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Comment: choice AND accountability (Score 1) 1051

Along with the right to make choices, we need to emphasize the obligation to take responsibility for the consequences of those choices. You can choose not to vaccinate, but the consequence is you can't send your child to public school (or ideally to any public location, such as the library, though that would be difficult to enforce; hmm, no library card without an immunization form?). If you are willing to accept that consequence then go ahead and choose not to vaccinate.

Comment: Maybe too late... (Score 1) 584

Last night my 17 year old daughter comes home and announces that she wants to learn to code. I'm astonished since I have been trying to get her interested in coding for years. I, of course, ask her why. She informs me in excited tones about the Google giving out stickers and bracelets and a website called Made with Code. But especially stickers and bracelets. It would never have occurred to me, but maybe giving out trinkets is a way to get girls interested in coding.

Comment: Re:US Centric? (Score 1) 167

by irrational_design (#48511753) Attached to: Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?
This was 20 years ago so I don't know if I could find specific news stories today, but I had been in the middle east and the things the US papers were reporting about the Palestinians were flat out lies. I was frankly astonished. Before this I was naive and believed that newspapers were reputable and reliable.

Comment: US Centric? (Score 5, Insightful) 167

by irrational_design (#48510535) Attached to: Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?
I once spent six months in a foreign country. Upon returning home I was amazed to read major American newspapers and to see for myself how drastically what they were reporting was different than what was actually going on. I knew what I had experienced first hand, and I knew that what the American papers were reporting was flat out not true. (I still don't know what to make of this since it wasn't just one paper, but all the ones I looked at. I'm no conspiracy nut, but how does that happen?). However, the foreign news such as the BBC was reporting the news accurately. Since then I've not trusted anything reported by American papers, after all, if I know that they were mis-reporting something I knew about, how do I know the truth about things I don't know about first hand? I stick to foreign based news nowadays. Fortunately with the internet that is easy to do.

Comment: Re:is it really bad in the first place? (Score 1) 342

by irrational_design (#48502625) Attached to: Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU
That's a foolish argument. I could name any number of crimes that affect .01% of people, but if mentioned most people would consider it worth the money to go after the perpetrators. There have already been accounts of people being killed by those stoned, I would therefore classify this as a real and worst crime.

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