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Comment Re:Nude == Rude? (Score 5, Informative) 172

In 2008, the Washington Post reported on a University of Washington study which found that teenagers who received comprehensive sex education were 60% less likely to get pregnant than someone who received abstinence-only education.

A 2007 federal report found that abstinence-only programs have had "no impacts on rates of sexual abstinence," reported ThinkProgress.

In a 2011 study published in the journal PLOS One, researchers found a similar correlation between a state's commitment to abstinence education and pregnancy rates.

One of the most interesting and notable examples of this phenomenon comes out of Texas, which, according to ThinkProgess, has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the country and a track record of strict abstinence-only education.

Comment Re: They just want people that can BS through the (Score 1) 306

"I used to wonder why I was always being singled out at work and that's it. Simply being smarter is an issue even if you're not being condescending."

Reminds me of a friend who's worked a dozen or so jobs over the past couple of years and inevitably ends up complaining about how his boss and coworkers don't like him. Perhaps, like him, what you consider to be condescending and what everyone else around you considers to be condescending are two different things?

I mean, if you were "really" smart, you might have figured out by now that communication skills are important.

Comment Re:Water for people (Score 4, Informative) 599

Because of its climate, warmth, and near-year-round sunlight, CA grows 99% of all US almonds. It also grows 99% of US walnuts. 95% of US broccoli, 92% of US strawberries, 91% of US grapes, 90% of US tomatoes. 74% of all US lettuce. And it's one of the major reasons we have such things year round.

So. Given the above, it's sorta, kinda, maybe in the best interests of everyone involved (not just Californians) to figure out how to get water to one of the places best suited to using it.

Comment Re:Simple Fix (Score 5, Insightful) 599

Stop listening to news soundbites. Of the many crops grown in CA, almonds don't really grow anywhere else in the US and they're a high-value crop, which really makes them the most bang for your buck (and water). And almonds are also the state’s most lucrative exported agricultural product, with California producing 80 percent of the world’s supply.

As opposed to, say, hay. Alfalfa hay requires even more water, about 15 percent of the state’s supply. About 70 percent of alfalfa grown in California is used in dairies, and a good portion of the rest is exported to land-poor Asian countries like Japan.

And more than 30 percent of California’s agricultural water use either directly or indirectly supports growing animals for food.

What CA needs to do is grow what they grow best and leave hay and cows to the states better equipped to grow them.

Comment Re:Maybe we SHOULD fear guns (Score 1) 535

"Ironically we'll teach kids about condoms..."

Ironically, most of the people in the states that advocate teaching kids about guns are terribly afraid to teach little Johnny and little Billy Jean that condoms even exist, much less how to use them.

Which is too bad, since that might go pretty far in cutting soaring teen pregnancy rates in those red "abstinence-only" states.

Nah, fuck that. Avoidance and ignorance is the answer I'm sure.

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535

Oh please. You know as well as I do that a typical "tactical assault rifle" and a classic "hunting rifle" are two different things, and are designed as such.

A typical "tactical assault rifle" is designed to be extremely rugged yet lightweight, is shorter since it's often used in close quarter situations, is designed for rapid firing and minimum recoil, and trades off accuracy in the process. It probably has multiple attachment points for scopes, sights, bayonets, slings, tripods, and even grenade launchers (M-16/M-209).

A classic hunting rifle, say, 30-06 or 308, has a heavy, long barrel, has heavy wood stocks, has no recoil buffer, a single scope mount, no flash suppression, and typically has a bolt-action mechanism. The size, weight, design, and mechanics are intentional, as it's primary function is to deliver fewer rounds accurately over a longer distance.

  (This disregards, of course, the "modern sporting rifle" attempt at rebranding the former to mean the later, all while letting the owner look like the local SWAT team might call him up for action at any moment.)

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1, Insightful) 535

"What is the difference between a tactical assault riffle and hunting riffle? Nothing except the ornamental bits."

Ah. You mean the equipment mounting rails, carrying handle, recoil buffer, flash suppressor, tripod mounts, and high-impact plastic barrel shrouds and butts are just ornamental and serve no other purpose? Wow. Who knew?

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535

"Why would anyone who has anything indecent in mind put himself into gear that impacts his ability to move and see negatively?"

You mean, like a helmet and body armor? I don't know, why not ask James Holmes?

Comment Re:Mental health workers? (Score 4, Informative) 385

Construction work? Try this...

Do enough of it, and the module construction itself can be automated and robotized. Or seen modern shipbuilding these days? Prefab modules assembled and welded by robots.

And so what if there's still "a lot" (weasel words) of labor around that. There's still less of it, and every decrease cascades into additional hits on labor. See the following piece on the potential impact of robot trucks on the long-haul trucking industry.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal