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Comment Re:Immigration policy is not hate speech (Score 2) 1057

The problem isn't that us "liberalists" don't want you to say anything bad. The problem is that you want to say bad things and then skip the fucking consequences.

Nobody said free speech had to be nice. Nobody said I or anyone else has to agree with everything you or anyone else says.

But if someone says something horribly racist in a public venue, guess what, cupcake? There are generally consequences for that sort of shit. Trump saw that happen early in his campaign when he said a bunch of racist shit, and he had business deals cancelled and NBC decided they didn't want him on "The Apprentice" any more. (This was before he got the nomination.)

Yeah, Trump still won the Presidency, but there were consequences to his speech. And the problem isn't (or isn't just) special snowflakes who want a safe space regardless of the realities of the world, it's the racist shitbags of the world who think they can spout their racist shitbaggery without any worry of affecting their real life or their access to venues (such as Twitter) to spout said racist shitbaggery.

Twitter is well within their rights under their Terms of Service to ban people. Deal with it.

Comment Re: Abdul Razak Ali Artan (Score 1) 1057

Yeah, there's a problem with that. You have groups like BLM protesting loudly, and some people get a giant case of the chapped ass over it. "How dare they protest loudly? No one can take them seriously when they're being so loud and vocal and upset."

Then Kaepernick kneels during the National Anthem, and some people get a giant case of the chapped ass over it. "How dare you protest quietly by doing that thing we don't like? No one can take them seriously when they're being so offensive by not standing during the National Anthem." You know, regardless of the fact that probably 95% of the people watching the game at home don't stand during the National Anthem.

What the people getting a giant case of the chapped ass are really saying is "How dare you protest at all?"

Comment Re: Abdul Razak Ali Artan (Score 1) 1057

Depends on the campus and what the duties of the specific campus cop are. At the university I went to, the campus police were, IIRC, part of the city police force, just assigned to the campus. Some of them carried sidearms, but some of them were in administration of the campus police, so they didn't.

Comment Re: What an empty life (Score 1) 736

I think the difference is, no one expects the Enquirer to be accurate. I mean, for fuck's sake, they've had stories about Bigfoot and Elvis meeting.

With print publication, there are startup costs, printing costs, distribution costs. Some dingus scrawling conspiracy theories and passing them out at the Circle K is not going to have a wide distribution, for example.

But it's relatively easy to create a fake news website. It can be relatively cheap. Much cheaper than trying to get national level distribution for something like the Enquirer.

Comment Re:k.i.s.s. (Score 1) 143

The same idiots who wanted the F-35 to be able to do everything and therefore it does nothing well? There seems to be this idea that as long as the money keeps rolling in to the military-industrial complex, it doesn't matter if none of these projects ever really works well. Just keep that money rolling. We'll win wars on quantity, not quality.

Comment Re: Extrapolation? (Score 3, Informative) 540

The problem is, in the Victorian age, automation freed people up from some jobs, but not everything was automated, so there were still jobs to be had. Sure, they might also be backbreaking labor, but it was still a job.

We're on the cusp of self-driving cars right now. They're not perfect, and it's most cases, it's not true auto-pilot yet, but it's getting there. Assuming no road-blocks (no pun intended) in the way, within 5-10 years, we're going to have self-driving cars.

And there goes the taxi industry. And the trucking industry. What jobs will they transition to? Okay, sure, not every taxi driver and trucker will be out of work on the same day, but their jobs are going to go away. What happens then?

It's going to be incremental. We're not all going to wake up one day and find out that automation has taken away all of our jobs. But saying it's not going to happen at all is facetious at best.

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