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Comment: France may have improved over the years....... (Score 1) 213 213

.....but it was France who bombed the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, at a downtown wharf in Auckland, New Zealand in 1985. They killed one of the crew. Granted, that was a conservative French government and they (conservatives) do tend to be sociopathic murderers. One of the many reasons I never vote for conservatives. Anywhere.

Comment: Good to know. (Score 1) 173 173

At least this House vote gives us some clarity about what the GOP *really* think of Russia: "No problem". I'm inclined to agree. Mr Putin isn't perfect, but he's a long way better than most world leaders and it can be argued he is defending his own country's interests effectively and isn't really a threat to the US. Pretty much what Putin himself has been saying. We should remember to discount GOP fear mongering and bluster on the subject of Russia. They don't really mean it.

Comment: Re: Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

Some one needs to study philosophy or our civilisation will literally lose its mind. OK, most of us go through our days taking granted the values we hold and little understanding of the ideas (and their origin) that govern our world. Most of us are on ideological and philosophical autopilot. Or civilisation would be much better off if we charged $25,000 a year to watch TV and university study was free.

Comment: Re: Harvard is the right place (Score 1) 348 348

Sorry, Dude. The US is now largely irrelevant in the Middle East. George W Bush nuked any remaining cred the US had. The harm Bush did will echo for decades. Obama is powerless as long as he (and the US generally) continue to give Israel a pile of cash and a free pass no matter what. Even Israel craps on the US...

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612 612

GM and Chrysler aren't good examples. They deliberately crashed their companies so it could become politically acceptable to build their cars in China. This was Ovid to me from 2003. They we're being told what they needed to do.... and ignored all the advice. There had to be a reason that. New factories in China was the reason.

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612 612

And with that, discussion of the important issues in the original post was hijacked. Unscrupulous employers blaming their workers is nothing new. The real problem here is debt. If the people who work for these asses had cash in the back instead of debt milestones around their necks they could flick these guys the finger and tell them train the cheap foreign Labour themselves. Good luck with that. Calling your people lazy when you're just a greedy prick is bad karma.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.