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Comment Re:Not Listening to Mike Rowe (Score 1) 1032 1032

>Taking out huge loans that you don't have a way to repay, to get a degree that has no potential for income, show a serious lack of judgement.

Offering loans to people who have neither the means to repay them, nor the potential to repay them, shows an even greater lack of judgment. As such, the company offering the loan should learn from its mistake, by the person defaulting on the loan.

The decoupling of consequences from decision making creates moral hazard - decision makers tend to optimize their decisions in their own best interests:
-Banks lend to people unlikely to repay.
-Academic institutions raise tuition to fund showpiece buildings, climbing walls, and gourmet dining halls that not a required component of a top education.

While individuals should be held responsible for their poor decisions, there also needs be some accountability for the financial, government and academic institutions creating this systemic moral hazard.

My personal preference is to retroactively make all student loans eligible for default which penalizes banks and the government for creating the moral hazard of undisciplined lending, and limits academic institutions' ability to continue to increase costs going forward.

Comment Re:Hmmm .... (Score 1) 100 100

There likely are specific laws, likely related to holocaust and Armenian genocide denial and such, that would allow a group like the Sikhs to sue a US firm that aids and abets such calumnies.

Considering the 1980s attack on the Sikh ethnic group by Hindis was a well organized and deliberate attempt at genocide, I would suggest that they have a good case.

More personally - Zuckerberg you goddamn moral coward, if Facebook doesn't support groups like this, it serves no useful purpose other than data mining and privacy undermining.

Comment Too damn complicated (Score 4, Insightful) 113 113

It's too damn complicated for level 1 techs, let alone end users and the general public, to attempt to opt of surveillance, or even intelligently express their dissatisfaction with government and corporate policies.

Politicians don't care and corporations do. These policies will persist until people's lives are strongly negatively affected. Will it require significant damage as a result of foreign powers hacking into the industrial grid? Probably. God knows we aren't in the streets protesting TSA security theater, and its difficult to get more privacy invasive than seeing folks naked.

Comment Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 1, Flamebait) 609 609

>NOMINATE scales people based on their choices relative to contemporaries

That's exactly *why* it works across decades. Because it allows a continuous chain of comparison even between people who never served together. (E.g, person A served with person B, person B later served with person C, person C later served with person D, etc)

Comment Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 5, Informative) 609 609

> "JFK was more conservative than most conservatives are today"

BULLSHIT!

Keith T. Poole at the University of Georgia has built his career on quanitfying the liberality/conservativeness of politics.

I couldn't find his numbers for John Kennedy, but he gave John Kennedy a -.318 during the 83rd Congress, making him the 15th most liberal member of that body. By comparison, in today's Senate, he'd rank as the 31st most liberal senator, between Senators Wyden and Murphy, and more liberal than EVERY SINGLE Republican in Congress.

Comment Re:I'm all for abolishing the IRS (Score 4, Informative) 349 349

> BTW, the deficit reductions under Clinton were the direct result of the policies of Reagan and Gingrich.

Bullshit. The Clinton surplus was created by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, which every single Republican in congress voted against.

Comment Adobe (Score 2) 307 307

Adobe Reader causes me more problems than any other component, be it hardware, software, user, regulation, or program. This piece of software is such a POS, riddled with backdoors, bugs, "features", bad updates and other crashy nonsense that it makes me want to buy shares of Adobe so that I can burn them & then piss on the ashes.

Comment Re:Subscription to what? (Score 1) 210 210

To having Communists read your stuff.

Seriously, I was buying Lenovo before now. I did not get burned on Superfish. But I'm done with Lenovo. If this is what they try get away with without effort at hiding, then what they are they spending effort on hiding? I don't need the PRC in my network also, I have the NSA for that.

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