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Comment Re: Yup (Score 1) 309

Lifetime indenture = slavery.

But that's not quite the same as recognizing someone as actually a slave, and not an extended contract of indenture. If I remember correctly, John Punch ran away before his limited term of indenture was finished and broke his contract, and that was the punishment meted out by the court. John Casor was not made a slave as punishment, he did not break his contract. Anthony Johnson simply did not want to recognize the end of his contract for commercial/monetary reasons.


Comment Re: Yup (Score 2) 309

I must admit mis-remembering concerning John Casor being white. I confused the Irish indentured servants with John Casor for some reason. I will always admit it when I'm mistaken.

However, Anthony Johnson *was* a black man and *was* the first government-sanctioned US slave owner, and the rest of my original post I still stand by.

I know many people here intensely dislike Glenn Beck, heck I don't agree with him on many topics, but he did a very good historical piece on US slavery. I believe it's worth seeing.



Comment Re:wars destroy wealth (Score 2) 309

A poor person gets stuck with a public defender, a rich person gets an amazing lawyer. That means an innocent person without money is more likely to go to prison than an innocent rich person. Or do you seriously think OJ would have gotten off if he was poor and Johnnie Cochran and his team were replaced with a court-appointed public defender? Because if you don't think that's the case, you agree with the person you condemned and owe them an apology.

Comment Re:Theory too (Score 1) 309

Common sense is frequently not reasonable and rational, just like your meandering post. Hint: When you are condemning something, condemn that one thing - don't start off vaguely criticising it and then wander off and attack the next scary thing that pops in your head. That makes you look unfocused, and your argument pallid.

Comment Re:Equality of Opportunity, not of Results (Score 2) 309

If you are prosperous, the government won't tax you down to the level of a welfare recipient, and conversely if you are a welfare recipient the government won't subsidise you to the level of a prosperous entrepreneur. Your explanation is so black and white it's lost all value, as reality lies somewhere in between, which your argument ignores entirely.

Comment Re: Yup (Score 5, Informative) 309

Why worship a document so clearly penned by hypocrisy - several owned slaves.

Let me educate you on a little US history.

1. Slavery was instituted in the US many decades before any of the 'Founding Fathers' were born.

2. The first slave owner, and the person who argued it through the courts to make it legal, was a black man named Anthony Johnson.

3. Anthony Johnson's first slave, John Casor, and most of the others he ended up owning, were white.

4. Thomas Jefferson, the most-oft cited slave-owning Founder, never bought nor sold a single slave. He inherited them from his in-laws and kept them together so as not to break up their families and treated them as well as he could under the existing laws passed long before he was born.

5. Jefferson could not free his slaves as under the laws of the time, he would have been hanged.

6. Nearly all the Founders despised slavery. The only reason it was allowed to continue was the southern Democrat States would not join the US revolution on the American side if it was outlawed. They enacted the 3/5ths Compromise so as to lessen Southern slaveholders' voting power, so that slavery *could* be banned down the road while still achieving the immediate goal of forming all 13 colonies into a single unified nation to defeat the British and achieve independence.

Sorry about your broken worldview. Fortunately, an education in history can get you a new and better worldview if one is willing and able to change their thinking based on facts.


Comment Re:It's just too expensive for the hardware (Score 1) 122

Is it though?

  3D TV for a while reached the point where people were buying them without even trying ... the model with 3D was cheaper than the model without due to a sale, or everything that had desirable feature X also had 3D, or the store only had the 3DTVs in stock if you wanted a Sharp... or Sony or whatever.

Not even being basically 'free' was enough to get 3DTV to really take off.

I'm not sure VR is going to fare better... maybe they could give headsets away free with happy meals and maybe most people still wouldn't care. Or maybe they would... I don't know.

I just don't think its necessarily as 'simple' as you think.

Comment Re:Great. Why not six years ago? (Score 1) 146

This problem ain't just on Trump and Republicans.

Now it is. They control all three branches of government and could stop warrantless searches tomorrow if they so decided.

But that's simply a deflection and avoiding the subject. Why didn't the Democrats take action when *they* had all 3 branches of government with Harry Reid's 'nuclear option' in play that made the minority (R)'s unable to block/obstruct as with the ACA/Obamacare?

Could it be that the problem is one of a too-powerful government altogether, and not simply a problem with one political party?

Take off the partisan blinders. *Both* sides are corrupt and agree on 90%-plus, especially on abridging civil rights.


Comment Re: lack of foresight (Score 3, Interesting) 146

No, but they did have private documents.

But its not the same. In those days, when you travelled and crossed borders you had to more or less consciously give some attention to the documents you brought with you. Reams of paper get pretty heavy; and so it wasn't customary to have every document, photo, and piece of correspondence, you ever produced or received *on your person*.

Now you cross the border... and your phone or laptop; especially if its also linked to additional cloud storage accounts and social media etc... it literally has the potential to be a every document, photo, and piece of correspondence you have ever received; and we don't give it a 2nd thought ... we need our phones to make a few calls or receive emails and look at maps while travelling, and we don't think about just how much data we're carrying around with us until some belligerent TSA goon is demanding we hand over our phone and laptop passwords.

We're not deliberately carrying all our photos and email history and bank records and tax documents through customs because we want to transport them to another country... its just incidental to how we use the devices.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

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