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Comment: Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (Score 1) 1125

by gizmo2199 (#46770723) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
"I mean machine guns should be fine"

You do know that machine guns are mainly used to fire at advancing infantry, and kill dozens of people at the same time. In other words, they're truly weapons of war, not for hunting or self-defense. Why would the average person need one again?

Comment: Re:Paul Krugman, 1998 (Score 2) 187

by gizmo2199 (#46272511) Attached to: Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner
So if the economy is depressed because the government is "printing money", why is inflation so low? (1.64% per year since 2008) Why isn't it 20% or higher as has been the case in other economic crises such as in Brazil or Argentina in the 1980s? Furthermore, the move toward consolidation has more to do with deregulation, than with "government monopolies."--the exact opposite. Companies are sitting on so much money (because of lower tax rates, higher stock prices, etc), that it's easier for them to buy their competitors than to invest in their operations to get new customers. Which leads these companies to have even less of an incentive to invest in higher speed broadband, or offer better prices for their customers. That was the whole point of Krugman's article.

Comment: Re:Just copying data? (Score 1) 243

by gizmo2199 (#45775201) Attached to: Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back
Speaking of bitcoin, Krugman said "Bitcoin... is by design, a kind of virtual gold. And like gold, it can be mined: you can create new bitcoins, but only by solving very complex mathematical problems that require both a lot of computing power and a lot of electricity to run the computers. Hence the location in Iceland, which has cheap electricity from hydropower and an abundance of cold air to cool those furiously churning machines. Even so, a lot of real resources are being used to create virtual objects with no clear use."
In other words bitcoin mining is actually wasting electricity and adding to the carbon footprint, but not really adding value to anything. The object itself is entirely fictional and speculative. At least gold can be made into jewelry or used in electronics, what can you use bitcoin for, other than speculating on it's price?
And what I find ironic is that 200 years ago, there was no Federal Reserve, and any bank could print their own money. Yet somehow people opted to use the currency backed by the US govt. So in a sense we are mining our way back to the 17th century.

Comment: Re:This is not about "wealth inequality" (Score 1) 653

by gizmo2199 (#45757371) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California
"the same people who are in the streets and protesting the lack of affordable housing are the ones who will file lawsuits and protest development that provides housing." No, it's not the same people. For one thing, it's a class issue. The "liberals" who file those lawsuits, are seeking to protect their already valuable property because they like their nice 3 or 4 story town-homes for which they paid millions of dollars for. They also don't want to live next to a building full of 20-something partyers who stay up 'til 5am on Tuesday nights. The other "liberals" protesting the buses are working-class and couldn't afford to live in denser construction anyway, since any new construction in SF would only be at the high-end, like luxury condos for those techie partyers. In other words, they're not the same people. I'm sure a bunch of Wall St. investment bankers voted for Obama, which by no means implies they'd support affordable housing.

Comment: Re:Hmm. (Score 1) 653

by gizmo2199 (#45757033) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California
In other words, mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, and shouldn't right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed? Yet didn't the founding fathers say that when you suffer a long train of abuses and usurpations, it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such oppression?

Comment: Re:Tough luck.. (Score 1) 923

by gizmo2199 (#45614229) Attached to: Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead
Whoever said Christianity is a religion of peace? Of course this is trite, but the biggest reason for Christianity's spread, especially among the kings and emperors of post-Roman Europe, was the fact that you could maim and kill at will in wars of conquest and still be forgiven for your sins and go to heaven. In addition, it allowed them to subjugate a mass of peasant serfs through the Church, instead of whips and chains. In other words, a religion tailor-made for the United States.

Comment: They've already been sued...and won. (Score 1) 188

In 2006, the Center for Constitutional Rights sued the federal government asking a federal court for an injunction to stop warrantless wiretapping and naming George W. Bush, the head of the NSA and the heads of other intelligence agencies as defendants. The case was dismissed in June of 2013 when the court agreed with the precedent set in two other cases, which basically said that Americans don’t even have the right to sue their government over its surveillance program, unless they can prove that their communications were intercepted. In other words, you can't sue unless you can demonstrate irreparable personal harm from the spying program. Of course the NSA is never going to hand-over that information voluntarily.

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