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Comment Re:taxes (Score 1) 265

I don't disagree with most of the sentiment but if people don't like all the fees and rules, they are free to go anywhere else. I'm unaware of anyone being forced to visit anywhere (well beyond kids stuck on family vacation).

Out of curiosity, does the approach Florida takes with a high sales tax but lower other taxes work better/worse for you?

Comment Re:even worse (Score 1) 342

The problem is with ticket prices what they are, they feel like they have to make them longer lest the public feel like they aren't getting their money's worth. To go that route, they'd have to cut budgets (something they should do anyways) so ticket prices can be more affordable. $15 is too much for an hour and a half of entertainment (granted I see matinees for $7.5 on weekends).

Comment Re:It's not an entirely broken thought process (Score 1) 301

I forgot to mention that I think this is as much a part of the consequences of changing gender roles. Women want to be treated as equals professionally (and rightly should be) but then in some cases seem to act that the new rules don't apply to relationships. Say what?

They still generally want that long term relationship to provide them with stability, security, and someone to listen to their worries for the rest of their life. They're willing (mostly) to offer lifelong care, including some sexual favors, to get this.

Well want doesn't get you anything. I want a pile of money for no effort but that's not gonna happen.

The idea of future sexual favors is quite meaningless and I do quite a good job of caring for myself. What else do they bring to the table? Seriously. What do I gain, what does it cost me, what are the risks? I can't ever see a positive value proposition.

Maybe I'll find that someone that makes me ditch my both negative view of marriage and it's position as a business relationship as much as if not more than a love based one. But I don't put the odds all that high.

Comment Re:It's not an entirely broken thought process (Score 1) 301

Recall how the movie industry is trying to blame people not seeing movies in theaters as solely due to piracy but the more likely reality is that there are tons of things for people to spend their free time on now? Perhaps that has something to do with it. There are some many hobbies and the like out there that people just aren't interested in settling down.

Sure, divorce laws definitely have not favored men historically (though I see it as changing). And children are definitely a bad investment. But popular media has continued to propagate the view that marriage = misery. "Oh, I can't do that fun activity I like anymore because marriage." "Oh, I have to go to this thing I hate because marriage." Imagine growing up and having all the freedom to do whatever you want. Why would you want to sacrifice that for something you see as a failing institution?

Comment Re:Fools (Score 2) 192

I've been driving for 17 years. If I took all the data from 100 cars run over a year, that's 5 times more experience than me with all kinds of situations. Company analyzes the new data, figures out what updates are needed, and pushes them all out. Imagine 1,000 cars. 10,000. You just can't compete in terms of knowledge.

Comment Good luck with that (Score 1) 201

Binge drinking was often the only option when I was in college. I never had time during the week with all the stress from being a student and it naturally turned into the easiest outlet. I'm not saying college should necessarily be easier but I'm honestly not surprised that it's the outcome of high stress environments. It's not even just greek life where this happens cause I sure wasn't and I sure got fucked up beyond belief.

I know my department started having a calendar for the professors so they could make sure there weren't extreme conflicts (like three tests in one day or a ton of major projects due) for students. But that's only effective at higher levels as there's no way you could really coordinate all the classes among departments and students.

I'd love to see the drinking age lowered but MADD's never going to let that go. I really can't wait until self driving cars are ready.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 197

What percentage of homicides and violent crime are related to gang activity? Take Chicago for example as it continuously pops up in the news. I would contend that better mental health care does nothing for them. Obviously reduced gun access would but politically that won't go anywhere here anytime soon. And even if it did, no one seems interested in seriously addressing handguns.

Suicide is certainly a complicated issue. The reasons are many and whether people should be allowed to is a complex debate (it is something I'm not sure where I stand on it). But I think unemployment and money problems are a somewhat common one. And certainly mental health care is something that should be more available and its need respected but that ties in heavily with having affordable care as what good is it if no one can use it.

A common theme between poorer communities and folks with money/employment issues is clearly a lack of money. The lazy answer is just to say give out money (and it may ultimately be the solution if UBI ends up being necessary). I had to hunt down this article ( I read a while back that looked at various things and brought it up. Honestly I wish I looked into it more when I was in grad school cause I had more time to look at it.

Comment Re:Stop with the hysteria (Score 1) 197

I cited the number as "Americans killing Americans with guns". Why wouldn't you include suicides in that?

I mean you're not wrong but it paints a picture that they were all related to homicide/violent crime when in reality two-thirds of them are suicides. Seems pretty dishonest to me. In moving to reduce the number of gun deaths in the country, would you propose the same solutions to preventing suicides as homicides/violent crimes?

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