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Comment The portrayal is accurate (Score 1) 590

In the Western world, look at who is typically involved in dangerous adventure, military special operations, an other such indulgences--it's young white males.

Elderly? Maybe a wizard or kung-fu master (did they even consider these stereotypes?), but your typical elderly citizen isn't taking on endless physical fights with gusto.

Female? As if females were as strong, tough, and physically aggressive as males? Show me the dominance of females (esp. thin, frail sexy ones) in coed boxing or MMA, or competition shooting, or military ops, etc. As such, it looks like females are actually overrepresented.

Racial minority? This would be influenced not only by the number of those involved in such types of dangerous adventure, but also by concerns over portrayal lawsuits (e.g. "The character does what?!? Racist! Racist! Racist! Shut them down!"). And then there's the predominant racial makeup of the target consumers; if the main videogame appetite (and production) were in South America or subsaharan Africa, there would be a natural tendency to have more people from that market reflected in the products.

An additional factor in this is education. Ethnicities that emphasize education tend to end up with more jobs using advanced technology, including dangerous jobs.

If, to remedy this 'problem', one looked at the Bureau of Justice Statistics on crime to shape the numbers on race and activity in a game based on street crime, a lot of those same social scientists would cry foul, as certain groups would then be 'overrepresented'.

Comment Is such arms reduction really a good idea when... (Score 1) 413

...China isn't really doing the same level of reductions and does provocative things with subs, India and Pakistan have nuclear pissing matches, North Korea is doing best to throw a nuclear tantrum, Iran wants nuclear armageddon to bring the last prophet, terrorist NGOs are on their way with the help of Iran and Pakistan, and various mafia organizations would like to get their hands on the ultimate extortion tool?

Disarming oneself in a war zone and letting everyone know it is a foolish idea. We can negotiate with Russia, but until the various nuclear loose cannons in the world shape up, such arms reductions are foolish. Although I'm actually more peeved that our missile defense funding was substantially cut, as if that would make us all safer.

Comment Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (Score 1) 874

This is yet another tangible indication that the Global Warming/Climate Change scare is an outright scam.

Aside from the science (e.g., the sun's radiation being the biggest factor in surface temperature), if CO2 emissions really were leading to global catastrophe, then:

1. The countries that have unbridled pollution, such as India and China, would face international pressure to change, rather than being rewarded with cash for carbon credits.

2. Raising taxes (especially devastating taxes) without reducing emissions (i.e., the 'Trade' part of Cap and Trade) wouldn't be done, as that does nothing to the atmosphere, but only lines a few coffers and hurts the economy.

3. The companies that trade carbon credits wouldn't be pocketing the lion's share of the money while doing worthless things such as sending small checks to preexisting land preserves.

4. Data on CO2 would not need to be obscured or altered during Global Warming presentations (such as in An Inconvenient Truth).

Yes, I'm goring that sacred cow, as any discussion on the issue needs to address facts rather than dubious scare tactics. What we don't need is a slippery-slope tax that you know would only get worse and ultimately hurt everyone.

FWIW, I'm all for tackling real issues, such as dependence on foreign oil, acid rain, deforestation, species extinction, developing a hydrogen economy, and so on. But taxing everyone to death in a scam like this is a proposal that needs to die, sooner rather than later.

Comment Re:Will this be the future of racism? (Score 3, Interesting) 459

It wasn't that long ago that Anthropology texts said the same basic thing, dividing humanity into three groups called Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid. Then such texts were considered outdated, and worse. Now it appears to have come full circle, with exhaustive scientific investigation apparently verifying what earlier generations noted from simple observation. Of course, 'What It All Means(TM)' for us today is another matter entirely.

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