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Comment Re:Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 228

There are other things that are common here that aren't done in "more civilized" part of the world.

Male circumcision, you mean?

When are drugs like flupirtine going to be available in the US? When I moved here back around the turn of the century, I was rather flabbergasted that all the doctors could prescribe was opioids (except for the one opioid painkiller that isn't very habit forming, buprenorphine, which is only approved for treating drug addiction in the US).
Now, 17 years later, the situation is still the exact same.
The US is a 3rd world country compared to what Europe was a generation ago. But at immensely higher prices.
Americans think they get the world's best health care because they pay so much. But a quick look at statistics like life expectancy and mortality from diseases shows otherwise. It's a backwater.

Comment Re:If you are so sure (Score 1) 261

So the question might be reversed, should everyone with the same job description be paid exactly the same, regardless of work output or experience?

This is a good question. All people inflate their own sense of worth. Workers who claim to work 80 hours a week are often making very different choices about how to manage their time as someone who claims to work 40. It's one half of the Dunning-Kruger effect (the other half being that people of high capability often underestimate the difficulty of what they do).


Now I'm not saying that you're exaggerating the amount of work you did in comparison to others (especially those tricksy women, amirite?), but it would be consistent with what we know about human nature and the actual data from the workplace of people who claim to work long hours. Studies have shown that the more hours people claim to work over 55, the more they're exaggerating how many hours they actually work. People who claim to work 75-80 hours a week are usually overestimating by at least 20 hours.


Competence is a complicated thing masquerading as a simple thing. No, people who have the same job title as you shouldn't necessarily make the same amount of money. Your pay is based on performance reviews, training, proven competence and a whole slew of other inputs. The problem is, a lot of those so-called metrics have a built-in bias. And in a salaried workforce, those biases can really run rampant. That's why in countries with healthier, more dynamic economies, you will see pay based on seemingly arbitrary measures like job title and seniority. This was an innovation of the labor movement and led to the most productive workforces in the world.


I have no doubt that you're a competent, hard-working guy. That's my built-in bias because I like you, Ol Olsoc. A lot of times, we find agreement around here. We have things in common. If I were overseeing a performance review of you, I'd probably be predisposed to rate you highly. I'd certainly be predisposed to rate you more highly than the woman who's been a bitch to me every since I made that joke about the one-eared elephant at Miller's retirement party.

Now, get the picture?

Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 1) 261

Sure. Katie Ledecki got gold for swimming 800m about 15s slower than Connor Jaeger did for swimming 800m on the way to 1500m for mere silver. Still think there isn't something inherently different about women, or was Ledecki just sandbagging the way to the world record?

That doesn't answer my question: Do you think Katie Ledecki didn't work as hard as Connor Jaeger? Was she less productive (remember, the "product" is gold medals)?

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 501

You are a dipshit ,you cited another source. "Bush White House has resulted in restoration of 22 million of the missing messages" Can you read ?

The trick is that you have to read more than just the headline.

"An investigation into e-mails that seemed to have disappeared from the Bush White House has resulted in restoration of 22 million of the missing messages and a deal to uncover what could be millions of other e-mails that allegedly fell through cracks in the archiving system, two nonprofit groups said Monday.
However, an untold number of official e-mails from President George W. Bush's era will probably never be recovered because it would be extremely costly to do so, lawyers involved in lawsuits brought by the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said.
"While we have not gotten every e-mail, some major gaps have been filled," said Meredith Fuchs, an attorney for the National Security Archive.

Comment Re:And gassing Jews is effective too, so? (Score 1) 299

The argument is about whether it's MORAL to murder children.

No, it isn't. Before we can even begin to argue that, we need to arrive at mutually acceptable definitions of "murder" and "children". It makes as little sense as arguing whether it's moral to murder bananas (but at least we have a fairly good agreement on what a banana is).

All resorting to hyperbole like "murder children" does is mark you as someone not worth inviting to a rational discussion.

Comment Re:god-botherer? (Score 1) 78

Rather hypocritical of you, seeing how you are spreading the gospel of darwinism you were indoctrinated into absent any understanding, and sprinkled with racism.

I hate to spring to the defence of an AC against another AC, but you seem to be unaware that darwinism also implies an end to racism and even speciesism, because there are no dividing lines.
You need binary thinking to get hate crime, and modern biology is delightfully free of that..

His comment had nothing to do with souls or religion, his point was nobody gets to chose, and you wouldn't be barking that cr@p had you been born in the "wrong place", cuz you'd be jerky drying under the sun regardless of how "fit" you consider yourself to be.

"Being born in the wrong place" is a double absurdity - both because you can no more be the offspring of someone else than you could be the offspring of a wrench and a comet, and also because the human being isn't a binary on/off, but develops gradually with its body - the being is a product of both genetics and environment and becomes progressively more a self over the formative years, until perhaps losing the self again at the end. There is no magical soul involved, with a potential for being transplanted.

Killing poverty is exactly as reprehensible as handing out condoms in this regard. You prevent a lot of potential people from ever becoming aware entities, and open room for others who have a chance of leading better lives. It requires some seriously magical thinking to think one of these as bad and the other good.

As for "fittest", the offspring of people living in Kalahari are, up to modern times, those most fit (or, rather, least unfit) for surviving and reproducing in Kalahari. And the offspring of Inuit seal hunters are, up to modern times, those most fit for surviving and reproducing in that environment. Neither would face good chances of nurturing viable offspring if transplanted to the other environment.

Comment Re:There is no gender gap it's b.s. (Score 1) 261

You may not have notice when you were copy-pasting those links, the ONE STORY that was actually about the pay gap and had any data was about worldwide pay in developed nations. Women in most European countries have been making the same as men for decades. Hell, even in little countries like Serbia, there's been pay equity for over half a century. The other two stories were op-ed pieces by people who presented evidence, only feelings.

If you look up at the headline of this story, you will notice that it's, "Apple, Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft Sign White House Pledge For Equal Pay". Get that? White House pledge. That means US. And brother, there is absolutely a pay gap in the US. Don't believe me, listen to what those filthy SJW Socialists over at the Wall Street Journal had to say:


Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 1, Interesting) 261

If you mean "hard" as in "actually performed an objectively measurable feat of strength",

Come on, man. What was the last time you think someone reading Slashdot "actually performed an objectively measurable feat of strength"?

This story is about Apple, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft. How often do you think the jobs we're talking about require "feats of strength"?

Comment Re: And the other end of the deal? (Score 1, Interesting) 261

Professional sports would probably disagree with you on that.

Whoa there. Do you believe that the gold medal winning women olympic gymnasts didn't work as hard to achieve their accomplishments as their male counterparts? Did you see what they did?

Do you realize that the US women took home more medals in this olympics than the men?

And in regard to professional athletics, do you really believe - honestly - that the top male tennis players in the US had to work harder than the women players? The leading US women's tennis player has almost twice as many grand slam wins as the leading US men's tennis player.


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