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Comment: Not a boondoggle (Score 3, Insightful) 354

by rsilvergun (#47420875) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
It's just socialism. This is how we do socialism in the United States. We don't have enough work for people to do any more. Too much outsourcing and too much automation. So we either start letting people die in the streets or we start redistributing wealth.

Thing is we spend most of the 50s-90s talking about how Socialism is Evil (tm) . It's heavily engrained in our populace. So we needed a form of Socialism that Americans could stomach. Enter the "Military Industrial Complex". Eisenhower built it up out of fear of another recession and regretted it. It pretty much warps our entire society...

Comment: There's lots wrong with it (Score 1) 131

by rsilvergun (#47404259) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China
Just ask Bandai. Scalpers bought up all the Action Figures for their Gundam Seed TV show in America. At one point a figure with an msrp of $15 was going for $150 on ebay and at the big action figure scalper sites.

Thing is, Gundam is a giant robot show, and the toys are a major part of what draws fandom in and gets buzz. Nobody could get the toys without paying 5x-10x msrp. Heck, I didn't even know Bandai had put the show out until I saw some of the toys at the old KB Toy Store for $3 a piece after it had finished bombing and Bandai dumped the remaining stock.

Oh, and if you're in a band and your show gets scalped you might sell 10000 tickets and only 1000 people show up. Thing is, you were planning to sell the other 9,000 ppl who showed up CDs and T-Shirts.

So yeah, scalping hurts. Lots. It's a much more complicated issue than "Just a secondary Market"

Comment: Re:I can't imagine something like that in the U.S. (Score 1) 160

by rsilvergun (#47400541) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers
After 30 years of off shoring Unions are weak and ineffective in America. Laws can and will be changed. Paperwork can be automated and digitally stored and regulators can be captured.

The reason you're not seeing this in America is the top 1% won't pay the taxes for the infrastructure development, and they've got all the money. 1%ers don't use the subway...

Comment: The way I look at it is this (Score 1) 376

I have absolutely no power of a large corporation. They're so big I can't boycott them without basically dropping off the grid, in which case I cease to matter anyway. I would need to be a billionaire to have any say in them as an individual.

At least with the Gov't I have a chance, however small. It's happened before. In the 50s, 60s and 70s we saw a massive decline in the power of the aristocracy (fyi, America has an aristocracy, they just don't like to talk about themselves). We saw huge decreases in wealth inequality. Most of this was fueled by Unions along with a bit of the aristocracy turning on itself (Frank Roosevelt). Still, it's _possible_, however unlikely.

And what's the worst that can happend? At the end of the day it doesn't make any difference to me if the jack boot in my neck is a public or private jack boot. Might as well take a chance with Gov't.

Comment: Declining wages killed malls (Score 1) 133

more than anything else. Same goes for Arcades. $0.25 cents had a lot more buying power 30 years ago, but then again so did everything else. Arcade operators needed to raise prices to $1 or more a play to be profitable, but very few people can throw that kind of money away for 5 minutes of entertainment. If you're going to hang out at a mall for hours on end you need enough disposable income to do stuff.

I've seen a lot of harebrained theories about what cause the 80's game crash, but fact is it was just a massive recession.

Comment: Depends on where you live (Score 0) 1326

That's only true if you live somewhere that it's easily accessible. There are People in the deep south who don't have running water much less access to the internet to buy those condoms. There are also places where people (usually religious) go out of their way to limit other people's access to birth control. You're probably someone who lives is a pretty liberal part of the country. Spend a few years in the bible belt or parts of the rust belt. They're scary, scary places...

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