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New York Times and Twitter Attacked By Syrian Electronic Army

kevinNCSU Re:NYT and Twitter attacked (169 comments)

That hacked twitter post cause a $200 billion temporary loss in the stock market. You could make some serious cash if you knew it was fake and bought low, or knew the hack was coming and shorted stock beforehand.

about a year ago
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Senator Rand Paul Detained By the TSA

kevinNCSU Re:US Constitution Art 1 Section 6 - Compensation (941 comments)

at clause is designed to prevent situations like what recently happened in the Ukraine, where leaders of opposition factions in the government are arrested

Oh, then I guess it's a good thing that the TSA doesn't fall under the executive branch. Oh wait, it does? Well sure, but it's not like the Executive branch is led by a person of the opposite party of Rand Paul. Oh, it is? Well, that's certainly awkward, but I mean he's just another opposition party senator and it's not like he or one of his relatives are trying to directly run against the sitting president in an upcoming elect-....What's that? He's Ron Paul's son?! SHIT.

more than 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

kevinNCSU Re:This is wrong! (419 comments)

These emails are also from the president and founder of the company, not some out sourced customer relations kid. So yea, it probably should ruin it for the whole company.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

kevinNCSU Re:More detail (441 comments)

Well he did like to do secret gift giving while he was alive, I'm not sure I'd wager that Saint Nicholas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas) if very anonymous anymore ;)

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

kevinNCSU Re:More detail (441 comments)

Very interesting, thank you for pointing this out. I'll admit I had not before read into the origins of the Christmas tree and simply believed what I had heard about it coupled with what I knew about the protestants in England outlawing it for a time because they believed it to be of pagan origin which cemented it in my mind as fact. While I think the evidence still points to the chosen timing for Christmas being to compete with the pagan festival I thank you for pointing out that I was wrong about the tree being adopted because of this.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Threatens South Korea Over Christmas Lights

kevinNCSU Re:More detail (441 comments)

More accurately Christmas is a Christian holiday originally timed to coincide and compete with a Pagan holiday which it pushed out though many of the pagan traditions ended up being incorporated by converted followers. There are lots of things Christian about Christmas such as the story, celebrating the birth of Jesus (even tho they don't believe it happened that time of year) ect, but many of the traditions such as the trees and candles are co-opted from Saturnalia.

more than 2 years ago
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MythBusters Bust House

kevinNCSU Re:Funny Stuff (631 comments)

There's plenty of people work a 6-2 or 7-3 in places where traffic is unruly at conventional rush hour times. There's no reason not to let your employees do this if they're office workers that just need to get 8 hours of work in.

more than 2 years ago
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US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

kevinNCSU Re:Weakened nation (299 comments)

Don't the uranium cores get recycled into nuclear fuel and thus become profitable/useful? Would assume it would get sold to some nuclear facility and thus no longer need upkeep by the government itself. Even if they theoretically boxed it storage of a uranium core should be a far less costly matter than maintaining a functional nuclear warhead.

more than 2 years ago
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US's Most Powerful Nuclear Bomb Being Dismantled

kevinNCSU Re:Weakened nation (299 comments)

How does this help our nation? Oops I said the N-word, my apologies to the offended parties.

By recycling it into something useful (weapons into plowshares and all that) instead of it sitting around costing money through expensive guarding, monitoring and maintenance not to mention Russia under the treaty dismantling nuclear warheads that were meant for killing us. Oh, and 0% chance of it accidentally going off once it's dismantled versus the extremely small percentage chance beforehand.

about 2 years ago
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The 147 Corporations Controlling Most of the Global Economy

kevinNCSU Re:I'm actually suprised it's that many (572 comments)

All else being equal, a nation that spends 10% of it's resourced building machines of war will have a lower standard of living then a nation that's able to spend that 10% on things like education, infrastructure, or even private commercial ventures / R&D. Hence war being destructive to the economy in the sense that you're sinking resources into production that doesn't return value to you in the form of making your life better. Sort of like there's money to be made in boarding up houses after a fire but setting a bunch of fires doesn't help stimulate the economy.

Realistically, however; Things are a lot more complex as always and there are other factors involved like the nation that did spend 10% using their machines of war to take what the nation that didn't made or value returned in the ability to exert your will on other nations ect ect. But it's always a net loss for humanity as a whole....until the aliens come

more than 2 years ago
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Are You Prepared For the Zombie Apocalypse?

kevinNCSU Re:Everyone's first answer is wrong (515 comments)

I read that as "I'd hope there would still be plenty of edible vegetarians"

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

kevinNCSU Re:Wow, he saves $12 billion, so 1% less deficit.. (2247 comments)

The amount of work and planning that would go into closing those 5 departments, their assets, and signed federal contracts under those departments, would most assuredly increase costs for that first year.

more than 2 years ago
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New Vaccine Halves Malaria Risk

kevinNCSU Re:"Licensed and Rolled Out" (147 comments)

There's this concept call "thinking" that has been catching on. You ought to try it sometime. Contrary to your moronic statement, governments do not spend money on things "for the greater good of humanity". They spend money on things that are good for their nation. How much money do you think that the countries affected by malaria have to spend on developing a vaccine for malaria?

