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  • Female teacher who had 2-year affair with 14-year-old student is spared jail [ United Kingdom ]

    10/17/2014 9:05:11 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    -YYZ- to kidd

    Not surprising. Apparently the cops in Rotherham thought it perfectly reasonable that 12 and 13 year old girls (as well as those older) were “willing participants” in sexual activity with (Pakistani and Afghani Muslim background) men in their mid-20s. So, no double standard in the UK - they have no standards.

  • Marijuana Legalization in Colorado: New Numbers Hint at Increasingly Unfavorable Views

    10/08/2014 2:17:20 PM PDT · 20 of 44
    -YYZ- to SeekAndFind

    I wonder if something like what I call the “Amsterdam effect” may apply here: By legalizing MJ while it’s still technically illegal in most other states, you become a magnet for people whose primary goal in life is “smoking some heady nugs” - which is to say people who are not particularly desirable. You know the types, the ones who think the world owes them a living, and all the dope they can smoke, too. Not representative of most pot smokers (most of whom you’d never know that they smoke, because they’re not hanging around on the sidewalk with their dreadlocks and their dogs, reeking of weed.

  • Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug raid fatality

    10/08/2014 8:54:49 AM PDT · 19 of 63
    -YYZ- to redreno

    I’m surprised the cops didn’t plant some drugs after the fact to give themselves some cover. I guess they don’t even fear the consequences of their no-knock raids gone wrong any more. Why should they? Cops are never held responsible for these kinds of screw-ups - rarely does someone even get fired for this sort of disaster.

  • [NPR Book Review:] The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

    10/07/2014 1:20:14 PM PDT · 22 of 33
    -YYZ- to GingisK

    Did not know that about Cobol and Fortan. Interesting.

  • [NPR Book Review:] The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

    10/07/2014 1:17:12 PM PDT · 21 of 33
    -YYZ- to Bobalu

    I feel that in recent years Turing’s role has been over-emphasized somewhat due to his persecution as a homosexual. Which was indefensible, as far as I’m concerned (I know there are those on this forum who think anti-sodomy laws are a good idea), and certainly contributed to his premature death. He was certainly among the leading pioneers in the field though, I will concede. His concept of the “Universal Turing Machine”, and proof that all machines having certain resources were functionally interchangeable was a huge advance in computing.

  • Woman Interrupts Restaurant Patrons With Tears and Screams...(Video at link)

    10/07/2014 10:37:58 AM PDT · 69 of 76
    -YYZ- to HamiltonJay

    The problem with these kinds of idiots is that they aren’t satisfied with more humane treatment of farm animals - they believe that “meat is murder” and want it ended altogether. That’s not a program I’ll be signing up for anytime soon. I have reservations about the way livestock (chickens and pigs, particularly) are treated, enough to make me reconsider where my meat comes from and how much of it I want to eat - but not enough to make me believe that eating meat is inherently immoral.

  • Woman Interrupts Restaurant Patrons With Tears and Screams...(Video at link)

    10/07/2014 8:48:16 AM PDT · 44 of 76
    -YYZ- to beaversmom

    These nutbags are certainly entitled to their opinion, and may even have a point about how livestock and poultry are treated, but they really need to keep their protests outside of private businesses - or be arrested for trespassing and causing a disturbance.

  • NASA Scientists Puzzled by Global Cooling on Land and Sea

    10/06/2014 12:14:54 PM PDT · 39 of 57
    -YYZ- to chris37
    The word “scientist” no longer has any value or purpose in western civilization outside of deception.

    Probably hasn't been very much since scientists started largely depending on the government and foundations for grant money to fund their research. Even if you're tenured, if you want funds for your research, you need to find them.

  • NASA Scientists Puzzled by Global Cooling on Land and Sea

    10/06/2014 11:56:24 AM PDT · 30 of 57
    -YYZ- to rktman

    Could it be that the models they use, and the assumptions they’ve made, are wrong? When you don’t get the answer you’re expecting, it could be you’re asking the wrong question.

