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Comment Re: Positive (Score 0) 316

Not according to the history I have read about Rockefeller and Standard Oil. There are government-regulated monopolies, for sure, such as the old telephone company or utilities companies. But monopolies such as Standard Oil occur through aggressive business practices.

Maybe you've been reading some biased history. Here is a detailed and well-sourced document that counters the "big-government-is-needed-to-solve-every-problem" standard view that you've always read.

Comment Re:Houston-New Orleans-Austin (Score 2) 270

Unfortunately they better stay away from Texas. The Lege is currently working on legislation meant to restrict the ability of transportation projects, specifically high speed rail, to use state funds and emminent domain to complete the projects. If they were building an pipeline, that would be great. The state government has not problem in stealing peoples land and giving it to a foreign government. But if these bills get passed, it is going to be pretty easy for a land owner, or a municipality, to go to court and block the project.

For years, researchers have identify Texas as the best place to prototype a high sped transportation system, specifically between houston and dallas, becuase so much of the right of way is already owned by the state and there is a great deal of traffic between the two locations. However, the politics has never been amiable to this happening. The other issue is that lack of ancillary public transportation. Megabus can get you between cities pretty fast, but what do you do when you get there? In cities like San Antonio you have to get a Uber. In Houston you can take light rail to get to a few places, but Austin you are stuck on unreliable busses. It is not like Portland and Seattle where you can hope on another train and basically get anywhere you want..

Comment Re:Guilty (Score -1, Redundant) 356

There is no wage gap.

Economists have debunked this time and again.

Well considering the extra money that women get for harassment lawsuits, alimony and child support, pensions and property tax breaks when their military or first responder husbands are killed, free drinks and dinners while out and on dates, and other miscellaneous perks and giveaways, I'd say women are still FAR ahead even if they are making less for specific jobs.

That doesn't even take into account that women are now earning far more college degrees, and at an accelerated rate.

Comment Re:Guilty (Score 2, Insightful) 356

There is no wage gap.

Economists have debunked this time and again.

Well considering the extra money that women get for harassment lawsuits, alimony and child support, pensions and property tax breaks when their military or first responder husbands are killed, free drinks and dinners while out and on dates, and other miscellaneous perks and giveaways, I'd say women are still FAR ahead even if they are making less for specific jobs.

That doesn't even take into account that women are now earning far more college degrees, and at an accelerated rate.

Comment Re:Even if my job isn't replaced, I still lose (Score 1) 99

So somehow we have all lost over the past hundred years? Our quality of life is worse? You don't like the fact that you can go out by cheap toilet paper?

There are things that are worse. Due to the much lower standard of living, when I go out of the country I buy wool, handmade on a loom, handmade into all sorts of cool stuff. Again, this is possible, because of a low standard of living, where not everyone even has a video game console. True, the food better, the product are better, the air is better, but I don't know if that is what we want for the US.

A valid point was hit at the end. The problem we have is that efficiency gains have not been equitably distributed. There has been so many gains in my lifetime. We don't need to work more than 30 hours a week. Minimum wage should be $20 an hour. But count on this. Your job will be replaced or majorly displaced by robots. Ask any typewrite sales person. The question is whether you will be unemployed or educated.

Comment Re:Class sizes versus curriculum (Score 1) 239

There are many variables the researches may not controlled for. Being published in an 'educational psychology' journal I am not confident of the results as many metastudies have shown that educational research more often that not is rigorous. In one metastudy they found that 80% of the articles could not be used due to basic flaws in design or statistics.

The immediate flaw I though of was controlling for teachers. I have seen math teachers who work with everyone, but there are still too many that only teach boys. Cultural effects cannot be ignored. This is consistent with one result which has been widely verified with good research, that programs are very difficult to put into production. Most strategies work well for a group of students and a group of teachers. Pushing the strategy to everyone generally fails. This is why any program, even something as simple was more math and science, has to be flexible.

Comment Re:Bullshit! (Score 1) 89

According to this argument, nothing that is used in the design cycle works because it does not work individually. Brainstorming is one tool that you can use in design or engineering work. Like any tool, it is not intended to be used on it's own. So you brainstorm, design, brainstorm, design, build, etc.

One big benefit of brainstorming, when it is done right, it that it gets the bullshit ideas out of the way so the group can dig deeply for good ideas. If there is one person, working on one thing, an entire year might be spent building the dumbest thing imaginable. And while that sometimes leads to a profitable product, I don't think it is the most reliable method

Comment Re:Scientific Reports (Score -1, Troll) 369

“I have documents showing that the CIA invented the whole thing,” claims Edward Snowden. “Global Warming was invented to both scare people, and divert their attention from other human-made dangers like nuclear weapons. The CIA gave millions of dollars to any scientist who would confirm the theory, so many unscrupulous scientists did what they were told in order to get the money. Now, there is so much fake data to confirm that Global Warming “exists”, that they actually convinced everyone that it was real.”

Comment Re:I like the quotes (Score 0) 369

I mean, even if you're trying to play scare quotes, putting quotes around "multiple"? Really?

Because there were only 2, but Mann said it was "multiple". 2 is a multiple, isn't it?

Cuccinelli asked to see the measurements, but when he asked Mann just said "sue me". UVA students held a midnight vigil to honor the vaginally scanned.

Comment Re:Sure, if they had the willpower... (Score 1) 566

Most Trump supporters are probably not worried that immigrants are coming from India and taking the jobs from IT workers. most of these workers are in the 'liberal' coastal cities that did not vote for Trump, and as such, are of no consequence. Trump campaigned on closing the border to immigrants that are taking low wage hard jobs that Americans do not want.

On the other hand Trump has asked for visa for over a 1000 foriegn workers over the past decade of so. These are for the type of jobs that should be easy to fill with US workers. Cooks, golf caddies, picking grapes, etc. These are not high skilled jobs, and the only reason to import workers is because of the potentially lower pay or ability to deport workers if they refuse to work, or complain about the condition, of violate confidentiality agreements.

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