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Comment Re:Doxing (Score 2) 899

It's not clear who was actually rioting. I am no conspiracy theorist, but given how much Milo has to gain from such attention, it is plausible that those who agree with him or like him have the potential to have been involved in the rioting. Or, it could just be opportunists who enjoy rioting and look for any opportunity to cause some mayhem.

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 2) 745

People are bad at estimating true risk, particularly when it compares something dramatic (like an airplane crash) and something more mundane (like a car crash). This can cause people to change behavior toward the thing that is actually more risky (e.g., driving on a long trip instead of flying - driving is much more dangerous mile per mile).

Global thermonuclear war is certainly a dramatic, and important, threat to our survival as a species. But, the chance of it occurring is small compared to the risk from climate change (which is already happening, perhaps irreversibly).

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 4, Interesting) 409

Or, maybe we could all just work fewer hours per week. Which would leave more time for, you know, living.

I heard a story from a friend who works with refugees. One family, he found a good job for the father, got them settled, etc. After a few weeks the father had stopped going to work. My friend asked the father what had happened, was there a problem with the work? Was it too difficult to get to work? Did they not like you?
No, he said, it was none of these things. He stopped going to work because he realized his children were growing up without him and it was his responsibility to be home to take care of the family. Once that was accomplished, then he would go to work. This then, of course, led to conversations about having to pay for things you need for life and so on, but I think there is a grain of truth here.

Life != work and there would be plenty of great living to do outside of work.

Comment Re: coal plants still cause health damage (Score 1) 115

Using estimates from published research, the little coal-fired plant at the local university here in town, even though they use "clean" coal methods, still produces about $12 million in negative health impacts on people that live in the community. This primarily comes from fine particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrious oxide, and doesn't even include the cost of disposal of the coal ash. Major coal plants have a much larger impact on human health, particularly if they are located near population centers.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 2) 336

The goal is not to 'raise money to give money to the poor until they are no longer poor.' Rather, the goal is to create a society where people don't have suffer poverty - which is about high-quality, affordable education for all, accessible and affordable health care that doesn't bankrupt you when you get sick, an equitable society where all persons have opportunities regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or other minority status, and so on. R's and D's disagree substantially on many of the best strategies for these issues (take, affordable care act, for example).

Comment Re:Enough politics, back to the subject (Score 1) 284

I agree, having tried this a bit there is not much usefulness to what Twitter offers for research or data mining. But, then again, it's not intended to be a research tool. What it is intended to be, I suppose, as with all for-profit businesses, is a money-making machine. It seems to not do very well in that regard either.

Maybe if there is value to it as a service, it needs to go the non-profit route like Wikipedia?

Comment Re:What else would Google alter? (Score 1) 332

Exactly - when the government decides we have "always been at war with Eurasia," instead at war with "Eastasia," this version of the truth would then be listed at the top of the page rank.

What we need is education about how to use Google as a tool to support critical thinking and the analysis of evidence. Not to just click on the top link and assume whatever is in there is "the answer." Maybe Google should focus more on educating its users about how their system works and how to evaluate the quality of information you find by using their services than on arbitrarily re-ordering page ranks.

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