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Richard Starr

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
— Abraham Lincoln

I am good at giving a damn.

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  • Richard Starr commented on something to do

    Ban "Bossy": Promote girl leadership around the world

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    Richard Starrabout 1 month ago

    Because banning words "always" solves the problem. *rolls eyes*
    Leadership is not telling people what to do, its convincing others to do it.
    There is a significant difference here. Banning the word is a simple feelgood
    shortcut that will not serve the stated purpose of encouraging leadership skills.
    Instead, why not actually take the time and effort to teach the difference?
    And hopefully not in a way that discourages leadership among the boys as its
    price. Too many programs designed to eliminate a problem do so by harming
    those who did not cause it.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    Science Proves That Dancing Is Good for Your Brain via psychologytoday.com

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    Richard Starrabout 1 month ago

    All I know is dancing is a great way to socialize with the opposite sex in a safe
    manner. By dancing I'm referring to social/partner dancing, not the drunken
    mating dances you find in the clubs.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    Liberal Brains Bigger in Areas of Complexity; Conservative Brains Bigger in Areas of Fear via magazine.good.is

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    Richard Starrabout 1 month ago

    What was the definition that was used to determine "liberal" vs "conservative"?
    Did you ask them? Were these the brains of the living or the dead?
    Did they adjust for sex, age, race, education, socioeconomic backgrounds?
    Did they compare family members who happened to have different political philosophies?

    Some people, like myself, are socially liberal and fiscally conservative.
    How do adjust for a "mix"?

    Frankly, this just smells like a propaganda piece.
    People have their belief systems evolve over time.
    There is the old saying about a conservative being a liberal who's been mugged.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    If We Want to Overcome Extreme Poverty, We Must Change This  via magazine.good.is

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    Richard Starr2 months ago

    It is surprise to few that "justice" belongs to those who can pay.
    Politicians listen to those who can make their lives better or worse.
    If you can sway enough people that you can replace them, they always
    listen and react. The best among them will keep to their values even at
    the risk of loss of privilege/power. The mediocre ones tend to "compromise"
    and the poor ones are nothing but gutless carbuncles on the ass of the body
    politic.

    Then there are the ones that are simply corrupt and take in "gifts" or spend
    the public's money as if it were their own. Enjoying the best of all things while
    claiming to be the defender of the people. Or worse, claiming to be divine,
    the carrier of God's authority on Earth, making the people fearful that they will
    not escape the pain even after they die.

    Even in the United States, "Justice" comes with a price tag.
    If you have money you go into "rehab" or get parole on the claim
    of "affluenza" or you pay for the best lawyers in the world to muddy
    the water so much that it takes decades to convict you, only to have
    a pardon bought from a friendly Governor or President as they are
    leaving office.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    A City Education: Students Will Stop Saying 'That's Gay' and 'Retarded' if Adults Quit, Too via magazine.good.is

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    Richard Starr3 months ago

    "And, while people don't always use these words maliciously, we can't allow it to be acceptable in one context and inappropriate in the other. "

    Why not start with the elephant in the room, the "N" word?

    In any case, while I agree with the intent, words in fact do have multiple definitions. Context and intent is always the key.

    Gay, at one time simply meant "happy". It was adopted by homosexuals and now
    the term is acceptable as a direct reference.

    At various times colored, negro, and black were considered correct. Black was actually considered an insult at one point. Now the "correct" term seem to be the far less accurate one, African-American. I say less accurate, because calling a black man from Europe an African-American is not something they generally would like to be called. Not to mention you have White and Arab populations in Africa. *shrug*

    Ultimately, I'm always concerned about any form of censorship. And regardless of the intent, it is indeed censorship. The best we can shoot for is the reduction of its use in "polite" company. The reality is, as long as the words exist, and they are acknowledged as "bad" words, you will always have a segment in society that will choose to use them precisely for that reason.

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  • Richard Starr replied to a comment by Andre Perry

    The Post-BCS Game Question: Why Not Athlete and Academic? via magazine.good.is

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    Andre Perry3 months ago

    I do think that "amateur athleticism" is somewhat a falsehood in many conferences. However, the argument was that black athletes can pave the way for changes for all students. In addition, colleges can demand academic excellence earlier among athletes and reap the benefits of true scholar athletes.

