We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obama wants Kindergarten Sex Ed. Insane. But teaching them to read might be a good idea. On the other hand, Dems want to pay for your abortion. Would someone please explain to me how an abortion is a medical treatment?
What media bias? Astonishing new examples at Gateway
The Carnival of Education at Education Wonks. Always something interesting in that Carnival.
Every intervention solves some problems and creates others, though it is always possible for a bureaucracy to create problems and solve nothing. If we go to a Canadian/British system of health care it will solve some problems and create others. If we go to a French or German model we will solve different things and create different problems. If we change nothing we will continue to have the problems we are having, but we will avoid getting new ones. In all discussions about complicated and enormous problems with competing needs, we will get some benefit and some loss. Anyone speaking as if there will be all gain and no loss is not thinking. We do have problems. Solving them would be good. The question then becomes, does this plan solve more things or worsen more things?
the science fiction writers do have a way of warning of us don't they? it is just a matter of time before the machines start deciding they don't need the pilot in Nevada telling them where to drop their missles.
"The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots."
The only bad thing about it would be relying too heavily on the drones. As long as the connection is good back to NV, there is virtually no difference other than the speed of the airplane and the non-loss of a huge investment should the thing crash or be shot down.
Since there is very little difference for an ordinance officer in the back room of a B-1 peering into a screen with crosshairs on it, and the same fellow in NV half a world away peering into a screen with crosshairs on it, should we then get rid of all naval vessals, airforce bombers, and missile silos in the name of chivalry or bravery?
Rifles also deliver death at a distance, artillery, pretty much just about anything besides hands or knives. I don't get it.
I understand your stance gumshoe and in some measure agree with you. I don't like being over dramatic but the enemy we face has no compunction about slicing heads off while their victims are being held down by others. Or killing 3.000 innocent people. That is cowardly. As for chem/bio they are non-discerning.