commented on The Myth of Upward Mobility in America
"Despite the debate over the value of a college education, a college degree remains the single biggest predictor that a person will move up the ladder."
Note, however, that "predicts" is not the same as "causes". Prediction is necessary, but not sufficient, for causality.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Invisible Girlfriend
@1, you don't know she's gay. You're imputing a lot of bad motive based on nothing. Perhaps she always knew she was bi, and was out to her husband on that score. And regardless of who she left her husband for, how is it different than if she had met another man and moved in with him?
commented on Street Harassment with a Happy Ending
@34, yeah, you're right - no one, man (or woman!), should take any responsibility for any woman (or man) being harassed or even assaulted in public places, lest they are seen as robbing the victim of harassment of their agency.
You're totally right: just mind your own business, no matter how uncomfortable that person is. Totally right.
Wait, sorry: I meant dumb. Totally dumb. But if I see you being harassed in public, I definitely won't stick up for you. Deal?
commented on Robbed!
This is confusing:
"There's a sort of happy ending to this one, though. Orlowski passed around the list of missing gear via social media and music blogs, and thankfully a pawn shop employee recognized the items. Orlowski was able to buy back almost all his stolen gear for about $500."
So the pawn shop knowingly sold Orlowski's stolen items back to him - that is, knowingly sold stolen goods? How did that work?
commented on Will the U.N. Ban Killer Robots?
"Interestingly, the article points out that the United States has already taken steps to create a sort of 10-year moratorium on American production of war machines that could decide to kill autonomously. ('Though it can be overridden by high-level officials,' as the article notes.)"
So said moratorium is would obviously be meaningless.