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Comment: Re:Basic Income (Score 1) 888

by TheNastyInThePasty (#46247707) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

No. It goes like this:

1. They take $50 from your taxes
2. Hand that money to people that are not doing anything productive
3. They spend that money, first and foremost, on things that they need
4. People that produce things they need hire more workers to handle the increase in demand.
5. People that were previously doing nothing productive now have a job and take their wages and contribute back to the economy.

Wealth redistribution should be more thought of as demand redistribution. People without wealth still have needs but have no way to express that within the market. Past a certain point, what you have are wants rather than needs. While I'm sure you think your wants are more important because you are capable of managing and hiring a bunch of minimum wage drones and keeping the profits to yourself, some people realize that it's worth sacrificing the wants of some to fulfill the needs of others. Taxing for welfare allows those needs to have a voice in the market where they otherwise would be ignored.

Comment: Re:Lifers? (Score 1) 597

by TheNastyInThePasty (#46245529) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Free riders are a solved problem. The state I attended college in, Florida, has a tuition assistance program called "Bright Futures". It pays 50%/75%/100% of your tuition based on your HS and college grades regardless of need. However, if you flunk out of even one class, you have to pay them back the money you got for that class. I don't know the exact rules if you don't graduate but you could also make people pay the money back if they fail to graduate.

Ultimately, though, all we're talking about here is tuition. Not a full "free ride". Someone who goes to college just to party still has to pay room and board, food costs, school fees, etc.

Comment: Re:Prior data may suggest what is going on (Score 2) 625

by TheNastyInThePasty (#46228323) Attached to: Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

The country has moved further left? Hardly. Instead, the center point has leaped further to the right. Many of this president's poilicies are no more liberal than Ronald Reagan yet the far right calls him a socialist. Check this out. Look at the graph labeled "Party Means on Liberal-Conservative Dimension" and notice the jump on the conservative side. In particular, the Republican House of Representatives.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 192

by TheNastyInThePasty (#46202275) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

This is the case that I was referencing specifically. The only thing the man was guilty of was being incapable of following the officers' orders and we all know how authoritative thugs hate it when someone doesn't listen to them. This was not supply second decision making, the man was completely unarmed. This was just a ruthless murderous beating.

Comment: Re:Anything it sees may be used against you (Score 5, Insightful) 192

by TheNastyInThePasty (#46198297) Attached to: Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

They don't need to discard it. Very few officers have ever been charged with murder while on duty regardless of whether or not there's video evidence and/or tons of witnesses.

Even if you, say, bash an innocent homeless man's face in, tase him repeatedly as he screams for help, and pile six officers on him until he suffocates.

Comment: YUP (Score 5, Interesting) 156

by TheNastyInThePasty (#46175601) Attached to: Is Intel Selling Bay Trail Chips Below Cost?

Slashdot is officially being actively destroyed because it doesn't make enough advertising revenue anymore

From the report:

Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the Dice.com site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at Dice.com. However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero.

Comment: Re:Slashdot death rattle (Score 4, Informative) 250

Slashdot is officially being actively destroyed because it doesn't make enough advertising revenue anymore

From the report:

Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the Dice.com site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at Dice.com. However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero.

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