If only there were some sort of organized union of nations that each paid towards operating costs in order to work on world issues of security, health and economic development.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Tried and Failed To Launch a Monkey Into Space

kevinNCSU Re:But fear the nukes! NOT! (272 comments)

Out of curiosity did you consider that too incredibly outlandish or something? Keep in mind it was written pre 9/11.

more than 2 years ago
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Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

kevinNCSU Re:What's the fascination with Columbus? (420 comments)

Cuba and Hispaniola are not "a small island" nor are they in the middle of the ocean. Cuba alone is larger than England and together they're nearly the size of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). Furthermore they are both considered part of North America. Everyone else rightly assumed the Earth was much larger and he'd run out of food before he got around to India. In his "wrongness" he ran into a gigantic new landmass full of riches and resources to report home about leading to European Colonization. So yea, he gets credit for starting that time period.

more than 2 years ago
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Calif. Appeals Court Approves Cell Phone Searches

kevinNCSU Re:Passcode (367 comments)

There's a difference between "such a device exists" and "They use a device". I believe those devices are possibly in use in Michigan which the ACLU is suing to find out more about, not in Florida.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

kevinNCSU Re:Start your party and let democracy decide (737 comments)

Oh, I definitely agree with you there. As more and more of the population stays in school I think there is undoubtedly a pressure on teachers to try to keep average grades up and failure rates down which results in cases of relaxing standards. This doesn't mean the population is getting less intelligent or less educated though, it simply means the average graduate may be less intelligent, but now a much larger percentage of the population is attempting to graduate and learn and the population on the whole is getting better educated.

Imagine if you will that you switched from how cross country teams are now to having everyone forced to be on the cross country team, run and exercise. You might look at average run times for the team and exclaim that the population is getting slower and worse at running and that the system must be broken, but this is not the case. Now you simply have more people being pushed to run instead of the people who were already inclined and in a good position to do so. Forcing all these people to do training runs would mean the population as a whole is getting better at running, even though your average scores for your "team" would seem to disagree.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

kevinNCSU Re:Start your party and let democracy decide (737 comments)

Firstly, proposing a hypothesis for a given condition (a hypothesis I am backing) is not a straw man. You simply disagree with my hypothesis. A straw man is where I insert a flawed argument into your mouth and then knock it down claiming victory. Fighting a man made of straw if you will. While it may certainly be more convenient for you to simply dismiss "what you see quite often" as logical fallacy instead of people simply disagreeing with you I'm afraid you'll have to coin your own "Ironhandx Fallacy" for that rather then trying to co-opt the definition of straw man.

Now, onto the matter at hand

As affluence has traditionally affected who can/can't go to school before, not anything to do with intelligence, test scores on average should stay roughly the same

I believe this premise to be correct but your conclusion that test scores should stay the same is incorrect. The problem stems from the fact that basic math and science tests are not a measure of intelligence they are a measure of the quality of prior education. People with affluence, which you admit heavily weight the original 20%, are going to have much better access to much better education both through private schooling and through living in areas with nicer schools due to the affluence of the average citizens there. People with affluence are afforded many advantages such as private tutors, parents that are more likely to value education having used it themselves to gain affluence, the ability to purchase educational materials and most importantly the time and environment needed to learn and study versus working to put food on the table.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

kevinNCSU Re:If only... (737 comments)

I'd appreciate it if you took a moment of self reflection to examine what you just did. A self identified conservative put forward for debate possible solutions to a problem your platform holds important and regularly has problems with conservatives denying even exists. Presented with this extraordinary opportunity to initiate constructive dialogue to solve this important problem what action did you choose to take?

"Dealing in facts" means recognising evolution. That's unacceptable in the US Right. So something even mildly controversial, like climate change, has no hope

Instead of addressing said solution or debating it you make ad hominem attacks on conservatives in general and then try to switch to another issue (evolution) which has nothing to do with the matter at hand. Presented with an "enemy" which doesn't fit your stereotype you ignore him and the opportunity for a solution he represents because a solution is not important to you. What you want is an enemy that is evil enough for you to hate, and anyone who tones down or breaks that stereotype must be dismissed and ignored because you're not interested in working towards a solution, you're interested in having someone sufficiently evil to point a finger at while you complain about the problem

more than 2 years ago
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Should Science Be King In Politics?

kevinNCSU Re:Start your party and let democracy decide (737 comments)

It's almost as if a higher percentage of the population is attempting to get into college and get further educated then ever before instead of dropping out of high school to work at the local automotive/shoe/soap plant. How many minorities are first-generation college/HS students/grads in the current population? There's been a lot of social change in the last 100 years that is causing a much larger percent of the population attempt those tests then ever before.

more than 2 years ago

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