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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

liquid_schwartz Re:if only (163 comments)

If you want something "done", you've got to talk to your congressbum.

In this case talk == pay a third party PAC , the party, or some other intermediary to pay your congressum. Talking certainly won't get it done.

4 days ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

liquid_schwartz Re:A little scary (188 comments)

If it was as legal as you imply then why the massive cover up? You don't cover up above board activities.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

liquid_schwartz Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Based on the current invasion by Mexico we would do nothing but greet them as "undocumented invaders". Very limited efforts to stop them would be made and nobody is allowed to fight them via militias. Any crimes they do are not allowed to e reported. Any existing citizens who dare decry this invasion are declared racist. Or did I miss your analogy ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

liquid_schwartz Re:R.I.P. Mozilla (171 comments)

I quit using Firefox / Mozilla when they went from a technology company to one focused on social issues and specifically targeting people who didn't tout the politically correct message. If the party doesn't approve we force you out comrad. Sad...

about three weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

liquid_schwartz Re:Blah (171 comments)

To be fair Mozilla made it clear that they love this market segment more than their founder/former CEO.

about three weeks ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

liquid_schwartz of course we're second in music (233 comments)

Rush is Canadian, it was a given that Canada took first place. The real fight is for who's in second place

about a month ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

liquid_schwartz mission accomplished (97 comments)

California has chased away so much industry I don't see how they can miss.

about a month ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

liquid_schwartz always a lack of middle ground (254 comments)

as if nothing exists between absolute equality and absolute inequality. "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." - Obi Wan Kenobi

about a month ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

liquid_schwartz Re:Wrong problem to focus on (158 comments)

From a resources taken vs resources generated unskilled labor is always a minus for the community. Perhaps a plus to unscrupulous employers but a minus to the community. This is a case of privatize the gains but socialize the loss, it's just one example where the traditional roles are reversed between the parties.

about a month ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

liquid_schwartz Re:Stupid (561 comments)

Groups promoting the values of "tolerance" or "equality" always have an agenda, and that agenda is highly intolerant of those who disagree and is typically trying to achieve equality at the expense of other groups. I trust them as much as government groups promoting "security" and "safety".

about a month ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

liquid_schwartz Re:Wrong problem to focus on (158 comments)

Perhaps he learned from the Indian experience and doesn't want to repeat that. Immigration can be a net win (skilled labor) or a net loss (unskilled labor), it's all in how you play the game. Unfortunately as the US tries its level best to self destruct we have chosen the worst of all worlds by allowing in *huge* amounts of unskilled while only keeping the skilled labor long enough to train them and send them back.

about a month ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

liquid_schwartz Re:Um.... (120 comments)

Doesn't apply anymore, we no longer achieve great things like eradicating a disease.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

liquid_schwartz Re:Incoming international flights (702 comments)

The whole cavity search thing is great for jokes but I think in practice is pretty rare. I almost always opt out of flight of the mm wave screenings and instead get the pat down. I have had only 1 case of the TSA trying to intimidate me (Austin, TX) and because by then I had done it so many times I was more amused than anything else. On my last flight (Denver, CO) my bag turned up as explosive detected (no idea why) so I was given extra scrutiny in a private room. Sounds like the stuff of jokes but in practice it was the same pat down done by a different officer. Nothing major and certainly not a cavity search. I'm not super rude to the TSA but neither am I friendly generally and I do feel free to question stupid things they do like confiscate the toothpaste my kids like. The reason I mention all of this is that not making it easy for them only costs me about 2-5 minutes per flight, which seems like a reasonable price to pay for not going along with their program. I see very few opt outs these days, sad how quickly people buckle under. More people should opt out. Ask questions, don't just go with whatever you're told. TSA - Fighting terrorism one tube of toothpaste at a time

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

liquid_schwartz bright future (281 comments)

"He continues to be oblivious about his own failure and the pain he has caused others. He is confirming that he is a self-absorbed narcissist with an inflated sense of self-confidence who has no remorse." The only question is with qualifications like these does he pursue Wall Street or sub-prime lending?

about 3 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

liquid_schwartz family court judges... (286 comments)

I'm pretty sure family court judges have it easy, they just give the guy the shaft for the crime of being male. No sleuthing required or arguments required.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail

liquid_schwartz Re:Clearly they've broken him and... (449 comments)

Fascinating article. I'm sorry that I have no mod points to give you a boost but thanks for the thoughtful essay link.

about 4 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

liquid_schwartz to be fair the statistics are flawed (588 comments)

Few deaths that happen right after vaccinations are listed as caused by vaccinations. This is why the "anti-vax" crowd does have a point about vaccinations still needing to be improved. My son had a reaction immediately after his MMR vaccination that involved severe head swelling and we discontinued vaccinations for him. My daughter still gets them as she has had no reactions and I understand the issue. To many on this site I should have continued the vaccinations right up until my son's death. However we were privately advised by the doctors that although they can't say anything bad about vaccinations, we should stop them. I was willing to listen to their private opinion. The fact that they have to say it privately and confidentially tells a lot about how politicized the debate is. Essentially because vaccinations do so much good on a macro level there is incredible pressure (easily seen here) against any complaints on the individual level. Not much different than feeding a maiden a year to keep the dragon away works out well for most people but not all people.

about 5 months ago

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