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Comment Worthless wanker projection (Score 1) 415

"As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands..." is just an example of Bill Nye trying to impress his audience with his knowledge of the physical properties of water, and therefore he should be trusted as part of the Priestly Order of the Science Illuminati.

You're the 101st poster gangbanging that chicken. She's pretty worn out by this point, could you give her a break?

Comment GPS Pilot, right-wing wanker (Score 1) 415

Nye hasn't published any papers on this topic. Let's look at what real scientists have found.

Even as Al Gore was trying to scare everyone into believing that the frequency and intensity of cyclones was in the process of skyrocketing,

So.....Bill Nye is a science denier.....because you drank the hatorade on Al Gore??

Dr. R.N. Maue

Who has a doctorate in meteorology, not climate science, so you might want to ease up with that 'not a real scientist' attack least it hit your appeals-to-authority fallacy in the face in the process.

Recent historically low global tropical cyclone activity

Annnnnd now from actual climate scientists: It is unclear whether global warming is increasing hurricane frequency but there is increasing evidence that warming increases hurricane intensity. You look at a list of the most powerful hurricanes/cyclones and it's going to be heavy with storms in the last 20 years. Looking at the 8 most powerful to make landfall, six of them have been since 1998.

Comment Re:But of course (Score 1) 415

I suffered a few minutes of NPR

Why would you subject yourself to that right wing rag?

Apparently the only officials from Louisiana or the feds that NPR has any interest in hosting are climatologists. No FEMA, no state first responders; just climatologists.

One night I was channel surfing and caught part of an olympic soccer match. I never watched anything else, but I'm sure that means NBC aired nothing but soccer matches over weeks of coverage. Because reasons.

While discussing the floods with the climatologists, both the federal and state climate guys made the mistake of mentioning the fact that the high costs and displacement are as much to do with recent property development as the amount of water. You could clearly detect the host's frustration as he attempted to get these hapless officials back on the rails speculating about climate and saying disparaging things about fossil fuels.

Sounds like confirmation bias. Yours, not the reporter from National Pentagon Radio. Yes, it's a problem when greedy developers are allowed to build in flood plains and sell to unsuspecting homeowners. But so many people are putting on their tunnel vision glasses to stare at that tree, and ignore the forest that is a once-in-a-thousand year flood putting land under water that has been dry since before this country's founding.

Comment If I could interrupt the victim-blaming for a sec (Score 1) 415

This isn't anything close to a normal flood. This is a once-in-a-thousand-years flood. Areas were underwater that had been flood-free for hundreds of years. Would you have 'had it coming' if your house got washed away, in flood waters not seen in your area since Gengis Khan was tromping around Asia?

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:Fix? Try $200,000 tax on corp for each H1B work (Score 1) 332

That's a bit silly, as not all jobs pay the same.

That's hand waiving. Corporations say they need H1B's because there aren't skilled Americans to do the job. Let them prove it by paying for it.

Let's start with the 90th percentile for the job, then double it.

Let's not. Or did you forget you'd be trusting the same companies that lobby Congress for more H1B's, even while laying off thousands (or even tens of thousands) of American workers? This is all just a game to them, to increase the size of the labor pool and lower their employment costs. Pegging it to 90th percentile is just asking them to drive down wages even further.

Comment Gotta love the false equivilancies (Score 1) 332

When you talk about illegal immigration from Mexico, it's all "no man is illegal", "we are all born equal", "tear down the wall", "just let them in". But the moment some brown person comes to "steal" not some low-income redneck job, but your hipster job, suddenly the song changes completely.

Is the United States Government importing Mexicans, as a matter of public policy, to take jobs that require a low skill level?

Comment Increasing size of labor pool to save corps money (Score 5, Insightful) 332

People should stop beating around the bush and call this what it is: a government run program to subsidize labor costs for businesses and shareholders, to the detriment of American workers and taxpayers. "Fair market rates" only apply when they are to shareholder's benefit. When they actually give the worker a leg up for a change - fuck you, we're going to bring in some grads from India to do your job. Grads who can compete without five figures of student loan debt hanging over their heads.

