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Comment Re: Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 336

Automation raises the standard of living for everyone. Your Smartphone has more compute power than computers from Windows XP era, and don't cost nearly as much, and do so much more. So, your view on my viewpoint is irrelevant at best, and at worst is wrong.

The people who get killed in economic revolutions are all caused by those fighting to keep the status quo economically. The transition between Agrarian to Industrial was fought out in the Civil War, by those people who couldn't see the future because of tradition (slavery being one of the big ones). We've fought long hard wars with people trying to keep what they had, instead of adapting and moving forward. The next war is not going to be much different, and is already being battled in the cyber area, between those that want to keep the status quo (China/manufacturing) and those that see the future (Cyber Industry).

There will always be work for people to do, and those that work smarter will seem luckier. People have always fought wars over limited resources. Economic and Real Warfare. There is nothing in the future that will change that.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 2) 336

Taxes are regressive. All of them. The rich will pay to avoid them, the poor cannot. Guess who is impacted more by any / all taxes?

Welfare should be TEMPORARY, and limited in scope.
Minimum Wage is always $0, regardless of the starting wage.

The economy today has a much higher productive output per person, which means some things are possible which weren't possible before. If you're out of air in the tank and suffocating, pulling your mask off underwater means you drown; pulling it off when you're on land means you live. Same action, different consequences. You can't explain that.

If you are dumb enough to go diving, without a clear plan, reserves in the tank, and run out of air, I don't expect the government to suddenly provide you with a "Air Grant" and subsidies for being stupid. You went high risk activity and got the result you were looking for. Yes, it is tragic when it happens, but I am NOT responsible, nor should I be, for your choices. Choices have consequences. So, I do have an answer, it just isn't what you wanted.

That being said, if you and I were diving, together, and you screwed up, and ended up without air, underwater, I would help get you to the surface. I wouldn't loan you my tank on a permanent basis in perpetuity. THIS is a safety net option. Welfare State is NOT safety net, it is a hammock.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 3, Insightful) 336

One, your rant is interesting because your sole fix for a really bad economy is taxing people more. Can you name a single example where taxing people more, improved things?

Two, you can tax 100 % of the people you think aren't paying enough, and it won't help anyone. The rich can always avoid taxes, where the middle class cannot. The bottom 50% don't pay taxes (because they are poor).

Three, the Number One indicator of Poverty is ... single parent homes. The Number one indicator of crime is poverty. The black community, supported by the Democratic Welfare state has a 75% single parent home. Taxing the rich isn't going to fix this problem, and the DNC loves its economic slaves which vote as a block at a rate of 85%-95%.

So, while you can spout statistics all you want, until you look at correlation between single parent homes and poverty, you're ignoring the real problem .

As for housing, HUD and Government subsidies PROMOTE being locked into poverty. Because if you earn enough money, you get kicked out and lose your subsidies. It is a vicious circle of poverty and dependency, all in the name of compassion (and the voting block for the same policies that you are supporting). Yes, I want to toss grandma off a cliff, and kill kittens (Just getting the inevitable Ad Hominem out of the way).

I want people to have opportunity, not guarantees. 40+ years of war on poverty, and we are no better off than before. Repeating the same thing over and over again expecting different results is insane.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 2, Insightful) 336

I was making a comparison between two similar acts, one championed by Liberals, one Championed by Conservatives.

And completely random note

A Citizen's Dividend of 17% would end poverty.

No it wouldn't, it would simply shift the definition of poverty. American "poor" are rich compared to most of the rest of the world. We still call them "poor" because poverty is always relative.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 336

Protesting, and calling anyone who complains a bigot, racist or homophobe = part of the process of freedom of political speech = part of society's rules for the process of change.

I never said it wasn't. But I also noticed that you left out "rioting, blocking roads ...." all criminal acts included in my original comment, that gave a more complete context to my point, rather than the cherry picked version you responded with. I can't even give you 1/10 for that, because ignoring the bits you don't like, is EXACTLY the problem we're talking about here, on a wider view.

you can riot, block roads, protest, or simply ignore the actual laws, and call anyone who complains a bigot, racist, homophobe ..

