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Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 165

Is there any other technology, besides renewable energy, that makes certain Slashdot readers so darn mad? It's like they would prefer that it just didn't exist.

If you say Apple has 13% of the personal computer market, they're popping corks and doing the peepee dance. If you say a newer technology, solar energy, has reached 5%, while facing enormous geo-political resistance and the enmity of the most powerful corporations in the world, it actually pisses you off for some reason.

I'm curious. What is it about solar energy that spurs such surprising anger among this segment of Slashdot readers? What did solar energy do to you?

Comment: Re:Cause, or effect? (Score 2) 321

by PopeRatzo (#49376695) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Could it also be related to poorer parents working more hours, thus having less time to be with the kids during their early years

There are probably dozens of measurable ways being poor affects the development of brains. But ultimately, it's happening because that's the way the people at the very top in terms of wealth and power want it. The last think they want is for poor people to suddenly become successful, and develop political power.

One of the side-effects of the New Deal and the labor movement in America is that a bunch of people who were on the shitty side of the street suddenly were able to take a big step up. GIs coming out of WW2 who would normally have gone to work in the coal mine or slaughter house suddenly had the means to go to college, buy a house, live a life of reasonable comfort. And do you know what they did with this sudden shift in circumstances? They developed political power. Their kids went from blue collar to white collar. And similar steps up during the pre and post-war period occurred for women and American blacks.

And this scared the bejeesus out of the elite. So, in the 70s, and peaking in the 80s, there came an effort to undo these advancements. The effort included an attack on New Deal programs like Social Security and the labor movement. The effort included the flooding of the inner city with crack cocaine (which we now know to have been run by our own government). The effort included the confluence of evangelical religion with supply-side capitalism by Billy Graham (who started his ministry with funds from the Chamber of Commerce).

The effort to put the genie back in the bottle continues to this day, and it's been quite successful. Economic disparity hasn't been this out of whack since the 19th century. Militarized policing, private prisons, an attack on public education are all fronts in this class war being waged by the elite. You want to see it in action, watch the political policies being pushed by governors of Kansas, Indiana, and many states throughout the South and in big cities in the North. Just watch.

Comment: Re:Not terrorism ? (Score 1) 308

by circletimessquare (#49374591) Attached to: Attempted Breach of NSA HQ Checkpoint; One Shot Dead

right

not "terrorism in the sense we have become accustomed to"

but still terrorism

what tim mcveigh did was terrorism, for example

maybe unfortunately terrorism has come to mean "done by muslims"

although, maybe we should remove attacks on military installations as terrorism

surprise coordinated violent attacks on civilians for ideological reasons is about as good a definition of terrorism as we can get i think

we call too many things terrorism that are not, and too many things not terrorism that are

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 83

by circletimessquare (#49373571) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

exactly

they oppose government when they should be opposing corruption

the idiots are actually helping the corruptors. the corruptors would rather not have anyone to corrupt as an extra expense, and the idiots oblige by insisting on the same: remove the corrupted position, rather than fix it. because they apparently like shoddy, expensive, manipulated, inefficient markets

it's like someone robs the bank because they paid off the bank guard

the intelligent response is to fire, prosecute, and replace the guard, and go after the criminals who paid him off

the idiots want to fire the guard and leave the bank unguarded, and leave it at that: not pursue the criminals who paid off the guard and robbed their bank, their money

it's stunning how stupid and propagandized people can be

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 83

by circletimessquare (#49370023) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

well yeah. in which case a "free" market is simply anarchy, in which a monopoly and oligarchy comes to dominate and "govern" in a sense: decide how much consumers pay and that no one competes. truly "free" in the sense there is no government, but a much worse place in actuality

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 3, Interesting) 83

by circletimessquare (#49369829) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it can self-regulate as well.

so company {X} dominates a market for widgets. any smaller companies try to compete, they undercut the competitors prices to starve them out, then jack prices way high when the smaller companies fold, consumers having no real choice

tell me how this problem is "self-regulated" by the market to correct for the abuse

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 1) 83

by circletimessquare (#49369309) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

the problem is that we do not have strong laws against corruption

1. corporations and the rich buying congrescritters with election funds (supported in 2010 citizens united)

2. revolving door employment between regulator and the corporations they are supposed to regulate

other countries have clear laws against this type of thing. we can have that too (not easily, but we should, and we should try)

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 4, Insightful) 83

by circletimessquare (#49368757) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it's kind of like the concept of the free market

without rules, enforced, all markets quickly devolve into oligarchies and monopolies: customers and smaller players squashed and abused

so a free market requires government regulation

likewise, without rules enforcing net neutrality, large market players start fucking with the status quo to siphon off more cash. simply because they can

but there exists certain idiots in the world, a lot in the usa, who only see the government as a threat. the government IS a threat, in many avenues of life

but in the market place, the government is usually your only friend when it comes to real abuse from large market players

there does exist regulatory capture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

but again, this is an argument against corruption, not against government. again, the problem with regulatory capture is large market players corrupting the rules. so you want to heal your sick government, not weaken it further, thereby giving large market players yet even more ways to abuse you. and they will

but certain people, they just utterly lack the awareness that the government is not the only evil bogeyman in the world. many times in fact, like regulatory capture, the government isn't really the ultimate bogeyman, but just the front for the real villains: plutocracy

we need strong anticorruption rules in the usa. badly. the people are losing to big money. this will be our downfall

Comment: Re:call it the Ukraine-2 (Score 0) 152

by circletimessquare (#49368717) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

ah yes, when dealing with an intellectually dishonest individual, one encounters upset resistance rather than the simple ability to concede a point

you're welcome for the education on sovereignty

Other countries may invade at their will, because it is apparently a different sovereignty.

and where the fuck did i ever say that you dumb shit? are you talking to me or some made up boogeyman in your head?

delusional AND stupid

it seems the german education system is failing its children as much as german mental health facilities are failing its pilots

zero respect to you. you are not an equal. you are a child

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