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Comment Re:How do we tolerate this? (Score 1) 256

It cant be justified. But there are so many brain-damaged Americans thoroughly enthralled by our cult of personality that they can do damn near anything and all we'll hear is that Obama is a visionary.

Despite all the hoopla about the Iran arms deal, Iran just tested a ballistic missile. It barely made the news despite the fact that it was a clear violation of the deal. Sanctions? Roll-back on the treaty? A stern talking to? No, nothing.

Comment Re:Capitalism! (Score 1) 220

Oh, and the union lobbyists are innocent? The ones that make donations to campaigns, and pressure lawmakers into adding pork to bills to give jobs to their union members? That doesnt happen?

I agree that the systems is corrupted by corporations. But your argument is that unions balance the scales by participating equally in the corruption.

Comment Re:Time for unions! (Score 1) 220

None of it is logical. Don't you get that? Do you think it's going to result in better products? Better support? More smooth inner-workings of the company? Better internal communication? No. This is a common example of management by spreadsheet, where the predicted gross profits are the only driving factor in the decision.

The reality is that often the whole paradigm will cost the company more money in the long-term, if only in the lost revenues from customers who refuse to by the garbage their product has become. But it doesn't stop them from driving forward so that the CEO who happened to be at the helm that year can show on that years assets that they reduced labor costs by a factor of X, takes a huge bonus for that year, and when he or she is fired when the rest of the shit hits the fan they still get a nice multi-million dollar parachute on their exit.

Comment Re:can't the state do something about this? (Score 1) 220


The next sentence reads:

Much of the email, including its subject line, were redacted, making it difficult to discern the topic and full context of the document.

Talking points are useless without context. The context could very well have been classified, and wouldnt have specifically been what would be shared with the press. State decided the information was sensitive enough to redact it before release, so it would not have been included in what was shared to the press at the time.

Comment Re:Time for unions! (Score -1, Troll) 220

Why should anyone be required to lean on an union to litigate a pretty obvious violation of H1-B visa? Or to file suit for wrongful termination? Or half a dozen other legal arguments? There are realistically hundreds of thousands of layers in the US slavering over the payouts of a civil rights lawsuit like this. They dont need a union. They just need to suck up start researching their own rights and the legal avenues available to them. They don't need some union siphoning their paycheck and then doing nothing more than trying to increase the paycheck only to ensure higher dues payed them.

Comment Re:can't the state do something about this? (Score 1) 220

How about NPR ( )

One particular email drew scrutiny Friday — a June 17, 2011, exchange between Clinton and adviser Jake Sullivan. In that email string, she tells Sullivan she did not receive the evening's talking points — typically specifics used to speak to the press and for briefings.

"They say they've had issues sending secure fax. They're working on it," he writes to Clinton. She responds, "If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure."

Comment Re:can't the state do something about this? (Score 0, Offtopic) 220

Exactly right. The arguments are :
1) I wasn't qualified enough to know that this information was classified, and didn't treat it with it's appropriate care.
2) I knew but didn't care enough to treat the classified information appropriately.
3) I knew but felt that I was special and didnt have to treat it appropriately.

None of the above gives a glowing recommendation to be POTUS.

Comment Re:can't the state do something about this? (Score 0) 220

How about Reuters :

The new stamps indicate that some of Clinton's emails from her time as the nation's most senior diplomat are filled with a type of information the U.S. government and the department's own regulations automatically deems classified from the get-go — regardless of whether it is already marked that way or not.

And this from August of last year. Yet this DOJ refuses to even appoint a special prosecutor to even give an appearance of taking the alllegations seriously.

Comment Re:Time for unions! (Score 2, Insightful) 220

No, it would eliminate the severance the workers would have gotten if they'd agreed to an organized transition. That's how these companies do things. They dangle a ransom out there for the workers and then make them sign the gag orders as well, as a term of severance. So the workers could strike, yes. But garaunteed there would be an appreciable percentage who stayed for the final payout, and trained everyone's workers.

And anyone who thinks the company is considering the output of the new employees as a critical factor in the transition has never called an Indian help desk call center.

Comment Re:Capitalism! (Score 1) 220

This is not an example of capitalism. In fact, we're not much of a capitalistic nation anymore. Not since government started placing artificial intensives and disincentives for various business activities, many of which are arbitrary, lack objectively provable benefits, and which inherently place one type of market, product or worker at an advantage over others.

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