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Comment: likely vs guaranteed (Score 3, Interesting) 219

by Phillibuster (#48293301) Attached to: Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?
So public disclosure of the terms is "likely to lead this to go immediately into the public debate on an ill-informed basis", and yet aren't secret terms and meetings guaranteed to result in ill-informed debate? If the agreement were truly in the public interest, then it sounds like Groser is saying is that the public is too stupid to be persuaded to support the agreement via educational campaigns. The reality is that these agreements are trying to achieve aims that are in the interests of corporations and other mega-donors, not further the interest of the people, and that's what they don't want known.

Comment: Re:If you enjoy your job, then why not? (Score 1) 948

by Phillibuster (#38682926) Attached to: Do Companies Punish Workers Who Take Vacations?

if I won the powerball tomorrow, I doubt I'd even go back in to collect the few personal things I keep at my desk.

Maybe you need to look into getting a different job.

I was thinking about this type of response, commonly given when someone says they don't love their job, when I was reading another article where 'college grads with degree in X can't find work'. There the common advice was "maybe you should have gotten a degree in something more practical."

Comment: Re:Egregious (Score 1) 383

by Phillibuster (#33006642) Attached to: BSOD Issues On Deepwater Horizon

BP, to its credit, has accepted responsibility even though its almost certainly not to blame.

Just like the companies whose foreign factories run sweatshops and use child labor aren't to blame? If it's BP's well, they have a responsibility to ensure the other companies they hire operate in a responsible fashion, even it it entails having a full time BP employee stay on the rig to inspect and monitor what's going on.

Comment: Re:Too late for "innocent until proven guilty" (Score 1) 332

Since when is gun registration violating innocent until proven guilty?
Is it the same way as driver and vehicle licensing violates it?
That is... not at all?

Driving is a privilege that can be revoked, registration to allow the authorities to verify that you're still worthy of the privilege makes sense. Gun ownership is a right. The only benefit of registration is so that police can identify suspects if a particular type of weapon is used in a crime. There's your presumption of guilt.

Comment: Re:Throw me a bone. (Score 1) 615

by Phillibuster (#32366632) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones

Ok. This new "law" would simply create a new black market for thieves. Increasing their profit streams. Now instead of a walmart tracphone. you buy a "clean" prepaid phone from vito that is registered to a 14 year old cheerleader in the hamptons. Honestly, are out lawmakers simply a bunch of retarded old idiots? Did they not think of this?

Whether it's a smart thing to do or not has nothing to do with it. They just want a 10 second soundbyte to look 'tough on crime' during the next election, or for opponents to say incumbents are 'soft on crime' if the incumbent is intelligent enough to vote against it.

Comment: Re:"ethical line" schmethical line (Score 1) 404

I'm pretty certain that this technology will be used to REPLACE extras by the 000's within 10 years, and prima donna actors within 25 years.

And then the tabloid industry will file lawsuits to try and stop the loss of celebrities for their weekly rags, and the MPAA will be complaining about using lawsuits to support a dying business model.

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