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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

Uberbah Re:Consent of the Governed (144 comments)

The US is a Republic, not a direct democracy.

He didn't say it was. If you think Republic and Democracy are incompatible, you don't understand either term.

The US is an oligarchy in rhetoric only, in reality it is a republic in which corporations can't vote but citizen can. Election still determine the composition of Congress and it is Congress that makes the laws, not corporations, even if corporations can and do influence the contents of various laws.

What kind of dumbfuckery is this? The bank bailouts alone make a very bad liar out of you. The mandate to purchase for-profit health insurance further pulls back the curtain to reveal that you've put on your clown shoes.

Again.

yesterday
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

Uberbah Re:Consent of the Governed (144 comments)

No. A free society mandates that the government be accountable. That requires the public to have some knowledge of the acts committed by the agents of said government. When the government must report to its citizens is a matter of debate.

And how do you propose to have this "accountability" if the actions are kept secret? You seem to be contradicting yourself.

yesterday
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Uberbah Re:yea no (320 comments)

And these students 'did a lot of things to get in trouble', like cheating on a test. WYP? All a prosecutor has to do is allege a TOS violation and threaten the students with prison if they don't cop a plea.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Uberbah Why does anyone listen to Libertarian Loons? (554 comments)

Every dollar taken away from a citizen to be spent by the lawmakers and bureaucrats, robs the citizen of his freedom to spend that money the way he would have chosen.

Civilization costs money, so why don't you guys just come out and say that you only want it for the rich and the bourgeois. The proles can all move out of their three bedroom apartments into Philippine-style shantytowns. No more public roads for them, nor education nor drinking water that can be used without boiling. Libertarianism = sociopathy + willful ignorance + greed.

Yeah, and so is the Postal Service â" despite raising its prices several-fold

Inflation. Google it.

Why can't those bridges and tunnels be privately owned and compete with each other?

Why don't you pull your head out of your ass and read up on the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Because you aren't going to get competition, you're going to get consolidation and monopoly rates. Standard Oil and railroad barons, Google them too.

about a week ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Uberbah Re:yea no (320 comments)

Complete and utter bullshit. Plagiarism does not commit a crime, period. Academic violation, yes. Institutional violation, yes. Intellectual violation, yes. Probably a workplace violation in some cases (though typically only if you create content for your employer intended for public consumption). But criminal violation? No, no, no.

That's easy enough to get around: all a prosecutor has to do is allege a Terms Of Service violation - like copying said code using the school's internet connection - and threaten you with prison....just ask Aaron Swartz.

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

Uberbah Re:Tempting (181 comments)

What you're overlooking is that Proposition 8 passed.

Because that's irrelevant? Eich is a homophobe who gave money to support discrimination - Prop 8's passage or failure is a non sequitur in that context.

about two weeks ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

Uberbah Re:Restating the obvious... (388 comments)

As much as nobody's answered the question as to what happens when bank tellers stuff 1,000,000 bills into duffel bags at the end of their shifts, sure.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Uberbah Re:A quick hug for civics (588 comments)

I'm a high school history teacher,

....who's never heard of the word "gerrymandering"? You're being disingenuous on one or the other.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:Republican gain a majority? (401 comments)

The filibuster isn't a law, it's a Senate rule....which the Senate can change any time via a simple majority vote. Obama is irrelevant here, and McConnell knows this....sounds like he's making excuses.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:News For Nerds? (401 comments)

You could get rid of first-past the post, and the banks would still have enough money and power to buy off all the parties - it's what's happened in Europe. When even the "Socialists" are backing austerity, you know the system has been rigged.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:The more things changes... (401 comments)

The problem with this chestnut is that it's actually the Executive branch that writes the budget and sends it to Congress. And that's following laws set up by Congress after Nixon refused to spend allocated funds.

So it's still the House's fault, and the GOP the hissy fitters, no?

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

And that means you're being willfully obtuse. In a representative democracy, explain why the party that gets the minority of the votes in a state ends up with the majority of the seats.

These districts weren't etched on tablets from Mt. Sinai, they're drawn by partisan ideologues, aided by software designed to screw over the opposing party as much as possible.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

Because he's a European Socialist, and believes in mob rule.

"Mob rule": where the poor people actually have a say in their governance, as opposed to a tiny number of elitists calling all the shots.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:Six Years Ago (401 comments)

And you act as if the Democrats have never done such things.

You act as if the "Billy did it first" defense is anything other than a cop out. Hint: it's not.

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:Popular vote stats are trivia, not meaningful (401 comments)

That is actually just trivia since neither side is trying to achieve the popular vote....Losing sides like to bring up irrelevant statistics to console the fans.

Translation....nothing to see here with this gerrymandering, move along citizen. GOP-run legislature in Texas draws the maps so the party that got 56% of the vote gets 75% of the seats in Congress? Pay no attention to the gerrymandering behind the curtain!

about three weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

Uberbah Re:Here in Michigan, the Governor's race is the ne (401 comments)

And, how quickly he moved the city through bankruptcy.

Had to try and sell off all that public art before someone could try and stop it.

Detroit had been run into the ground through massive corruption and democratic policies.

NAFTA, for short. Not the fault of the people or politicians of Detroit that their economy was gutted by sellout officals in D.C.

And now you're going to complain that someone cleaned up the mess?

Snyder has found some magic way to deal with the cities massive contraction in population? A way to deal with all the abandoned buildings while maintaining services to the people still living there? No? Then what are you talking about?

about three weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Uberbah Re:my company lowered wages and all they get are h (284 comments)

No, mostly because people like you work hard to keep cheap good from being importated.

On some planet where every product in Wal-Mart and every piece of electronics isn't already made in China?

Why, yes, we're getting there

Why, how many of those immigrants are being paid $200k a year to replace corporate executives pulling in 8 figures a year? What does Larry Ellison do for $100 - $200 million every 12 months that a team of Ph.d's from Bangladesh wouldn't do for a million, total?

about three weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Uberbah Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

Public sector workers have protections that workers in private industry don't, such as the many protections in civil service.

What does that have to do with them needing unions? Are you arguing from a position of crab mentality?

Public sector unions have long had a powerful influence in politics, influencing both the taxes that pay their wages and policy.

Which is relatively insignificant next to the combined power of banks, corporations, and tax cut jihadists.

Now public sector unions have inflated wages and benefits for the public sector so that they increasingly have greater stability, better benefits, and equal or higher wages than similar jobs in the private sector.

An honest days pay for an honest days work, with health and retirement plans that aren't a complete scam for Wellpoint and Wells Fargo? Yup, Crab Mentality.

about three weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

Uberbah Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

No, because he knew it would turn into exactly what it turned into: a mutual feedback loop between politicians and unions, with very little restraining growth in numbers or benefits, unlike private sector unions.

On some other planet where politicians from both parties aren't fans of union busting? Where even "liberal" states don't their budgets in favor of tax cuts for the rich? Where bus drivers make as much as defense contractors, and their pay and benefits haven't been slashed in the name of "shared sacrifice"?

Like most worker-hating talking points, this one is based on nothing more than wishful dumbfuckery.

about three weeks ago

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