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Comment: Re:Dissappointed (Score 1) 288

by LordLucless (#47505219) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

The Liberal government got in on the narrowest of margins due entirely to a series of dodgy preference deals.

Rewrite history much? The Coalition won 90 seats; Labor won 55. It wasn't only most definitively not a narrow margin, it was one of the most decisive elections in recent history. Preferences deals aren't even relevant in the lower house, which is what determines who forms government; preference deals only happen with the Senate, and all the squawking about preferences this election wasn't to do with the coalition; it was to do with the minor parties, who finally got around to exploiting the preferential system the way the major parties have for years, and won a handful of seats, such that they hold the balance of power in the Senate (as long as the Greens vote in a bloc with Labor, which so far, they have).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Above that, they didn't advertise their polices, their entire campaign was based on "hate Labor". The Libs didn't even release a fiscal policy until after the election. Thats how bad they were. Their entire campaign was based on flinging shit at Rudd... Nothing more.

They didn't even need to do that. The Labor party self-destructed - they couldn't even keep the same prime minister for a whole term during the last six years. It was the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd backstabbing powerplay that won the Coalition the election.

Please stop pretending you know anything about the current government in Australia, Australians or anything about Australia in General.

Right back at you buddy.

Comment: Re:Crazy (Score 1) 769

by LordLucless (#47496623) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

No, minimum wage is setting a floor on living standards.

No it doesn't. If you're unemployed, or not employed full-time, you will be living below the "standard" of people on the minimum wage, all other factors being equal. Also, if you have an unemployed wife or children, your standard of living will be lower than that of people who can spend their entire minimum wage on themselves.

You could say the minimum wage sets a floor on living standards for full-time workers with no dependents, but that's not as catchy.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 769

by LordLucless (#47496591) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

The idea that economics is a zero sum game where one person can only get rich if they make others poor is a Marxist viewpoint, not a conservative viewpoint. Economic conservatives recognize that the surest way to increase the wealth of as many individuals as possible is to promote wealth creation by maximizing economic freedom through low taxes, low regulation and strong protection of private property rights.

I have no idea why he targeted conservatives, but zero-sum economics is not just a Marxist viewpoint anymore - it's a popular viewpoint for many who don't understand economics, because they can intuitively understand it.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 769

by LordLucless (#47496547) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Are you suggesting that there's a huge amount of US workers just waiting to pick fruit and plant pine trees? And the only thing holding them back is that the minimum wage is too high?

Yes. He's saying that because the minimum wage is too high, jobs are not going to those who expect the minimum wage (i.e. US workers). It's like any sort of market manipulation - screw with the market, create a black market. Frequently, the black market turns out to be worse than the market would be without the manipulation (e.g. because the workers are illegal anyway, they can also be abused without them going to the authorities).

Comment: Re:Tariffs were implements to stop dumping. (Score 1) 155

by LordLucless (#47446775) Attached to: Fighting Climate Change With Trade

The US government applied tariffs to Chinese solar panels because the Chinese were dumping them in the US market.

In other words, they were selling them more cheaply than the local manufacturers could, and the government moved to protect local industry at the cost of the consumer. I'm not sure why you think that's a valid defence.

Comment: Re:sounds like North Korea news (Score 1) 109

by LordLucless (#47431467) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

Hardly new. Slashdot frequently runs doom-is-nigh, overblown, click-baity summaries for the purposes of drawing in viewers (and thus, revenue). All those stupid social sites use vague headlines ending with "...you won't believe what happens next!" to try and intrigue viewers for the same reason. Calling it "mind control" is setting the bar pretty low.

Comment: Re:What good is filtered news? (Score 0) 109

by LordLucless (#47430953) Attached to: Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

One must ask, what good is news that filters?

All news is filtered. You wouldn't have time to digest every single piece of information generated every day. The question is, what is your news filtered by? I don't see how "upbeat" is any worse than "political", "tech", "sport", or "local".

Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 0) 160

by LordLucless (#47375333) Attached to: Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

I'm in trouble then. In the last couple of weeks, I've performed a number of human experiments on the website I manage, including:
* Do they push green buttons more than red buttons?
* Do they fill in forms more reliably if it's one big form, or split across multiple pages?
* Do people finish reading a page more often if the text is in large font rather than a small?

Comment: Re:California also legalized using polished turds (Score 1) 162

by LordLucless (#47355283) Attached to: California Legalizes Bitcoin

Nobody who advocates the gold standard (of whom I'm not one, just playing a bit of devil's advocate) believes we should be running around with pockets full of gold doubloons. The gold standard doesn't mean the currency is gold, it means the currency is backed by gold - that is, whoever has issued the currency holds enough gold in reserve to exchange your dollars for bullion.

The reason isn't usually "gold, yay!"; it's proposed as a means of controlling inflation by tying money to something governments cannot manipulate (e.g. scarce physical matter). Bitcoins are usually appreciated by the same crowd, for the same reason, because governments cannot manipulate maths either.

Comment: Re:Increased production, or reduced demand? (Score 1) 365

by LordLucless (#47346953) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

Both can be true. If the price of energy goes up, people are going to start looking at alternative ways of spending less, that may not have been economical in the past. As power costs ramp up, the time it takes for the cost of insulation to pay for itself drops, making it more attractive.

Comment: Increased production, or reduced demand? (Score 3, Informative) 365

by LordLucless (#47339501) Attached to: Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

The production figures in this article are all given as percentages of demand - not the actual amount generated. There's two reasons Germany could suddenly be producing an excess of energy: supply has increased, or demand has dropped. A quick Google shows German production has dropped 6% in the period 2004-12 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E... ).

So the reason isn't that Germany's renewable plants are producing an abundance of power - it's that people are demanding less power; presumably because they cannot afford prices that are among the most expensive in the world ( http://www.contactenergy.co.nz... )

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