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Comment: Re:In case of emergency (Score 1) 241

by anmre (#47951159) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

What I want to know is how come there isn't any discussion of shutting down the NSA itself (if we can agree that it is acting beyond the scope of its purview) before giving the Feds the power to kill free expression in the name of preventing terrorism or spying or whatever.

Personally, I'm far less afraid of some other nation's government "spying" on me than I am of my own government deciding that the First Amendment is no longer applicable due to said spying. We'd all be undoubtedly safer in prison cells too, but I think most would agree that we don't want to give the government the power to arbitrarily lock us up for our own "protection". I realize that's a bit hyperbolic, but then again, in today's world, being cut off from the internet would bring an awful lot of hardship.

Comment: Re:In case of emergency (Score 1) 241

by anmre (#47950861) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

acknowledge that facts exist, or that lies exist

critical examination

And how exactly does one critically examine facts and/or lies when the access to that information (the internet) has been cut off?

you're just another idiot who has been crippled by his preconceptions

So says the person who pulled the words "malicious misinformation" straight out of his ass.

Comment: In case of emergency (Score 4, Insightful) 241

by anmre (#47947925) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

In case of emergency

Emergency for Putin or Russian citizens? I can't think of any possible scenario which can be called an emergency where I personally would benefit from having _less_ information.

I'm disgusted that people like Putin are actually of the same species as myself.

Comment: Re:He's also advocating for tax hikes for the rich (Score 1) 207

It's fine for the rich to "be rich". They can sit on their cash all they want. It's when they want to do something with that cash like buying/selling stocks, moving their operations overseas, or passing their fortunes on to their children, it needs to be taxed. The taxes then go into social welfare programs (which include roads, schools, police) for the betterment of the society which they've used to become rich in the first place.

If they want to take their ball and go home crying, then so be it. Thanks to social safety nets, there will be a robust middle class eager to fill the void. The rich aren't the only ones capable of producing markets!

Comment: Re:Everything hits poor people harder (Score 1) 207

But poor and middle class people don't pay less, they pay more.

Ever hear of the Social Security tax cap?

The rich who make more than $117,000 annually do not have to pay Social Security taxes on anything earned above that amount despite the fact that every US citizen is expected to draw from the pool. As the rich inevitably get richer, the taxable dollars become fewer.

Please do the logic in your head and tell us how you think that is "the best way to distribute limited resources".

Comment: Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (Score 5, Insightful) 207

Oh yea - keep on blaming the poor for being poor! Have you ever lived paycheck-to-paycheck? If not then count your lucky-ducky stars because you are in the minority of Americans (assuming that you live in the US).

when the poor stop getting earned income credits totaling in the several thousands every year

You're thinking about this in the wrong way. Social safety nets are not about altruism, or even making it easy for the poor to get subsidies (it's not). When poor people lose their jobs, they lose their homes and end up on the streets. When large swaths of the population are homeless, you end up with filthy slums where basic necessities are rare and diseases flourish. Walls, police and even social ostracism may be able to keep undesirable people out of your pristine life, but they won't prevent diseases from spreading from poor communities to the rich who've managed to deny them even a damn toilet to shit in.

Keeping the poor from becoming that poor is a necessity for any civilization. Subsidies for the poor do far more for the common good than tax breaks for the rich.

Comment: Theft (Score 2) 368

by anmre (#47654679) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

"Over-charged" in this context implies that the bill was too high -- like when your waiter "charges" you for an extra cola that you didn't actually order. When you point it out to him, he goes back and prints a new check before you pay him. What mega-corporations like Comcast will do is simply ding your credit card on file without authorization for a product or service which was neither requested nor provided. Taking something which you aren't entitled to is theft, so let's call this what is: THEFT.

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