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Comment Choosing ignorance (Score 1) 68

... the biggest failure of mercantilism was that monopolies ran rampant. They hired their own armies, fixed prices and gouged, and made their own laws often going against their own governments. ... we are not living under a capitalist economy. It is crony capitalism at best, but closer to fascism.

I would argue that this is the natural outcome of capitalism in a system where people must work to survive.

You can argue that all you want, but your position is based on willful ignorance. I gave the answer " Smith said that the primary job of Government under a capitalist system is to stop monopolization to keep trade free." and you chose to ignore it. You can read "Wealth of Nations" if you have doubts, but seems like you are pretty happy yelling from the dark.

Comment Monopolies hurt everyone but (Score 5, Informative) 68

When defining capitalism Smith said that the biggest failure of mercantilism was that monopolies ran rampant. They hired their own armies, fixed prices and gouged, and made their own laws often going against their own governments. Not quite like too big to fail, but too big to control so similar. For this reason, Smith said that the primary job of Government under a capitalist system is to stop monopolization to keep trade free.

Today however, we don't practice capitalism. We have Government enforced monopolies. Politicians benefit from kickbacks and stock options, monopolies gouge customers, and the average person is screwed. IP laws have ensured that competition can be squashed in court long before they ever become a threat.

To reiterate for the anti-capitalist comments that normally follow a thread like this, we are not living under a capitalist economy. It is crony capitalism at best, but closer to fascism.

Comment BS, and more BS (Score 1) 105

Not that long ago most of the "jobs American's won't do" were done exactly by Americans. Simple labor was done by high school kids (with record low labor participation rates today), Students on break from College (also record low labor participation), or entry level jobs for people not sure what to do with their careers (now mostly unemployed).

Employers given the ability to pay illegal workers less money and work them more hours has led to a lack of entry level and low level jobs. Why would a farmer hire young adults, especially considering the restrictions the State puts on workers below 18 and pay minimum wage? Why pay them more than minimum wage even if they are extremely productive? They won't, because they can get more labor at less money and not have to worry about anyone from State looking at how they treat labor.

To your last point: "ME" is the most important thing in many relationships, not "WE". That message and value has been preached by both 2nd and 3rd wave feminists since the 70s. Feminists 3rd wave has been so vocal that we now have groups of MGTOWS, massive low rates of marriage, low birthrate (which to many is the point of those movements), and a society growing more and more immoral/degenerate. Further, you can't be so foolish as to not understand that gold diggers exist. Unfortunately this means that if you want old fashioned family values, it may be easier to import them. Your slight is a troll.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 245

Once again, you speak from a position of authority which is completely devoid of evidence. How many people are currently using self-driving cars without the ability to operate a vehicle? How many of those same people have been involved in accidents?

Can you provide an argument without inventing fantasy arguments with no basis in reality? Yeah, I thought so.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score -1, Troll) 245

So your supposition is that the only people involved in accidents have been 80 year old women? How about some numbers which demonstrate that even a single innocent 80 year old male or female have been the victims of accidents in self-driving cars? The extreme absurdity of your point makes it clear that you don't wish to have rational dialogue on the subject. Many (not to be confused with most) accidents have been DRIVER error, not computer error. This would back my original statement which you seem to grasp but lose in your "poor old lady" appeal to emotion.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 904

I learned long ago that I cannot prove anything on the Internet.

Then perhaps you should consider that your knowledge and opinion are not well founded. I demonstrated here that there are no right wing groups attempting to squash first amendment rights with violence, and you have not been able to refute that point. In fact you simply dropped it because you can't provide any such evidence so realize your opinion is based on delusion. I gave the correct scientific answer to gender and sex, to which you make another false claim about perception meaning more than facts.

I'd agree that I can't make you provide or listen to facts, but that has nothing to do with Internet. That is your failure to adhere to logic and reason. Those same short comings are found all over, and I have no problem pointing out those failures when I see them. I further don't bend my own opinions based on "feels" over facts.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 0) 245

People buy the cars knowing what they are getting, so the majority of the insurance should be on the consumer. However, there should be a split between Manufacturer and Consumer in the case of a defect. For now at least, self-driving an option on a car and not a mandatory feature. I think there are numerous legal challenges, especially if the option becomes mandatory for any reason.

Comment Re:Disagree (Score 1) 904

Hey man, it's the Internet and I'm at work. I don't have the time nor inclination to buttress every point. I'm stating my opinion, nothing more.

I call bullshit. If there was a right wing group out causing riots and shutting down free speech you would name it off the top of your head, or at least name affiliations. I can name 6 Democratic groups off the top of my head, and when you are home you can search the web for them.

You are confusing sex with gender. Sex is biological, gender is sociologic..

I hate to break it to you, but you are the one confused. Gender and Sex are both biology. I don't care who you want to have sex with or what you want to wear, you are still either male or female. We could argue the finer points of which of those things and under what conditions they are mental disorders versus a difference in morality, but you can't just make up stuff and say "science". That is not how science works.

As for the rest, the right has people like James O'Keefe making shit up and misrepresenting people to make his point. A number of people on the right claim to think discrimination against white people is as much as issue as that against minorities. So there's your analog to seeing discrimination that doesn't exist.

Well, now I'm wondering if you are truly just a brainwashed fool or a troll. O'Keefe brought down the corrupt organization called Acorn, brought down illegal super-PAC activity in the Democratic party, revealed top DNC operatives conspiring to not just rig the election but commit acts of terrorism (to which there have been 5 arrests made). Progressives will claim that he edited video of Planned Parenthood undercover work, and yet O'Keefe released all of the videos in full to prove no editing. The leftist media of course ignored the "rest".

Hint: Stop believing what you hear on MSM and relying on them for information. They are not there to inform, they are there to brainwash. This was admitted by not just Rachael Maddow (or however you spell it) on air, but by the VP of CNN. WP and other papers have stated that they will behave with bias against Republicans without any attempt at fairness. President Trump was not the only target of their claims, but any and all people who threaten the oligarchy.

If that's the case then why are they constantly talking about overturning Roe v. Wade? That is, after all, the case that put the question back to the states. Are you really saying that the Republicans and the right in general do not want to outlaw abortion? Really?

Which part of "NOT A FEDERAL ISSUE" was hard to understand? Roe vs Wade keeps control of the law in Federal Hands. That decision did not give complete control of abortion issues to States, it only gave a portion of those issues back.

Comment Bad pet owners (Score 1) 249

Cats are not really pack animals but understand social hierarchy. If you let a cat rule the house they will, but if you are dominant (not to be confused with being an asshole) cats are fine. Dogs are pack animals who similarly need structure with you on top of the social structure. Social needs like playtime and grooming time have to accompany the normal duties of food, water, and litter/walks.

I see plenty of cat and dog owners that let their pets run the house. They tend to complain about how "bad" their pets are, in between excusing bouts of bad behavior.

Animal psychology is really not that difficult, but as with many subjects people don't educate themselves. A similar, if not same, type of person will often treat their kids like adults and want to be their friends instead of parents. Problems always tend to be directed at the external entity instead of themselves.

Comment By whom? For what exactly? (Score 3, Insightful) 194

Who will be filing the most complaints? The people with money to pay astroturfers and sockpuppets? That is what we have everywhere else, so why would Google's app be any different?

What will the complaints be about? Same thing we see everywhere else, which is anything not pro communist/extreme leftist?

This is a promotion of fascism, not freedom.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 1) 392

So you are saying that people only ever use language to establish stable beliefs in propositions, and that they never say anything purely to achieve emotional effect?

No, I never said anything resembling that statement. I stated that people either tell the truth, or they lie.

Your statement claimed that a dishonest statement claimed to be "bullshit" is not a lie. Which is _wrong_. If you claimed that in an alternative plane of existence it may be the truth, you are lying further.

You attempted to make a distinction between bullshit, lies, and honesty. I claimed rightfully that bullshit is a lie.

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