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Comment: Re:Third World America (Score 1) 284

by the eric conspiracy (#48209897) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

A lot of what you describe is voluntary, and regional. For example the state of Massachusetts has one of the best education systems in the world.

Other aspects of it have a lot to do with the bimodal population distribution, for example the lack of passenger rail. If you look at other aspect of the US rail system for example freight you will quickly find the US is absolutely world leading. For example the US ships 10x more freight by rail than Europe does.

Ultimately what counts is economic output. There is no indication whatsoever that the US economy is declining to third world standards. If you spent some time in the third world as I have you'd find the idea ridiculous.

Comment: Re:I wish they'd focus more on things like MRSA (Score 3, Informative) 380

Part of the problem with the recent agency flubs is lack of focus on the part of the agency, something that is the responsibility of Congress.

For example the Secret Service was once a part of the Treasury Department, and had a relatively narrow set of missions. However with the creation of the monumental cluster fuck known as the DHS, the Secret Service was uprooted and badly placed under the DHS, then saddled with all sorts of diversions.

Similarly the CDC has been loaded up with all sorts of ridiculous crap like being made responsible for bicycle lane safety and policing of farmers markets. This is a world leading organization that must function at the highest level possible. Loading it up with cruft will destroy it.

Recently I've seen a lot of yammering about some of the people that are seen on TV including Freidman and Fauci, to the effect that they are incompetent and should be shown the door.

I'm sorry but this makes me want to throw up. Anthony Fauci is one of the greatest Americans of this age. His work on HIV/AIDS has saved millions of lives. He is one of the most cited scientists in the world. It is disgusting that he should be subjected to the hysterical politics of the moment.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 120

by the eric conspiracy (#48196273) Attached to: Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

Since when are glitchy and unresponsive web sites exclusive to governments?

It took Amazon about 8 years to figure out how to get through Christmas shopping season without blowing up.

Even earlier AT&T's phone system would routinely crash on Mother's Day.

Handling large scale distributed demand surges is a non-trivial problem.

Comment: Re:Taxing consumption is archaic. (Score 1) 838

by the eric conspiracy (#48160311) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

It's very difficult for me to see how you could make a consumption tax progressive enough to result in overall progressive taxation when there are people with 10s of billions in financial assets walking around.

Their personal consumption rates are in the fractions of a percent of their income, not say 80% like an upper middle class person.

Ultimately I think the current taxation system is reasonable IF some of the egregious loopholes are closed - particularly the carried interest and in the area of estate taxation.

Comment: Re:Parallels exist in animals (Score 0, Troll) 87

In traditional societies your children would take care of you in old age.

Maybe if we got away from this nuclear family bullshit parents would pay more attention to their children because the return on investment would once again be important to them.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?