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Comment Re:"They" don't have to understand anything (Score 1) 601

Don't forget that Socialism has no monopoly on force. Our current capitalism is full of forced situations, some by government and some by businesses. I am forced to pay a doctor if I need a prescription, even if I know what I need. I can't get an x-ray without the radiology consult. I am not permitted to convert my front yard to food crops, so I must pay the grocery store. I'm not supposed to do my own electrical work even if I exceed code. Many restaurants have a problem if they want to offer Coke and Pepsi products at the same time. Sometimes you can't buy parts for appliances and home electronics unless you've also paid a few thousand to be a "certified" technician (basically, certified that you've paid them a few thousand, that is). Same crappy deal for modern automotive diagnostics.

The lack of a basic income also creates a force situation for many. Work when we say and as much as we say and you'll take what we're willing to pay. Be sure to kiss the manager's ass or you'll be even worse off.

Some of that force comes from government, some from businesses.

Comment President has to ratify it (Score 1) 2

For treaties in general:

The President may form and negotiate, but the treaty must be advised and consented to by a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Only after the Senate approves the treaty can the President ratify it. Once it is ratified, it becomes binding on all the states under the Supremacy Clause.

Making a statement or executive order says, in effect, "don't bother" to the senate and the negotiating parties. From CNN:

The TPP was negotiated under former President Barack Obama, but never ratified by Congress, so withdrawing from it will not have an immediate, real effect on US economic policies, although it does signal a new and very different US outlook on trade under Trump.

Executive orders can come in many flavours. Some are just comments ("this is a great law!"), some require action ("justice department: do not oppose DOMA lawsuits"), some signal further intent ("I won't enforce sections 3 and 5 of this law"), and so on.

US moneyed interests were the motivating force in this treaty, so this effectively pulls the rug out from under them.

All that time, money, and effort from recording industry... wasted.

Brings a tear to my eye.

Comment Almost noble (Score 1, Informative) 168

When Obama was campaigning in '07 he said he would end the spying on U.S. citizens. And have the most transparent government ever. And close Gitmo.

Two things there:

(1) Congress prevented him.

(2) Candidate Obama, once elected, adapted to fit the political reality. Candidate Trump seems so far to keep wanting to distort reality to conform to his fragile ego.

About 6 months prior to Obama's first term election, he completely flip-flopped on telecom immunity.

As a result, Obama received greater telecom campaign donations, which helped him spend more money on his campaign.

That's an example of a politician "adapting to fit political reality", and the political climate was so corrupt that your candidate felt comfortable betraying a promise several months before the election!

Framing "betraying campaign promises" as "adapting to fit the political reality" makes it seem almost... noble.

Comment Be part of the change (Score 2) 601

Shit on workers so hard they turn to full-time Uber then demand basic income on their behalf... Aren't you virtuous.

Despite your low-PH response, the OP really has a point.

Economically speaking, automation and increased use of AI(*) will put many people out of work(**), and unlike the previous manufacturing revolutions there won't be enough work remaining to keep everyone employed.

Our economic system has to change, it simply cannot survive the rise in productivity. UBI is one way to accomplish that, I know of at least three other viable solutions.

Being toxic and preaching doom and gloom won't solve this issue, but inspiring people to action and raising their hopes might.

You could try educating yourself and then getting the word out - pick a stance that you like and try to convince others. (Assuming that you can't implement any of the actual solutions, that is.)

The system has to change - why not be part of that change?

(*) In the current industry-used version of that term.
(**) Self-driving vehicles alone are poised to put 5 million out of work in the next 10 years.

Comment Re:DMCA is a federal law (Score 1) 205

There were a few skirmishes, sure. But notice how the feds didn't go on a crazy all out assault in spite of the location of each and every dispensary being well known and there being thousands of them.

Instead, they picked on a few where they had some shred of evidence (often bogus, but still) that the state law wasn't being strictly followed.

In return, they lost support of state law enforcement and their costs shot up.

Comment Re:Not so fast. (Score 4, Insightful) 205

Actually, lets.

It is perfectly legal for me to repair my own brakes or steering. People have done so for decades even though a failure while driving could be very bad. The upshot is simple, if you're going to work on safety critical parts of your car, you'll want to make sure you know what you're doing. If you screw up, you might face significant liability.

Comment Re:DMCA is a federal law (Score 4, Interesting) 205

He did that because he HAD to. Otherwise, he starts a small scale war where the state then makes most activities that might support enforcing the federal law illegal. Next thing you know, there are DEA agents sitting in jail while it all winds it's way slowly through the courts. Worst case (for the president), the legitimacy of invoking interstate commerce to permit the federal laws to exist ends up in court with an opponent that can actually afford to fight it.

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