  • The 20 Cars Most Likely To Last 200,000 Miles

    10/03/2014 7:54:33 AM PDT · 53 of 169
    -YYZ- to blam

    I think my ‘04 Honda Accord was a lemon, relatively speaking. At about 170,000 miles, when I sold it, it had a CEL and code which indicated that most likely it was going to need valvetrain work - probably a new chain and sprockets at the least. It also used a quart of oil every 1,500 miles or so, starting from when I’m not sure - I had (lazily) gotten out of the habit of checking oil levels because my previous Nissans had spoiled me by using hardly a drop between changes. Nissan builds really tough engines. Anyway, too bad about the Accord, because otherwise it was in excellent shape.

    I think the large pickups and SUVs have another factor in play - these things actually have utility, and people are often willing to put money into them to keep them going. Older cars aren’t so desirable - the people who can afford to fix them want newer cars, and the people who end up with those older cars often don’t have the money for major repairs (transmissions, major engine work), or it’s just not economical for a vehicle that’s not worth much anymore.

    I also find that small engines with automatic transmissions tend to burn out relatively young, because they spend so much time turning higher rpms. It’s not as bad with manual transmissions where you have more control over rpms.

  • Second Amendment Vs. Islamic State In Oklahoma

    09/30/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · 4 of 15
    -YYZ- to MNGal

    I used to think that most Muslims were moderates who just wanted to live their lives like the rest of us, but I have started to doubt it. I’ve come to believe that most Muslims, at least the ones who are observant at all, share many of the same beliefs as IS, Al Qaeda, etc. Maybe not to quite the same extreme. Just ask them if they believe apostasy should be punished with death, or whether blasphemy should be a criminal act, or whether Sharia should ideally be the law. Many will openly say “yes”. So really, they believe much the same as the radicals, and given a situation where they are the majority, they would rule that way. They just don’t have the stomach/balls/whatever to actually go out and put it in practice themselves. They know that “radicals” preach hatred to all other faiths (including Muslims who don’t believe the “right” way) in their mosques and schools, and in some cases even instruct in beheadings and other such things.

    Until average Muslims repudiate the lack of freedom of choice in faith inherent in Islam, the outright hate towards Jews and other infidels, and so on, why should we not consider them part of the problem? Their faith creates the fertile ground in which terrorism grows.

  • Muslims express frustration apologizing for extremists with #MuslimApologies

    09/25/2014 4:56:59 PM PDT · 14 of 41
    -YYZ- to tet68

    He appears to be a Muslim (just reading his HuffPo profile) who recognizes the rot at the core of his religion, which may be why he calls himself a Muslim atheist. Check this article, for instance: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi/why-i-decided-to-call-myself-an-atheist-muslim_b_3261226.html

  • Muslims express frustration apologizing for extremists with #MuslimApologies

    09/25/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT · 11 of 41
    -YYZ- to markomalley

    I’d just like an acknowledgement from Muslims and their apologists that there is something about Islam which seems to produce a violent nihilism in some of its followers.

    Puts me in mind of a local story here about a young man (20, I think) of Somali extraction who went off to Syria to fight with IS, and is now believed dead (good riddance). His parents are so shocked and disappointed, but maybe they should be asking just what is going on at their, or other mosques. Christians get hauled in front of human rights commissions for holding on to and proclaiming their (non-violent) beliefs about gays, for example, but apparently Muslims have carte blanche to preach hatred and violence in their mosques, and if we dare to investigate or criticize, we’re “Islamophobes”.

  • Zoo mulls Groundhog Day ban on mayors after de Blasio’s deadly fumble

    09/25/2014 2:50:27 PM PDT · 26 of 29
    -YYZ- to jimbo123

    Oh, for pete’s sake, who cares? It’s a ground hog, it’s not like they’re endangered, or as though anyone would likely notice if you replaced one with another.

