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Comment Re:Doing the ecological epidemiology (Score 1) 279

.... usually results in findings like this:

http://tylervigen.com/spurious... [tylervigen.com]

After viewing the link I must say that, while I understand the point you're trying to make, I think that there probably IS more than just a passing correlation between the number of people who drowned after falling out of fishing boats, and the marriage rate in Kentucky.

Comment Re:Did anyone actually read the articles? (Score 1) 432

Did anyone read this article? [space.com]. "Geoff Marcy ....

Yep. Summary: famous astronomer resigns because a few people accused him of stuff. Like one guy says he saw him rubbing a girls shoulders. Scary stuff.

Or how about this one? [cnn.com] "Results from a recent AAS survey ...

Yep. Summary: Incredibly low number of people in astronomy say that at some point in their lives they've heard a co-worker or superior say something sexist. Actual rates of sexual harassment remain unknown because the survey focused on compiling superficially scary sounding numbers rather than useful information.

Comment Re:-1 Self-Refuting (Score 1) 432

You can't claim that all of this stuff is so unusual that it is newsworthy and then a paragraph afterwards say that it's so common that men everywhere are actively avoiding women. Pick a story and stick to it.

He didn't say it was common, and it doesn't have to be common. Our fear of something is a combination of both the likelihood of occurrence and the extent of possible harm were it to occur. Parents are constantly telling their children not to talk to strangers, and we have a whole system of procedures which kick in when a child goes missing, even though actual kidnappings by strangers are incredibly rare.

Employees know that a harassment complaint can ruin a good working environment, as well as result in the termination of an otherwise promising career. Employers know it can cost them millions of dollars. Everyone is worried about it, even if it's not particularly common. Basically, at this point, having female employees is an unnecessary risk with severe repercussions and no tangible benefits.

Comment Re:Recognize them??? (Score 1) 144

Actually, incorrect. While some awards (e.g. the Bronze Star, Medal of Honor) are given for unusual behavior (e.g. heroism), the military has the worlds' original badge system. There are badges for everything.

This is true as long as you're speaking about the US military. It seems like you guys get 9 medals before even completing basic. The same cannot be said for other countries. Most Commonwealth nations are much more stingy with medals - if you end up with 5 or 6 in your whole career, you've done well.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 0) 509

Now you're lying, too. Tamir Rice never reached for a damn thing.

That's funny, the police report and all reporting on the case claim that he did. But I'm sure you have access to information that the rest of us don't. Let me guess - the ghost of Bob Marley came to you in a dream, and told you The White Man Executed Tamir, who was sitting there licking a lollipop at the time?

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

THAT IS A LIE, AND YOU ARE A LIAR. Counterexample: Tamir Rice.

Fair enough - he forgot to mention that a small subset are idiots who went around waving a replica pistol at strangers, and then reached for it when the cops arrived.

I'm not sure that qualifies as a lie so much as a justifiable omission. Such cases do not make up a significant percentage of police shootings, since pretty much everyone with an IQ over 70 knows it's not a good idea to reach for a plastic gun when the police are pointing real ones at you.

Comment Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

Thing is, a cop can take you in for any reason for something like 24-48 hours even without a formal charge. You will be taken in handcuffs, you will be fingerprinted, you will get a DNA swab taken, you will be strip-searched, you will be forced to spread your cheeks and cough in front of a cop... then they let you go after 24 hours with no charges and a have a nice day.

After which you'll sue for false arrest and imprisonment, ask for a ridiculous sum for humiliation / pain and suffering, and have a great life afterwards.

Hell, I wish I could find some of these ass-rapey cops that people like you all seem to know - I'd gladly suffer in jail for 48 hours in exchange for a mil or two.

Comment Re:Wasn't there a study that proved this was good? (Score 1) 326

I can't remember where I saw it, but someone did a study comparing booth babes to trained senior citizens and the senior citizens did MUCH better job, resulting in greater sales and great callbacks.

That's no surprising. While I enjoy looking at the booth babes, I tend to avoid them whenever possible since I know that they'll just subject me to obviously artificial flirtation while attempting to repeat marketing gibberish which they don't actually understand. I'd much rather speak to a sweaty bearded guy in a tracksuit who can actually explain the product and tell me how it can help my business.

Comment Re:Not faultless (Score 1) 536

Nope. All the fault is comcast. They lied. Plain and simple.

Um, no, they were mistaken.

If you have to go on the assumption that everybody is always lying to you all the time and double and triple check everything then you will get zero things done in your lifetime.

If you have to go through life assuming that anyone who makes a mistake is a liar, you're going to end up a cynical bastard who never gets anything accomplished, yes. If, on the other hand, you always keep in mind that people are fallible, you're much more likely to end up with good results.

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