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Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 1) 289

by cptdondo (#48491581) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

I think you have cause and effect backwards. "Liberals" run the schools in the ghettoes because the "conservatives" have all but abandonded the poor. The conservative attitude more and more is "If you're poor, you deserve to die, and don't expect me to lift a finger or spend a penny to help you."

The "conservatives" are all about preserving their own wealth and screwing everyone else.

The reality, however, is that the poor are often conservative white rural folks, who get equally screwed. And there are more rural white poor than urban ghetto poor.

So I stand by my earlier assessment; you have learned shockingly little about how society works.

Comment: Re:Remind me again (Score 1) 289

by cptdondo (#48490865) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

This way lies feudalism. The rich have the good schools, the poor are uneducated, and the gap will never close, in fact it will only grow. Eventually you have a Dickensian world where the rich live in splendor, and the poor die in the streets, uneducated, unable to rise above their station, because it takes money to run a decent school system.

If you're really "nearing 60 years old" then you have learned shockingly little of how a society works.

Comment: Re: Slashdot, once again... (Score 1) 289

by cptdondo (#48489179) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Most of your rant aside. Texas is the 800 lb gorilla when it comes to school textbooks. Texas basically dictates the content of most school books, since Texas buys more school books than any other state, and thus imposes its will on the textbook publishers.

And last I checked, with the exception of Austin, most of Texas is definitely not "liberal". You have to wonder when "conservatives" find textbooks whose content is driven by one of the most conservative states too "liberal".

Unfortunately most modern "conservatism" boils down to "I don't like it, it must be liberal, and we all know that liberal is a bad thing."

Comment: Re:Then don't sign the contract (Score 1) 189

by cptdondo (#48478983) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

But GT signed up for this. When I had my small business, we turned down big contracts regularly. You can't have a single client be 90% of your business, because if anything glitches,you're out of business. We would never take on a job that was more than half of our annual revenues, and we only took on one job like that at a time, filling the rest of the calendar with smaller jobs.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 2) 334

by cptdondo (#48181699) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Not really. These are backwoods weapons that see little to no maintenance. They don't get depot cleaning and parts aren't available. (Check out where and how the rangers operate).

I shoot bolt action rifles and after a while you need to strip the bolts and clean them. The Lee Enfields may not see that for years if ever, and they still have to shoot, since the Ranger's life probably depends on it.

So it's not "almost any brand" since few brands have that kind of reliability and track record.

it's going to be a hard decision.

Comment: Re:Gates (Score 1) 839

by cptdondo (#48163041) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

"Progressive" is newspeak for "regressive". There's no practical way to pull off a "progressive tax" on consumption, unless you charge everyone the highest tax rate and then refund it at the end of tax year. Still, the wealthiest would find ways to exempt themselves from the biggest hit; buy that yacht in Ireland instead of New England. Hey, overseas purchases are excluded, right?

Comment: Re:Gates (Score 1) 839

by cptdondo (#48162705) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Except that consumption tax is usually designed to hit the poorest the hardest, and have little to no impact on the wealthiest. For example, sales tax is capped on cars in some states, others exclude yachts from sales tax, while many tax milk and bread. So someone who spends 50% of their hourly take home on food gets taxed on 50% of their income, but someone else who only spends 0.05% on food only gets taxed on that 0.05% of their income as many luxury items are excluded from consumption taxes.

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