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Comment Re:anti H1B job protectionism (Score 2, Interesting) 129

Knee jerk reactions are certainly popular among slashdot posters. For the rest of us, being informed about how immigration actually affects economic growth and wages is probably a good idea. Start with a conservative perspective, so you know you aren't getting a pro-immigrant bias:

http://www.hoover.org/research...

Comment Re:Unnecessary (Score 1) 572

Just prosecute the ones that violate their visas and if they violated them to make money, asset strip them. How many Mexicans do you think would come here illegally if CBP or local law enforcement had an explicit grant to use civil asset forfeiture to take everything they own?

There's a minor problem with this plan. The ones who come here illegally? They don't have visas. That's what makes their coming here illegal. If they have a visa, then they came here legally.

Comment Re:At least a call girl is honest (Score 3, Insightful) 449

This reminds me of the old joke:

Q: Why is divorce so expensive?
A: Because it's worth it!

Of course, that means some people can't afford one.

PS: Your ability to understand that people who are not you could have desires, motivations, or values that you do not share is astonishingly low, even for a Slashdot poster.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 706

Nonsense wrapped in a false dichotomy. It is entirely possible for the killers to be 100% responsible for their actions, and for those who assisted them to be responsible for their actions also. Try looking up "aiding and abetting" and "conspiracy" at your local law library.

By your reasoning, the terrorists on board the planes who crashed into the world trade center were solely responsible for their act. Osama bin Laden merely provided them with information, so he was completely guilt free.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1039

WTF does innovation have to do with *quality*? Answer: nothing.

If this is true, what possible reason is there to ever publish anything new? Readers can just reread the book they just finished.If you still want to give out awards, then just give the same awards out to the same titles every year.

Comment Re:Consciousness (Score 1) 244

Every answer so far: we have no fucking idea how to tell, with certainty, whether any object is conscious or not. We have a pretty good sliding scale of confidence (rocks: extremely unlikely, crawfish: fairly unlikely, other people: mostly certain (with exceptions), dolphins: ??).

We don't even have a solid definition of what consciousness is. How can you say with certainty whether something has a thing when you don't even know what that thing is?

Comment Re:Uber = Public subsidized (Score 1) 204

(Ok, yes, one can rationalize that if someone is hurt in an uber accident, and they end up on the public welfare, that's somehow public subsidy, but that would be no different than if they had a catastrophic sidewalk accident with no insurance.)

The fact is, that risk is so tiny, people are willing to risk it.

Goddammit, the insurance companies are really ripping us off. Why are they charging so much more for car insurance than they do for standing on the sidewalk insurance?

Comment Re:Meet the new guy (Score 1, Insightful) 393

if they don't give black people photo ID's.

Ok... can you please tell us where today there is a place with a "no blacks" sign with regards to getting photo IDs?

It is entirely within the realm of possibility for a policy to not have racist intent and still have a racist result. (Though in this particular case, there is certainly the appearance of intent.)

Or is there a place where there are certain requirements which all must meet, but somehow blacks are just too stupid/poor/lazy/etc to be able to meet them?

Let's assume that only one of the qualities you list can present an impediment. If blacks are on average more poor than non-blacks, is it possible that this is a result of racism? (Hint:yes).

The whole voter fraud problem is itself a fraud.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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