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Comment Re:Gun control absolutely, positively does work (Score 1) 660

Since guns make you more dead than other means of being killed, such as water? Why don't we look at homicide rates? Here's statistics from the Australian Government. Here's Britain.

From the article:

United Kingdom: The UK enacted its handgun ban in 1996. From 1990 until the ban was enacted, the homicide rate fluctuated between 10.9 and 13 homicides per million. After the ban was enacted, homicides trended up until they reached a peak of 18.0 in 2003. Since 2003, which incidentally was about the time the British government flooded the country with 20,000 more cops, the homicide rate has fallen to 11.1 in 2010. In other words, the 15-year experiment in a handgun ban has achieved absolutely nothing.

Ireland: Ireland banned firearms in 1972. Ireland’s homicide rate was fairly static going all the way back to 1945. In that period, it fluctuated between 0.1 and 0.6 per 100,000 people. Immediately after the ban, the murder rate shot up to 1.6 per 100,000 people in 1975. It then dropped back down to 0.4. It has trended up, reaching 1.4 in 2007.

Australia: Australia enacted its gun ban in 1996. Murders have basically run flat, seeing only a small spike after the ban and then returning almost immediately to preban numbers. It is currently trending down, but is within the fluctuations exhibited in other nations.

. Maybe banning guns like Chicago will do the trick? Last year 2,988 shooting victims, 1,827 this year. Care to guess the demographics, and more importantly gang affiliations of the parties involved? Maybe it's time to have a national discussion about how black lives don't matter to other blacks.

Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1592

TIL it's xenophobic and irrational to want to do something about massive waves of illegal immigration. Controlling borders is something every country has a right to. Amnesty was supposed to have addressed these issues multiple times. If wages were going up instead of down you might have a better point. Among other issues there is a huge problem with people who have no right being in the country and dozens of cities who will not deport people who commit crimes. Full stop. Why is it "racist" (as if so called immigrants have a single race) to want to address it? Is the assumption that the US doesn't let in enough people? More are let in than the entire world combined and it's still not enough. There are more people that shouldn't be here than the entire population of Sweden if you're using the official numbers, double if you've any sense which would exceed Australia's population.

Comment Sex academics and professions (Score 1) 342

Back in the Sputnik-era, people thought of programmers as a priesthood in lab coats: the sole keepers of knowledge that ran these exotic, and mysterious room-sized machines. Today the priesthood is a little hipper -- lab coats have long given way to a countercultural vibe -- but it's still a priesthood, perhaps more druidic than Jesuitic, but a priesthood nonetheless, largely comprised of white men."

Somewhat recently NPR featured a story about women programmers, and a graph showing women in CS climbing until the 1980s. In another article at Smithsonianmag.com on how programming used to be "women's work" a commenter states:

In the 1960s, some vocational profiling studies came out that coloured computer programmers as "disinterested in people", and this personality profiling was added into the aptitude tests by which companies decided who to train for programming positions, despite evidence that psychometric profiling is inaccurate. This, in addition to the increased requirement for formal mathematical training (which not many women had), the changing view programmers were skilled professionals (traditionally men) and not people who just calibrated machines, and women's lack of access to personal computers, contributed to the decline of women in computing.

Fast forward a decad: the Personal Computer revolution of the 90s and increasing accessibility, falling prices, there has never been a time where computing is so accessible. YouTube, and plenty of other sites including MOOC courses, which in no way discriminate, what gives? Apparently the vast majority of people don't want to program either. If you're interested in it, you will seek it out. What next, forcing people to study topics based on their sex?

Comment Re:War on drugs (Score 1) 621

What I don't understand is why more police aren't being shot in this nation. The police are trashing lives on a whim, and some of those trashed lives will have nothing to lose. I haven't had a polite interaction with a cop in 20 years, and most people say that the best policy is to avoid them at all costs. Parents are starting to teach their children not to call the police for help.

The militarization of the Police is a fascinating phenomenon. The Police are the "enforcement" conversely the politicians are the "management". Something which doesn't get nearly as much attention in these matters are the politicians who enact these policies. I'm not affiliated with this work, just something relevant to the topic, you may find it insightful: Rise of the Warrior Cop. It covers the origin of policing from the Roman praetorian guard to the present incarnation.

Comment Re:Stupid people punishing smart people (Score 4, Interesting) 512

Ours is a world in which football players, reality TV stars and talentless singer bimbos earn hundreds of times more than Nobel prize-winning scientists, and represent what young people aspire to become when they grow up.

You may find it insightful to learn about Gaius Appuleius Diocles. He was a famous chariot racer who among other things amassed a fortune valued enough to feed the city of Rome for an entire year. Even in antiquity the entertainers fared quite well.

Comment Re:Could Amazon, Azure, others, ever be compromise (Score 1) 55

None of this is relevant. The point is that nobody has made billions secretly hacking AWS and Azure. This is just FUD with no basis in reality.

How many businesses do you think run on AWS and Azure? Considering revenue for AWS is at $2.1 billion dollars. AWS also offers a cloud computing aimed at the Feds, which certainly wouldn't be of interest to anyone else out there.

Comment Re:Why I Am a Conservative (Score 1) 169

To have a government like Finland or the Netherlands requires pretty left-wing policies and attitudes, including paying civil servants well, which requires a lot of tax money. If you keep insisting on low tax rates because we don't have a government type that doesn't arise unless one has somewhat higher tax rates, I'm not sure what to say.

Feds earn 74% more than people in the private sector.

The Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards compared data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show that, in his view, civilian federal workers are overcompensated. Factoring both salary and benefits, Edwards pointed to BEA data showing the average federal employee earns about $119,000 annually, compared to the private sector worker who earns $67,000 per year. When comparing just salaries, feds collect 50 percent bigger paychecks, Edwards said.

More sources:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management: "Senior Executive Service Performance & Compensation"
Congressional Research Service: "The Federal Workforce: Characteristics and Trends"
Congressional Budget Office: "Comparing the Compensation of Federal and Private-Sector Employees".

Apparently our Government is starved for cash? Here's where we tax. Look at how it's spent.

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