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Comment: Ah Free Market Capitalism (Score 1) 350

by rsilvergun (#49602707) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic
the original "No True Scottsman". There really is no way for it to exist. Sooner or later inheritance alone means somebody is going to get advantages, use them, and start locking down wealth. As soon as you introduce anti trust law you've busted the system.

Private power companies don't work because they don't add value. Power is something _everyone_ wants. When everyone wants something it makes sense for it to be run as a public utility. Adding a private element just lets someone skim 10-20% off the top is all while they cut down on safety. Anyone who thinks private companies are inherently more efficient needs to go watch Office Space again and then go check out the (rather amazing) American Postal System or look at a well funded DMV (as opposed to a DMV run for the purposes of triggering knee jerk reactions from anti-gov't types).

Sure, you have to keep an eye on what the gov't does, but we've already established we have to do the same with business (see the aforementioned anti-trust laws). That's the trouble with socialism. Free Market Capitalism claims to have principles and easy answers. That they're the wrong answers isn't really the issue. Socialists basically say: Hey, the world is _fsckin'_ complex and it takes real hard work to make things run smoothly, and then a Socialist will start blathering on about all the things you need to do to make a system work.

The way I see Free Market Capitalism is this: When have you ever had a difficult problem that got better by leaving it the fsck alone?

Comment: I don't think it's that complicated (Score 1) 184

it's not about what laws they supported but how they voted. We're a Representational Democracy after all. Right Wing war hawks swept the elections after 9/11 and there was a huge shift to the right. If you ask Americans in general what policies we support we're a pretty left wing bunch, but we don't vote unless we're frightened. If we think everything's ok we stay away from the polls :(.

Comment: They did this with Occupy Wall Street (Score 4, Interesting) 184

Pretty much ignoring the law in the process. 9/11 really, really screwed America. It's amazing how little it takes the scare the $h!t out of enough of us to throw everything away. So many folks I knew went on and on about ho 9/11 changed everything, but it didn't really. We let it change after the fact, but there was no good reason why we had to let everything go to hell...

Comment: States rights (Score 1) 624

by rsilvergun (#49598561) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
were given to keep a strong central gov't from redistributing wealth. The wealthy landowners wanted a weak central gov't that couldn't challenge their power and authority. Say what you will about strong central gov'ts, but there isn't really an alternative that can stand up to an aristocracy. The trick is keeping it from becoming crony style fascism. But it's worth the risk. The only difference between corporate fueled aristocracy and fascism is the color of the jack boot at your neck. Might as well roll the dice with a strong central gov't and try to hang on to it. The only thing you really have to do is not let the bastards divide and conquer. All you need is worker solidarity.

Comment: Not sure of the benefit here (Score 2) 51

any app simple enough to run on both mobile & desktop is probably a web app. I guess there's games, but I've played ports of mobile games and they don't work. The design choices you make with mobile are completely different, and you usually end up with something that plays poorly on both. Ground Pounders was like that. Tons of control features were missing from the desktop port because they didn't work in mobile, and the game suffered for it...

Comment: I'd love to see the program killed (Score 2) 624

by rsilvergun (#49582899) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
There's already several programs for the genius of the world to immigrate if they want to so H1-B was never necessary. But how will you get popular support? There's just too many issues that divide the American Workforce. No one votes with their wallets. Whether it's Guns, Gay Marriage, Abortion, Drug Legalization, whatever. There's always something to split the electorate. And with our winner take all 2 party system that means all anyone has to do is get a majority of the vote. Add in Gerrymandering and it's basically a done deal.

To get rid of this crap Americans would have to give up on every other issue they think matters and vote on money and only money. I just don't see that happening. If we could switch to a parliamentary system, but that pretty much means scraping our Constitution; and to hear Americans talk about that damnable piece of scrap paper you'd think it was their bible. To be fair I remember as a kid having it droned into me that it was a sacred document. Every teacher I've ever had sung it's praise. When I was older I found out why we have a Senate (hint: it our version of the House of Lords) and why we had so much States rights. It wasn't for Freedom's sake, that's for sure...

Comment: Um... (Score 2) 624

by rsilvergun (#49582861) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers
Companies have been working for years to eliminate essential personnel. You find complex tasks and break them down into simpler and simpler tasks. If they were paying middle class wages this wouldn't be feasible. But at slave wages it works perfectly. If you're not doing incredible complex math that requires near genius level intellect that only a few genetic freaks have then your job can be broken down into processes and then your livelihood replaced.

And after 30 years of declining wages who the hell can save anything? 60% of Americans are paycheck to paycheck. And before you trot out that nonsense about buying iPhones every 2 years my generation doesn't smoke. That more than makes up for the cost of a phone every few years. So shove off.

Maybe companies _shouldn't_ be able to drop me anytime. You know, there's a downside to my desperation for you too. That's what unemployment is for. It's not to protect me if I'm unemployed. It's to protect _you_ from competing with me when I'm desperate and I'll take _anything_. See, when that happens they'll fire you with your benefits and your high salary and hire me for minimum wage. The unemployed are coming for you. Welcome to the race to the bottom. It's a long way down.

Comment: Stop acting like a putz (Score 1) 81

by rsilvergun (#49578025) Attached to: Uber Testing Massive Merchant Delivery Service
Regulations are only half the story. The other half is enforcement. I'm fed up with knee jerk reactions from a peanut gallery too lazy to spend five minutes on Google reading up on what life was like before rules that govern a civilized society. Yes, people speed. Usually ten over. They also get ticketed and then drive extra safely for a few months years until the sting wears off from paying the ticket

Comment: I think the difference (Score 3, Insightful) 352

by rsilvergun (#49557617) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
that the author is pointing out is that it'll be incredibly profitable to run these sorts of "schools". Sure, they won't work. But who cares so long as the money keeps flowing in. And what alternative will you have? Unless you're rich there won't be any. Sure, some of the /. crowd might realize that's morally wrong, but the rest of America will continue to blame themselves. It's something we do a lot of and goes back to that whole puritanical self flagellation thing that's been buries in our skulls.

Comment: Good luck with that (Score 1) 162

by rsilvergun (#49553175) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
our Constitution was written to keep these guys in power. That's why we have a senate & house instead of a parliament. But good luck changing that. Lots of people will agree with you until you suggest scraping the Constitution. They've had it pounded into them while they were young and defenseless that it's a sacred document and if only we just followed it none of this would happen. Nobody questions whether the deck was stacked from the get go...

Comment: How does this get modded insightful? (Score 3, Insightful) 162

by rsilvergun (#49553159) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
Lots of thinking goes on at think tanks. It's just not the sort any decent person wants going on. You shouldn't underestimate your enemy. They are well organized, highly motivated and well funded. They're fighting the best kind of war: one where the other side doesn't know there's a war on.

Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule." -- David Guaspari