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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

Catbeller Re:Obama's a lame duck (141 comments)

A President will be allowed to increase the power of the loose confederacy of those really in charge. Never to decrease. You think Presidents run the US? They're just executives, not kings.

about a week ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

Catbeller You want those 5 Know-nothings to rule on this?? (141 comments)

Don't let those five smug-n-stupid white men rule on any - ANY - matter until one of them dies and we can fix the Reagan/Bush stacking. Wait. Don't let them set precedents. Avoid engagement. They can wreck the future of the human race, as the US is pretty much ruling the world.

about a week ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

Catbeller Um. Who exactly is attacking? (29 comments)

We can't pay poor people a few bucks to eat, but we've infinite cash for surveillance and war. Who the hell is threatening us with chemicals? The US had THE stockpiles of nerve toxins on this planet. We still haven't gotten rid of it all. And for what did we make enough poison to wipe out all life on earth a million times? We seem to be the biggest threat on the planet, by far.

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Catbeller Re:benevolent dictator. (319 comments)

Or don't pay your condo association fees for a month. Or homeowners association fees. They can confiscate.

There's no place in the world you can live where a bastard can't figure out a legal way to steal your home. Never was. Government or private. Remember the hundreds of thousands of faked refinance agreements that banks and capital groups used to steal people's homes in the last ten years? Got clean away with it. Kept the houses, too. We can't touch them anymore. Red handed, and they walked away with tiny fines.

The only defense against thieves? Live somewhere they don't want to live, or where they can't figure a way to rent your property for a good price. This is the new Gilded Age, and the bastards are just getting warmed up. We're gonna see what supercapital trillionaires are capable of in our lifetimes.

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Catbeller Re:Read your lease... (319 comments)

Nope. They won't. Renters are peons. No leverage. The leverage is money. Too many rich people, too many trust funds. Better for the landlords (capital funds will buy up the good units very soon now) to evict and replace with more affluent renters - or even better, write some new laws so the landlords can rent the units out at AirBnB prices themselves. Why not?

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Catbeller San Francisco is no longer an option for we peons (319 comments)

Really. Can't rent an apartment there, can't rent a hotel room there, can't breath the air there without a trust fund. Godz forbid we should find a way not to pay the rapacious owners of San Francisco even more money. No, this is not the way the free market goes, Rand Fans. This market will never be "free". It's monopoly of space. Space is limited. There's too much money in the city. Prices go up. Eventually the place is full of empty apartments owned by capital funds and by Saudi and Colombian investors, as London has shown us. Free for whom? No the people who live there, damn it. They're peons now.

Capital funds are now rolling up the apartments into securities now, and selling them on Wall Street as investments. Of course, surrounded by derivative bets. No chance of a crash there, eventually. And the complaints of a reduction if not elimination of maintenance are of course rolling in, 'cause that's what an unfree market does: charge you more for less and less.

Don't care about the laws. Laws are bought by the owners of the city, and we duck around them as best we can. If you are rich enough, you ignore the laws and pay the fines if they catch you. Or just buy a new law, just for you. The law is a joke. Contracts are a joke. We have no power to negotiate a better deal, so the hell with it.

Don't see an end to the hoovering up of the peon army's piggy banks any time soon. Students now owe a trillion dollars in student loans that most can never repay in their lifetimes, and additionally they'll have to live in cars or trucks when the rentiers start enforcing the limits on the number of people living in a single unit. Don't want those poor people in your neighborhood. And "poor" is a relative term. The middle class are starting to understand that they are the new "poor" now, in some places.

Where the hell are people gonna live? This is amusing. SF might become a true Randian paradise. A lost cause for 95+ per cent of the population. New York used to have rent control, and that might have saved SF from the upcoming years of rage; but "free" markets are the rule now. Let's see what happens. Vomit on the buses? That's the beginning. We're replaying the 1930's. Gonna have to start getting those private security forces, rich people. (Odd thing: if you've money, you tell your private police what to do. If you don't have capital, public police tell *you* what to do)

End result, less money from tourists, visitors and job seekers looking for a place to crash while finding their bearings. The rentiers don't care; they're rich anyway. Also, the people paying 4000 - FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH for their two bedroom can't make a little cash back. They can't buy the appropriate laws. Shrug. Lost cause here.

about a week ago
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Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Catbeller Another piece of failing equipment (518 comments)

Keep it simple stupid - an engineering principle that has been tossed out forever.

Another damned piece of electronics that will fail in less than seven years. Another piece of electronic junk with a thousand dollar replacement or repair price tag (dealer cost to you). More damned code that can fail. More maintenance costs. More power consumption. More holes in the shell to let rust in. Tech lust as engineering.

Geeze, let's not use a MIRROR. My side view mirror was just torn off by a speed-crazed yuppie - it cost me 23 bucks to replace it, good as new, from an eBay vendor. Shipping included.

the idea is to make damned sure that no new car will have a lifetime greater than seven to ten years. New cars, new debt without end. Cars as smart phones - unrepairable. Toss 'em out and get a new one will be the only option. The used car market will slowly shrivel and finally die when the last repairable car gets totaled.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller Re: What. (284 comments)

So? We constitutionally shipped back a liner of refugees back to Germany to die before WW II. "Constitutional" doesn't mean "moral". This is about right and wrong - concepts about which business law is devoutly silent.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller Re: The Founding Fathers are crying.. (284 comments)

You really don't understand what Baidu is. It's a fascist corporation teamed with the Chinese government to perception manage a billion people. It's not a plucky lemonade stand. It's not a business.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller Re:The Founding Fathers are crying.. (284 comments)

Thus, in libertarian heaven, all search engines are indeed private, so... everything you read and see and hear is subject to whatever the company owners collectively think you should. Tyranny, same as if they owned the roads you travel on.

