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Comment Re:Gotta say (Score 1) 31

On the plus side, think of the opportunities for yanking their chains!

Me: Hey, wife! Did you use up the cocaine without replacing it?? You KNOW you're supposed to get more if you use up the last of it!

Wife: Husband, I haven't touched the coke in weeks. Either the kids or the dogs are getting into it. Or you're just blacked out from when you used the stuff up. In any case, there's still plenty of Ecstacy and Heroin, so I don't see what you're getting so excited about....

***and on and on for ten minutes or so, before turning to the football scores.....

Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 251

if cesarean became the normal method of delivery for an extended period of time (many generations) could humans end up at a point where natural birth was not possible?


Or not.

Such a situation would allow larger-brained humans to be born with increasing regularity. It would not require that larger-brained humans be born, just allow for the possibility.

Would that qualify as "evolution"? *I* think so, but I am not an evolutionary biologist, so what do I know?

Comment Trump's spending binge?? (Score 1) 246

As I recall, Congress is the one who spends money, not the President. All the President can do is ask Congress to spend money like a drunken sailor.

And with the general dislike of Trump on both sides of the aisle, I'm not seeing much inclination for Congress to let The Donald go on a spending binge....

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 2) 278

So, tab out, read the Tenth Amendment, then go through the body of the Constitution and find the text discussing education as a Federal Power. Then get back to me...

Since education isn't mentioned at all in the Constitution, I think it's pretty safe to say that the 10th means it's not something the Feds have any business doing....

Comment Re:Doubleplusgood! (Score 1) 394

have it immediately challenged in court,

Have it immediately challenged in court in two different jurisdictions, each under a different Court of Appeals, you mean?

And then get different results in the two Appeals Courts....

Sorry, the Donald isn't going to get Flag Burning criminalized. Not without eight years in office, plus a sea-change in the composition of ALL the Appellate Courts. Which will take longer than eight years, unless someone starts assassinating Appellate Court judges....

Comment Re:Unsurprised (Score 1) 403

Fascinating that you're in education...

instead are continuing to listen to people who do not know anything to tell the rest of us how enlightened they are.

Remove that word, and it's grammatical.

The only people who complain about such a system are the once more concerned about other people's kdis than they are about educating their own.

Ones. Not "once"...

Comment Re:Statistical anomaly? (Score 1) 105

On the other hand, the results of the previous studies they're comparing this new one to had the same issues.

So what's changed significantly in the past 16 years? Or, more likely, the couple of decades before the last 16 years?

Other than no leaded gas, lower pollution levels overall, warmer climate, I mean....

Comment Re:Is this Soviet Russia? (Score 1) 171

(* Actually, I don't understand how "as new" can be legal as a description -- much of the benefit of buying new is the warrantee period and related support.)

Some people don't care much about warranties, but would really like to be a "used" item that's going to work reasonably well. "as new" implies it'll work, but that the warranty doesn't apply.

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