    Richard Starr3 months ago

    My point is not about "black" athletes, its about athletes period.
    The problem with including them in any statistics is that you end up distorting the picture and making others appear to be unsuited for college. Colleges "could" demand academic ability, but the truth is they are interested almost solely with athletic ability and in truth it is far from unusual for someone with a particular talent to concentrate their efforts on maximizing that talent at a cost to other abilities. There is, quite frankly, too much money involved going to the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    The Post-BCS Game Question: Why Not Athlete and Academic? via magazine.good.is

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    Richard Starr3 months ago

    It's simple. Most athletes in the more popular sports who are there on scholarships are there primarily as a way to develop and showcase their talents. It would be a far clearer, and honest, picture if they were out and out employees of the Universities that utilize them. The problem is, it would be oh so less popular and profitable. It would be as if the pro wrestling companies had to truthfully state before every match that the outcome was predetermined. Everyone "knows" this to be true, but it would shatter the illusions that so many enjoy.

    So please, don't bother me with the spiel about the athletes as I know they will throw off the numbers. Instead, bring up the information of the non-athletes that more truly represent society. Of course then you have to look at the uncomfortable truths that the teachers, at least the one's that care, have a harder time dealing with certain segments of society that do not, for whatever the reason, seem to culturally value their more intellectually gifted members. More comfortable by far to simply blame the last stop along the way rather than point out the problems all along the way, because then you would have to lay the blame at the feet of all those have claimed to champion them, while in truth they were far more concerned about themselves.

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  • Richard Starr replied to a comment by William L. Katz

    Why Do Some People Keep Insisting We're Post-Racial? via magazine.good.is

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    William L. Katz4 months ago

    White voters did largely vote against Obama but not as solidly as they had against Democrats in the past, and it was the outpouring of young voters of all colors, and voters of color generally that carried him to
    victory.

    Richard Starr4 months ago

    What, there are no young white people?
    My point was simply that if 93% of white people had voted
    for McCain/Romney the way Black people voted then he would
    not have won.

    Based on the nearest 2 elections prior to Obama, where race was identical for both main parties, the change in white voting based on race is small.
    41% Kerry in 2004
    43 % Obama in 2008
    39% Obama in 2012
    I'm guessing the drop in white votes might have to do with
    the state of the country and the job he was doing.

    Not much difference really.
    Black voters however went
    from 88% Kerry to 95% Obama
    And actually rose to 96% in 2012 despite the worsening
    situation for most Black voters. A rally around the flag
    situation.

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  • Richard Starr replied to a comment by Alexander Rose

    This Video Will Give You a Clue on What Not to Say to Mixed Race Folk via youtube.com

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    Alexander Rose4 months ago

    I agree with most people on this thread about intent -- i also want to add how people not of mixed race tend to fetishize my amazing mix of Colombian + Caucasian American background. On a date, it's always the first, second, or third question, and honestly, it is SO annoying, because it really just figures into what they find most attractive about me, and it's completely superficial. Bleh.

    Richard Starr4 months ago

    Fine, except they really don't know you except at the superficial level to start with. The reason why you date is to get to know someone. I've dated people that were very attractive on the outside but not so much on the inside. Which is to say, I stop.

    I must admit that I have not attempted to date women I do not happen to find physically attractive despite having other qualities that I admire. And then again, I'm quite certain a number of women have likewise chosen not to date me base on my looks too. It's human, and normal. It takes an extraordinary person to get fully beyond someones looks.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    Why Do Some People Keep Insisting We're Post-Racial? via magazine.good.is

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    Richard Starr4 months ago

    It's not whether or not individuals are racist, there will always be those
    that choose to believe the world is flat, but whether or not society as whole
    has rejected the concept that an individual should be judged by their character
    as opposed to some physical characteristic.

