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Comment: Re:cowardice (Score 1) 383

by epyT-R (#48631797) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

1. argument from authority. It's actually part of a long time conspiracy among so-called 'journalists' to promote victimhood among women (and other groups) in order to justify authoritarian ideology. They call it 'making a difference' in 'journalism' university programs.

2. It's the anti-gamergate crowd that can't handle criticism of their fallacious accusations, which they label as 'misogyny'. It's these accusations that ignited the long brewing issue in the first place.

Comment: Re:Excellent! (Score 4, Insightful) 383

by epyT-R (#48631697) Attached to: FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Large amorphous groups like gamergate (and yes, feminist groups and organizations as well) all have a few crackpots making threats. I am sure a few will be found, but that does not alter the legitimacy of the arguments made. I wouldn't be so quick to believe what three letter agencies put out either, especially since they are beholden to political bodies with interests in specific outcomes for the sake of image.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 185

We have skyrocketing costs everywhere due to inflation from excess federal borrowing and increasing tax that has flattened economic growth. I'm talking about what the healthcare act did on its own. The fact is, my coverage was quite reasonable for the cost until the new system took effect.

Like you, I was speaking anecdotally. The likely reason you've haven't seen any raise in costs is that you and your buddies are insured by your employers. Eventually your future paychecks will feel the hikes, but those of us who have our own plans saw them almost immediately when the new rules took effect. We got notices in the mail that the old plans are to expire by the end of this year. The new ones are 2x the price with almost half the benefits. While I cannot offer proof (and I never claimed to), the correlation between that event and obamacare is pretty damned high. After all, the additional costs for the new rules you mentioned have to be made up somewhere.

I would use some critical thinking and not just depend on 'argument-from-authority' driven 'fact check' sites. They are magnets for corruption. I am not implying that is wrong, but you shouldn't take them at face value either.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 185

Yeah great, until those trusted with the collected output of the citizens become too legally disconnected from them. Then it becomes easier and easier to build a plutocracy that justifies using that resource for other agendas. The USA has this problem already, but the EU is also a prime example, esp with the layers of immunity between the average european citizen and one of these EU unelected committees. The well-meaning leftist reaction to this is to grow the size of the state to regulate the rich, but what ends up happening is that the rich use the expanded powers against the rights of the citizens who lobbied for the expansion. People are starting to wake up to this and are forming parties like UKIP.

ALL democratic systems require a population that isn't too willing to have it shoved up their asses, but unfortunately, the current cultural trend is towards accepting this as the new normal. It's what you're calling 'solidarity.' I'd rather let them have their million dollar villas than have their million dollar villas AND use an expanded state to enslave me financially at my own expense.

I don't have any use for bodyguards, but I do have a specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants. -- Elvis Presley