas race is an arbitrary social construct.

Now, you could make the argument that one doesn't "choose" to be born into a thug culture that promotes the knock-out game, gang banging, assaulting strangers who might be packing heat, or robbing convenience stores before assaulting police...but whether or not you embrace or deny the culture you're raised in ultimately comes down to personal responsibility.

Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 5, Insightful) 386

by hsthompson69 (#47781845) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

I like that - "actors instead of objects". That's a great turn of phrase.

And it emphasizes that any sort of gender/race/sexual orientation re-balancing is at its essence *objectifying* people. It's asserting that they must be defined by some label, and must obey some sort of normal distribution because of that label.

No doubt, history is filled with all kinds of evil misogyny, racism, and homophobia...and large swaths of the planet still have those problems, especially in the islamic world. But we lose sight of the truth, that people are individual *actors*, not *objects*, all too often. Fighting the scourges of discrimination of various sorts doesn't lead to some predetermined statistical balance, it gives individual actors the *freedom* to make the choices they'd like. Sometimes, those free choices are lopsided, and that's *okay*.

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 736

by hsthompson69 (#47781019) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

it makes clear the overwhelming importance of the eastern front,

No doubt, the USSR threw lives like candy at the Nazis, and the failed 1940 negotiations effectively put the Germans on shaky ground. But I wouldn't go so far as to assert that the death toll between the western and eastern fronts are a good metric for deciding how important the US was to the war effort.

"[The USA] took over the bulk of the military responsibilities of European allies"

I meant *after* WW2 was won - our occupation forces in west germany, and other parts west of the iron curtain, effectively provided our European allies with militaries they didn't need to maintain against the Soviets.

One bloodthirsty dictator beating another (slightly more) bloodthirsty dictator isn't quite as good a story as "America, World Police", but it's closer to the mark.

Actually, given Stalin's purges, one could argue that it was a bloodthirsty dictator beating another slightly *less* bloodthirsty dictator :)

I was always confused playing WW2 miniatures games as a kid in the 80s because the russians in 1984 were the "evil empire", but they were allies in WW2...took a lot of reading to figure out how that all fit together. But I'll argue that WW2 was really police academy for "America, World Police", and that the cold war really cemented our role there for the greater part of the latter 20th century. As we look at America's decline, especially during the Obama years, the pussies of the world will be wondering why the dicks aren't around to fuck the assholes who are shitting all over them.

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 736

by hsthompson69 (#47779349) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Regarding the Russo-Georgian war, and effective tools like economic sanctions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

"US sanctions against Russia imposed by the Bush administration were lifted by the Obama administration in May 2010."

At least Bush sent in aid with military craft:

"Although the Bush administration considered a military response to defend Georgia, it was ruled out because of the conflict it would provoke with Russia. Instead, Bush opted to send humanitarian supplies to Georgia on military (rather than civilian) aircraft."

Any word on what the US is doing to help Ukraine?

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 736

by hsthompson69 (#47779273) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

The alternative is now unfolding before your eyes.

The alternative is ISIS beheading people in Syria and Iraq.

The alternative is Boko Haram stealing girls with impunity.

The alternative is China dogging our planes with impunity in international waters.

The alternative is a nuclear Iran.

The alternative is Egypt in the hand of islamists.

The alternative is ambassadors dead in Libya.

The alternative is Taliban resurgent in Afghanistan.

Without Team America, you've got a double helping of the usual world chaos, as everyone realizes "Oh shit, it's not the far away Americans we really hated, it's this fucker next door! And his wife! And his kids! Who I can now shoot and kill in the name of Allah!". Yes, it's shitty to be hated for helping (although granted, the US fucks up hard now and again - I'm looking at you South American dictators), but there is no doubt in my mind that Team America's benefits have outweighed (even if only by a little, likely a lot), their detriments.

Of course, today we live in a different world, and we get to see the alternative.

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 736

by hsthompson69 (#47779243) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

The USSR doesn't even call it "World War 2" - it's "The Great Patriotic War". And yes, the USSR was tremendously important.

But who was arming (and feeding) them?

Yup, America, World Police -

http://englishrussia.com/2008/...

http://www.historynet.com/russ...

And somehow, Obama thought he could bluff the people who were willing to spend *lives* to advance their national aims. Bottom line, Putin is playing chess, and Obama is playing connect 4.

Comment: Re:Inevitable (Score 3, Insightful) 736

by hsthompson69 (#47775989) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

When Great Britain stopped being a world power, and vied for "peace in our time" with Chamberlain, the average UK citizen's standard of living was dramatically affected by the aggression of Germany in WW2.

When the US finally became the world police, drawn into the conflict by the Japanese, and won the war for the allies, and took over the bulk of the military responsibilities of European allies, *that's* when UK citizens living standards went up.

Chew on that :)

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