    Also, it looks more like it jumped than that he dropped it.

  • Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

    09/25/2014 1:09:35 PM PDT · 141 of 289
    -YYZ- to zeugma

    “I think you are wrong. They apparently do, if a few days worth of reading FR is any indication.”

    Are you referring to the number of storied like this that one sees, or the number of FR readers who will defend the cops every time?

    I’m not a cop hater, but it’s clear that the people who we pay to catch criminals, and who are given a lot of extra rights that “normal” people don’t have, in order to do the job, need to be kept under tight control. Many police shootings are justified, and not every police shooting involves one or more cops reflexively emptying their guns with little control and no regard for what’s behind their intended target. But where there is wrong-doing, it must be identified and addressed - with firings, suspensions, policy changes, better training, etc, as appropriate.

  • Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

    09/25/2014 11:03:05 AM PDT · 28 of 289
    -YYZ- to 12th_Monkey

    So a cop has a right to shoot people just because he fears what they might do? He obviously never saw a gun, because there wasn’t one. No, he doesn’t need to be assaulted before he can defend himself, but he does need to have a reasonable perception of a deadly threat. Cops don’t have carte blanche to shoot someone who is making them nervous.

  • Apple pulls iOS update after widespread reports of disabled phones

    09/24/2014 1:52:52 PM PDT · 53 of 121
    -YYZ- to Borges

    “I’ve found iPhones highly reliable. Androids tend to lock up.”

    Vast over-generalization. My Nexus 5, and the Nexus 4 I had before that, never lock up.

    I like Apple’s products, and it’s hard to beat the aftermarket support for them, but I don’t want to get tied into their walled garden.

    It’s funny how every great new phone the reviewers will blather on about how thin it is (.5 mm thinner than the last model!) and how nice (or not) the phone body materials are - and it’s irrelevant for most people who will stick the phone into some sort of clunky case and rarely if ever see the actual phone body.

  • Mr. President, They Are Not Baristas – They Are Marines

    09/24/2014 1:01:59 PM PDT · 12 of 47
    -YYZ- to Kaslin

    I know that the president is technically the CINC, but I always thought that saluting was reserved for people actively serving in the military (or possibly retired from) in uniform to others in the same circumstance. The president is not a military man and not wearing a uniform - should he be giving a military salute at all?

    Doesn’t surprise me that Obama gives no care to the proper protocols, as I don’t think he respects them (or the military in general). Even so, he should know better than to give a salute while holding something else in the same hand.

  • Suncor sends its first tanker of Western Canada heavy crude to Europe

    09/24/2014 11:15:38 AM PDT · 10 of 24
    -YYZ- to thackney

    “According to Reuters data it will be discharged in the Mediterranean.”

    Won’t that make a big mess? Lol, bad choice of words, I think.

  • Why are homeschooled kids so annoying?

    09/19/2014 8:32:37 AM PDT · 31 of 86
    -YYZ- to Steve_Seattle

    “Home-schooled kids are still subject to many aspects of normal socialization - they are (usually) exposed to television and popular culture. They go to stores and malls. They have friends in the neighborhood who they play with and associate with. They join clubs and sports teams (little league, etc.).”

    Yes. What they don’t have to deal with is being forced to go, day after day, back to a place where the children are basically in charge and a “Lord of the Flies” atmosphere permeates.

  • Why are homeschooled kids so annoying?

    09/19/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT · 28 of 86
    -YYZ- to rrstar96

    This article seems quite apropos:

    Why Nerds are Unpopular:
    http://www.paulgraham.com/nerds.html

    Hits a lot of same notes. Basically schools are artificial environments which do not at all reflect the real world. In the real world people who are smart and good at doing something, and enjoy it, are valued. In school there are pretty much only one field where achievement is really appreciated - sports. Otherwise it’s all pretty much a social game, kind of like “Survivor” for kids.

