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Comment Re:National instant-runoff (single transferable vo (Score 1) 637

LOL, gerrymandering is done by both parties and always has been. The R's may have done it more efficiently in recent history, but claiming it is a R-only issue is disingenuous. I agree on the bussing voters fiasco, why are no charges being filed on such blatant fraud? Oh, yeah, the D's are pissed at losing so aren't about to move against their own interests and the R's are afraid of looking "mean-spirited" and "anti-democratic". Cheaters and wimps, the lot of them. I would happily sign on for STV and also for an Election Holiday (make it Monday, and disallow early in-person voting so people don't just vacation instead.) I would also love to see a requirement for proof-of-identity-to-receive-your-ballot to prevent fraud OF THE KIND I HAVE WITNESSED. But I digress.

Comment And maybe you should read the MIDDLE ... (Score 1) 330

Did you miss this sentence? "While the origin of the plants on Schmeiser's farm in 1997 remains unclear, the trial judge found that with respect to the 1998 crop, "none of the suggested sources [proposed by Schmeiser] could reasonably explain the concentration or extent of Roundup Ready canola of a commercial quality" ultimately present in Schmeiser's 1998 crop.[5]"

Comment If you aren't willing to follow THESE laws ... (Score 1) 283

I agree. I'm all for those who followed the procedures and became lawful immigrants and give zero fscks for those whose want to immigrate into the USA is greater than their willingness to follow the immigration laws. What other laws are they going to decide are unimportant?
Look, either citizenship is important or it's not. If you choose to think the US is a giant economic house party that can keep inviting in cool kids from around the world then you plainly don't care about citizenship. Fine, lead with that.
Myself, I think it DOES matter, even if most of us are US Citizens by birth. I vote, and pay taxes, and contribute to worthy causes in my community, and try to be a good American. Those other cool kids are likewise citizens of their birth countries, and they ought to be celebrating that and working to fix their own countries, not coming here because things are better economically.

Comment War and Peace was better than I expected (Score 1) 164

I read W&P for a Russian History class I took a while ago, and found that after the first several chapters I got used to the author's style and it got much easier to read. Knowing it would end also helped in that regard, which is a feeling I did not get with the 'Wheel of Time'(tm). Treadmill of Time is more like it!

Comment Why focus on coding? (Score 1) 175

You already said they want to be hands on - why not start with the physical device and then go to the code. Disassemble a PC and explain the parts. Talk about similarities and differences between a PC and a digital watch or other embedded computing device. THEN start talking about code, and how the device and code interact. Leave the OS wars for later.

Comment I know, anecdotes != data, but here's mine ... (Score 1) 108

Perhaps you are correct about the value of YOUR union, but in my own experience with two somewhat-non-technical unions (IATS&E, and another national one I won't name) I was treated as a disposable non-entity whose only purpose was the payment of dues, my verbal or written input was not solicited nor heard, and I never even SAW my union "representative" at the jobsite(s). Ever. NOT EVEN ONCE. I'm not bitter about it (much.) To this day I avoid all "Union Shops" because of those two jobs ...

Comment What a smarmy p!$$artist of a "journalist" ... (Score -1, Flamebait) 530

What's your next scoop, attending a recruiting session for ADM and calling their recruiters for the practices of the CEO? Some bottom-level NSA workers get a chance to go to a major university and talk to people they were told wanted to hear about working for the NSA and they get ambushed by you and those toadying up to you. And wasn't it Oh-So-Very-Classy of you, jumping into a session by LYING ABOUT YOUR INTENT so you could call them out for the activities of their bosses. When the recruiters answer your question by pointing out that the Administration (President Obama and his folks, you may recall) sets the agenda for targeting of intelligence collection you played silly word games, ignoring the multi-colored truth for your own black-and-white world view. You are a fine example of the navel-gazing hypocrisy of what-passes-for J-school these days.

TL,DR: You think everybody should be like you, and you are wrong. Grow up, why doncha!

Comment Re:Can we face the fact, People are Social Creatur (Score 1) 113

That's funny, people say that "surely these violent behaviors you watch MUST have a negative effect" yet every study finds no evidence for the claim. And now the corresponding viewing of "good | prosocial" behaviors ALSO shows no effect. Maybe we all are actually able to differentiate between inputs and choose to or not to model them.

Or to put it another way, "I do not think that behavior does what you think it does ..."

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