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Comment Re: But . . . (Score 1) 441

..but the only thing that trump has openly admitted to that will be his policy is tax breaks for the rich and corporations!

How many times does supply-side economics have to be shown to not work before it sinks in? I can't believe this bullshit still gets peddled with a straight face.

Comment Re: But . . . (Score 1) 441

Trump may not be perfect, but he will be a change. He is not for an authoritarian global corporatism based government like Hillary is.

If I contracted rubella right now, that would also be a change.

I also don't like Hillary, because she represents the Elite and the status quo. This election cycle has made it clear that people on the left and the right are fed up with how the economy has been working in this country and the government's response to it. But that doesn't mean that electing a walking dumpster fire like Donald Trump is the proper thing to do. Believe it or not, things can get worse than our current situation.

Comment Re:Welp, back to pirating (Score 2) 213

Yup, because you're entitled to someone else's work.

Typical thief.

Capitalism doesn't work without scarcity. Once something can be reproduced at near-zero marginal cost, it loses value in the marketplace. That's true regardless of how much money or effort went into producing it. It's just the way the system works.

You can argue against it on moral or ethical grounds, and you'll have a good point. But really, if morality or ethics ruled the day the world would be a very different place. A technological lack of scarcity doesn't seem to be a problem for businesses when they can drive down labor costs by replacing people with robots or computers. So I don't shed a tear when the same dynamic affects their bottom line. I do feel bad for the artists who actually do the work to produce the content. But then again I gave up on a career in music because I could see there was no money in it.

Comment Re:Y'all know what you need to do (Score 4, Insightful) 213

And what do you expect them to do?

It's not Netflix' choice, it's their content providers requiring them to do this.

I'm not sure what I expect them to do. But the bottom line is cancelling one's service is the only real leverage one has over a company. You can complain, and they might listen. But at the end of the day if their product does not meet your needs, stop buying the product.

I know they have agreements with the content owners, but that is not my problem. I didn't negotiate those agreements. My problem (if I traveled outside the US much) is that I can't see the programs or movies that I want and paid for. If their licensing agreements become unprofitable because of lost business, Netflix will have to renegotiate or stop carrying that content. If they can absorb the loss of revenue but still maintain an acceptable profit, they will continue as usual. But all I can do is buy their service or not.

Comment Re:So how does this affect the Drake Equation? (Score 1) 258

This doesn't mean that everyone who is skeptical is wrong. And it doesn't mean everyone with fantasies is right.

*YOU* have to prove your fantasies. Otherwise you are no different than a religious loon talking about the end of the world. You have the same faith.

Leaving oneself open to the unimagined possibilities is not the same as indulging in fantasies. There is a tendency in our culture to say that things we don't know about don't exist or are impossible. The real truth is that we simply don't know. I guess people are uncomfortable with uncertainty. But I think it is better to not foreclose the future based on our understanding of the present.

Comment Re:So how does this affect the Drake Equation? (Score 1) 258

It's very probable. But since we also know that the Periodic Table of Elements is universal, as well as the fundamental forces, we also know things like warp drive are just not feasible...

So they are over there, and we are here. End of story.

I like to hold out for the possibility that we don't yet know everything there is to know about physics. History is replete with examples of people doing things previously thought impossible.

Comment Re:Good for him (Score 2) 255

The problem is that a standard refrain from the propaganda pushers was that we would instantaneously - and for all eternity - see such an overwhelming influx of tax revenue that we would immediately be able to balance the budget, bring about world peace, colonize Mars, and cure all human diseases. We have clearly fallen far short of that, and will never reach it. As I said before, neither side is fully honest with their claims.

Do you have a citation for that? I think various people have made various predictions. Colorado ended up collecting a lot more tax than they expected to:

This is all still very new, but I don't think things are really that far off from expectations. If you can provide a link to the contrary, I'd be interested to see it.

Comment Re:Good luck! You're gonna need it! (Score 1) 255

If you look at who is against it - it's mostly law enforcement and people who want to keep the broken system going.

I doubt it will pass, but if it does, it should be interesting to see what the DEA does when people can legally grow X amount of plants but still not allowed at the federal level.

You can see what they are doing now. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska all allow private cultivation. The Feds are basically quietly doing nothing.

Comment Re:What the actual fuck (Score 5, Insightful) 255

"As you can see, I am not a "sorry little loser". "

So you say. More than likely you're a functioning pothead just holding on like a lot of functioning alcoholics. And the common trait of both is that neither recognise they have a problem.

Yes, as I said, I could be making the whole thing up. I might not even smoke pot! But I have nothing to prove to you, so you can think what you like of me.

"We ruin their lives,"

They ruin their own lives. No one is forcing them to smoke weed.

Not too strong in the logic department, eh? It's not the weed smoking that's ruining their lives; it's the punishments of prohibition that do that. The question is not whether or not they will go to jail of caught smoking weed. The question is whether or not that is proper. I maintain that it is not proper. We ruin their lives, over and above the effects of pot smoking, by putting them in prison and a felony on their record. That doesn't help anyone, not even you. It is quite clear that the war on drugs has failed at its stated goal of eliminating drug use. It hasn't even reduced it by any measurable degree. It is a waste of money, lives, time and resources. It should be ended.

You will go right ahead thinking that pot smokers are all worthless burnouts. I cannot disabuse you of that notion. But the failure of prohibition is a fact, not an opinion. It's time to stop locking people up for non-violent, victimless "crimes".

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