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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re: I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

That is correct except when Im not looking solely at the GDP for the manufacturing industry. My original comment is that we as a nation are shifting away from manufacturing. That means it is comparative to all other industries in the US. For comparing things that are pieces of a whole, statistics dictates we use percentages. Thus, compared to all other industries in the US, manufacturing has gone down.

Showing this another way, the manufacturing workforce has halved from 1953 to today, while the population has doubled. That means fare fewer people total, and as a percentage of jobs per industry, are working in manufacturing.

about half an hour ago
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My toy collection is ...

Shortguy881 Re:Non-existent. I'm not a child. (206 comments)

I used to play with matchbox cars as a kid. Now my sports car is my biggest toy.

No matter what the poll says, Im still counting it as a toy.

yesterday
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Shortguy881 Re:Gladwell (185 comments)

His work can be considered thought provoking at best, and I'd attribute that to his excellent writing ability. However, he seems to have a high schoolers grasp on the subjects he writes about. None of his bold creative ideas are at all founded in fact. He seems to come in with a preconceived notion of the world and then finds anecdotes to support it.

I was fairly disappointed after reading several of his books when I did follow up research. Every time, I came up empty handed for hard, scientific evidence of his claims.

As a side note, this idea of 10,000 hours is different. There are studies on its successfulness to some degree. Its also worth noting Gladwell didn't come up with this idea. Its attributed to a 1993 paper written by Anders Ericsson, Professor at the University of Colorado, called "The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance."

yesterday
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

You seem to be hung up on Dawkins and Russell almost with religious conviction. By definition agnosticism and atheism are two different things. Just because a few philosophers make an opposing argument doesn't make it an infallible point of view.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Ah, I see you must be an avid Dawkins fan. Did I step on your toes there? Seems I may have with all the name calling.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

The talk is labeled Militant Atheism. Militant - combative and aggressive in support of a political or social cause, and typically favoring extreme, violent, or confrontational methods.His fervor seems to fit that definition.

All of those examples are ludicrous and have no baring in an intellectual discussion. Saying that because I'm agnostic I have to believe a tea pot is floating around mars is childish. Let me use some quick little logic on that. Through empirical evidence of explored planets, tea pots seem to be a uniquely human invention, ie nature doesn't tend to make tea pots on its own. As people have yet to go to mars or send tea pots to it, we can safely conclude there isn't a tea pot in orbit there.

That being said, you are considering modern religions in your argument for atheism. Something like the bible has no chance of being real, just like our tea pot. I like to think about God in a more philosophical/abstract way. For example, what came before the big bang? What set time and space into motion? Deism lends itself to the idea of something beyond our current comprehension set everything in motion. They call it god. I think of it as a nice thought experiment.

As a final note, Atheism uses the absence of evidence as proof where as Agnosticism does not. Logically, that makes Agnosticism a nobler pursuit.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

Shortguy881 Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (392 comments)

Why yes I do. I also seem to be in the small minority of people with intelligence and common sense. First of all, universal health insurance is a scam. Insurance is a shared risk pool so putting people with preexisting conditions into that pool to be covered just hurts everyone else. If you want the government to treat people with preexisting conditions go ahead and do so, but don't bring in an additional layer of bureaucracy for no good reason.

Furthermore, people seem to not understand healthcare is a scarce resource. That means not everyone can be treated for everything. The resources need to be divided amongst the population. Socialized medicine puts control of this decision into the hands of politicians. I'll tell you how that plays out: first, politicians get the best healthcare because "good of the country" or some such excuse; second, constituents of the loudest politicians get the next best care, because they need their supporters to live long healthy lives.

Our system is already corrupt and in need of a good overhaul. Unfortunately, socialized medicine was the wrong move as it will just lead to more corruption.

about two weeks ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Shortguy881 Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Foremost, the hurling was an exaggeration. Now for the video, he lumps atheists and agnostics together as the same thing. He then goes on evangelizing for the remainder of the video about the good word of atheism and how it needs to be shared with the world. How is that any better than any other religion? More importantly, he expresses the views of intolerance and elitism over those who are religious. That is the foundation of every religious war throughout history.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

I was most certainly not trying to imply we are in a recession, merely our output as a nation shifted from manufacturing to other forms. I do agree, to be on the same terms that we were in 1953, we should be manufacturing more and even see a flat or growth trend in the manufacturing work force, but neither of these are true.

Also, I have no idea where that idiot above got 600% growth from, but he was off by a bit. Its 300% and that's generously using government calculated inflation from bls.gov. And one last thing, the number of workers in manufacturing went from 16,067,000 to 12,158,000 from 1953 to 2014while the population doubled over the same time period.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re: I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

Love the enthusiasm, though you should focus it on a better education. Also, the name calling is very unbecoming of you.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

You have the Economics right, however you are still off on your Statistics. GDP growth isn't important here as I'm not looking at the industry by itself. I am looking at it compared to every other industry in the US. When you are looking at pieces of a pie that form a whole, you use percentages.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation
This statement is proved by comparison to other industries within the United States not by total output, as the statement itself is comparative. Percentage allows for a more accurate representation of the data in the context of the statement.

On the second part, now who is trolling? First you justify war as moral, then you use Russia's current involvement in the Ukraine? How is their involvement there any different than any of the examples of the US that I provided?

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

You seemed to miss the first part of the parents comment:

Well as a closed system maybe but, ...

So were are not dealing with a closed system.

Propped up in the sense that we manufacture and sell them to others as well as ourselves, yes,

That was my point.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

The net increase in dollars generated by manufacturing isn't a relevant statistic for the argument being made. As a percentage of GDP shows that the sector has indeed shrunk compared to other industries in the US.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

In 1953 the percentage of GDP from manufacturing was 28%. In 2012 it was at 12%. I'd call that a drop.

In the last decade we have sent troops into Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iraq. What real threat do any of these nations pose? Additionally, the way those conflicts unfolded wont be a deterrent to anyone. Besides, most of those conflicts are a result of us getting involved there previously. One of the best example of our meddling is what we did to Germany after WWI. It wasn't entirely the US' doing but we definitely played a part. Ultimately "those who do not learn from there mistakes are doomed to repeat them."

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (979 comments)

Does land mass and population size play into your equation when comparing the US with other nations? Ratios are more meaningful than raw output.

about two weeks ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (979 comments)

Don't mind me. I'm just feeding the trolls. Anyone who uses "You are stupid" as an argument isn't worth talking to.

about two weeks ago

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