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Comment Re:Christie is ideal (Score 1) 576

But the completely baffling thing to me is that there are actually droves of people in the US that not only support Trump

Trump is the one guy that's not saying political speak and is not afraid to mince words. I think a lot of people are sick and tired of hearing politicians just dance around issues and since he has no desire to do so, that makes him popular. That is a pretty appealing proposition even to me - though I would likely never vote for Trump.

Comment Re:Anybody else suffering from superhero burnout? (Score 1) 168

Kind of. If I don't have to do any homework to understand who people are in the movies, that's fine. But if I need to watch all of Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, and the Arrow to understand some particular plot in a movie, I'm going to quit coming out.

After Thor 2, Ant Man is the only other Marvel movie I skipped paying for. I might catch it on TV but I just don't care.

Comment Re:Sucks (Score 1) 431

We just don't have the will to really go after companies for hiring illegal immigrants. Neither party does and just lets it happen. Do that and demand for labor will go up significantly. Wages will go up for certain professions and people will take those jobs. It'll work itself out naturally if we actually cared about enforcing immigration laws.

Comment Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 1) 184

I think legalizing it would make things better.

Abusive pimps and johns would quickly find themselves in jail as sex workers are able to go to the police and report crimes against them. The need for pimps would also decrease as likeminded sex workers could form houses of business with security personnel. Or others make clients go through more thorough screening while they work as private contractors.

It would also be harder to spread disease as you could make licensed sex workers go through regular STD screening.

You could also put a vice tax on services similar to alcohol or tobacco.

I also don't believe that only damaged women engage in sex work. You don't have to like the profession but I think those individuals that choose to engage in it shouldn't be punished for it. Carlin made the point "Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. So why isn't selling fucking legal?"

Comment What about self driving cars? (Score 2) 615

Taxis, buses, professional drivers, insurance claims, body shops, traffic cops...

Those individuals will be just as affected. And this technology will advance regardless of whether people like it or not. Either we're prepared to accept a future where labor is no longer as important as it once was and we move to allow all people to pursue other interests (work week reductions as well), we're just going to have larger and larger prisons or social as people won't just accept not eating, or the less fortunate will revolt and there will be blood in the streets.

I think there's more peaceful ways to do make the transition but I doubt the elite will necessarily approve. For some reason, re-training will continue to be a fantasy solution in their eyes.

Comment Re:Water- we dump it on the ground (Score 1) 678

Almonds do use a ton of water. But that's nothing compared to the estimates I've read for cattle. Even when corrected for weight, cattle still use twice the water as almonds.

I'd be happy if they cut alfalfa, cattle, and almonds from California though. Everyone argues that they make a ton of our food. So we go without for the time being, prices rise, and someone else comes in because it's profitable for them to do so. And then add meters for all residential and businesses (I hear it's a mixed bag) so people start paying for their usage and not access.

Comment Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

Imagine all the jobs in the transportation industry that are obsolete. Traffic cops and insurance suffer as you mentioned but body shops also become less needed. Governments have profited off traffic fines instead of raising taxes. What happens then.

And let's not get started if the cars are electric.

Comment Re:How I lost weight (Score 1) 496

The real problem is going out to eat has netted massive serving sizes. If you eat the whole plate, you'd generally eaten more than a day's worth of food. Usually two. Now most of the time when I eat out, I generally cut the meal in half and take the rest home. Now I get two meals out of one (so it was more cost efficient for a broke student) but it's also healthier. Sometimes I could even eat leftovers over two meals too for things like Chinese or Mexican. It's not perfect but works pretty well.

I also dumped sweets from my diet almost exclusively (not soda but the amount is down). The thing is that I saw it as competition between sweets and alcohol in terms of empty calories and I wasn't planning giving up booze. If I did, I'd probably see even more weight loss.

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