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Comment: Jeez. (Score 4, Insightful) 1262

I think this over-the-top PC trend is mostly shallow self-crongratulatory (or self-flagellating) mental masturbation - and the groups engaging in it are in their own feedback loop, in frenzied agreement with each other. It's like blaming domestic volence on old silent movies where the good guy saves the woman ties to the railroad tracks.


Threats and intimidation are wholly unacceptable responses to pretty much *any* idea or (non-violent) opinion or position. Such a response to something that might seem shallow and silly is not only unacceptable, but has the unintended consequence of giving credibility to the silliness.

Comment: Not "Koch-backed" (Score 2) 531

RTFA - there's no association with the Koch boogeymen other than that the president of the "astroturf group" used to work for a group which did have Koch ties.

The author of the article expressly states that he doesn't know who funds the group. Its title is inaccurate and irresponsible.

Comment: Re:Free market (Score 1) 257

by therealkevinkretz (#47738071) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Perfect: Adam Smith supports a flat tax ("The subjects of every state ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the state"). Do you?

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by therealkevinkretz (#47237283) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

No, I'm suggesting one should adhere to the same standard he asks of someone with whom he disagrees. And your claim was made precisely in support of the argument that gun ownership has been declining.

Which, BTW, is incorrect. Not only is ownership not declining, but new purchases are increasing. So gun ownership is not only increasing but accelerating.

Comment: Re:Somewhere in my mind... (Score 4, Insightful) 337

by therealkevinkretz (#47211989) Attached to: Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

Because several-second delays in video packets will make it unwatchable (or require a lot of buffering) and a drop of a significant percentage of a phone call's UDP will make it unusable, but the effects of neither of those will be noticed by the recipient of that business email.

To me there's a significant difference between "Net Neutrality" and QOS.

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.