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Comment: Unfair competition? (Score 2) 178

by XxtraLarGe (#49775599) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

A judicial court in Italy has ordered the UberPop app to cease offering its services, as it constitutes "competition" again the taxi sector (taxi licenses in Italy are numbered, each can cost more than $ 100k to obtain)

FTFY. A government solution to a government created problem. Granting taxi companies an oligopoly (a monopoly for all intents and purposes), hurts consumers by limiting supply and artificially inflating prices. Get rid of the $100k numbered taxi licenses, and let the market set the price for getting rides. A glut of drivers would result in lower fares, which in turn would cause some drivers to drop out, allowing fares to rise to a reasonable level for both drivers & riders.

If there's concern for safe drivers, that can be handled with an additional test for drivers by their DMV. For instance, the State of Michigan allows drivers to take a chauffeur's test and get the license for an additional $35. This isn't a guarantee of safety, but neither is the $100k medallion system.

Comment: Re:The issue is less that and more about corruptio (Score 2) 99

by XxtraLarGe (#49739119) Attached to: Do Russian Uranium Deals Threaten World Supply Security?

We're already seeing the major liberal newspapers turn on her and this early in the game that is an indication that it is already over.

That's all a ruse. Once she's received the nomination, they will all be circling the wagons around her to shield her from any scrutiny.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 121

by XxtraLarGe (#49718761) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

The other side of the coin is "living document" where we change the meaning of the words to fit the current times.

I am much more in favor of using the tools given to us to change the Constitution vrs changing it's meaning based on current interpretation.

That's exactly the problem. Nobody wants to amend the Constitution, they want to "interpret" it, as if the meaning of it weren't clear enough as is. You mentioned Prohibition, which I think is one of the best examples. Nobody so far has been able to explain to me why we had to pass a constitutional amendment to outlaw alcohol, but the same thing is not necessary for any other drug. The entire war on drugs is an unconstitutional sham.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that ... (Score 4, Informative) 50

by XxtraLarGe (#49684735) Attached to: Top Publishers To Post News Stories Directly To Facebook Timelines
I glanced at the two links and didn't notice anything that says users will be forced to view them. I think it's more of a way of making the news articles display better in Facebook, which is a big problem in particular when viewing Facebook on an "iDevice". I'm sure that as with most things they will let you opt -out or hide material you're not interested in, so it will be a minor annoyance.

Comment: Re:rather expected (Score 1, Flamebait) 284

by XxtraLarGe (#49683859) Attached to: Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months

As would the AIDs patients in Africa who were scared away from condom use.

This is a nonsensical argument. If the Catholics had as much sway in this arena as you give them, there wouldn't be an AIDS crisis in Africa. The Catholic position on sex is abstinence outside of marriage. If they didn't listen to the Catholics on abstinence, why would they listen to Catholics if they were pushing condoms? There are plenty of valid criticisms against the Catholic church, this is not one of them.

Comment: Re:Lies! Lies! All lies! (Score 2) 284

by XxtraLarGe (#49683559) Attached to: Third Bangladeshi Blogger Murdered In As Many Months

If Islam is like American-style Christianity, its followers actively ignore the words of their own prophet so they can do whatever atrocious shit they wanted to do anyway.

For Christianity, that means hating gays, subjugating minorities, and living a selfish, materialistic life while judging others.

This is actually a pretty common misconception about Islam. You're correct in saying that Christians are hypocrites when they do any of those things, because it runs contrary to the teachings of Christ. You can't say the same about Muslims when they commit acts like this, because they are expressly commanded by Muhammed either in the Quran or the Hadith (honor killings, killing apostates, drawing images of the "prophet", etc.).

Comment: Whack-a-mole (Score 5, Insightful) 87

Black markets pop up when free markets aren't available. Legalizing drugs would do wonders for the economy. Not only do we spend a heap of money on the war on drugs: militarized police, overburdened legal system and oversaturated prisons, but then there's also the costs in terms of innocent bystanders who are injured or killed in this war. Over 70,000 people have been killed by drug cartels in Mexico alone. How do a lot of terrorists fund their activities? By selling heroin. If they were available for over-the-counter purchase at a reasonable price, like alcohol & tobacco are, it would make a whole world of problems disappear. That's not to say that there wouldn't be new problems in terms of addiction, but these problems would be minor in comparison to the ones we have now.

Comment: Re:Inconsistent (Score 1) 860

by XxtraLarGe (#49682179) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

I don't understand the "atonement through Christ's death". How does the death of someone, especially if they know they are divine and will rise again, atone for the sins of someone else? Is it like if I pay for someone else's parking ticket?

Kind of, but not really. From Leviticus 17:11: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life." So God gave a way for people to atone for their sins through blood sacrifice, otherwise all would perish. However, it's not something he desired; the tribes of Israel were using it as a loophole instead of an actual act of contrition (See Isaiah 1:11-17).

That makes sense in terms of financial punishment, but it doens't make sense for person A to spend time in jail for a murder commited by person B.

Sins are sometimes referred to as debts. For instance, in some Bible translations, you'll see the Lord's Prayer as "forgive us our debts as we forgive others' debts" instead of "forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us." So when you commit a sin, you essentially have a debt that needs to be paid.

Why would God accept payment for that? Surely God knew that Jesus's death was not permanent?

Yes, of course he knew Jesus would be resurrected. That was always a part of the prophecy regarding the Christ. As to why he selected this method to allow all people to atone for their sin, I'm afraid I can't give a complete answer to that, but I'm not sure anyone can. God says in Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways...". From the best of my ability to understand, it has to do with his desire to show mercy to the world, but still uphold justice.

Comment: Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 3, Informative) 860

by XxtraLarGe (#49680927) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

So it seems that you don't have any problem with treating some groups of people as second class citizens, you just want to change which groups those are.

That was a quote from the poster before my poster. I'm disagreeing with his position.

Okay, that makes much more sense. Sorry for the mistake. You know they have quote tags you can use which really helps to clear these things up, especially if the post you are quoting is below a reader's score threshold. It's just <quote>.

Comment: Re:satellites (Score 1) 403

God I miss the days of good cellphones. My Nokia N82 was epic in battery life. Back when Nokia made the absolute best cellphones in the solar system.

I highly doubt it. If you were serious, you'd still have one, since there are still *plenty* of old-style phones available. Would you really trade whatever you have now for one of these?

Comment: Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 1, Troll) 860

by XxtraLarGe (#49680785) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

You want to treat people as second class citizens because you disagree with their world view.

I'm not really sure why you see this as a problem. Previously you wrote:

There's no reason to be religious in this modern world. People who are religious are idiots and should be treated like second class citizens.

So it seems that you don't have any problem with treating some groups of people as second class citizens, you just want to change which groups those are.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.