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Comment: Re:Why won't the vote this nut out? (Score 2) 137

by gandhi_2 (#46793003) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

The distinct branches of government are only of value to a free society when the branches oppose each-other to act as "checks and balances".

Blaming the mayor is like blaming one dead hard drive for a failure of the raid-1 array. Sure, that one bad disk is a problem but if the overall system was doing its job, then the news story would just be about a mayor trying something stupid and failing (an email from the SAN about a disk that needs to be replaced).

If cops showed up at this guy's house, it took all 3 branches of government to completely lose their shit.

Comment: Re:Why won't the vote this nut out? (Score 4, Informative) 137

by gandhi_2 (#46791971) Attached to: Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Before we get all silly, please remember that the police had a WARRANT to search the guys house. So any discussion of the "rule of law" needs to remember that the legeslative and judicial branches are also full of shit.

No just bitching about the executive abuse of power.

Comment: Re:Don't get it (Score 5, Insightful) 342

by gandhi_2 (#46459005) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Free market principles? How about plain old freedom?

How about the enlightenment principle that government can't simply make up whatever laws it wants. There is no such thing as liberty if a local dictator can tell you what lightbulb to make or how to sell cars.

Why not force the regular car dealers to also bundle horse buggy whips with all car purchases to protect the horse-buggy-whip establishment.

This is another uber ridesharing story with different players. North Korea only has one dictator at a time. In the US we have thousands, spread across 4+ levels of government.

Comment: ahh homeopathy. (Score 4, Insightful) 794

by gandhi_2 (#46371115) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

so diluted that, statistically speaking, they may not contain a single molecule

...but THAT is what makes it so effective!
Looks like Dice and _roo are in teh pockets of big pharma and big grocery !!!1!

Here's another alarming trend: people are starting to use "homeopathy" to mean "holistic, nature-based, alternative medicine". When you tell them what homeopathy really means you will get "well that's not what it means to me! i mean in the more general sense" or "meanings change over time!".

Comment: Re:Why so defensive about French? (Score 1) 506

by gandhi_2 (#46359083) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

storefront clear of trash

if it spills into the public property, then there is a problem. if the trash is completely on the stores property, the market will likely take care of it.

require them to pay their employees

the deal worked out between the person selling labor and the person buying labor is between those parties, and not your / our / my business.

dump hazardous chemicals wherever

again, if the chemicals get off the property then we have a problem. if the chemicals stay on the property, not your / our / my problem.

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