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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re: I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 comments)

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

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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.

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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?

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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."

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 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.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (949 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.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (949 comments)

If I understand your comment correctly, you just want the thought behind my statement.

First in regards to:

Well as a closed system maybe but, if your "society" is being propped up via funding and arms, and you have no need to actually produce anything yourself or even produce engineers at all, then it isn't as much of a problem.

The US spends over half a trillion dollars on the DOD a year. For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation. Granted, this is starting to improve a bit but it's nothing to celebrate, yet.

That said, what would really make it tough for them is a lack of opposition. Their tactics tend to be very self defeating when the larger powers don't overreact and get drawn into conflict with them.

If we let them provoke us though, then they will likely feed off that and use our involvement to deflect criticism away from their own otherwise self-defeating brutality.

The US government has been doing this for decades as well. Every few years we find a new enemy, rally cry and release the hounds of war.

If you want me to do all the work for you and provide specific examples of the above, let me know. There are many.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (949 comments)

Don't forget about English. We are not allowed to learn that as well, apparently.

3 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Shortguy881 Re:they will defeat themselves (949 comments)

Oddly enough, everything you said also applies to the United States.

3 days ago
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Developing the First Law of Robotics

Shortguy881 Re:I, Robot from a programmers perspective (164 comments)

You seemed to entirely miss the point of that book. Apart from just being a fun read, it ultimately points out that we cannot create a flawless system of control over other intelligent beings. At first glance, the three laws of robotics are a fool proof system for keeping robots in check, so much so the three laws have withstood over half a century of scrutiny.

The anecdotes in the book are all scenarios specifically created to show the flaws of this system, concluding that we will undoubtedly create A.I. but never be able to control it.

Oddly enough, the last story of I Robot seems to have a different conclusion. It's as if Asimov accepted the outcome of that story as the best option for humanity, contradicting the rest of the book.

But that's just my two cents.

4 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Shortguy881 Re:Crouching Microtransactions, Hidden DRM (291 comments)

But on the flip side of that we also seem to have a resurgence of hard core single player games. For the longest time big block buster games had to have both, but now we are seeing a change in both directions. I am referring to Tomb Raider and Wolfenstein.

I, for one, am liking the shifting market, on both fronts.

4 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Shortguy881 Re:Great one more fail (589 comments)

You said exactly "I've never heard of a strong social community that also involved high weapon ownership" and I responded to that point alone. The rest of your argument goes to show that it is not in fact gun regulation that we need but a better education system and I agree whole heartedly on that point.

4 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Shortguy881 Re:Great one more fail (589 comments)

Switzerland?

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Shortguy881 Re:Welcome to America! (462 comments)

Stop swinging your political dicks around. Its not capitalism or socialism's fault. They are merely ideas. The problem is corruption and it can happen to any system. So advertently opposed party lines only helps one group of people, the politically corrupt and morally bankrupt.

about a week ago
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The Grassroots Future of Biohacking

Shortguy881 Re:Freeman Dyson (68 comments)

This movement is trying to break ground on both parts: understanding and altering genes, and distributing those changes throughout a system. Its really not that infeasible.

about two weeks ago

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