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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Vitriol+Angst Simple Solution: everyone goes (387 comments)

Instead of a lottery or affirmative action -- why don't we let everyone have higher education who wants it.

This country progressed with the GI bill and letting a lot of people who wouldn't otherwise afford college go. And we could do the same for trade schools. You only have to pay for education if you leave the country.

It's the reverse of the "H1-B Visa" where businesses don't pay for education in the USA and import people who got educations paid for by their countries.

1 hour ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Vitriol+Angst Re:Weird decision (451 comments)

Scalia dissented from an opinion where a right to innocence is removed? That's a surprise.

I can only assume that Thomas and Scalia take turns being "the bad guy" so it doesn't always look like a slam dunk that they'll vote with fascism each and every time.

What would shock me is real thought and concern for citizens from the likes of Scalia and Thomas.

2 hours ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Vitriol+Angst Re:Uh... (451 comments)

Many police officers are quite certain of their ability to determine guilt or innocence; usually in direct relation to how much the person in front of them is pissing them off.

If it takes an "anonymous call" to make sure they get the bad guy they are 100% certain is bad -- then it's going to happen. There's already a drop bag and a drop gun for mistakes. Now there's going to be the burner phone.

Is America falling apart because we don't have enough poor people in prison or enough bankers in prison?

2 hours ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Vitriol+Angst Re:Uh... (451 comments)

No a lawyer, but I thought "probable cause" was that the original CAUSE for the police stop and search has to be legit. If you can't arrest the driver for "forcing someone off the road" then anything found after that wasn't supported by the search.

Or maybe I'm living in a fantasy world. I'm just not too enthused to live in a country where the "right to imprison" supersedes the right to liberty. Pot shouldn't be against the law -- but it is, because of stupidity and it means we have to buy a lot of anti depressants to compensate.

But really, society isn't breaking down because we don't have enough people in prison. A person should be a real menace to society in order to justify the government taking away their liberty. Prison is a sick, sad place. And I don't want to make this an easy process for the state.

2 hours ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Vitriol+Angst Re:I Pay (327 comments)

What people don't realize here is how efficient Comcasts business model is; They create a problem and some company that uses their network pays them to resolve it -- no in-between muss and fuss and no need to involve the customer.

If Comcast can grow larger, they can create more toll booths on their digital superhighway to guarantee that people who use their network a lot, pay for it a lot.

If we all buy Comcast stock, we'll make a bundle and be able to afford to move to a country that isn't putting up with this fascist shit.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Vitriol+Angst Re:Not possible (422 comments)

Ideally, a lot of ways that people avoid taxes would be to put money into endeavors that help society.

The MOST important thing is election reform and getting rid of all the pro corporate rulings of the Roberts Court -- those fascists have turned this country into an Oligarchy so tax law will become increasingly jury-rigged in favor of cheaters and not creators.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Vitriol+Angst Re:What the tax form should look like (422 comments)

I agree that we should have a simple tax --- and it could look like that, but it would also need Progressive taxation -- and perhaps no taxes on people below the Median income. There is no way to have a Democracy if you do not redistribute wealth -- a point that will become very clear to everyone if we allow our current pooling of money with the top .1%.

The other issue here is -- we have to do something about the jobs this would remove. If you think that "make work" is wrong and our society is all about efficiency -- then you probably have one of the few jobs that is essential. Teachers, builders, doctors -- those are some of the "must have" jobs. I worked in marketing doing multimedia -- I only have a job because there isn't one company providing the product (and thus efficiency). Competition does lead to better products -- but it's very wasteful, why have two or more companies? Advertising is a large expense -- and it produces nothing. It does not really inform, it merely drowns out mindshare of other companies.

The fact is that MOST employment is created by government regulation and artificial rules of the game -- like not having monopolies.

If there were no complex taxes -- you don't need all the accountants -- much less TurboTax. But you also lose a lot of other professionals involved in this process. If you have no pollution controls -- then you don't need scrubbers and technicians to build them. It's more efficient to have only trains and houses set up on a grid -- you don't need people to build and service cars.

So yes -- make taxes simpler and fairer -- but we also have to have ways for people to be employed and that requires government -- it's really sad that the people who propose free market everything don't notice the cesspools on this planet where there are no rules for the game.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

Vitriol+Angst Re:Another thing (135 comments)

Then we have the people who don't get that concern over nuclear war prevented nuclear war and concern over ozone depletion pushed laws to reduce ozone depletion. We have an overabundance of people NOT listening to the sirens because they don't trust the smoke alarm.

The problem is if there is NO MONEY going to research -- there won't be enough people trained in the science because selfishly, they want to eat and raise families while doing their job.

Companies are perfectly happy to make billions a year pimping new formulations of old drugs or cough medicine -- next year's innovation; Avocado flavor! Evidenced by the fact that there is more spent on marketing at most drug companies than research.

about two weeks ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Vitriol+Angst Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

They've gone after him -- for everything but actual offenses to the Constitution.

