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Comment Re: Surprising? Not so much. (Score 1) 104

Words change their meaning over time. The meaning of democracy has expanded into people voting, usually for representatives but possibly for electors and such and even referendums. Whether some things take a super-majority to pass doesn't take away that the people voted, even if it is indirectly voting for their local government who then votes to amend the Constitution. Limiting who can vote doesn't mean it is not a democracy either, very few democracies allow 16 yr olds to vote.
It is true that your framers set things up so a minority of people can tyrannize the majority (50.1% of voters in the least populous States vote in State governments who want to amend the Constitution taking away the rights of people in the most populous States where 99% voted for State governments against the amendment, or worse if the vote was split in the small States between more parties) but it's still a form of democracy.

Comment Re:The very same technology that did the old jobs (Score 1) 446

You're leaving out a few steps.
The invention of the steam engine (along with the new capitalist mindset that controlled the government and allowed the closing of the commons putting a lot of farmers on the street) created 70 years of chronic underemployment, where if you were lucky, you could be a servant or similar and totally at the mercy of your boss. This was limited to a large degree by the expansion into the new world through both voluntary and forced immigration and homesteading and such in the new world.
The invention of electricity through to the invention of electronics corresponded with a massive reduction in the labour force. The captains of industry suddenly agreed to the child labour laws and society stepped in with schools and the youngest spent ten years (now closer to 20) getting educated instead of being in the workforce. Then to avoid social unrest (and due to many studies that showed people were most productive when putting in shorter days/weeks) the workweek was reduced and reduced again. Retirement also became a thing, along with more support for the disabled.
There were also 2 large wars that brought high employment basically breaking and fixing windows. Once those wars were over, some countries such as the USA benefited due to still having infrastructure and had lots of well paying work. Other countries still haven't recovered.
I'm sure there's more I'm missing and sometimes (often?) automation has raised the wealth of most leading to more jobs, though lately we seem to be going away from that. The last 30 odd years seem to have been stories about good jobs ending, to be replaced by crappier paying jobs, usually in the service industry.

Comment Re: Valid (Score 1) 586

So do you agree that Congress will not pass any laws that limit speech and all such laws should be thrown out? Or do you believe that all the limitations that the Supreme Court has ruled as Constitutional are OK?
How about the 2nd? The people shall have the right to bear arms. Or perhaps you agree that there are all kinds of people that shouldn't have that right.
The idea that any Americans follow their Bill of Rights is laughable as they all seem to agree with certain exceptions and none ever talk about amending to clarify, instead just appointing heavily biased judges to rule the way whichever side wants the Constitution to read.

Comment Re: Well then... (Score 1) 586

I'm a Canadian and agree with the AC. See lots of hate speech, even the KKK having cross burnings on occasion and no one gets prosecuted or even seriously threatened with prosecution.
We also don't usually throw people in jail for speech like our American neighbours who have so many workarounds for that pesky "Congress will make no laws" thing that politicians routinely seriously want to execute foreign journalists and if an American threatens national security through speech, they can be executed. Seems in America the Constitution only means what the Supreme Court says it means rather then the very clear words it is written in.

Comment Re: Well then... (Score 1) 586

The KKK had a cross burning not far from here some years ago. They did have to do it in a vacant lot rather then in front of a houseful of black people, but no-one threatened them or tried to prosecute them.
I live in the bible belt and there is tons of hate speech uttered by the good Christians, none of which is prosecuted.
There has also been a flurry of flyers full of hate being distributed, stuck on telephone poles etc since Trump was elected. Pisses a lot of people off but the police simply say that it is legal and nothing will be done.
Where this meme of Canada having such extreme hate speech laws comes from, I don't know, but it seems to be more of the political bullshit that if you repeat a lie often enough, it'll make it true. Shame that it seems to work for so many.

