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Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 1) 212

But if you want to be scientific about it, there are lots of statistics that show that black people are more likely to be stopped by the cops

Yeah, and if you want to be scientific about that, and be honest, you'll see that cops stop a lot more people in high crime areas, and that poor urban areas tend to have lots of crime. And that some of those poor areas have a larger black population. If those areas weren't marinated in serious crime, there wouldn't be so many warrants out, stolen cars, cars full of contraband, and the rest.

In Baltimore, New York, and most other urban areas, the cops and DA are under a lot of pressure to get "results," i.e., mess up somebody's life.

What? The people whose lives are messed up are those who have to live in areas like west Baltimore where local thugs make daily life miserable for everyone else who lives there or tries to run a business there. So yes, the cops are asked to "get results," because the absence of any results would make those areas completely lost to civilization, rather than just sucking generally. Would you rather that the cops were told NOT to arrest known violent gang members, serial assault and battery specialists, and the like? What would you have them do?

Comment: Re:Remeber (Score 1) 95

Of course, he was writing to kings, most of whom had an interest in keeping their country runnning for mutiple generations.

Except they didn't. Kings of old didn't give a shit about what happened to their countries after they died. Why would they had? They were divinely appointed to their office, so whatever happened as a result of said appointment wasn't really their problem. Peasant's starving because the king sold all of nation's wheat to fund a war waged for his ego? God's will.

And of course this is still the case with the modern aristocrats. Shut down the only factory in a city and kicked all the workers to the roadside? No problem, the Invisible Hand will sort the worthy from the undeserving. A homeless guy asks for money? Hell no, he's suffering penance for his sins - if he had some marketable skills or connections he'd be sleeping in a mansion. Roads crumbling from lack of repair? Invisible Hand must be getting ready to release a flying car. The planet getting warmer? No worries, the Invisible Hand will surely save such devoted servants! And figure out some way to kick that homeless man some more in the process for being economically worthless.

There comes a point of no return, when the damage already inflicted makes it impossible to rise funds to stop more from occurring. The question is, can this pathological secularized religion be removed from power before the damn cult dooms the entire country, and possibly whole West?

Comment: Re:Time (Score 4, Interesting) 104

by drinkypoo (#49608483) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I think electric vehicles will start showing up at the unexpected places.

I think the place they will dominate first (and next, I guess) is motorcycles. The only thing missing from most current electric motorcycles is top speed. Most people don't ride long distances on them, so it's an ideal kind of vehicle to hit next.

Comment: Who's going to implement the racist policies (Score 0) 117

where once again, the white man is going to come in and tell the black man what to do with his land.

Yes. Yes, I know. It will be for his own good. He's too [stupid|short-sighted|ignorant|uneducated] to live his life correctly. The wise white man has to tell him what to do.

Even when you dress it up in left-wing causes, racism is pretty ugly.

Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 362

by ScentCone (#49608045) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

how much do they pay you to write this shit for them?

That's a very insightful way to address the substance of the matter. Obviously you're not willing to say the actual numbers or description of the situation is incorrect ... you're just mad at someone for pointing it out? I get that. But you're not really making any sort of lucid point.

Comment: Re:Sanders amazes me (Score 1) 362

by ScentCone (#49608035) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

SS and Medicare do not transfer wealth.

What? Each year, people's wages are taxed into those programs, and funds are transferred, that year, to the people who receive it. There is no "savings account." There is no "I paid into Social Security, so I'll get X when I retire." The amount that retired/disabled people get from that entitlement program is determined legislatively each year, and if you bother to read the fine print in your SS statement, you'll see that they explicitly remind you that there is no guarantee you'll get any future benefits.

Each year, funds are transferred from the people who pay to the people who collect.

Comment: Re:give it up (Score 1) 76

I think you'll find that "intent to deprive" is not part of all people's intuitive definitions of theft, even if it is involved in many legal statutes. I know it took me a while to be convinced that there were people for whom the intuitive definition did require intent to deprive.

"He stole my idea!" is a common phrase, for instance, and widely understood. That's usually stated by the person who is *not* the entrenched business.

I think this semantic argument about "stealing" and "theft" is a weird bleed-through from the pushback against the highly publicised and absurd RIAA lawsuits against filesharers. I bet if this basic incident had happened 20 years ago there'd be no significant objection to calling it stealing.

Comment: Re:Things that make you go hmmm (Score 1) 184

The "innocent until proven guilty" bit is refering to the opinion that should be held by a juror, not to facts in the world. Were I a juror I would require that his guilt be proven. As I'm in the role of a reader of an article about it, I cannot take the same stance, lest I not have an opinion about anything.

Yes, it *IS* the task of a court, and in particular of a jury, to decide legal guilt. But legal guilt is not actual guilt, and, in fact, often gets things wrong. (Not, however, as often as a biased and illegally acting police officer.)

To the police he should have been a suspect. They apparently murdered him. But even this, alone, would not have set off a civil disturbance. That is clear evidence that this is a part of a pattern of behavior on the part of the police such that the community believed them to be habitually violent thugs biased against the community. (It's not proof, but only strong evidence, that this is an actuality.)

Comment: Re:Far too expensive for a used car (Score 1, Insightful) 52

by wisnoskij (#49606813) Attached to: Tesla Adds Used Models To Its Inventory, For Online Purchase
Theoretically, I would like to see in a few decades if a Tesla engine lasts any significant amount longer than a standard well made combustion. And batteries really take the place of the engine for a combustion car (they are really the heart and soul of the electric car, on which everything else depends). They are super expensive, and I have yet to see any battery tech that lasts over 4 years, and normally it is performing far worse than optimal at a fraction of that time. I think Tesla claims that theirs are suppose to last well, but still not anywhere near where a few years of wear is not a significant chunk out of their value.

Comment: Re:Things that make you go hmmm (Score 1) 184

I'm *NOT* saying he wasn't maltreated. In fact I suggested that he was probably murdered. But I'm also saying that I the evidence indicates that he was not an innocent (which doesn't mean he was guilty of anything in particular).

Please note the distinction between "an innocent" and "innocent".

Comment: Re:How Detriot Got That Way -- and Why It Will.... (Score 1) 95

So what if people bought cars in other countries? The biggest auto market was easily the US at that time.

As for Ford's and GM's management, yeah, they were really clueless, as they cashed in their huge paychecks. *rollseyes* It wasn't until the oil crisis that things went south, and that was many years later.

Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.