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Comment Re:People working when they don't have to (Score 1) 674

I want to work. I DON'T want to work at drudgery! Who does? No one... but I'll gladly do interesting work. Volunteering is up in the US. I think you're just a curmudgeonly boss. If you have employees that don't want to work for you, maybe your workplace sucks and you're a terrible boss who can't motivate people.

With a basic income, and basic healthcare, I would quit my $70k/year job and the benefits, and work on my side business of building musical instruments.... Work I already do, because I love it.

I think you're just a curmudgeon, and like most people, you think everyone is like you. They're not.

Comment Re:wrong quest (Score 1) 67

1) What are you talking about?

2)My business doesn't work without the CNC machine, because that makes my product. But the guy in charge of the business (which is my business partner, I'm a small business) doesn't know anything about CNC machines. He doesn't need to. He needs to make relationships with stores and move that product.

I'm not going to say it's not valuable for the suits to know the tech. I will say that we all have our jobs. Technology enables the business, it ISN'T the business, especially when considering banks.

Comment Re:House loses most staunch Democrat (Score 5, Informative) 406

Speaking as a Democrat, I'm happy to see that the R's gave in on abortion, funded women's health care, stopped oil subsidies, went along with a single payer health care system, cut back on war funding, funded basic infrastructure, etc etc etc. Oh wait, that never happened.

What did the Democrats get that they wanted? I'm dying to know. That's a big statement. Let's see it backed up.

Comment wrong quest (Score 4, Insightful) 67

There is no "in their quest to bring the best technology to their business", because that's not their mission. They're there to make money. Even tech companies are there to make money. The technology rarely has anything to do with it. The coolest gizmo in the world won't make money without marketing and sales.

I use CNC machines in my side business of making guitars. My quest is to make money selling guitars. The CNC machine enables that, but it's not my quest to bring CNC machines to the masses. It's not even my quest to bring the latest guitar technology. Quite the opposite.

You're talking about BANKS, fer crying out loud....

Comment Re: Science! (Score 5, Insightful) 737

You'd have no problem putting someone in jail if they knowingly dumped toxic waste into the local water and lied about it for decades. Just because you fell for their BS about global warming not being real, doesn't make the danger any less dangerous, or that they lied about it for decades any less evil.

You'd think we'd have learned when they pulled this exact same shit with cigarettes, but apparently not...

Comment Re:Science! (Score 4, Insightful) 737

No one is criminalizing wrong ideas, as much as you'd like to paint yourself as a victim. What's being criminalized is hurting people and lying about it. You'd have no problems with criminal proceedings if someone knowingly put toxic waste into your drinking water and covered it up. Same Thing, pretty much exactly.

Comment Re:I liked the Charle Hebdo cartoons (Score 1) 662

Huckamania is far more likely to die of heart disease, drunk driving, etc. Shit, you're probably more likely to die from a christian terrorist than a muslim one. Don't walk past any abortion clinics by accident.... If you're really worried about muslims willing to kill you over a cartoon (which I doubt you even draw), you should be SUPER worried about that guy on the street corner willing to kill you for your wallet. He's far more real and far more present. Which is to say, not at all....

Are you THAT afraid of something that's so obviously overblown and sensationalized?

Comment For and Against (Score 1) 1291


I don't want to pay for other people! (I'm just summarizing what I'm reading here, I don't think this. Guess what. You already do)


We could save a TON of money and bureaucracy by wiping out all of the limits, checks, paperwork, etc.

I would quit my job in a heartbeat, (freeing up my spot for someone else) and focus on my own small business, hopefully growing it and enabling me to hire some more people. People don't want to sit on the couch. Maybe YOU do, but most people are creative and WANT to do meaningful work. They DON'T want to slog away for the man. Giant Surprise, I know. Startups would flourish under this system, because they CAN.

Many stay at home parents would actually be PAID for their efforts under a BI. This would be a giant boon to families everywhere, allowing one parent to stay at home and care for their kids. This opens MORE jobs, and makes sure our children are raised by US.

McDonalds and other crappy jobs would have to bump their pay. Who would slave away for a basic income when it's given for free? This would end a lot of really bad work practices outright.

I can think of more, but I'm supposed to be working right now.... :D

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 2) 369

They should have the luxury of time to analyze the threat, because they should know exactly what they face before they go in. Firefighters don't just run into buildings without a plan and proper safety protocols. Neither do cops. Well.... Neither SHOULD cops.

Mind you, I'm all in favor of less than lethal options. Tazers and beanbags work. Also, I'm in favor of cops DE-escalating situations, instead of escalating them. And when there's a gun involved? If they didn't know, they should retreat. If they DO know, they should call the F'in swat team and put that person down hard. Cops shouldn't have guns at all IMO.

Yes, I know guns. I grew up rural. I just want more community policing instead of police state.

Comment This is Stupid (Score 4, Informative) 576

Here are the top ten leading causes of death in the USA.

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer (malignant neoplasms)
  3. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  4. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  6. Alzheimer's disease
  7. Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. Kidney disease (nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis)
  10. Suicide (intentional self-harm).

I looked. Homicide is 15th. Death By Terrorism isn't on this list. Overdose from drugs bought from drug dealing immigrants isn't either. Just once I wish we'd wage a war on Cancer or Drunk Driving, ya know?

Also, because it has to be said.... Maybe we can put their tracking bar code on some kind of armband? This shit is !@#$ing stupid and dangerously close to Nazi levels of moron. We have a serious politician blaming the Jews Immigrants and willing to label them. Oh. Come. On!

The Republican party invited in the stupid and completely has lost it's !@#$ing mind.

Comment Re:Could not agree more (Score 1) 413

Hi. I believe I'm the far left.

I also live next to Hanford, one of the most expensive nuclear clean up sites in the world. So, that does affect my outlook on things.

I'm here to tell you that you need to listen to ME, not what other people are telling you that I'm telling you.

Nuclear waste is an issue. There are solutions. Better technology exists. I'm OK with nuclear if it's done well.

Also, No, I don't want us to buy solar and wind from China. I want us to subsidize a vital part of our infrastructure, build them right here in America, to grow OUR economy.....

Please don't put words in my mouth.

Also, yes, China's emissions are huge. I'd like to fix that, but I don't run China. So, perhaps I should worry about what I do supposedly run? Other people's bad behavior is not a free license for your own....

Every little picofarad has a nanohenry all its own. -- Don Vonada