Benghazi, birth certificates, communism -- it's not his fault the alleged opposition party has bad aim.

about two weeks ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

Vitriol+Angst Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

Well, we've only got two thorns for a fact at the moment -- it's kind of sad when you get a Nobel Prize for just doing your job. Kind of like Obama getting the Nobel Prize for Peace for just not being George Bush.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Vitriol+Angst Re:Kami-sama Robots (80 comments)

As soon as we get requests for the self-help books to be converted into binary -- we will know "Singularity is Go!"

about two weeks ago
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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

Vitriol+Angst I like this idea Japan! (80 comments)

It's great that they are forward looking and value craftsmanship.

In the USA, we are now stealing jobs from Canada -- because we are so awesome!
http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

Oh wait -- no, they just underbid Canadian workers who were bending over backwards in negotiations to keep Caterpillar jobs -- after they won the contract from workers in Georgia. Next, India will likely "win" the contract as they underbid Wisconsin even with the ever lower wages.

I've already paid for my college education -- so I still have THAT advantage over a robot.

about two weeks ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Vitriol+Angst Re:Give up your nukes! (304 comments)

This might provoke countries to lie about their nuclear ambitions!

What's next, fabricating attacks so that you can have a rationale to go to war???? !!!
Or will Allan Greenspan discover that Wall Street has greedy people? The world is waiting with baited breath.

about two weeks ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Vitriol+Angst Let the pandering begin! (304 comments)

Companies will likely be influenced by economics decisions when displaying who Crimea belongs to. The same thing happened to Taiwan -- you see it on a map in China and it's part of China; http://www.computerworld.com/s...

about two weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Vitriol+Angst Re:Compete on Price (88 comments)

This is a clear example of Fascism in action.

The #1 Bookseller uses the Justice System to guarantee it's success when the marketplace alone does not. I wonder if the Justice Department had an impulse to step in and preserve competition in the marketplace -- or if it went away when money changed hands.

about a month ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Vitriol+Angst Re:Legal Action Hasn't Worked (88 comments)

So in this case, the Justice department swoops in to punish the one group preventing Amazon from owning the ebook market as a monopoly.

I love WalMart prices folks, but Amazon was going to own this whole game. WalMart prices go up, you'll notice, in areas where there are no other big competitors. If the #1 Bookseller has cheaper books and doesn't have the Agency Model -- then how the Hell is Apple price fixing?

Apple's prices sucked and most people were not going to buy from them unless they had plenty of money and liked the convenience. They had no other "retailer" they were fixing prices with. Now, you could say the Agency Model itself is price fixing (it is, in a way) but that would mean it would be the booksellers setting prices for all the outlets.

The judgement in this case is exactly opposite of what was threatening the marketplace. It's either Amazon's capturing the market with low prices or the book publishers forcing the price higher -- so they blamed Apple who colluded with nobody but the publishers own pricing model???

about a month ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Vitriol+Angst Re:At least it's on our side! (123 comments)

Reducing the governments "size" isn't the issue. Most of the money collected is used for real things and goes into the pockets of real people -- like retiring or sick folks. Do we have to point out that we've got roads and electronics now and that "infrastructure" is more involved than clearing a path for a horse to poop on?

We need transparent government and no secret is a good secret. If something cannot be explained to the public -- it should not be done. We need real representation and election reform.

The problem is not the size -- it's the corruption. You translating this issue into your pet libertarian solution has nothing to do with the actual problem. Wealth disparity and representation; Everything flows from that. If I don't have money my vote is pointless.

Reduce the Federal Government and who builds the roads and redistributes the wealth? The States won't because they will compete with each other to give the wealthy and business a "better deal." The marketplace won't, because without enforcement and regulation, money always pools and you end up with one company providing all of one good or service and maximizing scarcity, not efficiency.

Government gets it's power from the Citizens IF there is representative Democracy -- if there isn't -- then government tends not to give a fuck what the population wants. That's the same here as it is in Russia.

about a month ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Vitriol+Angst Re:Which side are you on? (123 comments)

"After Snowden" -- people didn't call me a conspiracy theorist for saying what Snowden revealed. That's the main difference for me.

about a month ago
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Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Vitriol+Angst Re:At least it's on our side! (123 comments)

I'm sure someone might also notice that a lot of dart boards have pictures of a billionaire or banker on them, rather than Saddam Hussein or Bin Laden.

We've grown up a bit and the same old tricks won't work again.

about a month ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Vitriol+Angst Re:Soundex Algorithm (275 comments)

True that.

I still note how the Democrats and Republicans are so divisive, but when it came to the "Military Enabling Act" (I forget it's official name) well, the Dems and Reps got together late on a Friday night and passed a bill that could make a person "not a citizen" based upon suspicions of un-American activity.

We all get swept up in the rancor of the Dog and Pony show, and behind the scenes, Congress can show quick, bi-partisan coordination. If it helps you and me; then it's going to be controversial. If it empowers them and helps their benefactors -- it happens quickly and without a fight.

about a month ago

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