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Comment Re:Riiiiiight (Score 2) 481

Agreed, this is only a filing of the report, no follow-up. It's customary in every law enforcement organisation to file every report, no matter how stupid. Hell, I've heard about the police filing a report by a guy claiming every evening, after the news ran, the newscasters came out of his TV set, and beat him.

Why the hell did he keep watching the news each night?

Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers 419

It probably comes as no surprise, but researchers have found that most of us would gladly put on a mask and fight do-gooders if given super powers. From the article: "But power also acts like strong cologne that affects both the wearer and those within smelling distance, Galinsky noted. The person gains an enhanced sense of their importance, and other people may regard them with greater respect as well as extend leniency toward their actions. That combination makes for an easy slide into corruption."

Comment Re:It will never happen (Score 1) 567

No, driving time is unproductive time. You waste 45 minutes driving while your boss could be working while he is sitting on the train, because he isn't driving.

It doesn't have to be. During my commute I listen to these things called "podcasts" that allow me to catch up on news, learn more about economics, and improve my foreign language skills.

Comment Re:Can't blame them (Score 1) 1032

There are several other countries (Venezuela comes to mind) that are watching Iran push the international community around and may feel they can do the same exact thing and go down the road of nuclear arming.

Especially worrying since Venezuela has been known to give weapons to rebel groups in neighboring countries.

Comment Re:G-Mail? (Score 1) 594

FDR (socialists as he was) did the right thing with the glass ceiling laws. It should be illegal to package assets together and flip properties to financial firms.

I think you're referring to the Glass-Steagall act

But yes, I believe the repeal of this law was a major contributor to the current mess.

Comment Re:Department of Orwellian Reasoning (Score 1) 630

it's not like there's any information available on the internet or anything.

ok, I read the socialistworker "Why we're protesting the G20" link you posted and still have no idea why they are protesting. Most of the rather long page describes how and "you have a right to."

The only actual reasons given are:
"But they have not shared with us or consulted with us, the majority of the world's people, about exactly what they will be discussing."

The desire for the G20 to "respond positively on certain kind of issues"

"We need a better world, a different world, in which that democratic principle permeates everything."

Yeah, and I'd like a pony. Grow up, get a job, and actually do something with your life, because whatever you're doing now isn't have any impact.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 116

Can't comment on anywhere else, but in the UK having insurance makes no difference to your treatment in the NHS. It means you can go to a private provider, but it makes no difference to your NHS provision.

I'm a Yank who spent nine years in Britain. After the first couple of years on the NHS, we gave up and went private for just about everything. As an example, my son needed three different operations. Each time we were told it was a six month wait on the NHS; we went private and were able to schedule the surgeries in 2, 3, and 6 weeks.

Technically you are correct that insurance doesn't change your treatment within the NHS. However, in several instances, we started with the NHS, only to switch to private at which we got better, faster service by the same doctors in the same hospital. So your statement is certainly misleading about the effect insurance has on health coverage in the UK.

In a sad anecdote, I watched our British neighbor go from a vigorous rambler to a shut-in after the NHS repeatedly brushed her off and mis-diagnosed her. Heaven help you if you're above 60 on the NHS. I'm convinced the NHS's philosophy is that all medical problems go away (from their perspective) if you wait long enough.

Comment Removing Hussein had a bigger effect (Score 1) 467

The "Democracy in Iraq" hasn't been considered much of a showpiece for emulation outside of the same group of people in the West who were cheerleaders for the war in the first place.

True. But I doubt there would have been the need to rig the vote if Hussein was still in charge of Iraq. Removing Iraq as a threat enabled people to focus on things beyond their immediate security.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.