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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

erikkemperman Re:Oh yippie (123 comments)

Take a look at his comments.. I don't think I've ever seen anyone so consistently moderated -1. Personally I think he's on some kind of long term false-flag crusade to discredit conservatives. But, if you like this sort of thing, there are some real gems in there:

As for Jesus, I hope the Koch brothers will help bring Him to California, forcibly if necessary.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

erikkemperman Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

What you have just described is the sole and singular reason corporations were formed in the first place. That is to limit the risk to an investor to the amount of money they have put into it. ie the value of the stocks they hold.

No, limited liability is a rather newer invention than incorporation. Only by about a millennium and a half.

about two weeks ago
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US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

erikkemperman Re:Well yeah (123 comments)

Wait, is this still about their refusal to support, much less join, the invasion of Iraq? Because they felt the reasons given were lies? Even though the U.S. threatened that when the time came for it spend Iraqi money on "reconstruction" they would exclusively source from fellow warmongers?

I'm not sure how you could've possibly missed this -- but it turned out they were right.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

erikkemperman Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

Having missed that story, it seems to center around a calculation of needed energy if the whole planet displayed circa-2010 American consumption within two decades. That is, as far as I can tell at a glance, without accounting for improved efficiency of power generation, storage, distribution, and use.

Setting aside the question of whether the rest of the planet actually aspires to US consumption patterns (which I think are widely perceived as unnecessarily wasteful) the submission you linked to says

Economists and energy experts shy away from issues of equity and morality, but climate change and environmental justice are inseparable: It's impossible to talk intelligently about climate without discussing how to distribute limited energy resources.

Which seems reasonable to me. Certainly such considerations do not in any way shape or form proscribe some kind of return to the bronze age.

But yes, in cases where the wants of a few are at odds with the needs of many, I would argue the latter should prevail. Especially if it turns out that the few are disproportionately responsible for causing the problem.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

erikkemperman Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

Except that the "throw away Western civilization" is only ever thrown out there by the "do nothing" crowd as a caricature of progressive proposals. That said, there is ample precedence for the concept of you break it you pay for it, so some wealth redistribution is going to be a factor in most reasonable strategies.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

erikkemperman Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (295 comments)

I appreciate the effort, but it is pointless I'm afraid. I'm assuming that these folks actually mean well, in the sense that they genuinely believe that 97% of climate scientists are involved in some harebrained conspiracy ("green is the new red"). My point is that once that idea is firmly lodged into someone's mind, no amount of links to actual science is going to change their opinion. If anything, it'll just reaffirm it.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

erikkemperman Re:Leader quotation bingo (264 comments)

I think you may have misunderstood my post -- probably I wasn't sufficiently clear. That the real reasons for these policies is a "desire for control" is precisely what I was suggesting.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

erikkemperman Re:Leader quotation bingo (264 comments)

Ah, my bad, I had taken "that position" in your post to mean the position of the Crime Agency Boss mentioned in TFS, which is to say that security should trump freedom.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

erikkemperman Re:Leader quotation bingo (264 comments)

Of course. But when people who have literally led governments or armed forces can still maintain that position, any appeal to blind trust by an authoritarian government must surely demand a healthy degree of scepticism.

On the other hand, people who've been actually in charge of government and military units know better than most why "blind trust" is the only kind they can appeal to. They know the real reasons for these measures, and why the public must not.

about two weeks ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

erikkemperman Re:I'm looking now (134 comments)

What lead to a change in the Iraqi government was that Maliki refused to allow US troops to stay permanently. Word is the successor comes pre-agreed on that issue.

Meanwhile IS is the enemy in Iraq but somehow we're not supposed to notice that they are our allies in Syria. Who would have thought that they might use the same weapons we gave them in A suddenly in B?

And since they are additionally quite heavily funded mostly from Saudi Arabia, which is basically the most brutal theocratic dictatorship on the planet, not to mention our favorite client state in the region, killing IS supply lines really should just be a matter of saying the word.

about a month ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

erikkemperman Re:No (264 comments)

Crap, hit submit prematurely by accident. I wanted to point out that the "first world" qualifier is not even necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

erikkemperman Re:No (264 comments)

Actually, the drug addicts are the low hanging fruit, and the war on drugs is precisely why the US has imprisoned a far higher percentage of its population than any other first world nation.

about 2 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

erikkemperman Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

I think you will find most Muslims are not actually preoccupied with world domination. It is kind if like how the average American probably doesn't really support their government's foreign policy aimed at global hegemony, by any means, at any cost.

about 2 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

erikkemperman Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

US Defense budgets and military personnel strength are in steep decline and will be for years to come due to sequestration and other cuts.

