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Comment Re:I.e. Samsung acted recklessly for profit (Score 1) 285

Yes you are. Look at the payouts from class action lawsuits. You get, what $30 bucks back. Meanwhile the lawyers walk away with millions in "fees" cus well fees.

Nah, you're still the useful idiot for regurgitating corporatist propaganda. Because you got that $30 with zero effort or risk on your part, and the company responsible had to pay for their actions that actually affected their quarterly dividends. Don't like it? Then spend thousands to tens of thousands of your own dollars to hire your own lawyer to file your own lawsuit. But be prepared to walk away with nothing but a huge bill from the law firm.

And then, even if you win, isn't going to do dick to change corporate behavior. Guess what will do that, particularly where consumers are nickel and dimmed? Class action lawsuits, that's what.

Comment Re: Don't worry (Score 1) 411

That'll play out well in rural Appalachia... seriously, if you want to do a higher MW in high-cost areas, feel free to pass it at the local level, but you're talking about economic suicide for rural areas.

Nonsense. Increasing the the minimum wage would be a huge boost to Appalachia, as people who have more money to spend in the local economy. Which.....boosts the local economy.

Comment Re: Don't worry (Score 1) 411

ope, we've been here before. Most people would rather leave their trash and shit in the street, or dump it secretly rather than pay anything substantial to have it removed.

Randian whackjobs, maybe, but those are a decided minority. But there's one little side effect to taking the majority of wealth created and funneling it not into the hands of the idle rich, but people who work for a living - they wont complain at paying another $5 a month so their garbageman doesn't need food stamps to feed his family.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 411

the point is that nobody at all is forcing anybody to drive for Uber

Except that point is facile in a country where having a job is considered a responsibility, not a choice. If you run into Joe Somebody and driving for Uber is the difference between him having a roof over his head or having to live on public assistance - you'll tell him to stop whining and drive for Uber.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 411

Ok mister alt-left communist sympothiser tell us why a job that will soon be automated is 'deserving' of a 'living wage'. I'm dying to hear an explanation that doesn't involve 'because its the right thing to do'.

And when it's your industry made obsolete and you can't find another job, are you going to go dig your own grave and quietly lie in it - or did you not think that talking point through before vomiting it onto your keyboard?

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 1) 411

The real wage slavery is caused by government taking up to 50% of your earnings as a baron of the land, you stupid serf.

Ah, Randians....the most obnoxiously shortsighted, self-centered, entitled pricks on the planet.

Civilization costs money. Don't like having to pay your share of the cost - GTFO and move to the Libertarian Paradise. Remember to enjoy your cholera.

Comment Re:Says a man or woman (Score 1) 411

A very simple yet effective way to detect half-educated retards spewing retarded bullshit is to check for abnormal capitalization in common nouns. Congratulations, you qualified!

That's nice - now where's your counter-argument to what he actually said? Otherwise all you have is an ad hom with high amounts of spittle - which means the only 'retarded bullshit spewer' is you.

Comment Re:Tough shit (Score 1) 411

There's always another option. It might not be a great one. Or the one you want, but there's always another option.

How so - has your area passed a universal income to go together with universal housing, health care and secondary education? If not, it's a farce to call taking the best job you can find (no matter how shitty) a "choice" when it's really a requirement.

Comment Re:sorry, it's not that simple (Score 1) 345

Not surprising that Greenpeace says stupid shit. They're the ones who had the war on chlorine.

Greenpeace, the international environmental advocacy group, launched the first salvo in 1991 with its call to phase out completely "the use, export, and import of all organochlorines, elemental chlorine, and chlorinated oxidizing agents (e.g. chlorine dioxide and sodium hypochlorite)." As Greenpeace's Joe Thornton explains, "There are no uses of chlorine which we regard as safe."

And when they get a wild idea, it often passes on to other environmentalist organizations.

It makes good sense to prioritize environmental protection. Unfortunately, good sense is conspicuously absent in current efforts to ban the use of chlorine. Greenpeace calls for a "chlorine-free society." Support also comes from other environmental organizations. George Coling of the Sierra Club states ". . . the debate is no longer whether to phase out these chemicals, but how" and Tim Eder, of the National Wildlife Federation notes, "When it comes to (these chemicals) you don't make them, produce them, or dispose of them . . . you just get rid of them!" We should be wary of their claims, for they suggest political opportunism, not sound science.

Comment Re:Mixed Metaphors (Score 1) 411

The revolution led directly to famine, from destruction of the economy, and genocide during the Reign of Terror. So yes, I'd say that Marie Antoinette's political behavior was "not doing anything wrong".

Whenever it's the rich and the bourgeois taking it up the ass, rather than the poor, the fainting couches are whipped out and hands get chapped from frantic wringing. Doesn't matter if the people's revolution is in France, Russia, or Cuba.

"There were two 'Reigns of Terror', if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our shudders are all for the "horrors of the... momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief terror that we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror - that unspeakable bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves."

Mark Twain, writing about the French Revolution,
in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Comment Re:Uber needs a recession (Score 1) 411

Sanctuary cities

Stop watching Fox and your IQ will go up 30 points within a week.

Then if someone is in the country for a decade, stays of trouble, doesn't try to use welfare, learns English and civics, just offer them and their minor kids citizenship. Chances are they will keep doing what they are doing, which is good for the country. No automatic birth citizenship.

More like....a green card handed to anyone who crosses the Mexican border, no questions asked, with a short path to full citizenship. Very short. Because there isn't a single country south of the border that hasn't been fucked over by the United States. Over and over and over and over and over and over again. Real justice would mean increasing your taxes to pay trillions in restitution to every country from Mexico to Chile, and extraditing every living president and official from the CIA (and it's PR wing, the State Department) to face multiple lifetime sentences in prison.

So STFU and let Jorge cross the border, since his parents were murdered by a Reagan-backed death squad. Let Miguel work at a car wash, as you bankrupted his family farm with NAFTA and then turned his province into a war zone with your war on poor drug users. Margarita fled the U.S. backed junta in Honduras, so let her graduate from a goddamned public high school.

Don't like it - write your congressman to demand that taxes be raised through the stratosphere, and that Obama book a one-way flight from the White House on Jan 20 to a docket in Honduras, just for starters.

Comment Re: Who's to say? (Score 1) 110

Well, if you want to be pedantic (of course you do), heat isn't radiation. Black body radiation is a consequence of heat. And in point of fact the ionizing spectral components of the Sun's radiation generates over seventy-thousand cases of cancer in the US annually, and over ten thousand deaths. If there were an artificial radiation source that was that harmful we'd be right to be very concerned about it, that's substantially more than 3x the number of people who perished in 9/11 every single year.

The real issue here isn't people using linguistic short hand like "radiation" that Internet trolls can play "gotcha" with; it's people not understanding the difference between radiation per se, ionizing radiation, and radioactive fallout. Maybe you don't need to be a Nobel Prize-winning physicist to run the DoE, but you should at least be able to explain the difference between these things. And you'd certainly want anyone working in government to know the difference between preventable and non-preventable deaths.

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