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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 879 879

I hate this meme... I really do. As if the paltry amount of property taxes are a huge burden. As if your house is a magic island not connected by roads, electrical grids, sewer lines, water lines, internet... Protected by a fire department, police, rule of law.... All of which* are maintained by the local city and/or state government.

To reverse it, you seem to want the services but you seem to want others to pay for them. You take your basic infrastructure for granted then complain when the (completely awesome and low cost due to efficiency of scale) bill comes due.

My yearly property taxes are a week's wages. One out of 52, and look at all the awesome life and business enabling awesome I get for that. My job wouldn't exist without a decent electrical grid, rule of law, water, sewer, etc etc etc.... Hell, my favorite taco cart wouldn't exist without all that stuff either.

You own your home.... Assuming you actually pay off your mortgage. Your taxes pay for the civilization you get around your home. If you don't pay up for all that civilization, yeah, they get cranky. They should. They delivered services to you, that you knew about, that you can NOT pay if you really don't want to but you're going to have to live somewhere a lot more Shit-tastic.

There are shit holes where you don't have to pay property taxes.... but you didn't bother to look into that did you? You knew the deal when you bought your house in a nice neighborhood.

* One could make a case that internet is a private enterprise. One could also make a case that that private enterprise is running over public land, public power poles, etc etc... so I included it here too.

Comment Re:Amen brother! (Score 0) 424 424

What have R's done to make anything better for anyone lately? I'm serious. I want an answer. I guess Rand Paul temporarily defeated the bulk collection of our phone records... sort of... but not really.... But really, what have they done?

It seems to me to be two sides screaming about issues they don't really care about at all in a vague attempt to attention whore while a handful of people who tend to have a D next to their name (Ok, and MAYBE that one R previously mentioned even though he's a "get rid of the EPA" weirdo) actually try to make things better for everyone.

Comment Re:I Predict... (Score 1) 205 205

You People. Always.... "Well, fines don't work because the company will just pass it on to the consumer!"

Fine... Fine them a HUGE number, and suddenly they CAN'T "just" pass it on because it makes them more expensive than their competitors...

but I'm curious, what is your alternative. We should just not punish companies that do bad things? Is that it? 'Cause that doesn't work for me....

Comment Re:$100,000,000 (Score 1) 205 205

a corporation is a fake person used for paperwork/liability purposes, and we can tax them if we want to. There's no "fair" in it at all. We made them up. We can tax them if we all choose to. There's no contradiction. We made them up and we can grant or revoke "rights" as we see fit.

Are you honestly saying that corporations are not represented in government? If so, you can !@#$ing !@#$ your !@#$ing !@#$. :D

Comment Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413 413

I don't think we actually know that. And I don't think you can chain those suppositions together. In three paragraphs you went from "you want to rule over over people." to "We don't want to live under Stalin and Mao mass murderers!". I don't think your logic chain actually links together.

I'm just an innocent bystander, but I do want to tell you that you may be shooting from the hip and missing. Your arguments come off a bit Crazy. But hey, you're anonymous, what do you care?

Comment Re:Republican Hypocrits (Score 1) 98 98

And if you want someone to tell you how Obama is a Bad Man, this liberal will gladly tell you all of the reasons. The only difference between us is that my reasons are REAL, and so many reasons spouted by "you people" (And I'm totally generalizing, and generally being an asshole here) are made up fantasy "invading Texas"/ RFID chips/Obama started warrantless wiretapping nonsense bullshit.

Comment Re:Republican Hypocrits (Score 2) 98 98

Most of our Republican Reps and Senators are for TPP.

Obama is going against the majority of Dem Reps and Senators in seeking Fast Track Authority for the TPP...

So, MOST of the Rs are for it, and SOME of the Ds are for it, and in your mind, they're equally bad.

Now, I absolutely agree with you that the mere secrecy surrounding this thing should be enough to reject it, but I have to say; You seem to have your opinions, and then you mold facts to them. Yes. I'm sure those Republicans are being duped into supporting Obama...... Sure they are... It wouldn't have anything to do with how they keep getting campaign contributions from giant companies. Noooo..... They're being tricked!

As an aside, I'm amazed how the Rs can't have Obama doing deals with Iran that move us toward peace.... They need to be able to tinker with the sanctions! Obama is overstepping himself? Oh, you want fast track authority to sneak in giant corporate giveaways? Give it to him, give it to him! The hypocrisy is amazing....

Anyway, yes, there are Slimy Democrats trying to get his passed. But let's not equate the handfull of Ds with the vast majority of the Rs trying to get his past us.

And whatever you believe, I at least take heart that you can see that the TPP is a Bad Thing.

Comment Re:That's IT. I've had it with the politics on /. (Score 1) 623 623

Uh. There are Nerds that are gay. This is big news for them.

If you don't like it, no one made you read it. No one made you click reply. No one made you type. No one made you hit preview. No one made you hit submit.... Or is this one of those "If we allow gays, they might spread gayness" things? Did the gays make you hit reply?

Comment Re:More than PR (Score 1) 385 385

Naaahhh... It's because we think getting rid of the EPA is bat shit crazy STUPID. It does a valuable job. There's a reason the EPA exists... We Americans set a river on fire for fuck's sake. A River! On Fire! Getting lead out of gasoline is a good idea. Our natural resources need to be protected, and not because of hippy dippy feelings, but because a lot of us happen to make our living from them!

Liberals would be a lot happier with Libertarians if they'd stop trying to kill basic protections so the magic free market could make all the decisions. We've done that before in US history. It did not go well......

Comment Re:More than PR (Score 1) 385 385

As a Liberal, I find your post controversial, problematic, and inflammatory!


But really, I see it as one side wanting to help people, create basic infrastructure, and get on with the business of governing... and the other side is infested with religious zealots who hate basic science and education. Ted Cruz is on the committee that decides funding for NASA. I mean... Come On!

Comment Re:Thank God for Gov't Oversight (Score 1) 66 66

Oh shut the !@#$ up... It's all the government's fault, so you say. Yes. Bad corporate behavior is enabled by government. And I'm sure that without government around, they wouldn't have done it? B. !@#$ing S.

You need to go back and look at history some more to see what companies got up to when there wasn't government insight. There's a nice little historical place in my home state, a canyon that held a mine. The workers in that mine were not paid very well, and they had to rent their barracks, and they had to buy food and equipment from the company store at inflated prices. There was only one way out of this canyon... and it had a gatling gun covering it, that conveniently pointed inwards.

Now, I'm pissed as anyone else that I'd get years in prison if I stole this much, and let's not mince words here.... The phone companies STOLE, and someone should be in prison. But don't go blaming this on the !@#$ing government. That's just your own little petty hatred.

When the cops aren't doing their job well enough, the solution is NOT to get rid of cops! Criminals will self regulate! Suuuuuuuure. No. The solution is to get rid of the dirty cops and get some cops that will do their job. I hate this !!@#$ing "government bad, let's get rid of it!" mentality. That doesn't work, and it should be !@#$ing obvious to anyone with half a !@#$ brain.

Comment Re:Hardly (Score 1) 237 237

countries migrate toward freedom, and we wack back that freedom if it suits us. Take Iran.... they went to nationalize their oil. The big oil company at the time, now BP, complained to the UK government. They complained to the U.S. We overthrew Iran's government and put the Shah in place.

Our strategy has nothing to do with Freedom, and everything to do with Economics.

Five is a sufficiently close approximation to infinity. -- Robert Firth "One, two, five." -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail