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Comment Re: Louisiana is one big sinkhole (Score 1) 306

The Dutch 'managed it' by having incredibly small cities.. and building on stilts. Take a look at a map of say New Orleans. Compared it to modern NO... and it is obvious what has happened. We drained swamps, built land-level buildings (some with even below ground basements) and wonder why those 'newly reclaimed land' flood costing billions in damage.

Comment Simple Fix (Score 1) 606

Instead of blocking the voice. All Google has to do is redirect ALL 'what is a whopper' queries to a 'satirical' page that states something along the lines of "a whopper is a burger made by Burger King that competes with Five Guys, McDonald's, and many others large burger chain's burgers. Many find them to be inferior to the competition's offerings. Also if you were directed to this answer because of a TV commercial do you really want to do business with a company with such low ethical standards? Would you like to know where the nearest BK competitors locations are?"

Problem solved... ish.

Still doesnt fix the underlying problem with google security but it would nip this shit in the bud. As it would send a message that if you screw with google they WILL screw you worse.

Comment Dont piss off half the population (Score 1) 408

If the Grand Old Girl wants to survive it has to become more moderate. They were cheerleaders for Hillary and made Drumph out to be the devil. Every. Chance. They. Got. Add in 'you are all *ists for daring to speak out against XYZ... and poeple move on. People are stupid.. but they dont want to be called stupid IF you expect them to buy your product.

IMHO You can be biased in your opinions but reporters are SUPPOSED to reign themselves in and not put their world view first. Report the facts as colored as little as possible and both sides will read it. Don't and you loose half the readers. With so many options the only LONG TERM solution is to be moderate. Report both sides and NYT could be the leaders again in 'print' news.

Comment Re:Sounds Like He Doesn't Like His Job (Score 1) 594

While the unions DID try to shame US consumers in to doing that... it didn't work. What worked was making a comparable product at a comparable price. People don't give a shit where something is made as long as it does what they want, is priced right and is durable enough for their needs.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 734

...and.... so?
If your uncle was a woman she would have been your aunt.
IF both drumph and killary had been going for a popular vote they would have campaigned differently. That was not the rules.

Though the day that popular vote matters at the fed level is the day the US is no longer a United States... as there is zero reason for smaller states to stay in the union as their voice would not be heard. Only NY, TX, CA, and a few other states would matter... a 'tyranny of the majority'. THAT is the reason for the EC in the first place. Read what the founding fathers had to say on direct democracy and why they 'compromised' on a EC setup.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 734

Not even close. Cali is bankrupt. Has been for years now. The only reason they are staying afloat is because they are part of the US and can get cheap bond loans. Cali would be utterly fucked if they go through with their threats to leave the US.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 1) 533

The media coined a phrase early in Bush's presidency. It was call 'mcjobs' and they went out of there way to 'explain' that even though X jobs were added most were 'mcjobs' and not 'real' jobs.

The fact of the matter is most of the jobs added have been part time crap jobs. BUT do we here a peep of 'mcjobs' anywhere on mainstream medai? Nope.

I expect mcjob to make a come back in 'news' reporters lexicon come Feb 2017 (ie one month after Drumph takes office).

Comment Re: Finally (Score 1) 540

Yeah... and magically companies dont fire 90% of their people when this happens. Instead they make 1000% more than they can sell. Sure they lose money but heaven forfend they tell people to 'make do with less'. Nope. Not in this world. No way do companies try to maximize profits. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Comment Re:Coal to grow in the USA?? (Score 1) 275

Yeah. No. When Obama comes out and says on national air that you can indeed make as many coal plants as you want but we (the government) will bankrupt you for doing it... its not natural causes. Its premeditated homicide.

Coal air emissions is just like anything else. It can be clean, it can be dirty. BUT to kill the entire industry because the green nuts thick its 'icky' is the same bullshit that happened to nuclear plants in the 60s and 70s.

Comment Re: Finally (Score 4, Insightful) 540

Sadly a large portion of workers are doing very easily automated tasks. Sadly a large portion of these people are also not creative enough.

Lets take a recent example of a spring factory that REopened in MI. In the 90s they employed 200 employees. They went over seas (out sourcing) but the QC was crap so they moved back. Just one problem. The new factory only employs 20 people as the other 180 were replaced by machines. So while YES there will 'always' be some human input needed its only 10% or less of what is needed now. Where do the other 90% go? Hell where does the 90% of 90% who are not that smart go when there are no more 'make work' jobs for them and they have neither the aptitude nor inclination to become 'creative'?

This article is pie in the sky, unicorns for everyone BS. Yes eventually humanity will figure out WTF to do... but as history has shown it takes a couple GENERATIONS for us to figure it out. Thats a lot of pissed off, hungry people with nothing to loose. That is a recipe for disaster.

Comment Re:Ob. xkcd (Score 1) 978

But that is what you are saying. That would be the end result. "We don't wan no gawd darn chinamen in this here bar". Ready some history.

Now in theory I do agree with your POV... but the reality is that is not how it would work out. It would be 'black' bathrooms and 'white' bathrooms writ large. If a company is open to the public they do have to respect public laws. Its the only way things can work... as people suck.

NOW where it gets murky is when two rights are in conflict. Say religion vs sexuality. Then it comes down to which right is more important to society. Which impacts the most people. That is what the courts are for. ;)

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