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Comment Re:Day 4 executive order. (Score 3, Informative) 992

If Trump actually issued that order, I'd be on board. Instead he's expressed the desire to jail and strip citizenship of flag burners. Anybody who passed high school civics should see the problem with that. I was actually shocked to find out that SCOTUS ruled 5 to 4 that flag desecration is protected speech. So yeah, nevermind the abortion thing. We could actually end up with authoritarians on the court who don't care much for free speech.

Comment Reddit hasn't been known for free speech... (Score 1) 226

Reddit hasn't been known for free speech for quite some time. I've only been on it for less than two years, and in that time we saw the banning of Coontown and other offensive groups. Not that I endorse the content of those groups; but if you're going to hold yourself out as a bastion of free speech, you have to at least allow anything that's legal and AFAIK the mere existence of the offensive groups wasn't illegal.

Aside from that, there was an alleged astro-turfing campaign sponsored by Hillary's campaign. There is little rhyme or reason to what gets promoted to the front page, which indicates to me that even if the site itself is free, the strings are being pulled by SEO types and/or people who have simply learned how to game the system for karma. That kind of thing can make the site effectively less than free--burying important ideas and events beneath a well-crafted cat meme.

Comment Re:You buy what you value (Score 1) 193

What you buy, at what price, is an objective measure of what you REALLY value.

No it isn't. I value air but I've never paid a cent for it. Now if circumstances were different I would be willing to pay quite the exorbitant price for air, but as things stand now not a cent. Because, you see, even the most valuable things can and do have a market value of zero when they are freely available in abundance.

Comment Re:Some exact dollar costs to save lives (Score 1) 193

Installing fire sprinklers in 100,000 homes will cost $600 million and save about 6 lives. ($10 million per life). Should we do that?

Does your answer change when you find out that by instead spending that $600 million educating kids and encouraging healthy habits we'd save about 25,000 times as many lives, from heart disease and similar killers? ($4,000 per life).

Seems to me that both those things cost the same amount of money. Are you agreeing with the OP that price and value are not the same, that you can't measure a thing's value by its price?

Comment Electoral college should choose *Bernie Sanders (Score 2) 1424

The electoral college has two jobs:
1) To allow smaller states to override the popular vote (hence why those states get extra electoral college votes)
2) To pick a good candidate

If the electoral college is going to overrule the will of the voters in the states, then they should pick a good candidate. Hillary and Trump may have won a lot of votes, but can you honestly say either of them would make the best president? Hell no! It's a sad fact that the people best qualified to be president are not the best people qualified to run for president. The best president we could have is probably someone most of us have never heard of, and that is who the electoral college ought to make president.

* Just one example that I feel would make a better president than either Hillary or Trump, but surely there's better people that I haven't heard of.

Comment Re:Of Course (Score 1) 434

Yes, it is about free speech. The only free speech is anonymous speech, because only then are there no consequences. For non-anonymous speech, the more people fear consequences, the more they will self-censor. I'm not saying there shouldn't be consequences for speech, only pointing out that such consequences make people less free to speak their minds.

Comment Trump picks advisor willing to call rules stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 313

It seems Trumps new advisor is willing to call out stupid rules and even refuse to follow them (no idea if these were laws or internal policy). He seems to have done this stuff during the presidencies of Bush and Obama, and eventually got fired but not criminally prosecuted. I'm not familiar enough with the rules he broke to know whether they are laws, nor whether they are stupid. But he does seem like a good match for Trump.

Comment Re:Lets call Bullshit (Score 1) 297

No bullshit nor conspiracy. A lot of people want a more open election process, including verifiable voting machines and always having at least a few random recounts. But apparently for a recount to happen on of the candidates needs to request it, and Hillary doesn't want to (she would look like a sore loser and a hypocrite). But if we can't have random recounts we can at least ask someone with the authority to request one.

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