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Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 232

"While many wealthy people worked hard or smart for their wealth. And many poor are there due to slacking off and bad life decisions."

You are referring to decent people who made a fortune legitimately - which is wonderful.

Unfortunately most of the wealthy elite did not get there by working hard - they got there by profiting from the misery and misfortune of others and engaging in criminal activities.

Most poor people aren't poor due to bad decisions. They are poor because they are exploited by the wealthy and live in a system where the average person - absent some stroke of luck - can at best have a moderate income if he/she works hard their entire life.

How many millionaires do you know that made their fortune by working 40+ hours a week and saving every penny? Probably none.

Certainly not the Bush's, Clinton's, Desmaris', Bronfman's, Johnson's, Buffets, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, etc.

Poor people are meant to stay poor; rich are meant to stay rich.

That is the will of our overlords - not the average joe.

How is it that someone working in a sweatshop is exploiting them? Sure, the factory owner could pay them western wages, but why? The minute they do someone else will build a factory and undercut their prices by lowering wages. If the wage or working conditions are too bad, people won't work there. The reason they work there isn't because someone is forcing them, it's because they chose to work in the sweatshop because it was better than not working in the sweatshop.

Same is true of child labor. The choice isn't school or sweatshop. If the sweatshop didn't exist, the children will have to turn to prostitution or worse. If parents had it as an option of course they'd chose the send their kids to school over sending them to the factory.

It's a hard concept to understand, having been born into a world of high productivity and plenty, but once you realize that the peasants of the world have to make very hard choices, all of which are distasteful for you or me, you start to see the world a little differently.

Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 59

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 471

Military meals are designed with attention to the morale factor. Even the modern MRE is designed to help the soldier feel human in unfavorable surroundings. Apollo 10 was the first to officially test real bread. Gemini Astronauts smuggled aboard a kosher corned beef sandwich but it was stale and thus had too many crumbs which went airborne. By Apollo 10 it was discovered that nitrogen-flushed bread would stay fresh for 10 days. I'll have to try that.

Comment Re: meh (Score 1) 471

but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?

Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.

Comment Re:Everybody should be prepared to die. (Score 4, Funny) 471

Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.

On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.

Comment Some Artistic License (Score 1) 471

I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.

But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.

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