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Comment Re:Anything to keep the masses fearful (Score 1) 292

As long as Democrats are opposed to any entitlement cuts and Republicans to any tax increases or defense cuts there is no imminent danger of fiscal responsibility. I prefer a different conspiracy theory. Since exaggerating the danger of physical terrorist attacks worked so well in limiting out physical privacy rights (see TSA, PATRIOT act etc) similar process will work in relieving us of our online privacy as well.

Comment Re:it's the children that suffer (Score 1) 206

The question is whether the situation of the those children will in reality get better or worse by being "fired". It may well be that those children will still end up working, just in some other sweatshop that has even worse conditions, or that they will not go back to school but will be starving on the street. I can tell you for a fact that child labor in some African countries saves their lives from starvation or begging on the street (yes, those countries also have laws against child labor and compulsory education) and that same was true for example during the industrial revolution in Britain. I am not sure about the situation in China, which presumably is not as bad, so I can't make a moral judgment and, unless you have better evidence than I do, neither should you.

Comment Re:What he fuck is wrong with you? (Score 1) 412

Well, a growing economy naturally presents opportunities for people to move up in socioeconomic status through employment, entrepreneurship etc. What I mean by mobility by government policy is that in many European countries people have been moved up the social ladder through a variety of social welfare policies paid for by higher taxes which always reduce growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. In an economy like that you can achieve all kinds of things that look good in statistical comparisons but only in the short run. Eventually you get more of what you reward and less of what you tax and what they are doing is taxing success and rewarding failure.

Comment Re:Wait, so then what? (Score 4, Insightful) 412

And yet even with a "massive waste of human talent" the US leads the world in innovation, scientific achievement, per capita GDP (at least compared to countries that matter), military power (even in comparison to pretty much the rest of the world put together) etc etc. Why are there no European Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook. Do you realize that huge majority of the largest and best companies in the world are US based? Do you realize that 70 of the top 100 universities according to Times Education rankings are in the US? Just imagine what we could do if we didn't have that "massive waste of human talent".

Or perhaps the answer is that relative economic liberty that enables economic growth and innovation cannot be separated from inequality. You can choose one or the other.

Europe is rotten economically and politically to the point where a new wave of dictatorships and wars (a regular occurrence in that part of the world) is not unthinkable anymore and the reason for that is not unrelated to sacrificing liberty for the sake of equality i.e. sacrificing some people for the sake of others.

Comment Re:Wait, so then what? (Score 1) 412

I think most people who are on the short end of income equality would describe it as a problem.
 
They might, but it doesn't mean that it is.
 
  Grading ourselves...
 
The issue being discussed is not grading "ourselves" but grading our schools. As for grading ourselves, well we are doing better than Finland in many respects including for instance per capita purchasing power adjusted GDP of 48K versus 37K. Would you live in Finland? I wouldn't.

Comment Re:Can we speak in clear terms? (Score 3, Insightful) 412

No, it means the US has rich kids receiving a good education, and poor kids receiving a poor education.
 
Hmm, the uncomfortable reality is that rich kids perform better even in same schools with same teachers. It's what happens at home that makes the difference, namely greater expectations from parents and a greater range of activities and experiences outside the school.

Comment Re:Wait, so then what? (Score 1) 412

It's simple. When you compare likes with likes (as far as socioeconomic class goes) the US is not any worse than other countries.

We look worse on the surface because (from TFA), "a disproportionately greater share of U.S. students comes from disadvantaged social class groups, whose performance is relatively low in every country."

Comment Re:So let me get this? (Score 1) 124

Not sure about the laws in Japan but in similar situations in the US wouldn't certain media organizations be liable for "yelling fire in a crowded theater"? Not that I'm in favor of any restriction on free speech but given that we have an established standard where an individual can be held liable for causing panic where people get hurt, shouldn't a news organizations be liable for exaggerated sensationalistic reporting that causes panic and stress related deaths nationwide?

Comment Re:Misdirection (Score 1) 506

The school has armed guards as part of their regular staff, nothing to do with Obama's children who have their own Secret Service protection. Same applies to most of the exclusive private schools where most of the prominent gun control advocates send their kids. Why don't they simply declare them gun-free zones since that works so well for the public schools, and doesn't the presence of guns on the school property actually increase the danger to the kids as they would lead us to believe? And no taxes don't need to go way up. All that needs to happen is to repeal the stupid gun-free zone laws and allow schools to arm a few volunteer teachers (NRA will provide training and background checks for those teachers for free) and if they chose to ask for parent contribution to hire a security guard, and modify the procedures so there is a single point of entry (NRA offered to provide security advice free of charge as well). It would obviously improve the safety of children in reality as opposed of gun-free zones which only work in fantasies of stupid people like yourself.

Comment Re:Misdirection (Score 4, Insightful) 506

has nothing to do with creating safe neighbourhoods, safe work environments or safe schools
 
Except when it comes to our political and media elites who have armed guards patrolling their gated communities, armed guards at their government and network offices, armed bodyguards when they happen to move around, and armed guards at their schools (at the latest count Obama's children's school hires 11, in addition to the Secret Service detail). But of course when it comes to the children of ordinary citizens, they should rely on the magic of gun-free zones and to repel the criminals and the psychos, and of course the police to arrive 20 minutes after the event and make a body count.

Comment Re:Do Not Want! (Score 3, Informative) 272

Let me fix that for you: If you read even the summary, you'd think that's precisely what this is but if you read the article you'd know that it is not. Assuming summaries are at all factual or correct is likely to lead you to fail.
 
From TFA: The PGF isn't just a fancy scope on top of a rifle. All together, the PGF is made up of a firearm, a modified trigger mechanism with variable weighting, the computerized digital tracking scope, and hand-loaded match grade rounds (which you need to purchase from TrackingPoint).

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