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Comment Re:What else do you expect? (Score 1) 706

He said value over, because people do seem to care a lot more about the second than the first. There are tradeoffs for everything, and just because you value one right over the other doesn't mean you reject one. Even if legally, they're both on the same level, they have different values when it comes to the social perception of things. And that it was matters in the long-term, as that is what defines how much rights/whatever tradeoff we're willing to make concerning those rights. We seem much more willing to let go of the rights of the first than the second.

Comment Re:Slippery slope. (Score 1) 604

Again you forget to mention the fact that he maimed dozens of people as well. If the guy had not actually killed anyone, and the "150 injured" number were the only one floating around, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

A guy blowing off a bunch of people's legs is not a "weekend" in a many cities.

Comment Re:Not true. (Score 1, Troll) 984

You're not really wrong here, but there's something awful about being watched all the time and being busted for every minor and often harmless infraction.

I understand the sentiment but speeding is not an "often harmless" infraction. It endagers yourself and those around you. (Semantics about whether the speed limits are set at the right level or not are here as well, but still).

Comment Re:Science (Score 3, Interesting) 116

I get that it's a joke, but I'm really tired of hearing people demean Texas' education system.
While the state might not do so well in math and science test comparisons compared to other states, the state excels at making many things available to students that are rare if non-existent elsewhere. The right to a good education is in the state constitution (which also asks for the foundation of "first-class" state universities: University of Texas and Texas A&M), and implements a very broad wealth redistribution scheme (Robin hood plan), which makes sure that even very poor school districts can pay for AP classes, music electives, sports facilities, the works. Children who show potential are given chances from a very early age to enter advanced-placement courses, and many efforts are made by teachers to identify children who can enter these.

I honestly think that the low rankings of Texas in Math and Science comparisons is more due to demographics than the school system, and in more general rankings the school fares much better. In any case, it goes to great lengths to let children broaden their horizons with their peers, independent of social class.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 522

that isn't the primary incentive for everyone. Ask all your starving artists, hobbyist programmers who somehow landed a job doing what they love, teachers, the list goes on. Money is important for people mainly to be able to live comfortably. Its primary in the same way food is important. The possitive correlation between satisfaction and salary stops after one point.

Comment Re:What?! (Score 5, Insightful) 642

The purpose of the electoral college was to avoid having the most important office in the federal gov't be victim to popular fervor. In a direct election, radicals can be too easily elected (see tea party). This system prevents that in theory (along with the voting system of the electors: in seperate areas. This prevented one guy from giving a moving speech and changing the minds of everyone.)

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