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Comment Re:Econ 101 (Score 5, Insightful) 417

As was proved during the Reagan era, the rich AND poor BOTH get richer when Government gets out of the way (i.e., fetters to productivity are removed).

8 years is a dreadfully short time to 'prove' an economic method. For all you know what is happening right now is a direct result of Reagan era policies, so I am going to call bullshit on that, but if you can actually provide some reasonable backup for your opinion then maybe you can change my mind!

I am not going to pretend that there isn't bad regulation (goddamn there is tons of it), and it should be gotten rid of, but people who say that all regulation is bad regulation are just crazies. Should we take out anti-trust legislation? Was it smart of us to remove the investment bank regulation? What about safety regulation? What about anti-discrimination legislation?

There are 'fetters to productivity' and there is 'good legislation' but to say that all legislation that fetters productivity cannot be good is wrong.

Comment Re:Well yeah... (Score 5, Insightful) 417

The problem with pure-er capitalism is that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

You would run into a situation where the rich can send their kids to better schools, and they get better jobs, and then they make more money, and send their kids to better schools, who make more money. Later on you run into a situation where poor people won't be able to afford school. Two more or less permanent classes. The death of the American dream.

So in a Capitalist system Johnny gets his jumprope, and a new playground set besides, and we all get 100MB service to our homes.

In a capitalist system Johnny gets his jumprope and playground if his daddy is rich. Most kids would get to play with sticks and rocks.
We don't all get 100MB service to our homes. Rich people get 100MB service to their homes.

Of course, in that system the local government would NOT be allowed to limit the number of ISPs servicing an area, so there would be real competition for service in that last mile.

I don't think the government does limit the number of ISP's. I think the free market does. As long as ISP's keep their prices under the cost of implementation of new infrastructure there will never be any competition.

There might be a few more wires strung and/or tunnels dug to run the lines, but there would be more service, more competition, and CHEAPER PRICES.

This is a fantasy. In reality we would end up with 1 really cheap ISP who puts the others out of business, at which point they would either buy out or purchase the equipment from the other companies. The new monopoly would languor just as much as they currently do and could charge as much as they want for their service.

It never fails to amaze me how many people don't understand that most of the major socio-political and economic problems we have today are directly due to the application of too much socialistic GMI and not enough application of Capitalistic Federalism. It would be funny if it wasn't so sick and sad.

I agree there is too much socialism in some cases, but it is usually a failure of implementation or corruption manifesting itself. I should be able to take the money for my education and apply it to any school. But to take away public education and turn it completely over to the private sector is not only ludicrous, its downright evil.

Comment Re:Monsanto's motto... (Score 5, Interesting) 285

Do only evil

Seriously? Creating new sources of food is evil? Patents last for a few years or a couple decades (at most). New sources of food will continue to pay dividends for generations.

A small taste of monsanto's evilness.

They are not just trying to create new food sources, they are trying to become the ONLY food source.
They are playing god, and they lack any conscience.

Monstanto developed a seed that makes the plant infertile. That can cross contaminate other plants. The goal of this seed? To make it so farmers cannot use seed from the previous harvest and they have to buy more seeds.
Monsanto is quite possibly the most evil company on the planet.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 508

The typical car commercial:


I know what the car commercial is trying to sell me. I have no idea what the linux commercial is trying to sell me. I don't even know what they are competing with. I know nothing except linux is freedom. Freedom from what? If its freedom from windows "boundaries," well... I don't know what to say. The technical knowledge required to make changes beyond what is already capable in windows would pretty much ensure that anyone capable of doing them already knows linux. Linux has selling points. It is no upfront cost It's configurability is only limited by the users skill There is a lot of free software for it It generally gets the job done More secure This ad addresses one of those slightly.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2, Insightful) 508

What a horrible commercial. It doesn't remotely state what linux is. All it says is linux is freedom. I do not feel un-free, so why do I need to find out what linux is? All this commercial is, is linux elitist masturbation, it does nothing for anyone who doesn't already know what linux is, and doesn't really do anything for windows users.

Comment Re:No one left to speak for me (Score 1) 515

Then they locked up the rich, I remained silent; I was not rich.

To be fair a large part of our countries rich SHOULD be in prison, especially in the financial and banking centers. The things they do are pretty much criminal.

Then they came for the press, I did not speak out; I was not a member of the press.

I think taking a lot of our press away (fox/nbc/etc) would also be a service. Of course it would be stewart they take and not the people who are governmental mouth peices... but yeah I agree with the sentiment.

Comment Re:Ex Eve Player here (Score 1) 352

It wasn't a spy, it was a high level bob director who decided to leave and isntead of just leaving he decided to have as much fun with it as possible, so he went to the goon "spymaster" mittens and basically offered to do anything with his account.

It is still not known whether the bob director's account was stolen from him or not and what goonswarm did was try to make it seem like this is what happened with his account info.

To answer your question, yeah, despite the fact that you can't really do anything in eve without a 24 hour timer (kicking members from corp/unlocking assets etc.) it is surprising that you can dissolve an alliance with a couple right clicks and the correct permissions.

But yeah despite the fact that goons did virtually nothing to actually make this happen and it was solely a director inflicting as much damage as possible before he left, it is a testament to their ability as a propaganda organization that this story is so wrong and on slashdot, but blatantly slanted and often wrong stories are the norm here. (but hey, at least its not digg)

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