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BrotherAdso
May 22, 2008

stat rosa pristina nomine
nomina nuda tenemus

Shaman Ooglaboogla posted:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/08/....html?hpt=hp_c1


I guess since bad poo poo happens we shouldn't rebuild it the wake of it. Nope, no other reason why people decide to live in the areas they do. They just love getting destroyed by random natural disasters.

While you're right in principle, there are some cases in which building in highly disaster-prone areas should be subject to more stringent evaluation than it is -- and the Outer Banks of North Carolina are probably one of those places.

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BrotherAdso
May 22, 2008

stat rosa pristina nomine
nomina nuda tenemus

The Macaroni posted:

Technically a comment responding to an opinion piece on the disaster that is Rick Santorum, but so thickheaded I had to share. With special guest stars "the race card" and "The Civil Rights Movement wasn't a good thing!"

Mostly funny because he can't real opinion polling or even the damned census. There was indeed a silent majority like the one he fantasies about in the 1970s, even the early 1980s, but no more - and certainly not in the future. More evidence that numeracy and statistical literacy need to be a bigger part of high school education.

BrotherAdso
May 22, 2008

stat rosa pristina nomine
nomina nuda tenemus

Mo_Steel posted:

Is part of balancing her family budget ever "try to make more money"? Will she raise taxes?

More seriously comparing a household budget to the budget of a country is indicative of a lack of understanding about how government budgets work. The scope and scale is entirely different; families don't have international trade agreements, taxation, the ability to print currency, etc.

And most important, governments don't ask businesses for loans. Governments ask businesses to buy their debt, and if you are the US, businesses and central banks scramble for spots in line.

In other news, my local conservative talk radio is spending an hour on whether or not a program at out local inner city high schools to provide childcare to teen mothers is "sheltering people from the consequences of their decisions and encouraging them to make more bad decisions."

BrotherAdso fucked around with this message at Apr 16, 2012 around 20:39

BrotherAdso
May 22, 2008

stat rosa pristina nomine
nomina nuda tenemus

Jack Gladney posted:

How is it that the Chronicle of Higher Education--a publication for professional academics--ends up publishing such garbage and attracting such a vile bunch of comments? Those racists are posting to each other like they know one another already, like there's a community of racists who reinforce one another on a blog from the Chronicle.

What the gently caress?

To borrow someone ele's phrase from a second ago, Breaking News:

Academia attracts highly privileged and often sheltered people -- they aren't the majority of university community, of course, but they certainly exist in good numbers. This means that a publication like the Chronicle has more than its share of crotchety old business professors and young libertarian economics PhDs and so on hanging in the rafters waiting for an opportunity like this.

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