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Comment: You have selected....... (Score 5, Insightful) 193

by Tailhook (#48630399) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

You have chosen to rationalize the exploitation of Chinese workers, probably using a product you or your employer couldn't afford to purchase if manufactured by someone that shared your pleasant lifestyle. Your rationalization is characterized by one or more of the following possible memes;

[_] Making iPhones in a Chinese factory is better than being a Chinese peasant
[_] iPhones/Pads would cost too much if I had to pay my fellow citizens to make them
[_] iPhones/Pads would cost too much given environmental regulations I vehemently insist on for myself
[X] All the other manufacturers are doing it too
[_] Some/Many/Most Chinese workers appreciate 70 hour weeks and breathing my aluminum dust
[X] It's not Apple, it's Foxconn
[_] It's not Apple, it's the Chinese government
[_] They should quit if they don't like it
[_] It's just capitalism at work
[_] It's just communism at work
[_] Apple's disposable workers are paid better than non-Apple disposable workers
[_] Apple's auditors didn't find any serious issues
[_] Some day the Chinese will be too wealthy to exploit
[_] Your Android is Foxconn too
[_] You're an Apple hater using Apple as a scapegoat
[_] I also work 60/80/100/120 hour weeks at my IT job
[_] Apple designers are in the US
[_] The US did the same thing to the British
[_] The US had slaves once too
[_] The US has prison labor today
[_] It's up to the Chinese to stand up to their oppressive government
[_] There are lines of willing workers outside Foxconn factories
[_] If any company were to stop the exploitation, I really think it'll be Apple
[_] Your free Linux runs on Chinese hardware too
[_] Foxconn workers think they have it great, so it's ok!
[_] Foxconn worker suicide rate is lower than Chicago's murder rate
[_] Foxconn worker suicide rate is lower than China's suicide rate
[_] We can't pollute the whole world!
[_] Half of all US households have an Apple product
[_] If we don't exploit them they'll never develop
[_] The suicide's families get the insurance money
[_] You're posting from a macbook/iphone/ipad right now
[_] There are suicide nets on American bridges
[_] Interns in the US don't get paid
[_] They don't beat the workers, apparently.
[_] Why is this news? We expect this from China.
[_] It's their country; we have no right to judge.

Comment: Re:Predicted... repeatedly. (Score 1) 176

by Tailhook (#48577709) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Just shut up and send them some bags of grain right?

We send them our industrial base. We also send them signed trade agreements with MFN status.

They send us finished goods made safely outside the Environment. And sans any OSHA EPA NLRB costs, tariffs or the slightest customs impediment. Thus, we are free to pad our regulatory nest however much we need to gratify our environmental virtues.

And this scheme works ok until you create a huge cohort of former-middle-class-now-subsistence-worker voters. Those folks have no patience for hypocrite climate warriors.

The GP is dead-on correct. Cold, hungry people don't count carbon molecules while sitting in the dark.

The above might eventually make sense to the common mope — after enough of his wealth and liberty are outlawed. But I am far more cynical. You see, our elites don't actually work with this calculus. To them, "environmentalism" is a means to power, because nothing is beyond the scrutiny of their green tyranny.

Comment: Re:How much is that in F-35s? (Score 4, Informative) 121

by Tailhook (#48569115) Attached to: NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

For all budget discussions, any program, should always couch the monetary amounts in terms of how many F-35s it equates to.

Ok.

Since 2008, NASA's annual budget has been cut the equivalent of 7.3 F-35's in nominal dollars. 18.8 F-35's in inflation adjusted dollars.

The 2015 NASA budget increase is about 2 F-35's, at $132 million per low-rate production F-35.

The unit cost of a Eurofighter is $112 million. I wonder if Europe has malcontent little punklets demanding everything be priced in Eurofighters.

Comment: Anti-science Republicans (Score 2, Funny) 121

by Tailhook (#48569019) Attached to: NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

There they go again. Killing off science in the US by defunding NASAs science programs. Guess they want a theocracy where everyone worships the sky daddy in a 2000 year old universe.

Oh.

Wait.

Time to start hating on NASA I guess. I mean if those racist bible thumping warmongers want to fund it it has got to be wrong. So, lets look in the playbook and see what we have..... Ah ha! That money is better spent here on Earth to hep the poor. We need to fix our own planet before we worry about others!

Comment: Re:in other news... (Score 5, Informative) 225

by Tailhook (#48568381) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

One tiny spec of dust on the lens would be disastrous.

No. That's a myth. A tiny speck absorbs a tiny amount of energy before ionizing. These lasers are made of a large mass of tough material and they don't explode or whatnot when a tiny piece of matter ionizes on a ruby or YAG crystal surface.

Powerful cutting and welding lasers are used all day long in manufacturing environments around the world. They don't go haywire when a tiny speck of foreign material vaporizes in the beam. The laser degrades over time as damage accumulates.

Cracked lenses or lenses with significant contaminants on the surface can be damaged or even explode when the laser is activated. A speck of dust won't get you there.

Comment: Re:Justice (Score -1) 772

by Tailhook (#48558785) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Pointless Senate rehash. There is nothing new here; just more hyperbolic outrage over "waterboarding." It's good for about 18 more hours of Bush Derangement Syndrome news cycle. Red meat for libtards.

Fortunately Feinstein et al. won't be running Senate committees starting in January, so that will be the end of the agitprop for a while. Al Qaeda will have to go elsewhere for recruiting material.

Comment: Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (Score 1) 1128

by Tailhook (#48461963) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The fact he killed someone should have generated a public trial.

A trial of what charge? First Degree Angering Minorities? We don't accuse people and put them in jeopardy "just because."

didn't meet the public's demands

First, who the fuck are you speaking for the "public?" As a member of the "public" all of my demands have been met. Other segments of the "public" can't be satisfied; they won't be satisfied until every white cop in MO has been flayed to death.

Sorry, we're not doing that either. So you go on being disappointed, and we'll go on ignoring you. Go burn some part of your neighborhood down if you don't like it.

Comment: Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (Score 1) 1128

by Tailhook (#48455479) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

You know, I wish your little fantasy actually came to pass. Persecuting innocent and honest people would fail badly and put the stink where it belongs; on DOJ race baiters. Among others.

The reality is the feds know this and aren't even entertaining the idea. You're just too delusional to understand that.

Comment: Re:The providers (Score 5, Insightful) 127

by Tailhook (#48365265) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Why should the providers shoulder this burden?

Because their customers are paying them to shoulder this burden. Directly. With real money. These paying consumers expect their bytes to be relayed at the rate and volume they pay to send or receive. Whatever other business arrangements a providers customers may have with any other party is none of the providers @$%&*+! business.

Simple. Straightforward. And entirely incompatible with our government's monopoly protected cable and phone companies that have decided they'd like a big juicy piece for themselves.

Comment: Re:The more things changes... (Score 4, Interesting) 401

by Tailhook (#48297243) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

I hope

Don't look to hope. Despite liberal rhetoric claiming shutdowns hurt the Right, Republicans are doing well this cycle; the 2013 shutdown has done them no harm. Listening to the MSM one might think we had sent all Republicans to gulags after two shutdowns in '95-'96, but in fact they held majorities in both houses for another 10 years.

As Federal debt mounts you should anticipate more frequent and severe disruptions and develop alternatives for yourself. The odds of more shutdowns in 2015-16 are high.

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