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Comment Don't mistake SJW for Liberalism (Score 1) 438

Trek was very much liberal, but that didn't make it SJW. It confronted hypocrisies and injustices across the galaxy and within the Federation by measuring them against principles, and there's great internal conflict when people are placed in situations that force them to break those principles.

SJWism, on the other hand, is no friend of principles -- treating people equally is subordinate to making people feel equal.
Let's hope Trek keeps its liberal roots alive by steering particularly clear of SJWism.

Comment Quadrennial Reminder That Your Vote Is Worthless (Score 1) 470

The winner-takes-all format of the Electoral College means that if you live outside of the 10-12 swing states, your state's representation in the Presidential election has already been decided. You don't have the power to flip 100K to 2M votes required to turn a solid blue state red or a solid red state blue.

If you're not in a swing state, you're better off giving that vote to a 3rd party candidate, and help him/her get more exposure.

Comment Re:I swear... (Score 1) 449

Wait, I thought gender segregated bathrooms/dressing rooms came about because of conservative hangups and insistence on modesty, which is why advocacy for gender neutral bathrooms/dressing rooms is a progressive issue.

Now you're saying gender segregated bathrooms/dressing rooms are actually progressive?

Comment If your info is out there, it's out there (Score 4, Insightful) 370

There is only prevention
Besides the obvious tip of not using the same password:
- Never use the same username
- Never register on any website using the same email address you use to receive bills and bank statements
- Never use 3rd party authentication (facebook, twitter, google+) to log in to other sites, much less multiple sites

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 1) 193

The wrongfulness of his being handcuffed should not be reason for us to lionize him or create myths about him. We can condemn what we factually know (arrest, handcuffs) without jumping to conclusions about the rest (teachers were racist, he's a genius kid, etc)

The evidence right now actually points to a prank meant get a rise out of teachers, which didn't work (since most ignored it until it started to make noise in class), but which did result in him being referred to the principal for being uncooperative and having police question his motives. We can condemn how the police reacted without the rest of the myth.

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 2) 193

He doesn't seem to have been "railroaded" though. If this account of what happened is correct, he took it to school, showed it to a bunch of teachers, most of whom ignored it until in a later class period an English teacher asked him to put it away, at which time he refused, and was sent to the principal. When the principal didn't get an adequate answer as to why he brought it to school, the cops were called in based on the thinking that it was an attempt to scare the teachers with a hoax. He was handcuffed (which I too think was unnecessary, and for which he deserves an apology) for a time during the police questioning, where it was determined that no laws were broken and he was finally released after 2 hours.

Comment Re: Ahmed's story doesn't hold up under scrutiny. (Score 0) 193

I think we can atone for the indignity Ahmed suffered without believing the myth that he did anything remarkable for a 14 year old. I think we can apologize for the misidentification of what he brought to school without embracing the presumption that his teachers were racists or islamophobes.

Comment Re:Poptarts have gotten the same response (Score 2) 193

Racism in general can exist in the same reality where Ahmed Mohamed was not a victim of racism but of silly zero tolerance policies. Anti-Muslim sentiment can exist in the same reality where Ahmed Mohamed pulled a stunt that pranked even the President.

You're right that individual cases don't by themselves disprove aggregate phenomena, but aggregate phenomena also doesn't mean all individual cases can be explained in the same way.

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 1) 662

I kind of expected this. Let me say again my position:

1. He doesn't seem to be dangerous, which is why I think the cuffs and arrest were an overreaction
2. He doesn't seem to be a boy genius as the media has been touting, which is why I think the public response (NASA, MIT, and Obama included) were also an overreaction
3. As the article demonstrates, the OTHER (unconsidered) explanation is that he pranked everyone.

Comment Re:My view of this (Score 2) 662

I'd like to highlight a part of the article that I thought made some good points:

[...]Teachers are taught to be suspicious and vigilant. Ahmed wasn’t accused of making a bomb – he was accused of making a look-alike, a hoax. And be honest with yourself, a big red digital display with a bunch of loose wires in a brief-case looking box is awful like a Hollywood-style representation of a bomb. Everyone jumped to play the race and religion cards and try and paint the teachers and police as idiots and bigots, but in my mind, they were probably acting responsibly and erring on the side of caution to protect the rest of their students, just in case. “This wouldn’t have happened if Ahmed were white,” they say. We’re supposed to be sensitive to school violence, but apparently religious and racial sensitivity trumps that. At least we have another clue about how the sensitivity and moral outrage pecking order lies.

Because, is it possible, that maybe, just maybe, this was actually a hoax bomb? A silly prank that was taken the wrong way? That the media then ran with, and everyone else got carried away? Maybe there wasn’t even any racial or religious bias on the parts of the teachers and police.

I don’t know any of these things. But I’m intellectually mature enough to admit I don’t know, and to also be OK with that. I don’t feel a need to take the first exist to conclusionville. But I do like to find facts where I can, and prefer to let them lead me to conclusions, rather than a knee jerk judgement based on a headline or sound bite.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer