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Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 361

it wasn't until the US spent billions on the "war effort" that the mismanagement of The New Deal was undone even though FDR doubled the national debt.

And that New Deal led to the most prosperous period in US history, and FDR was elected president four times.

Call me when Donald Trump wins his fourth presidential election.

Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 361

Nice try but the 40s were barely the hallmark of social justice and the left did not want to go to war.

So, Franklin D. Roosevelt was not a leftist? The New Deal was not leftist? You mean you've been bullshitting about him for all these years?

Back to the Breitbart of Deplorables for you, lad.

Comment Zuckerberg, really? (Score 2) 84

I don't despise Mark Zuckerberg like many do, but I hardly think he qualifies as a tech leader. Facebook succeeded through luck, timing, hard work and good engineering. That's all laudable, but there wasn't much leadership or vision involved. Bezos' initial idea, an online bookstore, was hardly visionary or leading but subsequent decisions, especially the decision to standardize internal system interfaces that led to the idea, and ability, to create AWS absolutely was visionary. Google should have done that, but didn't have the vision. There's no debating the vision of Elon "Mars or bust in my solar-powered electric car" Musk. Musk has so much vision we'd call him a crackpot, except that he has a tendency to succeed. Steve Jobs was clearly a leader and a visionary with a focus on making technology simple and beautiful.

And there are other leaders around who I'd say are much worthier than Zuckerberg. Larry Page, for example, whose goal for his new startup was to "Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", an insanely ambitious mission which arguably is no longer ambitious enough to describe what Alphabet/Google is doing. Mark Shuttleworth, not so much for Thawte as for Canonical, where his vision hasn't really succeeded in displacing Windows but has gone much further than most of us considered possible. Though a bunch of CEOs probably wouldn't pick him, I'd put Richard Stallman high on the list, too. His vision of the importance of software freedom has been incredibly influential.

I could go on, but the point is... Zuckerberg? Really? For what? I suppose it was visionary to believe that you could build a billion-user interactive system with PHP.

Comment Re:Dumbass (Score 1) 286

If Wheat was the problem, the US would be dropping food bags on the populace instead of TONS OF WEAPONS. GUNS DO NOT GROW OR WATER CROPS YOU FUCKING MORON!

Let me get this straight. Your argument is that the crisis must not be driven by a non-political cause because if it were the US would have solved it? Or, to put it another way, your're arguing that the US government is so perfectly effective at always addressing the root causes of problems in a timely manner, that the government's failure to address this one means it's not the root cause?

Dude, you must know a different US government than I do. The one I know occasionally does the right thing at the right time, but it's mostly by accident.

Comment Re:He's right. (and has been for hundreds of years (Score 1) 406

"that word doesn't mean what you think it does" regarding "decimate"

I'm pretty sure Stephen Hawking knows what "decimate" means, and his use is absolutely correct.

Either definition is true. Automation has already reduced a large percentage of the jobs in manufacturing (def. 1) and has at least replaced one in ten workers in traditional manufacturing (def. 2).

That Stephen Hawking. He think's he's so smart, amirite?

Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 3, Insightful) 286

Just in case their crazy-sounding warning happens to come true.

It's all those Marxist SJWs in the US Military pushing their climate change agenda based on a Chinese hoax just so they can get money from George Soros.

Give me a second, and I'll work in a reference to #pizzagate, pedophilia, third-wave feminism and corrupt games journalists.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 1) 498

I'm only referring to the adjectives and focus made by the media on the monthly job figures.

Could you give an example? I think you might be misremembering (as GWB put it).

When it comes to economic news, the media seems to be pretty evenly distributed across a center-right section of the spectrum. .

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 382

There is no evidence that viewing child porn causes the consumer to commit more child abuse, and some evidence that it is preventative.

I'll invite you to name your sources. In 2006 a documentary aired on the Dutch national television that made the case that viewers of childporn have a tendency to view worse and worse forms of it as well as try to create their own as well

I don't know one way or the other about the question of how viewing child porn affects pedophiles, but a documentary is not evidence. A documentary may be based on evidence, but the documentary itself is not, and I see nothing in the description that makes me think there was some solid data underlying the documentary's claims.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 1) 498

When Bush was president 200,000 new jobs was considered anemic

That's not true.

And remember, those 200,000 new jobs have to be offset by the 900,000 we were losing per month at the end of his presidency.

Barack Obama is the first post-WWII president who did not take the economy into a recession at any point in his terms. He took us out of one - a big one - but left it in better shape for President Elect Urinal Cake.

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