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Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 1) 485

"X-files... i want to believe".

Get yourself a healthy dose of skepticism young man!

You cannot believe everything you read on the internet. Here, read this, then google the text to confirm provenance.
"Molins said in a press conference that Mostefai had an "S" file on him for years, which means investigators believe he had been "radicalized" in some way, though it was not clear whether he would act on his radicalization."

Comment Re:#prayforparis (Score 4, Informative) 728

Do you actually live there, or are you a victim of confirmation bias?

"The 2007 CIA World Factbook lists the religion of France as: Roman Catholic 83–88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%–10%, unaffiliated 4%."

"The mood in Paris following the worst attack in peacetime history, is something of bewilderment, numbness but also huge outpouring of grief with locals openly weeping and making signs of the cross as they pass the many street fronts where their country men and women died."

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 176

More and more CEOs *are* the "souless corporate automaton running the business".

Those using technology to rachet-up online and television ads without considering societal costs found their comeuppance with technology (Adblock and Netflix respectively).

The same way, CEOs whose sole aim is to maximise personal and shareholder profit must reap what they sow... they will be automated and/or outsourced.

Comment Re:About that 911 thing.... (Score 1) 284

> While you're on the phone to 911, your first aiders are sitting around blissfully unaware that someone may be dying.

I agree that the local first-aider should be called *first* but that should not preclude someone calling 911 *right after* they call the local first aider.

In this case, the local first-aider delayed 9 minutes before calling 911. Better 911 show up for a broken finger, than show up 9 minutes later than they can for a heart attack!

Comment Re: 911 Call (Score 1) 284

Why abuse the poor AC? There are known issues with Amazon EMTs (see links in article). If your "large campus" is really a University, its less profit-driven than Amazon is.

Also, there was a 9-minute delay calling 911. If someone called 911 straight after calling the local EMTs, this man would have gotten to a hospital 9 minutes sooner!

Amazon's "Don't call 911!" corporate mandate prevented this from happening.

Comment Re:Choice paralysis (Score 1) 358

Also wanted to add that co-opting the fringe primarily seems to be happening with one party (i.e., the GOP), and that is reflected in the election results.

However, please bear in mind that in terms of political views, the US is also more conservative than the rest of western society.

What is considered left in the US would be considered pretty moderate or even center-right in many parts of the world.

In may ways, co-opting the extreme right (e.g., the tea party) and some of the libertarian values reflect this reality.

Comment Re:Choice paralysis (Score 1) 358

It may be what you prefer, but empirical studies of choice have shown that most people's choices fall along a median, and success is often the result of trying to accommodate one side of the median and most of the median.

It's the same with consumer products, and it's the same with elections.

All systems lean towards simplicity, and the more mature a system is (i.e., it's been around for longer), the more strong parties coalesce towards the median.

Comment Re:The freedom of not having a car (Score 0) 242

> There are plenty of cities with pretty low crime, quiet streets, and affordable rent.

And those are mostly farming towns, with few jobs.

But I'm not knocking what you're saying.

Under the right conditions (well-watered farmland, sustainable farming practises, no debt), farming is the ideal occupation -- one where high-technology (self-renewing, self-replicating edible machines) uses free resources (sun, water, wind, bees and soil) to create your product.

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