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Comment Re:Not so hot for international shipping (Score 4, Informative) 183

Sorry to break the news to you. US tax payers, like you and me, are subsidizing the packages shipped via the postal service from China :(

http://fortune.com/2015/07/03/...

One of the core reasons why US manufacturer's can't complete is that our tax policy favors gains from the speculative market, ie real estate and stock market, over the actual manufacturing of products. Another core reason is that the American consumers simply wants cheap products made in an authoritarian country that is actively competing with us militarily and economically, with the goal of becoming the dominate power in the world.

At the end, we only have ourselves to blame. We voted for the politicians who set fiscal policies that decimated our manufacturing base, and we simply like to buy cheap crap from China.

Keep this up, and China will bankrupt us in the coming arms/space race, much like how we did it to the USSR.

Comment Re: I'm sure he had nothing to hide (Score 1) 895

Putin is not interested in destroying ISIS. He is only interested in propping up his failed proxy puppet state, Assad's Syria. ISIS just happens to be one of Assad's enemies. Assad is in a mess because he chooses to torture then kill underage boys who drew unflattering graffiti of him. That's the type of person Putin is protecting in Syria.

Putin is playing chess while Trump is still player checkers. Putin is more than happy to push ISIS out of Syria and let the rest of the world, particularly the West, deal with ISIS. Actually that's probably his plan. Let ISIS attack the West and push the civil liberties in the West to the breaking point, then he can claim moral equivalency [see O'Reilly Trump interview.]

Oh', Syria's buddy, Iran, also has troops in Syria fighting "ISIS" on behalf of Assad.

Let's not forget about the 1983 Beirut bombing that killed 200+ US Marines. That suicide bombing has Syria and Iran's fingerprints all over it. 33 years later, the same type of anti-American leadership are still running Syria, Iran, and Russia. They are now our friends??? I don't think so.

The whole Middle East is one big mess. I don't like Obama's timid response, but given the tangled interests and the fact that Obama was still cleaning up after the our last great checker player, GWB, I can understand his hesitation. He can do the right thing, fight for freedom and democracy that will consume a lot of his dwindling political capital, in addition to requiring even more planning, materials and American lives, and hope the average American will understand. Or, he can be a politician and drags his feet toward doing as little as possible, which is exactly what happened.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 2) 899

I agree that any public figure, in any fields, needs to be held accountable for their public comments. Modonna's comment was inappropriate.

However, let's not equivocate the actions of a popular singer with worldwide following with that of a major party candidate running for the presidency of the United States, who now has the power to affect lives worldwide.

Comment Re:LOL (Score 3, Insightful) 899

You mean like,

"By the way, and if she gets to pick --if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know. " - Aug. 9, 2016, Donald Trump

I don't believe in that BS about "left" and "right" or "liberal" and "conservatives." To me, they are often just meaningless labels applied without proper context. Meaningless sound bits meant for the mindless consumers who outsourced their thinking to the same media elites they dislike so much.

Trump has turned the White House into a reality TV set. Eerily similar to that of his shirtless horse riding buddy's own reality kleptocratic TV show.

Welcome to Amerika.

Comment Re:Please don't go groveling to him (Score 5, Insightful) 437

Trump is openly picking individual winners and losers in the business world. By naming specific companies like Boeing and GM, instead of setting more generic industry wide rules, Trump's action is the very definition of crony capitalism. Yes, there are procurement problems in the defense industry, but why attack the F35 program and not the littoral combat ship (LCS) program.

Perhaps Trump likes to mouth off with only a superficial knowledges of whatever he happens to hear on the cable news, or perhaps people around him are using inside knowledge to capitalize on the subsequent market valuation of those publicly traded companies.

Slowly but surely, Trump's actions will diminish US's worldwide competitiveness and standing, much like Obama's inactions. However, Obama does not have a history of predatorial financial and gender behavior.

Comment Re:secret rules (Score 0) 189

yeah, let's keep our eyes on the ball. Trump, someone who repeatedly casts the free press as the enemy is now the president. Obama and GW have their faults, but at least they are not tribal narcissist with little or no empathy for the opposition. It's going to be a tough ride until Trump is removed.

Comment Re:Great for China! (Score 3, Interesting) 600

In trade, China needs the U.S. more than vice-versa.

Exactly, and China knows this. That is why China has been aggressively seeking alternative markets worldwide. Everywhere from Central and South America to Africa, not to mention the rest of Asia. China is also busy trying to build up their own internal consumption and pushed RMB to be a part of SDR.

China knows its military expansion is only made possible by its economic success, and we know this too. Unlike other Asian and European countries where we use trade as a tool to either entice democratic reforms or crush authoritarian regime's ability to finance its military, we've met our match with China.

I am not a fan of TPP but I view TPP as our attempt to rebalance world trade in the Asia away from its current sinocentric hegemony. If we want to take away TPP, what are we replacing it with?

