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Comment Re:That's easy (Score 1) 401

My father grew up in an orphanage.
My mother grew up in a housing project.

I am college educated and own my home. Their hard work elevated us into the middle class. I have access to resources that my parents didn't and it's because they took part in the process of moving from the 'outside' to the 'inside'.


Comment I hate football (Score 4, Insightful) 185

but I have to say that coaches like Belichick are the reason why the NFL feels the need to take such precautions. If they didn't, some coach would get the idea to use spotters and/or directional mics to eavesdrop on opposing teams and send the information to the coach, who would then relay it to the men on the field.


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

No it's not, because everbody KNOWS the first one really means the second one.

No, everyone doesn't know that because it's not true.

The term for that is 'dog whistles' - when you say words that incite violence and disguise it *just enough* that you'll be hard to convict in a court while making damn sure nobody is mistaken about what you meant.

Most of us understand what dog whistles are and people of all political persuasions make use of them. If the words do not directly convey the message, you're talking about Thought Crime. I'm not willing to go down that road and fortunately, I still have the right to vote based on that position.

Besides which - pain is not the issue, actual neural scarring is. Which has been proven to be a potential consequence from a pattern of abusive words.

Citation Needed


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

If you still believe that ignoring hate speech can prevent injury then you are about 30 years behind the scientific facts.

In order to hurt me with words, I would have to value one's opinion.

Even if you ignore that words themselves CAN do permanent, real, physical harm to a person - you still run into the problem that advocating violence (which is what most hate speech is under) will cause OTHERS to wield sticks and stones.

There is a clear line. Between simple speech and advocacy or inducement.

Saying "#Person is a piece of shit #Slur and I hope he dies!" is far different than saying "#Person is a piece of shit #Slur and one of us should pick up a #Weapon and blow his fucking brains out!"

You can choose to allow the former to cause you pain.


Comment Re:The war on speech is already being waged.... (Score 1) 377

Sticks and stones being wielded by people in order to assault and injure? That act is illegal. Not the sticks and stones themselves, but the act of wielding them in such a way.

If ignoring the sticks and stones could prevent injury, it wouldn't be necessary to do anything about them.


Comment Re: In other words. . . (Score 2) 314

I favor the libertarian model. Just to be clear, I'm not a Libertarian but I like many points of their philosophy.

Many people are surprised by this because as a black man, they don't expect that I'd argue in favor of someone's right to discriminate but yes. If you want to discriminate, it should be legal BUT you have to face the consequences of that decision.

I suspect that the vast majority of the people I know, of all racial backgrounds, would refuse to do business with someone who mistreated me just as I would refuse to do business with someone who had mistreated them.

Being that this is AirBNB, a private entity, I like it. If you're going to discriminate, they will not do business with you.

The power of the Free Market at works.


Comment We're not there yet but... (Score 1) 265

I was a kid when I saw the Terminator. It caused me to do a lot of thinking about autonomous weapons systems and the fear is completely justified.

The killing of human being should only be done BY human beings. There has to be some human cost to be paid by the killer. There are some things that a human being can flat out refuse to do.

Launch a missile at a parking lot full of baby strollers? No.

A machine will not question such an order and will do it without hesitation at the time or remorse later.


Comment Re:Sour Grapes (Score 1) 87

Why are you using this dumbass expression?

I would suspect one of two reasons.

Either 1:
He isn't talking about just musicians. He's talking about musicians, authors and filmmakers.

Or 2:
He's doing whatever he can to avoid calling people like Young Thug, Kodak Black and Lil Uzi by the label "Artists".


Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 1) 294

There is nothing inherent about women that would make them not work as hard as men. That's nonsense.

If you're talking about "putting forth as much effort", you're probably right but if you're talking about "able to perform as much physical labor in the same amount of time", you're definitely wrong.

Obviously there are individual women who are stronger than most men but on average men are stronger and can perform more physical labor.

It's not discrimination that lead to most loggers, miners and firefighters being male, it's biological differences.

There is some physical recovery for the woman after childbirth, especially depending on the method of delivery. However, the amount of leave goes beyond what's necessary for recovery.

They would probably just outright lose the employee if they didn't give what she deemed to be "Adequate" leave when a child is born. It's a compromise that employers make because it's better for them to wait a few additional weeks for the experienced employee to return than it is to hire and train a replacement.


Comment Re:Big surprise some jackhole Silicon Valley (Score 2) 242

I can hear the 80s era commercial version of their service.

"Is that pesky first amendment getting in your way?
Is someone saying things about you that you don't like?
Did someone publicize something sleazy that you did but was recorded without your knowledge?

We can help. We'll sue them into oblivion and maybe get you some money in the process.

Call 1-800-SHYSTER
There's no fee unless WE get money for YOU!"


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