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Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 1) 1055

Common sense tells us that two wrongs don't make a right no matter how much you'd like them to. If you stopped to think about it, randomly blaming every white person for problems generated by a very small subset is bad enough - you can and will create white on black racism with that. If you continually make someone the bad guy without any reasonable provocation you'll just wind up with a self-fulfilling prophecy.

What's worse is when you think that racism perpetrated by the very few justifies racism as a whole. An attitude that is in and of itself racist. If you really want tolerance and equality (which you don't seem to want at all, what you really want is one group that has more rights than everyone else) then you wouldn't tolerate it in any context at all regardless of who is the instigator and who is the recipient.

Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 1) 1055

It's about mutual respect. If you can't have mutual respect you won't have an end to the problem. The "mutual" part is the thing you seem to be having problems with.

How do you think statements like the ones Manveer makes improve the situation for other races? If anything, it gives the truly racist white people more reason to want them gone.

Comment Re:Twitter, aka @Jack, doesn't care about hate spe (Score 1) 1055

If you have an apple and 50 oranges, does the apple stop being an apple? You're fucking stupid. Racism is racism, it doesn't matter how often one group or the other is the victim. People like you don't seem to understand this, and that's part of the problem. If you want true equality, you can't scream at someone for being racist and then proceed to be racist yourself. Now do us all a favor, sit down and shut up. You're so ignorant and stupid on the subject it's astonishing.

Comment Re:Mandate reporting when antibiotics are prescrib (Score 1) 75

Yes. But we need to be aware that man is not the only source of antibiotics. They naturally occur. We get a good lot of them from plants and bacteria, starting of course with penicilin which we got from mold, and which was already present on salted food and damp environments. What we did was to make antibiotics present in organisms other than their natural sources.

Comment Everything Old is New Again (Score 2) 75

The Andromeda Strain was published in 1969.

The United States has some disease reporting, it started at least 75 years ago before the antibiotic bubble. This CDC Report summarizes the present state of disease reporting, in two pages. We need higher standards of reporting and legal penalties for failure to report.

Comment Surprising? Not so much. (Score 5, Informative) 134

The UK masquerades as a democracy, and has for a long time. In reality it's the most hilariously over the top nanny state, The politicians there seem to make up laws for the sake of making up laws. I often wonder if this is just to give the illusion that a politician is doing something because fixing real problems is too hard.

Submission + - How to View the SpaceX Falcon 9 Return to Flight at Vandenberg Air Force Base (

Bruce Perens writes: Silicon Valley folks should, sometime, take the opportunity to view a launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Lompoc is 4-5 hours from the Bay, 2.5 hours from LA if there's ever no traffic. An upcoming SpaceX launch is notable because it's their return to flight, months after their last attempt blew up on the pad during a pre-launch test. Read how to view the launch.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 1) 110

Eich resigned because of external pressure on the Mozilla organization. I hear that one of the lobbying activities against him was when the dating site "OK Cupid" started informing Firefox users who accessed the site of Eich's activities and that they should download a browser made by people who don't nominate someone with gender discrimination issues to be their CEO. At the time, 8% of OK Cupid customers were there to arrange same-gender meetings.

They felt he was the public face of the company.

Russ Nelson published a piece on what he theorized was the economic motivation of Blacks to be lazy, and was booted off of the Open Source Initiative board. He wasn't thinking about how it would be perceived. A modified version of the piece is still online, but not the version that got him in trouble. In general, executives are seen as the public faces of their organizations even in the case of Nelson, who was not the chairman of the board, but was simply a member of the executive board. In Nelson's case, it wasn't that he made publicity appearances and press releases, it was that he was one of the people with the power to direct the company (and thus a more real face of the company than soneone who just does PR), and folks did not trust that someone who wrote what he did would behave as they would like in that position.

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 2, Insightful) 250

Playboy departed the nude photo market due to the vast and unending supply of photos and video of all manner of naked people doing sexual things which one can access via the Internet.

However, one can make a case that a good deal of the past content of Playboy was about objectifying women and to some extent the publication still is about that.

It was a dumb decision. Several people just weren't thinking. They're embarrassed now. They learned, and won't do it again.

Comment Re: Less politics (Score 1) 110

It was only 1967 when the United States Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, a miscegenation case. Preventing blacks and whites from marrying, as the State of Virginia (and many others) did with laws on its books until it was forced to remove them in 1967, is an issue of racism, nothing else. One doesn't have to be thin skinned to be disgusted by racism.

Why should I feel any different about gender discrminiation? Texas had a law on the book making homosexual relations illegal in 1998, and two men were arrested for it and similarly to Loving, helped to strike it down in the courts. Marriage discrimination is yet another legal wall erected by the prejudiced. Doesn't take a thin skin at all to oppose it and its supporters.

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