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Comment: Re:Biased summary (Score 1) 282

by JonathanR (#48127493) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

I obviously see it differently. Yes price is a factor. But Australia went to regulated taxis for safety reasons. Both that safety of the driver and the passenger. Here most taxi drivers are their own business and operate under the banner of the major brands.

Also I don't see how I am being taken from a government approved start to finish? Unless you mean a street address? I think you are stretching a bow here. Regulation is not inherently bad

This is bullshit. Each state racket has their own scheme of licensing, it isn't unified across the continent. As for most taxi drivers owning their own business; you'll more likely find that the licenses are owned by (and traded amongst) a class of wealthy investors who wouldn't see fit to sit their arses in the driver's seat of a cab.

The drivers are likely to be impoverished newly minted immigrants who get paid a pittance and, typically lacking in local language fluency, get fleeced when legal things go awry.

Comment: Re:Biased summary (Score 3, Insightful) 282

by JonathanR (#48127455) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

But that doesn't make it right.

Its what makes society function. Not every "outdated law" can be compared to the civil rights movement. Some bad laws you live with, because the alternative of everyone determining which laws apply to them is called anarchy, and works well for noone.

I think you'll find that most people don't consult "the law" as a benchmark for determining their behavior. Saying that "the law" is what makes "society function" is a classic example of the correlation equals causation logical fallacy. Just because a law prescribes or proscribes a particular behavior, doesn't mean it is the motivating force for undertaking or abstaining from such behavior.

Comment: Where are the guarantees? (Score 1) 264

by JonathanR (#48081031) Attached to: Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

They expect us to make the trade, but provide no guarantees that they will perform on their half of the bargain.

See Sousa v City of Antioch for a pertinent example of them denying their obligations.

Citizenship is supposed to involve reciprocal duties of allegiance and protection. Protection is not guaranteed, but you betcha they'll guarantee to get their pound of allegiance.

Comment: Re: is anyone really surprised here (Score 1) 201

by JonathanR (#48008225) Attached to: The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Prices are set at the margin, so any new and additional borrowed capital chasing the existing market-share will catalyze a boom in prices.

Where the banks failed is in assessment of borrower's capacity to service. But rising prices combined with the government-sponsored protection that is the mortgage, meant that moral hazard was the order of the day.

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