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Comment Re:You actually did (Score 2) 337

And which "competing systems" would you have them teach? Economics isn't a course on various forms of government, they were teaching you how the system you lived under actually operates.

We don't actually live in a purely capitalist society. Patents & copyrights are embedded into our constitution and are anti capitalist in that they create a monopoly based on the force of law rather than a free market.

Utility monopolies in areas - ie cable, telephone, power ... again quasi socialist concepts - the state own a monopoly on the right of way and sells it. The populous has little to no input and the leases are essentially as long as the company exists.

Emergency medicine is absolutely not a free market item - nobody does research and decides which hospital to go to for their heart attack based on cost/benefit ratios.

Even back to the 1700 & 1800s, there have been consumer protection laws in effect that curtail the ability of businesses to market and sell products - thankfully we no longer have lollipops flavored with horse piss.

Comment Re:Marketing costs? Do me a favor (Score 2) 305

Advertising a drug? How pointless. You're not going to take it unless prescribed anyway, and then you just ask for the generic version by defaiut, so what does advertising get them? Nothing.

Quick question... exactly what color is the sky on your planet?
Follow up question .... do unicorns really fart rainbows?

  1. Sexy woman poses for the camera.
  2. Offers a stiffer dick.
  3. Thousands of idiots rush to their Dr demanding pill of the week.
  4. $$$$

If you don't believe it, just think how effective SPAM is - and we KNOW whatever junk is being peddled by random emails is junk, but people buy shit from the places paying SPAMers by the truckload.

Comment Re:Worthy of consideration (Score 1) 305

Actually, until the 70s, it was illegal for drug companies to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers. Not because that allowed them to keep the drug costs high, but because it keeps stupid people from seeing a drug advertised on the television and running to their doctor for it.

Most countries have rules in place that forbid this, and it would actually keep costs DOWN. Right now, drug companies spend 2-3X as much on their advertising as they do on research (which is the actual cost center they claim makes drugs so expensive.)

Comment Re:The cure (Score 1) 588

Fortunately I have patented a cure for this affliction (AKA Electrodamper) consisting of a large plastic box with a heavy battery, a switch and blue LED light. All the sufferer has to do is to flip the switch to build a bubble of electro-protection around themselves - relief should be immediate

Hah, Mine is better, it produces both 2.4 & 5GHz fields with wave cancelling effects. That way, ONLY WIFI signals are blocked.

Comment Re:Worst summary ever (Score 1) 55

You might want to rethink that statement. In most places, the property will be sold at auction after 90 days. If the person is not found guilty, or wins the case to have their property returned - in the case of property seized without charges, then they will be refunded the proceeds minus impoundment fees and auction fees. (IE usually you owe the government for the privilege of them taking your stuff)

Comment Re:you are a sick idiot (Score 2) 397

Because people who live in NYC think the world ends at the outer boroughs.

Having lived in NY state, according to NY city people, everything past Westchester is irrelevant. Even Albany (state capital for non US people) is a hick town that doesn't matter.

In their mindset, water magically appears from the tap & the 200 miles a aqueduct doesn't need maintenance, nor do the roads stretching 400 miles to the other side of the state.

Comment Re: Who? (Score 2) 556

Wait wait what? The FBI investigating threats against a "commoner" is now reason for concern? Gosh, I'm sorry you feel it's so alarming that the FBI has decided to take a phone call from one of the little people.

They threatened to shoot up a school if one of their targets was allowed to speak at a conference. That's most likely the only reason the FBI gives a shit.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 2, Informative) 556

3. Victims of #gg, if any can be found.

I would say that people who've received death threats, rape threats, had their blogs vandalized, etc would count as victims. Given that a crapton of those threats were on twitter & posted in comments on blogs as well as e-mailed, the FBI isn't going to have a hard time showing they didn't come from the 'drama queens' looking for attention.

Have there been death threats - yes

Have there been threats of rape - yes

Have there been threats to shoot up a school - yes

To suggest that their are no "victims of #GG" is utterly inconsistent with known, provable facts.

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas