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Comment Re:Thank god for Trump! (Score 3, Insightful) 267

But what happened to all the good Republican candidates?

They got starved out by the press because Trump sucked all the air out of the room. The same thing happened on the other side of the Ruling Party. Their last reasonable prospect was Jim Webb, but he couldn't get any attention with the press all working for Hillary to sink Bernie.

-jcr

Comment Standard Ruling Party shit. (Score 3, Interesting) 267

"Vote for (Trump | Hillary) because (Hillary | Trump)! A vote for any other candidate is really a vote for (Trump | Hillary)! Don't throw your vote away because (Hillary | Trump) is too horrible to contemplate!"

Fuck that noise. I want a clear conscience, so it's Gary Johnson/William Weld for me.

-jcr

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 70

Remember all the promises Yahoo made about protecting user data from spying? Well you can forget it now-- Verizon is one of the biggest spying corps on the planet and they will get access to everyone's Yahoo email.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 232

> That's right. Raw, or unpasteurized milk, is much better. It builds a strong healthy body.

It tastes better, that's for sure, but whether it is actually better has not been substantiated. There are however major health risks associated with raw milk from cows in factory-style dairy farms.

I like raw milk but unless it's from a small farm verified to maintain proper health of each individual cow, I'd prefer to stick with pasteurized because without knowing the farmer's methodologies personally how can you verify the safety?

Comment Re: Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 333

Automation raises the standard of living for everyone. Your Smartphone has more compute power than computers from Windows XP era, and don't cost nearly as much, and do so much more. So, your view on my viewpoint is irrelevant at best, and at worst is wrong.

The people who get killed in economic revolutions are all caused by those fighting to keep the status quo economically. The transition between Agrarian to Industrial was fought out in the Civil War, by those people who couldn't see the future because of tradition (slavery being one of the big ones). We've fought long hard wars with people trying to keep what they had, instead of adapting and moving forward. The next war is not going to be much different, and is already being battled in the cyber area, between those that want to keep the status quo (China/manufacturing) and those that see the future (Cyber Industry).

There will always be work for people to do, and those that work smarter will seem luckier. People have always fought wars over limited resources. Economic and Real Warfare. There is nothing in the future that will change that.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 333

Taxes are regressive. All of them. The rich will pay to avoid them, the poor cannot. Guess who is impacted more by any / all taxes?

Welfare should be TEMPORARY, and limited in scope.
Minimum Wage is always $0, regardless of the starting wage.

The economy today has a much higher productive output per person, which means some things are possible which weren't possible before. If you're out of air in the tank and suffocating, pulling your mask off underwater means you drown; pulling it off when you're on land means you live. Same action, different consequences. You can't explain that.

If you are dumb enough to go diving, without a clear plan, reserves in the tank, and run out of air, I don't expect the government to suddenly provide you with a "Air Grant" and subsidies for being stupid. You went high risk activity and got the result you were looking for. Yes, it is tragic when it happens, but I am NOT responsible, nor should I be, for your choices. Choices have consequences. So, I do have an answer, it just isn't what you wanted.

That being said, if you and I were diving, together, and you screwed up, and ended up without air, underwater, I would help get you to the surface. I wouldn't loan you my tank on a permanent basis in perpetuity. THIS is a safety net option. Welfare State is NOT safety net, it is a hammock.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 3, Insightful) 333

One, your rant is interesting because your sole fix for a really bad economy is taxing people more. Can you name a single example where taxing people more, improved things?

Two, you can tax 100 % of the people you think aren't paying enough, and it won't help anyone. The rich can always avoid taxes, where the middle class cannot. The bottom 50% don't pay taxes (because they are poor).

Three, the Number One indicator of Poverty is ... single parent homes. The Number one indicator of crime is poverty. The black community, supported by the Democratic Welfare state has a 75% single parent home. Taxing the rich isn't going to fix this problem, and the DNC loves its economic slaves which vote as a block at a rate of 85%-95%.

So, while you can spout statistics all you want, until you look at correlation between single parent homes and poverty, you're ignoring the real problem .

As for housing, HUD and Government subsidies PROMOTE being locked into poverty. Because if you earn enough money, you get kicked out and lose your subsidies. It is a vicious circle of poverty and dependency, all in the name of compassion (and the voting block for the same policies that you are supporting). Yes, I want to toss grandma off a cliff, and kill kittens (Just getting the inevitable Ad Hominem out of the way).

I want people to have opportunity, not guarantees. 40+ years of war on poverty, and we are no better off than before. Repeating the same thing over and over again expecting different results is insane.

Comment Re:Too much luxury (Score 1) 128

I want the opposite - I have a Samsung Gear S2 Classic and am thinking about either buying the 3G version of it, or the nextgen version of it (I wish they would include a speaker as well as mic on the non-3G version). I want the built-in speaker and cell connection and added functionality. Its primary use for me is fitness tracking (I've owned a Vivofit and it sucked, and the Fitbit I tried was almost as inaccurate and limited) and I find it is very accurate in its tracking my workouts and steps throughout the day. For the first few weeks I wore both during the day and counted my steps and compared - the Gear was very close to my count but the vivo was way off - over 1,000 more than my count and the Gear S2's count.

Another thing that is great is the GPS tracking - I keep that turned on and when I go out skating, walking, jogging, the distance tracking is usually dead-on and I can view a map of where I went after the workout, with my highest speeds indicated on the map, as well as nice graphs with heart rate and pace. Also, I easily get 24 hours on my watch, although since it has lithium cells I top it off as often as I can to avoid deep cycling the battery when it is not necessary.

However I do agree it would be nice to have low-end devices for folks who don't care about those capabilities. But, at the low end you're unlikely to get a large screen + good interface + sound + mic + bt + water resistance + good battery life; you're more likely to get just a couple of those features with the rest sucking or omitted entirely.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 2, Insightful) 333

I was making a comparison between two similar acts, one championed by Liberals, one Championed by Conservatives.

And completely random note

A Citizen's Dividend of 17% would end poverty.

No it wouldn't, it would simply shift the definition of poverty. American "poor" are rich compared to most of the rest of the world. We still call them "poor" because poverty is always relative.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

> what are the killer features of a smart watch?

For me, fitness training. It tracks distance, heart rate, and calculates calories burned based on the workout, heartrate, age, and weight. I previously tried a vivofit but it sucked. It tracked only steps throughout the day, and was highly inaccurate.

I also use my smartwatch for sleep tracking, because I tend to be a night owl and am trying to correct that. The vivofit did track sleep very well but my primary goal is tracking fitness and for that the vivofit sucks.

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