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Comment: Education failure (Score 1) 351

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.

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