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Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 2) 867

but... .... The modus operandi at play on the right, as distilled into absurdity by the trump campaign, generally follows the same path toward the cliff that the NAZIs did, in terms of divorcing people from their roles in governance and political involvement, turning groups against each other, fear/war/corruption-mongery and incessantly incremental but 'regretted' acts of curtailing both freedoms and their counterbalancing civic responsibilities. The parallels are freakish, and the man in front today far less rational or informed than the example he's being compared to.

We have to consider the possibility that he'll be WORSE... not merely 'like.' NAZI germany had to build itself up from ashes (part of their motivation, frankly), and never did have nukes to play with... meanwhile we're outspending most of the rest of the developed world combined while self-militarizing our citizenry and have enough heavy weaponry to essentially end humanity.

We can't even allow the possibility.

"To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it—please try to believe me—unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop. Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.

"How is this to be avoided, among ordinary men, even highly educated ordinary men? Frankly, I do not know. I do not see, even now. Many, many times since it all happened I have pondered that pair of great maxims, Principiis obsta and Finem respice—‘Resist the beginnings’ and ‘Consider the end.’ But one must foresee the end in order to resist, or even see, the beginnings. One must foresee the end clearly and certainly and how is this to be done, by ordinary men or even by extraordinary men? Things might have. And everyone counts on that might.

"Your ‘little men,’ your Nazi friends, were not against National Socialism in principle. Men like me, who were, are the greater offenders, not because we knew better (that would be too much to say) but because we sensed better. Pastor Niemöller spoke for the thousands and thousands of men like me when he spoke (too modestly of himself) and said that, when the Nazis attacked the Communists, he was a little uneasy, but, after all, he was not a Communist, and so he did nothing; and then they attacked the Socialists, and he was a little uneasier, but, still, he was not a Socialist, and he did nothing; and then the schools, the press, the Jews, and so on, and he was always uneasier, but still he did nothing. And then they attacked the Church, and he was a Churchman, and he did something—but then it was too late."

I'm no fan of HRC, but in this particular comparison there is no valid argument trying to equate the two. One is likely too corporate for our long term health, but the other cheers on the possibility of violence, and lies in his speeches every 5 minutes on measured average (and likely to shorten as we get into actual debates next week) and has yet to demonstrate an EQ greater than that of a toddler, lashing out vindictively at the slightest (and oft illegitimately defined) offense... and here we are have an actual argument that could mean that the world's most top-heavy and over-inflated military might would be in those hands? To simply say that he might be 'the president we deserve' even as a self-insult, is inhumanely insular... because the damage won't be just to us.

Comment Re:Really? Why? (Score 1) 867

While lobbying has a well-earned bad name thanks to corporate special interests, it's not actually necessarily a bad thing. If you call up your representative and tell them how bad the pollution has got in the stream running behind your house downhill from the factory, etc... you're lobbying. And for good. It's, frankly, part of your responsibilities as a citizen, to keep your reps and senators on their toes this way. Meanwhile, the topic of this article is worse, but can still be called lobbying in a way... albeit, of the people rather than of congress.

Comment Edit to article (Score 1) 243

The lawsuits represent what may be a new approach in the attack on the use of H-1B workers to replace U.S. workers. They allege violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), claiming that the nature of the employment of the H-1B workers was misrepresented, and that Disney and the contractors knew the ultimate intent was to replace U.S. workers with lower paid [[ and ultimately disposable ]] H-1B workers.

Comment Re:No one is asking YOU (Score 1) 684

I sorta agree. Mars is dead. Humanity (for the most part) vastly underappreciates how vital internal heat is to life on Earth... and the lack of the same on Mars will make it a perpetual sinkhole for any energy we invest into it. Nuking the poles won't change that... just give a very brief warm/wet spell. Any colonies on that planet will have to be enclosed and perhaps even sub'martian' for the most part... until we've grown powerful enough as a specie to move it into a lunar orbit around something massing enough to knead its core back into action, akin to galilean moons, perhaps. That said, this is not reason not to go. The path to other stars will need a few steps along the way, and for that Mars is a worthwhile part of the path. 'omg, it's hard' is a terrible excuse.

Comment Re:So basically (Score 1) 684

No... the new world had the capacity to sustain life. That said, 'omg it's hard' is not valid reason not to exercise our ingenuity and expand our capacities. Mars is a stepping stone, not a destination.

Comment um... yes, actually (Score 1) 365 ... there may be a lot of folk out there who think they can code after having had such a late start in life, but practical experience among the best of universities have found that the tide of talent showing up at their doorsteps has been pretty deeply out, due to lack of having the right opportunities at the right time.

Comment *headdesk* (Score 1) 105

Thus demonstrating and extremely narrow definition of geo-engineering (which somehow excludes dominating the landscape if climate changing practices like... oh, I dunno, forced agriculture, urban sprawl (as opposed to urban hives), fracking from one horizon to the other, mass deforestation, etc etc etc ad nauseam.) Developing healthy practices that both sustain people while reversing the damage (and yes, we've a myriad of examples to choose from, and many many more in the pipeline) AT SCALE... is geo-engineering, too.

Comment Re:Easy as 1-2-3 (Score 2, Interesting) 269

Yep, yep, sorry... Apple (as an organization) has consistently delivered hardware that we could count on, met or surpassed our needs (and alternative vendors), etc... then again, we haven't had any trouble with them when delivering apps for googleplay and ios side by side (re, the article), but they're not centric to our organization's offerings just yet, either.

Comment Re:Easy as 1-2-3 (Score 3, Interesting) 269

Haven't had the same experience; as a developer, we found apple to be particularly powerful, robust, and reliable versus the PCs we had prior. Then again, I'm pretty upset with Yosemite, and it's been years, so maybe the environment on the other side of that coin has changed in the interim.

Comment Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 3, Insightful) 734

Exactly; when what you get back is so much more valuable, it is worth it. Still, as an American, it is easy to get cynical about taxes when they've been redirected to burden the poor and working classes the most, let the rich off scott free, buy very little medical care, roads that are usually in disrepair, bridges that are falling into rivers in rush hour traffic, law enforcement that's losing its war with its own conscience, a bloated and demonstrably less-than-effective military, etc etc etc. We've grown accustomed to getting much less than we pay for.

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