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Comment: Re:An easier approach might be to modify ourselves (Score 1) 136 136

Technically feasible, politically impossible. We can't even get the paranoid reactionaries on this planet to support the idea of using our knowledge to cure genetic diseases. I'm sure you've heard all the arguments. Any proposal that suggests use of science and technology to select or de-select specific genetic traits generates screams of protest. You get all the "master race" bullshit and hear about how rich people will give their kids genetic advantages and blah, blah, blah.
I'd like nothing better than to see the human race start engineering healthier, stronger and more intelligent homo sapiens. However, the ghost of Adolf Hitler will be haunting us for generations.

Comment: When has he been in the job market? (Score 1) 306 306

"...people have come to think that you need these degrees in order to do the jobs, which is not really true. "

Unfortunately, many of the people who think that seem to be in HR departments and IT management positions. Without the right keywords, your resume will be scanned and discarded before a human ever sees it. Some places even want a Master's degree of PhD, when I suspect that the jobs don't really require one.
Maybe Si valley is different than the East Coast, but the job market here is tough. I can't imagine getting an interview without that piece of paper, even though it might be irrelevant to the actual job.

Comment: Re:Not all of it is new. But something IS new. (Score 1) 226 226

Negative, they aren't "US business interests" they ARE multinational interests, who have litte or nothing to do with American citiziens, just as those job creation numbers do not benefit American citizens, but do benefit those who have have been GIVEN the majority of new jobs since 2008, foreign visa workers (majority) and undocumented workers (minority).

Comment: Cut the crapola, rei (Score 1) 226 226

Negative, sonny, the ISDS and the Living Agreement are major malefactors in a major so-called FTA which gives away any and all sovereignty of the US of A-holes. With each job offshored, so goes a chunk of the GDP; with each fta so goes a chunk of sovereignty.

Comment: Best to observe each corporate entity (Score 1) 226 226

Take Wiley Rein, the neocon shyster firm, for instance. Besides being neocon-connected, they successfully litigated in federal court in two separate lawsuits to make fictionalizing the news legal, as well as firing any on air reporters who refuse to spew forth lies during the "news" broadcasts --- and they did this on behalf of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Also, they represent the Blackstone Group, which is self-explanatory.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 236 236

"all you have to do is not use the stuff."

Some of the "stuff" is just too damned useful. If you belong to any club, organization, political group or whatever, FB has become a very handy planning and organizing tool. Nobody really wants to manage lists of e-mail addresses anymore, let alone a telephone calling tree like we did in the past.
Having a portable device that gives you at least internet access, a telephone, calendar, GPS and camera is also extremely useful.

I think that being cognizant of exactly what you're trading off in terms of privacy vs. functionality is the important thing. I'm not quite ready to retire to the country and become a subsistence farmer.

Comment: Re:Dear Pukeface (Score 1) 117 117

You think he should get LIFE in prison for complicity in encrypting some data and demanding a fraction of the payment extorted for the encryption keys? Seriously? There are rapists and murderers who get off with lighter sentences than that. There are Wall St. executives who have done far more (like 10E8 times more) financial harm and have never even been investigated, let alone prosecuted.

Ridiculously disproportionate sentences are a contributing factor in the insanely large USA prison population. He shouldn't spend a single day in jail. If that's going to be the punishment, I hope he's never caught.

Comment: Re:Just wait until the AI and robots get hear. (Score 1) 614 614

I'm happy to compete against other U.S. citizens. I'm not happy to have the federal government (which I'm reluctantly funding) steadily importing new competitors for the express purpose of changing the supply/demand dynamic to benefit the potential buyers of my services.

Comment: Re:Gerrymandering (Score 2, Interesting) 609 609

Nonsense. Maybe Republicans have been more successful in gerrymandering, but both parties have engaged in this practice. That's why there are so many "reliable" Republican and Democrat seats.
In certain places, you know for certain that the 'R' or 'D' candidate is going to win. Incumbents from both parties typically have a 90+% re-election rate.

If Democrats are so much more popular, why aren't they able to maintain majorities and governorships in state governments and re-district to their own advantage? Are they too principled to use this tactic?

That's why the TEA Party was such an excellent movement. They managed to oust incumbents who had little chance of losing a general election. Impressive achievement for a bunch of old white people. How many incumbent Democrats have progressives and socialists managed to defeat in the last 10 years? And it's not like there aren't plenty of 'D's whose only appeal to the left is that they are marginally better than Republicans.

Note that with a few rare exception, I hate both of these scumbag parties and have rarely voted for either.

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