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Comment Re:Where are these parents (Score 2) 342

No, they're probably worried more about keeping their job and healthcare from day to day than about some dumbass policy at school that they know they can't change anyway since they have no time to go to the board meetings and don't want to get involved in crazy school board politics (yes, of course they exist). Some even say they don't want to rankle the neighbors with politics.
This is the reason that the person who did the final draft of the 1st Amendment, Fischer Ames, was a HUGE critic of democracy: People are busy. Really busy. they would not have time to help run the government! That is what is happening here.

This We're Smart and Everyone Else Is Stupid mentality you're fostering is part of the destruction of our country, a subtly vicious meritocracy, and it HAS to frickin stop if we want any progress. Parents are NOT dumb, they're over-frickin-worked and exhausted! They have little or no time to worry about rights. They just want their kids to get a good education (yes, I know the argument here...) They trust in the school system because it's the only thing available to them, and a host of other reasons.

Comment Nutritional Value and Applicability (Score 1) 242

New technology isn't always better technology. Processed foods turned out to be pretty bad. What about printed foods? Just because we pack a bunch of powders into something doesn't make it nutritious, in fact (no reference, sorry) I recall hearing that one needs whole foods to be healthy. We don't know how the body processes all these things, and simply putting them together in something doesn't make it healthy. Granted, printed food is probably better than nothing, but I'll keep my fresh veggies and meat for now, thanks.
Also, the hitch seems to be that we won't waste food. I've heard stats in the U.S. that we waste a ton of food. I certainly don't, does that stat count restaurants? Would this tech end up there?

Comment Further info (Score 1) 223

Kinksters used this stuff as a topical prep for needles/hooks/scalpels (not common hand soap, the real deal). More prevalently I believe it was a surgical prep, and a damn good one. I heard from a medical professional that it may even have been able to get inside a wound without any badness. Great stuff, worked really well to get rid of almost everything (long story short: no anti-microbial/bacterial gets rid of everything, triclosan is one of the best from what I understand).
So yeah, it vanished off shelves a couple years ago.

Comment Re:I'd be excited about this movie, except... (Score 1) 470

Yes. It's called "living in a small town" where most people hold similar views, or keep their bad views to themselves..

In a larger society isn't necessarily possible to check everyone anymore, but this kind of thinking exists because it's the way people live: in groups that hold similar views. We want to fund those views we feel will help us and not fund those that might hurt us somehow.

Comment Re:Yep, typical (Score 1) 304

Read up on Fisher Ames. He is surprisingly absent from the history books even though he is the one who penned the final draft of the first amendment. He pointed out that while democracy is a nice idea, not enough people would ever take enough interest to make it work (that's the short version. he called Thomas Jefferson "Jeffs" and thought him a deluded and naive individual).

What we have happening is the practicality of the system completely overturning the applecart of the spirit of the system.

Comment Re:What year is this? (Score 1) 559

Yes, it was kind of a handout to big pharma. Again.
It's also propagating a VERY broken medical system in this country, one that advocates lots and lots of tests, partly because "school told me so" and partly because they have expensive malpractice insurance and huge medical school debt to cover. It's a whole culture of unanticipated side effects that worked for a while and is not making sense anymore. THAT is what people do not want to give money to, I suspect, but they would like to make sure everyone has a basic level of coverage.
People want some real solutions, not just a bunch of money thrown at corporations and a system that has so many problems.

Comment Technology was supposed to... (Score 1) 559

It wasn't always like this. Keynes, for instance, believed (along with others) that advances in technology would allow people to work much less and enjoy life more.
We've said it here so many times it's worn through, but technology was supposed to spread out the benefits, allow less work and more enjoyment of life, not widening gap of fear and grasping where neither the rich NOR the poor seem happy with what they have.

There are some great books to kickstart the brain on this, I find Tom Hodgkinson's "How to Be Idle" and "The Idler's Companion" are good places to pause and ponder, a good launching point.

We need a major shift in the way people think about work, running themselves into the ground. A major cultural shift. What I fear is that mankind will keep on the way it has: Letting millions starve when there's more than enough to go around, competing and making various ***ocracies.

On the other hand, one might consider reading that "Rat Race and Why You Need It" book (or whatever it's called) for some counterpoint.

Advance in technology is good, I don't want to come across as a luddite here, but can't there be a middle ground? Isn't it supposed to be a social net to catch those displaced but a rapidly advancing society?

Comment CNET Documents (Score 1) 76

Anybody else get the email about this? I'm hearing that CNET has a 1000 page document outlining that the government has already allowed companies total immunity from prosecution over backdoors for wiretapping, and they just want to retroactively make it legal with CISPA.
Am I really late on the game here, or not?

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