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Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 3, Insightful) 510

What has happened is the Republican party allowed the religious right to hijack them. It started in 1988 with Pat Robertson. Back then, it appeared to be just a freak occurrence, but then the religious conservatives began to see that they could begin to influence the political scene. The Tea Party was the easiest thing to hijack. Remember, it wasn't started as a social conservatism movement, but a fiscal one. It was a reaction to the perceived lack of fiscal responsibility of government.

Unfortunately, as it gained momentum and support it was easily corrupted and warped by the religious right into an ultra conservative movement in the GOP. Giving them an area to vomit their ultra conservative social narrative that was outside of the normal GOP channels. The media lapped up this rhetoric because it made for ratings, thus giving them more and more power.

Our system is broken, and it's spiraling into a giant pit of crap that we may not escape. We've let both sides vilify each other damn near to the point of violence. We allow them to whip their respective fanatic bases with so much half truth, sound bite nonsense that the average American truly has no clue what the hell they truly stand for. It's all a smokescreen used to blind the average person to the fact that all we've done is created an elected oligarchy whose sole purpose seems to be to keep itself in power, or at least those with the financial influence necessary in power.

I'm a social moderate / fiscal conservative that has no voice in politics anymore. Democrats do not satisfy my standpoints fiscally, and Republicans have gone so far to the right to pander to the ultra conservative religious right they've lost me there as well.

Comment Universal currency adoption... (Score 1) 47

I highly divisible universal currency being tested by banks. Might not be a horrible idea. Remove the necessity for currency exchange markets. If you economy is tanking, the price of goods increase but based off of a universally monitored and controlled currency with a specific market value. I don't necessarily like the idea of the value of the currency fluctuating independently of a given nations inflation, but the idea still would have merit to investigate.

Comment Re:thats strange (Score 1) 177

My 2015 TDI get's better than advertised mileage as well. We range from 45-50 on long trips and 39 in town (advertised mileage was 34/42) and we're just over 8k miles on it, so it's still not even broken in yet.

Also, the health hazard argument is BS anyway. The avg Nox output of the TDI's being recalled is about the same as a mid 2000's motorcycle. And there are more registered motorcycles in the state of California than there were TDI's sold in the US for the whole recall period. So yes, they didn't meet the crazy standards adopted by the US (which are half that of the EU), and they should be penalized, but the cars shouldn't be vilified as being a public health hazard when there are far more polluting vehicles on the road than the small handful (in comparison) of TDI's.

Comment Re:Predestiny? (Score 1) 144

Honestly what seems stupid is that our government currently pays farmers to NOT farm almost 4 million acres each year (that doesn't include the almost 600,000 acres that get denied). Removing this subsidy (which at least in iowa, is mostly abused by non-farmers anyway especially since the top 2 recipients of this subsidy are also some of the richest people in the state), would add plenty of usable acres to produce viable biofuel crops. Also, realize that the VAST majority of crops in the US aren't grown for human consumption. 90% of all soybeans, 80% of corn, and 70% of all grains are grown for livestock feed. Luckily, the mash byproduct of producing ethanol is sold as feed anyway, so adding biofuel processing as a middle step gives us additional benefit from the crops we currently grow.

Comment Re:Passenger Weight Limits (Score 1) 373

Totally agree with you. I'm 6'4" and based off of my current BF% i'd still way 240lbs if I had 0% body fat. Sorry I wasn't born scrawny or lanky. As I always said in gym back in high school, I'm a Clydesdale not a race horse, stop expecting me to perform like one. People need to realize that we're not all popped out of the same mold.

Comment Re:Industry's deep pocket versus the people (Score 1) 109

Don't the people have a say in this?

I do not care how deeeeep the industry's pocket is, in a democracy the ultimate decider is still the PEOPLE --- those who vote, that is

The industry can only get something going if the people let them - and in this case, the people still have the right to SUE the government (and indirectly sue the politicians) over the passage of the laws

Since this happens in Canada the Canadians have to mobilize themselves to see that such laws be overturned and the politicians who are on-the-take be punished accordingly

No the people don't have a say because Canada is a republic, just like the USA, NOT a democracy. We vote for representatives to supposedly make decisions in the best interest of their constituency (which is totally laughable). What we actually have done is created an elected oligarchy where the only people who benefit from anything are the people in power and those with the money to keep them in power.

Comment Re:The real missed question (Score 5, Insightful) 477

Mostly because of idiot bosses that think they need to be able to walk up to you and poke you with a stick to make sure you are working.

A large number of jobs can be done at home over the network. Maybe someday we will start getting Executives and managers at businesses that have IQ's over 80 that will start allowing it or even require it.

While true a large number of jobs can be done over the network with little to no problem, that isn't the concern. Many people do not possess the self discipline necessary to work in an environment with that many distractions. The temptation to not actually work is too great. So the easiest solution for companies is to force people to come into the office.

Comment Re:There's a clue shortage on the hirEE side (Score 1) 574

There's plenty of crappy coders out there who think they're way better than they really are.

My dad had a saying when trying to hire competent developers. Out of every 100 who apply, you're lucky if 10 are good, and most often only 1 is great. I have to say, that it definitely seems to hold true in many situations.

Comment And who has it hurt? (Score 1, Interesting) 739

Plenty of people honestly. Whether through cancellation of plans due to lack of mandated coverages, or in my own personal case, being forced to a plan with weaker benefits because my wife's employer was going to be penalized for offering a "Cadillac" plan to their employee's. For those that don't know what that is, it's a mandated 40% excise tax placed on plans that offer premium coverage.

So now we pay about the same amount as before and have a deductible and coinsurance that we didn't have before. Thanks ever so much for that. Considering now we have to be concerned for up to 4800 dollars more a year in expenses. In an environment with looming inflation, and stagnant income growth. Hurray for Obama. Thanks so much for causing millions of Americans into the threat of financial instability.

If the 10 million people now being covered are primarily from poor and rural areas, you could have easily covered them by modifying existing options like medicare to better suite the needs of those unable to properly insure themselves. And probably at a lesser expense.

So yeah, lots of people have reason to hate the ACA, and the people who shoved it down our throats.

Comment We had a name for that. (Score 1) 226

One of my old companies had an actual name for those of us in that DevOps role. It was called the swat team. We were the ones called in when it absolutely had to be done yesterday. Did it suck? Sometimes, but when we said something needed done, management actually would listen instead of blowing it off.

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