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Comment Re:The rich are going to get theirs (Score 1) 233

lol, modern mega corps own strong central governments everywhere... except China, etc where their strong central government owns their mega corps

why? because the part-time rulers, aka 'the people', thought having politicians in for 4 years and paying them a pittance could work (i.e. you give them vast power, nothing to lose, and no incentive... then wonder why they don't serve you)

So, in a modern corporate board room:

[Motivational Speaker] Usually, you guys own the central government. But, in Communist China, central government owns YOU!

Comment Re:Finally (Score 3, Informative) 278

The agreement also would overhaul special tribunals that handle trade disputes between businesses and participating nations.

Probably something like ISDS. That should hardly be a surprise. It is the new colonialism: it gives companies the possibility to plunder foreign nations, but with an army of lawyers instead of an army of thugs.

Actually, they have plenty of thugs, too. They just prefer to use the lawyers so everything looks "clean".

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 396

It is based on taking things by force from people that created or traded things through peaceful actions.

You mean like how all the extra wealth created by the advance of technology has gone into the hands of just a few people? And how corporations don't pay enough tax to support the infrastructure they enjoy? And how many corporations get special tax breaks and subsidies, some even paying no tax and getting refunds?

Thanks to technology, most working people produce much more than they did a few years ago. The job my mom had when I was growing up doesn't exist anymore since it is not needed. Yet, despite all these advances in productivity, most people cannot even get by on two salaries. Yet, one used to be able to have a small house on a decent lot with one salary.

Not paying people their fair value based on the work they do is a more pernicious form of stealing.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 211

So long as he doesn't make anything up, there is no possibility of additional suits for such activity (this isn't Britain!).

I don't have the benefit of your immense legal education, so please explain why that makes a difference.

Some citations would be nice.

Come on! This is /.! Where any half-wit suddenly becomes an expert in law, philosophy, finance, science, history, and any other subject under the sun. It's kind of like an on-line Rush Limbaugh program.

Comment Re: Sad to see the HP culture disappearing (Score 1) 326

And of course some racist has to start spouting hate. There's a reason Western society is so successful. It is because we work hard and are not lazy.

The US is not a race. The US is also not all of Western society. In fact, the US barely resembles the rest of Western society. The US is also not very successful anymore.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

Computers' first major applications were military. Calculating trajectories for nuclear missiles etc.

Your move.

This is beyond idiotic. The computers were used to calculate. It required, you know, the actual nuclear missiles to destroy anything. I guess you could try dropping ENIAC out of a bomber, with some cowboy astride it shouting "YAAAHHOOOO!!!" but that kind of misses the whole point.

Is this what passes for serious argument these days? What's next? "Well, cleaning fluids were used to clean the facilities where the computers who plotted the trajectories for nuclear missiles were located. Your move."

Comment Re:Larger macro-level problems are coming. (Score 1) 231

This is why I've been saying for years that real estate is not an investment. It may have been in the time of my parents, say the '50s to the '80s. Home "ownership" is nonsense these days.

Actually, it wasn't considered an investment then, either. It was considered your biggest liability. Thinking of it as an "investment" keeps you from thinking you are a poor serf.

Comment Re:Is the NYT Racist? (Score 1) 231

Really? Well, tell you what, then: If it's H1-B workers being brought in from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Russia, or any other Western European country full of white people, I am STILL against it, because it takes away jobs from U.S. citizens, and in many cases takes cash money out of the U.S. economy and sends it back overseas. I don't care if you're white, black, yellow, brown, or purple with pink polka-dots, I see the whole H1-B thing as just more profit for corporate America and to hell with American citizens so far as they're concerned. If your argument is that you can't find the talent here then I disagree with you, and even if you're right then the way to fix that is to get our own citizens up to speed, not get someone from half a world away. But we all know I'm right and it's about money and how much less of it you can get away with paying someone from a foreign country.

I'M purple with pink polka-dots, you insensitive clod!

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