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Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 66

Wrong. The main reason for the trade deficits is not that the USA 'controls' the reserve currency but the inability of the USA manufacturing to produce enough either to cover USA consumption or to pay for it with a balanced trade. USA is in enormous debt because the world subsidises its consumption. Reserve currency does not prevent the need to pay for consumption, that is just a silly excuse that will cost USA its entire economy.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 2) 66

If any of what you are selling had any merit China would have been worse off today than it was 40 years ago, the people there would have still been poorer than dirt. What you are selling is garbage though, collectivist garbage, which is why China brought hundreds of millions out of complete poverty by drastically reducing collectivism, not by growing it. USA is on a completely wrong path, has been on it for over a 100 year stretch now, it is a path of diseased collectivism and it is murdering, slaughtering USA economy.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 0) 66

Actually every single person that is not tied to the government in USA is suffering and it has nothing to do with 'corporate greed', it has to do with the collectivism (same type of collectivism that spawned the disease that are unions). If there were or there are any productivity gains in the USA (real productivity as opposed to inflation caused by the governments living on borrowed - actually on stolen money), those gains are despite the collectivism not because of it. Real productivity in the USA is negative, which is why the country is running half a trillion USD a year in trade deficits.

The culprits of the economic destruction are not in the companies, they are found in government offices and they operate on the ideology of 'helping' you.

Comment Charitable crime-fighting (Score 1) 270

"$450 billion ($1,800 per resident) per year from 1987–1990."

Yeah, and the next sentence explains that figure as: "These losses included $18 billion in medical and mental health care spending, $87 billion in other tangible costs, and $345 billion in pain, suffering, and reduced quality of life."

Different ways to count it can result in vastly different numbers — depending on what one wishes to demonstrate, ha-ha... The point remains, though, the cost of crime, however you count it, is still below the "commie socialist programs" that serviscope_minor attempted to justify.

And, the "war on poverty" isn't solely about reducing crime

Of course, it is not! Moreover, I argue, that it is not about reducing crime at all. It is about genuine compassion for some and the ability to spread the wealth around for others. That "spreading" of the wealth of captive taxpayers is pure unadulterated tyranny, of course, and the folks advocating it usually have a vast conflict of interest.

The overhead of charities ranges from 15% to as much as 70% — with government's operations being on the greater side of it. It is an incredibly lucrative and powerful position to be in control of spending even $1 billion, even if a mere $150 million of it are yours to dispense on the "overhead". With $800 billion per year you can find words, sponsor poems, finance movies and other artworks, and even find a smooth talking nincompoop, who will sincerely protect your trough, while denouncing opponents as greedy and egoistic bastards...

Comment Jailbreaking the simulation and hacking it (Score 1) 346

If the universe is a simulation, there perhaps could be some way of hacking the code from the inside, like the exploits that affect things outside of a virtual machine.

Of course, once you do that, the folks running the simulation say "Oh, crap, not again!", fix the bug that allowed the exploit, and re-start the simulation from the last checkpoint, and we'll never know.

Comment Speculation from TFA... (Score 1) 141

From the article, musing about how an alien visitor might classify them...

"Which of these would they consider a “planet” — or whatever the alien term for “planet” might be?"

Maybe a more useful classification would be to classify them by the characteristics of the body itself, irrespective of its orbit. Their word that we'd likely translate as "planet" might only apply to Venus, Earth, Mars, and Titan. (Rocky bodies with significant atmosphere.)

Comment Good & bad, it'll be significant.All president (Score 1) 270

> That's even worse.
> Ambition and egotism are deadly dangerous things.

It'll be significant, for good or bad (probably both).
Keep in mind ALL presidents think that a) they should be president and b) the voters will recognize that. So a huge ego is the number one defining character trait of someone who runs for President. The second happens to be loyalty.

Trump will do things big, compared to other presidents. He'll do something good in a big a way and something bad in a big way.

Comment Re: Presumption of innocence (Score 1) 440

Thank you for the compliment, however foul-mouthed, but... With that freedom to endanger oneself, comes the responsibility to pay for one's own healthcare and/or disability. Pay for it, or beg other people's charity — with Pauper's Oath, etc. — but not vote to force others to pay for one's follies.

I sure hope, you are just as prepared to agree with this...

Comment Libertarianism 101 (Score 1) 270

Among those laws was the 1979 Department of Education Organization Act that established that entity.

Yep. As I said: a mission creep. Government looking, what else it can do...

The rules are simple. If (what seems like) a problem:

  • does not endanger the nation's very survival;
  • can be solved by private entities — commercial or charitable;

then the government must not touch it.

For the government to violate this principle is tyranny — taxpayer's money is confiscated to pay for things, he would not have paid for voluntarily.

And, like all other tyrannies, it is also inefficient. Your own example of public education is an ongoing disaster: per-pupil costs of public schools have quadrupled since the 1960-ies (inflation-adjusted), but 70% of the 8th-graders still can not be said to be "proficient" in reading.

Space-exploration is fascinating — leave it to Musk, Bezos, and Branson. They spend their own monies on it...

Comment Scale it... (Score 1) 226

Who really cares if I can get a loop to run in 800ns instead of 1500ns

Indeed. A human being can not even perceive a difference between 1 millisecond and 1 microsecond.

But, repeated a million times, the former turns into 15 minutes, whereas the latter is still merely a second. Food for thought...

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