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Comment Re:There's a fine line between helping and enablin (Score 1) 106

Give those criminal blacks and Mexicans a reason not to be criminal (i,e. something to lose) and watch your crime statistics plummet.

You think we don't have our share of poor people? We do. Ours just have food+shelter. Are they happy? Far from it. But they don't want to endanger what little they have and go to prison over nothing.

Comment TV show writers on strike. So? (Score 1) 95

That's like government administrators on strike. Question for 100: How do you notice it?

Quite frankly, a monkey could write the garbage we get fed these days. "Scripted reality", yeah, right, what kind of drugs do you have to be on to consider this to be in any way even remotely close to "reality"? In between we got court TV and other garbage that needs zero writer or talent by the actors, sorry, "genuine people presenting real cases".

Hey, how about a new format? Akin to American Idol, how about American Writer? All the various fanfic writers get to send in their scripts and we get to cringe at their Mary Sue stories for a change instead of the talentless bawling of teenagers who were told by mommy and daddy that they can really sing.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 465

I know every generation thinks the young generation is lazy, etc., but there is real statistical evidence that the Millennial generation actually is starting to work much later. On a more anecdotal basis, I notice a very different approach to work in my kids (late teens, early 20s) and in their peers. My kids have always had to do chores and work around the house so I don't think that's the difference.

They do things like decide they're unhappy with their current employer so they just walk out, without trying to fix the problem and without trying to find another job first. I have never in my life quit a job before finding another, and it wouldn't even occur to me to do so. If my job sucks, by all means I'll make a move, but not until I have something else lined up. That's just one example, but it's typical of their whole approach. I suppose in some ways it's good to be more focused on quality of life and less on income... but not until you're safely self-sufficient.

It concerns me that I'm wandering into "get off my lawn!" territory here... but there really does seem to be a difference, a worrisome one.

Comment Re:There's a fine line between helping and enablin (Score 1) 106

Try comparing your average "socialist" European country with the US and take a look at various social aspects. I'm not even talking about soft mushy things like "quality of life", just look at the expense for things like social security, internal security (i.e. police), along with factors like crime statistics, suicide rates and educational standard.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 109

Certainly, but by the time we finally get to report it (because, face it, if you really have something cool you wait for the next big conference to let the bomb go off, who gives a shit about publishing something on his homepage when Black Hat is in 3 weeks?) thousands have already bought the insecure piece of junk and the damage is done.

Comment Re:Charity is not a solution (Score 1) 106

No, but it's a solution to the problem they cause.

People are lazy bastards. And they will take the way of least resistance. Sadly, the least resistance may well go through your chest to reach for your money. I'd rather pay them to stay on the couch and waste their life on afternoon talk shows than pay them at gunpoint.

Because in the end that's the only choices you have. People don't simply stay calm and die when they notice that they have no home, no food and no perspective. All it takes for a riot is some asshole shouting "follow me!"

Comment Pay your fucking taxes instead (Score 2, Insightful) 106

If the rich didn't get more ways to weasel out of paying their due, we wouldn't need the pittance they pay as charity. We'd have the money to provide for our people ourselves.

Fuck you Paul Allen. The only reason you could create that "charity" is because you evaded paying what you owe.

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 1) 106

Take a look at Europe. People who have something to lose are WAY less likely to break the law for petty shit.

I have no home, no money, no perspective. You have maybe 20 bucks in your pocket, and I will kill you to get them. Either I have 20 bucks or at least I have a place to stay for the foreseeable future.

I have a home, maybe some money from social services, I don't give a shit about the 20 bucks in your pocket. Sure, I'd like them, but then I'd go to prison. And I already have a warm place and food, and out here I also got freedom to go wherever I want to.

Comment Re:The obsession with degrees hold good people bac (Score 1) 131

Good story, but I think that stories like yours are the exception rather than the norm. This kind of seems like survivor bias to me. Of all the people who entered similar government run programs there's probably a large number who just couldn't make the cut and we'll just never hear about them.

Comment Re:Chinese-European partnership (Score 0) 66

There has been a slow, but steadily increasing approach between China and Europe for the last couple of decades, in many ways: trade agreements, Chinese interest in European education and scientific development, even what could be the first, tenuous signs of political alignment. One of the reasons, in my view, is simply that Europe isn't the US - America has for many years employed a very aggressive rhetoric against China, where Europe has been more moderate, and it does seem to have left a lasting impression. On that background, I don't think it is at all surprising that they will build a Moon base together. I think it is great that China shows leadership and determination in this hugely important area; sure, it stings a bit that we in the West aren't in the lead, but I'm sure the Chinese will allow America to take part, when they are ready to commit to it.

Europe basically would sell their own mother for a nickel if they could get some kind of money out of it from China. That's why their interests are aligning. As a person who's spent a lot of time in Europe and used to work for a European company in the USA, I'm not just some kind of xenophobic American talking here. Good grief. A few years ago some high ranking British cabinet official acted like a giddy school girl when President Xi came over for a visit. I thought the guy's comments to the press were completely ridiculous for a cabinet minister to say. Europe has no spine, so they turn a blind eye to China's constant threat to invade Taiwan. When is the last time in your life that a major power threatened to invade a much small country (Or "province" if you are European and buy China's bs line on this) simply because that other country wouldn't bow down to it in obedience? Geez, the closest example I can think of is the Czechoslovakian situation right before World War II started. Does any European government even dare to suggest that it would be unacceptable for China to invade Taiwan? Nope. Because that would require the EU countries to have a spine. Even the UK, who honestly gets very little out of their China trade, lacks the spine to even suggest that China could really tone down the rhetoric a bit with regards to Tibet. Nobody in the EU has any kind of conscience about China and as long as cheap Chinese made good keep coming over, they'll shrug every Chinese outrage off.

I have no personal problem with China and the European Space Agency putting a base on the moon and if that spurs the USA to do so too, that would be great. But people in the EU and China are not in agreement because of any reason other than the EU members have no soul and they can be bought off on anything for the right price.

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