This Week In Comments: July 17th—23rd
Every week one of our brave editors dives deep into the Facebook comment section of our articles to mine for gems. Here's the best, most thought provoking, and wittiest comments of the week.
Comments. We all have them. But only some of them are worthy of being the best of the best. And if you want to be the best—well—you have to work hard at it. Here's some of this week's best comments as selected by our Weekend Editor.
Tom Walker: While Im all for employees being paid what their worth... but I would have to say what's missing from this idea is Risk. If Im going to share the upsides with people they must also share the downsides as well. If the company does well everyone gets a nice big bonus, if they do bad they must help cover the losses
Akshat Singh: Risk does not justify exploitation. And a person living a precarious life is already at more risk than anyone who has enough capital to risk it somewhere. Also, if employers will not be paid their worth, they will have less and less "Capital" to even risk anywhere.
Janet Roberta Mahoney: Even credit cards & store rewards cards are watching you. Recently bought coke & bubble wrap with a store rewards card and got home to an email "based on your recent purchase we recommend this soda stream machine for $80" and then was bombarded with ads for bubble wrap from Amazon. I'm afraid my death notice will read "We don't know much about her but she had a sweet tooth and she wrapped her packages really well".
Kevin Oliver: Crime would drop, police could focus on more important crime, prisons would be less populated. People wouldn't be demonized for choosing to partake in recreational drugs, lowers the stigma of medical drug users. Basically, all good things, i.e. Portugal
Denise Thompson: YES! Finally. Now all the birth control, women's issues, etc. can be treated with the respect denied them for so long. If this comes to pass, the world will change in an instant.
Julian Ward: In the future there is a strong chance that we cure religion. We won't need a big imaginary hope friend in the sky when we have life extension and singularity mergers.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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