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Comment: Why??? (Score 3, Funny) 178

by Alomex (#48568581) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

I think letting the buildings collapse on top of their residents is a much preferable alternative, instead of this mandated socialism.

In fact when this happened during the 1985 earthquake in Mexico people were elated that no retrofitting had taken place and citizens en masse celebrated the >30,000 dead people.

I mean who does this Eric Garcetti guy thinks he is?

Comment: Republicans: Ideology over facts (Score 2) 772

by Alomex (#48559151) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

The Israelis who have no qualms supporting state sponsored assassinations in the name of national security told the Bush administration that torture doesn't work.

For Xsakes, this are your friends telling you not to do it, because it doesn't work. What did Bush do? he carried on regardless.

This has become a signature pattern for the right in the last 15 years. It wasn't always that way. In the 80s and 90s one could disagree yet respect the opinion of Republican leaders and administrations, even if one didn't always agree with them. Somewhere around the time of the Contract with American ideology became more important than facts and it has been all downhill for America. The 2 trillion dollar invasion of Iraq on false pretenses, the loss of critical support across the world with unwarranted acts of torture, the obstructionist practices of the Republican congress v. the Obama administration.

Give it another 10 years and the present GOP will achieve from within what Osama Bin Laden foolishly tried to do with a few planes. He should have financed the Tea Party instead, and by now he would be further ahead in his goal.

Comment: Re:Reminder of who not to credit (Score 2) 151

by Alomex (#48349013) Attached to: 25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

The politburo was informed in 1979 in a super secret session that the economy could no longer support the arms race and the USSR was broke. Nothing much seems to have come out of it, except that one young Comrade Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was in attendance. Some believe that this was the moment he started planning the changes needed for the USSR to survive.

As to Reagan his true contribution was his willingness to negotiate with the USSR. Thatcher had to point out to Reagan that Gorbachev was a willing negotiating partner. After a hesitating start Reagan got the message and bought full in on the negotiations. This was his contribution, not increase in spending, not the speech in the Berlin Wall, not his deficit increasing tax cuts.

Comment: Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (Score 2) 60

by Alomex (#48236249) Attached to: SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

Contrary to what you say, many studies have found that the better educated and informed you are the more likely you are to be a liberal.

Of course it makes you feel better to state the opposite opinion as if it were a fact, which is yet another confirmation of the studies above.

Comment: Re:and they use cash businesses as examples (Score 1) 424

by Alomex (#48234785) Attached to: Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Actually, I recall reading articles in Newsweek in the early 80s which were already outrageous. Most of them are a consequence of the war on drugs, which was intensified by Reagan and followed up by all other administrations (Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. Obama).

Comment: Re:Curious economics of private spaceflight (Score 1) 60

by Alomex (#48234643) Attached to: SpaceX Capsule Returns To Earth With Lab Results

Flynn, an ardent libertarian,

Ardent libertarian is the term used in polite society for "emotionally immature and intellectually unsophisticated". A libertarian society replicates the current status quo in terms or taxes and tariffs but with the difference that now you have no power over the revenue collector, which is as private corporation.

In a libertarian society I can simply refuse you to drive on my highway because I don't like your face.

Comment: Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (Score 2) 283

by Alomex (#48229157) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

It is easy to post growing sales if your profits are zero. The hard part is to have a growing business that actually makes money on each sales. Every time they seem to have gained traction on a market (like books) they seem to negate it by offering incentives such as Amazon prime. T

hey have yet to prove that they can sell products at operating costs+3% on an ongoing basis.

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay