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Comment I have one (Score 1) 209

I'm guessing that most countries wouldn't want to be the subject of a real-world economic experiment...

I'm intimately aware of one on the US state level: Brownbackistan. It's being transformed into a Koch Brothers Randian paradise (i.e., hell on earth for the 99%).

To their credit, they have proven that by cutting taxes and gutting the state's regulatory, financial, and educational systems, you can indeed end up with far, far fewer real jobs and a demonstrably lower standard of living for those that can't even leave the state Grapes of Wrath style. Also having a White Power advocate as Secretary of State is just gravy.

Comment Internet Phase-Out (Score 1) 57

The Internet was built from the ground up with fault-tolerant collaboration at the heart. It never occurred to the well meaning scientists and engineers that some of the users would be out and out assholes.

Internet 3 should be designed with jobs one, two and three being near-paranoiac levels of security (AND ANONYMITY) and purpose-built such that all the existing hardware-embedded code (bugs and all) won't even work, such that the entire 'net and equipment have no legacy garbage with neither lazy (corporate) nor intentional (governmental) backdoors built in (verified via all open code).

Of course, given the twin costs of new hardware and the spooks losing all their peepholes, none of this will ever happen (right, Langley?).

Comment Cart before the Horse (Score 1) 206

Can I point out that the NSA is only doing what the current administration tells them to do and that it is President Obama that has not pardoned him and is pushing for his arrest?

You have it backwards. I can't be the only one that noticed President Obama did a near 180 from Candidate Obama, far more than the usual irrelevant campaign lies. Gitmo stayed (and is still) open for business, no one from the Bush admin were prosecuted for their CRIMES, and the number of cowardly extra-judicial remote control murders went through the roof.

Which is more likely, Ockham: the first black Democratic president turns out to be more right-wing than Nixon, or just after the oath of office, he and his family are threatened by the Security-Intelligence empire that has more power than Hoover could have ever fantasized about?

Comment Group Projects (Score 1) 307

Garbage - as it's mainly thinly-veiled training for 'let's all work long thankless hours for our corporate masters'. My kid almost didn't graduate school because of this hooey of having to drag along the dead weight of other kids that just didn't give a shit, nearly destroying his respect for or even seeing the point of higher education (a kid always in the top 5 percentile of their precious, holy standardized testing).

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky