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Comment: Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (Score 1) 780

by Bob9113 (#46767059) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

What we need to do is simple: We need to define, in simple print, that corporate fictions are not in fact citizens, and as such, do not have political freedoms or civil rights as such.

It's good, and I think you are right that (by hook or by crook) it must happen or decline is inevitable. I think, though, that we must also define that compulsory speech is not free speech. That free speech is the freedom to express yourself, not the right to pay others on the condition that they express your views -- ie: advertising is not free speech.

Comment: Re:Not a good sign... (Score 2) 114

But as long as the common livestock never catch wind of it they will happy continue to graze, chew their cud and pick on of the two "different" options presented for their approval every 4 years and things will continue as they have done for decades now.

People do not have much of a chance against a system which forces them to operate by its rules. The system is dysfunctional, a failure of process has occurred. It does not matter if people are engaged in politics, the "sheeple" you disdain, or apathetic cynics like yourself.

All efforts to change a dysfunctional system from within its own rules will fail miserably. Case in Point: Occupy, an abysmal failure of a movement, based on the absurd notion that the system can be changed from within or by asking politely. Frankly I think that's worse than being sheeple or apathetic as it legitimizes the corrupt at the reigns of power.

So lay off the general voting population. Change is really, really hard, and I don't see you proposing many solid alternatives.

Comment: Re:Feet first? (Score 2) 431

by ObsessiveMathsFreak (#46741839) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

Do they always jump in feet first with these new teaching methods or something? Don't they test it on a small control group or a dozen to make sure it's not the latest new-age garbage?

Teaching methods are almost never subjected to experimental verification. They are devised by 20-35 year old academics with little teaching experience and a desperate need to get enough publications to be put on tenure track. Experiments would get in the way of such promising careers.

Comment: Re:Hero ? (Score 1) 236

Management knew changing the part was akin to admitting the fault. The engineer did it on his own to save lives - company be damned.

And by betraying the sacred orders of management, and placing the safety and lives of fellow moochers above the right and holy profits due to his Executive betters, this man has betrayed the Almighty Market in word, deed, and heart, and his treachery must be uncovered, defamed, and justly punished as an example to all who would turn against the Word of Galt.

See you in the Club.

Comment: Re:Tax filing (Score 1) 50

by m.ducharme (#46719169) Attached to: Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

I'll concede the point on personal taxes, for the most simple solutions, but once you start adding in business income, corporate taxes, and the like, the complexity level goes way up. And if you happen to run a business in an HST jurisdiction? Forget about it. Many tax lawyers haven't yet figured that shit out.

Comment: Re:Tax filing (Score 1) 50

by m.ducharme (#46714561) Attached to: Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

Actually, governments federal and provincial have streamlined a lot of the services they provide. In fact, in at least one case I can think of, major inefficiencies are starting to crop up because they've trimmed too much fat. Employment Insurance (including sick leave and parental leave), for example, takes a month or more to get not because of the process, but because they don't have enough operators answering the phones.

Comment: Re:Tax filing (Score 1) 50

by m.ducharme (#46714469) Attached to: Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

Once you Efile they stop sending forms to you.

I think now they've stopped sending them entirely.

Realistically there is free tax software, and Canadian taxes are pretty straightforward.

Ahahahahahah! I have an annotated 2010 Canadian Tax Act book weighing down my bookshelf that would beg to differ.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.