    It’s a miracle I got out of public school as sane and balanced as I did. Not to say that home schooling is the only option, but the current model clearly doesn’t work all that well. I wonder if public schools are the same everywhere in the world? I suspect not - I don’t think it’s like this, or at least not to nearly the same extent, in China, Korea, or Japan, for example. Of course, our popular culture is pretty much anti-intellectual...

  • Middle School Bans Teen’s “Virginity Rocks” T-Shirt

    09/16/2014 4:40:43 PM PDT · 9 of 30
    -YYZ- to wagglebee

    I’m not a Christian, nor do I think that sexuality necessarily has to be saved for marriage, but I still can’t see what anyone could possibly find offensive about this shirt. It might “lead to uncomfortable discussions about sex”? Geez, are these not schools where they have sex ed classes that teach all sorts of things that parents, and even the kids, may be uncomfortable discussing?

    I would go to the mat for the right of this girl to wear this t-shirt, unless there is some sort of general policy against t-shirts with slogans and logos.

  • Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalising washing machines

    09/16/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · 27 of 42
    -YYZ- to TigerLikesRooster

    I actually find this accusation believable. LG and Samsung are absolutely fierce competitors with each other in Korea, and in general, and past experience has shown they are not above resorting to dirty tricks to gain an advantage. Dirty tricks like designing phones to run in a special high power consumption overclocked mode when they detect certain benchmarks are being run, delivering performance that is not comparable to what the end user will see. Stuff like employing people to surf forums and review sites and write glowing reviews and comments about their products while denigrating their competitor’s. So, attempting to make their competitor’s products look bad on the showroom floor would not be completely out of character.

  • Where's the Payoff in Gambling?

    09/09/2014 3:15:31 PM PDT · 41 of 55
    -YYZ- to grania

    Back in my home province, as I mentioned earlier, VLTs (video lotto terminals - slot machines essentially) were the first type of legalized gambling (other than lotteries and bingo) to appear. Probably the most destructive kind. They popped up in all kinds of businesses, and kids were playing them, too. People didn’t like that, so they moved them into bars where only adults would have access. Still far too easy access to a very addictive form of gambling. Bad enough having a casino within a 1/2 hour or so of everyone, but when you can play the slots in every bar...

    Alberta has these, too, and I think maybe New Brunswick, and I’m sure some states have dabbled with them. Probably the worst possible and most destructive way to bring gambling in, but a big money-maker for the province.

  • Where's the Payoff in Gambling?

    09/09/2014 1:44:10 PM PDT · 35 of 55
    -YYZ- to hinckley buzzard

    BTW, my opinion on gambling is that it is a lot like drugs or alcohol: it’s a diversion or entertainment when used occasionally in small doses, and most people can take it or leave it, but some people will become addicted to it. OK, maybe you can’t really be “addicted” to gambling by the strict meaning of the word, but clearly some people have great trouble controlling themselves when it comes to gambling. And they will do things to keep getting their fix that they never would have done otherwise.

    That’s not to say that I would prefer gambling was re-criminalized, but I do find it ironic that the same governments that are forever trying to protect us from ourselves by stamping out smoking, discouraging drinking, prohibiting drugs, passing seatbelt and helmet laws, etc, seem to be doing everything it can to promote gambling, despite knowing the destruction it causes in some people’s lives. I see little difference between a drug addict and a gambling addict, in terms of the harm done to themselves, and the harm they cause their families, friends and communities. Well, except that I’ve never heard of anyone embezzling a quarter million dollars to support their drug habit.

  • America is running out of jobs. It's time for a universal basic income.

    09/09/2014 12:38:41 PM PDT · 86 of 193
    -YYZ- to Bobalu

    Sounds like a utopia. If I live to see 2050, I’ll be highly surprised if the situation is anything like what you describe, however. Never mind defying what we understand about economics (which honestly isn’t very much, really), it defies everything that I understand about human nature.

