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Comment Re:Amazing over-reaction of the left, like 8 years (Score 1) 586

To think these people only just now realized that they probably shouldn't have all there eggs in the US basket. Did I miss some big rollback in the surveillance state under Obama or credible commitments from Clinton to deal with it? ...pretty sure I didn't.

Questionable judgement all the way around, both for their naivety to date and for their leftist knee jerk reaction.

Comment "Critics say!" (Score 4, Insightful) 294

The supposed "critics" are fucking idiots. Thins as big and as costly as a nuclear power plant is not built on the whim of a corporation. Rate payers, government at all levels from the first responders that are funded to serve it to the indifferent elected officials the public put in office and who appointed the deficient regulators; everyone was at the table and everyone got the benefits for forty years. Japan used the power of those nukes to build its prosperity from the 70's to 2011 and there is a whole generation of geriatric Japanese living off the pensions built by that engine of wealth. The public is just as obligated to pay for the consequences as Tepco or anyone else involved in Fukushima.

Comment Re:I really don't get the point (Score 1) 725

Like you I've never seen any of this "fake" news anywhere I frequent. So I followed the links to one of these "fake" stories. Here is what I found:

From the Slashdot summary you click the link and end up at a news site called Quartz. Wikipedia characterizes Quartz as a site that "targets high-earning readers who traditionally read other left-leaning publications," a bit of the left wing echo chamber, in other words. In the Quartz story you find one link to what is described as a fake news story at a site called The Daily Signal. The Daily Single is a Heritage Foundation deal; a piece of the right wing echo chamber. The story itself is categorized by The Daily Signal as "Energy / Commentary," and — indeed — it reads like commentary, making no pretense at being news. The last paragraph:

It’s past time for the American people to stand up to Musk and demand that our legislators and other elected officials bring him back to earth before spending one more dollar of our money. He’s wasted enough of it already.

Pure commentary.

I conclude that this Slashdot story is fake; the one "fake news" story being cited by Slashdot via Quartz isn't a news story at all; it's political commentary, labeled as commentary and reads like any other piece of commentary. If this is what the left is hanging its hat on I say go for it; your delusions aren't helping you at all and I hope you continue to indulge them.

Comment Re:So... (Score 4, Insightful) 1321

who secretly voted for Trump when no one was looking

We're living in the midst of another McCarthy-ist era; people can lose a lot if they're found to support the "wrong" side or have a non-SJW compliant opinion. The left should really look into working around the secret ballot in public elections as they've been trying to do in union elections; that would secure their power forever.

Comment Re:So let me get this straight.... (Score 1) 472

but where's the difference then?

You employ US citizens to build, maintain, upgrade and secure facilities, program, maintain and upgrade line hardware, transport and handle materials, inspect and QA products and you get to collect the tax revenue on the corporate entity, developed property and employee income. Plus, the work is done under our regulatory regime that doesn't involve deadening rivers and burning the cheapest fuel available in the least responsible manner with no mitigation at all.

If you think Advanced Manufacturing is somehow people free you are naive. It's not like that at all. So even if the US worker to disposable Chinese worker ratio is 20:1 you're still talking about tens of millions of jobs. You know, the workforce we use to have and used to vote Democrat? Yeah, those people; it's funny that the very thing the D's need to recover power in the US — a loyal working class — is very the thing that makes their skin crawl for so many reasons.

Comment Re:Labor expenses are a tiny part of total cost (Score 2) 472

I've read that the labor costs involved in building an iPhone are roughly between $12.50 and $30 per unit.

When you're employing disposable Asian workers with no rights or protections labor costs are low. When you don't have to employ teams of environmental compliance experts and sexual harassment lawyers and all sorts of other people to comply with the realities in the US it costs a lot less.

This whole story is suspect; Foxconn is not impartial here. That huge outfit is wedded to the Chinese government and the Chinese government doesn't want any change in the current pattern of evacuating the Western industrial base to China. So Apple asks this foreign manufacturer to calculate the cost of a domestic alternative and — big surprise — the foreign manufacturer concludes the cost is infeasibly high... Yeah. Whatever. They may be right but they aren't credible.

The story is so thin it's hard to see; no analysis, no breakdown of how they computed anything. Just an unsupported press release. So it's just a trial balloon being floated by Apple+Foxconn. Propaganda in other words. Yet here it is, ricocheting around the liberal echo chamber as unassailable fact; "see look Trump stupid herp derp."

Comment Re:C'mon (Score 1) 470

This is the money shot from what was written by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., NYT publisher;

As we reflect on the momentous result [of the election], and the months of reporting and polling that preceded it, we aim to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you.

That string of weasel words amounts to; we're going stop being so myopic and try not to get blindsided by events in the future because we inhabit the center of the progressive echo chamber. The simple truth is this; any given Drudge Report reader had a more accurate view of the state of the 2016 US election than anyone that had allowed the NYT to mislead them.

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