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Comment: Re:Then they preach to the world about capitalism (Score 1) 306

What troubles me is that some people don't seem to understand the difference between "state" and "federal" government.

That aside, we do not have a completely free market in this country... if we did, it wouldn't be long before there would be a massive number of people each year killed by products that don't meet basic safety regulations. When people talk about regulations being bad, they seem to miss the point that it's those regulations keeping their water from being polluted with lethal amounts of arsenic, or their furniture made from materials that don't cause toxic poisonous fumes just sitting around the house being furniture. Anyone who says all regulations are bad is a complete idiot.

This, however, is not about regulating the market; this is about controlling the market. Using laws or rules to erect blocks for people or products entering and using the market to manipulate prices should never happen.... yet when it does, it seems to usually be STATE OR LOCAL governments doing it. Tesla, solar energy... and here in Washington, Seattle did the same thing to realtors. I'm sure it's more common around the country, but unless its multiple states like with Tesla, people don't tend to hear about it as often.

But if you really want that free market, you be the first to drink that bottle of water that's half arsenic... and don't bitch and whine while you lay there dying afterwards.

Comment: Re:Gee, isn't Iron Dome supposed to be worthless? (Score -1, Flamebait) 184

That's what i like about conservatives... you can always count on them to be completely oblivious to anything but their point of view, and to be rude little bitches with their fucking ignorance.

Reports are that Iron Dome is ~5% effective. That makes it a fantastical waste of resources that, ultimately, the United States taxpayers are footing the bill for. Those same people you deride for having, and using, a brain, also point out that Israels other tactics for alerting their population to impending rocket attacks has saved lives and is very effective against very small, unguided missiles that have a very small payload.

So i'm sorry you feel so threatened by them "American liberal arts community of experts" that you have to be a fucking cunt. Maybe if you use your brain instead of your ass to think with, you'd learn to read and quit being such worthless twat.

Comment: Of course (Score 1) 227

by meglon (#47525459) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists
.... this all revolves around the notion that the information paradox is real. It could very well be that what they think of as "information" is nothing more than a layer (or multiple layers) above what the real "information" is. The universe has a habit of proving our ideas need more work... pretty much every time we have a technological advance.

Comment: they never learn (Score 1) 619

by meglon (#47506559) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
More bullshit from researchers who want to appear like actual researchers, but instead create fairly useless surveys and come away with just bizarre conclusions. One could easily have concluded: people who come from an impoverished childhood, which most of eastern Europe was at the time (given that these people actually lived in Eat Germany, meaning before 1981), are more likely to cheat. I'd suggest that that would be more logical, as that would be a survival mechanism in such environments.

The end gist: never, ever, trust soft science "research" as having any actual evidence or validity.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 1) 91

You know why the U. S. Marine Corps hasn't had to conduct a contested amphibious landing in over 50 years?

... because the rest of the world understands there's this thing called helicopters now days. I know it's a new fangled idea, and it might take a few years to sink into the heads of the truly incredibly stupid.... but i think they're here to stay.

By the way, we haven't had to conduct a full scale cavalry charge on horseback for a while either. I wonder if that's just because the world knows we're just so damn good at them? Or maybe they're just not as fucked in the head.

Comment: So.... (Score 1) 91

by meglon (#47475207) Attached to: US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype
On the trail of the F-35, a plane that is underpowered, can't fly in the rain, or at night, or most anytime else it seems, that breaks when it does get flown, and is basically a complete waste of 1.4 trillion dollars (and climbing).... we have congress pressing forward with a super-sized landing craft because they're used just so often by our forces... assuming we're still in the 1940's.

Wonder where the government wastes money? Look no further.

Comment: Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (Score 2, Insightful) 533

by meglon (#47465055) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate
Every single day of life you and everyone else in this country has gained benefits and used services provided by the government. The social compact that this country has survived on, at least up till 1981, was that each generation invests in the future so that this country will provide a better life for future generations.

In 1981 that changed. You had elected someone who loudly proclaimed that people no longer had to invest in the future, and everything would smell like flowers and look like rainbows.

Since that time, there has been a large segment of the population who, while still gaining the benefits, and using the services of this country, have actively refused to live up to the basic responsibility of living in this country. They have acted like leeches, sucking the life out of this country, using up it's resources, and driving the future generations into massive debt. They can't be bothered to pay for the government they use, because they're greedy, self centered, egotistical, myopic assholes, who don't give a damn about this country... just about themselves. They are nothing more than thieves, stealing from the future to ad their pockets in the present day.

In the 1940's, during the war, millions of men were called up to fight, with hundreds of thousands paying the ultimate cost for this country. The top marginal tax rate was over 90%. Now, we are paying close to the lowest rates in 60 years, and there's no requirement to submit to a draft for military service... yet we still have a segment of the population who bitch and whine like little toddlers with shit in the diapers that taxes are too high. These people are THE problem in this country. They undermine everything that this country has ever done, and spit on the graves of those who gave their lives making this country a better place... all because they're greedy little bitches.

No one likes to pay taxes, but taxes are the cost of living in society. As for the ones stealing.... those are the worthless little bitches who don't support this country, even after using everything this country offers every day.

Comment: bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 533

by meglon (#47465013) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Part of this is due to the rise of companies like Uber and Tesla Motors, blazing-hot start-ups that have been opposed at every turn by protectionist regulators and trade unions, in confrontations that are being used by small-government conservatives as case studies in government control run amok.


CEO Elon Musk says Tesla is union neutral, so that’s the automaker’s stance.

Then there's the whole "government run amok" thing... where it should really say "state government run amok." The protectionist policies adopted haven't been federal, they've been state level. Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have outright bans; Georgia and Colorado have severe restrictions on selling; and Ohio and New York have legislation pending. Musk has said, if the states keep fucking with him, he will use the federal courts to deal with the issue.... so again, the problem isn't the federal government, it's the states.

With Uber, again the problem isn't unions, and it's not the federal government.. it's city governments.

Perhaps this should be a case study on smaller governments causing more problems than they should, and those that promote "small government" lying and trying to blame "big government" and unions.

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.