  • Apple Unveils Larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

    09/09/2014 11:28:39 AM PDT · 38 of 152
    -YYZ- to molson209

    “Is Apple running out of Ideas ?”

    Maybe, now that Steve Jobs is gone. If so, they’ve still had more original ideas, especially of the type that end users notice, than Samsung and a few other phone/electronics companies have had, put together.

    I’m not really a big fan of Apple, but it can hardly be denied that they’ve put way more thought, for years now, into how people actually use technology, than any other computer/phone/electronics company.

  • Where's the Payoff in Gambling?

    09/09/2014 7:43:45 AM PDT · 9 of 55
    -YYZ- to Kaslin

    I have sometimes thought it strange how things changed. At one time gambling was considered immoral and socially destructive, which is why most forms of it were illegal in many places. There was Vegas, of course, once known, probably with some justification considering that it was originally founded and run by the mob, as Sin City.

    And then we started to have legalized lotteries of various sorts. And then, in my area, the government decided to cash in on gambling by permitting VLTs (video lotto terminals - multi-game video slot machines) to go into all sorts of locations - bars, restaurants, convenience stores, pizza joints, pool halls, pretty much anywhere you wanted. Eventually they decided that this provided unwanted access to the machines to minors so they restricted them to bars.

    Anyway, I just find it interesting how for a lot time gambling was generally viewed as a disreputable (or shameful) and immoral activity, and then the government decided it needed the money and legalized, and suddenly it was if there was nothing wrong with gambling at all, since the government approved.

  • Fighter jets escort plane back to Pearson, again

    08/28/2014 6:40:03 AM PDT · 5 of 6
    -YYZ- to Squawk 8888

    Same thoughts here. Seems like a massive over-reaction. I don’t know if they’d be able to have them arrested and charged if they continued to Cuba. Of course, I don’t know that that’s strictly necessary either, really.

  • Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

    08/27/2014 3:02:30 PM PDT · 54 of 58
    -YYZ- to Chickensoup

    The only thing that I find strange is that the article describes asset forfeiture as being something that isn’t generally known about. Have people not been paying attention? I’ve been coming here for a long time, but I knew about it before I came here. I’m pretty sure PBS’s Frontline has done at least one story about it, if not more.

  • Flight diverted, police called following airline seat reclining fracas

    08/27/2014 10:59:26 AM PDT · 41 of 48
    -YYZ- to SJSAMPLE

    “I feel sorry for people who are large/tall or need to work, but an arrangement should be discussed before you decide that the seat in front of you (which the person occupying it has purchased) should not function as designed.”

    I agree with you, and I’m a tall person. Hey, I like to be able to recline my seat, too.

  • Flight diverted, police called following airline seat reclining fracas

    08/26/2014 2:25:32 PM PDT · 18 of 48
    -YYZ- to ConservingFreedom

    I’m 6’3” and find many planes to be short on knee room. Nonetheless, I like to be able to recline my seat when flying, and accept that the person in front of me does, too. It’s not their fault that the seats are too close together to give me decent knee room. I deal with the best I can.

  • Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

    08/26/2014 11:14:11 AM PDT · 17 of 58
    -YYZ- to Sherman Logan

    I would have no problem with forfeiture if it only applied:

    1) To the property of individuals or groups actually found guilty of a crime, and

    2) To property that was actually instrumental in the commission of the crime (for example, a vehicle used for smuggling, but not one where the owner is merely caught for possession), or purchased from the proceeds of crime.

    Your current asset forfeiture laws are clearly not compatible with a country that claims to believe in freedom, property rights, and the due process of law.

  • Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil

    08/26/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT · 20 of 35
    -YYZ- to reaganaut1

    We seemed to have a similar problem in Canada’s grain belt last winter. The train companies (CN, CP) said that a lot of the backlog was due to issues caused by the unusually cold winter, but many suspected that they were also preferentially moving oil rather than grain. The Canadian government gave them their marching orders, with possible fines for encouragement, to get the grain moving. IIRC, the difficulty in moving grain was actually starting to hurt our reputation as an international supplier of grain, with some customers saying they would have to look elsewhere.

