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Comment Re:Blame the others (Score 1) 361

By the way, Batman VS Superman is surely not the worst of all.

Suicide Squad was particularly bad. There was a suit, interesting idea, that the trailers showed so much Joker but he was barely in the film. False advertising was the claim

For me:

*) was too much of him.

*) seems an obvious conclusion that much of his performance was left in the cutting room. Seems they thought there was too much Leto as well.

Comment Re:So they just reinvented the docking station? (Score 1) 66

This is a fundamental misunderstanding of patents. All patents have prior art. Indeed they list the prior art in the patent. Patents take something that is already patented, and add some new things. Patents are never for something that is entirely new, the always build on what came before.

Comment Re: Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 2) 166

just not entitled and whiny

Entitled and whiny? Common man, just because capitalists feel entitled to gouge their customers while stiffing employees in the midst of high profits (while paying a lower tax rate than either) doesn't mean they aren't people too!

Know what happens when companies lose their good employees to greener pastures?

They continue to enjoy the benefits of lowered pay scales, laughing at the unique snowflakes who think their wages aren't lowered for being a tree in a forest.

The companies either learn from their mistakes, or they go under.

Yes, that's the need thing about capitalism: success means success, but failure also means success because it frees up space for the next group of capitalists to come in and begin the next round of exploitation.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 3, Insightful) 166

Nobody wanted to do extra work because someone else slacked their assignment.

That's the central flaw in the "unions protect the lazy" canard. It's predicated on the idea that Steve is happy to do his own work plus Bob's if Bob starts to slack off. Human beings simply aren't built that way, unless they're in a Biff Tannen/George McFly relationship - in which case Biff could just as easily having George do his work at a non union shop anyway.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 1) 166

That arbiter was a member of the judiciary, their job was not influenced by elections, employer payments, etc etc etc

Still corporatists, though. Either because they had to run for election at some point (and had to pander for campaign donations), or because they were appointed by a corporatist politician, who had to pander for campaign donations to get elected.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 1) 166

I'm generally anti-union because they almost always devolve into pieces of shit

Right. In the same way that if you start your own business, it will mean you will sexually harass your secretary while defrauding your investors, killing your employees with unsafe working conditions, selling fake products to customers and dumping toxic waste in the river. Because reasons.

Comment Re:We'll see what Trump does (Score 0) 166

Many union members in closed shop states (including California, but not Nevada) don't actually like unions, and are only members because paying union dues is a condition of employment.

Then they'd be freeloading assholes, wanting to enjoy benefits won by unions without having to pay for them. Try an experiment: walk into your local Chamber of Commerce, and tell the receptionist you want all the perks of membership without having to pay any dues, and see what kind of face he makes at you.

Comment Re:Support the Union (Score 1) 166

America manufactures more today than ever before.

Because the population has grown.

We just do it with a lot fewer people.

Yes, nevermind that entire industries have been moved offshore (aside from niche players), like textiles.

The main reason for the trade deficit is that America controls the world's reserve currency, which is a GOOD THING.

Not for the rest of the world it's not, as it allows the U.S. to manipulate exchange rates as one of it's tools in its imperial arsenal. But one issue I've yet to see apologists for corporate trade come up with an excuse for, is how it allows corporations to walk in and tell their workforce to bend over and take it up the ass on benefit cuts, least their jobs be moved overseas. Even if the corporation in question is enjoying record profits.

Comment Re: Support the Union (Score 2) 166

Unions today exist solely to artificially increase wages / benefits and to perpetuate themselves. But what they really do is deter new jobs by being such a pain in the a$$

Tired anti-union nonsense is tired. Unions act as a counter-balance to corporate greed. If corporate greed isn't a problem anymore, and you can trust the altruism of capital, than you can also repeal all the laws on...

child labor, working conditions, worker safety

...because those laws are as "antiquated" as unions. Don't forget overtime, too - there's no way the CEO would exploit non-exempt employees if given the chance, now would he?

Comment Re:Too bad Muslim terrorists don't go on strike (Score 1) 166

Terror attacks are rare in the US because we've kept the terrorists out.

Because the United States is hard to attack. It's surrounded by the world's largest oceans and two large, friendly nations.

Now there's a concerted effort to ship terrorists to the western world.

Oh, do go fuck yourself, racist Western Exceptionalist. It's not Muslims invading, overthrowing and bombing countries on the other side of the planet from them for bullshit reasons- that's what you are doing to them. And all the 'Islamic terrorism' you can wank on about is either:

1) Directly sponsored by the United States, as when it funds and arms ISIS and Al Queda in Syria or Yemen
2) Blowback from your imperalistic shitbaggery. Want to know how to create a 'terrorist' in one simple step? You take a man who's done nothing to you and murder his family with a drone strike or a regime change.

Comment Re: Too bad Muslim terrorists don't go on strike (Score 1) 166

umm Muslims have been pissed at us long before drones, Iraq, etc.

For good reason, as western imperialist assholes have been fucking with them for the last century. Overthrowing Iran's democracy, installing despots like Saddam and the Shah, killing half a million kids with sanctions and calling it 'worth it' - your shitbaggery started long before Predator Drone strikes.

Comment Re:Faker news? (Score 1) 319

I think you mean shipping companies and history teachers, since trade routes have, you know, a bit of an impact on history...

In the sense that searching for a trade route is what led to the "discovery" of the Americas. Not that you sailed due north from the Canary Islands before making a 56 degree turn for the 49th parallel and blah blah blah. So you're back to DGAF square one.

Comment Re:Yes, but they don't tell you... (Score 1) 374

BTW, College tuition is only really going wacko because the government stepped in and made student loans so easy to get.

The problem with that canard is that it tries to use supply-and-demand to explain higher tuition costs. Because if that were the case, more universities would jump in the market and thus force prices back down, but that hasn't happened. No, tuition has risen because:

1) States have slashed higher education funding
2) Big budget sports that cost more than they generate in sales
3) Bloated administrative salaries

And in that order.

Comment Re:The European Model (Score 1) 374

And therein lies a part of the problem, do you really want YOUR tax dollars going to a deadbeat student living of the system for 10 years to end up with an unemployable Social Studies Major?

That's the problem with conservative hand waving: higher education is an investment in your population and your workforce. If you insist that all investments must pay off, how do you justify the existence of capitalism?

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