May 6, 2013 wachow commented on I Shouldn't Do This....
Dan you should really just post all the email addresses of people hassling you every week or so. I'm sure we could find quite a few sloggers who would be happy to spam them for you.
Feb 4, 2013 wachow commented on The Money You're Spending On College Tuition?.
The College/High school situation is a little bit more interesting then some are making it out to be. HS no longer provides you the skills it should be so people have stopped assuming that it does give you those skills. In order to get into a decent college you have to already have the skills HS is supposed to be giving you. So college degrees are used to show that someone has proficiency in something that they had to already have in order to get into college.

It is a very odd situation.
Feb 4, 2013 wachow commented on The Money You're Spending On College Tuition?.
Dan... you do know that this study specifically looks at recent college graduates right? Its always been true that a lot of people who graduate from college end up slumming it for a couple of years before they can get into a real career. It was that way when I was in college and it was was that way when my parents were in college.

The trick is that if you look over the persons entire lifespan you see that college graduates make 38% more in their lifetime (including the years you spend working at the Outback Steakhouse) then their high-school graduate peers. And this number has been trending up, not down.

Don't buy into this weird anti education cult that is going around. It is B.S.

Also anybody who is getting a Law degree is going to have the chance to make a crap-ton of money, they are good. Law is one of those degrees that directly funnels to a job. Law students don't need your pity.
Feb 3, 2013 wachow commented on Polyandry More Common Than Previously Thought.
@24 Danfan
I wasn't really addressing the research I was addressing this little tidbit about conclusions.

Recognizing that at least half these groups are hunter-gatherer societies, the authors conclude that, if those groups are similar to our ancestors—as we may reasonably suspect—then "it is probable that polyandry has a deep human history."

Which I feel is unfounded. We don't have much evidence for paleolithic societies participating in marriage, at least not marriage as we would define it. That doesn't mean it didn't happen, it just means we can't go about telling people it happened, that's bad history.

You seem to have misread a lot of my post. I know what Polyandry is, I know hunter gatherer isn't synonymous with tribal and I wasn't talking about the Tibetan tribes (who are polyandrous). I was making a specific statement about the quality of the conclusion they came to about historical (I am assuming specifically paleolithic) Hunter-Gatherer groups.

Sorry I wasn't clearer
Feb 1, 2013 wachow commented on Polyandry More Common Than Previously Thought.
The Conclusion they draw from this data about our ancestors isn't a very sound one. Hunter-Gatherer tribes didn't really practice marriage like most settled societies do. Most tribal systems in history simply had people fuck who they wanted to fuck. Now there might have been tribes with a power balance that favored females. That is possible I guess. But I doubt there was polyandry as we define it.

This is sort of like the whole thing about the "mother goddess" statues. Where people try to fit historical data to paint a picture of a higher form of human nature in history when none probably existed. The "mother goddess" statues were probably just neolithic skin mags.
Oct 15, 2012 wachow commented on So I Watched a Couple of Episodes of Revolution on Hulu.
Yeah I gotta say the super clean people with the fancy cloths ruined this show by about 10 minutes in. Why no wide spread steam, how is that guy still fat, ect. are also good questions. The characters are flat and boring so far but might get better with more episodes. No idea about the plot yet. Probably not going to watch just because of the cleanliness.

I also don't like the idea that they are going to try to explain the reason that everything shut off. The complete loss of electricity just doesn't work scientifically. Now if they just didn't ever explain WTH happened and actually made note of how silly it is that electricity stopped working but lightning still happens and people are still alive in show I would be on board.

Dies the Fire does this really well. It sets up the premise that everything has stopped working (electricity, steam power, explosives) and then doesn't explain itself (at least not in the first series, I think the second series just says magic gods did it to fuck with us, dunno haven't read it). This works great, sure the question is always there but it's just something you can't do anything about. The series isn't about how it happened but about what people do next.
May 19, 2012 wachow commented on That's One Way to Take Arizona Out of Play.
@23 Actually, creating Ecotopia has been a movement that a lot of folks in the northwestern states have been rumbling about for years. The current movement is calling the nation that would be created Cascadia. Frankly if we could find a way to get out of the Union without starting a war I would be all for it.
Jan 2, 2012 wachow commented on Better Pay Attracts Better Teachers.
The only things that I think can really be taken from this data is that paying teachers really low is a surefire way to screw your education system and that paying teachers a ton insures that you will do better than average. the mid to high ranges are a total grab bag, leading me to believe that in the mid pay ranges culture and the way systems are structured are way more influential on education quality then they are at either extreme.
Dec 11, 2011 wachow commented on No. No. No..
American sports culture is a poisonous mess in the first place, from high school to pro the system is fucked up.
Dec 11, 2011 wachow commented on Bullied Teenager Takes Own Life in Tennessee.
Coming from a tiny hippy Waldorf based charter middle school in Eugene OR meant that I really had no understanding of bullying outside of TV. Going to HS and seeing how people treated each other in the mainstream system was a major system shock. While I was never the target of bullying being 6' 2" and 190 pounds by my freshmen year, seeing people treat others that way was totally sickening. I can safely say that bullying is not a natural occurring phenomena, it is something that gets trained into people by a highly toxic extremist, masculinity-obsessed, violent culture. You want to end bullying get "team sports" out of schools, they are the biggest enforcers of Americas sick sick culture.