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Comment: Re:"Be content to be slaves" (Score 1) 435

by woztheproblem (#44446203) Attached to: Obama Praises Amazon At One of Its Controversial Warehouses

A very very small fraction of blacks commit murder

But, most black males are killed by other black males.

I'm guessing you probably mean most black people that are murdered are murdered by black people, not that the cause of death of most black males is murder by other black males. :-)

And, blacks seem to commit more crime per capita than any other race in the US, by what seems to be a much greater degree than their numbers by % of the US population.

That is true (I think). But the point is that, even so, the odds that a particular black person is a criminal or a murderer is very very low. So there's no need to be afraid of every black person you see. Just because the odds are higher than for other races, doesn't mean the rate is actually high enough to be worried about when you see a person. That's the point Colbert tries to make.

When I watch the local news, I mostly see black faces as those the cops are looking for for a crime, or have picked up for a crime, or are caught on crime cameras committing crimes.

Well, first of all, the local news doesn't report all crimes. But even if they did report all crime proportionally by race, and blacks do have a higher rate of committing crimes, again, the point is that the odds of any black person you see being a murderer is extremely low.

I just don't see that many Japanese folks as being a problem for the crimes in most cities I visit and watch the news.....

Comment: First Class Fliers Shouldn't Get Faster Screening (Score 1) 225

by woztheproblem (#42329283) Attached to: TSA (Finally) Studying Health Effects of Body Scanners
There is a petition on change.org asking TSA to get rid of "priority" screening lines. As the petition says, the speed of a government service should NOT depend on how much we pay to an airline, and TSA should not allow airlines to profit by offering better access to a government service as a perk for a high priced ticket (or participation in their reward programs). The petition doesn't have a lot of signatures yet, but to me it's a no brainer, so I hope it catches on.

Comment: Re:Petition TSA on "Priority" Airport Screening Li (Score 1) 134

by woztheproblem (#42002979) Attached to: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On TSA's "Scanner Shuffle"
Well, petitions on change.org have no time limit, so you can take your time to get a bunch of signatures, then message all the signers to sign another similar petition on the White House Petition site, where the administration has committed to at least responding to all petitions that hit a certain threshold in a certain amount of time.

Comment: Re:Petition TSA on "Priority" Airport Screening Li (Score 1) 134

by woztheproblem (#42002939) Attached to: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On TSA's "Scanner Shuffle"
That's a huge cop out by TSA. Why should TSA allow the authorities to run the lines? TSA runs the checkpoint area. TSA could easily insist that they should run the lines too. At the very least, they shouldn't allow the airport authorities to run the lines that way.

On top of that, there have been times where I have made it through the lines and gotten to the designated "priority" screening area, and TSA turned me away because I didn't have priority access. They appear to be fully complicit in this.

Comment: Petition TSA on "Priority" Airport Screening Lines (Score 2) 134

by woztheproblem (#41998969) Attached to: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing On TSA's "Scanner Shuffle"
This is a little off-topic, but concerns getting TSA to change it's ways. There is a petition on change.org asking TSA to get rid of "priority" screening lines. As the petition says, the speed of a government service should NOT depend on how much we pay to an airline, and TSA should not allow airlines to profit by offering better access to a government service as a perk for a high priced ticket (or participation in their reward programs).

The petition doesn't have a lot of signatures yet, but to me it's a no brainer, so I hope it catches on.

Comment: Re:Packing algorithms don't just apply to shipping (Score 1) 195

by woztheproblem (#27122257) Attached to: Packing Algorithms May Save the Planet

Let's say a company like Amazon came up with a packing algorithm that allowed them to use 10% less packing material. Do you really think that would affect the price so much so that people would buy 10% more items from Amazon? I think that's highly unlikely. If people bought more goods, but less than 10% more goods, there would still be a net decrease in packing material.

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