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Comment: Re:trickle down economics (Score 2, Insightful) 209

But clearly, funding local schools from property taxes is a terrible idea. When rich people flee an area and leaves poor and disadvantaged (usually non-whites) behind, they get screwed twice: falling economic activity, and then falling funding for decent schools.

Bad schools breed disadvantage. You make it worse by turning schools into "gated communities" (e.g. charter, private schools), and consign everyone else to dropout factories.

A good way to buy social peace, would be to find a better way to fund state schools.

Comment: Re: Trickle Down? (Score 3, Insightful) 209

Quite possibly the easiest way to do that would be to adopt China's approach of selectively implementing trade barriers in the name of domestic self-interest. Everything made of cloth or plastic should get a 200% tariff on it; and those barriers should only be relaxed when we've 'drained the swamp' at home.

This, and cutting all passive welfare to the able-bodied.

At the end of the day, not everyone is smart enough to go to college. Thick people need jobs, money and dignity too.

Unfortunately, this is anathema to our naive neoliberal overlords, whose world-view never went beyond Econ 101.

Comment: PMSL (Score 1) 148

by benjfowler (#49556535) Attached to: Random Generator Parodies Vapid Startup Websites

That is AWESOME. They've managed to take the piss out of every annoying Web fad invented in the last 5 years.

Incidentally, it does demonstrate the herd mentality of web designers in general... and how when one person used Bootstrap or material design in a website, then a billion other web hipsters will do the same. Result, an Internet where a third of the websites look identical.

Comment: Hey geniuses (Score 3, Insightful) 678

by benjfowler (#49509957) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

... how about charging those rural parasites fair market value for the water they use, reflecting the scarce/non-renewable nature of fossil water??

Asking greedy/short-sighted primary producers to take some of that personal responsibility they vote for and foist onto the urban poor is only fair. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Comment: Doesn't make sense (Score 1) 81

Why would the Chinese government have them attacking their enemies in such an obvious and easily attributable way?

Are they just at the point where they now think they're so big and strong, that they can just steamroll anybody in the world IRL and online without long-term consequences?

It could just be Third World 'peasant mentality'. Or are people, who are ostensibly rational enough to take control of a nation of 1+ billion people, really this stupid?

Comment: Re: The future is here (Score 0) 197

This is the failure of the neoconservatives. These fools believed that you could bake bread out of shit by giving violent, culturally-backwards literates the right to vote. That they could be trusted with "freedom".

Ignorant barbarians don't deserve the vote, and can't be trusted with the vote.

That way lies Gaza.

"Freedom" isn't universal, and not all people can be trusted to exercise it responsibly.

Comment: Re:Educate kids on the ethice. (Score 1) 87

by benjfowler (#49384659) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively

He's a Conservative. There's probably some angle in there, where either him or his friends stand to benefit.

The man is obviously suffering from right-wing brain canker, where the entire world is filtered through the notion of individual greed and self-interest, and the only value worth preserving is corporate profit and fat dividends for Tory-supported old people.

Comment: Bah (Score 1) 87

by benjfowler (#49384651) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively

What colour is the sky on this guy's planet??

He has drunk far too much of the copyright cartel's Kool-Aid. In what reality does copyright infringment result in JAIL TIME? In a world where custodial sentences are increasingly being reserved only for violent offences? Maybe this tory crook thinks that copyright infringement is a violent assault against the oversized profits of buggy-whip makers?

The notion that businesses with bad or obsolete business models should have the right to claim that newer and better businesses should prop up their businesses for them is scandalous, and a terrible precedent to set.

Next thing you know, he'll be demanding that buggy-whip makers will be entitled to tell car makers how they must support buggy-whip makers, etc etc.

It reflects the arrogance and studied cluelessness of his conservative milieu. Outrageous.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov