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Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 524

by quenda (#49350719) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Who cares if he said nigger, on or off air? There was no racist context, unlike his Mexican comments.

As a kid (not in the US), the only time I ever heard or said "nigger" was in that nursery rhyme, until reading Conrad and Twain. Just an archaic word like pickaninny.
It is kind of funny that some people now find it so taboo outside of any such context. Better not mention the Agatha Christie novel.
The joke (if you can call it that) is on the taboo word. You may have noticed that comedians like to swear?

Comment: Re:rapistis is as rapist does (Score 2) 54

There is a kernel of truth to the racist AC comment.
There are plenty of Indian immigrants in Australia, and they are mostly known as a decent law-abiding bunch, but somehow a minority keep getting in the news for sex offences. Everything from Indian cabbies having sex with drunk young female passengers to Indian doctors touching up their patients inappropriately. And of course always recent arrivals. There is something in the culture.

Comment: Re:Why isn't public transport 'free'? (Score 1) 198

Where I live, public transport is running at peak capacity during rush hour.

A lot of places effectively have free off-peak travel for commuters. Anyone who regularly uses buses or trains to commute has a weekly or monthly travel card.
I don't know why they can't extend it to give everyone free off-peak travel. The cost is highly subsidised already, so it makes sense to get more people using it for a small drop in revenue.

Comment: Re:Night (Score 1) 437

And meet 0% of the demand at night if they don't have storage which is very expensive.

No problems. Just dam and flood the San Fernando Valley. Pump up water in the day, and run on hydro at night.
Cost and other practical factors don't seem to come into consideration in this discussion.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 2) 305

by quenda (#49264351) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders

... then it's including some very violent subcultures. But we can't say that, of course. Maybe we need to change the violent subcultures,

You mean young black males? Plenty have said that. But violent crime is responsible for a minority of the prison population, and a much smaller minority of convictions, and so those with criminal records. A huge number have records for non-violent drug offences.
It would be a lot easier to abolish the War on Drugs, given its blatant failure, than to change subcultures. Though cutting the flow of drug money wouldn't hurt.

Comment: Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 1) 498

by quenda (#49233075) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

They are not lying, just looking for data to support their pre-determined conclusion. The same as you are. Please try to avoid such partisan vitriol on such an important topic. How about calm down, admit there is a problem, your opponents have some valid points, but we don't have all the answers.

Here is a good example of a sensible moderate view:

Comment: Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 2) 498

by quenda (#49230789) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Yes, semantics, but I found the words misleading in the context.
GP implied people no longer had guns, but we actually have more guns than ever in Australia, millions of them in fact. Just far fewer semi-autos than before. Hunting is popular.

I am not defending the buyback. We already had sensible gun laws, and it mostly replaced a lot of semi-auto .22s with manual-loading ones. At massive cost to the taxpayer. We never had a gun culture in Australia, and never had a big problem with gun violence. So I'm sick of Americans trying to use Australia as an example, good or bad, of gun control.

It's not so long ago that police started routinely carrying handguns here. It happened after a spate of armed bank robberies. Armed robberies since declined, but we are stuck with the armed police now. (Or course they always had guns for emergency, just not carried routinely).

Comment: Re:Maybe in a different country (Score 5, Informative) 498

by quenda (#49224609) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

in Australia after their firearm ban and confiscation, removing firearms does not remove suicides.

There was no "firearm" ban, but a restriction and buyback of rapid-fire weapons. Of course many people used the money to buy new legal weapons.
A bolt-action rifle or standard shotgun is not so good for massacres, but perfectly effective for hunting or suicide. There is no reason to expect a decline.

those determined to exit this sphere of existence will find a way to do so.

Ok, too hard to RTFA, but at least RTFS. It is not about those who are sufficiently determined to find a way.