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Comment Re:Pandering? (Score 1) 1021

since when is it my job to help disadvantaged groups? I've got a list of disadvantages, too, just like everybody else; to think someone else or society at large is on the hook to make my life easier is a symptom of a weak mind in that it makes one a dependent not on one's own merits, but on others' guilt-induced generosity

Comment Re:Hey - here's an idea (Score 1) 546

slow down there, Bucko, we'll be having none of that sensible talk around here; just stick to Trump/Hillary/Obama and red vs blue and we vs them.... ah fuck it, I hate everyone equally

seriously, let's keep squabbling amongst ourselves so it'll be easier for those in power to keep it; and know this: those people's only political ideology is whichever will benefit them the most

we're all getting played for suckers

Comment why? (Score 3, Interesting) 254

some kid gets lucky with an app and becomes rich; sure, maybe he's a good programmer, dunno, but by far the majority of his financial success is from luck; good for him, no grudge on my end and maybe I could learn something from how it all happened

so why does he get special air time for anything outside of that? our society has a strange way of giving folks who've done something of note in one area a free pass in other areas for which they have no credentials

for example, asking an actor who they recommend for president..... really? someone who is good at pretending to be somebody else is now someone we should listen to about such weighty issues? sure, they *might* be a pundit of sorts but that credibility has to be earned outside of them being famous for acting

similar to how we pedestalize sports and entertainment figures and report on their every mouth fart on topics far outside playing with a ball or singing and dancing

if he had not become rich/famous at 20-ish and was just another programmer at some XYZ corp.... would he be listened to as intently by an eager reporter? has he enough life experience to run his mouth intelligently on anything? so since he DID get rich/successful while very young, and lived in a rich-guy bubble since then wherein his posse constantly cups his balls, do you think he's lived the kind of life to qualify as someone to be taken seriously outside of any of that?

he's still a child, stunted by not having to live his critical 20's dealing with regular-guy shit like the rest of us; if he's got something important to say to me, it'll have to be done while NOT riding on the coat tails of his super-lucky app success

Comment Re:Does it really prove it? (Score 1) 186

changing printers would change margins etc. depending upon the capabilities of the printer... not random, but not nice either

I usually had the most problems going between a laser printer to/from a color printer; for a long time, only the laser printers had margins that could be less than about 3/4" and inkjets required at least that; if I had composed something on a document with one printer as its default but later realized my error, it always meant going back and re-doing some formatting

good times

Comment Re:What *can* FCC do? (Score 1) 173

It's not about regulation, it's about money, power and control. By keeping the FCC on a leash, there is still the option to sic them on anyone when the power to regulate is desired over the inability to regulate... whatever works in that particular context.

Private prisons are an abomination. How we treat prisoners is an indicator of civilization. Seeing the weak and defenseless (legally speaking) as nothing more than a money resource is such an obvious aberration of what our country is supposed to be about that the only way to not know is to intentionally ignore it. It's political cancer to want to defend prisoners and that's why they're easy pickings for the unethically greedy.

What do you think the public response would be if you switched out 'prisoners' with 'cancer patients' in the story? Is there any reason why it's okay to price gouge one group but not another? The quick go-to answer is "... fuck 'em, they shouldn't have been doing criminal things." To a degree, that's correct. Through due process they were stripped of certain rights and incarcerated. But incarceration is the punishment... not financial ruination because you want to communicate to family, friends and legal counsel.

Comment Re:Who decides? (Score 1) 342

Sounds like you're fine with unilateral decisions from others, though. People with no accountability, and certainly their own biases, are the last people to ever decide things such as whether or not something is whistleblowing or espionage.

Sure, try her. Let her defend herself as she sees fit. Let a jury of peers decide guilt. Then, and only then, is punishment acceptable. Before destroying someone's life, if you don't even see the sense in letting them say their piece then you're no better than any fucking commie or fascist we're supposedly at odds with.

Comment Re:Citation Needed (Score 1) 342

Thanks for looking at and explaining the actual legal text.

In today's world, the power to control information is the One Ring to Rule Them All. Any suppression of the ability of a defendant to actually defend themselves is certainly not in the spirit nor intent of our Founding Fathers. A government agency with the powers to not only accuse but limit/control evidence of either innocence or guilt, and with no accountability, is surely a festering cesspool of corruption in need of wholesale application of convictions via juries that they didn't give anyone else.

It's always about power and money. But all you ever hear is obfuscations from using inappropriate words like 'patriotism' and 'national security' but never the unvarnished truth which would be more like 'because we can' and 'because we want to keep our power base intact' and 'keep believing the lies, Common Man.'

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