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Comment Re:Only? (Score 0) 142

Japan's problem is their inability to let the failures go down in flames and fail for the good of the rest of the economy and of the society.

Japan is the place were you go to when you want to get funny money for trading/shorting, that's the place you go to borrow Yen to do all this insane trading. Japan is the place of the suicide economic policy, the kamikaze of policies (the one that USA is also following), the policy destroying the currency for the purpose of bailing out horrible failures just to keep them going due to political expediency and not due to any form of sound economics at all.

This in turn leads to economic stagnation, falling birth rates, depression, etc. All the good stuff that the central bankers together with the government love to give its people.

Comment Re:But what about the other messaging services? (Score 1) 89

It's getting confusing with Google now with them spawning, killing or changing a messaging client so often....

Don't worry, they'll let the marketing team rename those apps a half-dozen times in the next year, like they did with Chromecast, so nobody will have any clue about what apps anybody is using and every bit of documentation will be useless.

Then people can just settle on Signal or WhatsApp and be done with it.

Comment Re:simply greedy (Score 1) 233

And there lies the killer. I might pay $20 to see a good, early, first run movie. Not $50. And not with anything else 'added' unless it is completely optional. For $50 I'd expect to get dinner with the movie.

Dinner and a movie costs way more than $50.

You rent the movie, your friends bring over take-out or pot-luck.

$50 doesn't make sense for an individual but for a large group it's pretty easy.

That said, I only go to see digitally-projected 3D films anymore (kids, etc.). Bluray from Redbox is a way better deal than $50.

Comment BS, and more BS (Score 1) 105

Not that long ago most of the "jobs American's won't do" were done exactly by Americans. Simple labor was done by high school kids (with record low labor participation rates today), Students on break from College (also record low labor participation), or entry level jobs for people not sure what to do with their careers (now mostly unemployed).

Employers given the ability to pay illegal workers less money and work them more hours has led to a lack of entry level and low level jobs. Why would a farmer hire young adults, especially considering the restrictions the State puts on workers below 18 and pay minimum wage? Why pay them more than minimum wage even if they are extremely productive? They won't, because they can get more labor at less money and not have to worry about anyone from State looking at how they treat labor.

To your last point: "ME" is the most important thing in many relationships, not "WE". That message and value has been preached by both 2nd and 3rd wave feminists since the 70s. Feminists 3rd wave has been so vocal that we now have groups of MGTOWS, massive low rates of marriage, low birthrate (which to many is the point of those movements), and a society growing more and more immoral/degenerate. Further, you can't be so foolish as to not understand that gold diggers exist. Unfortunately this means that if you want old fashioned family values, it may be easier to import them. Your slight is a troll.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 244

Once again, you speak from a position of authority which is completely devoid of evidence. How many people are currently using self-driving cars without the ability to operate a vehicle? How many of those same people have been involved in accidents?

Can you provide an argument without inventing fantasy arguments with no basis in reality? Yeah, I thought so.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score -1, Troll) 244

So your supposition is that the only people involved in accidents have been 80 year old women? How about some numbers which demonstrate that even a single innocent 80 year old male or female have been the victims of accidents in self-driving cars? The extreme absurdity of your point makes it clear that you don't wish to have rational dialogue on the subject. Many (not to be confused with most) accidents have been DRIVER error, not computer error. This would back my original statement which you seem to grasp but lose in your "poor old lady" appeal to emotion.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 904

I learned long ago that I cannot prove anything on the Internet.

Then perhaps you should consider that your knowledge and opinion are not well founded. I demonstrated here that there are no right wing groups attempting to squash first amendment rights with violence, and you have not been able to refute that point. In fact you simply dropped it because you can't provide any such evidence so realize your opinion is based on delusion. I gave the correct scientific answer to gender and sex, to which you make another false claim about perception meaning more than facts.

