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Comment Re:Don't EVER be a freedom-loving libertarian (Score 1) 411

This disinflation is a result of the globalist economy model. American pay is overinflated in comparison to the pay in China, or Bangladesh. Free trade to "bring up" those countries is working-- But at the cost of economically disadvantaging US and other 1st world economies.

The disparity between the wealthiest and poorest in the USA continues to grow. I call shenanigans.

Comment The Problem With Santa Cruz (Score 1) 117

The Problem With Santa Cruz is not any of the shit you people think it is. I was born there, I return there when I get a chance to visit friends, I'm on the nostalgia group on failbook. And it's that latter that really gives me insight into what the actual problem is.

The actual problem with Santa Cruz is gentrification. We had way more hippies and bums in Santa Cruz in the 80s and there was way less crime then. But you can't reasonably commute into Santa Cruz for a low-wage job, and you can't reasonably afford to live in Santa Cruz if that's what you're making. As well, the city shut down homeless encampments and basically chased those people back into the city to live under bridges.

Santa Cruz was strong on tech because of its proximity to the university. It not only brought a steady stream of CS majors to the area, but it also brought high-speed internet access well ahead of neighboring regions, which enabled tech industry growth. Today it has nothing to offer besides atmosphere. Since people have demonstrated their willingness to suffer horrible commutes to live in Santa Cruz, there is no benefit to isolating yourself by siting there.

Companies grow up in Santa Cruz county in spite of their location, not because of it.

Comment Re:SHOWER RINGS!? (Score 1) 322

If your going to make a mold why not skip the printing a positive step and simply copy one you like.

Not only is that still vastly more expensive than just buying one, but I also have to somehow get my hands on the original and be permitted to coat it in release agent, set it up in a mold, wait for it to cure, et cetera. Unless a friend owns it, odds are poor.

In short, I bought one at a discount. There are things I might change about it if I took the time to care, but I specifically wanted one made of silicone (and not a plate or a saucer) because you can drop a heavy spoon on it or drop it on the floor without serious repercussions. So, I used a tile for a long time. Now I have a spoon rest.

Comment Re:Don't EVER be a freedom-loving libertarian (Score 1) 411

Not all work is worth a living wage. Not everyone needs to earn a living wage either, millions of teenagers live with their parents, and don't need to be earning a living wage, for example.

Most of the people earning minimum wage are adults, but don't let the facts get in the way of justifying slavery.

Cut the crap, stop calling people slavers, and try some self reliance.

I am currently receiving no form of government assistance. The already-rich are receiving massive government assistance. Why don't you try cutting the crap, and just admitting that you want slaves and you think you'll be successful enough to have them, and not be one?

Comment Re:SHOWER RINGS!? (Score 1) 322

If you're using a plate as a spoon rest, it's a spoon rest. If you do it all the time, you might well choose to have a spoon rest. I bought a silicone one for a dollar at a discount store. The stove is stainless steel, which will pit badly if you leave smears of acidic sauces (or what have you) on it. So, I have a spoon rest.

However, the oven vents right onto the top of the stove, so I don't think I'd have one made from PLA. Silicone is the ideal material and you can't print that yet. I could print a positive, smooth it by exposing it to chemicals, pull a silicone mold, then fill that mold with silicone... and then I'd have spent more than just buying one at full price, let alone for a dollar.

Comment Re:In Soviet Russia (Score 2) 411

Looking back, I realize that most of the "U.S. is so free, Soviet Union is so repressive" canards that I grew up on were mostly bullshit. The U.S. was never nearly so free or noble as it pretended, even in its heyday.

While that's true, it's also never been so heinous (for the bulk of its citizens) as Russia. We may well be wending that way now; it certainly does appear so.

Comment Re:Don't EVER be a freedom-loving libertarian (Score 1, Troll) 411

You know why the left hates the libertarians? Because the libertarians are everything that the left wing used to be before they sacrificed their ideals to the alter of political correctness.

Supporting slavery has never been left-wing. By insisting that they be able to pay people whatever the market will bear rather than a living wage, libertarians are insisting that they should be able to keep slaves.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 510

In the same way that some cabbie - an illiterate, fanatical Muslim high on hashish and tweaking on energy drinks - is inherrently safer than a "business class professional", sure. Why not?

Remember, government is here to help. As San Francisco needs a LOT of help with its transportation clusterfuck, they need a lot more regulation. It follows a certain mindset and mindset predisposition.

Comment Re:Shortsighted techie ... (Score 1) 297

There are an amazing number of people on /. who object to pinko, gun-stealing liberals.

I'm a California dictionary-type liberal (in favor of regulation of business but not morality) with strong communist leanings and I too object to gun-stealing so-called liberals. Why is that amazing to you? To my mind, the reservation of armed force for a segregated portion of society subject to a separate body of law and believing itself to be superior to general society is not really compatible with liberal values.

Comment Re:I just say (Score 1) 385

And that says more about our teaching abilities than our learning capabilities.

It's not about abilities, but about approved methodologies. School isn't designed to advance learning for as many students as much as possible. It's designed to produce similarly-trained units which can be moved to the next stage of usefulness to those who went to expensive private schools for people in charge. Temp workers, soldiers, that sort of thing. No Child Left Behind — we will take them all to die in the desert.

Does that mean we should offer "Advanced Statistics for Sports Fans II" and "Advanced Statistics for Theatre-goers II", etc.?

If these classes can cover useful material and appeal to sufficient numbers to have asses in seats with heads above them learning? Yes.

Should we put max headcounts in classrooms? Or should we simply weed out those people who can't hack the lecture format?

There is clearly a need for educational institutions which are capable of teaching to the individual student. Their lack is a factor of the structure of our society. Though we now produce plenty for everyone, we insist that people whose output is no longer necessary (nor, apparently, desired) are useless and that there is something wrong with them. Yet, society exists to serve its members, and not the other way around. If society produces unwanted members, it is society which has failed, not those individuals. But if your basic welfare were not tied to your productivity, then many people who now are forced to scrap and scrape to survive might have the time to make a positive contribution — perhaps even in education. But this is a matter of priorities — When we have corporate bailouts but not student loan bailouts, and yet permit CEOs of companies receiving bailouts to pocket massive bonuses, we not only declare but prove what our government's function is — to provide opportunities for rich people to become richer at the expense of all others. If we cared about the future, we'd show more care for education. Not with unfunded mandates and leading from the stratosphere, as exemplified by NCLB, but with a system which permits more individual attention.

At what point should the education system start leaving children behind?

Since we have an abundance of most sorts of tradesmen (there is little point today in becoming an electrician or a plumber) the answer really ought to be only when it is impossible to raise their interest. I believe that different people have different capacities, but I also believe that most people are operating well below theirs. Investment in education pays many dividends. Who is well-paid by investment in war?

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