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Comment Re:Poetic Justice (Score 1) 1116

Bigotry is a choice. We are not born racist, but many people are conditioned to be so from birth.

Actually, we ARE born racist. A trait which favors people more similar to you is self propagating. Please note that I'm not justifying racism - just pointing out that it's an evolutionary hangover, like many other aspects of our behavior. You might want to take a look at this: and maybe read this:


Submission + - Cartoons in school textbooks to be banned in India (

nahduma writes: A 60-year-old cartoon depicting B.R.Ambedkar (the father of the Indian constitution and a Dalit icon) has kicked off a storm in the Indian parliament, following it's inclusion in a ninth grade political science textbook. ( In a rare show of unity, all political parties have united in condemning it. To prevent the further "corruption" of young minds, the government has now proposed a blanket ban on all kinds of cartoons in textbooks.

This follows less than a month after a professor in Kolkatta was arrested for sending a caricature of Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, through email. (

Submission + - Flowchart Guides Readers Through 100 Best SF Books

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "T. N. Tobias writes that over the summer, over 60,000 people voted at NPR to select the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books of all time. The result? A list of 100 books with a wide range of styles, little context, and absolutely no pithy commentary to help readers actually choose something to read from it. Now SF Signal has come to the rescue with a 3800 x 2300 flowchart with over 325 decision points to help you find the perfect SF or Fantasy book to meet your tastes. Don't like to scroll? There's an interactive version that let's you answer a series of questions to find the perfect SF book."

Submission + - Apple's Secret Weapon to Win the Tablet Wars

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "International Business Times reports that when manufacturers trotted out their Android tablet prototypes during the CES show two months ago, pundits were happy to toll the death knell for the Apple's iPad, but now manufacturers are discovering that simply making a good tablet does not guarantee that it will sell — much to the chagrin of Motorola and its Xoom product. Now it is plain for all to see that Apple's secret weapon is their network of dedicated Apple stores worldwide where dedicated sales people are not only able to better explain its tablet to consumers but Apple also captures more margin than competitors who have to share margin with retail partners. Apparently, we are not going to see a repeat of the Android ambush of the smartphone market where the combined, price, savvy marketing, and modulated supply releases of the iPhone created so much aspirational demand in the market that buyers simply surged at the chance to buy what was perceived to be an equivalent product at lower prices. "Motorola's Xoom is only the first to face these problems," writes AA Defensor. "Soon RIM's Playbook, and HP's TouchPad will hit the shelves and unless they can do something drastic over the short term, it might remain to be an iPad market. But not because they did not build a good product.""

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