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Comment Re:chip on your shoulder (Score 1) 120

That is 1 state above the threshold for making the criticism legitimate.

It is technically illegal in one rural state, yet, despite claims to the contrary, there is no record of anyone ever being procesecuted in Idaho for feeding a baby.

It is a total non-issue, and anyone upset about the zero women who have gone to jail is just looking for some phony manufactured issue to be outraged about.

So God bless motherhood, and God bless the United States of America.

Comment Re:chip on your shoulder (Score 5, Informative) 120

...said the main living in the glorious country where the simple apparition of a nipple is considered a major mediatic catastrophe

Nipples are only banned from broadcast TV. On cable, and on the internet, Americans are nipple tolerant.

where breast feeding is a public offense

Here is a complete exhaustive list of all the American states where public breastfeeding is illegal:

1. Idaho

It is legal everywhere else.

Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 166

I wouldn't be surprised if this was a false flag operation as well.

I once thought the same thing about the "birther" movement. It was so stupid and inane, that I figured it was secretly pushed by liberals to make Republicans look like shrill dysfunctional idiots. But now the leading birther is in the oval office, so I guess I was wrong.

I think you are wrong too. Republicans think that people on the Left are disorderly self-entitled rule breaking jerks, and these rioters confirmed all those perceptions, which was stupid and counterproductive. But there are a lot of stupid people out there, and I am more willing to assume that the rioters were stupid than to assume that Trump's supporters were intelligent enough to pull off a false flag op.

Comment Re:That's what happened at Hitler's inauguration (Score 3, Informative) 166

Neo-Nazi B.S. de-bunked by an actual ex-Nazi!

Actually, most Neo-Nazi BS is best debunked by actual Nazis. "The Holocaust never happened" is thoroughly debunked by Nazi testimony at Nuremberg. The defenses fell in one of two categories:

1. Yes, I killed people, but I was just following orders, so I am not responsible.
2. Yes, I gave orders, but I didn't actually kill anyone myself, so I am not responsible.

But NONE of them use the defense, or ever claimed, that the killings didn't happen, or that the death camps didn't exist. No one claimed that until many years later.

Comment Re:That's what happened at Hitler's inauguration (Score 3, Insightful) 166

So the original claim that she was not only at his Innauguration, but also had her diary with her, is at least two kinds of bullshit itself.

Except that nobody claimed that. The famous diary writer at Hitler's inauguration was Joseph Goebbels. His diary is fascinating to read, and provides a huge amount of insight into the inner workings of Nazi Germany, unlike Anne's which is just the musing of a girl locked in a room.

Comment Re:That's what happened at Hitler's inauguration (Score 5, Informative) 166

Anne Frank's diary was written long after the end of WWII, using a ballpoint pen (which wasn't invented until after WWII)

That is holocaust denialist BS that has been debunked:

Anne wrote the body of her diary with a fountain pen. The only things written in ballpoint pen ink are two loose notes written by someone else and put with the papers later and some page numbers written on the sheets during the compilation process.

There is a long history of neo-Nazis trying to discredit Anne's diaries, so in 1963 her defenders tracked down the arresting officer that led the raid on their hideout. He corroborated nearly everything that Anne's father had said.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 2) 152

You believe this because it worked so far.

No, I believe it because I understand economics. I also understand history: Britain controlled the world's reserve currency from the Napoleonic Wars until WW1. They had trade deficits for a century while their economy boomed and British people enjoyed the highest living standards in the world. Most of the bonds issued to fund this debt were repeatedly rolled over, and eventually inflated away and never repaid in real terms. Now we enjoy those same benefits, and we would be foolish to throw them away in some idiotic quest for "balanced trade".

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 2) 152

USA is in enormous debt because the world subsidises its consumption.

Duh. Of course. But that is not going to stop. Trade "debt" is not like personal credit card debt. There is no reason that it EVER has to be paid back. As long as we control the world's reserve currency, we can continue to issue checks that will never be cashed. Besides, it is not "collective debt". If I buy a German made BMW, that adds to our trade deficit, but paying it back is MY problem, not yours.

Trade deficits are a sign of strength, not weakness. It means foreigners want to invest in dollar denominated assets (such as American stocks and bonds) and are willing to reduce their own consumption and subsidize ours in order to make that happen.

Japan has run trade surpluses for more than 50 years. What has it got them? My chicken coop is bigger than the average Japanese home. The yen went from ~400 to the dollar to 90 today, which means 80% of the "savings" that they sweated for decades to achieve simply disappeared, and their economy is stagnant. Do you really think America should be more like Japan?

Reserve currency does not prevent the need to pay for consumption


Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 3, Insightful) 152

This country is running trade deficits because manufacturing jobs have been shoved overseas

Nope. America manufactures more today than ever before. We just do it with a lot fewer people. The main reason for the trade deficit is that America controls the world's reserve currency, which is a GOOD THING.

Foxconn, the Chinese company ...

Foxconn is not a Chinese company.

Children are chained to desks

All the evidence for that was part of a hoax. There is no credible evidence that anyone at Foxconn was ever physically restrained at their desk, and they do not employ children.

Now, if that's the world you want here in the US ...

You mean the world of "alternative facts?" We already have that.

Comment Re:We'll see what Trump does (Score 1) 152

Trump has always been anti-union, something those white union workers who voted for him have seem to have forgotten.

Many union members in closed shop states (including California, but not Nevada) don't actually like unions, and are only members because paying union dues is a condition of employment.

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