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Comment Re:You mentioned police, so... (Score 1) 623

Not just sarcasm, thinking and saying are two different things and saying and doing are also two very different things. I guarantee you've said something today you won't do and thought many things today you won't even say let alone do.

That is part of why speech is protected. I very much dislike both Trump and Hillary and I've said more than a few times that someone should just shoot them and the world would be a better place. That isn't sarcasm it is just exasperation, I would never REALLY condone violence and wouldn't support someone who did. Every day friends and colleagues say "I hate that x" and "I could kill x" and none of them actually mean it. It isn't that sometimes you don't mean extreme and inappropriate statements it's that 99.999% of the time an extreme statement is made the person doesn't mean it.

He doesn't need a defense. We are all two faced when it comes to work and home. He can be a racist bigoted prick in his head, if it doesn't translate into inappropriate comments and actions at work it is nobody's business. If he has complaints against him at work, his facebook could be brought out to corroborate and show consistency between the two for what that is worth but no, you don't initiate real action because of something someone said on facebook.

Comment Re:This is a terrible thing (Score 1) 623

"Is it THAT hard to understand?"

No but you are being very dense. An engineer can't become unqualified to be an engineer when he walks out of the office, nor can a doctor, nor can a lawyer, nor a plumber, nor a burger flipper. In fact, the professional bodies you refer to can take away their license but can not stop them from being qualified.

The woman IS a nurse, her education and experience doesn't disappear when she walks out of the office nor when she forms her opinion. Her legal obligation and liability for the consequences of sharing her opinion however should disappear insofar as it is no greater than anyone who could easily also have knowledge on a subject but doesn't get paid to employ that knowledge in their day job.

If I ask a doctor or lawyer friend their thoughts on something related to their profession at a party there is a very good chance I'll get a different answer than I would if I'd paid them for a consulation. I'm aware of their education yes, but they are not giving a professional response with all that entails, I'm a friend asking for their real opinion without the constraints of covering their ass professionally attached and also with the understanding they haven't had the opportunity to review the situation in full depth. Similarly, if I ask a friend who is a mechanic his thoughts on what I've seen happening with my car and a rough ballpark of what it would take to fix it, I don't expect that to carry the same weight as an actual inspection and quote. In a personal setting he might tell me the chances of something breaking are ridiculously low with very high costs and he wouldn't bother on his own vehicle, in a professional setting he might need to cover his rear and recommend fixing that same thing so he wouldn't be liable on the off chance this was the one time in a thousand something went wrong.

The personal opinion of someone who happens to be a professional is a different thing than the professional opinion of that same person.

Comment Re:You mentioned police, so... (Score 1) 623

Unless he is saying on the department page or some similar affiliated page, No, I don't. Trolling and talking shit on Facebook does not equate to really thinking or doing those things. Neither does doing the same in person when not at work.

You could just as easily be punishing the one guy who doesn't really feel that way and is saying what he thinks his co-workers will find funny to establish and maintain a work relationship. It could even be he and his co-workers all say such things not knowing the others secretly feel the same way and are afraid of breaking from the group.

Comment Re:This is a terrible thing (Score 1) 623

"They have to agree to follow the professional standards to be registered as nurses."

Refer to my comment about what someone says on Facebook. At work they acting as nurses, most importantly by being paid, outside of work they are just people expressing their personal opinions which are free to differ from those of established bodies. If they are forced to sign an agreement indicating otherwise that is something a governing body should put a stop to.

Comment This is a terrible thing (Score 1) 623

Of course the anti-vaccination thing is ridiculous but that is irrelevant. First of all nobody should face any repercussion for something they say on Facebook, at least not beyond more words from people who read it. Second, people are entitled to hold and share whatever misguided and incorrect view they please particularly when doing so as a private citizen speaking to their friends even when we apply that concept as loosely as in Facebook and no we don't have to pretend we aren't a nurse or doctor when doing so. Finally, they are going the final step and requesting everyone's neighbors inform on them. Terrible. You may not know your neighbor well, you may not like your neighbor, but neighbors should still be allies against common enemies like government and police. Police look for any and every excuse they can think of to ruin someone's life and livelihood when they get called unless something requires half-cocked and rabid armed wolves decending on your neighborhood because you lack the firepower to protect yourself, you shouldn't call them. Snitches are still bad m'kay.