Comment Re: solar/wind more of a risk (Score 1) 299

Yes, its a real problem. Even with a competent government, the next election is likely to bring in an incompetent government that implements self-regulation by industry. Seen it here where the railroads were allowed to self-regulate and pretty quick you have a train with only one engineer who doesn't correctly set the handbrakes and a town burns down, or a railroad that ignores a flood and runs a train over a weak and collapsing bridge.
Then you have the dam down the road, built by private industry a century ago and they didn't bother sinking the west side down to bedrock. 100's of millions of dollars to fix.
So we're left with governments that have a habit of incompetency or industries that are motivated to cut corners and push for incompetent government so they can be more profitable, usually by cutting corners and socializing the costs. Then there is the plain old corruption, whether in government, industry or suppliers.
Taking the various failure modes, it seems smarter to stick with stuff that under the worst scenarios can't produce too much damage.

Comment Re: solar/wind more of a risk (Score 2) 299

I'd like to see a citation for the death rates. A citation that includes the uranium minors who died of cancer (uranium mining was quite unsafe back in the 50's, mostly out of ignorance), along with the Navajo who died of cancer when retaining ponds let lose. The citations I've seen don't even seem to admit that there were construction accidents during the construction of all the reactors in the world while counting the construction accidents involved with wind and solar. Perhaps there honestly was never a construction accident while building reactors, which would be pretty amazing.
Wind and solar, if good practices such as safety harnesses and ropes, are followed, should be as safe or safer then building a large reactor. Hydro as well as long as the locations are well thought out, much like nuclear. All four need to be built correctly and safely yet corners get cut, damns fail and eventually a nuclear plant will fail worse then the ones being discussed.

Comment Re:Change the law (Score 1) 1424

No, the Constitution just says that the States will appoint the electors. Doesn't say how they'll be appointed. Does (I believe, I'm not an American) say that they can't be office holders, with the implication that they won't be politicians.
This was at a time when there were no parties and according to the Federalist papers, the idea was to elect someone qualified in a time when campaigning in all the States wasn't practical.

Comment Re:"Likley grow" - Bullshit (Score 1) 275

Lots of elements/compounds become pollutants when there is an excess. A good example is phosphorous, an element essential for life, one of the main ingredients in fertilizer (it's the second number), which causes havoc in ecosystems when there is too much.
As for Canada becoming a grain basket, so far the warming is ruining the grain farms due to lack of water. Glaciers are shrinking fast (something that's easy to measure), lack of snowfall to soak the fields, etc. And further north there is a distinct lack of soil and growing season. The climate doesn't do anything to the sunrise/sunset times. There's a reason that the Boreal forests consist of tiny trees, and its not the temperature.
Here in BC, the government has decided to flood the best northern farmland in the mistaken belief that we can make a fortune selling natural gas to the Chinese despite the competition from the USA, Australia (both way ahead on plant existence and already shipping) and Russia (close enough to pipe it instead of shipping by ship).
I don't know much about Siberia but understand it has similar shortages of actual soil and similar issues with growing seasons being limited by sunlight.

Comment Re:Fair enough (Score 1) 123

Wait.. I thought Canada couldn't have copyright infringment because you guys have a piracy tax on all the media. If that's not paying for a license for everything, where is the money going?

We only have the copying (it covers legal time shifting as well as copyright infringement) levy on cassette tapes and blank CDROMs. After the courts ruled that the levy made it legal to copy music for personal use, the copyright cartel lost interest in adding the levy to DVDs etc.

Comment Re:Fair enough (Score 1) 123

Actually we got blackmailed by the citizens of the USA. "If you want access to our market, you thieving arseholes, who are worse then all 3rd world countries, you better pass these laws" Americans are obviously in favour of those draconian copyright laws.
Now we're likely to get hauled into court and forced to pay, sometimes as much as 3 times the cost of a DVD but usually only the cost of a DVD. Then we get the American companies threatening to haul us into court if we don't pay. As most of us are exposed to American propaganda (even our DVD's threaten us with the FBI), some think paying up front is better then a trip to court.

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