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Journal Journal: Prepare for a new record in un-productivity

Now that Scalia is dead, the GOP-run congress has something else to try to prevent from getting done for a year. They've shown that they are willing to leave appointments vacant for long spans of time before, but can they leave a SCOTUS seat open for 12 months?

Comment I predict record unproductive government year (Score 2) 401

The GOP has control of the house and senate currently. Now they have yet another matter to be non-productive on as they hope (beyond reason) to be able to win the 2016 presidential election so they can keep Scalia's seat occupied by a conservative. When they overplay this hand they can expect the public to react negatively.

Comment Stop Idolizing Swartz! (Score 0) 123

Swartz was facing prosecution for his methods, not for his aims. He entered a wiring closet and impeded the ability of others in the library to do their work (while simultaneously creating a safety hazard in the hallway). Had he been intelligent about it and just used the connection in his office instead it would have taken marginally longer time but he wouldn't have been in anywhere near as much - if any - trouble.

He was either a fool, looking to bring attention to himself, or both.

For the rest of us, there is interlibrary loan - or going to the nearest public university library and using their resources responsibly.

Comment Re:I guess I haven't understood this (Score 1) 76

You very plainly show disdain for constitutional amendments that are not easily molded to support your world view. I'm not saying you don't have a right to pick favorites, I'm merely saying that you cannot call yourself a "constitutionalist" (or whatever other term you like this week) if you do so. Loving part of the document and hating other parts does not make you an honest steward of it.

Comment Re:Ignore the actual awesome, of course (Score 1) 19

The funny part is how much more earned media/bandwidth consumption the Cruz campaign got out of casting a "woman of ill repute" for the video than if the advertisement had simply run.

I haven't heard anyone from the "left" describe the actress with porn experience in such a disparaging light. I for one question rather she really qualifies as "porn star" - as some have described her - but the notion that she is of "ill repute" (as you said) is not supported at this point.

Regardless, the Cruz campaign - by way of their superPAC and the various other superPACs that are moving towards them - would have bought that much media attention some other way. Your friends from the establishment will coalesce behind him in an effort to stop Trump from taking the nomination. Then we will find out who can really buy your part of the democracy.

Comment Re:Not a workstation for me (Score 1) 74

Is buying a mouse or trackball too expensive for your budget?

No, but I am opposed to paying for a shitty pointing device when there exist laptops on the market that have really good pointing devices. Besides, if I buy a laptop and then an additional pointing device to go with it, I then have to find a place to set said additional pointing device when I am using the laptop, which means I likely won't be able to use it on the bus, train, or airplane. The weight and space savings of their design has also just fallen dramatically when the hardware selection is so awful that I am obligated to carry something else with me to make it a productive machine.

Comment Re:I guess I haven't understood this (Score 1) 76

Where do you go in the search for "smaller government" once you've already slashed all the "entitlements" that you hate and you're left looking at your sacred cows of the military / industrial complex and the prison industry? At that point obviously you declare victory and start eliminating "unnecessary" representation from Washington as you hate everyone who works there.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 76

I'm not familiar with this strange new meaning of "making shit up"...

Yeah, you are kinda dumb, too.

Your mother's ugly.

If you'd ever like to have a discussion, please let me know. It would be quite a surprise, although I'll hold on to there being perhaps a nonzero chance of it happening.

Comment China blues (Score 5, Insightful) 120

China is due for a massive correction in the economy. Debt driven growth has reached saturation and from now on, we will see a lot of deleveraging and money being printed (ie. QE) to prevent deflation.

Acquisitions is one of the best ways to swap depreciating Yuan assets (to use as collateral) and turn them into foreign assets. As the likelihood that CNY will devalue increases, you will see more and more of these desperate deals.

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