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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

butchersong Re:Flip Argument (1087 comments)

You do not face a trial unless the prosecutor and/or grand jury believe you have commited a crime. You are not going to go to court for defending yourself if the prosecutor believes that you were defending yourself as that is not a crime.

3 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

butchersong Re:Gestapo (474 comments)

Why does NYPD hate young ethnic people so much?

On the job training. If the human brain does one thing well it is pattern recognition. Unfortunately 45% of blacks live at or below poverty and it isn't middle or upper middle class people commiting most of the crime. When 80% or more of the crimes you are dealing are commited by people of a certain skin color, dressed a certain way, speaking in a similar way... you learn to associate this category of person as a danger and even eventually with all the crap you deal with day in and day out as degenerate or less of a person than you.

I would imagine that even the best of people would tend to come out of a tough police precinct as 'racist' to one degree or another regardless of their intentions or the type of person they were when entering. It would be something you would have to constantly guard against. It is a depressing problem to consider. I'm not sure how you would even combat this. Mandatory participation in things like the big brother program for the neighborhoods you police? Other community involvement while off duty?

3 days ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

butchersong Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

Obviously the least amount of government necessary to achieve an end is the most desirable for any particular problem. There are any number of quotes going to back to the revolution (see thomas paine, jefferson etc) that reflect this attitude of government being at best a necessary evil (basically a reflection of the failings of man) and I don't think any one on either side of the aisle could effectively argue against this. The only argument would be what the least amount of intrusion is that is necessary.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

butchersong Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

Why do you think someone isn't contagious prior to showing symptoms? They are obviously much less contagious simply because of the amount of the virus in their bodily fluids but the virus doesn't go through a warm and fuzzy stage before it goes to work. It is less likely to cause infection (due to virus numbers) not impossible.

about a month ago
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Power and Free Broadband To the People

butchersong Re:You really have no idea do you? (262 comments)

If you're poor imo the last thing you should want to do is go to the city. At least in rural areas you can grow a garden and have some chickens. I come from eastern kentucky. I know poor. Why the hell people would want to live in the city in a 20 story building with no way other than employement that they can't get or handouts they end up having to take instead of the country is beyond me. Hell you don't even need a yard yourself in a rural area you can get almost all your veggies by picking 'weeds' and you can always go fishing at one of the local watering holes.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

butchersong Re:my thoughts (372 comments)

If you're working day in and day out with ebola under chaotic often difficult to control conditions then you decide to travel home before say quarantining yourself for 2 weeks in your room before travel this is in my book very reckless. There is a difference between being well intentioned and being heroic. A person that carelessly knocks someone into traffic while chasing a purse snatcher is not a hero.

about a month ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

butchersong Re:Bennett Haselton on the Ebola outbreak (372 comments)

I wish people wouldn't keep saying this. It is not virtually impossible to catch before someone becomes symptomatic. From what I gather it is only that the virual load of the individual is much much higher in later stages. The virus is still very more often than not for example detectable in sweat before symptoms set it. It's like telling someone that is allergic to bees not to worry about a few flying around in the bus with them because it's so unlikely they will be stung.. it is a perfectly reasonable concern no matter now many statistics you could cite about how often a bee encounter results in a sting.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

butchersong You can't legislate a fix (571 comments)

You need to adjust the standards of the group as a whole not the behavior of the individual troll. The problem most often isn't the troll it's the others that either view the material or egg them on instead of flocking to surround the victim and protect them. This is the opposite of the way people behave in real life (with some exceptions) and it could be that all that is needed is time for such standards of behavior to become the norm for online activities as well.

about a month ago
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Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

butchersong Murder is the preferred option apparently (165 comments)

So if your boss and your bosses bosses are acting in ways that you deem inapropriate and in violation of their duties to the citizens of the UK you're better off killling them now than exposing them. You might get off in just a few years.

about a month ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

butchersong Re:Maybe we need a Surgeon General (384 comments)

There is a qualified interim surgeon general -much more qualfied than the Czar that was appointed. The surgeon general that has been nominated is a guy with no real qualification to be surgeon general. He's a smart guy sure and a good doc but so are any number of other people with no business being surgeon general. You don't take a young guy with no real background in leadership (again, he seems like a decent and promising guy long term but isn't anywhere near there yet) and appoint him a freaking vice admiral and surgeon general. It makes no sense that he would get the position just because he's on friendly terms politically with the pres.

about a month ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

butchersong Re:I'm still waiting... (161 comments)

*If you want to argue against this point on minutia that ignore the reality of how preliminary medical research is performed, please just shut up.

No. I think I'd rather join the chorus of those correcting you. I'm not sure how you got marked insightful; your post was both rude and inaccurate. Embryonic stem cells are not illegal to study or experiment with in the United States.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

butchersong Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (447 comments)

Religion is just a belief system. Really all humans are religious we just adhere to different beliefs some more clearly defined than others. Once you start congregating at atheist sunday gatherings ritual is developed as well. Of course, you'll also need 'elders' to manage the whole thing... Guess what? You've started an organized religion.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

butchersong Re:Why is the paper so important? (447 comments)

Dude you're approaching this the wrong way. a) Wedding presents b) make her dad pay for all of it. Speaking of which, you should bring up the subject of a dowry with her father.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

butchersong Good attitude but rarely much aptitude (299 comments)

I work with several IT guys that are former military. They're good guys and work hard but not one of them is an actual geek... If it isn't something they're trained in they just don't do very well. Small sample size in (my office) but I don't see it.

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

butchersong How about the whole system? (389 comments)

I am not especially gifted and I learned pretty much everything I know outside of school. I can't even really credit school with teaching me the basics since it was my parents that taught me how to read. Now, I'll be the first to admit that my grammatical skills aren't always the best but even after essentially skipping class throughout high school eventually failing all my classes until I dropped out, I still tested in the top 1-10% in reading comprehension and english and better in science for college entrance... High school and middle school are largely just day care and even college while awesome if you have real academic interests you want to explore is going to become less relevant as the internet continues to permeate our lives. The best thing college does is provide a place to interact with peers who have the same interestsand it charges a pretty steep price for this service. Seems like we need more of an apprenticeship structure that begins in middle and high school and far fewer people going to college -unless the real point of college is to keep them out of the work force and unemployment numbers.

about 2 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

butchersong Re:"Conservative group opposes net neutrality" (283 comments)

Hardly. Whether they are right or wrong it is not suprising that a conservative group is going to oppose government regulation of an industry.

about 2 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

butchersong Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

Conservative ideology in the states is that outcomes are never going to be fair and we shouldn't try to force them to be but that the process itself should strive treat all equally. Equal opportunity vs equal outcome is oft quoted as a key difference between republican and democrat philosophy. Both are of course ideals neither ever going to be completely reached.

about 2 months ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

butchersong Re:Natural immunity (122 comments)

I'm afraid you are mistaken. Antibiotics have long been linked to weight gain. This is something that has been common knowledge in the livestock industry since the mid 20th century. As farmers it's something my people are quite familar with. If you want something more recent my first google search pulled up: http://www.nature.com/nature/j... I'm sure there are other studies.

about 2 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

butchersong Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

If they were socialists, they wouldn't be paying themselves exorbitant salaries, they'd be spreading the money around.

Socialists do not spread their own money around...

about 3 months ago

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