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Comment Re:Who are these people? (Score 1) 149

Robert Reich is certainly right on about the demise of capitalism. Corporations stack the deck so much in their favor that capitalism as we used to have it, as it used to benefit average people, and lift them out of poverty, is pretty much dead.

Unfortunately for future generations, I'm pretty sure the demise of the kind of capitalism we used to have was inevitable. You can go back to the '20s and '30s and find critics of capitalism describing this exact scenario in great detail.

Like Empire America, the seeds of capitalism's own destruction were sown at it's very birth. It was a good run, though. It's kind of like cocaine. For a while, you're on top of the world, and everything's terrific. You love everyone and you've never been so productive. But eventually, it's going to rot you from the inside and you end up turning tricks and snatching purses.

Comment Re:US to be Blamed (Score 2) 149

small ones run by real Americans apparently are fine

What the fuck is a "real American"? Is it the Canadian-born son of a Cuban refugee who's running for President? Is it the naturalized Iraqi-American who owns a convenience store? How about an Australian who owns some of the most powerful media outlets in the US along with a Saudi prince?

Please enlighten us.

I'm all for gutting Wall Street, but when I hear that kind of populism paired up with phrases like "real American" I kind of get the willies.

Comment Re:Very clarifying comment (Score 1) 355

We all know the Scandi stereotypes; axe wielding alcoholic fuelled sea borne robbers

But that's an awesome stereotype.

It's like the stereotype of Italians being big "in the pants" and great lovers. I mean, OK. I'll take that.

No, we need some kind of insulting slur for Scandinavians, because they've got it just too damn good.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 368

Right... Except that you can get a different city government that doesn't waste money on mass transit in situations where it doesn't work by voting for different people.

So, government that provides you with services you like is good government and government that provides other people with things they like is bad government that wastes money.

Let me make a note of that.

Comment Friday Fun (Score 0, Flamebait) 51

Let me kick it off:

"Friggin' SJWs, the lot of 'em. They should just stop the UN from giving these stupid Nobel prizes, because they always go to feminazis anyway, like that Chemistry Nobel last week that they gave to Youyou Tu just because she was a woman. I mean, who even gets malaria anymore?"

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 368

Con-Agra was going to get tax abatement anywhere they went, and in fact, even with the tax abatement, they're going to be paying more taxes than they did in Omaha after the move to Chicago.

Boeing's tax bill also went up after the move to Chicago. However, the Federal subsidies were enormous. And again, those subsidies had nothing to do with the City of Chicago. Every state in the US offers companies sweeteners to move. It's why we have a race to the bottom in this country.

So really, you're the one who's wrong.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 0, Flamebait) 368

Yea, I've been in Chicago (last week actually) and I'm chuckling too, mostly at you. Yea the "EL" is there and folks do ride the thing, but to get around the windy city and the suburbs, the bulk of people take the extensive number of toll ways in their cars. There is a reason the number of I-Pass holders exceeds the number of public transit riders by an order of magnitude or two.

First of all, it's not the "EL" it's the "L". Second, there are exactly ZERO tollways within the Chicago city limits. Nobody pays tolls getting around Chicago. If you want to come in from Milwaukee or fucking Indiana, yes there are toll roads that start in Indiana and that's only because nobody wants anyone from Milwaukee or Indiana coming into the city because they don't know how to behave.

There is a reason the number of I-Pass holders exceeds the number of public transit riders by an order of magnitude or two.

Yes, it's because the I-PASS is for the entire state of Illinois and public transit customers tend to live in the Chicago area.

Personally, I chose to drive myself while I was there...

May I ask where you're from? I'm really curious. Plus, I want to write a letter to city government asking to build a wall.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1, Flamebait) 368

I'm not sure the city/government is who I want in charge of making sure of my quality of life is good enough

Really? Do you have your own well for water? Who picks up your garbage? If you get into an accident, or are the victim of a crime, you gonna call the police, or Ayn fucking Rand?

This is what I mean about libertarians being stupid. They expect their streets plowed, and potholes fixed, but don't want city government.

The city government that picks up your goddamn garbage and plows your streets in the winter is the same one that builds mass transit.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 0, Troll) 368

Which is my general point about light rail. It never pays for itself though fares, but ALWAYS requires substantial subsidies from local governments to survive.

It's also a huge economic engine. One of the reasons Boeing and Con-Agra moved to Chicago was because of the transit and the reasonable traffic (because of the good public transit).

I know Libertarians hate public transportation, but for the most part, they are kind of stupid.

"Of course power tools and alcohol don't mix. Everyone knows power tools aren't soluble in alcohol..." -- Crazy Nigel