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Comment: Re:When you can't tell the difference... (Score 1) 667

by shihonage (#49264757) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'
Did you even read the article? Did you even understand my larger point? Because your comments have branched out into a very specific tangenial subject, which I have no interest in talking about. In fact, there's nothing I can say on this except what's already been said. The article is rubbish. It is axiomic. There are some very good comments under the article itself which explain why it is rubbish.

Comment: Comment under the article nails it. (Score 2) 667

by shihonage (#49264667) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'
"This reads like a liberal's didactic epistle to instruct the hidebound linguists that the lazy, ignorant and uneducated are their equals, particularly the minority youth and valley girls who might invent or redefine words to describe something because they "zoned out" during that learning opportunity in school. We mustn't judge."

As for my own words... the article purposely mixes the subject of language evolution (which is understandable) and just abandoning all the rules altogether. It is something straight out of the film "Idiocracy", and the more people stupidly embrace the notions of this article, the scarier our current reality is.

Comment: Re:When you can't tell the difference... (Score 1) 667

by shihonage (#49264631) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'
It's not just about the legal language. It's also about politicians who lie their asses off, openly, knowing the the public has long lost a sense of what the hell they're talking about. This is happening _now_.

Language doesn't have to be "complex". It just has to have agreed-on standards and meanings. And I really shouldn't have to explain or defend this. At all. To anyone.

Comment: When you can't tell the difference... (Score 1, Flamebait) 667

by shihonage (#49264493) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'
... between "terror" and "terrible", "fuhrer" and "furor", "suffering" and "suffrage", you're ripe for being fooled and robbed by politicians at every step. And not just politicians. EULAs can use fancy words, knowing that average Joe is barely literate, and put them in various forms of electronic bondage. Credit card applications... you name it. Everything around you will take advantage of you.

Having strong grasp of language is VITAL for a society's survival. This is axiomic. There shouldn't be articles about it. It's not a controversial issue, or rather, it only becomes one when average IQ dipped low enough to warrant creating excuses for not learning the language.

Comment: Figured out how to kill cows in humane fashion... (Score 1) 1081

by shihonage (#49259321) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century
But not humans? Unfortunately the contrived intravenous and electric chair methods which result in horrendous suffering are result of idiots thinking that shooting someone in the head is "gross". Well, overcome your childish sensibilities. All death is gross. But this method is humane.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 671

by shihonage (#49179365) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
As someone who migrated from former USSR... the living conditions there were very scarce when I left, and although that did change over the years, it's still no match to a civilized country like America/Germany/France/Israel/Britain/etc. It's going to be a pretty big culture shock, and not in a good way at all. Yes, the Russian women are overwhelmingly attractive, much more so than in the United States, for example... but before you get your women and vodka you'll have to actually work for it and get your miserable salary and deal with complete corruption, bribery and deficit of produce and horrible healthcare and be generally miserable. A lot of the so-called "modern values" are very different in Russia. Homophobia is rampant, for example. If I had to evade prison and go to former USSR territory (for some reason), I'd probably choose Latvia. They actually seem to know what they're doing.

Comment: Quackery at Federal level. (Score 1) 328

by shihonage (#49076723) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates
If you look closer at the conclusions made from the study, essentially it's the same thing as having someone swallow a teaspoon of wine so it registers in their blood, and then saying "Drivers with alcohol in their blood are perfectly safe to drive". While they flaunt dosage dependence from alcohol, it is conveniently omitted from marijuana. Disappointing to see a supposed intellectual community like Slashdot post this without examination. There IS such a thing as being "too stoned to drive". It is a common observation and also rational to assume that increasing the dose of the drug will create increased impairment. Here are some studies which came with far less politically correct conclusions.

Comment: Aikido helped me a great deal. (Score 2) 289

After being suggested by two unrelated acquaintances to look into it, I've gone to many Aspergers meetups only to find out that everything horrible that happened to me from early childhood to early 20s matched 1:1 the lives of people with Aspergers. I've come to understand these people deeply and they feel to me closer like family. The reason things changed after my mid-20s was because of Aikido. Now I can actually withstand crowds to a certain extent, and have realtime spontaneous reactions to people. It also changed how I walk - my walking actually looks human now, and so do other physical movements. This is how it happened:
One of the key factors in an Aspergers' person's life is patterns. They usually attach to patterns and become greatly disfressed during major life changes.
This happens because normal people have a main-purpose CPU for processing everyday information, and a specialized GPU for adaptive realtime behavior, such as mingling in crowds fluidly, partnered dancing, just spontaneity in general. The main CPU's emulation mode of this GPU is very very slow - it's no substitute. This truth I've ran into not only with myself, but with many Aspergers people I met in person.
And so, a person with Aspergers will spend 2 weeks pre-caching their possible reactions for a social occasion with their CPU, because their GPU is inaccessible. They cannot generate them in realtime, so they pre-cache as many possibilities as they can. If-then, if-then, if-then... And after it ends, they will spend a ton of time analyzing gathered information because it could not be done in realtime. Going over every potential mistake, and adding it to the if-then pile, for the FUTURE...
There is a way, however, to regain access to the GPU. Maybe not for all Aspergers people, but for many. There's a lever by which it can be operated, and that lever is adaptive physical movement.
Aikido is ideally suited for this, because it is a structured Japanese art which limits social interaction (a plus), is usually non-confrontational (another plus), very friendly to newcomers, and, most importantly, Aikido techniques don't work at all until you activate the GPU, and sense what's happening in your training partner's structure NOW. It FORCES your brain to restructure and reach out where you previously didn't know you could, into that unseen area where decisions are made without conscious processing. Eventually you learn to trust your GPU, just like a neurotypical human does.
Considering that Aspergers frequently comes with co-morbid conditions like PTSD from bullying, and depression, Aikido also addresses those. It has been used to treat PTSD in war veterans, because its movements retrain how we perceive conflict on a deeper level. It certainly eliminated PTSD flashbacks I had from high school after walking into every single social faux pas known to man and becoming the laughingstock of the class, that weird dude on whom you'd test your reflexes...

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