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Comment: Re: Tim Cook is a Pro Discrimination Faggot (Score 1) 840

Having a system that supports the creation and nurturing of the next generation of mankind is in the long term best interests of homosexuals just as much as anyone else. Corrupting it into something purely based on decadent sex is not wise. For anyone.

Comment: Re:Cause, or effect? (Score 1) 174

by PopeRatzo (#49376695) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Could it also be related to poorer parents working more hours, thus having less time to be with the kids during their early years

There are probably dozens of measurable ways being poor affects the development of brains. But ultimately, it's happening because that's the way the people at the very top in terms of wealth and power want it. The last think they want is for poor people to suddenly become successful, and develop political power.

One of the side-effects of the New Deal and the labor movement in America is that a bunch of people who were on the shitty side of the street suddenly were able to take a big step up. GIs coming out of WW2 who would normally have gone to work in the coal mine or slaughter house suddenly had the means to go to college, buy a house, live a life of reasonable comfort. And do you know what they did with this sudden shift in circumstances? They developed political power. Their kids went from blue collar to white collar. And similar steps up during the pre and post-war period occurred for women and American blacks.

And this scared the bejeesus out of the elite. So, in the 70s, and peaking in the 80s, there came an effort to undo these advancements. The effort included an attack on New Deal programs like Social Security and the labor movement. The effort included the flooding of the inner city with crack cocaine (which we now know to have been run by our own government). The effort included the confluence of evangelical religion with supply-side capitalism by Billy Graham (who started his ministry with funds from the Chamber of Commerce).

The effort to put the genie back in the bottle continues to this day, and it's been quite successful. Economic disparity hasn't been this out of whack since the 19th century. Militarized policing, private prisons, an attack on public education are all fronts in this class war being waged by the elite. You want to see it in action, watch the political policies being pushed by governors of Kansas, Indiana, and many states throughout the South and in big cities in the North. Just watch.

Comment: Re: Not everyone (Score 1) 136

by rtb61 (#49375593) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

This holds especially true during the primaries when a truly tiny percentage of those eligible vote and basically allow the corporations to stack the elections, so no matter which team wins, they win. Foolish gullible Americans have already lost the elections before they have even started, just an empty show. The only real focus of the US government is to drive out all politicians who will actually represent their electorates and of course reading the speeches provided to them by their controlling corporations and voting as directed on the legislation as provided by lobbyists.

Comment: Re:So much for privacy.... (Score 1) 93

a company I was at more than 10 yrs ago ran MS email. some of us ran unix email (I think I was into qmail at the time) and the sysadmin was a friend, so I was left alone and had my linux box do my desktop work. was not forced to use windows. back then, it was atypical, but we used a form of bsd in our products and so the unix guys were not a small minority. still, I was one of the few who used only unix email, for corp stuff.

one day I get an email from some marketing guy, then a few minutes another email from 'the server' saying 'xyz would like to recall email 123' or something like that. too damned funny - the email was sent, it was poped or imaped out and into my qmail system, then into my user agent - and this guy - via the server - is asking me to delete the message.

but - well - I already received and read it! does 'your server' want me to unsee it? is that even possible? ;)

no one else saw the email. they went thru exchange and exchange did dutifully delete it before everyone else could even know it was there. but there is no 'reach over and delete' when I imap that thing out and its saved in my maildir.

just too funny. the MS guys really do think the whole world is MS.

Comment: Re:How about freedom for all? (Score 1) 843

no, you do NOT DESERVE any such 'freedom' to hate people based solely on a religious reason.

the idea of civil rights was to step in when businesses were NOT self-policing. time and time again, business owners do the wrong thing (they think they are gods and untouchable) and when society finally gets pissed off enough, then laws are enacted to force bad actors to behave.

except, in this case, they went the wrong way. it was not the will of the people, but the will of a very small minority who demands that everyone play by their 2000 year old set of rules; or at least how they think those rules should be understood and followed.

you know what's right and what's wrong. we don't have to teach you that. you know, in your heart, that discrimination like this is very wrong; but you use some twisted congnative dissonance to convince yourself that its 'a form of freedom to be able to hate anyone you want'. I guess it is, but there's a bright line between hating someone for their belief system and denying them service in a public store or setting. you can hate them all you want - till the cows come home. that's your freedom right there. you are not forced to party with them, befriend them, marry them or go to church with them. that's all allowed in a free society.

but the line stands when you deny them basic rights. it does not take much for a small town to band together and LOCK OUT sales of goods to people who are different from them. and this is exactly where we are headed if this set of laws is allowed to stand.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score -1) 843

well, I know 'jesus' as well as anyone does (ie, not at all).

my guess is that his legend would have him stand up against discrimination and hatred.

this is not political. not even close. its about hatred and any other veneer is a false one.

