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Comment Re:I don't know if Obama planned it this way... (Score 1) 668

Apparently they didn't consider slavery evil.

Most did, but there were too many not ready to end it, so they had to compromise. But the heavy hand of government's monopoly on legalized violence coerced everyone into supporting it, even when the abolitionists far outnumbered the supports of slavery.

Just as they do now enforcing drug prohibition, expanding wars in the middle east, and deficit spending and regressive taxation.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 668

It's the fault of the Republicans who're holding the entire country hostage in a blatantly un-Constitutional attempt to repeal majority-supported legislation.

Actually, they are using an explicitly Constitutional tool to force negotiations that they have not been able to have before. All funding bills must start in the House, according to the Constitution, so the Senate cannot pass funding bills. Considering that the ACA, which has now been declared a taxation vehicle, initiated in the Senate, it's actually the ACA passage itself that is "un-Constitutional". The House even offered to fund everything if only the Congressional exemption to ACA were repealed, and Harry Reid even rejected that.

Comment Re:I don't know if Obama planned it this way... (Score 1) 668

Child Labor, Slavery and Segregation, created Superfund sites for cleanup of the messes made by private business and made them stop poisoning ground water.

Total revisionist history. Slavery and Segregation existed because the Federal Gov't enforced and allowed it. They even had the SCOTUS telling "free" states they had to obey the Feds when they are told to return escaped slaves to their masters. Most of the really badly contaminated "Superfund" sites were created by government agencies and the military - yet they need corporate taxes to fund the clean up.

For the last 20 or 30 years we've been hammered with a 'Gov't is Evil' message.

Bah! Young 'uns. The founding fathers knew that governments were necessary evils when they started the US. That's why they wrote the Constitution to limit the evil that their new governments could do. Too bad so many people have forgotten that, and cheer with every loosening of the Constitutional chains that keep the government in check.

Comment Re:Zombies. (Score 1, Informative) 608

Also, they get automatic raises every year, but I think most people are aware of that.

Well that's necessary because of the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which states:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Of course, the slimy lawyers in Congress saw the loophole in this populist amendment right away: just pass a law making raises automatic, and once it's in effect they get raises forever.

Comment Re:Dissident Speech (Score 1, Interesting) 281

Uh, no. *Some* of the people on each side believe they're right. I'm pretty sure that John Boehner is just trying to protect his job (position as Speaker of the House) and wishes the Tea Party never made the demands in the first place.

And what gives you such deep insight into the minds of others, to accurately judge who is sincere or not? Remember, no one sees themself as the villain of their own story; most people have layers upon layers of rationalizations, justifications, and excuses, which combine to form a 'moral code'. It's entirely possible, even probable, for someone's motivations to be completely consistent with an earnest belief that they are in the right, even when observers see their actions as corrupt and self-serving. Even serial killers and child molesters typically have worldviews that frame themselves in a positive light. It takes an unusually honest disposition to admit to flaws in one's own character, even to oneself... and politicians are not generally known for such honesty.

It's actually much more complicated than that, and your analogy is a good example. Many child molesters, for example, are consumed by self-loathing, but unable to control their behavior. I recall the story of a child molester from some years ago that begged to be kept in prison when his sentence was up, because he knew his own destructive behavior was beyond his control (and sure enough ended up re-offending). Whatever insights they may have of their own psyche, they are still driven by the desire for that quick release or physical pleasure they get out from the act. Drug addicts, serial rapists, wife beaters, etc., all fit into this pattern, unable to control their emotions. But nevertheless they typically do view themselves as villains.

Now I'm not saying that John Boehner falls into this category, but there are many justifications that the mind can come up with, including following a path of supporting an evil idea, simply to remain in a position to do a greater "good" later. Harry Reid may be using a similar justification to support Obamacare, telling himself that all the harm, destruction of the economy, loss of jobs and and other bad consequences are worth if the final collapse of the program leads to fully socialized single-payer healthcare system.

Comment Re:Uhg, not Cass Sunstein (Score 2) 530

Right, but that seems to be his solution:

But the world is unlikely to make much progress on climate change until the barrier of human psychology is squarely addressed.'

Which I take to mean - anyone not a zombie or an easily led drone needs to be eliminated. Or maybe he is planning the next-generation MK Ultra project for the masses.

Comment Re:Unless the subject is climate change (Score 1, Flamebait) 206

Even if man-made climate change is false, reducing the fucking atmospheric pollution is a good damn idea.

Quite agree. And there is a long list of pollutants spoiling our air and water. CO2 is not one of them.

Do everyone a favour by going breath auto-mobile exhaust

Great - another idiot that can't tell the difference between CO and CO2.

Comment Denier (Score 1) 206

Although Galileo’s explanation for why ice floats on water was closer to the truth than his opponent’s arguments, Galileo also belittled legitimate, contradictory evidence given by his opponent

So did he call him a denier, or claim he was on the payroll of the someone with questionable motives?

Comment Re:What is it about the Nook? (Score 4, Informative) 132

All that being said - I expect everything applies to the Kindle as well, so - no, there's really no compelling reason to choose the Nook. There's a very good reason to get a Kindle instead: Amazon has a much better selection. (Yeah, I kind of regret my Nook purchase, but not enough to replace it with a Kindle.)

That's not much of a selling point, since you can install and run Kindle on the Nook, but you can't install Nook reader on the Kindle. So that means the Nook actually has a bigger selection.

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