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Comment: Re: and people say unions are bad this is what hap (Score 1) 291

by rsilvergun (#49491061) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination
From Wikipedia:

The AFL-CIO was a major component of the New Deal Coalition that dominated politics into the mid-1960s.[8] Although it has lost membership, finances, and political clout since 1970, it remains a major player on the liberal side of national politics, with a great deal of activity in lobbying, coordinating with other liberal organizations, fund-raising, and recruiting and supporting candidates around the country.

If you haven't heard anything from them it's because you haven't been listening. They are very active on workers rights.

And there's two sides to the coin. Why should you benefit from their hard work campaigning for higher wages without contributing to the fight? Read up a little bit about the history of the American Work pre-Unions. What was the phrase? Nasty, brutish and short.

Comment: Regulation is ok, but the EU can't be a bad actor (Score 1) 245

by cpt kangarooski (#49476387) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Google does have an effective monopoly in search, and it's not a bad idea to have some degree of regulation in place to make sure that it doesn't harm consumers. (Though nonsense like a 'right to be forgotten' is going too far, and should be dropped)

The problem is that that very well may not be the EU's only motive here. At about the same time that the charges were announced, Gunther Oettinger, the EU's Digital Commissioner gave a speech where he said:

A great challenge is also Europe's position in the development of the next digital platforms that will gradually replace the current Internet and mobile platforms. We have so far missed many opportunities in this field and our online businesses are today dependent on a few non-EU players world-wide: this must not be the case again in the future. ... We need European industry 4.0 champions to win the global game in industry 4.0. ... Industry in Europe should take the lead and become a major contributor to the next generation of digital platforms that will replace today's Web search engines, operating systems and social networks.

Maintaining a level playing field and ensuring fair competition is one thing. Using the law to rig the market in order to engage in protectionism, however, is not acceptable. If the EU wants to pursue Google, they're going to need to do so in a way that is justifiably beyond reproach. Otherwise it's relatively easy for Google to restructure the way it does business internationally to avoid the EU from having any power over them, while still offering its services to persons in the EU, and to have many people cheer them on in the process.

Comment: I see what you did there (Score 1) 332

by rsilvergun (#49458623) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water
and I'm not so sure I want to eliminate those regulatory hurdles. Fukushima isn't exactly a distant memory. Talk to me when it's dirt cheap to run a nuke plant safely or when CEOs go to jail for 20+ years for running one unsafely. For now there's too much risk that some assclown will come in to cut safety & pocket the resulting profit and get off scott free.

Comment: Nope, now it's breast implants (Score 1) 173

Jokes aside, they did have shortages. The gov't saw the problem and reacted to it. Problem solved. You'll note no one's talking about their TP shortage anymore. See, that's kinda the idea behind socialism. You see a problem and then instead of waiting for some phantom invisible hand to solve it you actually _do_ something.

Comment: Oh boy, where do I start? (Score 3, Insightful) 173

Just more personal "personal responsibility" politics that complete ignore reality. Goody. Where do I begin?

Not everyone has the chops to make it through college. Their brains don't work that way. But there's nothing for you in life if you don't make it through anymore thank to outsourcing and a complete lack of protection for local industry. How do these guys whose brains _can't_ comprehend AP credits galore compete with a guy in China working 70 hours a week breathing carcinogens?

Then there's the parents. Half the country goes out of it's way to keep people from opting out of parenthood in any other way than abstinence. Try being lower income and getting birth control or a vasectomy in Alabama and let me know how that works out for you. But once again, "Personal Responsibility" politics to the rescue! Ignore the fact that sex is a basic human drive on par with eating/breathing. Ignore the fact that when you're dirt poor with no hope it's hard to say no to the few sources of joy you have in your life. It's so much easier to look down on the little hussies and the dead beat dads, ain't it? It absolves you from the moral implications of abandoning 70%+ of the populace to their (very miserable) fate.

Schools can fix a _lot_ if we let them. Schools can and should act as parents when parents _can't_ because our God damned society didn't equip the parent with the skills and resources needed to do so. This doesn't mean schools _replace_ the parent either. It means they support the parent. This is what it means to have a society and civilization and not "I got mine, f**k you".

Comment: Not exactly (Score 1) 290

but what you're seeing here is the same effect that makes test scores lower in America. We test _everyone_ for college at one time or another, including people who are just plain not smart enough. Other countries have programs to train those people to be plumbers and what not and skip the testing.

Now, I think what we do is actually better. There are plenty of folks who can make it through college and will be better for it, and we give them opportunities they don't have in other countries. But it does skew our test scores in a way folks like to ignore. I'm guessing you're seeing that here. People who don't smoke pot are more likely to make it through a course at the U.

Comment: We pretty much have (Score 1) 165

by rsilvergun (#49453719) Attached to: UN To Debate Lethal Autonomous Weapons
at least large scale wars. They're bad for business, so the mega corps say 'no' whenever anyone wants to start one up these days.

What you might be looking for is a way to end occupations and large scale violence. Iraq and Afghanistan aren't wars. What's going on in Mexico isn't a war. There's no single combatant to subdue. There's no legitimate government organization to fight. etc, etc. If you want that you have to deal with poverty. People with good economic options don't become terrorists or a drug lord's foot soldiers. Good luck with that though. I don't see a way to fix the economies of places like Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan with how much money people make off them being shit holes. Private prisons, defense contract profiteering, and the ability to use these "wars" to keep a lid on progressive politics all mean the powers that be want the status quo to go on...

Comment: Why should a public utility (Score 1) 279

by rsilvergun (#49451619) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid
that we all make use of for a modern life be a source of profit? I don't see the point of these sorts of rent seeking schemes people subscribe to under the guise of "efficiency". Ever instance of gov't waste I've ever seen has existed for one of two purposes: either corruption or round about socialism. Properly funded Post Offices and DMVs are fast, efficient and a pleasure to use. Now, when a bunch of "Starve the Beast" (google it) types cut there funding, yeah, you wait a while. But then you're just falling into their trap then, aren't you?

Comment: We don't get a choice (Score 1) 407

Gerrymandering + unlimited money in politics means we're pretty screwed. The corps realized early on they just had to buy off _all_ the local elections to win the country. We'd need to change our entire political system, but we have too many divisive issues (Abortion, Gay Rights, Gun Control) to get anything like that off the ground.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds