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  1. So what's the solution? Experts have agreed for well over a decade that if Iran is hellbent on building a nuke, they will build one. To prevent this, a loss of life and resources would be required that neither the US, nor Israel, nor anyone else would be willing to bear. Again, if you look at the deal in isolation, what you say may be true, but a bad deal can open up new opportunities. This is a stupid example, but I'm tired and can't think of a better one, the first agreement on regulating CFCs was a screaming shit show and would have done nothing to prevent further depletion of the ozone layer. And yet, it turned out to become a global success. I'm not saying the existing deal would have led to better things for sure, but it bugs me that we didn't even seem to try. Now we're worse off than before because in addition to Iran being close to being back in the nuke race, we have a divided western world.
  2. Because growing legal pot at a profit is incredibly hard, and a background in science and/or business definitely helps?
  3. Not so sure about that. Sometimes you need a garbage deal to start somewhere. There was a period of definite thaw between Iran and the western world. The fact that Rouhani, a moderate, succeeded Ahmadinejad was a small miracle, and there was decidedly less "Death to America" screaming post-deal. Now, if you assume that Iran is trying to build a nuke no matter what, then yes, the deal is completely worthless. But I'm not convinced that's the case. It feels like we've been pissing away a major chance to steer Iran towards reintegration with the rest of the world.
  4. On that note, when can we expect that check? I need a +++++ton of new infrastructure in my neck of the woods.
  5. Why are we suddenly convinced sanctions can work against Iran? Hasn't the western world been unsuccessfully sanctioning the shit out of Iran forever?
  6. That's the parent point of view. However, it's not necessarily how a 18-20 year old sees it, and that's probably a good thing. I was fortunate to be able to study whatever the hell I wanted with not a lot of thought about what I wanted to do with it. I ended up with linguistics and a healthy dose of literature. I consider those years some of the most valuable of my life, and things turned out just fine career-wise. I realize it's a privilege that I was able to choose my focus of study purely based on interest, and it's a privilege I intend to afford my kids as well.
  7. The headline as well as @#1Stunner are being a bit misleading here: 1. There is a difference between regretting something and having regrets about something. (The latter is what the article text says.) Most people have regrets about certain aspects of everything in their lives. That doesn't mean they regret the whole thing. 2. 2/3 have regrets about their ADVANCED degrees. So yeah. If you get that MA in comparative literature, you may be a little less excited about how things are going than someone with an MBA. This says nothing about undergraduate degrees, which is what the vast majority of college graduates have.
  8. 'cept the one time a year ESPN acknowledges the dude waving the Cougars flag in the Game Day crowd.
  9. Smart choice. They can still go to a fancier university for grad school when it's easier to keep the bills low through TA/RA or scholarships. I actually did a master's program at CSU online. Never lived in Colorado. They had or have a really cool rule that allows you to pay in-state tuition if you take all your classes in a program online. The professors and the diploma are exactly the same as at CSU FoCo. I've also taken online classes at Nebraska and UF, and they were good as well. US universities are very good at distance learning. I'm currently in a program at a major British university, and it's not the same. I guess US schools have the advantage of having been in distance learning for a very long time, way before the Internet was a thing.
  10. Congratulations! Not quite at 25 yet, but in two years, I will have been with my wife for half my life.
  11. Absolutely. And a large part of it is the ballooning administrative caste in higher ed. Government funding of higher education is a joke, but ultimately it's never enough money anyways. That said, there are still many relatively affordable options for those who don't insist on a four-year full service experience. Get your first two years' worth of credits at a local community college. That's still two years of traditional college experience for those who want it. Or skip the campus thing and complete your degree online at a fraction of the price of most local schools: https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/the-short-list-online-programs/articles/low-cost-online-colleges-for-out-of-state-students
  12. Buying Rolling Rock with fake IDs at the Publix on 13th after getting kicked out of Balls'.
  13. Funny side story: My family and I are in Germany right now. My wife arrived with a throat infection and wanted to see a doctor, so we took her to an immediate care clinic at a local hospital. We obviously have US health insurance, so we had to pay cash. That's pretty uncommon in Germany since pretty much everyone has some kind of insurance. After the visit, the doctor pulls up a little checklist with the most common services and their prices. She checks off what she did (pretty much just looking into my wife's throat and prescribing an antibiotic). The total was just under $40. Another $25 for the penicillin and some OTC ibuprofen. Total cost of care: less than $70 and less than two hours of our time.
  14. Maybe, but I doubt it led to better behaved kids. You have well behaved kids today, you had well behaved kids back then. And you have out-of-control kids today, and you had them back then. I don't think physical punishment (or the lack thereof) plays a significant role unless its done (or not done) in the extreme.
  15. I have it on good account that kids still fight. No one I know has sued or been sued thus far.