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Comment Re:Unconstitutional (Score 4, Informative) 545

Please show me where in the Constitution the federal government is given the power to address such things such as education or children walking to school. I seem to remember that if it isn't listed there, those powers ARE RESERVED BY THE STATES.

A closer reading of the Act (see pages 857-858) says that the parents can't be held criminally or civilly liable if they let their kids - with permission - get to school in an "age appropriate manner." It also says that the Act itself doesn't supersede any local laws.

So: if a state or locality has decided or later decides to specifically make a law specifically against "unattended kids going to school," that law would take precedence over this act. "States rights" are still in effect here.

Comment Re:70s (Score 1) 729

In such a situation you have high deflation. The way you get out of that trap is a by having a common use currency which is not as deflationary... the silver banking system in the USA when we had the gold standard being an example.

Comment Re: What? (Score 1) 325

Your game doesn't matter.

X is a citation behind an expensive paywall, P.
a) P is well regarded and mainstream and thus large numbers of people have access
b) P is niche

In case (b) a counter point from a well regarded site would overwhelm the facts from P. If a consensus appeared to emerge contradicting P the fact would be removed even without the citation ever being refuted.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 325

I think that you get the policy that an academic consensus is going to be taken over a popular position. As far as your sources being deleted and ... that's Wikipedia's obnoxious culture not the ban on original research. No question after 2006 the culture for Wikipedia became more obnoxious. However what GP was talking about above was something that even if Wikipedia were functioning properly would still be a violation of policy.

  I'd say the situation you are describing that:

a) There exists a clear academic consensus X
b) There exists a clear popular consensus Y
c) X and Y disagree

Mostly though Wikipedia wants to reflect the truth in popular sources not the consensus of specialist literature. Both views probably need to be reflected. That approach is also less likely to get reverted or rejected in time. Trying to maintain a position that the academic view is right even while Y is still maintained in the popular literate is not going to fly. Ultimately the question is going to be "why is the academic position being rejected by popular writers?" As far as the changes in time. Wikipedia represents the best opinion of editors at the time of their edits. Articles flow back and forth depending on who shows up. A specialist can help influence an article in a positive direction and those changes might stick, but they might not. Ultimately the best way for the specialist to affect Wikipedia would be t write a piece of popular literature on the topic and thus destroy the popular consensus around Y.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 325

A document that claims to be summary of the opinion of authorities is not committing a fallacy when it makes an appeal to said authorities. The appeal to authority fallacy requires a dismissal of evidence. Wikipedia doesn't evaluate the evidence at all.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 325

It isn't the coffee table book. It is best sources. But mostly they went the other way on that. They want non-mainstream out not in. I agree it can be frustrating and I think they often go too far but their position is they don't want to get involved in arguments. Have the arguments elsewhere with other experts not on wikipedia.

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