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Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 12

by PopeRatzo (#47709221) Attached to: A statement to ponder

At Wired, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has posted his take on net neutrality. He lays the problem at the feet of the large ISPs.

The argument was that the early progressives were not acting out of moral beliefs. I showed that's not true.

The Scotsman can't protect you from The Federalist's misrepresentation. It's funny that you would cite a logical fallacy in order to defend an ad hominem attack ("Progressives were never moral!")

Comment: well.. (Score 1) 12

by PopeRatzo (#47702345) Attached to: A statement to ponder

A little problem with the thesis are people like Jane Adams, Fr. John Ryan and Dorothy Day. Economists like Henry George. What was it, like 1907 when Walter Rauschenbusch published "Christianity and the Social Crisis". Organizations like the YMCA and the Salvation Army came out of the Christian progressive movement.

It was called the "social gospel" and was very much moral in nature. Even going back to Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, you had a groundwork on purely moral grounds for a progressive movement. Leo talked about how capital and labor must to find a humane path for capitalism that respected workers and avoided the extremes of both socialism and laissez-faire conservatism. Just the fact that the Pontiff mentioned "labor" must have sent a chill through the blood of the robber barons in the gilded age.

But go ahead and hang on to your "godless progressives" meme if it helps you sleep at night. It's pretty easy to keep your nose in "The Federalist" and never know any of those things.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 61

by PopeRatzo (#47702209) Attached to: Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

I am willing to bet that at least by 1982 someone had sold a physical object to another usenet poster.

A swap meet is one thing. A job board, "for sale" signs, no problem.

Commercial uses of the Internet were prohibited until 1995 when the NSF ended its sponsorship of the backbone and turned it over to commercial services.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 61

by PopeRatzo (#47697779) Attached to: Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

I don't know about you, but I would rather have the USA, despite all of its faults (and we have many), in control of these things instead of countries like Iran or North Korea.

Are those our only choices?

Until it became the world's shopping mall, governance of the Internet was rather simple.

At this point, I'd be content to see the Internet blown up completely and something else take its place. It's been too badly corrupted to ever deliver on any of the promise it had when it first became open to the general public.

The first day commerce was conducted on the Internet was the day it started to die. What we see now is a corpse reanimated by the needs of oppressive governments, telcos and huge, mostly evil corporations. It will never get better. There's no fixing it once the money-grubbers and rent-seekers and government upskirters took control.

Comment: Re:Here's the problem (Score 1) 173

by PopeRatzo (#47696973) Attached to: Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

Snails (escargo) suffer from the same problem.

Oh man, I can eat me a mess of snails. My grandma used to make them in garlic and butter, called, "Babaluci" (pronounced, "babalooch"). You'd get a big dish of these little things and a pin to pull out the mean. I would eat them until I got dizzy.

I'm actually drooling a little bit right now thinking about my grandma's babaluci Palermo.

Also, "babalooch" is a Sicilian nickname for a really slow-moving lazy guy.

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.