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  1. Quipss commented on Matt Bors 17 days ago

    Can’t find stat for police violence, however given recommendations on police websites for crowd control it appears there still is no shortage of the desire for some hippy ass whopping.

    That and no knock raids, SWAT teams have gone up dramatically over the past decade.

    Crime on the other hand is down. It always does disappoint to see so many people talk about the good old days when we are at some of the lowest levels of violence in over a century.

    However given that crime has dropped across the board in both Tough and Soft on crime areas, has dropped internationally amount western countries it can be hard to separate cause and effect

    I happen to follow the trend first of unwed mothers, later of the acceptance of unwed mothers/split families. When the first shot up in the 70’s & 80’s crime shot up with it. Later on as being from a split family became acceptable crime went down.

    Overall it is good to appreciate where we are. However the target should be at improving even father.

  2. Quipss commented on Matt Bors 17 days ago

    “Not an angel” seems to make up the backbone of a lot of spineless arguments.

    If you are poor you have no right to talk, or have an opinion about welfare.

    If you are arrested you have no right to talk or have an opinion over prison reform.

    If you are not invested in green energy you clearly don’t believe in it and therefor should not be listed to.

    If you are invested in green energy you clearly have a conflict of interest and should therefor not be listed to.

    Some Palestinians are violent religious fundamentalists, ergo all Palestinians should be routinely punished.

    No argument should matter based on who you are, no rights should be waved because of what you are/were suspected of doing.

  3. Quipss commented on Henry Payne about 1 month ago

    As has the number of colds I had between 2012-2013 before dropping in 2014.
    Really took some great measures to do it.
    Mass shootings are rare events that are marginal to the actuAs has the number of colds I had between2012-2013 before dropping in 2014. really took some great measures to do it.
    Mass shootings are rare events that are marginal to the actual homicide rate. however part of being a rare event means that the statistics can varry widely. However part of being a rare event means that the statistics can varry widely

  4. Quipss commented on Robert Ariail 3 months ago

    Would like to know where you are pulling info from

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/18/poll-majority-of-americans-support-net-neutrality-if-they-know-what-it-is/

    From this case the majority did not know what net neutrality is. plurality was in favour over against.

    I can see it being fairly easy to roll “Don’t support” from those who actively oppose and those whom simply don’t know.

    I.E do you support proposition X-epsilon ?

    I don’t support it. This is because I have no idea what it is.

  5. Quipss commented on Clay Jones 3 months ago

    Right now the USA has worse 4g coverage than Africa, has some of the highest rates in the world for what coverage you do get, never mind that it is generally high price, low quality

    In general outdated networks strewn across the nation to the point of certain populated areas still not having access. (In Nunavut here in Canada you can still get internet access.)

    Telecoms right now have a near monopoly to themselves. Net neutrality would help to keep the monopolies from at the very least gauging everybody.

    I would support a national internet infrastructure program. It could create a base line for the cost of internet and cable that other companies could try to beat by being efficient rather than profiteering when there is no other option.

  6. Quipss commented on Ted Rall 3 months ago

    In terms of abstraction it seems to vary from person to person. I tend to be more tempted to spend money I have on me as cash as I see it as spare, whereas any money holed away into my bank account I see as savings / for mandatory expenses.

  7. Quipss commented on Michael Ramirez 3 months ago

    There is a difference between supporting nuclear weapons and opposing a military invasion based off of circumstantial evidence and bigotry that has already failed once and has now lead to even more conflict.
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    Iran has yet to start a war of aggression within it’s lifespan. The comment of wiping Israel off the map was a mistranslation, the correct translation was to remove the israeli political establishment, which given that Israel is constantly calling for the same against the iranians doesn’t exactly make them evil
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    Rather than try to start a crusade it may be a better idea to have diplomatic talks that focus on a peaceful end based off of co-operation rather than talks of war and brinksmanship.

  8. Quipss commented on Lalo Alcaraz 3 months ago

    Actually ebola like gun violence is not preventable, at no likely point will mankind be completely virus free.

    Success is fewer and fewer people dying. Having a homicide rate that is about 3x greater than expected for a developed country leaves a fair amount of room for policies to REDUCE gun violence.

    While mass shootings are photogenic they ultimately represent less than 1% of all gun deaths, likewise career murderers represent less than 2% of all felons. Most murders occur in the home, normally spousal. Many do so in a fit of rage. A gun unfortunately makes it easy to kill in a few seconds of rage.

    Reducing gun violence is not about reducing criminal access to guns but reducing the access in a brief few seconds.

    Aside from that anti-gun policy has the social engineering impact of implicitly making the use of guns a negative.

  9. Quipss commented on Steve Breen 4 months ago

    The concept of rebuilding a foreign country to fit ones own views is a time tried horrible idea. From the Romans in Britain, the Normans in Britain, the French in Britain, the British in Ireland, the Japanese in Korea to the Danish in Norway it does not matter how long, nor how harshly one occupies a country it will not change its fundamental culture.
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    To change a culture soft influence works best, a gradual ebb stemming from notable achievements and generosity that makes other countries try to imitate. You will notice that the Arab spring which at the very least attempted democracy was not influenced by bombs coming from the west. It is worth noting that both Yemen and Tunisia are the more successful of the arab spring and both were peaceful departures
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    To force a change one must supplement the culture with your own. I.E have lots of your own people move into the new territory. This is what China is doing in Tibet at the moment, what colonists did in North America. What the Russians did in Crimea historically.
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    However unlike the aforementioned cases Iraq has a dense population. Trying to convince >34 million Americans to move to Iraq and put the local population as a minority would be a difficult proposition. But one could imagine if the population was say 2 million convincing 3 million people to move by offers of free land.

  10. Quipss commented on Michael Ramirez 4 months ago

    http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/archive/2007/07_02_15.html

    As it turns out there is roughly 200 million tons output annually by sea and volcanos, and 26.8 billion tons by man. Now perhaps as you are innumerate I shall put the numbers above each other

    26,800,000,000 (Man)
    200,000,000 (Volcanoes)

    That is 1:138 to scale. Or less than 1%.

    Fun fact, playing with syntax you can pick almost any other century and volcanos will outdo humans. This is courtesy of CO2 emissions following an exponential pattern. To the same degree you could state that the most recent Iphone 6 has made more progress than 60 years worth of research starting from the 1950’s.