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Comment Re:And after 200,000 people had to flee because of (Score 0) 240

Yup, thats all hes done.

As well as sacking an acting-AG that wouldnt support him without question.

As well as taking a combative stance toward the judicial system that threw out his EO.

As well as positioning himself in opposition to all the mainstream media, and siding with a horrific shit of a news outlet.

As well as dumping 90% of the experience of the National Security Council, and putting the former chairman of that shit of a news outlet onto the Principle Committee of the NSC.

As well as pissing off major foreign leaders.

As well as inviting un-vetted guests, including foreign nationals, to stand over him while he reads top secret intelligence on North Korea and south east asia.

Those are just some of the other things he has done in his first not-even-a-month in office.

And lets not talk about his child-like attitude on Twitter...

Comment Re:propaganda headline (Score 1) 240

A good opportunity to replace the sewer as well. Its not like this isn't done all the time - in my city they just replaced the south bound mainline railway bridge overnight with no disruption with a complete new bridge (and not a second bridge build alongside the first). Why? Because of the bridge strikes that had weakened the old one.

These sorts of things are done all the time - railway bridges over motorways, replaced in one night due to the disruption a longer replacement would take.

Comment Re:Hello, China! (Score 1) 74

Yes, because US companies were so on the ball and utterly ethical in that area before the EPA came into being in the 1970s... or rather, who the fuck knows what happened to the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of PCBs manufacturered in the US between the 1930s and 1970s.

It doesnt take much to list hundreds of sites where US companies took a "typically Chinese approach" to much worse chemicals than PCBs.

Comment Re:They fucked up their own shit? (Score 4, Insightful) 56

You can say that again - in 2013, roughly a third of all Indian MPs (158 of 543) were under investigation for serious criminal charges, a third of all lawmakers (1,448 of 4,835) were also under investigation on serious criminal charges. Nearly half of those MPs were under investigation were being investigated for crimes such as murder and abduction.

Its one of the most corrupt governmental systems that also calls itself a democracy...

Lets not forget that a caste system is still extremely prevalent in India, so some people have utterly no hope of being elected or being represented in government.

Comment Re:Hello, China! (Score 1) 74

Why focus on China - Chinese PCB total production compares as just 2% of US production, and 4% of European production and less than 1% of total PCB production overall, with many unlicensed factories producing in eastern Europe after WW2. As mass production generally started in the 1930s in the US and Europe, where did all that early stuff go...?

Comment Market distortions. (Score 1) 489

Thanks to rent control, I'm paying $300 per month less than market rate.

Market distortions can make it financially disastrous to move, as compared to staying in the same place.

Rent control is one.

Another is, for homeowners, is Proposition 13 in California (and similar laws in some other states). Think of it as "rent control on taxes", designed to keep the skyrocketing housing prices from driving people out of their homes:
  - Stay at the old place - get taxed on the price of the house when it was bought (or Prop 13 went into effect) plus a small inflation adjustment.
  - Sell it and buy a new house in CA (or the same state etc.) - get taxed on the new house's CURRENT price, plus a small inflation adjustment - forever forward. Then there's being taxed on the hyperinflated price of the house you sold as if it were a lump sum of income, unless you take the once-in-a-lifetime exemption or one of the other income tax rules for switching houses without being bankrupted. And the new mortgage is at the current rates, too, and on a much pricier home.

Moving used to be much less of a financial hit than it is now.

Comment I'd like to see a Third Amendment defense, too. (Score 5, Informative) 115

Spying on the population was a big driver behind the THIRD amendment:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

While forcing the colonists to provide housing and upkeep for the soldiers sent to oppress them was an economic issue, there was more to it than that.

A soldier "quartered" in a colonist's house also served as a spy for the crown and its army. He eavesdropped on the conversations of the family and visiting friends. He had the opportunity to view their records when they weren't home (or even if they were). He reported anything suspicious to his unit. His presence inhibited getting together with others to hold private discussions, especially about opposing (by protest or otherwise) anything the government was doing. He was a continuous walking search, fed and housed by the people he was investigating.

It seems to me that law-enforcement and intelligence agency spyware, such as keyloggers and various data exfiltration tools, is EXACTLY the digital equivalent: It is a digital agent that "lives" in the home or office of the target. It consums the target's resources (disk space, CPU cycles network bandwidth) to support itself. It spies spying on the activities and "papers" of the target, reporting anything suspicious (or anything, actually) back to its commander, to be used as evidence and/or to trigger an arrest or other attack. It is ready, at a moment's notice, to forcefully interfere with, destroy, or corrupt the target's facilities or send forged messages from him.

Spyware is EXACTLY one of the most egregious acts (one of the "Intolerable Acts") that sparked the American Revolution. I'd love to see the Third brought back out of the doldrums and used against these "digital soldiers" the government is "quartering" inside our personal and private computing devices.

Comment Enjoy your trip. (Score 1) 135

Last year I spent close on $3,000 in the USA. This year, I'm going to Sri Lanka.

Enjoy your trip.

Meanwhile, Trump will just have ICE deport three more illegal immigrant households, more than making up for the money you might have spent (even if you'd been giving it straight to the US taxpayers, rather than mostly to the megacorps that exploit them.)

Comment Re:Right to Work for Peanuts is Anti-Free Market (Score 1) 594

Its *not* the equivalent of a supplier offering a company a better deal, its the equivalent of a brand new supplier *requiring* the company to switch WHETHER IT WANTS TO OR NOT. And and the same time, requiring the company to alter the old suppliers contracts so the old supplier now has to supply through the new supplier.

You have to be one dumb shit to not understand that. Or a union leader. Same thing really.

And please do continue with the "projecting" crap, its quite entertaining.

Comment Re:Right to Work for Peanuts is Anti-Free Market (Score 0) 594

Of course its interfering - if the union didnt force the change to the contract, the company wouldn't change the contract. Thats the very definition of interference. The union requires the company to do something that neither the company nor the employee would have done voluntarily. Interference.

And the employee may continue to work unhindered for another 10 years under their existing contract - don't act like the company was about to fire the worker at any moment and the union is swooping in like a super hero to save the workers position at the very last moment.

Considering that you have to rely on lying by omission to defend your position, its clear you are projecting.

"Lying by omission" - oh yay, we have another alt-fact twat trying to change the topic of the discussion...

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