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Comment Re:No, these companies need to follow the law (Score 1) 273 273

The employees like it, the customers like it, and nobody who didn't voluntarily put themselves in this situation is affected by it, save for the raw dynamics of business (i.e. some other company is capturing your market better than you, so you're losing business and they're gaining business; this is why the RIAA wants rights-enforcement jurisdiction over RIAA-independent artists, not just those who sign with one of the RIAA labels). Complaining that you don't agree with how it should work is literally the same as complaining that some people have gay sex or study Marx: it's not your business.

At least some employees don't like it, and they are suing Uber.

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/10...

Comment Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 818 818

If they want to re-purpose a symbol once seen as bigotry and hatred into something people of today can get behind, that's pretty much a win for us all.

FTFY...

If they want to re-purpose a symbol once seen as bigotry and hatred into something white people of today can get behind, that's pretty much a win for us all.

Comment Re:The Confederate flag is a white supremacist sym (Score 1) 818 818

That is a very incomplete and one-sided retelling of American history.

The Confederate battle flag represents the Confederacy, which was formed in order to defend the economic interest of the south to maintain the evil system of slavery. So, it's not unfair to say that it is a white supremacist symbol.

It is, however, dishonest to boil down over 200 years of history in the way you have done. For instance, the U.S. has provided financial support and also apologized to native Americans essentially for driving them off of their land. The American flag represents that as well. It's a complex history.

Comment Re:The Confederate flag is a white supremacist sym (Score 1) 818 818

The Confederate battle flag has not been banned. It has merely been removed from product offerings and search results by private corporations and the national park service. You are still free to purchase and display that flag.

Comment The Confederate flag is a white supremacist symbol (Score 0) 818 818

That flag represents the brutal subjugation and slavery of human beings for profit. It is akin to the Nazi swastika.

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

Some are commenting that Google is not removing shopping results for 'swastika'. That's Google's editorial policy. It has nothing to do with free speech or any other individual rights. It is a double standard though.

Comment Re:Putin would like to get his hands on that money (Score 0) 94 94

When Putin charges someone with corruption, it's usually because they control government expenditures and are unwilling to give him his usual kickback.

I should have said that Putin charges people with corruption when they have access to government expenditures and won't give him his cut, if they control a company whose assets he would like to steal (usually via an associate), or if he perceives them as a threat.

http://www.examiner.com/review...

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

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

Comment Putin would like to get his hands on that money (Score 5, Interesting) 94 94

When Putin charges someone with corruption, it's usually because they control government expenditures and are unwilling to give him his usual kickback. So, it looks like he's going to create a new space agency and install an ally to take advantage of the inherent business opportunities provided by access to a budget of over $5 billion.

Read more about Putin's kleptocracy here:

http://www.reuters.com/investi...

Comment Re:freedom (Score 1) 1089 1089

Some Iraqis may have very well wished for the U.S. to remove Saddam Hussein from power. That has no bearing on the misrepresentation of the intelligence by the Bush administration in order manipulate the country into going to war. It also has no bearing on the bungling ineptitude of the Bush administration in prosecuting that war and the subsequent occupation of Iraq.

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

Read Cobra II. It's a very balanced account of the planning and prosecution of the war. Rumsfeld micromanaged the military, and unfortunately for everyone involved he was grossly incompetent.

http://www.amazon.com/Cobra-II...

"Almost 1000 soldiers died!"

What about the Iraqis that just up above you claimed we were trying to save? Over 200,000 dead documented by Iraq Body Count. These deaths are all a result of the invasion of Iraq and the power vacuum which ensued.

https://www.iraqbodycount.org/

"you learn from the mistakes and move on"

The U.S. borrowed the money to pay for the war. The final tab will be in the trillions.

http://www.reuters.com/article...

Tens of thousands of American lives have been shattered, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives have been shattered, millions of Iraqis have had to flee their homes, barbaric ISIS has taken over parts of the region that the Bush administration intentionally weakened. Iran has turned into a major player in the region. The war was a complete, unmitigated strategic disaster.

Comment Re:freedom (Score 1) 1089 1089

I said the Bush administration is "almost" wholly responsible. They deserve the preponderance of blame. They misrepresented the evidence on alleged WMDs and links to Al Qaeda.

https://news.vice.com/article/...

They executed a sustained propaganda campaign for the purpose of manipulating the country to go to war.

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

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