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Comment Re:How is it their fault? (Score 1) 653

Yeah, because all the money we have been pouring into school systems the past 30 years made such a difference until now. Our per capita spending per student is abysmal for our ROI. But we keep voting in the people on the school boards who hire the people who make and execute the budgets for the schools, so there is no one to blame but the person in the mirror. I love the cycles where a new administrator in a district will institute a construction program within their first two years so that people will know they are 'serious' about education. The declining average testing scores may not give community pride, but the [INSERT BUILDING OR OTHER EDIFICE NAME HERE] sure is magnificent/breathtaking/bold/needed/awesome. School property is massively underutilized. Too bad people wouldn't be willing to have school in shifts.

Comment Re:How I see it... (Score 1) 1144

You would quote: " really appreciate it if you could follow the rules on these here bill thingy's" - Is that so? Then please be sure to mention your outrage at the actions our Dear President has taken in arbitrarily moving the requirements for businesses to provide health care for their employees for one year. Please tell me more about how the Executive Branch can choose and pick which parts of a signed law to enforce. Then remember that when a conservative is elected President and pulls the same trick. I bet THEN you start crying, Anonymous Coward. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/02/obama-delay-health-care-law/2484623/

Comment Re:Very un-PC (Score 1) 719

I'm a conservative who was once very hopeful that the Tea Party might help turn around the Republican Party (which is more about expanding the government and the debt than anything else). Then I went to a Tea Party rally, where I got to hear all about how it's the duty of all Americans to NOT pay taxes, and how the niggers are taking over. So yeah, audit them. All of them.

Care to share the date, time, and location of those Tea Party rallies where they stated "niggers are taking over?" If it is so commonplace, how has it never been caught on film, audio track, or digital media?

Comment Re:So about the world (Score 0, Troll) 848

A solid argument. I have a short, and perhaps rude retort. When those who state this is a dire situation start behaving like it is a dire situation, I will consider the argument. If Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, et. al. are going to be held up as paragons of truth, who bring the message to the masses, then they damn well better live by their rules. If they won't or can't, then I won't consider this to be a serious threat, and that those who say it is are only mewling to control our way of life.
Security

Will It Take a 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' To Break Congressional Deadlock? 104

Hugh Pickens writes "For years lawmakers had heard warnings about holes in corporate and government systems that imperil U.S. economic and national security. Now Ward Carroll writes that in the face of what most experts label as a potential 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' threat, Republicans have stalled the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 with a Senate vote of 51–47 against the legislation. This drew a quick response from the staff of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta: 'The U.S. defense strategy calls for greater investments in cybersecurity measures, and we will continue to explore ways to defend the nation against cyber threats,' says DoD spokesman George Little. 'If the Congress neglects to address this security problem urgently, the consequences could be devastating.' Many Senate Republicans took their cues from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and businesses that framed the debate not as a matter of national security, but rather as a battle between free enterprise and an overreaching government. They wanted to let companies determine whether it would be more cost effective — absent liability laws around cyber attacks — to invest in the hardware, software, and manpower required to effectively prevent cyber attacks, or to simply weather attacks and fix what breaks afterwards. 'Until someone can argue both the national security and the economic parts of it, you're going to have these dividing forces,' says Melissa Hathaway, a White House cyber official in the Bush and Obama administrations. 'Most likely, big industry is going to win because at the end of the day our economy is still in trouble.'"

Comment Re:Obvious (Score 1) 1128

I guess the submitter did not read the actual question posed in the poll: “The GSS asked respondents the following question: “I am going to name some institutions in this country. As far as the people running these institutions are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them [the Scientific Community]?”(page 172) The confidence in “people running these institutions” was being measured, not “Science”.
Censorship

Rep. Darrell Issa Requests Public Comments On ACTA 186

langelgjm writes "After repeated dismissals by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Congressman Darrell Issa has taken matters into his own hands by posting a copy of ACTA online and asking for public comments. ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, is a secretly negotiated multilateral trade treaty with the potential for profoundly affecting the Internet. 'ACTA represents as great a threat to an open Internet as [do] SOPA and PIPA and was drafted with even less transparency and input from digital citizens,' Issa said."

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