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Comment Re:DOOR BUSTER SALES! (Score 1) 136

You're right. It takes money to repair a busted door. We tried "Door Slightly Ajar" sales but we couldn't get it past marketing. We also tried "Hey, we're open now and we have a sale going on that really isn't much of a sale compared to the rest of the year but we're going to hype it up for no reason whatsoever anyway!" but it was panned as being too literal.

Those marketing drones I tell ya...

Oh, I know! Let's call it the "Shoot, Stab, and Trample Sale!" because...what? Too literal again? Guess I know why I'm not in marketing.

Comment Re:Only one responsible party (Score 2) 485

The CIA: Fucking the US over with blowback since WW2.

Seriously, most of the crap going on in the Middle East is directly or indirectly related to how much we (and other oil hungry nations) have screwed that region over for the past 60 years in order to secure oil interests. We've overthrown governments, installed bloody puppet dictators, supported questionable (at best) regimes, instigated/supported proxy wars leading to the deaths of millions, so on and so forth.

And yet people are constantly surprised when groups like Al Quaeda and ISIS pop out of the woodwork. Honestly, what do they expect to happen? These aren't some brown human shaped objects who just happen to be in our way. They're people, and they will react like people. Make people feel angry, helpless, and desperate enough and logic goes straight out the window. They want an enemy, and they want to strike out at that enemy. Get a couple of charismatic sociopaths spouting twisted religious garbage in a heavily religious culture and suddenly you have people willing to strap on bombs and blow themselves up.

Worse, the longer this crap goes on the worse it's going to get. Every errant bomb, every leveled city, every child mowed down, and every family blown up just adds more fuel to the fire.

Any hope for peace or ending ISIS and other such groups will require the people of the region to collectively stand up against them and take back their countries and their homes. It can't be forced on them by countries/people they already mistrust or view simply as the lesser of two evils. Unfortunately I don't see this happening anytime soon as even today religious differences act to impede any sort of unity, and our constant meddling isn't helping either.

Comment Re:What is the end game to gutting the middle clas (Score 2) 284

At least in ancient Rome the emperors would stage feasts, festivals and games.

McDonald's, New Year's Eve, NFL.

The end game of capitalism? The French Revolution. You can only push people so far. There's a point where the laws of society and morality lose their meaning, usually soon after the masses start starving and suffering. At that point it doesn't matter how many guns or gates you have. You're not going to stop an angry mob who thinks they have nothing left to lose and view death as a reprieve from a tormented life.

Comment Re:Get a grip! (Score 1) 607

If you are an American, with all the benefits that citizenship entails - education, infrastructure, living conditions, security, stable government, rule of law, material and spiritual abundance - that make you the envy of the rest of the planet... why the hell can you not compete with third-world peasants, struggling against oppressive governments, scarcity of resources, illiterate parents, crime and pollution?

Compete? How? By turning America into a third world country? Our sociopathic corporations only care about corporate profits. Hence why they offshore to places that have no standards of living, no worker protections, no minimum wages, no regulations, etc.

They offshore the jobs because they can pay slave wages to people working in death traps and not lose a wink of sleep.

Comment Re:I wonder.... (Score 1) 607

The bigger problem is all the jobs that are going overseas - but there isn't a fix to that.

Oh there's a fix for that. But corporate greed isn't going to allow that to happen. Instead they're going to continue to buy politicians to push through even more crap in Congress to increase their profits at the cost of systematically destroying everyone who isn't already wealthy.

The wealth gap continues to increase. The 1% continue to gain wealth while everyone else loses. It's only a matter of time before this fucked up system of ours that is touted as a bullshit "free market" collapses on itself.

Comment Re:Yeah, I know, I'm probably a denier... (Score 1) 735

...garbage deleted...

You referenced the Daily Caller in a scientific argument. You have no credibility. At all.

BTW, I have a story about a rainbow pony with a human head that predicts the future and shits donuts. The Daily Caller told me they couldn't run it because it wasn't bat-shit insane enough to print.

Comment Re:The real question is... (Score 1) 735

...can we continue emitting as we are for 50 years?


We all know the oil reserves will be severely depleted by 50 years from now if we just keep the current consumption rate. I doubt we can just keep the pace at which we are emitting greenhouse gases for 50 years. Before we reach the 50 years milestone, the oil price will skyrocket and consumption will collapse.