Globalism is not the problem. Plenty of high wage countries still have robust manufacturing sectors and take care of its working class. Unfortunately for us, the chants of "U-S-A" drowns out any discussion and we look inwards to rehash our past failed policies instead of looking outwards to study how others thrives in a globalized market.

Comment Re:This is a good thing (Score 1) 395

I had a similar conversation with my friends. My belief is that the ruling class of America decided it's cheaper to pay people off with welfare than to give people jobs. Given the chance, I think most people will prefer meaningful work.

The very few getting comfortable on the bottom rungs of our social safety net are just there to obscure the masses of working poor who are below the safety net, do distract us from the real issues of why people can't find jobs.

Sure, there are plenty of minimum wage jobs available, but finding those jobs can be a challenge. Moving to a new place for a minimum wage job is also equally challenging.

Comment Re:Looking in the mirror are you? (Score 3, Informative) 395

Yes, we can clearly see where Trump's conflict of interest are, and thanks to his blind supporters, he doesn't care either. Trump's questionable business ethics is legendary.

http://www.nationalreview.com/...

I don't have problems with technocrats, some are career politicians. As long if they are honest and competent, why not. However, Trump is neither honest nor competent. Trump is just a self promoter who is good at selling his brand. Over the years, his year of hustling for a quick buck has gradually diminished his technical skills. Let's not forget, Trump is one of the loudest birthers. Trumps lives in his own grandiose narcissistic TV reality world. Too bad for us, he just pulled off his biggest con. His world is now our reality. Fuck!!!

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 182

Some of this experiments were non-trivial, and he definitely was smart enough to go beyond what the nuclear regulatory agency thought was possible for an average citizen.

We can criticize the potential of harm to others by his experiments, but who are we do judge the wisdom of his actions for him.

Yeah, too bad his energies was misdirected and unguided.

Comment Re:Oh dear (Score 2) 742

Yup, we're in for a rude awakening if we do engage in a trade war with China. But, better to wake up now than later.... I dislike Trump, didn't vote for him, and the thought of his pending presidency is nauseating, but might as well let Trump be Trump. A trade war with China will leave Trump with little free time to tinker with the domestic issues. We may end up getting some of our manufacturing jobs back, or at lease shift them toward more US friendly countries.

I bet Putin will support a trade war with China. A chance to take down both US and China.

So, let's push for a trade war with China to save our nation from both Trump and China. I am for it :)

Comment Re:Always a cheaper fish... (Score 1) 85

Well, it's kind of too late for Microsoft. The locals has already learned and adapted. Cost will be lower in Vietnam but will cost for Microsoft in Vietnam be lower than the cost for Xiaomi in China? China is Xiaomi's domestic market and unlike our government, the Chinese government actual cares about keeping its citizens employed and earning a living. Sure, it's not a great living for most, but it is improving.

It's sad to see communist authoritarians beating the capitalist democrats in the world economy.

Comment our country is a reflection of us (Score 2) 247

We live in a delusional bubble and sooner or later that bubble will burst. We were very good but to stay the best takes effort and money. Both of which we traded for political demigods and cheap trinket and oil from authoritarian regimes around the world to live our obese Wal-Mart fueled lives.

We want to be the best, but where will the brain and money that are needed for such endeavor come from? Certainly not from the flag lapel wearing politicians that caters to the money worshiping financial and legal sectors while neglecting the egalitarian nature of a strong domestic manufacturing base.

So, no being first in the world doesnt' matter to us anymore, as long if we think we're number one that's what counts.

Comment Re:May Day???? (Score 1) 247

That's very adolescent of of you to dismiss someone else's idea as adolescent rant while offering nothing of substance except support for status quo. Our system is broken. In addition to our military industrial complex, we also have a prison industrial complex, public sector union mafia, and the new kid on the block, private school public student loan pyramid scheme.

I heard Lawrence Lessig's keynote at SCALE 12X and he sounded like a pragmatic guy. During the typical after talk Q&A session when idealogical can lean a bit to the extremes, politely he kept to his believes and reminded everyone that our system is corrupt, not necessarily the politicians and that we've came a long way since the days where congressmen have safes in their capital office for the random bags of money that just appears.

I am fairly cynical of our entire political process, however I have donated to the Mayday's first round of funding and now I am contemplating selling some of my treasured 2A relics to help fund the second round. As much as I cling to my 2A relics, it's an illusion of power that keep us fat and lazy, sitting comfortably in our homes looking for that next purchase. At least Lessig is doing something to reform our corrupt and inept political system, that far more than anything accomplished with 2A relics in modern time.

I don't know if he will be successful or not, but at least he has a history of advancing our civl liberty causes and MAYDAY, despite the long odds, is one of the better ideas available today.

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