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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

kwiqsilver Re:Democracy (170 comments)

That's absolutely false. A democracy is a majority rules system. A republic is a system where the government is limited in the powers it can exercise.

The founding fathers of the US knew the difference. Most of them despised the idea of democracy, because they knew it would devolve into corruption.

about 3 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

kwiqsilver Re: majorities can impose their will on minorities (170 comments)

I've been a supporter of the super-majority requirement for a while (or better yet, the super-duper-majority: 80% or more). It's easy to get 80% of people (hopefully more like 99.999%) to agree murder, rape, kidnapping, arson, etc. are bad. It would be impossible to get 80% to agree to slavery, unjust wars, NSA spying, the Patriot [sic] Act, taxes for wealth redistribution (most of which in the US goes to the über rich banking and corporate crony crowd, not the poor), and other statist dreams.

Another useful trick would be automatic sunset clauses, e.g. every law expires after five years. And the sunset period could be limited by the support gained. E.g. if 60% approve, it lasts a year, if 70%, 2 years, etc.

I also propose the ability to remove bad laws easily (one of the problems we have in the US, e.g. repealing the 1934 National Firearms Act): Repealing a law should consist of proposing the exact law again, but if it fails to pass at any stage, it should not only fail to extend the law, but it should immediately repeal the existing instance of that law.

about 3 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

kwiqsilver Re:Democracy (170 comments)

I never said it is a republic, I said supposed to be. It is a fascist, crony-laden representative democracy. It is the system Alexander Hamilton, and later the whigs and early republicans, dreamed of.

I am not any form of government, I am a human. The government that claims dominion over the land where I live and spend most of my days abandoned being an oligarchy long ago, it is now becoming a fascist police state. But then authoritarianism of one form or another is always the end state for any government.

Ours did hold out for almost two centuries though, which is more than most. Hopefully the growing mistrust of the people toward the TSA, NSA, IRS, ATF, ACA, CIA, FRB, and all the other acronyms of evil (AOE?) will cause a push from statism back toward liberty.

about 3 months ago
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Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

kwiqsilver If he did it using Google+... (93 comments)

I'm surprised anybody found out. I bet a bunch of people showed up at the office the next day asking, "Where's Vic? It looks like he cleaned out his office."

about 3 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

kwiqsilver Re:Democracy (170 comments)

The US isn't supposed to be a democracy, it's a republic.

In a democracy, majorities can impose their will on minorities, no matter how stupid, or evil their ideas. In a republic, the constitution is supposed to limit the power of the government.

Unfortunately though, this is exactly what a representative democracy turns into: as long as the corrupt politician can convince 51% of his buddies to vote for his boondoggle (usually by promising to vote for theirs in return), it passes.

about 3 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

kwiqsilver Not unusual (170 comments)

This isn't unusual, nor should it be unexpected. Regulatory agencies are there to provide advantages for the established companies over upstart competitors and their customers. The stories about working for the interests of the consumer are just what the politicians tell voters, as they take money from politically connected companies, to create bureaucracies that further the interests of those companies.
It's how a fascist (a.k.a. mercantilist, cronyist) economy works.

about 3 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

kwiqsilver Re:I don't care (532 comments)

The goldbugs are students of History. As long as we've been writing stuff down, gold has always been the most stable store for wealth. Period.

about 10 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

kwiqsilver Re:I don't care (532 comments)

Gold appears to be rarer based on what I saw on wikipedia, but I could be wrong.

But in either case, rhenium is hard to extract, refine, and work. Gold is easy to extract, refine, and work, so its value has never been dependent on technology. An excellent example of this is aluminum. It was very expensive, even though it's very common, due to refining costs. That's why the Washington monument has an aluminum tip. To be a good money metal, the production cost can't include any significant amount that technology can improve. The costs should consist of: find it (hard), mine it (fairly simple), melt it (easy), and shape it (easy).

Gold, silver, and platinum are the money metals because they have properties that lend themselves to coining, but there might be some convention to it (palladium would be a good choice too, but it never caught on for whatever reason).

about 10 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

kwiqsilver Re: I don't care (532 comments)

I would think that someone who has claimed "history" and "reality" as sources would be aware that since humans began recording history, gold has remained fairly steady in its value compared to other valuable goods. And that in times of crisis (financial, political, social, etc.), people have sought refuge in gold.

