commented on The Philosophy of Ayn Rand Doesn't Work in the Real World
Ultimately Lampert's failures will mostly affect his pride. He will remain a billionaire while the employees at Kmart and Sears will lose health benefits, face foreclosure, see their dreams of retirement disappear, and their children will be priced out of college or have to absorb huge debts.
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commented on Israel's Complicated Relationship With Mandela
Let's face it, for most of its history, Israel has had more enemies than it has had friends (seriously, read up on the number of nations that attacked Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Six-Day War, and the Yom Kippur War). And as pointed out, they did ultimately support the sanctions against South Africa.
However, shame on the Israeli leaders for not attending. It is an insult
commented on Test Drive the Ford Bubble Today
Unfortunately what wrecked the economy was not the bad mortgages themselves, it was the credit default swaps (insurance against the value of an asset disappearing). So although the value of a car may only be 20-50k, investors may be willing to risk 100k+ gambling that people will or will not be able to pay off an auto loan.
Still, I do not see this as becoming the same level of disaster.
1) People cannot hope buy and re-sell an automobile for more than they paid for it
2) The amount of money that people will allow you to borrow against a car is much lower than a house.
3) It is far easier to economize on transportation than housing
commented on "Because That's What This Is; This Is Internet Bullying"
Ending anonymous comments and/or requiring a connection to a social media profile that can be traced back to the commenter would be a good start. I see a lot of internet comments as the equivalent of graffiti or petty vandalism, like a person who throws a glass bottle against a brick wall or draws a penis in a bathroom.
commented on Ted Rall's Cartoons Banned from Daily Kos for "Ape-Like" Depiction of President Obama
@5, I agree.
Admittedly I am a hetero white male so I may not be sensitive to it, but I the first time I looked at the comic I did not see an ape portrayal. I had to look to the comments section to see what made people declare it apelike, and even then it struck me as a huge stretch. Moreover, it did not look like he was drawing Obama in a different manner than the white woman character.
commented on Did the New York Times "Sexualize" Breast Cancer?
@ 12 - Arguing against breasts as sexual, then in the next sentence describing one of their primary functions as "attracting a mate" is self defeating.
A few points about the sexuality of breasts
1) Human are the only species where females have permanently swollen breasts (i.e. outside of lactation periods)
2) They are one of the earliest and most visible signs that a woman is maturing sexually
3) A few types of clothing built around enhancing or drawing attention to breasts include: low cut tops, halter tops, push up bras, padded bras, etc.
4) Nipples and areola's are especially treated as sexual - even the tiniest of bikini's cover nipples. Pasties are also considered sexual since the only thing they cover is the nipple.
5) The most common surgery in America is now breast enlargements. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I am sure they are popular there too.
Regarding the photo, showing the nipple is unnecessary. Without knowing that the focus of the article is on breast cancer issues, the photo could easily be mistaken for a woman in the process of peeling off her clothes. Furthermore, there are millions of photos related to breast cancer and breast surgeries that are more clearly medical, less easily confused as sexual. I have no doubt that NYT chose that photo to be provocative.
commented on The Good Example of Portland
@1 - presently our cities have been moving away from being walkable with fewer and fewer stores and resources available within walking distance, a trend that has only started to reverse itself recently.
As for his economic pitch, let it slide. Improving your national economy has regularly been a theme in policy debates going back to the development of nation-states. He could have simply called it "reducing waste" but that does not necessarily impact people as much.
commented on Lost Lake Doesn't Allow Customers to Wear Google Glass, and Here's a Good Reason Why
@ too many to count: You are freaking out and should calm down.
The main scare people are bringing up is that Google Glasses could be used to secretly record a video of someone. However, if you think out how that would play out, recording a video with GG would require you to stare directly at someone for the duration of the recording, which is the opposite of secret.
"Well sure, but what if he took a picture instead of a video?"
That is a possibility, but if someone wanted to take a picture surreptitiously, all they have to do is pull out a smart phone and pretend to be texting but actually have the camera on. And again for comparisons sake, GG would require someone to stare directly at the person they wanted to take a picture of which is fairly obvious.
IMHO, the night manager had no valid reason to insist that Nick Starr take off his GG and Nick is entitled to be pissed over it (though demanding the person lose their job is excessive).