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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

liquid_schwartz of course we're second in music (232 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 week ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 1 month ago

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 2 months ago

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

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements

liquid_schwartz Re:Universities should have no patents (130 comments)

It could serve the US taxpayer good if the requirement was "for free" as long as the company was based in the US and the end product was manufactured in the US. With a little thought most things can be made to serve the public good while still enabling an economy to function and entrepreneurs to flourish.

about 5 months ago

White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

liquid_schwartz Re:Bull fucking shit (208 comments)

I'm going to call the statement "beginning of the end" optimistic. I think we're well past the beginning. I ask myself if we're still in the middle or if this drama is drawing to a close. But we're definitely past the beginning of the end.

about 5 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

liquid_schwartz Re:It will never fly in the US (914 comments)

The 8th amendment also specifies no excessive fines, but that's clearly ignored.

about 5 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

liquid_schwartz Re:MOD PARENT TRENDY (747 comments)

And while there is an occasional reaction to a vaccine, the good provided by the vaccine far outweighs the right on individual reactions.

While true on the macroscale that probably isn't helpful to the families who had kin that died. People do have bad reactions sometimes and once an individual is shown to be such a case they should be allowed to opt out. While making the first vaccination mandatory might make sense forcing the subsequent vaccinations on people who have reactions just seems cruel. On a second note, the line of thinking where people are forced to do things in the name of public good is a very slippery slope. You really may want to reconsider that viewpoint.

about 5 months ago

CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

liquid_schwartz Re:Elitist America (187 comments)

I'm not a huge Ted Nugent fan but he was definitely harassed. Really nobody is safe. Period. Not a left wing icon like Feinstein, not Nugent, and certainly not the average /. reader.

about 6 months ago


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