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Comment Re:Sad to see Trump... (Score 2) 325

False dichotomy. There's plenty of ground between "Yay TPP" and "Boo TPP." The secrecy was bad, the ability to ignore local environmental laws and copyright issues were also terrible. But the basic idea of free trade with Asia on our terms was a good one even if a lot of the specifics were awful. Cheeto tearing it up completely and letting China dominate the Asian market is an idiotic deal for the US long term.

Comment Re:Let's talk about Trump now! (Score 1) 206

Seems to me like that's only true for a very small number of issues and to a very limited degree. If I dislike climate change, I can't just move to california and it's all okay.

And it seems like states rights only work for silly republican ideas. Like "Hey, no sales taxes" or "We don't like the gays." California, Illinois, DC, or New York decide to limit guns and screams of "Tyrrany!" and legal challenges abound.

Comment Re:Let's talk about Trump now! (Score 1) 206

Great, I wasn't suggesting democrats are now and have always been saints. I was making a joke about the state of the republican party today and now. I know people think the clintons are an omnipotent evil force, but you're not suggesting Bill will somehow override the state legislatures here, are you?

I'm constantly astonished at the lengths people will go to to pretend that both sides are always equally bad in every example.

Comment Re:"Us" versus "them" (Score 1) 206

"ALL" of it is a bit of pointless oversimplification. I don't see many democrats attempting to gut the EPA. I don't see democrats leading the charge to irresponsibly cut taxes to the wealthy, or continuing to argue for reganomics.

There are times when any rational, honest person can conclude there's a right side and a wrong side. You're right that the DMCA is bipartisan shit, but it's not ALWAYS both sides, and there are times when one side is a bad actor.

Comment IDK, but... (Score 4, Interesting) 206

Thankfully, voters are stepping up to protect American jobs

Can't help but feel like my anus is being forcibly greased up whenever "protect american jobs" is being waved around.

"Right to X" in the title of a new law is also a red flag.

I mean, I'm aware the DMCA is awful. They should just do something about that. Maybe say, we're going to repeal and replace it? Introduce the All-new Copyright Act, or ACA for short?

Comment Re:What is it about having money... (Score 1) 284

It's not just money, it's also Hawaii. There's a stereotype of the flyover states as being full of people who want to kill you for even thinking about stepping foot on their property, but it's far more true in Hawaii. People like Zuck move to paradise on earth, then act surprised and frustrated that other people like the area as well.

Comment Re: Blacks are sociopaths (Score 1) 276

I left a job and got another month's paycheck. I e-mailed them letting them know their error. Heard nothing back until 8 months later, I get an angry e-mail accusing me of ignoring repeated efforts to contact me about it, and a vague threat about taking me to court.

These repeated attempts were e-mails sent to my old work e-mail. The one they automatically shut down immediately after I quit. They had my phone number, stable e-mail address, updated address, and my boss was still in contact with me weekly.

Comment Re:The changing "debate" on global warming (Score 1) 266

Unfortunately, the tone of the discussion on so many other topics, including climate change, has changed dramatically in the past 25 years, to the point that we never actually get to discussing the issues.

I think it's a temporary thing. Old media is mortibund obviously, and older generations don't know where else to go. As younger generations go to online sources of news, old media caters to an increasingly senile, angry, out of touch demographic. Younger people are better informed, and hopefully this primary and election has finally convinced them they need to actually fucking vote if they want things like social security or a rational climate policy.

I mean, it's not all roses of course, I think the fake news online thing is going to get worse, we could tip towards facebook mob mentality, and there are plenty of millenials who could be convinced the "educated elites" are evil. But I'm saying things will not stay the same, one way or the other, it is possible that we'll get back to debates based on fact rather than paranoia.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 1) 99

I think were it just laziness and impatience, you'd see coffee vending machines as they have in Japan. When I'm getting coffee at starbucks it's because I can feel the withdrawal mild headache coming on and I'm not at home. If it was between spending $6 for a can and being on my way in a few seconds and $2 for a hand-made silly frilly coffee art that the barista takes 10 minutes to get to, I would choose the can every time just for convenience. Yet they usually don't have their canned stuff out in their stores.

I think it's more of a luxury thing. You can get a fancy pants coffee at a premium, and it's still, you know, just a few dollars. Convenience isn't, I think, the driving force.

Comment Re:I heard about this in South Park (Score 2) 305

If I break my leg doing something stupid while drunk, or if I break it while saving an infant from a burning building, the leg is still broken. They put a cast on it either way. If they've sustained psychological damage from policing porn for a paycheck, it doesn't matter if yours is more noble. Not sure why you're turning it into a competition. Is your ego really that small that you need to brag to people you don't know online?

Comment Re:Comcast customer here (Score 1) 111

I probably shouldn't jinx it, but I think the hate is because they know most people won't try to haggle. If you go to their online chat portal and threaten to go to their competitor, I mean they're not "great," but it's something. They're giving me their $60 a month high speed internet for $10 a month no contract. It took at most 20 minutes while I was probably reading e-mail in another window. The sense of winning made it all the better.

Comment Re: This works for me (Score 1) 416

The dumbing down of the snowflake, "lets protest everything" generation makes it easier for them to push that

Which generation is that? There are very few people protesting anything. The millennial generation I'm assuming you're talking about mainly protests with clicks on facebook. Gen-Xers seem generally too busy worrying about having massive debt to ever retire. Boomers conversely seem ready to riot if their taxes don't go down yearly AND if anyone does anything to reduce their government benefits, but I never see them actually take to the streets.

Seriously, who are you talking about? Black lives matter protests? Yeah, they're protesting being shot. That's hardly "protest everything."

Occupy whatever protests? That was, what, a few dozen people of the millennial and gen-x for a few weeks.

Dakota access pipeline? Again, small group protesting a very specific activity that would endanger the climate, hardly "everything."

You talk about sensationalist bullshit, but you seem to have swallowed some of it if you believe protests, rather than apathy, dominate any generation.

As far as "dumbing down" look up the flynn effect.

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