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Comment Premises are outdated (Score 1, Insightful) 350

I think that the author missed from already public information, Vault 7, that everything that is on smartphone can be accessed in multiple ways, using various exploits. Basically back-doors already exists and are already used.

What are they really doing is legalization of existing practices that are already used anyway.

Comment Native American language (Score 0) 151

Designate Navajo a designated language for classified documentation. Or select some other tribe.
Basically hire entire tribe and make a designated record keeper. Worked as a quasi encryption during ww2, will work now.

And, yes. Go paper. Old secrets can be safely be burned, when no longer relevant.

Comment Re:It is almost like 32/33 developed countries... (Score 0) 283

Change the constitution, if you do not like the current laws, but do not compare with 33 other developed countries.

Did you know that many developed countries, such as Japan, have zero illegal immigration policy, by the way?

Healthcare is the commodity, the more you make it available, the large demand grows and eventually it will be rationed.

If you will change the constitution and will include the healthcare as a right, why don't you throw in free life time education, free housing, free food. That is what they have done in South Africa. And just because a commodity (healthacre and houses) are in constitution, S.African example shows that in the real world you will never get enough of healthcare, just like at some point you will never be able to give a mansion by the sea to everyone, because it is a right enshrined in the constitution.

Comment Select from Army Veterans (Score 0) 283

They should have selected candidates that served in the US Army, or are American Native Indians, or have low income, or will be close to the retirement age. All these citizens have free healthcare anyway.
Yes, that is a satyric proposal.

I they NASA is too lazy to setup the healthcare plan for the astronauts it is just an indication that NASA is poorly managed.

Submission + - Pathetic Carjackers Forced Owner To Teach Them How To Drive Stick: Police (

Trachman writes: reported that Wayne, 18, is suspected of having tried to steal three cars in the span of ten days between Feb. 11 and Feb. 21. The key word, there, is “tried.” The third theft didn’t work out so hot when he and his buddy couldn’t figure out how to drive a manual transmission, despite forcing the car’s owner to coach them at gunpoint.

I supposed, it is time for an Insurance companies to start giving discount for all manual transmissions.... clearly, thinking outside the gear box is required.

Comment Re:Bourgeois like yourself *lead* to terrors (Score 1) 516

Had it dawn on you is that those who are considered living in the bubble and echo chambers are mostly coastal elites, living in their bubble, voting mostly democratic in blue states.

What you call "peasantry" has actually voted overwhelmingly against democrats in the United States, like they always had.

Also, you are absolutely horribly wrong on Russian revolution. Rich and upper class got quick death sentence or quick emigration, with the loss of status. However many many many more workers and peasants were killed, starved and worked to death, later were drowned in the never ending rivers of alcoholism, depression and other fun activities while building the communism. Interesting detail is that the elites (doctors, engineers) , those that did not emigrate, still did quite alright in soviet times: no luxury, but a relatively reasonable middle class life standard.

If you are that clueless and feel so passionate about Soviet revolution, please ask survivors of soviet regime and ask their opinion. One thing you can be sure, is that communism is not returning to Russia, to Poland, to Hungary, Chezh republic etc., guaranteed, 100%.

Comment Re:Article advocates red terror (Score 1) 516

Have a broader view.

I say that eating is just as important as medical services, much more important. I will also say that we all should be eating organic, fresh, custom made food with the strict supervision of qualified chiefs, who provide only the best food, and are always selected from top 5% of the class.

Or let people have a choice and eat whatever is that they want.

At least people have a real, legitimate and practical choice when it comes to catering decisions. In medical services your choices and competition are severely limited.

Comment Re:Which Article did you read? (Score 1) 516

Agree, Switzerland is far far from libertarian utopia. Quite contrary, there are so many rules and taxes, however it is all layered and the cantons and, eventually, local communities have a say on how to spend their money. Amending the social fabric for every individual is not practicable, however Switzerland has stricken a balance that ensured the wealth for their nation.

