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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

cascadingstylesheet Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (507 comments)

Obedience is a suitable trait for dogs. In humans it paves the road to Auschwitz.

Obedience is a tool, that can be used for good or for ill.

It was a military hierarchy that liberated Auschwitz.

7 hours ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

cascadingstylesheet Re:i lose my civil rights cause a crazy fucktards (278 comments)

Because we never had people trying to wipe us out before Muslims came along...

True. We also had communists, and we weren't supposed to notice that either.

yesterday
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

cascadingstylesheet Re:Want Critical Thinking? Fix the Public Schools (507 comments)

The government-run schools still run on a nineteenth century industrial paradigm designed to take children and churn out standardized, obedient, punctual factory workers. Fix that first if you care about kids getting critical thinking skills.

Well, sort of. At least getting punctuality and obedience would be getting something. But they removed that in the 70s.

yesterday
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

cascadingstylesheet Re:Islam (278 comments)

Actually, you are not a racist for noticing that the perpetrator is a muslim. You ARE a racist for infering that all muslims are terrorist because of the action of one person. Any time you're making a broad generalization about an entire people based on the actions of a tiny few or one, yes, you're a racist... and possibly funny, but still racist.

Except, of course, that Muslim isn't a race. It's a belief system.

And in its mainstream forms, it's a very public-oriented, all encompassing belief system, that is not at all content with people simply choosing not to believe in it.

yesterday
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

cascadingstylesheet Hmm (213 comments)

To borrow from Samuel Johnson's quip, he was like a dog walking on its hind legs: It wasn't done well, but it was a surprise to see it done at all

Hmm. Well, few Chinese speakers ever learn to speak English very well either. Not without intensive, lengthy immersion, anyway. But it's no longer socially acceptable to make fun of them for it, nor very logical, for that matter.

2 days ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

cascadingstylesheet Re:6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine (109 comments)

For example, when the Bolsheveks took St Petersburg they rather famously protected the Winter Palace and the Hermitage from any kind of vandalism.

Well that's lovely. I'm glad they protected buildings while murdering so many, ya know, people.

3 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

cascadingstylesheet Re:Mail inbox@google.com to opt in (172 comments)

Can I mail outbox@google.com to opt out?

If history is any guide, no. At least, not for long.

3 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

cascadingstylesheet Re:Sugar only - not diet (422 comments)

The actual study only applies to sugar-sweetened drinks.

An important piece of information.

Of course, other articles and studies are telling me that my diet pop is messing with my brain and making me crave more sweets anyway. So who knows.

5 days ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

cascadingstylesheet Re:Technology might not help. (87 comments)

This is controversial but it should be said. but the biggest problem, religion, cant be solved with technology because religious zealots dont operate logically.

"Religion" isn't some generic thing, equivalent in all it's forms.

The whole concept of a hospital exists due to Christianity.

We have the same issues in america, albeit to a lesser extent with anti-vaccination conspiricists and seventh day adventists that refuse to immunize their children or set foot in a hospital.

Ah, that well known nun Jenny McCarthy.

about a week ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

cascadingstylesheet Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

which has the additional benefit of showing them that their feelings don't matter to anybody else.

Um.

Pendulums swing in two directions. ya know. I'm not sure that the best antidote to an over-emphasis on feelings is to lurch into sociopathy ...

about two weeks ago
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Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

cascadingstylesheet Re:Downside (216 comments)

Actually, Oxytocin is destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract in humans. It's normally administered via intravenous injection or nasal spray.

It is actually available in a pill form now, but you have to get it specially compounded. I'm only aware of one pharmacy in the US that does it (though there may be more by now).

about two weeks ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

cascadingstylesheet Re:Propaganda (106 comments)

The NSA is the NSA. They were there before the president, and will be there many more presidents to come. They don't care about the president because he's only there for 4 years, maybe 8 at the most. Really, do you think any president "controls" the NSA? The best they can hope to do is reign in their worst activities on a good day.

Nice responsibility dodging there ...

Obama can put whomever he likes in charge of the NSA. He can fire who's in charge of the NSA. He is responsible. This is his NSA.

When you and others rant against today's NSA, you are ranting against Obama. Now your head must explode like a 1960s sci-fi robot caught in a contradiction.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

cascadingstylesheet Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

To become a citizen of the United States, you are required to renounce other allegiances.

about two weeks ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

cascadingstylesheet Re:US on Top (123 comments)

... 'cause: 'Merica! Oo RAH!

Except that the US actually is the preferred destination, so ... that's ... not really so clever.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

cascadingstylesheet Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

So, I can use one passport to go in and out of Cuba, Africa, Iraq, or wherever, and use the US passport for going in and out of the USA. How would they track that?

The proverbial man from Mars might say that's why you shouldn't have two passports?

about two weeks ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

cascadingstylesheet Re:I'm sorry... (95 comments)

"the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with."

But ... but ... we didn't mean those opinions!

about three weeks ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

cascadingstylesheet Re:I'm sorry... (95 comments)

Highlighting the problem doesn't magically make government the solution though. That's the fallacy of the false alternative. "You either favor a federal anti-cheating regime, or you don't care about cheating."

I'm sure the feds would bring all the efficiency and efficacy to it that they've brought to the rest of education ... oops.

Because without some form of regulation, some dickhead is going to start selling grades.

Which never could happen with government at the helm, of course. Because human beings become angels when they go to work for government, and "corruption" is just some imaginary concept, probably invented by the evil Koch brothers.

about three weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

cascadingstylesheet Re:but why? (209 comments)

Shouldn't be a problem but there are some religious nutters who don't vaccinate downstream so if it wasn't treated adequately, they could get infected.

Right; "religious nutters" like the breast-acular Jenny McCarthy.

Beware her pious ways!

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Co-opts Ice Bucket Challenge Idea To Promote Coding In Latin America

cascadingstylesheet Wow (96 comments)

It could hardly be more nakedly transparent. "These skills are expensive among our people, so third worlders please line up to train for your sweatshop jobs. At least a few of you will have aptitude, if we screen enough of you. We will pay you comparatively nothing so we can make more buckets of money, and you will like it because it's still more than you get now."

And now, I fully expect to be tarred and feathered, for how awful and insensitive I am for merely noticing that the tech companies are doing this.

about a month ago
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Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

cascadingstylesheet It would be nice if we could just prosecute ... (103 comments)

... the $%&^ out of exploiters.

I mean my front door is highly exploitable with simple tools, but if you do it we throw you in a cage. On average it's pretty effective.

about a month ago

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