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Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 1) 182

These sort of things are legal now. Corporations are people, and people have free speech, and spending money is speech.

More fundamental than that, this is an example of the free market at work. The natural monopolies are "free" to do anything they fucking want to make sure that their monopoly is protected. So shut up all you whining communists. This is a great day for American capitalism. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 612

by Jawnn (#47506755) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
Oh dear. So many startling assertions. Where to start? This is probably an exercise in futility, but...

East Germany and the Soviet Union really bought into the idea of Socialism: the state owned everything. Private property was outlawed. You could go to jail for making a profit.

The East Germans were so committed to the idea that the state owned everything that they believed they had a right to build an enormous wall to keep the governments property (people) from escaping to the West.

[citation needed]

Comment: Re:Probable cause (Score 4, Informative) 223

by Jawnn (#47416701) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On
Yes, it does include a freedom "from" religion clause. If you take the time to learn anything about the framers of the Constitution, you'll know that they were dead-set against allowing anything invoking divine authority to creep into the system of law and government which they were creating. Not all of them, but most, and that wisdom, thankfully, carried the day.

Comment: Re:19,000 (Score 1) 401

by Jawnn (#47400649) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

If you are going to do business in America, then you need to hire Americans. Otherwise don't expect the benefit of doing business in our economy. Don't reap the rewards of safety and US government sponsorship if you aren't going to contribute to our economy by hiring local. Stop being leeches.

Stopping talking like freakin' liberal, ya crybaby.
You see, hiring Americans is un-American because this is 'murican free enterprise at it's finest, making glorious profits for anyone "willing to work hard to get ahead" (TM).

Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 725

by Jawnn (#47395159) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

I don't suggest doing nothing. I suggest more research and more experimentation. I suggest public policy that encourages more nuclear power and addresses the dangerous build up of temporary storage for spent nuclear fuel, trading a risk of local toxicity for the proven regional air pollution and possible global impact.

What I -don't- suggest is that we rush it. Let change evolve slowly on a low-cost vector until the science is good enough to support more radical action.

So you suggest doing nothing to arrest the carbon emissions that appear to be fueling the climate change. That is, in effect, nothing. "Slowly evolving change" will not get it done. Certainly, some scenarios indicate that we've already passed the tipping point. And yet you advocate "caution". Like I said, insane.

Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 1) 725

by Jawnn (#47395147) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Can I get you to concede that there are climate scientists unworthy of the title?

TFTFY. And yes, I will happily stipulate as much if you will admit that the vast majority of the tiny minority of "climate" scientists who still deny the overwhelming evidence have dubious credentials or have an interest in preventing meaningful change in energy policy, or both.
Wait for it..., wait for it... Yep. Crickets.

Comment: Re:Not surprising. (Score 5, Insightful) 725

by Jawnn (#47393541) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

"97 percent of climate scientists believe human activities are causing global warming."

That's not a scientific statement, it's a political one.

Actually, it is neither. It just is. As in "just is" a fact, readily observable and incontrovertible. Now, the suggestion that it is something else is, itself, a highly "political" statement clearly aimed at diminishing the weight of the fact that an overwhelming majority of those best equipped to assess the data have arrived at the same conclusion. No, the matter is not "settled". No scientist worthy of the title would even suggest as much, but the constantly repeated meme that we should thus do nothing until it is "settled" is simply insane.

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