Comment Amazingly facile (Score 2) 332

It's amazing how much tech folk can sound like auto workers in the 80's bitching about Americans buying foreign cars.

Were those workers being replaced in a government-run program to import foreign workers to labor in Ford and GM plants to lower wages? No. Are those objecting to H1B basing their complaints on having to compete with software companies located in other countries? No.

Does that mean you have the lamest analogy in the story thus far? Yes.

Comment Re: WE need unions also why train your h1-b replam (Score 1) 472

Corporation don't pay taxes really anyways, because

Because they've bought off politicians to give them enough exemptions and loopholes so that, on top of low tax rates, they effectively pay nothing.

2. Costs get passed down into first-order (consumer) goods for the most part anyways

All prices area always set to maximize revenues. If companies could arbitrarily charge more money without losing more customers than they made in new profits, they wouldn't wait for new taxes or wage increases to do so. They would just do it and pocket the profits.

Additionally the. U.S has an absurdly high top corporate rate

Zombie talking point. No, it's not high to begin with, and there are enough loopholes and write-offs that the richest corporations in the world pay little to no taxes.

Public sector compensation is already quite generous

"Citizens against government waste". Why not go all-out and cite Grover Norquist and Ayn Rand?

Most of what you mention is just sort of normal compensation and can be negotiated individually as appropriate

Individually you are irrelevant and completely expendable. As part of a collective labor force, you are not. You know this.

as it makes it difficult of impossible to remove low-performers and inappropriate behaviors

Another zombie talking point. You guys really think that once you'd join a union, you'd really stand around and think "boy, I wish Bob would start slacking off so I can do my job plus his!" And there is nothing about unions that prevents people from being fired with cause.

This due process thing is precisely what a lot of the best and brightest in the public sector object to

Now you're just putting on the clown shoes. The employer having to actually give a reason for termination is objectionable to no one but employers.

Why should someone be forced to support a group that advocates for policies they think are harmful or unnecessary in order to keep their job?

Zombie talking point #3. Union members are free to vote on what policies their union supports. Employees that work for a Koch Industries subsidiary have no say whatsoever over what Charles and David do with the wealth generated from their labor. Why do you hate democracy while loving aristocracy?

What you call freeloading, is just a pejorative term applied to a positive externality.

Hand waving. Why, exactly, should workers enjoy benefits won by a union that they did nothing to earn? Why don't you try stopping by your local chamber of commerce, and tell them you want all the benefits of membership without paying a cent in dues.

Unions pushed for the eight hour workday and made it the norm, but does every worker with a 8-hour day ow the Wobblies a union due?

If the company had previously been demanding 14 hour workdays and paying employees in company script? Then yes, they did owe the union. Any more questions?

Comment Re:Can we stop repeating the anti-Trump memes?.. (Score 1) 285

Ah, I see, so everyone who disagrees with *your* economic views is a right-wing neoliberal. Got it.

Hand waving. Got it.

Look, this isn't hard. If Trump suddenly called for the U.S. government to seize control of all industry, labor, and national resources, would that be a conservative position just because Trump is a Republican? Of course not.

Krugman supports right-wing neoliberal corporate trade laws, which....wait for it....makes him a right-wing neoliberal. His support of Democratic poltiicans does nothing to change that - particularly when those politicians are neoliberals themselves, like Hillary and Obama. Same as the Clinton's support of banking & telecom deregulation, gutting welfare, and getting "tougher on crime" than Republicans makes them right-wing neoliberals. Or the legions of Obamabots who defend their Dear Leader on everything from drone strikes to cutting Social Security.

It's the actions that matter, not the party label.

Comment Re: Was this before or after adjustments? (Score 1) 270

REal science is based on logical skepticism, not just crazy ass made up doubt. Not denial wrapped in skepticism.

Logic skepticism. There Is a reason why scientific experts i the field came to consensus regarding Global Warming.

There is a reason Countries that have the most economical impt still agree with Man Made GW.

When skepticism relies on an global conspiracy that involves thousands ,i f not 10's of thousands, or people, it's not real skepticism.


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