Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 04:25:14 in San Francisco
“They must like criminals, then. All the research shows that prisons do not deter criminals from committing crimes and do not do well at rehabilitation. About all it does for society is get crims off the street for a few years. The main function of prison (the function, NOT the intent) is to create better and more committed criminals. As this article shows, it is a VERY expensive way of doing it.
There are better and cheaper methods of both rehabilitation and of deterrence, but they are complex and difficult for a politician to explain. It's easier to go for the revenge vote, especially if you care more about winning elections than about serving your community.
What? How dare he suggest that people have freedom of movement? I suppose we'll now need a law that says families cannot leave the country until their income falls below 2 million. How else will we keep these people working full-time for the government on a 25% commission? Then we'll need a strong border to enforce it. Perhaps we could call it an iron curtain?
I was not speaking of the Law, but of natural justice: poking someone in the head is assault. Someone did it to me, he'd get more than a kick in return. Yes, yes: I know that would land me in the cop shop. Price I'm willing to pay. Not a choice a kid should have to make - it just teaches that might makes right.
An envy tax is a good idea. Why not just means-test everything: a progressive sales tax so that everything costs the rich more than it costs the poor? I get a pint or a Big Mac for 50p, you pay £1.50, he pays £8.75.
We could get progressive in other things too: for example, we could charge people for road tax, train tickets and airfares by the kilo.
Nice idea, but you need to get voters out of their comfort zone of voting for whoever they think will win. Next you need to find competent people who are willing to be pilloried by the main parties and have their private lives (and those of their friends and family) exposed in the press for the purpose of titillation.
Would it not be easier simply to take the voting rolls in each constituency and select the parliamentarian by random lot. They would be more representative of the population and they could not do much worse than the current shower.
Brilliant own goal! This university (and universities in general) are not doing a good job of doing the UK Boarder Agency's job, so what should we do? I know! Let's see if we can't destroy the university sector's ability to attract students to their institutions here and damage their reputation so badly that their overseas branches will also lose customers.
What? Not a good idea when we are trying to INCREASE exports and RETAIN jobs.Ooops. Sorry.
Anyway, this story has been all over the world, and don't they say there is no such thing as bad publicity? What? No, I hardly think that mad-cow is comparable.
Maybe we can gain some kudos by stepping in to ensure that all of these students find new places. Government to the rescue! Whaddaya mean "Good luck with that."?
The problem with changing words is that the negative connotations always follow to the new word: from crippled, to handicapped to disabled (or countries from backward, to poor, to under-developed, to developing - or people from negro, to coloured, to black.)
Trying to avoid this means the words have to change once every generation. Ah well, small price to pay, I suppose. And it lets us point at those accustomed to the previous generation's word and say: "see, they are the problem, not I."
Interesting study, concluding that the results are "suggestive" of a causative effect.. After their controls were applied, the statistically significant 8-point drop reported in the press had Ns of 24 high-use subject being compared to 12 low-use subjects. (The differences in larger Ns (14 vs 60) were not statistically significant significant.) Clearly worth further research to see if the conclusions hold up with larger populations.
Now tell me about the effect of alcohol on the adolescent brain. Then compare the relative damage of the two. Oh, sorry, that's asking for science, isn't it. I remember now, they fired the guy who demonstrated that horse riding was more dangerous than ecstasy.
it is simple: if you want more health care and/or more expensive drugs, you have to raise your co-pay or raise your taxes to pay for it. And that is, raise the price for EVERYONE - not just the rich, not just the poor: everyone. Get the same care and drugs you are getting now or pay more, full stop.
She may be the first undocumented immigrant at a political convention, but she is not the first criminal. There have always been undocumented pharmacists dealing drugs, not to mention the undocumented sexual therapists who hang around the posh hotel bars.
Like you, I find their censorship annoying. However, it is a bit much to ask for "free speech" on someone else's commercial web pages. Kind of like saying freedom of religion means I should be able to hold a Wiccan ceremony in someone else's cathedral, a Salah in their temple or a Micha in their Mosque.
Those who make the most noise complaining are those who are the most insecure.
Muslims who know who they are and are comfortable with themselves and their faith may dispute the documentarian's methods and conclusions, but they will neither threaten nor whine about about the program.
They all start, on both sides of the aisle, with the best of intentions,
It doesn't take two years before they are captured by the need to raise campaign money and and will settle for the rare and occasional good deed.
“What is "shocking" about this? I am absolutely certain that some people who think they are gay (or hetero or bi) are confused. With all the hype and constant yapping about sex in our media and our culture, I only surprised there aren't even more confused people.
Sad. I have a lot of respect for Mr Eastwood, both as actor and as director - he creates very good entertainment. Both in his professional and personal lives, Mr Eastwood has embodied courage and a willingness to give it a go.
So sad to see him in a failure of courage: interviewing an empty chair. Why didn't he have the guts to go see Obama and ask him these questions face-to-face?
“Wrong! As Cliff would say: Just as predators improve the quality of a herd by eating the weakest members, alcohol kills the weakest brain cells, thereby improving the quality of those that remain. This is why one always feels smarter after a couple of beers.
“Pretty good. Much better than the senseless, tasteless, ill-informed inchoate mess that opened the Olympics. This ceremony had a theme that made sense and floor antics that were not too unrelated to that theme or to anything else.
The soprano was marvelous but why does it seem so hard to find any rock singers who can actually sing?
The only clunker was when our heroine Miranda, after taking a bite or two from her symbolic apple, simply tossed it over her shoulder, rather than putting it in a bin. Bit inconsiderate, that.
Commented 30 Aug 2012 at 08:44:26 in UK Universities & Education
"It is disgusting that international students continue to be used as a political football by politicians who seem either incapable of understanding, or are simply uncaring about the impact of their decisions on individuals, universities and the UK economy."
It is disgusting that international students continue to be used as a political football by the NUS who seem either incapable of understanding, or are simply uncaring about the impact of their position on individuals and on the UK economy."
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.