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Comment: Re:It's the same old lies from these H1B advocates (Score 1) 611

by TarPitt (#49658583) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

No, because there is no difference between a human being and a new iPhone. Neither one needs to sustain itself on what it earns. Neither one has dignity or self-awareness. Neither one has a purpose in its life.Neither a human worker nor an iPhone suffers when they are unable to properly care of their children.

Workers are simply another object, another factor of production. You would not worry about the dignity of the metal ingots that are the raw material of production, why care about the workers? If a manufacturer can save by substituting an inferior type of metal, why shouldn't they? Highly skilled domestic workers are just a highly expensive easily substituted factor of production.

Comment: Re:Canadian Memorial to Vietnam opponents (Score 2) 161

by TarPitt (#49607721) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

No, resistance to the Middle Eastern invasion, the growth of the national security state and ubiquitous surveillance stems directly from that same national security state that gave us the Vietnam War. NSA surveillance is made necessary by the national security state.

Providing historical context for the current problem is not "changing the subject", it explains the current resistance.

What Daniel Ellsberg did for the Vietnam War is echoed in what Assange and the others have done.

Comment: Re:Canadian Memorial to Vietnam opponents (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by TarPitt (#49607699) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

These victims have already been paid their respects. The country that tried to send them to the stone age, that poisoned their landscape and murdered their children has not acknowledged its complicity.

The United States never learned from the Vietnam War. The folks who refused to fight for this lie and emigrated, who built themselves a new life as solid citizens of another country, are not granted the respect they deserve. This simple memorial to their participation in their new homeland became a target for the US right wing hate machine, the same media machine that continues to send us into wars.

The draft dodgers were right. if we had listened, we would not be involved now in the destruction of the Middle East.

People do not leave their homeland to become lifetime emigres for frivolous reasons. The former Americans who moved to Canada and contributed to their adopted homeland deserve credit for what they accomplished.

Comment: Canadian Memorial to Vietnam opponents (Score 5, Interesting) 161

by TarPitt (#49605469) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

War Resisters Remain in Canada with No Regrets

Many opponents of the Vietnam war fled to Canada rather than face conscription, "An estimated 125,000 Americans fled to Canada in the 1960s and '70s to avoid the Vietnam War military draft, according to the American Veterans of Foreign Wars" according to the article

The town of Nelson planned to build a memorial to these folks, who once they settled into Canada became exemplary citizens and active participants in their communities.

The flood of hate mail from the USA caused them to reconsider.

Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 1) 352

by TarPitt (#49557727) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

If you really tried to educate the masses they might start questioning the 'statu quo'.

The masses *were* starting to question the status quo some 4-50 years ago. Initiatives like this have been very successful in putting a stop to all that questioning. On top of it, the generation doing the questioning is now berated as a bunch of pot smoking hippies.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 494

by TarPitt (#49555981) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

There are plenty of women who are fans of classical literature and baroque music. They just tend to cluster in occupations that do not intersect those of the typical Slashdot reader.

And as a side, those who consider a college degree in humanities or fine arts a waste of time should not be surprised when their co-workers spend time discussing the Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo.

Comment: The only pure English is the language of Beowolf (Score 4, Interesting) 667

by TarPitt (#49264763) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

Before a bunch of French speaking Vikings invaded in 1066, before Nordic speaking Vikings degraded the language.

Ða wæs on uhtan mid ærdæge
Grendles guðcræft gumum undyrne;
a wæs æfter wiste wop up ahafen,
micel morgensweg. Mære eoden,
æeling ærgod, unbliðe sæt,
olode ðryðswyð egnsorge dreah,
syðan hie æs laðan last sceawedon,
wergan gastes; wæs æt gewin to strang,
lað ond longsum!

THAT is proper English!

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 2) 307

by TarPitt (#48947483) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

The 65 and older generation were Vietnam era draft bait. Knowing the government could pull your 18 year old ass out to die in the jungles of Southeast Asia tends to color your perception a bit.

People here like to mock the boomer generation, but having 50,000 of your cohort die in that war does give you a different prospective on things.

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