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Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 4, Interesting) 1069

I can't believe I'm about to defend this ridiculous place...

BUT

I was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, and what you say doesn't even begin to resemble my experience. While it's certainly true that I've known a handful of racist white people, they've been an oddity in my life. As for segregated neighborhoods, I'm a white guy surrounded by Mexicans. I've also had Black neighbors in this same neighborhood, in years past, so I'm really not seeing where you're coming from, there. Furthermore, I've never seen anyone turned away from a bar, due to their race (granted, I don't spend a lot of time in bars).

As for the Bi-Lingual Education thing, that came about because Spanish-speaking students had a lower collective GPA than English-speaking students. The thought was that the students were failing because they couldn't understand the language in which the lessons were being taught. So, they teach the primary curriculum to them in Spanish, and then they're supposed to also teach them English as a Second Language. I went through the local public school system, and I haven't met any Mexicans who both grew up here and don't know English. Generally the Mexicans I know who don't speak English very well, are immigrants, and especially immigrants who came over here later in life. I've had friends whose elderly grandparents didn't learn English at all, but if you're 75 and immigrating just to be with your kids and grandkids, then I think that you can be forgiven for not learning the language, and I don't think I'd expect you to, let alone require it.

Don't get me wrong. We've got an abundance of hateful, intolerant people in this state, but they're usually not racists, unless they're racist toward white people, but even that isn't terribly common around here. There's a lot of man-haters, rich-people-haters and Trump-haters (can't swing a cat without hitting one), but people hating on Mexicans, Black people or Asians are strange and unusual. If you told me that this was the most hateful state in the union, I'm not sure that I could disagree so easily, but to describe California as racist just doesn't mix with what I see around me.

Comment Re:And so it starts... (Score 5, Interesting) 414

We're moving in that direction, but we're not there, just yet. I think we'll have a rough couple of years, while the automation steps in. Eventually, it'll make things cheaper, but I would imagine that the prices of things will remain on the same gradual increase they've always been alongside inflation, for a while, at least. Eventually, the reduction of full-time employment among the general population will drive prices down. Ultimately, it'll break capitalism, assuming that Congress doesn't step in to make laws preserving it (i.e., banning excess of automation). I can't imagine that we'll be in a place where a UBI is practical for another 15 to 20 years, though. There's just too many problems to solve, first.

Comment Re: The other campaign (Score 1) 445

Either a worthy candidate will appear for the Democrats in the next four years, or they'll pick the same kind of nobody bullshit candidate that the Republicans have been running since Bush ran the first time. It doesn't seem like they'd run Hillary again, though it wouldn't surprise me if she turns up for the primaries.

Submission + - Democrat Operatives Caused Violence at Trump Rallies, Framed Sanders Supporters (youtube.com) 16

Xenographic writes: A new video has come out detailing how Democratic operatives created violence at Trump rallies. You may remember that they then framed Sanders supporters for those protests. This video is notable because one of the operatives, Zulema Rodriguez, can be identified in videos of the Arizona protests at 17:35 in this independent video as well as at 10:30 in the first video link. Furthermore, you look at the FEC records of disbursements to her and see that she was paid by MoveOn.org. Finally, this again can be corroborated with the Wikileaks dump, specifically this email. For those too lazy to browse all the links, you can see Zulema's appearance in both videos in this image and note that it's the same person down to the tiny mole on her chest.

Comment Re: Hipster compliant? (Score 1, Offtopic) 130

Jesus' real name, if you wanted to translate it by the same rules as has been done with other people who had that name in the Bible, is Joshua.

The trouble is that Jesus' message is largely misunderstood. People get tied up in obedience and the Hell-and-Damnation, self-righteous preaching style of modern evangelists. They tend to think that this is what Christianity is about, and you're most certainly right-- if Christ were to walk among us today in the way that he walked among the Romans, he'd be flipping tables at a great deal of American churches, just as he did with the Pharisees. Occasionally though, you do encounter a congregation that gets it right-- where they understand that Jesus' message had to do with love. That God loves us, and that we should show our love for Him, by loving eachother. Even Christ's sacrifice is misunderstood; people compare it to the Jews sacrificing doves and lambs to God, but really it's more like Abraham sacrificing his son to God; except that in Jesus' case, the roles are reversed. We didn't sacrifice God's son to God, but God sacrificed His son to us. That's what people don't get. The whole point of the thing is that we are more important to Him than anything else, including His own flesh.

Does that sound more like something you might be able to get into?

Comment Re: Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 327

The trouble is, a good deal of the price gouging we see in the United States, is a result of the pharmaceutical industry trying to subsidize the low prices in other countries. A thing costs a given amount, and if they don't making it up somewhere, the won't be around to make anything at all.

I don't know what the solution looks like, but we definitely need to remove profit as a motivator from the entire medical industry, as those two things just don't mix very well. Too much of medicine is assuring people they're being helped, while burglary is being done. The tricky part is removing the money from the equation, while still maintaining a system that people want to participate in. I fear we may never get there, without a post-scarcity economy.

Comment Re:Cell Phone (Score 3, Insightful) 195

This thinking really bothers me, and while I know the principle you cite is generally true, I can't help but think that by far, I'd prefer to live next to a slob than someone who's going to tell me what I can and can't do on my own property. I can't speak for anyone else on this, but I, for one, would abandon any bargain on the sale of a house, upon being told that there's an HOA involved. That is a total deal breaker. If I'm going to buy a house, I'm buying a place to live. If it's an investment that I want, I'll try venture capital, trade goods or the stock market. Or comic books, as I'm already doing that.

Television

Apple's Rigid Negotiating Tactics Cost Us 'Skinny Bundles' For Apple TV, Says Report (thenextweb.com) 111

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the reason we don't have actual TV channels on the Apple TV is because the company tried to strong-arm networks -- and failed. Apple's Senior Vice President Eddy Cue is said to have taken the wrong approach. In one meeting, he reportedly told TV executives that "time is on my side." Cue is also accused of bluffing executives by claiming other networks -- specifically Disney and Fox -- were already signed up. The company also refused to show off the Apple TV interface, or "sketch it on the back of a napkin," as one media executive requested. Cue also tried to strike hard bargains, says WSJ. He reportedly asked that Disney put off the royalties Apple would have to pay for several years. Those 'skinny bundles' we heard so much about were what Apple was planning to build its TV experience around, too. In 2015, a bundle consisting of Fox, ESPN and Disney content was conceptualized (and priced at $30), but no agreements were ever signed. In an effort to create more original programming, Apple is scheduled to release its 'Planet of the Apps' TV show about app developers next year.

Comment Re:Really Obvious Solution (Score 1) 1144

Australia also doesn't share borders with countries that have rampant illegal drug trade going on. It's isolated pretty well, and having a limited number of locations where entry is possible makes it difficult to smuggle conspicuous things in. America has Mexico and a whole bunch of nearby island nations in the Caribbean where all sorts of crazy shit is going down. Whether it's a matter of catapulting a package across a relatively unpatrolled part of the border, or discretely landing a motorboat on a Southern beach, people bring weapons here both for their own use, and also to sell. What worked in Australia isn't likely to work very well, here.

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