You do make a good point that gold is only valuable because it's rare and people seem to want it, but that desire seems consistent enough that it's the most stable way to store wealth that humans have figured out yet.

about 10 months ago
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Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

kwiqsilver Re:Not a Coup? (381 comments)

Because if it was a coup, then the US government couldn't give the Egyptian government $1B+ each year to buy weapons from US manufacturers, that they then use to maintain their coup...er...democracy. Corporate welfare is very important. You wouldn't want to see those rich industrialists out on the street would you?

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

kwiqsilver Broadcast TV (443 comments)

Do they still broadcast TV shows?

about a year ago
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TV Show Piracy Soars After CBS Blackout

kwiqsilver They broadcast TV shows? (314 comments)

Really? Why would they do that when they can just seed them on bittorrent?

about a year ago
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Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015

kwiqsilver Re:Good, now all of Stargate SG1 on one platter (289 comments)

They'll still only put three episodes on each disc, so you have to buy the big box set for $99.99, and then go change the disk every couple of hours during a marathon.

about a year ago
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Sony & Panasonic Plan Next-Gen 300 GB Optical Discs By the End of 2015

kwiqsilver Backwards compatibility? (289 comments)

Will it be backwards compatible with Blu-Ray, DVD, & CD, so people only have one optical player collecting dust on the shelf as they stream everything from a local computer or across the internet?

about a year ago
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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

kwiqsilver A better idea (650 comments)

Can we send these Senators, the NSA/CIA/DHS/DOD/DOiJ fascists, and anybody who opposed Justin Amash's NSA-limiting amendment (like Barack "greater government transparency and protection for whistle blowers" Obama) to Russia and get Snowden back?

1 year,3 days
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Better Factories Through Role Playing

kwiqsilver I'm a level 14 welder! (160 comments)

Oh...is that not what they meant by role playing? I guess the dice could pose a safety hazard on the factory floor.

1 year,11 days
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3D Printers For Peace Contest

kwiqsilver Re:Peaceful Printers (273 comments)

Uh...no.

Remember Sophie Scholl? I don't think she consented...or the Jews...or the gays...or the gypsies. A scared person nodding along in agreement to the gun-toting stormtroopers is not consent.

The "loosening" of gun control in 1938 added more groups to the prohibited list, including Jews. Additionally, it limited firearms ownership to persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit . How many dissidents' gun license applications do you think the Nazis signed off on? Zero? Nada? None? The only "loosening" was that loyal nazi party members were able to get permits more easily.

And I clearly was talking about 3D guns, not 1D guns (How would that even work?). But hey, since you weren't able to refute the idea of armed thugs being more afraid of armed citizens than unarmed ones, it's much easier to pretend.

about a year ago
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3D Printers For Peace Contest

kwiqsilver Peaceful Printers (273 comments)

If Ghandi had been able to print guns, maybe the Indians would have been able to eject the British sooner, and with fewer innocent Indian deaths.

Mother Teresa would not have printed anything to help people. She spent most of the money she raised on building convents, not on the poor. Mother Teresa wanted the poor to suffer, because she thought it made her closer to Jesus.

I have a great suggestion for using 3D printers to promote peace: build guns, since the worst violence of the 20th century was from authoritarian governments against their own disarmed populations. Nazi, Commie, Fascist, etc. thugs are a lot more hesitant to go into a town, if they're not sure who in the town might have a gun, or worse, if they suspect everybody in the town has one.

about a year ago
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Top IRS Official Has Invoked 5th Amendment - Justice Department Starting Probe

kwiqsilver Re:When did the 5th become a privilege? (2 comments)

It's not a privilege, it's a basic human right. But yeah, she, and anyone else involved in this, should spend a very long time in a very small room...if convicted. In reality, she'll probably just resign, and go work as a lobbyist or join a "think tank".

about a year ago
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A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

kwiqsilver Re:The NRA will stomp on this (551 comments)

The NRA is not a "gun manufacturer lobbyist" group. It's a club of shooters. Most of what the NRA does is training for skills and safety. One of the group's branches (the NRA-ILA) lobbies for gun rights. The gun manufacturer lobbyist group is the NSSF.

But hey, anti-gun idiots like you haven't been concerned about factual accuracy in the past, so why start now?

about a year ago

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