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Comment Re:so before Sandy Point, they were idiots? (Score 1) 528

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/08/02/did-gun-control-work-in-australia/

After Australia passed strict gun controls after their mass shooting in 1996, they haven't had a single mass shooting since then.

Howard cites a study (pdf) by Andrew Leigh of Australian National University and Christine Neill of Wilfrid Laurier University finding that the firearm homicide rate fell by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate fell by 65 percent, in the decade after the law was introduced, without a parallel increase in non-firearm homicides and suicides.

Comment Re:Damn unfortunate (Score 2) 714

I have a very hard time feeling sorry for Ravi.

Not only is he guilty of what he was accused of doing, he rejected the plea offer that would have spared him jail time and deportation (the same deal that the girl in the case took). He had his chance to admit what he did was wrong and atone, but he flat out rejected that and decided to take his chances.

Now, he can think about the consequences of his actions while sitting in jail and in India once he is deported.

Comment Re:Man whose job relies on the scientific method.. (Score 1) 743

You obviously have little clue about theory of natural selection and everything that goes with it. Perhaps you would have a better argument if you actually understood how evolution works.

The Theory of Natural Selection basically states that if a mutation helps you in survival, you are more likely to mate and the helpful mutation will propagate, which will eventually lead to great changes to the specie over time.

There is nothing in this theory that says ALL mutations are helpful. I don't know where you got that idea from, but perhaps not drinking from the ID kool-aid will help you in that endeavor.

There is no such a thing as bait and switch in science. Either your theory is supported by evidence or it isn't. ID has no evidence nor a way to test it. It is not science. Evolution is a fact, Theory of Natural Selection is a well proven theory.

Comment Re:How about something besides science? (Score 1) 659

Did you even try to read the article??? "His parents, Jason and Valerie, want him to have a normal teenage upbringing, so for half the day Gabriel attends a small, arts-oriented junior-high school in the Lake Washington School District called Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, where he takes dance, drama and language arts." He is getting "something besides science"...

Comment Re:IANAL (Score 4, Interesting) 327

The prosecutor fully knows he is barking up the wrong Constitutional tree, but what is really unconcerting is the fact that they are doing this just so that they can find out who "Mr.Fiddlestick" is. Since Google won't reveal who "Mr.Fiddlestick" is without a criminal investigation, they are using this to run around that requirement. I doubt that they will even charge him with the statue. Pretty sickening abuse of power.

Submission + - Online Parody Cartoon Targeted for Prosecution (kirotv.com)

SeattleGameboy writes: It seems that Renton (suburb of Seattle) police needs remedial course on US Constitution.

"The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos. The "South-Park"-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel getting promoted without necessary qualifications. While the city wants to criminalize the cartoons, First Amendment rights advocates say the move is an "extreme abuse of power."

Comment Re:When do they get the question? (Score 1) 220

I agree, but Alex still reads it aloud. At the very least I am getting the same information in two different ways at two different speeds. That must have some negative impact on the brain. Shouldn't that be factored in as well? If you wanted to be indentical, there should not be Trebek to read the question.

Comment When do they get the question? (Score 5, Interesting) 220

In the article, they mention that the computer gets the question as text. Does anyone know exactly when the computer receives the question? Does it receive when the human host starts talking or when the human host completes the question? If it is when the host starts speaking, the computer is getting at least several second head-start on the humans.

Comment Re:What we really want to know... (Score 1) 108

Funny, how everything comes around. Today, bone marrow is probably one of the top "foodie" gourmet item. All of the celebrity chefs like Bourdain, Riepert, and others sing high praises of bone marrow and routinely feature bone marrow dishes on their shows.

I am sure there are thousands of foodies who would have loved to been in your shoes at the dinner.

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