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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

digsbo Re:Can't you teabaggers (220 comments)

From what I read when I was into jazz biographies, it absolutely has meaning beyond sociology. There were all sorts of hierarchies within the "one drop" gene pool having to do with trying to be at the top of the non-white heap. Hell, in my lifetime, only maybe 15 years ago, I witnessed a black woman I was hanging with (who had medium-light skin) look across the bar at a very dark skinned man and make an extremely negative comment about it. Her white boyfriend didn't skip a beat and said to her, "Well now, that's the pot calling the kettle black." She was not amused.

yesterday
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

And yet, there are multiple people in this thread continuing to argue that strawman. I really do not know what is wrong with these people's thought processes. I believe these folks mean well, but WTF?

2 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

Government bailouts of big banks are NOT a feature of free markets. Big banks failures that put the banks out of business ARE a feature of free markets. Banks making bad bets can happen in either scenario.

2 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

Oh, you took took "libertarian" and "retard" and put them together. You're smart. Now, explain to me in what FREE MARKET is there an incentive for private firms to bail out banks for making bad loans? That you can't see that only in a market with SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION AND BIG BANK FAVORITISM would that happen indicates a severe problem in your perception.

2 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

digsbo Re: Slashdot too huh? (1219 comments)

You two stop this reasonable discussion right now. This is unacceptable behavior.

2 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

digsbo Re:this would expose an enormous state secret. (246 comments)

The budget always goes up in times of emergency, and always goes down after. But in the long run it never goes back to the level it was before the emergency.

2 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

digsbo Re:this would expose an enormous state secret. (246 comments)

Clinton did have kind of a boom economy and a more legitimately conservative Congress that helped with that, but I agree - someone like Bush II would have found a way to screw it up. I'm not arguing with your point, but want to bring the other factors into consideration.

2 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

digsbo Re:this would expose an enormous state secret. (246 comments)

This is the fantastic reductio ad absurdum approach I take when neocon relatives talk about war being good for the economy. I say, well, if that's the case, lets just leave out the killing, and build munitions and planes and then destroy them.

2 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

After repeated bailouts, they didn't have to. It was largely assumed that the boys' club would take care of each other. And indeed it has, for TBTF banks that received bailouts enjoyed discounts on their interbank borrowing after they were bailed out, because their creditors knew the central bank would make good on any bad loans. Small banks actually operate at a disadvantage because the assumption is they WON'T get bailed out unless they're big enough for "systemic risk". Also, the whole Federal Reserve fractional system is designed for the benefit of banks (and also to facilitate deficits).

2 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

Yeah, I saw your reference to MMT.

3 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

I think the fact that the land line providers were granted privileges (right of way, regulatory capture) by the government is a good example of what I referring to in my original post. Your apparent lack of comprehension is a pretty good example of the kind of behavior I was describing precisely in the second sentence.

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

digsbo Re:Slashdot too huh? (1219 comments)

There is a growing movement to put people in one of three categories: victim, victimizer, or champion of the oppressed (not my idea, found it here). Once people have a mindset that you have to be in one of those three buckets, there are no gray areas.

3 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Re:Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

No one I know says this.

You hang out with people who have more than typical insight, then. I hear a lot of this kind of thing from people. Mostly, but not exclusively, who are left-leaning, and who also blame the banking crisis on "the free market".

3 days ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

digsbo Crowding Out Effect (108 comments)

It's funny that when a free-market proponent says government monopolization of some good or service "crowds out" for-profit competition we get called names. It's also funny that when we point out that these companies with government sanctioned monopolies aren't really operating in a free-market environment we get accused of using the "no true scotsman" fallacy.

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

digsbo Re:No inherent meaning to this event (1219 comments)

In the case of sexism there is a lot of evidence to suggest that it runs through society itself. To be clear Anita doesn't blame individuals most of the time, she merely points out that a lot of it is the result of tropes and cultural baggage. ... She does have a point though, there are things in our society and shared culture that are sexist, and by being aware of them we can at least try to change them.

Maybe that's true. The problem is I'm seeing a lot of this directed at tech and gamer communities, and I see a huge bias there because these same people don't offer any kind of vocal opposition to the rampant misogyny, antisocial behavior, and glorification of violence in, say, rap videos and "Fuck Bitches" stickers I see on cars owned by lower class young males. Which makes me think this isn't about misogyny at all, but rather victim politics, and seeing an opportunity to scream at privileged white males.

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

digsbo Re:No inherent meaning to this event (1219 comments)

Yes, and, I think it is an interesting thought experiment to take that small minority of bad actors from Ferguson who rioted, and see what would happen if we publicly blamed ALL the black protesters for their actions. Then you can see how silly it is, to say we have a "culture of misogyny", when really we just have some individual people who act in an antisocial and sometimes illegal manner. Blame the offenders, not some arbitrary group they are part of.

4 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

digsbo Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (613 comments)

You're cherry-picking information to attack libertarians, and your argument is flawed. Perhaps you forgot about the Japanese during WWII, or maybe the fact that state nullification of Federal laws was first used to protect people being pursued under the Fugitive Slave Act.

Or maybe the racist federal war on drugs: "Since the 1980s, federal penalties for crack were 100 times harsher than those for powder cocaine, with African Americans disproportionately sentenced to much lengthier terms.".

5 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

digsbo Re:Official Vehicles (257 comments)

As long as you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Now bend over.

5 days ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

digsbo Re:Burners (76 comments)

There are trackable numbers for the SIM AND the phone itself. I believe it was IMEI in GSM phones. It's been a few years since I was in telecom, but I'm sure UMTS has something analogous.

about a week ago
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Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

digsbo Re:Guilty (102 comments)

Of course, that's BS, because two wrongs don't make a right. But the new charge is the subject of the story, and that's really what I was getting at.

about a week ago

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