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Comment Re:Deniers (Score 1) 869

I don't understand why anyone would mod this comment up--it pretty much embodies exactly why Slashdot has become nothing more than a site for shills and other political hacks. It is firm and righteous in its moral and intellectual superiority and assumes one would naturally choose one of the article's percentiles. Sorry, not so much. Give me a larger sample size, like 500,000 years, and explain every rise or fall in the temperature.

Comment Vonage (Score 1) 206

I had a similar experience with Vonage when I cancelled: they offered me the same service for $10/month; I was paying around $35, much greater than the ~$15 when I first signed up. I purchased Ooma and am very happy with the $3.67 I pay every month for local 911.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 333

Shame was not advocated, it was shown to be effective by the link I posted. Shame is a very good motivator in certain societies; one of the search results talks about just how effective it is in Japan, for example. You also see shame used by judges, on occasion, throughout the US: the convicted standing on a street corner wearing a sign that says "I am an/a XYZ..." Assuming my advocacy of shame as a motivator by me sharing a link is incorrect.

The president did not tell the truth about the affair: "Now, I have to go back to work on my State of the Union speech. And I worked on it until pretty late last night. But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you!"

Perhaps posting some relevant stats would be useful here; generalities, blatant accusations without proof, and incorrect facts serve little purpose except to confirm current parroted memes.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 333

What are you, Catholic? We need to control people through guilt and shame? Really? That's a US view that's not seen elsewhere. And, having been to places where being on the doll/benefit isn't looked down on the way it still is in the US, the US has the worse system and still more "shame" to it. Yes, kids in school get picked on for having discount lunches. I've seen them beat up for it. And you want to make life harder on them because you feel there's insufficient "shame".

Shame has been shown to be one of the biggest motivators to shape behavior and it is much more powerful in the rest of the world, especially outside of the West. Scroll down to see about 30 results, there are plenty of papers and articles here.

Doesn't work for corporate executives. They show shame and guilt when ordered by their lawyers, and yet offend at a rate greater than any minority slums (they just have legal representation to get the charged dismissed/reduced)..

Isn't the 1% a pretty small and biased sample size?

Comment Re:Fucking idiots (Score 1) 1532

Apparently you missed the part in your high school US Government class where a branch of government *does* have the power to shut down all of government.

The ACA was passed in as legitimate democratic act as the current budget has not been passed in a legitimate democratic act. In fact, I would argue the latter much more so.

The president's legacy is now ruined: few will remember the Speaker's name, the majority whip or any other representative or senator. History will only show that the government was shut down during this presidency. Legacy is a large part of a president's second term.

Your analogy is as tasteless as it is misinformed.

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