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Comment Re:I know it's trendy (Score 1) 647

I know that basic math is taught in schools, but when I read something like your post it makes me wonder how many actually manage to pass basic math.

First, almost all of that debt is owed to ourselves. No, I'm not making that up. Read up on the debt, where it comes from, and who is owed. We're borrowing against ourselves in our own currency.

Second, and this is where the basic math comes in, there's no fiscal responsibility in this budget. It's cutting from domestic and science programs and dumping it into military spending. That's like saying you're being fiscally responsible with your credit card because now your out buying guns and ammo instead of food and clothes. This bag of crap called a budget does zero-zip-nada in regards to fiscal responsibility.

And why should it? Republicans have been responsible for some of the largest debt increases in history. But instead of paying for all their crap, they want to cut taxes on the rich to "broaden the tax base" (even though 10% of the population control almost all the wealth) and want to throw millions of poor and old people in the gutter just so they can deal out massive tax breaks to their CEO friends (that was a tasty treat in their so-called "health care act").

Comment Re:How is this backfiring? (Score 1) 115

Democracy is what allows stupidity to survive, thrive, and through the inevitable apathy, take over. It sacrifices what's best for what's popular, and what's popular is rarely what's best.

In some cases it's harmless. In others, it's destructive. But generally it is the lesser of two evils. A system where everyone has an equal voice doesn't deteriorate nearly as quickly as one where some voices are more equal than others (regardless of how benevolent and intelligent those voices are), though all systems are eventually doomed to fail as it's just human nature.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 2) 513

You have a very naive view of what defense companies do.

While some parts of these companies manufacture weapons of war, that is only one part of what they do. Take a company like, say, Northrop Grumman. Yeah, they develop drones. But they also develop things like the Webb telescope, emergency response systems for police/fire/etc., so on and so forth. Raytheon develops weather monitoring systems used by NWS. Lockheed has been pouring money into fusion research.

Classifying defense industries as nothing but merchants of death is like classifying Walmart as baby killers because they sell things that can (and have) killed babies (rat poison, bleach, etc.). There are very few companies that do nothing but defense work these days. Most are diversified across many sectors.

If you want manufacturers of death and misery, try gun and tobacco manufacturers.

Comment Re:That's cute (Score 1) 239

I don't think he's going to deliver, but let's be serious, it's been less than 2 months.

And in that time period he's managed to have more scandals, conflicts of interests, ethics violations, flat out lies, etc. than any president in recent memory. Alternative facts, CONway promoting Ivanka's product line, senior level cabinet members having, at best, questionable ties to Russia. This is the type of shit I used to read in in political intrigue novels.

Someone else was in office 8 years and didn't close Guantanamo.

You can't be that stupid. That wouldn't have anything to do with the assholes in Congress who did nothing but work to undermine and block Obama in every conceivable way, would it? The republo-fascists would not approve any of the closure measures, therefore no funding and support to actually close Gitmo and deal with the people held there.

Back to H1-B's, you're smoking some good shit if you think for one moment Trump cares about "the little people". This is a narcissistic sociopath who has a long history of fucking people over whenever and however he can. From throwing African Americans off his property to making the IRS develop special rules just to deal with the BS he pulled to avoid paying taxes, Trump is all about Trump.

Comment Re:Perhaps a better method... (Score 1) 1001

Reminds me of a whiteboard response I wrote to interview question I had a long time ago.

The guy asked me to write a some binary tree related algorithm (don't remember which one) on the whiteboard. My response:


  He laughed his ass off. Got an offer the following day but decided to take a different job instead.

Having been in the industry for a couple of decades now, I don't care where you got your degree, what algorithm you can pull out of your ass, or how many lines of code it takes you to write an octree in C++. None of that tells me if your capable of utilizing available resources effectively to get the job done, how well you work with others, etc.

I'll take experience over degree credentials any day of the week.

Comment Re:Isn't this illegal? (Score 1) 326

You're just noticing this now? The neo-fascist movement has been gaining ground for at least the past decade, with countries like Russia helping it along in an effort to destabilize western democracies. Over the past few years it's gotten really bad as FUD has pushed populism to new heights. And now, we get a front row seat.

Comment Re:History lesson (Score 2) 333

Trump is just another President, Bannon is irrelevant.

Unlike Hitler and Mussolini Trump faces an insurmountable obstacle to becoming a true tyrant and dictator. The Constitution and the designed in Checks and Balances. Hitler was able to achieve his position of power due to great flaws in the design of the government of the Weimar republic. There was nothing to stop him when as Chancellor the President died and he just took over the office. Further He came into office with his own private military/police force that engaged in the more dubious acts of his government.

That's incorrect. Hitler was elected on a platform of populism, then the population and his supporters slowly eroded away the protections in place until he could successfully be granted unilateral power.

The Constitution is only as powerful as the people willing to stand for it's principles. When you have a majority willing to piss on the Constitution, putting power and ideology before the good of the nation, then the Constitution just becomes a piece of inconvenient paper. Soon you'll be hearing how the Constitution is too limiting to deal with the challenges of today's world.

There is no means for Trump to seize more power in our government. And he does not have a private military/police force to enforce his will.

Oh yes there is. And you don't need a private military force when you have cult following who thinks your the second coming of Christ.

Additionally Trump is not beloved of the GOP establishment. That means neither side of the aisle in the legislative branch really trusts him. So far he is just fulfilling campaign promises so he mostly has their support. But should he start straying he will lose that support in a hurry. Neither party trusts him. (That's actually good, it means he will have to negotiate to get the stuff he's promising that require laws to be passed.) Neither party will stand for it if he were to try to exceed his constitutional authorities and limits.

That's irrelevant. The GOP is more than happy to use and abuse Trumps ham-fisted methods to further their own agenda and ramrod what they want through Congress, including expansion of powers. And just like Hitler did to his supporters when they started thinking he was going too far, Trump would have no qualms doing the same.

The ends do not justify the means. Making deals with the devil, even with the best intentions, never ends well.

Trump is not Hitler. He can't be. Hitler couldn't have been Hitler under our form of government. At most he could have been FDR and Interned citizens (but not exterminated them).

You really don't understand how this works, do you? Populism is a cult. No piece of paper or set of laws matter. Get enough followers and they'll be cheering as you burn the Constitution.

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