"Sorry, My. Grumpy, but our manager informs that you are not welcome on Roads Numbers 456-780. Please remove your vehicle from our private property or we'll notify our private police force, which you'll notice have a laser battery pointed at you up above. And oh, yes, it seems you are banned on all competing roads in the area, just to give you a heads up. You must have got someone important angry over at corporate, ha ha. You know, watch what you say, watch what you do. Words to live by, indeed. We hope for your future patronage on the Richard Cheney Memorial Highway System, Incorporated. Have a nice day. Get out or get shot."

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller Re:14th Amendment (284 comments)

Doesn't mean you have to obey another country's laws, either. I'm looking at you, Yahoo.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller Re:The Founding Fathers are crying.. (284 comments)

A nation of business-addled fools blindly following their bosses' leads.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller So? (284 comments)

God handed the constitution to Jefferson on a mountain in the 1780's? The founders did not envision a private (government-controlled, for fuck's sake!) company controlling access to the world. They didn't have to. They didn't want to. They expected us to evolve and add more rights. They did not see the document as holy writ. They gave us the 9th amendment to slap us in the face with that fact. Rights exist whether or not the holy book explicitly enumerates those rights. So, fuck the constitution, as I am sure Jefferson would say. Fuck private company takeover of the world. Corporations are legal government-created fictions. They are OUR dogs. We are not theirs. HEEL, bitches.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller Corporations are a government entity (284 comments)

Corporation only exist by government fiat. They have no other existence and derive all rights from our common will through our laws. They are a game, a fiction, a cheat.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller that "interpretation" inserted by corrupt clerk (284 comments)

Shoved into a Supreme Court ruling by a former railroad trust lobbyist turned Supreme Court clerk using his unique position. Never was our choice.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller And if you own the only microphone? (284 comments)

In China is there is only one microphone. Sucks to be the rest of the universe, I guess.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

Catbeller The same place we get all our rights (284 comments)

The right to force a business which has sole control (in China) of access to the world's news and uses that access to control the populations' perception? That right comes from our ass. Same as the rights to free speech, freedom to assemble, freedom not to be killed like a dog on the street if some business deems it necessary. There are no "rights" other than those we seize for ourselves, never have been. Rights are artificial and we buy them with intelligence, sweat, and blood.
We do not derive our rights from a "piece of paper", as Bush dismissively called it, but from our collective will. The constitution of the United States is not a holy book. It was a flawed piece of work, as its writers understood. That's why they crafted the 9th Amendment: rights enumerated in the document are not the static and only rights of man. Other rights exist, and they left that open for future generations to define.
The writers lived in houses without communications systems. They walked or rode horses. Corporations did not really exist. They did not envision a world in which mega-sized non-human non-governmental essentially lawless and untouchable and unfindable entities would seize control of the news outlets and "privately" censor the world.
NO. They would not approve of that and neither should anyone else. They'd kill to stop it.
A world of "private" businesses controlling our spaces, communications, food, water and employment is a feudal oligopoly. We did not build our country only to finally grant utter tyranny to rich Randian collectivists we can't even begin to overthrow because they don't physically exist. Hell, they have their own private police and armies to protect them from overthrow.
Take the right or live in hell. Your choice. Unless, of course, you're planning on cooperating with the new world order and being one of the bosses.

about three weeks ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

Catbeller Re: Greenspan's right (516 comments)

Ayn Rand.

about a month ago

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Tesla car log: NYT writer Broder lied

Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  about a year ago

Catbeller writes "Tesla has posted the driving log of the Tesla driven by NYT writer John Broder: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/most-peculiar-test-drive, and it is a hell of a tale. He sped. He turned up the heat. He undercharged. He passed a charging station. He CIRCLED a charging station, apparently to drain the battery. He detached from the chargers when he was woefully undercharged, against advice. He never ran out of power. He seems to have intentionally, maliciously tried to make that car run out of power — and he failed. The car overperformed and gave him more range than the specs indicate, despite the abuse. Let's get this liar fired, kids."
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Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Catbeller (118204) writes "From the "There's Your Smoking Gun Department": The AP is reporting that one Randy Wooten, mayoral candidate for Waldenburg Arkansas — a town of eighty people — discovered that the electronic voting system hadn't registered the one vote he knew had been cast for him, because he cast it himself. The Machine gave him zero votes. That would be an error rate of 3%, counting the actual votes cast — 18 and 18 for a total of 36. For those who haven't quite gotten the concept of e-voting, we have this quote:
Poinsett County Election Commissioner Junaway Payne said the issue had been discussed but no action taken yet. "It's our understanding from talking with the secretary of state's office that a court order would have to be obtained in order to open the machine and check the totals," Payne said. "The votes were cast on an electronic voting machine, but paper ballots were available."
Yep. Get the screwdrivers out, time to find that missing vote!"

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