Comment Re: Great way to kill the competition by making it (Score 1) 304

Onstar is a voluntary add on network service that is supposed to require your request to disable the vehicle. There is nothing happening in a Tesla beyond basic software updates that requires any interaction with Tesla servers at all, disabling that connectivity should not disable any features on the vehicle. Any sort of remote control feature would be a trojan horse on par with a malicious attack.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 4, Insightful) 304

Being a big business doesn't make it something most people can relate to. A judge and jury aren't likely to relate well to some issue with some tractor, the idea someone sold a car and then subsequently vandalized it and rendered it inoperable because they didn't like how the buyer used it... that they can understand. They likely own zero tractors and two cars a piece.

Comment Re:Alternative (Score 1) 894

"There is no way you would be able to create money fast enough without sending the entire economy into a tailspin."

Based on what? The fed gave banks trillions in created money before they even informed the government of housing crisis. We don't know how much money they create in a typical year, because they are a private bank with no reporting obligation, we only know about that year because they were forced to turn over the information by government on a one off basis. We are currently at risk of deflation, which is dramatically worse than inflation with our fiat currency. We've just erased trillions of dollars in phantom debt through refinancing, and we are just beginning to feel the impact through slowing growth.

Taxation would have to play it's part, money generated at the fed tap is still a loan with some nominal interest but the dollars it is paid back with are worth less than the dollars borrowed thanks to inflation. I've proposed a UBI equivalent to a 40 hour workweek at $15/hr. That is $31,200. That requires $78 worth of interest at the current rate while inflation will devalue it a little more like $312 in the same period. Now say that goes to someone who makes that same amount currently, even if you don't tax the UBI itself but still factor it for determining tax bracket for the rest of the income, that will someone will have their remaining $31,200 taxed at a 10% higher rate, generating $3,120 in extra tax revenue. For the person this a very good deal, paying $3,120 for $31,200 is a no brainer while recouping 40 years worth of interest on that loan. As a nation we need to make up that $31,200 in economic growth at some point in the next 400 years along with covering interest to break even. If that individual by virtue of having another $28,080 to play with manages to be able to put 10% in their retirement account we'll get that value back in 10 years not 400.

It's actually a perfect marriage of conservative and liberal economics. You put free flowing cash in the hands of the people and this enables them to spend and invest that money creating economic growth. The additional inflation creates a built in (if small) tax on all existing money including billions sitting in a bank or held in a business by warren buffet using tax loopholes which is how we actually pay for it. Which means the wealthy can't merely sit on their laurels, they at least have to take greater risks leading to greater rewards to maintain their wealth. Enables greater investment by the middle class means the benefits of our corporations globalizing is better distributed among our population as our middle class is able to invest more and more in the stock of those corporations and owns a bigger piece of them. While jobs moved overseas the growing profits will remain here and offset that lost income.

It doesn't really matter how much you grow or shrink the number, the math works out the same we can float a massive number on UBI and it won't change anything.

Additionally, having a real and substantial UBI set at minimum wage levels will eliminate the need for the minimum wage. This would allow our food production and unskilled services to remain inexpensive while improving the lives of those who work there. Limiting UBI to existing citizens and their descendants would even allow us to easily legalize all the illegal immigrants and open borders without worries about disrupting food supply costs and job availability.

Comment Re:odd--- (Score 1) 234

More like engineers are move devoted to their technology than to whomever happens to employ them at any given time.

Or their careers. Time spent becoming expert in a system that's not used anywhere else is time not spent becoming expert in stuff that might be needed in your next job. Getting locked in to your employer is very risky and has little if any benefit.

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