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Comment: Free Market Doesn't Exist (Score 1) 122

OK, first, how are the people posting about doctors over prescribing antibiotics being modded insightful? That's not really a problem any more, and it's specifically NOT what the article is about....

This should be a test case for those people that say that the Free Market is good and Government is bad. We have a problem with industrial farmers (I hate calling them farmers. I grew up on a farm. What they do has little resemblance to farming) abusing antibiotics. This is NOT new news. We've known this for a long time. There is no government oversight on this issue.

If all the libertarians and righties were correct, people would stop buying meat from these industrial farmers and they'd stop the practice. I should note that most of the people I see buying meat that's grass fed, organic, and cruelty free are all lefties (but that's because we're the only ones that actually give a shit about other people. Wow. That sounded jaded even to me. I'm going to leave it up there, but... there's some hidden anger I didn't realize I had.. I should examine that. anyway)

What we see is the opposite of that. Without a strong cop (government) regulating for the common good, the market is doing what it's designed to do.... Maximize profit and let society deal with externalized losses. The solution to this is to have the government stop pussyfooting around and regulate. It is heavily lobbied to make sure that doesn't happen, because our system is corrupt.

Yes, it's corrupt. The solution to that isn't to get rid of big government. That's exactly what the people doing the corrupting WANT. We need regulation of industry (not take over, regulate. No one's saying to socialize. Calm Down.) because industry always tries to externalize the losses to maximize profits, and someone needs to tell them "knock it off.".

Also, the free market is a myth. A useful tool to demonstrate and idea, much like a frictionless wheel to demonstrate basic physics ideas to a student... but we've known about this for a LONG time. We have many examples of companies acting badly in the last decade, but no examples of people punishing them into changing their behavior..... I'm still looking at you BP...

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 952

by whistlingtony (#47936957) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

long term goals... whoopdie do! They can have all the long term goals written on a napkin that they want. I want to rule the world too, you don't see us bombing my house.

There is an alternative. Bombing them only continues the cycles. Why do they exist? American and Russia meddled in the middle east. We've gone back and forth for decades now. This is just another cycle...

The alternative is to break the cycle. Lets go to the Kurds in Northern Iraq and help them create Kurdistan. Lets build roads, schools, hospitals, etc. Lets Marshal Plan the shit out of them. Do the same thing in the South. Do the same thing all over, and those people will love us. Look at this from the villager on the ground's perspective... A drone drops a bomb and kills your son. You hate America. Your son gets sick and he's treated at a hospital made by the Americans... Yay America!

We need to go back to winning hearts and minds. You do that by building instead of destroying. It seems like a longer process, and maybe the school that we build gets blown up... Good. Let the villager see that we built the school and THEY blew it up. It's not actually a longer process. I think it's a shorter process... How long have we been entangled in the Middle East?

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 952

by whistlingtony (#47936895) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I'd like to bump up this idea that they're not a long term threat. Everyone is waving ISIS Around like they're scary... They're not. They took some land, they took some villages, they even took some cities. I get it. They're scary.... But taking territory is not RULING territory.

I'm not scared of 10,000 guys with AKs, rocket launchers, and pickup trucks... Not when they're on the other side of the world. I'm not scared of them, and I don't think they're a threat. I don't think they'll be able to hold the territory they have. I think planting a flag and actually governing are VERY different, and they have yet to actually govern the territory they hold.

Lets see how good they are at providing the functions of a government. Hospitals, trade, rule of law, schools..... Oh wait....

The American people are being whipped into a fear frenzy of nothing, to justify a continuation of war, which will continue the problem of terrorism, not solve it. Why? Because it makes money to continually bomb people....

Comment: Doing it wrong (Score 1) 182

by whistlingtony (#47897957) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Bah. If MOOCs are a failure, that's because they're doing it wrong. There's a lot of good research saying that humans learn best through experimentation and projects, and in groups... MOOCs can't do that.

I'm still waiting for our hidebound education system to do "homework" in class with other students and where the teacher can help and do "lecture" via a recording that students can watch while they're at home. My wouldn't THAT be nice? There's something MOOCs would be good at...

Throwing lectures via a recording at people doesn't work really any better than doing it in person.