I assume you mean the 2013 cuts -- those have been matched, basically dollar for dollar, by increasing the "temporary" budget for Afghanistan. US military spending remains outrageous, at about the level of the rest of the world put together.

The US was attacked on 9/11 because of existing religious extremism and anti-Americanism, not the other way around, the US didn't cause it.

Fundamentalism is a part of it, yes, but would never amount to anything like what we've seen were it not for widespread anti-US sentiments stemming from more pragmatic reasons, such as US foreign policy for the last, oh, seven decades. 911 was a scandalous crime, no doubt about it, but to state that it is completely unrelated to your own actions is patently false.

It is baffling how you could get such simple questions so wrong. Substituting slogans for facts and thinking?

Coming from someone who apparently still believes the Iraq war had anything to do with 911 other than rhetoric, and somehow still manages to delude himself that anti-American sentiment somehow thrives in complete isolation of its international posturing -- yeah, baffling is what that is.

about 2 months ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

erikkemperman Re:No (264 comments)

I think the point is that when the police are shooting people in great numbers -- I don't think the US has a peer in that dept -- then it might not be a great idea to give them even more destructive weaponry. Sure it would be "contingency" equipment when anyone asks, but sooner or later it'll be standard issue.

Remember those billions (!) of rounds of ammo that DHS bought?

In combination with the, shall we say, questionable record of accountability of police actions, tooling up to this extent seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

about 2 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

erikkemperman Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

Of course they are.

And how does anyone even pretend this is legal? They can just 'waive' laws for special people and leave them in place for us proles now?

This is not the American way. One law for everyone. If the law is wrong, repeal it, don't 'waive' it for your friends while the rest suffer.

Are you seriously surprised that Justice is not blind? She hasn't been for quite some time, as best I can tell, not to mention that someone rigged her scales.

"Two-tier justice", I think that's what they call it. The common practice of threatening outrageous sentences to pressure people into a plea bargain, which is to say be found guilty without a day in court -- but of course they only even attempt that when they estimate the cost of mounting a defense would prove problematic.

Actually it seems to me that now we ought to distinguish three- or even four-tier justice, accounting for cases such as this one where political considerations come into play and recently there have even been cases of corporations being found guilty of very serious offenses but deemed " to big to jail".

about 2 months ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

erikkemperman Re:"Isolating" by choosing open source? (115 comments)

Presumably they are choosing not to get screwed by NSA, through proxies such as Apple and MS. But otherwise I agree entirely.

I wish headlines such as

China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology.

Would more often be accompanied by its root cause, something along the lines of

America seems to be on a mission to antagonize the rest of the world, not least in terms of technology.

about 3 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

erikkemperman Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

Ok, so who IS fighting racism? Because just looking at some of the posts in this thread, it needs fighting.

about 3 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

erikkemperman Re:RACIST! (514 comments)

This is +5 Insightful?

I get that some people feel that affirmative action has been taken too far. I also get that some feel that it actually has a detrimental effect on the supposed beneficiaries. I don't claim to know either way.

But it looks to me as if racism, the bad old ugly kind, is very much alive in the USA (and many other places). So it seems unhelpful, to say the least, to ridicule people who are attempting to fight it -- whether you agree with their particular approach or not, we need more of those people.

about 3 months ago
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Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

erikkemperman Re:If true. If. (200 comments)

Seems to me what you need is a political party that opposes this shit. Whenever Ds and Rs agree on anything, it is a pretty safe bet that the public at large do not.

about 3 months ago

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Statistical analysis of US politics: bedtime for democracy

erikkemperman erikkemperman writes  |  about 5 months ago

erikkemperman (252014) writes "Opinion pieces at BBC and the New Yorker, among many others, have discussed recent statistical analysis by Princeton and NorthWestern profs, leading them to report:

"In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it."

The authors conclude that:

"Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

I was not aware of this kind of statistical methods to exploring how politics functions in practice. So rather than just finding out just how obvious you think their results are, I would ask: Does their approach seem sensible? Has similar analysis been done for other nations?"
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Goatse.cx re-invented as mail provider

erikkemperman erikkemperman writes  |  about 2 years ago

erikkemperman (252014) writes "As reported by El Reg, you can now obtain your own @goatse.cs e-mail address. As the article says, "Want absolutely NO ONE to read your mail?". While I'm pretty sure few will miss that guy, does this in some weird way mark the end of an era?"

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