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Comment Commercial "education" generally fails (Score 2) 88

Education is one of the things that if done well requires a high level of skill and dedication from those doing the education. Hence if done well commercially, it becomes too expensive for almost all people.

The solution is to have the state do it and to draw the teachers from qualified idealists and let them do it how they see fit. Sure, this has its own set of problems, but it is vastly better than the capitalist way of doing it, because that does not work at all. The authoritarian way (curricula specified in detail by the state) universally fails nicely as well.

Incidentally, this is that standard situation in Europe and it works reasonably well. It does require a large enough supply of smart, capable, idealistic and non-greedy people though, and that may be hard to come by in the US, especially the "non-greedy" part as US society is pathologically focused on money. With a candidate that ran his own scam of this type (Trump "University") having a realistic chance of becoming the next president, I do not think the future is bright for US academic education.

Comment Re:Who decides that (Score 2) 74

I doubt that. Massive screw-ups like these are usually a team effort. You know, "engineers" that cannot explain the feature well or do not really understand it themselves, "managers" that make decisions without a clue about what they decide on, and so on. I have seen this numerous times in action. It is really quite fascinating to watch how dysfunctional most/all corporate decision-making processes are in large corporations.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 825

There is no basis for comparison between the two...

I beg to differ. I think Trump has Mein Kampf beside his bead for quick reference and has every bit the same capacity for evil as Hitler. In fact, I perceive Trump as the greatest threat to American democracy ever. I believe that, if elected, Trump will immediately set about the business of repealing amendment 22 that enforces a limit of two terms. I believe that the election that elects Trump will be the last that ever appears even remotely free and fair. I believe that Trump fully intends to mute or eliminate all his critics using much the same tactics as his bum buddy Putin does, as soon as he is able. Look to Hugo Chavez's career for the strategy that Trump likely has in mind. Once president for life, Trump will be in a great position to give free rein to his darker side.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 1) 825

I suspect that Hillary Clinton will whack Putin pretty hard when she gets in and be a whole lot firmer about America's global interests than Obama ever was, including putting to rest any doubts about America's resolve and ability to stand by its allies. That's why Russia is meddling in the election. Putin desperately wants his lapdog Trump in, or failing that, nearly anybody but Clinton.

Comment Re:Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 825

This follows the pattern of the proxy wars that marked the "Cold" War to a tee.

It really doesn't. Those proxy wars pitted marxist/maoist groups against right wing dictators. The Syria situation is really about confronting Iranian theocratic expansionism across the iraq-syria-lebanon belt, with Russia jumping in on Iran's side to prop up a former Soviet client and America trying to blunt the Islamic State threat while Russia pretends to help and Turkey maneuvers to block the formation of a Kurdish state. Really, way different from the cold war. It's far more complex, involves more players with their own agendas, and Russia is much weaker this time round. Consider: Russia's GNP is roughly the same size as Canada's and only 50% bigger than Iran's. Not to say that Russia's meddling is irrelevant, far from it, but it is just that: meddling. Other than an ample supply of nukes that it can't realistically use, Russia is a superpower wannabe, not a superpower.

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