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Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 0) 380

Oh bullshit.

1) they're not talking about cancelling the lifeline subsidy (which provides basic phone and 911 server) they're talking about not using it to give poor people BROADBAND.

2) if they don't have a job they CAN damn well spend plenty of time at the library, enough to get a job. It's not like they have anything else to do, nor that getting a job involves livechatting the moment a position becomes available. And let's be honest: the people who need this help aren't applying for COO or IT manager jobs...they're applying for waiter, janitor, or housecleaning positions. What you seem to miss is that broadband ISNT 'basic connectivity'. Where are they getting the computer by the way to run this?

3) The suggestion that the GOP doesn't want the "poor" to vote is a canard the Democrats have been pushing for several elections. That articles implication that Trump courted the KKK vote is just an example of how the mainstream media dispensed with any pretence of objectivity this time around. If you want to talk about historical Republican strategy, don't you find it curious that REPUBLICANS were the ones that wanted to end slavery? Or that it was Democrats that invented Gerrymandering? Maybe if people would stop pitching EVERYTHING into us vs them we'd get more done?

PS: despite seeing them consistently for the last 8 years, I can't seem to find a *single* major media article complaining about gridlock anymore? It must have ended then?

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 616

I know it's asking a lot but...Maybe read the REST of my post?

The part where it says for Scotland to be admitted, the admission must be unanimous, and there's NOT A CHANCE IN HELL that the many EU countries who have their own separatist nationalist movements will invite in Scottish irredentists.

I'll even give you the link...again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

And I'm American. I don't honestly give a flying fuck what happens to Scotland.

Comment I know it's crazy but... (Score -1, Troll) 380

...some people might recognize: you know, no matter how much we try to change it, the fact is that poor people get less stuff. Shrug.

If a poor person needs to use high speed broadband (they have computers, right?) then they can go straight to the public library and use it. For free. But generally not for whacking off. Unless you're at the Minneapolis Public Library. Then it's nearly protected 'free speech'.

Comment Not precisely correct (Score 0) 225

What we have is a new generation that:
- believes they are ENTITLED to have what they want
- has never been told "no" by their parents
- believes Social Media can effect change

1 + 2 + 3 = people who believe "thumbs up"ing some petition is actually going to change anything.

Hint: nothing changes in a company unless a) you can show them how it saves money and doesn't cost anywhere else, or b) threaten their income.

Other hint: be careful with b because you're ENTIRELY REPLACEABLE and any company worth their salt can figure out who actually posted that 'call to action' on Reddit, even if you used your 'totally unbreakable' burner id.

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 616

Of COURSE the Scots want another swing at independence, they weren't happy at the first result and only grudgingly accepted it in the first place.

The fact is that Scotland is a proto-Socialist state with exceedingly generous programs and benefits NOT supported by their own industry or tax base. Their fanciful extrapolations of a post-Scotcession world are sheer fiction, pre-supposing every possible advantage (Scotland gets to keep every drop the North Seas oil at no cost to themselves; Scotland gets to keep using the GBP; more or less free access to the EU) and hand-waving the rest. In fact, the economic picture now is even MORE bleak than it was then with oil at half the price it was. Their golden goose is laying eggs distinctly non-golden today.

OF COURSE they want to stay in the EU. They need to make sure whatever udder they're latched onto is on the healthiest possible cow.

But be clear:NOBODY will accept them into the EU. There are so many nascent disaffected minorities from the Basques to the Bretons to the Flemish that NO major state will want to validate the quixotic secessionist movement by granting it the recognition of admission to the EU.
cf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment we don't have blacksmiths, either (Score 1) 381

Well, we do, but only people who really WANT to be blacksmiths - the whole 'artisinal' thing.

Societies evolve, technology evolves. Yes, the Horse Buggy Whip industry jobs have largely entirely gone - so have (essentially) the jobs of Elevator Pilot, Farrier, Town Cryer, and Jester.

Don't like it? Maybe make an effort to be more of a human and less of a drone. There are LOTS of jobs out there for people who want to actually learn how to do something - electrician, for example. Never going to be replaced by a factory in Vietnam.

Comment Re:Costco is the one suing (Score 1) 262

And this, kids, is why big companies rarely ever go after other big companies.

Big swingin' dick lawyers can be stalemated by OTHER big swingin' dick lawyers and then the aggressor looks like an idiot and wasted money.

Would any of us have any doubts about the outcome if it was 'Bill's Golf Balls', a $100,000 business in Madison WI instead of Costco?

Comment Not the best advocate (Score 1) 360

"One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous "hockey stick" graph..."

If by "demonstrated conclusively" you mean:
- used sketchy, statistically dubious 'smoothing', omitted the Medieval warm period, and cherry picked data to 'prove' an already-supposed conclusion, and
- then when called to produce his data, "lost it" ....then yeah, he's the guy.

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