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Comment Re:Unfettered capitalism (Score 3, Informative) 639

It's not unfettered capitalism, but government regulations designed to squelch competition that are causing thus problem. Because of the DMCA -- a federal law -- nobody can _legally_ reverse engineer the electronics in the tractor, and thus allow independent mechanics the ability to fix them. Once again, federal regulations act as protectionism for those firms that can financially convince a bunch of congresspeople to play ball.

Comment Shorter version (Score 1) 147

"The Federal Communications Commission is making another $2.15 billion available for rural broadband projects..."

Shorter version: Whether the federal government is redistributing our tax dollars to the middle of nowhere (see also, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...) or to telecoms, its cronyism all the way down.

Comment Re: Subversion of the West (Score 1) 1080

The first problem is getting money out of politics. The Citizens United case was probably the most damaging ruling in Supreme Court history in terms of the strength of our democracy. Super PACs desperately need regulation as they are perverting the process.

The Citizen's United case was judged correctly. The laws that existed prior to the ruling violated the 1st Amendment protection of freedom of speech and freedom of association. The laws in actual practice were regulating political speech. Anybody should be able to advertise for their preferred candidate or political cause without government interference. Period.

Comment Re:just remember (Score 2) 243

I believe you're referencing this: "All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near." --Sun-Tsu, "The Art of War"

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