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Comment NOT ANTITRUST AT ALL (Score 2) 223

Man, do you guys NOT understand anti-trust laws at all.

There is NOTHING that mandates a retailer must sell a competitors product. How in the world would that be an anti-trust law. If so, does Verizon have to sell AT&T phones and contracts? Are Ford dealers required to sell Chevy's?

Goodness gracious the stupidity on Slashdot is enormous today. They're not even trolls, they're more like ignorant orcs.

Comment Odd...Netflix runs on Amazon (Score 1) 223

This seems odd. Netflix runs on Amazon. They're Amazon Prime's biggest competition. AppleTV/ChromeCast are streaming devices.

Here is what I am thinking. Perhaps the new ChromeCast and AppleTV don't provide Amazon Prime streaming, or have not worked out an agreement for it. And Amazon is actually refusing to sell any streaming device that won't stream it's own Prime service.

I wager, this does NOT mean you won't be able to buy those items via Amazon's 3rd party sellers and fulfillment. Just that won't sell them directly.

Comment Re:Now, now, now... (Score 1) 372


In a capitalist society, anyone could make and sell this drug. This is NOT capitalism, but neo-fascist economics. Fascism is an economic structure in which industry and government are tightly knit. It is a two class system, oligarchy and workers. Neo-fascism is simply a reversal where the corporations have the more dominant influence than the government.

Fascism not equal Nazi death camps. There were many fascist nations that did NOT murder their people. And many democracies that have. FDRs policies were very fascist. Government control of industry, two class system, control of wealth (gold/silver), etc. The fact that FDR had hundreds of thousands of innocent Americans put into concentration camps merely he acts of a tyrant. The fact that the most famous fascist regime, was led by a homicidal tyrant has blurred the understanding and shifted the term.

Google fascism and you get: "an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization."

But this is adamantly not the truth historically. Fascist government were not right-wing. They weren't die-hard capitalist-anarchists. They were almost ALL socialist democratic regimes. Most of the crap of right-wing, totalitarian, dictatorships was all added after World War II. Prior to that, many fascist nations were viewed as progressive. An alternative to communism. One of the fundamentals being a mixed-economic

Hmm...sounds like the U.S. economy, doesn't it? How many Americans realize we live in a fascist nation?
"In general the mixed economy is characterised by the private ownership of the means of production, the dominance of markets for economic coordination, with profit-seeking enterprise and the accumulation of capital remaining the fundamental driving force behind economic activity. But unlike a free-market economy, the government would wield indirect macroeconomic influence over the economy through fiscal and monetary policies designed to counteract economic downturns and capitalism's tendency toward financial crises and unemployment, along with playing a role in interventions that promote social welfare.[2] "

The Italian term fascismo derives from fascio meaning a bundle of hay, ultimately from the Latin word fasces.[15] This was the name given to political organizations in Italy known as fasci, groups similar to guilds or syndicates and at first applied mainly to organisations on the Left.

The other big aspect of fascism was nationalism and a protection mindset. This too is extremely common in America btw.In truth, fascism is less left or right, and very much so dogmatic center.

Benito Mussolini in 1919 described fascism as a movement that would strike "against the backwardness of the right and the destructiveness of the left".[43][44]

Fascism in many ways "sought an authoritarian corporatist state"

there are only two classes in society, "the governing" (the organized minority) and "the governed" - hmm also sounds like America, doesn't it?

A really good way to consider fascism, is that Marxism (socialism as purported a century ago) advocated for the elimination of nationalism, elimination of states. Fascism share a very large portion of common views. However, fascist held to the state and nationalism.

This is the two class system, relegated by the oligarchy. Does this sound eerily familiar to any of my fellow U.S. citizens?
"in which the Italian employers' association Confindustria and Fascist trade unions agreed to recognize each other as the sole representatives of Italy's employers and employees, excluding non-Fascist trade unions"

Comment Re:i'm waiting for actual enforcement of 2nd amend (Score 1) 698

The idea behind the 2nd amendment was that 'the militia' (which back in the day meant thing like local law enforcement)

a) it did not mean anything of the sort. It meant the "people".

b) regulated meant trained/equipped..

In fact, standing army soldiers were often referred to as "regulars". Essentially, the 2nd Amendment is stating that the militia formed of the people needs to be of similar capability to any standing regular army.

Comment Re:Readily adapatable to military use is NOT a req (Score 1) 698

If you look into it. You'll realize that ships were in many ways considered to be small villages. This is why ship captains had such rights and authority enact marriage, etc. and had near absolute rule.

They were essentially Lords of a tiny village. Most ordinance/artillery was owned by towns or landed lords.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith