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Comment Re: "defined as homeless here, mostly sharing home (Score 1) 504

Sometimes people do go from homed to homeless in one step.
Sometimes it happens in steps.
The fact that this occupies a continuum rather than a binary status makes it more difficult to classify homeless vs homed as well as provide and (more importantly) justify services to them. There's a whole contingent of people who think that sleeping in a room under a roof == homed. Sleeping indoors in a situation where a person lacks stability and can be un-homed again at someone else's desire is not homed....not necessarily homeless, either.

There are multiple issues.
Housing supply
Housing cost
Housing stability/security.

I tend to think that public studios, like a small version of UK Council Housing, would help at least get people roofs over their heads for a sliding-scale cost, looking at it as a public good (e.g., homelessness is bad for many reasons, at least one of which involves epidemiological and other public health concerns). Once people have at least some stability, they can start building something - but lots of mentally ill homeless are too fragile to do that.

Comment Re: Economic refugees (Score 1) 504

That capital gains taxes are so low is a sign of significant malaise, at best, casuistry in our tax argument.
Capital gains taxes being low incentivizes rent-seeking behavior, and that is not good for anyone but the rent-seeker.
It contributes *nothing* to the country as a whole, and sucks value out of the economy where it becomes static - it's not being spent - which further slows down the economy.

We call it 'currency' for a reason - it flows in currents, and when it doesn't, trust in it fades.

Comment Re: Economic refugees (Score 1) 504

The tax codes have become insanely complicated, mostly due to the codes being used for a social engineering carrot and stick, and if this doesn't get fixed, things will get ugly and it will be uglyist for those on unearned entitlements.

The tax codes have become insanely complicated, mostly due to the codes being adjusted to allow the rich to retain income at the expense of the common good, and abandoning progressive taxation because 'fuck you, I've got mine' is the rich's motto.

There, ftfy.

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

They're already talking about throwing it into the house, where the GOP will put Mr. Kasich in - and he is no less moderate than Mr. Trump, just better behaved. This will happen despite the fact that Ms. Clinton has a very clear popular vote lead of some 2.5MM votes, because partisan behavior is essentially not possible to overcome.

Comment Re:Do you now realize why Trump won? (Score 1) 600

Do you have any substantive critique, or is name-calling the sole piece of your debate repertoire?

Net-net, even if factories come back, automation will be doing most of the work, and the people who will work in those factories will (by and large) be hands-on technical people, not grunt labor. That is NOT coming back. And if you're in denial of that, well, you'll find yourself in a difficult position when your job is replaced by a robot, bc traditionally, the powers that be have not looked kindly on the backlash Luddism you're implying you espouse.

Comment Re: Middle Ages preserved content (Score 1) 348

During the middle ages, they did preserve a hell of a lot of documents - and they created a number of mathematical concepts which are core today, like algebra and the very concept of 0 as a mathematical symbol.

Are they still preservers of culture? Not now; I think that it's clear that the current extremist Islamist religious movements have entirely abandoned the concept of knowledge acquisition as a way to improve the world.

But whatever they are now, they preserved information during the dark ages that would otherwise have been lost. And a lot of what they preserved is core Western philosophy - Hellenic philosophers like Aristotle, Plato, Heraclitus, Thales of Milesius, Anaximander, Pythagoras, and a host of others. And we'd all be poorer for the loss of those texts.

Comment Re:Anathem (Score 1) 348

I was just going to cite that, too.

In Anathem,, ancient history is better known than the technologically advanced period leading up to the cataclysm called "The Terrible Events" in the book, presumably because the storage media of that time is more ephemeral and less durable than the records of earlier ages.

I guess if paper or papyrus etc can be left and are kept reasonably dry etc, knowledge is easily preserved in an accessible state. Data on magentic tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc, all require industrial infrastructure - electrical power generation, sufficient technical ability to read them, an understanding of the technologies required to read them - and hence a lot of what we currently have is not easily accessed by a non-technical civiliation, whereas paper books, however, inefficient, are.

(Librarian-DW has had an effect on me).

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