Comment: Political Posts Galore (Score 1) 348

by whistlingtony (#47874807) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

There's going to be a LOT of posts about politics here. Mine will be no different. oh look, the first post is about global warming. "Just link your thesis to Global Warming, and you won't have a problem."

Except that's the complete opposite of what the article is saying...

We need good science. I'm very annoyed that we are subsidizing profitable industries while NOT funding important science work. You all should be too. What happened to us? What happened to America? When did we become so.... Stupid? When did we change from people that valued knowledge and learning to a people that put quotes around "scientists" all the time?

I'm guessing it happened right around the time that the messages that educated people were telling us became harmful to the messages that industry wanted us to hear. Why can people not see that?

Comment: tech vs. government (Score 1) 222

by whistlingtony (#47843091) Attached to: FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

I am frequently found wondering about the pace of tech and the abilities it gives us being up against the speed of government, a large organization not known for speed. Designer drugs, fracking, UAVs, etc etc etc... It seems like it you move fast enough you can get away with a lot before anyone notices what you're up to. :D

This is not always a good thing, but... it is interesting.

Comment: Re:To the slashdotters of the world (Score 2) 165

by whistlingtony (#47831723) Attached to: Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment
I should also note there have been a LOT of coups in Argentina, and the US has been behind at least the ones in the 70s... This is known, not conspiracy. Kissinger gave the green light himself, and those records have been recovered under a FOIA request.

Comment: Re:To the slashdotters of the world (Score 2) 165

by whistlingtony (#47831699) Attached to: Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Ahem. I'm forced to point out that neoliberal is not liberal... I'm afraid many people don't know that neoliberal is a technical term in economics. From Wikipedia: "support for great economic liberalization, privatization, free trade, open markets, deregulation, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy."

Or basically "capitalism with the gloves off"

Comment: Re:scotch? (Score 1) 116

woh! I see I got modded down into oblivion. I had never heard "scotch" being used as " Decisively put an end to". It seemed rather derisive. I'm still a little curious about the origins of the word. Looking up the Etymology of the word, it seems it might be from an old old word, and is not derogatory towards the Scots as I thought that it might be.

I'm not sure why curiosity or a sense of Not Assholism deserved to be modded down, but OK... Sorry Internet. Sheesh.

Comment: Re:It's amazing (Score 1) 199

by whistlingtony (#47827979) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

You know the parties switched. Old republicans are not New republicans. You know that. That's stated above, go read if you don't know that.

Do they? so, the ACLU and EFF are republicans? Ha! Name me the conservative ACLU and EFF.... I'll wait.

I see what you did all over the place. Lefties do indeed push for gun control, but there's been NO serious push for that from the feds. Despite this lack of a push, righties seem to think Obama is going to creep into their house and steal their guns.

Yes, I know Frederick Douglas was republican. See above.

Can you provide some evidence of that? That would be neat to know. Although, even if true, the Feds have been paying for upkeep for a LONG time.

Comment: Re:It's amazing (Score 4, Informative) 199

by whistlingtony (#47816499) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Look up Wolf-PAC. I'm a member, and I'm sad to say that most of us are left leaning. There's a fair bit of libertarians in there with us. I'm not a Tea Partier. So, you're wrong again.

Ahem. I'm not just a member, I'm a volunteer coordinator for my state. I've met with my reps.

Lefties love this country too. I'd say we love it more. We're always the ones complaining when it does bad things. I see the EFF and the ACLU fighting the government's overreach in the courts. I see Lefties in the streets, for specific causes. I don't see a lot of Tea Party folks doing much of anything really. Sorry, I don't mean to be rude, but I really don't see them. Who is against the stupid wars we fight? Who complains when we topple democratically elected leaders? Where's the Right's Noam Chomsky? Who was against slavery? Who actually fights in the courts against government overreach? Lefties....

Who rants about guns when there hasn't been a serious push to take away guns at all? Righties. Tea Partiers.

So don't give me any shit about the Tea Party Libertarians being the only ones fighting. Lefties have a long and far better history of fighting against government overreach than anyone else.

Unless you want to call The Government Actually Helping People as overreach. Then, yes, Righties fight against government overreach all the time. damn social security! Damn welfare! Damn the VA. Damn government health insurance! Damn interstate highways! Damn FDR and paying people to build infrastructure we're still using today and that benefited the nation greatly!

The biggest mistake you can make is to believe that you are working for someone else.