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Comment Re:Er...so it was about greed? (Score 1) 155

And Manchin is a DINO, anyway. He votes with the GOP most of the time, after all.

On the bright side, he is one of the biggest primary targets for groups like Our Revolution and Justice Democrats, who are trying to rid the Democratic party of these kinds of corporate lackeys...





Comment Re:Unrealistic for you, maybe (Score 1) 531

The US Govt (at least on the Federal level) is mandated by the US Constitution to provide for defense...that is one of its few enumerated responsibilities and powers.

That's for *defense*. We send almost half our budget on defense, but maybe about 5% of our budget actually goes to defense. The remaining 45% is for buying expensive toys from defense contractors to assuage our tribal concerns that the country is undefended. Although we pay our soldiers burger-flipping wages (partly to justify not raising the minimum wage for actual burger flippers), the Pentagon is actually complaining about being overloaded with so much expensive equipment that they can't even keep all of it out of the rain. We aren't safe if our military can only end life on the planet- it should be capable of destroying three or four planets, and at least ten by 2030. That's not defense, it's a parasitic industry that gobbles up nearly half the budget. But people are so entranced by it- guys like Brian Williams who ejaculate when they see a couple dozen Tomahawks being fired- that's almost always a cheap political win. Every government that does nothing for its citizens (e.g. North Korea) resorts to military displays. It's an opiate for the masses.

The Constitution was written when health care costs were not even a conceivable issue at all. For most of American history the Constitution has been considered a working document, designed to be amended as times change in ways that could not have been forseen. That was the 18th-20th century view of the Constitution, but it went out the window several decades ago. At this point, Americans have fetishized the U.S. Constitution like it's an appendix to the Bible, and they quote the Founding Fathers like they were apostles. When amending it is now considered sacrilege, it has completely lost its usefulness. You have the rights you have (and might have needed) up until this originalist attitude set in during the 80s. Now you will never be given any more Constitutional rights, no matter what changes in the near or distant future. Since health care only emerged as a serious problem in more recent decades, you'll never have a Constitutional right to free health care. But you can always kick a British soldier out of your house. That's fucked.

Comment free market economy is based on the right price (Score 1) 248

Look the way I learned it, when you have a semi functional free market, prices will tend to go toward what the market will bear : too high and consumers go away, too low and firm don't make enough benefit/don't innovate/don't invest/go away. Since when is having firm trying to go for the maximum price the market CAN bear about "sucker" ? This is madness.

Comment Re:34 years (Score 1) 170

That's like arguing that the health-conscious are wrong because they're not opening healthy drive-through restaurants to compete with McDonalds.

Stallman isn't in the business of creating software to compete with *every* proprietary piece of software out there. He's in the business of changing minds. When you change minds, the market will accommodate the needs of the consumer. Just like how McDonalds has healthy options now (or so I hear, haven't been to one in years).

Comment Re:Unemployment (Score 1) 513

"Automation has been going on since the industrial revolution, yet new jobs seem to keep on being created"

The problem is, the rate of stable unskilled and skilled job creation does not cover the rate of destruction in some countries. Note I said stable : interim job , gig job, part time job are anything but stable. And now we are entering an era where full automation of some previously unskilled job is a pretty damn possibilities. When that will start, I predict that if by then we don't have a way to provide basic income to everybody, the society will quickly disintegrate : our western society can't be sustained if the rate of stable job destruction continue.

Comment Re: If he gets busted... (Score 1) 88

They might buy a second to replace the first, but will they buy a third? IOT manufacturers might see short-term profits, but they won't last when users finally get wary of buying IOT devices, or at least take security into consideration before they do.

It'll take time, but it'll happen.

Comment Nitpick (Score 1) 114

Each one customized to do a very specific task

Rather I would say each one was selected for and ended having the function they have now, rather than customized. We even have some protein which started at some function, then with each different selection ended having a different function, which was more important for the survival of the organism, in addition of the original one. IIRC flagella in bacteria was originally a transport protein between intra/extra membrane environment.

Comment Re:This thread makes me think (Score 2) 288

The primary effect of LSD is that it breaks down the brains ability to perceive and evaluate those perceptions. This is not experienced as a loss of ability (internally) as many of the processes involved in perception are inhibitory in nature. If you switch off the negative signals about possible perceptions that do not match the incoming data from the environment then suddenly the brain sees a lots more hits, and there is a massive spike in reinforcement - everything feels cool as fuck and makes perfect sense because your brain is awash in the neurotransmitters that reward observing patterns. Of course the brains spends a lot of time observing and evaluating itself in relation to its observations of the world, and so the same rush of positive associations will occur about "deep personal development".

What is really happening? Hard to say: my guess is that our brains are constantly searching for equilibrium and taking a psychedelic causes a massive batch of noise in the search process. It does seem to cause to long-term changes in people's attitudes towards themselves, and the people around them. I've not seen any evidence that those changes are consistent across people - the only consistent pattern is that it changes their relationship to the world. I would speculate that it is just random noise, kicking a vast chunk of their learned behaviour into a different equilibrium. The perception that the change is accessing "a higher state of consciousness" is just another form of buying into some bullshit.

My take on it is that LSD provides access to a type of experience that is unavailable to most people: psychosis. The experience of un-evaluated perception of reality. Whether or not that experience has any value does not seem to have a universal answer, and depends largely on where people are in their lives, what they take into that experience, and what they hope to gain from it. Interpreting a measurement of one property of a brain that may correlate with a level of consciousness in some forms of test is simply reckless.

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