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Comment: Re:Why lie about it being made of paper? (Score 0) 89

by judoguy (#46761861) Attached to: Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1
Have you actually read an Economist? I've had a subscription for years.

>>They don't support a reasonable basic income

WTF does that mean?!? You think the magic sky fairy should provide an income to everyone? Really? Earth to AC. If you took ALL the theoretical wealth from the evil 1% or whoever you hate, it wouldn't make up a single years budget deficit in the US. Then all that's gone. Then what?

Comment: Re:Lobbying aside (Score 1) 422

by judoguy (#46761741) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
The best would be for everyone to have to write a check to Uncle Sam monthly, determined from their W-2, and settle up at the end of the year.

There would be a revolution in about 3 or 4 months if the "bill" was accurately detailed with the whole SS amount, not just the employee contribution, etc.

Comment: Re:It's about power (Score 1) 422

by judoguy (#46761669) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
I agree completely. if we, meaning a large enough group, held the bastards truly accountable they'd make this a free country again. They'd hate to lose the degree of control they have, but to stay in power they'd do it.

However, "we" aren't some monolithic group. We will disagree on many things. That's why it takes a lot of work from the "people" to get a government that more or less works as the "people" want.

Comment: Re:Ability to design and write software... (Score 1) 581

by judoguy (#46726181) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code
What a prick.

Of course not everyone WANTS to code.

I made terrible grades and dropped out of high school. Just didn't go back after barely getting out of the 11th grade. My kids are the first in my paternal line to EVER go to college as far as I know. I was a carpenter(though not a coal miner) for the first 13 years of my working adult life.

Then I bought a first gen IBM pc and started teaching myself programming, just for the hell of it. Loved it.

Yeah, my first coding efforts were crap, but I busted my ass and learned how to do it right. Quickly enough to be a real asset to my employers. I've made my living as a software developer for more than 30 years now.

Learning something technical is almost 100% desire, not some special talent given to the blessed few.

Comment: Re:Why do cars get all the negative press? (Score 1) 330

If governments can tell you what car to drive and how much CO2 it can emit, why not tell people what they can eat, how much animal protein, and put a methane tax on cows and pigs? All this concern over cars and driving and global warming but eating meat seems to be worse than driving a Hummer. http://www.scientificamerican....

Eating meat may the only thing that can save us: Fight desertification, sequester carbon AND grow good food. The guy in the TED talk points out that this works well in terrible conditions.

Comment: Re:Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (Score 0, Troll) 405

by judoguy (#46563193) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

"Fascism is for the only liberty which can be a serious thing, the liberty of the state and of the individual in the state. Therefore for the fascist, everything is in the state, and no human or spiritual thing exists, or has any sort of value, outside the state. In this sense fascism is totalitarian, and the fascist state which is the synthesis and unity of every value, interprets, develops and strengthens the entire life of the people."

—Benito Mussolini, Giovanni Gentile, Doctrine of Fascism (1932)

Many, many people WANT this in America. Flame away, but pretty much everyone who votes for Democrats explicitly support this. (Not that Republicans give any real alternative *heavy sigh*). Of course they expect that the real burden will fall on someone else, but the principle is that the government will take care of everything and make all the important decisions. Decisions about food, housing, healthcare, guns, everything. Did you get an expensive loan for a university degree in interpretive dance? No problem, the government will take money away from "rich people" and pay it for you.

Please ignore the fact that if ALL the theoretical money from ALL the "rich" was confiscated it wouldn't pay but a fraction of one year of the Obama deficit. Not the budget, a tiny portion of the deficit for one year.

Folks, you can't have all that without a totalitarian State. Or at least a State that TRIES to control everything.

Comment: Re:Regenerative might be the winner (Score 1) 330

by judoguy (#46483893) Attached to: What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?
Years ago, Gerald Ford came to my town to make a speech of some sort. The local paper told when and where he'd be landing. It was a large grass area in a local park. My friends and I showed up for the heck of it. Marine One landed, POTUS got out, waved, got in the limo and drove off. No big deal. Didn't close the roads for miles, didn't keep us very far back, didn't have squads of machine gun toting military around. Hardly any noticeable security.

Yes, I remember RR getting shot, saw it on TV. But my point is that we now have an Imperial Presidency. Al Gore came to Minneapolis during the Clinton era. Shut down every road he might even consider traveling on. Screwed up the airport. Rode around like Caesar. The bastards now are so full of themselves that they don't even pretend anymore.

Sure, security is needed to POTUS, but damn, it's all gotten blown out of proportion.

Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 0) 578

by judoguy (#46472889) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Sadly, I think we're stuck with obamacare, and it won't be repealed, but it needs to seriously be altered. Why not remove so many of the minimums for the insurance coverage (as an older man, I don't really need prenatal coverage), and open up insurance competition to allow it to cross state lines. I mean, I can buy motorcycle insurance from a national company across lines, why can't I buy health ins across state lines?

Sadly, this has nothing to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with pumping money into the healthcare industry. Under the guise of Socialism. You have to pay for prenatal care for other people. That's the very DEFINITION of Socialism, take from those that have and give to those that want.

What!? you don't want to buy insurance for other people?! Greedy bastard to think that your concerns matter more than "the children"!

Comment: Re:Many members of Congress own car dealerships (Score 2) 342

by judoguy (#46462803) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

We could make a beetle analog with modern technology and have it be extremely cheap, but instead people have decided that they prefer buying more car.

Yes and no. I recently bought a new car after 15 years in my old one. I really like the tech. BUT, I'd also love the option of buying a 40 year old car (yes, I'm that old) at a 40 year old adjusted price. No more mandated safety and mileage features than were current then, bumper welded to the chassis like the '46 Dodge truck I drove around the country in the '70's, etc. I might not buy one now at this stage of life, but I wish my kids at least had the option.

And yes, before the flames start, I DO believe the fuel efficiency of my car is my business, not the governments. Pollution, not so much, but cost of gas to run the damn thing? No one else's business but my own.

Comment: Re:Yes, but... (Score 2) 247

by judoguy (#46429929) Attached to: BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban

Once drivers are faced with paying $10/gallon, they'll look for fuel efficient commute alternatives themselves (which includes transit (which can be funded from the fuel tax), cycling and moving closer to work, so it will reduce congestion at the same time -- just putting everyone in an EV doesn't help with congestion).

I love that argument. Nirvana can come if we just raise taxes enough! We'll all bike to work on green parkways serenaded by bluebirds. If we just raise taxes enough.

Of course, costs for food and everything else we don't make at home from stuff we already have at home, will skyrocket, but hey, who cares? We'll all just ride public transit funded by high taxes that no one can afford, that being the point of raising the cost of gas in the first place. You know, to make people stop using gas? How will that work exactly?

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