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Comment Like so many people who wiled the "progressive" (Score 1) 1255

moniker, she's all for an ideal that is currently unattainable, and offers nothing that remotely resembles a solution.

As others posters here have noted, changing the local systems is all but impossible. The apathy the majority of parents of school-age children have and the lack of support from them aside, the system, which got the way it is, thanks in part to the simple minded ideals Allison Benedikt is all for, have locked-out any chance of changing the simply awful public education system from within.

The lives destroyed by public education are innumerable, and mostly ignored by most of the people who were victims of that system. The few that recognize it and refuse to subject their children to it are now supposedly "evil" - the kind of language you'd expect from the religious extremists, I might point out.

I can count the good teachers I had in public school on one hand. I can count the effective ones that worked within that system in a single finger, and she was not a teacher, she was a LIBRARIAN.

If you are financially trapped into sending your kids to public school and upset about it - you SHOULD be ! And you should recognize the lack of commitment and apathy and participation of the other parents that feel the same way as THE SINGLE most contributing problem in reforming it.

Sending your children to an awful public school IS child abuse, and your kids may never forgive you for it; even if they turn out too damaged by the experience and stupid to even be able to articulate WHY !

Comment I have to laugh at this study (Score 1) 459

Because here in the US mortgage companies and loan companies have known about this for a LONG time. It's what they used to help crash the economy.

For example, a relative went to get a home loan. They talked details, percentages, payments. The loan officer gave them the documentation to sign. The documentation didn't match what the loan office told them - he was trying to pull a fast one.

Instead of talking it out with the corrupt loan officer, they simply walked out after rightly accusing him of fraud. The next morning HE WAS AT THEIR DOORSTEP with the corrected paperwork with the correct percentages for the correct loan they had discussed.

Contrast that with a close friend who went to take out a SMALL second mortgage to do come improvements on his property. He spoke to the loan officer, came to an agreement, and when he went in to sign the paperwork it was for a loan for 20K MORE than what they had agreed upon. My unfortunate and timid friend let himself be exploited by the scumbag, who told him it was either that or nothing. Yes, he was stupid, he didn't know any better, didn't realize it was just a scam, and believed the guy when he told him that he couldn't get a loan for a smaller amount from anybody.

So you see, this "research" isn't a huge breakthrough at all, it's something we've already knew, that's been used to exploit people for years, and no doubt will continue to be used that way.

Comment The problem is the government (Score 1) 555

is comprised of individuals that make bad decisions, and are not always motivated with the public's best interests in mind, sometimes are incompetent, sometimes just plain evil.

With a corporation, at least you get to know THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR DECISIONS.

With the government, people are AOK to just let it go as "the government did it".

Well, we need to know WHO is responsible within the organization that's made the decisions. They need to be under scrutiny, they need to be held accountable, and their names need to be spoken/reported. THOSE people should NOT have a right to relative anonymity. They work for US, not the other way around, which is the problem with government, and why people get pissed off and want to slash and burn it at every opportunity.

Journalism used to be comprised of people who actually did some investigative reporting. Now all we have is regurgitation, and a lot of unanswered questions, and a dumbed-down public.

Comment Re:Take MJ off schedule 1, please (Score 1) 526

NO ! GHB was occasionally used as a "date rape" drug, but DEFINITELY not anywhere NEAR as often as ALCOHOL ! ! !

GHB, when properly used, was making people healthy, happy, productive, and getting them off dangerous prescription medications !

The HUGE concern about GHB began, not when it was sold in health food stores and being used primarily by bodybuilders and people who were on to it's healthful applications; it was targeted because suddenly OLDER PEOPLE who had been on multiple prescription medications no longer NEEDED them !

Like ALL drugs, the backlash against their proper positive uses was fueled by a notoriously corrupt media with ties to big industry/advertisers, with an agenda and interest in intentionally misinforming the public and securing the created dependency on the crap that their advertisers peddle.

Yes, GHB was AWESOME for getting a good night's sleep. But that is just a tiny part of the reason GHB was absolutely BELOVED by people using it regularly, in carefully measured doses, to improve overall health.

People were feeling younger, their skin was softer, their outlook on life better, they were more self aware more muscular, more healthy.

And we musn't have THAT when we have toxic drugs and terror and fear to peddle !

Comment Re:Here's what holds ME back. (Score 1) 530

I responded to : "WTF? This doesn't even begin to make sense. First, your claim that taxes are an "inefficiency" is not rooted in any type of economic reality. Second, the idea that taxes don't go toward elimination of poverty is easily proven false (have you ever heard of welfare?!)" I guess I misread, you're absolutely right, shame on me.

Comment Re:Public school indoctrination? (Score 1) 530

People are too partisan to deal with the fact that their side isn't any less corrupt and in need of constant monitoring and aggressive demands for accountability as the other side.

Because, you know, if FEELS good to identify with THE RIGHT side, the side that appeals to them emotionally, despite the fact that both sides are screwing them.