  • More Than A Thousand Stood Under Heat & Sun For Free Food In Miami

    08/22/2014 4:04:03 PM PDT · 61 of 72
    -YYZ- to Kit cat

    If it was up to me, as a general rule women with no mate and no decent prospects for supporting themselves would be forced to give their babies up for adoption. This would have multiple beneficial effects - fewer children growing up on welfare, no incentives for popping out babies you can’t support, and an increase in the number of babies available for adoption. Why wait until the kids are older and nearly unadoptable before then putting them in the foster care system?

  • India Shows Off a New Warship as Its Maritime Rivalry With China Deepens

    08/22/2014 1:56:12 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    -YYZ- to Cuttnhorse

    How stealthy can you make a ship, anyway? 300 ft long, 60 feet high (not including antennae), made of steel and/or aluminum?

  • India Shows Off a New Warship as Its Maritime Rivalry With China Deepens

    08/22/2014 1:52:39 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    -YYZ- to sukhoi-30mki

    Good looking ship, one that its crew can be proud of, I think.

  • More Than A Thousand Stood Under Heat & Sun For Free Food In Miami

    08/22/2014 1:49:29 PM PDT · 34 of 72
    -YYZ- to smokingfrog

    I’m not sure if you meant that seriously or sarcastically.

    Personally, I would say that yes, they are tough. Especially for people at the bottom of the ladder, whether they never got to climb it, or have been kicked off their perches higher up by outsourcing, etc.

    It is amazing the amount of effort some people will put into getting hand-outs and avoiding work. In some cases more effort than just working would. Anyway, I’m willing to give these people the benefit of a doubt. I sure hope not, but some day I may be the one that needs a hand-out from a food bank or something like this, and I hope I won’t be judged too harshly if so.

  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 3:23:06 PM PDT · 39 of 86
    -YYZ- to Kaslin

    “I fail to see how anyone can smoke that stinking weed”

    Sort of how I feel about Scotch, especially the single-malt stuff. One tiny sip of it makes me feel nauseated.

  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 3:21:03 PM PDT · 37 of 86
    -YYZ- to Old Yeller

    “Let me clarify that by saying, in the company of others. If you do it while alone, you REALLY have a drinking problem.”

    I will occasionally have several drinks, enough to catch a buzz, my myself. I don’t have a drinking problem. I often go weeks, months even, without a drink. I can take it or leave it. But sometimes I like to take it.

  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 3:17:20 PM PDT · 36 of 86
    -YYZ- to Nervous Tick

    “But, c’mon... people drink alcohol PRIMARILY for the buzz.”

    Clearly we didn’t invent alcoholic beverages for the flavour. Yep, people drink for the buzz. They may pretend otherwise, they may even delude themselves about it, but that’s what I think.

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Unveil Said To Be Coming September 30

    08/21/2014 12:50:21 PM PDT · 73 of 101
    -YYZ- to usconservative

    I’ve said all along that Windows 8 Metro UI might be a good thing on tablets, convertibles, and touch screen laptops for casual users. For desktop users the Metro UI brought absolutely nothing desirable to the table, and in fact was a step backwards. I’m still completely dumbfounded as to what possessed them to put the Win8 UI in Windows Server 2012.

  • How your boss will run your life in a few years

    08/20/2014 12:57:38 PM PDT · 17 of 51
    -YYZ- to Borges

    Corporations are their own worst enemies - they keep enacting policies and treating workers in ways that can only give the unionists and socialists more ammo.

  • NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

    08/01/2014 2:30:10 PM PDT · 76 of 96
    -YYZ- to wally_bert

    “The timeless words of Douglas Adams. Hitchhiker’s never gets old.