I'd agree that I can't make you provide or listen to facts, but that has nothing to do with Internet. That is your failure to adhere to logic and reason. Those same short comings are found all over, and I have no problem pointing out those failures when I see them. I further don't bend my own opinions based on "feels" over facts.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 0) 244

People buy the cars knowing what they are getting, so the majority of the insurance should be on the consumer. However, there should be a split between Manufacturer and Consumer in the case of a defect. For now at least, self-driving an option on a car and not a mandatory feature. I think there are numerous legal challenges, especially if the option becomes mandatory for any reason.

Comment Re:Metastability (Score 1) 270

I heard the lead on a Science Friday interview - he invited everybody in academia to come to his lab to learn the technique on how to make it, as he wants everybody working on the material. It sounds like they can fairly easily do it again, so I am surprised this article makes no note of that.

Well, "surprised" in that I pretend journalism doesn't exist just to sell ads.

Comment Suing the governments for interfering in my life (Score 0) 244

I want to sue all the governments for interfering in my life. This of-course means I want to sue all of you for interfering in my life. Of-course my resources are vastly inadequate for this, but I would love to do just that. I do not want this government 'protection' (read interference and oppression) to exist. But I do feel this is probably going to happen anyway. Need a new planet / new world of some sort without all this in it.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 904

Hey man, it's the Internet and I'm at work. I don't have the time nor inclination to buttress every point. I'm stating my opinion, nothing more.

I call bullshit. If there was a right wing group out causing riots and shutting down free speech you would name it off the top of your head, or at least name affiliations. I can name 6 Democratic groups off the top of my head, and when you are home you can search the web for them.

You are confusing sex with gender. Sex is biological, gender is sociologic..

I hate to break it to you, but you are the one confused. Gender and Sex are both biology. I don't care who you want to have sex with or what you want to wear, you are still either male or female. We could argue the finer points of which of those things and under what conditions they are mental disorders versus a difference in morality, but you can't just make up stuff and say "science". That is not how science works.

As for the rest, the right has people like James O'Keefe making shit up and misrepresenting people to make his point. A number of people on the right claim to think discrimination against white people is as much as issue as that against minorities. So there's your analog to seeing discrimination that doesn't exist.

Well, now I'm wondering if you are truly just a brainwashed fool or a troll. O'Keefe brought down the corrupt organization called Acorn, brought down illegal super-PAC activity in the Democratic party, revealed top DNC operatives conspiring to not just rig the election but commit acts of terrorism (to which there have been 5 arrests made). Progressives will claim that he edited video of Planned Parenthood undercover work, and yet O'Keefe released all of the videos in full to prove no editing. The leftist media of course ignored the "rest".

Hint: Stop believing what you hear on MSM and relying on them for information. They are not there to inform, they are there to brainwash. This was admitted by not just Rachael Maddow (or however you spell it) on air, but by the VP of CNN. WP and other papers have stated that they will behave with bias against Republicans without any attempt at fairness. President Trump was not the only target of their claims, but any and all people who threaten the oligarchy.

If that's the case then why are they constantly talking about overturning Roe v. Wade? That is, after all, the case that put the question back to the states. Are you really saying that the Republicans and the right in general do not want to outlaw abortion? Really?

Which part of "NOT A FEDERAL ISSUE" was hard to understand? Roe vs Wade keeps control of the law in Federal Hands. That decision did not give complete control of abortion issues to States, it only gave a portion of those issues back.

Comment Bad pet owners (Score 1) 246

Cats are not really pack animals but understand social hierarchy. If you let a cat rule the house they will, but if you are dominant (not to be confused with being an asshole) cats are fine. Dogs are pack animals who similarly need structure with you on top of the social structure. Social needs like playtime and grooming time have to accompany the normal duties of food, water, and litter/walks.

I see plenty of cat and dog owners that let their pets run the house. They tend to complain about how "bad" their pets are, in between excusing bouts of bad behavior.

Animal psychology is really not that difficult, but as with many subjects people don't educate themselves. A similar, if not same, type of person will often treat their kids like adults and want to be their friends instead of parents. Problems always tend to be directed at the external entity instead of themselves.

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