I do not get why having an influx of foreign wealth should be mentioned at all? Their economy got literally rewarded for doing what is right for the people, for their companies and their clients. Reasonable taxes are ok, however it should be up to the countries where the wealth is originating to deregulate their own countries, rather than going after the people who benefited from the complexity, corruption and stupid laws in their native countries.

Going after successful people, that do not belong to the ruling class, is one of the indicators of totalitarian regime.

Comment Re:Article advocates red terror (Score 1) 516

Give the consumers the choice whether to participate in malpractice protection scheme or not. Similar to the tire protection: when you visit car repair shop you have an option to buy "tire protection" as a premium, but nobody forces you to. Basically if you are visiting your doctor with a cold, you have an option to buy malpractice protection for, say $20, but if you don't you do not have a right to litigate the doctor if he misses that you have some other medical issue.

Reality is that only a small fraction of the premiums collected for malpractice, probably less than 10%, are actually paid to the malpractice claims. The rest of the money are paid towards litigation expenses (lawyers).

Comment Article advocates red terror (Score 3, Insightful) 516

I have read the original article at the Atlantic. This is a horrific horrific article, written by the sympathizers and apologists of the red terror in France, Soviet regimes (China and Soviet Union). Article also says that reduction of the number of the workers was a factor increasing the income the working class and decreased inequality.

First, it casually mentions Soviet and Chinese revolutions with their confiscation and redistribution. Article fails to mention, that such changes were followed by the civil wars against peasantry and the workers, the use of chemical weapons against insurgents, massive red terror, massive incarcerations, loss of the academic, scientific, professional, business and cultural elite by both troika death sentences and emigrations. Don't try to mention this "equality measure" in Russia, for you risk to be roughed up by those who hate communism. Also, article fails to mention, that these revolutions created a super-elite class which keeps most of the wealth in these countries, basically brainy yet criminally dishonest former communist party members who got filthy rich.

Secondly the article mentions confiscatory rate as the solution. Author simply fails to mention that if a marginal rate exceeds 50% people are less likely to try to make more money, and, most importantly, marginal income tax rate does not touch the principle, which is rarely if ever taxed.

This topic of inequality has been covered ad nauseum by Austrian economists, with the one and only conclusion: it is the excessive government regulation that is causing inequality. Here are some basic examples:... medical profession is completely regulated in the USA. The number of medical school graduates is strictly regulated in order not to produce surplus professionals. Many other factors, such as regulations and, for example, requirement to a have malpractice insurance, do add up to the medical practice costs and, subsequently, to the prices. As such, even now with Obamacare in effect, healthcare is un-affordable luxury for many, and some people are suffering from lack of it. If the profession is completely unregulated, and would allow unlimited immigration of medical specialists from anywhere in the world, combined with loosened importation of medications, malpractice reform, would seriously give death blow to the healthcare industry, which does not provide a meaningful increase in the longevity of lives of Americans compared to the countries such as Costa Rica or Albania.

Finally article fails to mention that there are countries where catastrophe was not required to have exceedingly high standard for their citizens. Switzerland. Super low federal taxes, most of the decisions are done locally by the cantons, historically libertarian governmental approach by the Government. There was never a catastrophe in Switzerland, but their living standard is one of the highest in the world. Also, inequality is not considered an issue, there are plenty of rich people, who live there with many regular Swiss minding their own business and not worrying about inequality: why would they?

Comment No to Alcohol, but yes to Lens cleaning liquid (Score 1) 154

Pure ethanol spirit is the best optical equipment cleansing liquid.

Even in the Soviet Union, which was officially obsessed with anti-alcoholism campaign, this type of designation was both given and taken without questions.

Joking aside, Russian cosmonauts considered it a matter of principle to smuggle alcohol to the space. Another, equally important principle, is to deny the fact of contraband and consumption to it.

Comment Much more subject matter exists (Score 1, Interesting) 118

There are a lot of red brick houses in the world. If only the date of the building of the house is known and the bricks are not repurposed from other buildings, similar information can be derived.

If they can measure the magnetic properties of the mortar you can even get the direction.

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