    The problem is, what do we do with the lingering effects upon racial groups?
    There are segments of various groups that have had their culture altered to
    such an extent by government policies that it will take quite some time to undo
    them. Ironically, many of the policies were created with the stated intention
    of "fixing" the problem. I say stated because often policies are put in place for
    other reasons.

    Consider the welfare state. It was intended to lift people out of poverty, but it
    actually ended up destroying the family unit by giving a monetary incentive to
    NOT be married to the father of one's children. Affirmative action raised the
    suspicions that individuals were getting jobs or access to certain scare public
    services not by merit of need or ability, but primarily due to the color of their
    skin. Etc.

    We are close to being there. Ironically, if white voters had voted based on skin
    color in the same way black voters had (based on surveys of their motives)
    Obama would never had become President. So even if you eliminate racism
    from one segment of the populace it does guarantee it won't linger in other parts.

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  • Richard Starr replied to a comment by Ernie Est

    Read 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria'

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    Ernie Est5 months ago

    There is a lot of truth to what you say, Richard Starr, in my opinion. In school there is a lot of cliquish behavior regardless of race. Are we defining racism to mean any awareness of race as possibly
    determining what is or is not advisable action (i.e. as a white
    maybe I'm not welcome at a table of blacks)? To me,
    racism should mean "animus toward another based
    solely on his/her skin color, as opposed to their behavior".

    In my experience very few whites I have known in recent
    years (as culture has changed dramatically in this area) are
    racists, judging someone purely on the basis of race. My
    interactions with blacks have been almost entirely positive
    or neutral. However I am well aware that there are plenty
    of people of all races who would do me harm if they got
    the opportunity and I am wary of anyone who might fit
    into that category.

    I propose this phrase: "I don't care about the color
    of your skin, I care about the color of your intentions
    towards me". My colors might be red (hostility),
    green (love), or purple (neutral).

    Another very irksome trend is to call people who
    disagree with you "racists", especially if they
    have anything less-than-complimentary to say
    about someone of color. "It couldn't be because
    they honestly disagree with how that person
    behaves, it could only be because they hate
    ____ people". If we are truly going to develop
    as a society, we need to get past this type of
    thinking. Only if everyone, regardless of race,
    is accountable for their own behavior are we
    going to have a civil society. Thus I propose
    one more phrase:

    "I'm not a racist, I'm an idiotist". And idiots
    come in all colors!

    Richard Starr5 months ago

    Racism is the belief that an individual has certain characteristics because of their race when there is no scientific proof to affirm it. This is true even if those beliefs happen to be "positive".
    And it applies even when apply these beliefs to ones own group.

    The simple truth is, even if it were true that on the whole a group tends to have a characteristic it does not mean that it applies to every individual of that group. For example, women on the whole tend to be physically smaller and weaker than men, but it does not follow that ALL women are such when compared to ALL men. In fact, there are some women that are quite tall as well as strong to the point that they are in fact taller and stronger than the majority of men.

    As to your phrase, I'll stick to the classics.
    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

    As to the last phrase, my former boss said the following.
    "I'm not a racist, I hate all people equally.".

    Part of the equation we now need to contend with is the reluctance to report race based crimes when committed by non-whites on other groups as racism. Especially when the victims happen to be white.

    There is a book I heard about.
    The title being "White Girl Bleed a Lot"
    The title coming from a statement made by black "youth" who part of a group attacked a girl because of her color.

    As you said, idiots come in all colors.

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  • Richard Starr commented on a link

    No, Black Folk Can't Ask for Help via magazine.good.is

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    Richard Starr5 months ago

    t may not be about race per se, People are afraid of strangers. Sadly, frequently, with good cause.

    Take a look at an early scene in a Clockwork Orange from the 60's. A group of apparently clean cut young white men as for help at a rich white persons house. On gaining entry they rape the woman and cripple her husband.

    There are countless scenes in the movies/TV where the act of lending aid to some "victim" results in the would be aider being harmed. And even when you just look at reality, you see cases where someone needing aid is helped only to sue the person aiding them later on. Thus creating the need for the various good Samaritan laws. Sad.

    We have parts of society asking us to be vigilant, while another calls us racist. We have parts asking us to participate in policing, while another calls us "snitches".

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