"love others as you would have them love you" would not be in favor of hate-laws.

I don't believe there ever was a jesus, but some of the ideas attributed to hims are quite stellar. too bad no one in any time (modern or ancient) has truly accepted this core belief.

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 4, Insightful) 843

actually, the laws and bills have not gone far enough.

some kind of visual indication should be included, so you know who the enemy is. maybe an armband. it could be phrased as a 'fashion statement'.

what could possibly go wrong with that? sounds pretty christian to me!

Comment: Re:And why not? (Score 2) 188

by rtb61 (#49367829) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

Now exactly how fucking long would the list of failed corporations be. How long would the list of corporate prosecutions be. Government fails sometimes, corporations always inevitably fail. I rather take maybe over the certainty. PS governments tend only to fail when they are corruptly controlled by, you guessed it, private interests and cease to represent the majority.


Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 436

by rtb61 (#49367753) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Accurately ascertaining failure allows you to action to prevent similar future failures, doing nothing, does exactly that, nothing. Why not an uninteruptable live stream from all commercial aircraft cockpits of a certain size, that two way communication could allow authorities to dissuade the suicider and remind them of the harm they are causing to others. That data traffic could be routed around the world along with aircraft telemetry, in this day and age it is a tiny amount of data. What you do in your bedroom is yours to keep private, what you do when in control of the lives of hundreds (possibly thousands) of others most certainly is not.

Comment: Re:Oh goody (Score -1, Troll) 343

by rtb61 (#49367721) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

You know what is really stupid, pointing to those lying slave keeping genocidal animals as being some one special, ohhh, look the founders with mind you an hugely limited 18th education and truly horrible background as human beings. 'Founding Fathers' is simply meaningless PR marketing bullshit, with their words and writings routinely being distorted, with their ignorance some how put ahead of the knowledge gained in the last 250 years. Americans are fucking idiots to keep pointing at those people from centuries ago as if they still have meaning.

Fuck the founding genocidal slavers, what citizens think to day based upon the knowledge of today and what we will pass to future generations is far more important. Pointing to the thieves who stole the country from the thieves who sent them to steal it, as being holey saints is just so fucking stupid, only in America. The sheer level of marketing bullshit in US politics is staggering, religious nonsense, founding fathers, greed is good, marketing as truth and double speak as the United States main art form. You people are arguing about shit whilst your country collapses about you.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 1) 392

by rtb61 (#49367419) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Until moronic thoughts. Now where were the coastal cities, where were the hundreds of millions of displaced humans who will be screaming for blood (and they will get it). It does not matter the cause, we are forced to attempt to control climate change, regardless. Go back further moron and the earth was a cloud of dust waiting to form into a planet how about it's climate then, huh, what about climate during the early earth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadean), huh, what about climate when the sun expands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_of_the_Earth), huh, seriously, piss off with that stupid shit.

We have what we have now and we have to deal with what we have now and we need to protect 'HUMAN' coastal environs and the hundreds of millions of people who live there.

What the experts now fear is the methane surge, quite a major catastrophic climate event. sure averages over the century are going to rise slowly but that methane surge could be seriously catastrophic for a short period within that longer term. Forget 1 degree a huge global surge far higher than forecast, as not only existing methane is released into the atmosphere but more is generated by a broken down ecology rotting in the heat.

The methane will break down and the impact will be short lived (years) and the planet will settle to more expected temperature levels but the damage in the interim will be enormous. It is all kind of funny and sad, it will happen and no amount of lies will stop in from happening, they just prevent efforts being taken to minimise the impact. The consequences for those who participated in the lies will not be pretty, crimes against humanity always ends up with harsh punishments.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?