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Comment: Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (Score 1) 211

by mwehle (#47496913) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45
I was eight too. Built Revell models of the command and lunar modules - seemed like most boys did. Major Matt Mason toys, Star Trek on the television, Estes rockets launched by the whole class in elementary school. I remember assuming that if there was no nuclear war in the late 20th century by the 21st century there would be space stations and moon colonies like in 2001 A Space Odyssey. Would never in my wildest dreams have imagined that in 2014 the US wouldn't have vehicles capable of putting men into earth orbit.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 3, Informative) 205

Phrases like "revisionist nonsense" and "it is silly to say" should likely be used sparingly unless you have a very deep grasp of your subject matter.

Conflating the Tonkin Gulf Resolution with America's war in Vietnam would be a mistake. In bringing Tonkin into an argument you may wish to acquaint yourself with records detailing the Johnson Administration's orchestration of the resolution. See Michael Beschloss's work for instance, or the Pentagon Papers, either portions of the full set or the single volume if your time is short. With Tonkin Johnson was reacting from fear of voters, but the documentary record shows clearly that the Administration wished to expand the war despite public sentiment, not because of it.

In arguing that the war in Vietnam was popular you will likely want to look at some actual polling data, for instance. Anecdotal evidence such as Nixon's 1968 platform may also prove useful to you.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 2) 205

Modern US draft registration stems from Jimmy Carter's 1980 response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Wikipedia has a reasonable synopsis. Those interested in reading about the draft may also be interested in using their favorite Internet search engine to query for terms like "draft resistance". There's a fair body of literature out there.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 2) 253

by mwehle (#47411525) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Most companies want degrees OR equivalent work experience. I went back to school as a 23 year old and quit soon after because I got tired of professors telling me things that I had taught myself years earlier as part of my job.

Varies with the discipline. I returned to school to study history after some years of political organizing and found value in professors' teaching of historiography that I never would have gained from years of reading history. After ten years of working as a software engineer I started a masters in computer science and found professors were woefully behind the industry. YMMV.

Comment: Re: I can stop any time!!! (Score 1) 710

by mwehle (#47317349) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Read your history. There was a reason why it was called the "Greatest Generation".

Tom Brokaw's feelings of guilt and inferiority?

The two times USA has been bombed during the WW2 were the Pearl Harbor incident and the bombing of Fort Stevens.

Hawaii didn't become a state until 1959, and Fort Stevens was shelled, rather than bombed.

Comment: Re:Stopping and thinking (Score 2) 490

You didn't mention this gem: "I'll attempt to time my passage such that I'll cross near my maximum speed, clearing the intersection expediently. Being through quicker reduces the chances I'll be involved in an accident there."

Assuming for the moment that we accept this reasoning, might this then be an argument for drivers, too, to accelerate when approaching stop signs, so that they might also minimize the time spent in an intersection?

Comment: Significance? (Score 5, Insightful) 275

by mwehle (#46588915) Attached to: TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database
I think the tacit implication here is that if Tsarnaev had been questioned on exiting the country the Boston Marathon bombing might have been averted, but is there really any substance to this? Do we think he would have changed plans had he been questioned? Pressure cooker outlets would have been alerted to refuse to sell him cookware? What exactly would the outcome likely have been had he been questioned?

Comment: Re:Ignore Silicon Valley (Score 2) 379

Ignore Silicon Valley.

50 years ago it used to be a hot-bed of science and technological innovation. Now it is a magnet for designer coffee-swigging social cloud blog web 2.0 get rich quick smartphone app hipsters.

Look for real companies designing and building real products for proper customers. Silicon Valley's day is gone.

Can you give us a hint as to where we would look for those real companies? "Outside of Silicon Valley" covers a lot of ground - where specifically are those real companies designing real products located?

Comment: Re:Class definitions (Score 1) 794

by mwehle (#46371477) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Trader Joe's has equally good vegetables, nuts, grains, etc. without the Whole Foods ego trip, and with better prices.

I don't know where you've been shopping, or what your view of produce is, but at least in San Francisco TJ's absolutely does not have equally good fruits and vegetables. TJ's has berries, it's true, but for any other produce Whole Foods is always better. TJ's has plenty of good values in packaged goods.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil