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Comment Re:doh! (Score 2, Informative) 528

Obama didn't release his birth certificate for one very good reason, he is very clever and Trump is very stupid.

The fact is that the Republicans will always invent some crazy idiotic 'scandal' that they obsess about and endlessly throw up smoke. The birther conspiracy was mind numbingly ridiculous. It would require someone to go back in time to plant the birth notice in the papers. Or for some group of conspirators to go to an enormous amount of trouble in order to make a particular black kid president.

So rather than release the birth certificate and let the Republicans invent a new scandal, Obama held onto it and let them obsess about a scandal nobody else thought made the slightest sense, knowing that he could knock their house of cards down any time he chose. Which of course he did a week before the Bin Laden raid which was guaranteed to end the story.

George W. Bush opened torture chambers across the world and collected photographs for a sick sexual thrill. Yet nobody ever talks about that. None of the people complaining about Hilary ever complained about GWB refusing to comply with Congressional investigation or the deletion of 5 million emails.

So here is what is going to happen. Trump is going to go down to the biggest defeat since Carter and he is going to drag the rest of his party down with him. And afterwards there is going to be a new civil rights act that prohibits Republican voter suppression tactics and the gerrymandering that give them a 5% advantage in elections. And by the time it is all done the Republican party will have two choices, either boot the racist conspiracy theorists and Trumpists out or face two decades in the wilderness.

Comment Why this is news for nerds (Score 2, Insightful) 196


"After the Trayvon Martin verdict I was talking to Prince and he said, 'You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie, they think, he's a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a hoodie they think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a dot-com billionaire.'"

"I said, 'Well, yeah, Prince that's true but that's because of racism.' And he said, 'No, it's because we have not produced enough black Mark Zuckerbergs. That's on us. That's on us. To deal with what we're not doing to get our young people prepared to be a part of this new information economy.'"

Comment Please put this in perspective (Score 1) 140

A $273 million research satellite was dashed into pieces, resulting in a financial disaster

A major studio (Disney) spends $307 on "John Carter", another major financial disaster.

We spend more making bad movies about space travel than we spend on actual research.

At least the Japanese can try again with an improved version of their satellite, while Disney will never be able to turn something like "John Carter" into a successful movie.

Comment My definition of financial bubble (Score 1) 271

I used to define a financial bubble as when the guy in the cubicle next to you brags about how much he made in his investments. When that started to happen, I knew the market was ready for a correction.

Now my definition is "When Slashdot starts offering investment advice"

To answer the OP, "Sell every crypto currency you have right now"

Comment Re:Schooling, perhaps? (Score 1) 519

And you don't know that the other countries mentioned also have a unionized teaching workforce? Australia , Germany , and Sweden all have active teacher's unions.

Your right wing anti union propaganda does not hold up when researching the actual conditions in educationally high ranking nations. The rest of the world does not follow what you believe.

Comment Almost as good as "signs your child is a Goth" (Score 1) 151

from the "Landover Baptist Church" (hint for the oblivious: this is not a real church): .....

23-Misbehaves at school.
24-Misbehaves at home.
25-Eats goth-related foods. Count Dracula cereal is an example of
26-Drinks blood or expresses an interest in drinking blood. (Vampires
believe this is how to attain Satan. This act is very dangerous and
should be stopped immediately.)
27-Watches cable television or any other corrupted media sources.
(Ask your local church for proper programs that your child may watch.)
28-Plays videos games that contains violence or are of a role-playing
29-Uses the internet excessively and frequently makes time for the
30-Makes Satanic symbols and/or violently shakes head to music.
31-Dances to music in a provocative or sexual manner.
32-Expresses an interest in sex.
34-Is homosexual and/or bisexual.
35-Pursues dangerous cult religions. Such include: Satanism,
Scientology, Philosophy, Paganism, Wicca, Hinduism and Buddhism.
36-Wears pins, stickers or anything else that contains these various
phrases: "I'm so gothic, I'm dead", "woe is me", "I'm a goth".
37-Claims to be a goth.

Oh wait a second. The UK list is supposed to be serious!!!

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