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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

buybuydandavis Re:The fuck?! (330 comments)

Yes, the Fed can basically print money, which is a crime called counterfeiting when done by anyone else.

And that's your solution to the crime of the progressive kleptocracy of Detroit - a crime against the nation as a whole by the Federal kleptocracy.

Someone's not insolvent if they have cash flows? Really? If you owe a billion dollars, but have cash flow of 1 dollar a day, you're "solvent"? You must be a government accountant. Ah! An accountant for Detroit City Government! Mystery solved!

2 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

buybuydandavis Re:The fuck?! (330 comments)

In the fifties, Detroit was one of the most prosperous cities in America, but after half a century of one party progressive government, starting in 1962, it is a bankrupt toilet.

"Detroit bet". No, the corrupt kleptocracy ruling Detroit made that bet.

And now that the Detroit tax base has dried up, you want a bailout from national tax payers to keep the kleptocracy going. Typical. That's the way the Takers always see it - there will always be someone else to shake down and rob.

2 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

buybuydandavis Re:medical industry = rent seeking (285 comments)

"all those nasty government regulations came about because people were getting fleeced..."

Are you really enough of a buffoon to believe that?

I'd note that if the concern were really about getting fleeced, fraud has been both criminally and civilly actionable for a long long time.

2 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

buybuydandavis Re:The fuck?! (330 comments)

Isn't that what liberals always do, if only metaphorically?

See Detroit for details.

3 days ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

buybuydandavis more elected than governments (240 comments)

Everyone gets a choice on whether to use them everyday, which is much more than anyone can say about government.

3 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

buybuydandavis medical industry = rent seeking (285 comments)

This shouldn't come as a big surprise.

You'll routinely pay 10x or 100x markup for all that lovely FDA "protection". If only the mafia were providing health care, I'm sure their "protection" wouldn't be quite so pricey.

Medicine is all about information technology and customization. The prices of these things have been coming done exponentially, but medical prices still go up. Why? Because fuck you, that's why. Because they can. Because with medicine, the link between your money and your life is more direct than usual, therefore those with the guns can rob you like any mugger would, taking every last penny in your pocket. Would you rather be dead? No? Then you'll fork over whatever they say. They make competition with the government approved rent seekers illegal, then say "pay up or die". It's a great racket.

3 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

buybuydandavis Re:The power of EULAs only goes so far (216 comments)

Like locks on a door, this is only to deter the casual litigant. It wouldn't stand up in court, but if someone was to express an interest in suing, GM would reply with "you signed a document saying you wouldn't", and that would be good enough for 99% of the brainless slugs.

This.

I'd guess that almost all contracts aimed directly at people without legal representation - customers and employees - contain clauses that would be thrown out in court. The point isn't to be legal, it's to bully people who don't know any better.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

buybuydandavis Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

You are only affected insofar as the US might be unable to provide its current level of services at their current price, and are free to renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere.

Federal debt operates just like limited liability corporations debt would, in this sense.

No, I am affected to the extent that the government has guns and will use them against me if I don't fork what they decide I owe them.

Not exactly like a limited liability corporation, as few of them have the firepower to shake down hundreds of millions of people to pay their debt.

I'm free to leave? How kind of you! Where am I free to move *to*? Anywhere that I could actually be free from the Tax Ranchers? I thought not.

The Tax Ranchers have the guns. Today. May not always be the case.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

buybuydandavis Re:What if we overcorrect? (342 comments)

It's a far cry from the life of a typical family trying to settle, say, Western Kentucky in 1814, where dying young (if you were lucky enough to make it to adulthood in the first place) was pretty damned common. ...they did get to see more stars at night, though.

Try going to some old cemetery in the plains states and look at how many gravestones mark children under 5. I was tracking my family history and found the family site. Early 1900s, there were a number of children with headstones.

Civilization is a fine thing.

about a week ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

buybuydandavis Re:But they will not (342 comments)

With the way that china does things, there is ZERO chance that they will change anything. Heck, they continue to expand with 2 new coal plants each WEEK.
 

There is a chance - new technology that is cheaper.

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

buybuydandavis Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

What is the federal debt, but inherited debt?

about a week ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

buybuydandavis Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

They can be held accountable because fuck you, that's why.

Since when does the government need to justify a shakedown? You got money. They got guns. Guess who wins.

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

buybuydandavis Re:Gotta board this train soon (432 comments)

What model predicted the current and ongoing pause in warming?

about two weeks ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

buybuydandavis Re:Fuck the FAA (218 comments)

Maybe the government should take a look at their own drone safety record.

Silly goose, their drones are *supposed* to kill people.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

buybuydandavis Re:Smart move, loser. (218 comments)

But jailing the leaders and organizers is enough.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

buybuydandavis Re:Fuck the FAA (218 comments)

The entire concept of freedom in the US is that we are free to do whatever unless a law stops us or we encroach on others freedoms. It is not that we have to look to some government authority for permission when they have nothing banning or barring it.

Where's can I buy a bus ticket to your fantasy land?

In the real world, they'll fuck you even after they've given you permission. Because fuck you, that's why.

about two weeks ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

buybuydandavis Ah, the joys of getting old (432 comments)

Any other old geezers remember just *who* it was that put the kibosh on the general use of nuclear power in the US?

Are we ever going to get an "oopsie, so sorry" from all the environmentalists who squashed the US nuclear power industry? Who have fought fracking tooth and nail, while it has been the prime enabler of decreasing US carbon emissions?

about two weeks ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

buybuydandavis Gotta board this train soon (432 comments)

Because if Gaia continues to refuse to cooperate with climate models, the gig will be up and we'll never be able to squash the little economic freedom people have left.

about two weeks ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

buybuydandavis Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Note that no *advantage* was cited for white males, only a disparate outcome.

about two weeks ago

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