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Comment Re:Love it and stay (Score 1) 237

Hillary lies much less than Trump does.

They're both liars. Trying to decide which one lies less is an exercise in masturbation, unless you have an agenda, in which case whichever one you happen to support will always be found to lie less.

You can't even argue magnitude as a means to differentiate them. Hillary has plenty of "yuge" lies of her own (like claiming she landed under sniper fire and had to run for safety).

Comment Re:empty waste land not equal to best location (Score 1) 119

To be accurate, its kinda like how people like you spent the last 8 years blaming everything on the present occupant.

Thanks, present occupant!

To be fair, most people blame the current guy for everything if they don't agree with his politics. If they do agree with his politics, they blame the previous guy (or the guy before that, if the previous guy has the unfortunate handicap of also sharing their politics).

To most democrats, everything is Dubya's fault. To most Republicans, everything is Obama's fault (before that it was Clinton's fault). Timing is largely meaningless (take a look at how many conservative types blame Bill Clinton and Janet Reno for Ruby Ridge (which happened before the 1992 election) or the laughable way Obama was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for the accomplishment of not being George Bush).

Comment Re:No, vague DNC spin, not US intelligence agencie (Score 1) 168

The identity of the hacker(s) is not very relevant to Schneier's point. There are players out there who are quite interested in either influencing the results of the elections or just making mischief, and the US is not well-protected against these parties.

Quite probably some of those parties were involved in its creation and deliberately set it up to be unsecure. So then what? They are supposed to put aside their vested interest and allow it to be secured so they can't fuck with it? Hardly likely!

Comment Re:No, vague DNC spin, not US intelligence agencie (Score 0) 168

> For example, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia was behind the release of DNC emails before the party convention

Citation sorely needed. The DNC has suggested it's possible Russia was involved. A small security company called ThreatConnect pointed out that one of the tools used had some Russian language strings, meaning that the attacker used a tool which was written by someone who spoke Russian.

"US intelligence agencies" have announced no conclusions and there is scant evidence that "Russia", the Russian government, was involved.

'US Intelligence' is an oxymoron, especially when it comes to politics.

Comment Re:What is there to protect? (Score 4, Funny) 168

If they somehow make a third party candidate win...

The whole point of electronic voting is so that its unsecure and the ruling elite can use that unsecurity to ensure they stay in power.

Now that foreign players have entered the fray theres no telling what will happen next. Perhaps the ruling elite in the USA may find themselves unseated in an electronic coup!

Comment It wouldn't make sense anyway (Score 1) 107

I don't want my TV producers negotiating with my hardware manufacturers or software developers. I want them negotiating with me, the person who watches the TV. Why the fuck should such a totally-unrelated third party be involved? How can that possibly be in my best interests?

It's not just a little weird; it's totally absurd. It's like if a I drive to the store to buy some socks, and what socks are available depends on a deal between the textile producer and my car manufacturer. WUT?! Believe me: this is not a way to get me to buy your socks or your car. This is something a sockmaker or carmaker thinks up when they're out of ideas and know that there are vastly better and cheaper socks and cars available.

Comment Re: Ionizing radiation linked to circulatory disea (Score 0) 156

Indeed, the sample size is small, but how are they supposed to get a larger sample?

There are a lot of posters here claiming the LNT model is bogus and Radiation hormesis leads to health benefits. They could volunteer to be exposed to this radiation as an opportunity for them to prove their point and help progress scientific understanding of the effects of exposure to deep space radiation.

Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 1) 180

Unfortunately, that's not how it works. Without taxes, the wealthy and corporations mostly transfer wealth among themselves, and very little of it ever actually manages to trickle down. Perhaps you missed the memo, but "trickle down" economics doesn't work, and never has done.

I'm not supporting trickle down economics here, I'm just saying that Apple's $250B in cash would probably not be stuffed under a mattress. It would be doing SOMETHING in our economy (whether that benefits everyone or just the 1% is an open question) rather than doing something in someone else's economy, which is the current state.

IOW, this is a false dichotomy. "We need to tax that money to realize a return on society's investment" is all well and good, except for the fact that we're not actually taxing that money, Ireland[1] is.

[1] - Or the Cayman Islands, etc, but the point remains.

Comment Re:Due to rights restrictions... (Score 1) 245

I've not heard what you describe but the most likely explanation is some sort of territorial problem where other parts of the world got a programme but it wasn't licensed in your country. If so, it would be a crazy decision to not produce and broadcast a program anywhere because it's not allowed in one country. What if people in other countries wanted to hear about that story? Your anger is misplaced.

'The program' was the world service news, on the hour, every hour. Not just any old program of content. Blocking that is just insane. Why even bother having a world service? Thats the only thing I wanted to listen to, so why would I continue to 'patronize' it?

Comment Re:A funny story (Score 2) 175

Bernie got roughly 43 percent [realclearpolitics.com] of the popular vote.

That's only the primary count. If you include the caucus votes, he got about 49% of the popular vote.

Now, we know the DNC was in the bag for Hillary and pushing the media to cover her favorable. It's generally considered that good press is worth about 5% in the polls.

The Superdelegates were for Hillary, but we probably would have had a situation where Bernie got the popular majority but Hillary got the nomination, if the DNC had played neutral.

Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 1) 180

For the sake of argument, let's take everything you said as fact (both literally and morally). The status quo has all of that money (that our infrastructure enabled them to earn) leaving our nation to go elsewhere, and enrich other economies, so we're not benefiting from it at all (but we're still out the cost of the infrastructure).

I'm NOT suggestion that the tax rate here should be 0, but if it were, that money would be in our economy and working, thus a net benefit to us.

To put it another way, half an apple is better than no apple at all, and our tax code should realize that rather than levying punishing rates that absolutely NO ONE actually pays and discourages the repatriation of those funds.

Comment Re:Yeah so (Score 4, Interesting) 175

Up until the point that he got on the Hillary train, I had a LOT of respect for Sanders. You're right that most of his positions are close to "normal" for Democrats, but unlike most politicians, he was not trying to walk both sides of a line, and he was that rare (almost unique) straight shooter. He didn't hide behind weasel words, he didn't equivocate, he stated, simply, what his ideals were, and appeared to live by them.

When's the last time you heard ANYONE at his level of politics say something like "I have to get my tax returns from my wife, she does them" and then further find out that he's actually living on his Senate salary and not "speaking fees" or other similar near bribes?

I'm actually pretty upset over the whole thing--I would NEVER have voted for Sanders, because his politics are too far off from mine, but he was a politician I could admire... until he became just another party hack at convention time.

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