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Comment Re:Or just go back to the way things were before (Score 1) 4

This is personal to me. A friend I knew in high school, went into the service with, and kept in touch with couldn't afford insurance and caught appendicitis. It ruined his credit and nearly his family. In 1992 when he had a heart attack, he just laid down and died rather than calling 911.

That's what happens in the US when you work full time and can't afford insurance.

Comment Re: He cheated OTHER players (Score 2) 223

The judge made a ruling based on the law. The law is on the side of the casinos. Yet another of many ways that the casino stacks the deck against you.

Of course casinos always win. Nobody with a casino loses money, unless they're really clueless or trying to cheat more powerful players.

I mean, can anyone think of someone so stupid and/or crooked that they lost money owning a casino?

Comment Vocational training for young kids is a waste. (Score 5, Insightful) 158

Who knows what jobs will be available in twenty years, between AI and offshoring? Coding doesn't look like a sure thing at all.

If you are going to focus on a skill, focus on ones that serve in that kind of future environment: being able to pick up on human context and nuance; to decode, no just the literal level of communication, but implicit levels of communication. Because even if AI and foreigners take our coding jobs, somebody is going to have to lay out specifications, and that take imagination and subtlety.

And you know what would be really, really good for developing those kinds of skills? Reading and discussing books.

Comment Re:don't be too quick to judge (Score 1) 271

yes India has terrible controls on their antibiotic use, but remember that US farmers are using large amounts of antibiotics too keep their overcrowded livestock from dying too soon.

India is a country with a median annual income of $616. With 1.2 billion people, well, a lot of things like providing medical care are going to be tough. We're headed that way too. While per capita GDP growth has recovered from the Great Recession, median income has declined.

Comment Re:There will be no train (Score 2, Insightful) 369

There is one group of people that benefits from this, namely developers, home owners, and commuters in the Bay Area.

There is another group of people that pays for this, namely state and federal tax payers.

The Bay Area produces a hell of a lot more in tax revenue to the state and country than it uses. You should be thanking them. If they want to spend their tax money this way, who are you to say they shouldn't?

If you want to complain, complain about states like Kentucky, Alabama, Montana, Mississippi that are costing those of us that live in productive cities a fortune keeping them in mobility scooters, oxycontin and Confederate flags.

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