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Comment Re:it tells you one thing, at least (Score 1) 1719

Fear - the most concise explanation I've read so far for all these shootings. Paranoia, fear, mistrust of the government, of one's own neighbors, of one's own family. You nailed this one on the head.

That fear is bred by our divisive politics and our sensationalist media. I blame the news more than I blame guns and gun ownership. I think gun ownership is another symptom of the problem - not the problem itself. Banning assault weapons won't work.

What's the solution? Funding public mental health hospitals and asylums are a step in the right direction. Treatment over incarceration is the right direction as well. Psychological testing of school children might help identify potential problems and get kids the help they need before it's too late. Finally, ratchet down the political rhetoric.

Ultimately, though, history shows that whenever we have a dramatic shift of how society functions, we have an increase in violence. Either we have a war (American Revolution, American Civil War, etc) or we have riots like in the 60's, anarchist bombings like the Haymarket Riot, assassinations like Lincoln, or many other examples throughout history. Unfortunately, we live in turbulent times currently, where we have a national conversation on moderately changing the entire direction of the country - changing how we operate for the first time since Jimmy Carter left office. Naturally, it's going to lead to a lot of fear, and as a result, a lot of violence.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 2) 321

I heard once that the reason he didn't do anything with SW after ROTJ was because his ex-wife had a clause in the pre-nup that guaranteed her a certain percentage of Star Wars revenue for 10 years after their divorce - he started work on the special editions as soon as it expired.

Just a rumor, though - I have nothing confirming it.

Comment Re:If voice calls are free... (Score 3, Insightful) 177

I think the idea is that bits are bits, and the voice should all be VOIP over your data connection, and you're charged just for the data which includes the voice.

I've long been thinking that content and delivery need to be separated in the Cable TV industry, and voice and data should be consolidated under the Cellular system as well as POTS.

The cable company or phone company or Google should provide a pipe to our house that we pay maintenance for, and TV channels, websites, VOIP, should all be purchased from separate companies.

If everything is digital, we should be charged strictly for the bits that flow in and out of our house, not separately for different classifications of data.

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