    There was a lady in my office who had seen the movie but never read the book or saw the old series. I recommended both. Later I heard 42 a lot.”

    I liked the movie, even as someone who had previously read the books and watched the BBC TV series. It wasn’t anywhere near as clever as the book, but fun in it’s own way. And Zoey Deschanel (sp?)...

  • Ugandan Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law

    08/01/2014 2:25:01 PM PDT · 15 of 20
    -YYZ- to nickcarraway

    I tend to consider it a good thing that a law with harsh prison sentences for private consensual behaviour has been overturned. I know that puts me in the minority here at FR, but I don’t want to put gays in jail for being gay or for what they do with consensual adult partners. However, Uganda is a sovereign country that certainly has the right to make laws as they see fit. It wasn’t so many years ago that similar laws were in effect in Canada, the UK, or the US.

  • Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience

    07/31/2014 10:04:32 AM PDT · 36 of 42
    -YYZ- to george76

    I once tried to get in as an ATC here in Canada. I didn’t make it through the interview and test process, particularly the verbal test section. I would hope that the FAA has similar standards to be followed before it would hire someone (to then be trained) for the job. And that permanent full-time employment would be conditional on successfully passing the training.

    ATC is a very tough, demanding job requiring a certain type of person. A certain level of intelligence is required, but also skills in juggling multiple numbers (headings, flight numbers) and names in your mind simultaneously, while under pressure. I didn’t have it.

    I don’t see anything wrong with trying to diversify the workforce - presumably there are women and minorities out there who would be really good at this job, but for some reason in this past they haven’t found their way to it. But ability has to be the predominant consideration in such a position.

  • Achievement redistribution: University of Wisconsin to distribute grades based on race and ethnicity

    07/23/2014 2:07:41 PM PDT · 20 of 29
    -YYZ- to PoloSec

    They might get their desire for more “diversity” in their student body by doing this: Students who are academically qualified and hard workers (who apparently, based on the university’s own logic must be concentrated among the over-represented population groups like whites, or asians) should avoid this place like the plague, since the value of their grades and, eventually, degrees will be watered down by this sort of scheme.

  • Canada is Israel's 'most stalwart' friend: Consul-general

    07/17/2014 7:35:57 AM PDT · 19 of 22
    -YYZ- to Squawk 8888

    Unfortunately the support for Israel will last only as long as the current government, because the Liberals and NDP are firmly in the “blame Israel for everything” camp. I’m not sure about the average Canadian, although I suspect most don’t care much either way. This Canadian supports Israel, with some reservations, as the only state with anything resembling real democracy, human rights, and freedom of religion in the middle east. The weasels in the Liberal party and NDP are either anti-Semitic themselves, or are too gutless to take on the Muslims and their anti-Semitic leftist fellow travellers in their parties.

  • I Admit, I’m Christian Because I Need a Crutch And I’m Brainwashed

    07/16/2014 3:40:13 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    -YYZ- to FBD

    Interesting read. That sort of line of argument is just the sort of thing that tends to get the backs of the religious up, though, so I don’t bother using them. I may be convinced that religion is false, and possibly even harmful (while conceding that it does have its benefits, too), but the faithful don’t and won’t see it that way. You can’t argue them out of their faith (and I have no particular interest in doing so), so I just don’t go down that road.

    I do believe that the declared atheists of the world still have a lot more to fear from the faithful than the other way around. I’m not particularly bothered by what other people choose to believe (at least as long as they don’t use it to justify interfering with my rights, which they often do), but it seems to drive the religious crazy that there are those of us who don’t buy into their faith, and they ascribe all sorts of attributes to us to try to explain it to themselves (or intimidate us into believing with them).

  • Pit bull owner arrested after dog attacks child in Commerce City [Colorado]

    07/15/2014 3:51:46 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    -YYZ- to catnipman

    Yeah, well the pitbull’s owner certainly has that look about her - that was my first thought when I saw her picture, anyway: “meth head”.