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Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 307

Ars Technica allows 30 minutes, I believe, and it doesn't seem to be abused. People that reply will quote the bit they reply to so it's clear what they refer to anyway.

So how about 30 minutes editing window, and a quick, one-button-press to quote the parent post? Just to encourage people to include the original bits in their replies?

For added protection you could colour the edited text in dark purple, say, just to make it clear to people what has been edited?

Comment Re: Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 334

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 2) 334

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) 334

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:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 2, Insightful) 334

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:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 334

Protesting, and calling anyone who complains a bigot, racist or homophobe = part of the process of freedom of political speech = part of society's rules for the process of change.

I never said it wasn't. But I also noticed that you left out "rioting, blocking roads ...." all criminal acts included in my original comment, that gave a more complete context to my point, rather than the cherry picked version you responded with. I can't even give you 1/10 for that, because ignoring the bits you don't like, is EXACTLY the problem we're talking about here, on a wider view.

you can riot, block roads, protest, or simply ignore the actual laws, and call anyone who complains a bigot, racist, homophobe ..

"or simply ignore the actual laws" there as if it follows from all the other items on your list, when in fact "riot" is the only one it clearly applies to.

Actually, I didn't slip it in there, it was purposeful and you failed to even grasp why I would have included. We have lots of laws on the books, regarding how Immigration is supposed to happen in our country. Our Current President is simply ignoring those laws, and anyone who disagrees is called "Racist" for wanting the laws enforced. We also have "sanctuary cities" where criminal illegal aliens (those that have committed OTHER crimes) are protected by the local city from Federal Immigration law, simply because the city doesn't like those laws. If you oppose these cities granting "Sanctuary" status to Criminals, you're called "Racist" or "Bigot". Which is kind of funny, because the ONLY reason they are protected is because of their skin color. Any other person would be tossed in jail or otherwise deported, except for their skin color.

As for name calling, it works on most people, and especially the current generation of snowflakes who take offense to just about everything, including being "traumatized" by chalk marks on sidewalks. However, I don't give a shit what people call me on the internet. Name calling is what liberals do when they can't actually win on facts.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 0) 334

Moral equivocation. And Dick Cheney didn't out anyone.

BUT as long as you're talking about "outing" someone in an intelligence community, then I assume you think Hillary's Private Email Server is much much worse, since, it was likely compromised by foreign intelligence, and DID have secrets in it so sensitive that the Inspector General investigating had to get Special Clearance, as did member of congress, to see what she was emailing to people.

But you probably don't even know about this, because the press thinks Melania's speech was so much more worse than Hillary Clinton's irresponsible actions as SoS.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 0, Flamebait) 334

Society has rules, you don't have to agree with them, just follow them. There is a process to change them if you don't like them...

Unless you're a leftwing liberal, then you can riot, block roads, protest, or simply ignore the actual laws, and call anyone who complains a bigot, racist, homophobe ....

The problem is that we have accepted, in a large number of cases, ignoring laws we don't like, and people think that is how it is supposed to work for all laws. You cannot say we are going to ignore laws we don't like, and at the same time want people to uphold / follow laws we like, but they don't.

Besides, we now have a new class of laws, Laws that apply only to the little people, and don't apply to people with enough power and influence.

You can't have it both ways.

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

Except, of course, in the 38% of states who have laws that "protect" incumbent franchise holders and make it harder for municipalities to do that.

The Municipalities don't have to compete with the service providers, just provide the transport layer (Layer 1-2) for use by the ISPs.

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