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Comment 12 billion dollars is not worth it. (Score 1) 93

If the savings is just 12 billion dollars, the banks will not bother. They make that much between breakfast and lunch probably. If it ever levels the playing field ever so slightly, they won't do it. Even if there is the merest whiff of suspicion of a suggestion about the probability of giving small banks a couple of molecules of benefit, the big banks will spend 12 billion to thwart it.

The motto, the dream, the hope, the aspiration of every bank is to become so big no one else can compete, and to divert all the profits as executive salaries, boni and other incentives.

Comment Intelligence Busting (Score 2) 93

If you hate unions so much, why didn't YOU sue to prevent drivers from unionizing? I assume that you don't employ drivers, therefore you've got exactly as much standing as a company like Uber that doesn't employ drivers.

Uber's response is pants-on-head retarded for a company that is trying to insist it has no employees. Their correct course of action would be to absolutely ignore everything this "union" does, and continue with whatever click-through agreement that drivers agree to in order to drive for Uber, because without employees, there is literally nothing the "union" can do other than whine and beg their members to quit driving for Uber.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 2) 549

Assange's largest immediate problem are that British authorities will grab him if ever tries to leave the Embassy in anything other than a coffin, and then he will doubtless spend some time in a British prison for evading arrest and defying a British court, before being trundled off to Sweden. Now maybe there's some secret deal between Sweden and the United States, but Assange has never actually provided such evidence, despite being a guy who prides himself on knowing all the secrets. From what I can see, the whole point of the conspiracy theory is that Assange needs to preserve his cult of personality by trying to bury his own alleged misconduct in Sweden with grand tales of conspiracy.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 549

Except science studies gender dysphoria and has found some evidence that gender identity is more complex than your simplistic view of things. In other words, your view isn't scientific, it's merely a comfortable fable you tell yourself because you don't want to deal with what science actually has to say. But that's your problem, not Manning's.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 2) 549

The fact is that there are some people here who sit some distance along the autism spectrum, probably more than a few people with Asperger's, who are neurologically wired to view the world in very narrow and rigid ways. They need to define gender in the simplest form possible, it's just the way their brains work. They don't want to see the world as nuanced, it's too hard, and it's just much easier to demand, no matter ludicrously, that the world fit into the confines they are emotionally comfortable with. Stack that group along side the religious nuts for which sexuality is something to be feared, and you have a social movement who insists that if you have a penis or a vagina or XX or XY chromosomes, then that's the beginning and the end, and doubtless where the sex chromosomes don't jive with the external genitalia, I'm sure they'll just insist that that person is a freak.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 549

Because he's a fucking asshole, and wants the whole world to know that he's a fucking asshole. This is the Age of Asshole, where freedom of speech means freedom from consequences, where being rude and demeaning must be celebrated, and where anyone who thinks there should be some decorum is an SJW warrior whose trying to keep the Asshole down!!!!

Except of course we know these brave warriors of assholeishness probably aren't talking to their landlords, loans officers, bosses like that, or their coworkers, or their moms and dads, because if they did, they'd be unemployed and homeless, which is where people who don't have the emotional control or wits to moderate tone and speech often end up.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 3, Insightful) 549

So decorum and manners are of no value at all to you? You basically feel entitled to be as rude and awful as you please? Well go for it. Yes, the government won't haul your ass into court for being an asshole, but I think you'll find your life will be worse for it. Because of course even someone like you knows there are social rules.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 549

And since the power is so broadly defined, each President must decide their own standard. There may be some some argument that Obama's position on the use of the pardon may amount to something of a constitutional convention surrounding who is eligible for a pardon (I've never made much study of pardons in particular, but I'm assuming some scholars have done the work), but constitutional conventions only apply so long as everyone decides they apply, and since the power of pardon has only one person at a time interpreting it; that is the President himself, Obama is free to abide by his predecessors' views on pardons, or reject it, so long as he doesn't overreach (which, so far as I can tell, would only apply if he attempted to pardon someone who had impeached and convicted). I suppose that means if Nixon had stuck around to be impeached and removed from office, then Ford could not have pardoned him, but because Nixon resigned before the inevitable happened, Ford was able to give him an unlimited blanket pardon, and since so far as I'm aware Nixon broke no state laws (Washington DC not being a state, and basically being under Federal jurisdiction), he had no worry of ever having to face a trial for any crimes he may have committed while in office.

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