"or simply ignore the actual laws" there as if it follows from all the other items on your list, when in fact "riot" is the only one it clearly applies to.

Actually, I didn't slip it in there, it was purposeful and you failed to even grasp why I would have included. We have lots of laws on the books, regarding how Immigration is supposed to happen in our country. Our Current President is simply ignoring those laws, and anyone who disagrees is called "Racist" for wanting the laws enforced. We also have "sanctuary cities" where criminal illegal aliens (those that have committed OTHER crimes) are protected by the local city from Federal Immigration law, simply because the city doesn't like those laws. If you oppose these cities granting "Sanctuary" status to Criminals, you're called "Racist" or "Bigot". Which is kind of funny, because the ONLY reason they are protected is because of their skin color. Any other person would be tossed in jail or otherwise deported, except for their skin color.

As for name calling, it works on most people, and especially the current generation of snowflakes who take offense to just about everything, including being "traumatized" by chalk marks on sidewalks. However, I don't give a shit what people call me on the internet. Name calling is what liberals do when they can't actually win on facts.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 0) 336

Moral equivocation. And Dick Cheney didn't out anyone.

BUT as long as you're talking about "outing" someone in an intelligence community, then I assume you think Hillary's Private Email Server is much much worse, since, it was likely compromised by foreign intelligence, and DID have secrets in it so sensitive that the Inspector General investigating had to get Special Clearance, as did member of congress, to see what she was emailing to people.

But you probably don't even know about this, because the press thinks Melania's speech was so much more worse than Hillary Clinton's irresponsible actions as SoS.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 0, Flamebait) 336

Society has rules, you don't have to agree with them, just follow them. There is a process to change them if you don't like them...

Unless you're a leftwing liberal, then you can riot, block roads, protest, or simply ignore the actual laws, and call anyone who complains a bigot, racist, homophobe ....

The problem is that we have accepted, in a large number of cases, ignoring laws we don't like, and people think that is how it is supposed to work for all laws. You cannot say we are going to ignore laws we don't like, and at the same time want people to uphold / follow laws we like, but they don't.

Besides, we now have a new class of laws, Laws that apply only to the little people, and don't apply to people with enough power and influence.

You can't have it both ways.

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

Except, of course, in the 38% of states who have laws that "protect" incumbent franchise holders and make it harder for municipalities to do that.

The Municipalities don't have to compete with the service providers, just provide the transport layer (Layer 1-2) for use by the ISPs.

Comment Re:Idea!!! (Score 1) 136

to see if the fleet is overall getting more or less efficient

Yeah, sure, but no. There are cars no longer on the road, not because nobody wanted them, but that the Manufacturer couldn't afford to make them any longer, because they were so popular that they skewed the CAFE numbers. Cars like the Crown Victoria, a staple of Police and Taxi companies. They are prized for their durability and longevity, and now ... they don't exist.

And instead of driving Crown Vics, Police have moved to bigger, larger, less efficient SUVs and because they are "Trucks" do not fall under CAFE standards.

Having things like CAFE standards are good, in the short term, but in the long term, end up doing nothing. The Market eventually adjusts and either things get worse, or things are worked around so that the original standard is irrelevant. It is this way with just about every over zealous regulation in existence. And we hold onto the outdated standards far too long because people yell "Republicans love Dirty Air, Dirty water!" ... and we can't fix bad laws because of it.

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 5, Interesting) 180

Wrong Word.

The correct words are "Franchise Agreements". And those are granted by your local municipality. Stop blaming businesses for corrupting your local mayors and council critters.

The problem is easily solvable, because it is a problem of the "last mile" and a simple bond measure would solve it. Issue bonds to build out Conduit pathways to all city dwellings and commercial buildings. Pull fiber to each house, back to a single (or more) COLO facility. Offer any/all providers a spot in said COLO facility to offer whatever they want, to any/all of the people hanging on the other end of all that fiber.

1) Competition will create lower prices
2) Competition will create additional options (a la carte??)
3) Competition isn't for last mile, it is for service.

IF you are pissed at your options, make this proposal to your City council next time the Franchise Agreements come up for renewal. MAKE them work for you, they are your Public Servants (or should be)

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