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Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 0) 139

Imagine thousands of gallons of water rushing through a sewer drain. Mixed up in there is animal feces, decaying plant matter, and whatever else is swept up off the street.

Now, technically, that's more actual water than what is coming out of your kitchen sink tap. But I'm pretty sure that you'd rather drink the tap water than a random sampling of sewer drain water.

Quantity is not the same as quality.

Now, clearly, not every bit of news that Fox News puts out is terrible. It's not all sewer water quality. Frankly, I will take Fox News over damn near any celebrity news site (but that is because I largely hate celebrity news sites). But relying _solely_ on Fox News, or on any one news site.... it's not a good idea.

It's much better to get your news from a wide variety of sources, because then the biases from the various sources can potentially even out. Okay, sure, if they're all conservative sources or all liberal sources, the biases don't even out. No news site is going to be perfect. So let's stop pretending that Fox News is, okay?

News, all news, has biases. And all news, especially in the last dozen or so years, is far more interested in ratings than news. If news happens to bring in the ratings or the page views, so much the better. It brings to mind an occasion from some years ago, when (at the time) Israel was pounding Palestine like cheap veal. CNN was showing news stories about that. MSNBC was showing news stories about that.

But when I looked at what Fox News was showing, they had a "human interest" piece about a horse, stuck in the mud, in Texas. And as the top of the hour came along, they said "Here's the top stories" and of course, mentioned the Israel/Palestine news. And then went back to the horse.

Ratings, not news. That's all that's important to them.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 651

Yeah, but most people don't have their Twitter handles tattooed on their foreheads. (Neither do I, it was just the most over-the-top thing I could think of.)

So, a visitor to the U.S. would still have to tell the government stooge their Twitter handle and password. The point being, if they just turned over a Twitter handle, how does the government stooge prove that it's that visitor's Twitter account? Clearly, if you know the password, that goes a long way towards proving that.

Except, what's keeping someone from just saying that they don't have a Twitter account? It's not nearly as ubiquitous as a Facebook account. And hell, I know people who don't have a Facebook account either.

Comment Re:Welcome to Night Vale! (Score 2) 268

The City Council announces the opening of a new Dog Park at the corner of Earl and Somerset, near the Ralphâ(TM)s. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the Dog Park. People are not allowed in the Dog Park. It is possible you will see Hooded Figures in the Dog Park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the Dog Park. The fence is electrified and highly dangerous. Try not to look at the Dog Park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the Hooded Figures. The Dog Park will not harm you.

Comment Re:how about this (Score 5, Insightful) 626

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that most, if not all, of those 97 companies are global. When one country does {stupid thing}, other countries tend to react to that by doing their own {differently stupid but related thing}. That makes it very hard to continue doing business effectively.

Now, are these companies uncaring about people in their own backyard? Well, technically, yes. But no more so than normal. They want to continue to make profits. If they could make lots of money by treating all employees like fluffy bunnies who just need a hug, they would. Especially if they would make less money by being uncaring.

But most companies do not shit on their employees without a reason. And most companies want employee morale to be good, as it increase productivity. If employees are worried about being stranded in another country because the country they work in is passing poorly thought out travel laws, it tends to affect employee morale negatively.

Comment Re:how about this (Score 4, Insightful) 626

Or, and I'm just throwing this out there....

it's a terribly conceived, poorly written, and horribly implemented EO that doesn't actually make the U.S. safer, provides our enemies with the recruitment point they've been wanting for years, and conveniently leaves out countries in the Middle East where terrorists who have killed people on U.S. soil have come from. (They're also countries that Trump has business interests in, but I'm sure that's just an amazing coincidence.)

Comment Re: LOL (Score 1) 899

No, you dingbat. I was refuting the erroneous claim that white people are a minority in the U.S. Nothing more, nothing less.

Also, considering that white people colonized North America from Europe, what possible justification is there for calling it a Caucasian homeland? Other than "we took this land by force, so there!"? Because, you know, that shit can backfire on you.

Comment Re:Maybe train the American kid first (Score 2) 660

Part of the problem is the continued belief that everyone should go to college. No, they shouldn't. We probably all know people who went to a college to get the degree that society promised would get them the good life.

Except that in most actual jobs, a degree in French Literature or History or, hell, a lot of the majors in the humanities doesn't help. I knew a guy with an English degree who worked at a retail job for a decade. (To be fair, I worked with him, and I have degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science.)

But colleges can't make money unless they push that idea that everyone should go to college. So they make it easy (except financially) for people to college. When I first went to college, the university I went to had the requirement that you had to have at least a 900 SAT score (this was back when the max SAT score was 1600.) At the time, the joke was you could get an 800 by signing your name on the test and walking away. So, getting a 900 was pretty easy.

But they get to college and.... half of them don't know what they want their major to be, or they think that they're going to be able to wave a Bachelor's in Anthropology on a street corner and get a job.

And then the ones that do go into STEM fields.... I had to take, as required non-major courses, several history courses, foreign language courses, for some reason a Psych class, and a few more in there. Okay, sure, the German courses have come in handy for swearing in a language my co-workers can't understand, but.....

Sure, it made me "well rounded" (and I actually did keep a couple of the textbooks from the history classes), but I could have gotten each degree at least a year quicker if it had focused on the major and not required all the extraneous crap.

Which, of course, would have meant less money for the university, and we can't have that, can we?

Comment Re:It;s targeted to the wrong muslims then (Score 0) 899

It's kind of amazing how countries in the Middle East that aren't on the ban list are the ones that Trump has business interests in. It's almost like Trump is using the power of the Presidency to enrich himself.

No, wait, that's totally what he's doing. I won't be a bit surprised if the border wall construction contracts end up being 'no-bid' parceled out to friends and family of Trump.

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