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Comment: Not true at all (Score 2) 183

What makes people ignore the homeless is the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of them roaming the streets of major (and not so major) cities. When I was in Regina, you couldn't walk 4 blocks without being accosted with demands for money, cigarettes, etc.

After a year or so of living there I used to just give them the finger and keep walking. It's not that I'm heartless -- I just don't care to be badgered everywhere I go when these lazy fucks could go on welfare and be housed like anyone else. Aside from that, I'm on disability -- I have no more money to spare than someone on welfare after I pay for my meds. Adding to that, I'd actually stopped to talk to and gotten to know a few of them, and found most of them were *on* welfare and did their begging to pay for booze and drugs, not because they needed the money to survive.

Sympathy. You'll find it between "shit" and "syphilis".

Comment: Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (Score 2) 703

by JWW (#46767563) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Yeah, we should go back to the Fairness Doctrine, that requires BOTH sides of every issue to be covered.

I find it massively insulting that we are consistently led to believe that issues only ever have TWO solutions. The structure of the Fairness Doctrine reveals its fatal flaw, and in fact the fatal flaw of American Democracy today; that we're all supposed to line up behind one of TWO teams.

The Fairness Doctrine was an evil impediment to free speech, as far as I'm concerned it should never return.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 275

by MightyYar (#46765845) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

"Live free or die"

It's amazing to me that people still act as if it is OK to treat the slaves so gently, like they were children. They, the Indians, and the poor white farmers were the only ones who actually knew how to live off of the land.

And once again, the Southern economy ended up collapsing anyway as a result of the war. At the time the South left the union, the thought of a sudden freeing of the slaves was unthinkable even to the vast majority of Northerners.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 275

by MightyYar (#46762703) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

You don't just ban it, you migrate away from it while providing solutions to the massive hole left in the labour sector.

No, you ban it. The people that then lose their ill-gotten plantations can go pick cotton. They can consider themselves lucky that they aren't punished more directly.

The north had just spent a whole lot of money on other conflicts, and needed the resources.

The north even had slavery at an earlier point in history. Plenty of blame for slavery all around.

But the Civil War still boils down to slavery.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 275

by MightyYar (#46762445) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

screw over the south economically

By "taking away their property"? Please...

Provide an economical way for the cotton fields to be harvested

There was no moral duty to prop up a fundamentally corrupt way of exploiting people.

While there is officially no slavery

Unless you are talking about the sex trade, there is nothing even close to approaching what was happening in the US South in the 1850s.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 275

by MightyYar (#46762137) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Slavery may not have been the direct reason cited for Southern succession, but it was most definitely the cause. Remove slavery and you have no motivation for any of the other stuff. Slavery was a major political football at the time, forcing even the admission of new states to be forced around the issue. Succession only became a real possibility once it became clear that free states would dominate the slave states politically. The South certainly had other grievances, but even collectively they don't add up to succession.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 275

by MightyYar (#46756175) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

People are exactly the same as they were 150 years ago. I imagine the exact same thing would happen: Texas would declare itself independent. There would be a thorny issue of a bunch of federal property still in Texas. For a short time, there would be an uneasy peace as the Texans tolerated US forces within their borders. Eventually, someone would do something aggressive and you would have war.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long

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