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Comment Re:Asian discrimination?? (Score 1, Informative) 335

This is an American news story. Here, Asian means Oriental, which is where ninjas, samurai and kung-fu monks come from. But we shouldn't say Oriental any more because it reinforces racist notions about which direction the Roman Empire thought the sun rose from in the morning. (Part of that is a joke, but, sadly, not enough.)

If it was a European news story, Asian would mean Muslim and nothing more, though you can usually make a good guess based on the country: English Asians are mostly Pakistani, German Asians are mostly Turkish, French Asians are mostly Tunisian, Algerian, Moroccan, etc, Italian Asians are mostly "Syrian, *wink* *wink*", and so on.

Comment Petty (Score -1, Troll) 335

Thiel spoke at the Republican convention, so now he is getting the Tea Party treatment. And this is why Trump needs to fire 98% of the federal government.

Discrimination is a trap. There is no way to hire more than one person without exposing yourself to charges of discrimination. If he doesn't hire enough Orientals, he's discriminating against them. If he does hire them at the rate they "deserve", he is necessarily discriminating against whites (and no one cares), hispanics and blacks. Note that California colleges all discriminate against orientals, and the courts say it is fine when they do it. If they didn't, there would hardly be anyone else enrolled there.

This melodrama villain monologue sums it up:

Did you really think we want those laws observed? We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted â" and you create a nation of law-breakers â" and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

Comment Re:so... (Score 1) 636

He made his opinions on the matter pretty clear in his letter, written while he was alive. Unless you've got a peer-reviewed seance showing otherwise, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and take him at his own word.

By the way, good job on following the playbook. Discredit, disqualify, change the subject. I forget what's next. Are you going to discover that his ghost is racist? Or are you going to call him a paid shill because his widow earned $43 in cashback on her gas station credit card?

Comment Re:so... (Score 1) 636

Apparently less well known in the UCSB and APS communities you are getting your information from is his other impairment. He died on May 26th, 2011, at the age of 87.

In response to his letter, the APS stated that "virtually all reputable scientists were agreed on observations of human caused global warming". Which is funny, because Hal had been one of those reputable scientists, even writing in one of his books (in 1990) that all of the models show the same net effect.

Of course, Hal, being an ethical sort of guy, lost his standing as a "reputable scientist" when he noticed that over the following 20 years the predictions and projections of those models all failed spectacularly.

Comment Re: Asinine. (Score 1) 425

Hmm. Cops seem to think that the benefit of guns outweighs the cons. Hillary's 24/7 armed guards seem to think that the benefits of guns outweigh the cons. I think we can safely extend that to "Every person in a profession that deals with crime, criminals or physical security thinks that the benefit of guns outweighs the cons."

I live on the same planet as those experts, and I'm exposed to the same range of people and range of situations. I defer to their professional, expert opinion, and I adopt as much of their equipment, training, practice, and infrastructure as I practically can. And I'm blessed to live in a place where the people insist that their government respect, however grudgingly, my right to do so.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 425

Holy crap! Unlimited weapons for all since 2008? And no one told me until now? I'm going to get a M240 ASAP! Then maybe a GAU-8.

I don't know if you can connect the dots from 1934 to 1968, but if the NRA hadn't shifted gears when it did, by today there would be no guns around to advocate for the safe handling of, nor to promote marksmanship with. Funny story, the Republican Party is just now having the same sort of awakening: if they don't start conserving the nation ASAP, their advocacy of conservative values is about to become moot.

Comment Re:Have they never heard of Phil Zimmerman? (Score 1) 425

Crap. I have mod points and this needs to go to +5 ASAP, but I already commented here. Someone hook him up.

In this thread alone, I've already seen at least 2 references to (what the posters apparently don't know as) one or two of the Four Horsemen of the Infopocalypse.

MP3 - Panel discussion on the first war/history. It is Episode 39 if you want more details from the show guide.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 2) 425

It was The Progressive, in 1979, and it was thermonuclear bombs, not atomic. (there is no secret to be kept, quoted in 1945. Everyone already know how to build a Uranium bomb, so much so that it wasn't worth testing.) And it wasn't a complete guide, but more of a "these are the mountainous engineering challenges you need to solve". Since communist spies had already lifted far better materials, I don't think the magazine actually helped anyone except curious American nerds.

Full issue in PDF available here. And it is fascinating, if you are into that sort of thing.

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