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Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

Higher education doesn't have to be about making money, but government and taxpayers paying for higher education ought to be. If you want to blow your rich daddy's money on a medieval basketweaving degree, that's fine. But the point of government-funded education ought to be to increase the tax base with higher-paying jobs, to pay back the money spent on the education. Why should you be entitled to a non-productive fluff degree at my tax expense?

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 1) 220 220

The SAT doesn't exist to gauge one's future success in life. It exists to determine eligibility for college admission. The kind of people who can do well on the SAT are the kind of people who can learn they stuff they'll be taught in college, presumably - which does not, for better or worse, generally include social skills.

Comment: Re:logical. (Score 1) 152 152

But the existing law is total BS as well. Define "insult" in a way that can be objectively enforced, and that isn't a slippery slope toward the town government finding excuses to fine the whole town, every day. What if I claim to find the phrase "good morning" to be offensive? Can I fine you $100?

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 314 314

What's affordable? IIRC mine costs me like $20 a month, and that includes twice-yearly checkups and cleanings and X-rays, plus any work I need done e.g. fillings etc. (except oral surgery which would go under my medical insurance). Doesn't include orthodontia though.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 1) 678 678

One of the great ironies.. the east coast has a good watershead and extremely fertile land, but we moved so large chunks of our agriculture to regions with crappy land.

"Crappy" is defined by more than fertility. What California's land has lots of, that the East Coast doesn't have as much of, is sunshine, which is even more difficult to ship around from place to place than water.

Comment: Re: Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653 653

Well, from the Chik-fil-a and other boycotts, I get the impression that the gay rights advocates strongly support the idea of boycotting a business based on what they believe. Yet, the intention here is that the business not have the same rights-- to refuse service because of their customer's beliefs. Is bizarre system truly what is wanted, or is it a double standard because THEIR beliefs are "correct"?

I believe that the important distinction is that Chik-Fil-A is a corporation. It is a legal fiction the enjoys the empowerments and protections granted it by the state. IMO, as such, it is at least partially an agent of the state, and thus should not be permitted to discriminate. If you're a little mom-and-pop store that isn't incorporated, then go ahead and discriminate, if you ask me, as repugnant and unethical as I might personally find that to be.

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