Oh? Oil is the only fossil fuel?

Natural gas, coal liquification, tar sands, etc. are all things that will hit profitably long before oil becomes a serious issue. Worse, coal and natural gas are cheap and plentiful now and if estimates show anything there is plenty of supply left to keep us burning for quite some time.

Comment Re:Start going after incompetent contractors (Score 1) 305

I think it is about time the government starts to legally chase after the contractors who are just incompetent.

I think it's about time that the people legally go after incompetent government.

The standard operating procedure when the government mismanages a project is to throw the contractor under the bus (and the government has more buses than Greyhound). In fact, one of the reasons why the government employs so many contractors is for that very reason. CYA is big in the government.

And it's not a two way street. It is very difficult to go back to the government and tell them they're fucking up a project. It is incredibly difficult to get a civil servant removed from a project for mismanagement, and it essentially takes and act of $DIETY to get them fired. And because of that civil servant longevity and invulnerability, if you burn that bridge it will almost certainly come back to bite you at some point in the future.

Of course, there are cases where the blame falls squarely on the contractor but I don't think it's nearly as common as people think.

Comment Re:You can't will the free market to your desires (Score 5, Insightful) 607

No 'professional organization' is going to stop free market forces.

Ah yes. The free market. That wonderful ideal the true red-blooded 'murican idolizes, regardless of how hard or how often it bends them over. In fact, they beg for more as they continually elect these "real Americans" back into office again and again no matter how badly they get screwed by them.

The free market. Capitalism. Nonsense. It all ends up, one way or another, of stealing from you and giving to the few. I bet those company execs agonized terribly over doing this. I'm sure they all gave a sociopathic chuckle when they cooked up how they were going to shaft their employees while giving themselves a tasty little bonus since making 1000x the average worker just isn't enough to build a house made of money.

Many have tried, all fail eventually. What you're up against is labor arbitrage, brought about by the globalization of the workforce. It first started in blue-collar professions; with advances in technology it has moved to knowledge work as well. Instead of thinking about India being some distant country think of it like the business next door, competing for the business that your employer provides. Why would a customer pay 3x for your employer's output than they would the Indian company? Do you think passing a law that prevents the business next to yours from competing would ever work?

Of course not, because you know just as well as I do that any such legislation would either be lobbied into uselessness or have so many loopholes you'd swear it was a sweater. Congress is a free market. The lobbyists have known this for decades and the Supreme Court all but legalized paid for politicians. Few, if any, give a rat's ass about me, you, or the American people. As long as Wall Street keeps the money flowing into SuperPACS and Congressional pockets, they can continue the "Us vs. Them" bullshit and stay in office.

Aside from that though, you're argument is ridiculous. Basically you're saying if you accept the same pay as someone working in a third world shithole, you can keep your job. But you can't because in this country we actually have laws and regulations regarding health and pay, things that third world shitholes don't have to care about. Somehow, I don't think repealing labor laws and turning America into a land of suburban third world slums to feed the corporate fat asses their million dollar bonuses is going to work out well.

Comment Re:The general consensus amongst many Americans (Score 2) 488

Well, we already did enjoy nice bottles of English wine. In the medieval warming period, vineyards were all over northern England. Today, many street names still have names of grape varieties as a result of those times.

Oh, crap. We can't talk about that. Nevermind.

Well, we can't talk about that with you because you're willfully ignorant and biased. If you were actually interested in the topic there's only been a few hundred research papers on the subjects of the MWP, as well as the LIA.

But you're not. You're far more interested in standing on a soap box and slinging biased half-truths and inaccuracies based on your incorrect interpretation of regional events.

*shrug* Whatever makes you happy. Thermodynamics, physics, and chemistry don't care about your biases, and they don't stop working just because you find the results inconvenient.

Comment Re:Whatever. (Score 3, Informative) 488

No we weren't. The "coming ice age" thing was an article written in the popular press and was never supported by climate science.

In reality, climate science was already talking about anthropogenic global warming way back in the 1970s.

In reality, scientists have been talking about since the 19th century. Svante Arrhenius developed the first climate model demonstrating how increases in CO2 from can warm the planet, and he did that back in the 1890's.

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming