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Comment Re:Its always been like this (Score 1) 291

Dude, they've thrown capitalism away over and over throughout history because it always ends with 99.999% of the people starving and .001% of the people having all the power and wealth.

At some point the 99.999% lose hope and go ape-shit.

Some of the wealthy see this and try to keep things "fair" enough to prevent the breakdown but most of the wealthy sincerely thing they are better and deserve to eat $3,000 meals while people starve to death.

Capitalism doesn't even NEED to be abused to spin out of control. That's it's natural state. Eventually all the money ends up on the tip of the boat and it sinks again. Once all the money is on the investment side of the house, the 99% lack enough money to keep the economy going with purchases. Investment NEEDS consumers. Yin to Yang.

Good point on Disney!

Comment Re:"Sex robots will put 50% of world out of work"? (Score 1) 291

Think about it...

* Disease free (at least at first and likely for a few decades)
* Endless capacity (For both genders.. tho there is the Sybian for women now)
* Totally objectifiable
* Easy to change appearance to keep it fresh.
* Seniors in Japan have bonded emotional with much less sophisticated robots.

The question is how close to AI is the AI. Because if it is too close, it's slavery again.
It needs to be a machine that does a good simulation but lacks consciousness.

Comment Re: Hoax (Score 1) 554

You forgot the caveat.

UNLESS you are a rich or powerful republican (perhaps a senator or representative).

Then any kind of sex is okay. Gay sex, extra marital sex, sodomy, sex with multiple partners and drugs at the same time-- it's all good. The rules only the Hoi polloi.

That's one reason i stopped voting republican. They were such massive hypocrites about sex.

Comment Re:vague handwaving (Score 1) 119

And you really only have to kill about 2% quickly and society ceases to function well (food delivery, power generation, etc.).

Even more so in these "lean" and mean times we live in where many companies have single points of failure around employees.

Being able to work from home might mitigate some of the effect that this might have had a decade ago tho.

Comment Re:Scalia, RIP. Leaves a large family and legacy. (Score 1) 554

Yes, despite being wealthy, powerful, and having the best health care in the world, wealthy rich powerful u.s. citizens die all the time between 50 and 80.

However, people with good jobs at large corporations also have good health care. And at medium size companies.

Not so much for small companies and pre-ACA, only nearly worthless catastrophic plans for individuals or self employed unless they were wealthy.

Despite this, a little under 2% of americans do make it to 90 and many of them are not wealthy. They just won the lottery in some way ( good genes mostly).

Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 1) 554

Both parties behaved better and actually negotiated prior to 2008. As I said, I used to vote republican. It wasn't all their voting pattern. I'm a fiscal conservative but a social liberal so we parted ways there too.

Republicans filibustering and voting no for 9 months (close to 10) might be the reason democrats would start behaving like republicans.

But so far, democratic leaders haven't been outed for adopting a policy of "NO" and their voting record doesn't reflect such a policy either.

To be honest-- and not showboating or stuff like that - while the Dems seem softheaded at times- the Republicans seem deeply hypocritical and a bit scary. Hypocritical in that they keep getting caught doing stuff they say should be illegal. Scary as in Dominionism, Oligarchy, and Theocracy.

Comment Re:unfair standard (Score 1) 554

This is redundant but your post merits it...

Confirmation time:

Kagan: 3 months
Sotomayor: 2 months
Alito: 2 months
Meirs: withdrawn same month
Roberts: 2 months (well, two attempts at one month each)
Breyer: 2 months
Ginsburg: 2 months
Thomas: 3 months
Souter: 3 months
Kennedy: 3 months
Bork: 3 months (rejected 1987)
Scalia: 3 months
Rehnquist: 3 months

Any evidence of Pelosi blocking Roberts, Scalia, Rehnquist, etc.?

Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice by a full Senate vote of 78â"22.

All 55 Republicans voted to confirm Roberts and 22 Democrats voting yes.
Similar votes (and not endless filibusters and procedural roadblocks) for other conservative justices.

*Forgot to say the above durations are a quote from another board where this is being discussed in my other post. The names / months list isn't mine (tho it's public record).

Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 1) 554

Exactly... here's what SHOULD happen...

Confirmation time:

Kagan: 3 months
Sotomayor: 2 months
Alito: 2 months
Meirs: withdrawn same month
Roberts: 2 months (well, two attempts at one month each)
Breyer: 2 months
Ginsburg: 2 months
Thomas: 3 months
Souter: 3 months
Kennedy: 3 months
Bork: 3 months (rejected 1987)
Scalia: 3 months
Rehnquist: 3 months

The republicans are saying, "It doesn't matter who Obama nominates- we vote NO in advance."

I hope it comes back to bite their shiny metal asses when it comes to independent voters if they follow thru on that plan.

Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 5, Insightful) 554

The senate is expected to confirm offices in a reasonable time. Voting "no" to everything and filibustering everything (as they decided to do in 2009) is not doing their job.

Imagine if the democrats turn around and filibuster and block republican nominees for the next eight years.

Negotiating is their main job. Deciding in advance to vote "no" to everything is avoiding doing their job.

It 's why i went from voting for Reagan and Bush Sr., and for 50% of republicans in 2008 to voting for no republicans period in 2010. Right now, I won't vote for a republican for dog catcher. I don't even want them to get their career started in the first place if they are going to refuse to negotiate.

Comment Re:Scalia, RIP. Leaves a large family and legacy. (Score 1) 554

I'm sorry for your loss. That is fairly young. I am glad you had 20 happy years.

There is a large group of the population who die 45 to 60 from cancer and then another who pass 61-70 from cardiac disease.

odd moderation of my parent post. I wonder if it was a liberal who couldn't stand that a fellow liberal could say something about Scalia without bile and venom or a conservative who thought it wasn't positive enough. lol.

Comment Scalia, RIP. Leaves a large family and legacy. (Score 5, Interesting) 554

I'm sorry he died. It does look like he lead a long life doing what he loved. He was a lucky man in that regard.

I disagree with his policies strongly and hope we are able to replace him with a reasonable justice.

On a sort of unrelated note-- he was only 79! So keep that in mind for your retirement plans. Despite having some of the best health care in the world, most of us are dead by 82. And 98.4% are dead by age 90.

Try to retire early and take up a second career doing something you love doing. I love doing therapeutic massage for people in pain. I didn't hate being a project manager too much but it was unpleasant with long hours and holiday work and always just a way to make money.

I thought I'd be drawing and painting more than I have. But reading Splat the Cat says "Sorry" to my grandsons is priceless.

Scalia leaves behind a wife and nine children (unless some have died). Who knows how many grand children.

He looks overweight in recent photos. That might be a side effect of medication (ala Jerry Lewis) or it may have been something that contributed to his early death. Keep in mind that puff pastry or extra gravy might cost you a few years with your grand kids. Not to mention change the course of the country.

I mean wow. ~Ten more months and it might have been a conservative jurist who replaced him. Even with filibustering and so on, I think Obama will seat this one. If the conservatives actually filibuster for 10 months, I think the democrats should filibuster any conservative justice nominee until the end of the term.

Fun Supreme Court Factoids.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/fa...

Quote:
Has anyone ever served as both President and Chief Justice?

William Howard Taft is the only person to have served as both President of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-1930).

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