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Comment: I think the difference (Score 3, Insightful) 281

by rsilvergun (#49557617) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
that the author is pointing out is that it'll be incredibly profitable to run these sorts of "schools". Sure, they won't work. But who cares so long as the money keeps flowing in. And what alternative will you have? Unless you're rich there won't be any. Sure, some of the /. crowd might realize that's morally wrong, but the rest of America will continue to blame themselves. It's something we do a lot of and goes back to that whole puritanical self flagellation thing that's been buries in our skulls.

Comment: Good luck with that (Score 1) 144

by rsilvergun (#49553175) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
our Constitution was written to keep these guys in power. That's why we have a senate & house instead of a parliament. But good luck changing that. Lots of people will agree with you until you suggest scraping the Constitution. They've had it pounded into them while they were young and defenseless that it's a sacred document and if only we just followed it none of this would happen. Nobody questions whether the deck was stacked from the get go...

Comment: How does this get modded insightful? (Score 2) 144

by rsilvergun (#49553159) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
Lots of thinking goes on at think tanks. It's just not the sort any decent person wants going on. You shouldn't underestimate your enemy. They are well organized, highly motivated and well funded. They're fighting the best kind of war: one where the other side doesn't know there's a war on.

Comment: You're way off base (Score 1) 306

by rsilvergun (#49524727) Attached to: Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'
you've got the right idea in a society whose job is to make the world a better place. In the real world though he messed with the investor class. He cost important people lots of money and face. You don't get the break the system those guys set up. They make the rules because they're the ruling class...

Comment: That's not really the problem (Score 2) 536

the problem is it's easy to get funding to build housing for disadvantaged people because it's a cash cow for developers. It's _much_, _much_ harder to get funding for the kinds of long term services that dirt poor people need to succeed, let alone get through the sorts of things they'd need to have secure and stable jobs (e.g. protection for local industries, Unions, workers rights laws, etc). We put people into homes without giving them any means to support themselves or the home we put them in. You saw this with the projects in the 70s when we moved a ton sharecroppers into the city and then Regan got elected and all the funding to help build them up got cut. You're seeing it today with those ghost towns built in China. It's the same thing. Cronyism builds the housing and demand for low taxes abandons it and the people in it.

Comment: You're ignoring way, way too much (Score 1) 536

the reason we're not seeing an increase in testing scores (which is what you mean by "discernible improvement") is because we've allowing more and more people into higher education since the 70s. Basically we started a "war on poverty" and stopped abandoning the poor to their fates. Before they wouldn't even make it into high school, let alone college. No schooling for disadvantaged children meant no test scores for disadvantaged children.

A little googling and you'd easily find this article explaining it. But it's much more fun to complain about paying taxes (which is the subtext of your post) than look at root causes...

Comment: Yeah, the cynic in me thought that (Score 1) 536

I live in Phoenix, Az, and you'll literally see $1 million homes next to trailer parks. The funny thing is there's no bleed over. The poors stay in their neck of the woods and keep their misery to themselves. I'm guessing whenever one of 'em gets out of line the local sheriff goes down and busts everyone's heads. That's one of the unstated benefits of our drug policy. Just about everyone I knew who was poor used drugs to cope, and it made it really easy to bust them if the cops wanted to...

Comment: Not really a distraction (Score 1) 590

it's been the only way anti-death penalty folks could make even the slightest bit of progress in the States. The problem is how our politics work, which is all about getting people to vote and vote for you. The pro crowd will vote against you if they think you're against the death penalty. They'll see you as "soft" on crime. For the most part the anti-death penalty crowd doesn't care. They've got other issues that matter more than how they perceive your stance on crime.

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