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Comment this attitude is part of the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 191 191

...they worry it will reinforce doubts about the merits or safety of vaccines...

This attitude about let's not discuss any possible downside because it will give the anti-vax people ammunition is part of the problem. Often forgotten is that a certain percentage of people who get vaccines die. That's an extreme form of take one for the team. At least some of these deaths could probably be prevented but rather than examine that more seriously we get polarized into vaccines are always good with no room for an opposing view. Any opposing views must be the opposite end of the spectrum and must be 100% against vaccines. While vaccines have been outstanding public policy in general that doesn't mean that it couldn't be improved upon. As long as people die from vaccinations there is room for improvement. The fact that we don't seem to be looking into how to lower that number is a problem.

Comment Re:Mailbox (Score 3, Insightful) 428 428

Try that at a company when you first get hired and see how well that defense works out for you. A normal (ie not above the law) person might have asked about the oversight rather than saying "oh well, I guess I'll have to make an email server for myself". The "I wasn't given one" is an amazingly poor defense. It takes a lot of chutzpah to use that with a straight face.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 5, Insightful) 428 428

Wrongs have been done before no doubt but the scale of this one was much larger than anything previously done that I've heard about. Rather than justifying the present with the past how about we tighten the rules, not loosen then. I'm 100% sure if any of us had done this we would be in jail forever. When a political elite does it it's fine. This shouldn't be a D vs R type debate where my guy is bad but not as bad as your guy (or gal in this case). How about we make this about anyone breaking rules, D or R, gets punished.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 0) 1307 1307

You can have a basic income or you can have mass illegal immigration. You can't have both. I'm always amazed at how US citizens don't get that their support of mass immigration completely undermines their desire for various "nice things". Recall that in earlier days when the US allowed mass immigration there was no safety net, thus it was no cost. It today's world mass immigration undermines all social desires because illegal immigrants are virtually always costing more than they bring in. Socialized medicine, basic incomes, good public schools - all these suffer with mass illegal immigration. Why this is not recognized as obvious is beyond me. Yet to bring up the obvious point of dividing a pie more ways means smaller slices for everyone is to be called racist. Utter lunacy.

Comment interesting note on punishment fitting the crime (Score 1) 198 198

I've always thought that the punishment should be a combination of seriousness and how many people are affected. Then I think of the shoe bomber. Now every person getting on a plane in the US has to take off their shoes. Small amount of "damage" per person but wow did it impact a lot of people. Total passengers are ~800 million a year for the US. At 15 seconds per passenger and a life expectancy of ~80 years that is roughly 5 lifetimes wasted a year due to this guy. Since travelers continue to be impacted year after year I can only conclude that they probably couldn't torture him enough to ever break even on his damage.

Comment only hear one side of the story (Score 3, Interesting) 256 256

I was talking about this to my girlfriend who is a dental assistant and I explained it this way. I first asked her how many male dental assistants she has worked with in her 10 years or so of working in that field. She said two, both gay. I then asked her what she would do if the media / government suddenly insisted that she hates men since there aren't any on the job and that she had better bring that up to a 50% ratio quickly. I asked her what she would do. She said that there wasn't any way, men didn't apply for the job. That made my point. I have another family member who is a speech pathologist, same issue - no men apply. Until these cases are addressed this is just another witch hunt.

Comment Re: Act like a Democrat... (Score 3, Interesting) 371 371

In this time and age, with terrorism and an economy in the dump...

I really don't think that, in the US at least, there's a terrorism problem. We've had 2 problems in ~14 years, even less if you go farther back in history. I think to be a relevant charge terrorism would have to be more frequent. Car accidents kill around 32k people a year, so . For the couple trillion piddled away in Iraq / Afghanistan you could have given away self driving cars and saved ~450k people in addition to not having lots of vets with PTSD. So with the facts in mind, please don't list terrorism as a top 5 concern. On the economy you are correct. A real recovery, one for more than just the 1%, would be greatly appreciated.

Comment Re:Cheap labor economics (Score 1) 45 45

In my lifetime I will get to see Asia run out of cheap labor and the great manufacturing migration to Africa will start to happen. I won't probably get to see the end of it but it will be interesting to see at least the beginning of the change. In fact, it's already begun:

Comment it's not too late to help eradicate slavery (Score 1) 818 818

Slavery in a more modern form is still widely practiced in the form of abusing immigrants and/or children sold into slavery. If people want to do something about slavery they are free to at any time since it still exists. Worrying about 150 year old history seems weak when the offense still exists. This would be akin to the Chinese doing nothing but complaining about railroad building rather than trying to improve their lot. Move on and try and make the current world a better place rather than fretting over the distant past. Citations:

Comment Re: Constituional Rights (Score 1) 268 268

The ACLU isn't for unlimited freedom, it's for maximizing freedom.

Unless that freedom involves anything nice like a Christmas tree or something else they have a Jihad against. Sometimes the ACLU does something I like, often they don't. To depend on them them for anything would be a mistake. The have no regard for anything historical in their Athiest Jihad, not unlike how the Taliban famously blew up the historical Buddha statues in Afghanistan as described here

Here's your maximizing freedom examples:

regarding hate crimes

regarding privacy

ACLU harassing citizens

and a multitude of second ammendment ones like this

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig