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Comment: Education failure (Score 1) 349

by jodido (#48898703) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA
In the McCarthy era a poll quoted the Bill of Rights and people said it was Communist propaganda. This is a symptom of the failure of the US education system. It has nothing to do with people being stupid or not stupid. This is stuff you're supposed to learn in school and if people didn't, it's because the schools suck.

Comment: Re:Don't know why... (Score 2) 122

by jodido (#48846621) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution
The embargo, which followed the nationalizations, of course didn't stop anything, which is why the US finally gave up. But more important, the Cuban government offered every property owner compensation based on the owner's valuation of the property for tax purposes in the previous year. You won't be surprised to hear that no one accepted. BTW it has been illegal for many years for any US firm to accept compensation from Cuba for nationalized property.

Comment: Re:Null hypothesis (Score 1) 556

I think most atheists do get this, and I think a lot of atheists (like me) shouldn't be called atheists. I don't believe there is a God and I don't believe there isn't a God. I think a lot of people called "atheists" are like that. I agree that atheism is a philosophy and it can also be a political position (Dawkins et al). I don't agree with their anti-religion campaigning because, a. who cares and b. that's not the way to get people to stop being religious, as if that mattered anyway.

Comment: More US hypocrisy (Score 2, Insightful) 115

by jodido (#48648853) Attached to: Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority
The US has blocked Cuba's linking to the submarine cables that pass right by the island, so it's more than a little hypocritical from them to now criticize. Also, satellite is not cheap, compared to cable. Third, there are already a lot--a LOT--of Cubans on line through Facebook and other means. So know-it-alls with your sarcasm stick it somewhere else.

Comment: Not something new (Score 1) 188

As alarming and shocking as this story may be to some people, it's only the latest in a very long story of big-buisness press collaboration with the men that own and run the country. The idea of an "independent" press is something they teach you in social studies classes in high school, like the "checks and balances" BS, and is one of the reasons the "education" system doesn't educate. Newspapers are big businesses and the economic and political interests of the owners are no different than the interests of owners of oil companies or phone companies. You can start whenever you want but one of the best-known examples of this is the NY Times agreement with John Kennedy not to print the Cuba invasion story in 1961 (before the invasion); then slide through the (early) years of the Vietnam war (especially the Tonkin Gulf resolution, the Iraq war of its day). The Cuba coverup continues--when was the last time you saw a story that wasn't entirely negative?. Liberals like to talk about some supposed golden age of investigative journalism, when the press was somehow something different, but it never existed.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"