Comment Re:It's easier to push water than to pull it. (Score 1) 159

I'd also point out that it's shocking how little so many of these federal employees know about anything. Forest rangers at Stanislaus, for instance, will tell you that roads do not exist, that the (horrible) maps they have for sale are the only routes, and when you ask them the names of specific landmarks, they have absolutely no clue. I spent quite a bit of time in the area a few years back, and learned quickly to avoid at all costs all forest rangers. They're absolutely misinformative, arrogant, rude, and incompetent. I'm not talking about dirt roads, either; I'm talking about paved county roads within their jurisdictions. They'd deny roads existed, lie about weather a road was paved or not, and just generally be remarkable obstacles.

Comment Something that's half true, is only half true. (Score 1) 625

I see this kind of "reasoning" all the time, it's really a hallmark of propaganda.

Drug companies want to make expensive products that they can make enormous profits from. They don't CARE about quality of life issues or longevity AT ALL, and neither does most of the "medical" establishment, which is essentially owned by the drug companies. Throw in the parasitic US insurance industry, and all delusions of anything that resembles efficiency goes out the window.

Look, how many people on the planet is too much/enough ? It's insane to keep up the crazy pace of explosive population growth and at the same time not expect some sort of global catastrophe.

There ARE drugs, nutritional options, and lifestyle choices that indisputably slow/reverse ageing - to an extent. The drugs, for the most part, you are NOT going to have access to within the US medical care system, since by far most of them are not huge profit-makers, and to be frank, most American physicians are so incompetent that they don't even KNOW about them. There are a dozen safe, inexpensive drugs which slow/reverse ageing I can name off the top of my head that you can't get through the US medical system. With some rudimentary digging I could probably list over 50. Your doctor is NEVER going to talk about them with you, much less prescribe them, and I have zero interest in talking about them because it's essentially a crime to do so.

We put doctors on a bullshit pedestal in this country. They are NOT, for the most part, brilliant or "humanitarian" in ANY way; they've gone to an overpriced trade school, for Christ's sakes. They get the bulk of their information from industry. They make most of their money not from offering competent services, but from peddling crap you do not need.

The FDA is NOT your friend, has not done their job for DECADES, and is hopelessly corrupt.

Industry and the media do NOT encourage you to make lifestyle choices that are healthy, because it cuts into their advertisers bottom line.

The dream of a world with a massive population of healthy, productive elderly people is pure fantasy, and a deadly fantasy at that.

Comment I'm glad there's a mirror. (Score 1) 403

And that he left this record for the world.

Of particular interest to me is the "Living Donor" section of the mirrored site. I hope people will read it and start asking some hard questions of the people responsible for our organ donation system. It's broken and needs to be fixed.

There's a lot on the site. This was a person that was trying to do some good at the end of his life - I respect that. I respect him.

Comment I'm sorry (Score 1) 496

That none of the people responsible for the national security infrastructure of the military will ever be held accountable for creating a situation where such a low-ranking soldier would have enough access that he could see how rotten to the core our country is and feel compelled to assume the role of whistle-blower.

I'm also sorry that so many people think what he did warrants some sort of punishment, letting all the hoards of douchebags off the hook for their responsibilities, all the way up to, and including the President.

I'm sorry the cowardly US media has ignored the international criminal activities exposed by the leak, and continued leaks, and that people are too deluded with nationalism and patriotism to even question for a moment the false authority and hubris our government is obviously guilty of, not to mention the sheer unconstitutionality of it all.

But mostly I'm sorry that they drugged Manning up and tortured him for a protracted period for the specific goal of getting him to apologize publicly. It's disgusting, and yet another example of the rampant corruption that this nation is now entirely based on.

Comment I've experienced it both ways. (Score 1) 892

Given notice, and been escorted out, despite having been practically loved by the entire department.

Given notice, been asked to stay two months, stayed, and regretted it because of the unreasonable work load added, and the stress involved, with no real compensation.

Just outright quit and walked-out, because the company had a rep for escorting people out that gave notice, so screw them, I needed two months off just to recover from having worked for them for two years anyway.

Didn't give notice, but took another full-time job in another industry entirely, without telling either employer, and it worked out awesome despite the stress, because the first employer went into Chapter 11 not a month later, and when they did, EVERYBODY just quit, rendering staying mote.

Started my own company, gave notice, was asked to stay longer, asked for some incentive to stay the period they requested (4 months), they refused to negotiate at all, I offered 4 weeks instead, and was locked-out without notice the very next day. Which only bothered me because of the commute that day to a non-existent job, which turned out really cool because I picked-up a new client in the same complex as I sat in a coffee shop there and overheard some guys talking about needing help NOW and not knowing where to turn.

One job I had for 6 months I quit over the phone after a 4 day cooling off period after the employer attempted to get me to sign a document assuming responsibility for a criminal incident that happened at a college campus facility my only involvement with was to daily pick up paperwork. They actually fabricated documents to make it look like I was the on-duty supervisor there, and when I went out in the car and produced MY copies of MY daily paperwork, which I kept, which they'd forgot they gave me permission to have, they backed-down. At that point, though, I knew I was dealing with a company that was basically a criminal organization - oddly enough they were a bay area security company !

In every situation I was genuinely nice (with an effort), despite often wanting to cuss. But I've been working since I was 15, and had a lot of time to watch and listen.

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