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Comment: Re:Expropriate the bourgeoisie! Workers to power! (Score 1, Offtopic) 91 91

This is simply wrong.

Communism is indeed an economic system, like capitalism.

The political system you seem to equate with communism is totalitarianism, but that is a direct result of propaganda, much like the joining of capitalism with democracy in the heads of most people.

We've seen a lot of totalitarian communism throughout history, as well as some democratic capitalism, but instead of experimenting with democratic communism we seem to be heading full steam in the direction of totalitarian capitalism (such as Taiwan, Singapore and most recently China).

Comment: Re:"Legal" does not equal "ethical" or "right" (Score 1) 252 252

You know, a man named Adolph Hitler once did almost exactly what you described in a country called Germany...

Why does no one bother to remember that?

You might say Godwin's law is one of the mechanisms used to make any such comparison taboo by default.

Comment: Omate TrueSmart: Water-resistant standalone Smartw (Score 2) 196 196

Here is one I think has real potential:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/omate/omate-truesmart-water-resistant-standalone-smartwa

It was mentioned here on /. not long ago:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/08/26/0454236/omate-truesmart-watch-stands-alone-no-phone-required

They have already reached some amazing stretch goals, such as Sapphire Crystal Glass, and are
aiming for further ones, like 720p video recording.

+ - Over 90 Pianists Collaborate to Record and Release 100% of Chopin's Music->

aarondunn writes: Musopen, which previously raised $70,000 to hire an orchestra and release public domain music recordings, has started a Kickstarter to hire a group of notable pianists to record and release the life's work of Frederic Chopin.

His music will be made available via an API powered by Musopen so anyone can come up with ways to explore and present Chopin's life.

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Comment: Re:With the expected Chinese requirements. (Score 2) 146 146

one party != democracy

Agreed.

Say the Chinese communist party were to split into two factions, both deeply committed to communism, but with subtle differences when it comes to implementation details, then all of a sudden you'd have a model democracy, right?

Comment: Re:of course, a little less moving... (Score 1) 566 566

Your comment does a pretty good job of describing how extremely successful the public relations industry is. First, these people protesting know something is horribly wrong with their society, but the way their society actually works has been so carefully muddled and obfuscated that when they try to tell you what's wrong and how to fix it they tend to become confused and incoherent. Second, the public viewing thousands of people trying to organise in order to improve their society as spoiled squatting bums, now that's a a PR success if there ever was one.

+ - The Cause Of Riots And The Price of Food->

taucross writes: What causes riots? That's not a question you would expect to have a simple answer. But today, Marco Lagi and buddies at the New England Complex Systems Institute in Cambridge, say they've found a single factor that seems to trigger riots around the world. This single factor is the price of food. Lagi and co say that when it rises above a certain threshold, social unrest sweeps the planet.
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Comment: Re:It's hard enough to be impartial abot things (Score 1) 333 333

Hmm, how about Obama? ... Similar story with Clinton ... it's easy to point to lawyers and judges like this.

Well yes, the rich will allow you to climb pretty high, but only as long as you serve their interests.

If you can't beat them, join them, if you can't join them, serve them.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker

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