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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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The irony is that the election of these two individuals may very well be entirely about race. The Republican party is actively trying to push away the legitimate air of racism and sexism around the party. Leaders in both major parties have a large influence on who ends up on the ballot, especially when primaries are poorly attended by voters. As a result, sometimes the party leaders identify tokens to place in key areas in order to try to move the dial for the whole party. While it is...

To suggest that the disparity between incarceration rates between whites and minorities is somehow similar to the disparity between incarceration rates between the sexes is to suggest that there is a physical difference between the races like there is between the sexes.

The thing is, males are more likely to take (sometimes stupid) risks because their testosterone levels exceed those of females, on average. Further, as a result of testosterone levels in males, they tend to be, on...

I'd like to take "yes" for an answer to lots of things, but I don't know what you're referring to.

As far as convincing me that people are not racist? Well, when I stop actually seeing racism, I'll consider it. In the meantime, while it's not AS blatantly obvious as it once was, racism is not gone. Even if we were overly optimistic about it and believed that racism is in the past, it IS blatantly obvious that the results of racism still reverberate in our country. Otherwise,...

Posted on 01/06/15 at 10:31 am in response to Teen's computer-privacy tussle with his Wayzata school goes viral

Public property is, by definition, not private. Public networks supplied by public property (wireless routers) also isn't private (in fact, it's a poor assumption that anything connected to the internet is private). It's the digital version of shouting from the rooftops and claiming that no one should have been listening. Like it or not, that the kid is being prevented from doing school work is his own fault. That being said, as another has said, why does this (under 18 year old) have to...

Posted on 01/08/15 at 11:04 am in response to Teen's computer-privacy tussle with his Wayzata school goes viral

Considering how wrong this kid is on everything else, and thus so is this article, I also question WHY he had to leave the building. I suspect that it's something other than simply reading the contract out loud.

As for this poor child not having access to public school, I call BS. For the same reason he doesn't get to go to school and take his world history from the Bible while everyone else takes it from a text book and get the same grade, he doesn't get to pick how he accesses...

Posted on 12/15/14 at 02:30 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

"One man's propaganda is another's truth." Ain't that the truth. Er...

For what it's worth, truth does not equal fact. By interpreting data provided by scientific studies we know that the Earth is NOT 5000 years old; we also know that the GMOs on the market have been found safe. That doesn't prevent some people from believing that both sets of scientifically tested (and confirmed time and time again) facts are propaganda. For the same reason that I object to young earth...

Posted on 12/15/14 at 07:35 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

The name of his business was sufficient, then? Seriously, I'm all about full disclosure, but pulling a specific quote from a website seems to be a bit beyond disclosure, doesn't it?

Posted on 12/15/14 at 10:58 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

Just because we didn't eat GMO foods for 5975 years (or however many years you want to choose), doesn't make it unsafe. We have a pretty good idea just how safe they are, but no amount of evidence will convince some people. Did you know that there's a museum full of dinosaur bones that claims that dinosaurs lived at the same time as man? No matter how much evidence there is, there will be no convincing such people that dinosaurs and man never coexisted (unless you want to count birds...

Posted on 12/16/14 at 03:10 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

This is just my argument, not anyone else's. If it happens to coincide with what others have to say, then maybe there's more than a grain of sense in it. I did not develop my point of view based on what I was told by companies that develop GMOs. In fact, I believe that the overuse of a single variety, GMO or otherwise, reduces diversity and increases mass crop failure risk, a position that is very much not in favor at Monsanto or Bayer. Rather, my argument is based on a background in...

So, if I'm getting this right, your point is that what happened on 9/11 was torture, which was evil, so, it's ok to commit torture and be evil, right?

Ok. I'll agree that there was intent to cause suffering by Al Qaeda. We called it "terrorism" then, but I'll give you "torture" now. But, if we can agree on that, does it not also follow that what we did to innocent people (and, yes, even Cheney doesn't disagree that there were innocent people) is also terrorism? I'm not going to...