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Comment: No, just no (Score 1) 186

by rsilvergun (#46798069) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt
I hardly know where to begin, but I'll say this:

If socialist policies don't fix everything, we'll try again. And again. We'll pay attention to what we did right, and what we did wrong. We'll do better. We'll make progress. That's why we're called 'progressives'.

What we will _not_ do is stick our heads in the sand and pretend some mythical 'invisible hand' is going to make it all better. Name me one complex problem that was made better by doing nothing about it?

Comment: Re:I'm not worried about poor students (Score 1) 300

by rsilvergun (#46797705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
The University's are in the process of being privatized here. A few Venture Capitalists noticed our Federal Gov't would give guaranteed loans out to any school with accreditation. So they bought up a bunch of old Secretary Schools that has accreditation from the 40s and 50s and used those to get loans for students to go to their diploma mills.

Meanwhile we've got a political movement to lower taxes while keeping spending constant so that our country goes massively in debt. The debt isn't really a problem (we owe it to ourselves) but it frightens people. After 30 years we have people exploiting that fear to get cuts in education in the name of saving money. The whole scheme is called "Starve the Beast" and was thought up by our Republican and Libertarian parties. The result is most of our subsidies for state education have been cut.

Comment: Re:A rising tide (Score 1) 209

by rsilvergun (#46797131) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers
Positive Sum Gaming would work if the rich didn't gain when you lose. But they do. They gain power. See here.. Adaption is a slow, painful process. When the industrial revolution hit in the mid 1700s millions were impoverished by automation before the economy caught up in the 1800s. 60+ years of misery. We've seen it happen, I don't see any good reason we should let it happen again just to preserve a misguided notion of "freedom" at all costs.

You're also assuming we have to have 80% of humanity living in abject poverty. But is that really true? Are we as a people so weak that we can't feed or cloth one another? We already know the answer is no. We already produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet, we just need people willing to say it's OK for people to have food, even if they didn't work themselves to death to get it.

Comment: I'm not worried about poor students (Score 4, Interesting) 300

by rsilvergun (#46796811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
right now. But wages have been in decline for 30 years. A little mis management is one thing (Mitt Rhomney was famously so broke at one point he had to sell the stocks his dad gave him to make ends meet :P ), but we're getting to the point where it's impossible to "work your way through college".

For one thing, when we say "Wages Adjusted for Inflation" we mean inflation as a whole, but the cost of food and shelter (what college kids spend most of their money on, jokes about Ramen & Natty Lite aside) have gone up much faster than inflation. The sort of job you can hold while in College is gonna pay $8-$15 an hour depending on where you live. I know ppl at that income level working part time because the economy sucks and they made mistakes. They're not making it, and somehow I doubt the added expense/stress of school would help them, especially after they graduate with $150k in loans... If you're one of those super humans that doesn't need sleep and can go to class and the work 8 hours then spend 8 hours doing homework you might make it. Everyone else will just drop out. The consoles tell you this when you apply, and a lot of the big majors (Math, CS, MIS, Medical) won't take you if you're working full time.

What sucks is we're so much more productive, you'd think we'd be working less. But why the hell would we give anything to anyone if they didn't "work" for it?

Comment: What benefits? (Score 2, Insightful) 209

by rsilvergun (#46791885) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers
Free trade is great if you're a rich capitalist (e.g. someone that makes their living by owning capital). What about the rest of us? There's plenty of evidence to show NAFTA has been a disaster for everyone on both sides of the boarder except a few wealthy factory owners. Google a little and you won't find much to encourage you.

Karl Marx predicted that capital flowing to where labor was cheapest would result in a race to the bottom, but all anyone can remember about him is that a couple famous dictators happen to use his books for their rhetoric. Not that it's hard to predict that.

Comment: Unions (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by rsilvergun (#46791797) Attached to: California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers
Organization (via Unions) is the only solution I can think of to this. Sure, we could call it something else, but it's basically Unions.

Un-Organized workers are too weak to demand or get better wages or a better way of life. Life basically stunk for everyone but a few kings thousands of years. It still stinks if you're not in one of the countries with a strong, well organized pool of labor that has solidarity. Sure, a few on /. might "Got Mine, FU" right now. But the powers that be are coming for you too....

Comment: Hipsters generally do ok (Score 1) 326

by rsilvergun (#46788903) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown
they'll move on when the time comes. Most of 'em have degrees. They'll leave behind the slums. While they're there the locals won't mess with them, because if they do the police (who are heavily armed thanks to 30 years of hand-me-downs from the military) will bust some heads until they do. Remember the last round of riots in Los Angeles? Everyone laughed and called them dumb because they trashed their own neighborhoods. That wasn't by choice. There were cops in full riot gear with military grade tanks cordoning off the rich communities so they didn't spill over...

The poor have learned to keep their misery to themselves...

Comment: It's not an entitlement (Score 1) 246

by rsilvergun (#46788771) Attached to: I expect to retire ...
it's a scientific fact that people decline rapidly when they hit 50. They might be living till 80 now, but those aren't very productive years. Unless we're gonna start letting them die like dogs in the street (and periodically round them up and euthanize them like said dogs) then we need to do something with the millions of people that are still alive but not fit for work.

Or we could just stick are head in the sand and bitch about "entitlement". I guess that works too. Nice troll, btw. You kept it straight right until the end and then through in your flame bait. I couldn't have done it better myself (not even in this last sentence :) )

Comment: If only (Score 0) 214

by rsilvergun (#46784865) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue
there was some way to only read the parts that were relevant to you. You'd need a Table to put all the Contents on though, and we all know no table can survive are tax code.

Com'on. Laws are complicated because the real *bleepin'* world is complicated. Ideas and principles don't hold up to reality. Sooner or later you have to either sit down and do the hard work of making thinks work or let it go to hell and stick your fingers in your ears.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen