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Comment Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 1) 186

When Germans, Irish, Italian, Jews and Chinese arrived there was no welfare state. You either worked your ass off and lifted yourself up or you were screwed. Current immigrants can get a better life in the US than in their home country by doing absolutely nothing except being here.

Comment Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (Score 2) 186

he said that if Congress doesn't like what he's doing, they should come up with a law themselves
a) They don't have to come up with a law. Congress is not a law factory with lack of new laws being some kind of a horrible problem that the President has to fix.
b) If they come up with a law that he doesn't like, he already said he will veto it.
So, what he is really saying, pass a law I like or else I'll do it.

Comment Re:Change Last Mile (Score 2) 144

Right, but that's only because various municipalities allowed all kinds of monopolies in order to build the thing their constituents weren't willing to pay for themselves at the time. Hey comcast, come and lay this cable here at your expense and we'll give you legally enforced monopoly in exchange. Later: OMG monopoly!!!

Comment Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 2, Insightful) 642

And you missed my point. It seems pretty obvious to me that cultural differences play much bigger part in incarceration rates than laws or government policy. To take another example, Japanese Americans have the lowest crime rate of any ethnic group in the US, and is very similar to the crime rate in Japan itself. Surely if your theory is correct you would see a much higher crime rate among Japanese Americans than among Japanese in Japan, since they also live under "idiotic" US laws.

Comment Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 1) 642

I notice Europeans are much less skeptical of their governments and society in general whereas Americans complain about and trash theirs all the time. I think the latter is actually a healthier attitude.

Europeans seem to be happy just to have any kind of democracy. Look at the continent's 20th century history which is nothing but war and rule by dictatorships. This is not ancient history either: Spain and Greece were ruled by fascist dictatorships into the 1970s, Eastern Europe into the 1990s. USA by contrast has had elected democracy and significant individual liberty since 1776 and has been free of domestic war since 1865. It's a different mindset.

Comment Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score -1) 642

So your theory is that every difference between countries is due solely to their governments and f the governments were the same, there would be no difference in prison statistics? Right?

What if it turned out that among 4.3 million Americans of Swedish ancestry there is a similar or lower rate of incarceration than in Sweden? Maybe there is something about Swedes that makes them commit very few crimes, and it has nothing to do with the government. Would you consider that a possibility or is that not allowed under the PC rules you are thought to follow?

Comment Re:240km/hr? (Score 1) 419

Another choice is to privatize. One thing that sets apart those profitable Asian companies versus unprofitable N. American and European ones is that Asian ones are almost all run by for-profit private companies, while US and European ones are almost always run by local governments.

Even though Asian ones are heavily regulated and have to operate unprofitable routes plus typically have the pricing structure capped by regulation, the efficiency comes from being held accountable by shareholders and competitors as opposed to union infested local monopolies accountable to nobody except a corrupt government committee.

Comment Re:240km/hr? (Score 2) 419

The existing high-speed rail in the US is largely in the Northeast corridor because it can make money there.
Not a single public transportation system in the US or Europe makes money. They all operate at a annual loss of anywhere between 10% (London Underground) and 90% (Austin CMTA): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Only a couple of places in the densest areas in the far east make enough to cover ongoing operating expenses but even they are not close to ever covering the initial cost to build it.

The first rule of public transport is that it will always be heavily subsidized by the taxpayers.

Comment Re:What a shame (Score 1) 189

The only problem with that argument is that we are not 5 year olds and court of law is not school playground. We all know that the purpose of pirate bay was to share copyrighted content, not peoples personal files. Try setting up an online marketplace for child porn and see how quickly you end up in jail even though all you were doing is posting "pointers" to it. and not hosting it yourself. They knew what they were doing and they made no effort to remove "pointers" to illegal materials even when notified, in fact they went out of their way to avoid removing them going as far as moving servers around and using every trick in the book to evade the law. Give me a break.

Comment Re:What a shame (Score 1) 189

Taking that copy causes NO loss of resources to the artist, the resources being used are by the sharer and the downloader. The artist didn't lose anything.
"Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country, that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time, with the intention of enabling the creator to receive compensation for their intellectual effort." So what the fuck are you talking about? It is not about artist 'losing resources' it is about granting the artist "exclusive" right to sell their work in order to provide them with fair compensation for their work.

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