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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sageres Grow up under Socialist system (613 comments)

In order to fully understand how any society works, one must grow up under that system. As a person who grew up in the old Soviet Union, I am intimately aware of how and why the people were being cheated. My father pretty much gave me an introduction to the old Soviet system, and explained how it works.
Story #1.
My father used to work two jobs, as a house painter. First job was for the state, and the second job (In Russian "Khaltura") for himself. We lived OK, and could make ends meet. One time on a weekend, when I was ten years old, my father took me to his second job. I was carrying a bucket of paint (it was very heavy), and my father was carrying three. On the way he told me how it works. A state on the first job gives five buckets of paint to work on the apartment. By doing some Soviet Innovation chemical Magic with water, paint, iron powder and gasoline it is possible to make five buckets of paint out of two buckets (which what my dad used to do), and three of the buckets he would take to the second job. I recall being in shock, and my dad told me that the state hardly pays any money for survival, and only the second job can. He also told me that everyone steals, and in the Soviet System everyone steals because EVERYONE IS THE OWNER. I did not like the explanation, and was quite upset. However the person who we pained the apartment of (a local surgeon), interjected into our conversation. He told me that he does the same thing, except he and his nurses take (steal) antibiotics and other drugs, borrow medical instruments and once a week go to remote villages that lacks doctors to operate on the patients. That's how they make 70% of their living. This incident really opened my eyes. Everyone was stealing. A state store personnel would divert the goods from the store onto the black market, thus making a profit. A car mechanic would reuse old brakes (again, Soviet innovation magic) instead of replacing onto new ones, selling the new breaks. And everyone was doing this, not because they are dishonest, but because they needed to survive. To illustrate some quirks of Soviet Survival, here is a story #2.
This happened when I was 11 years old. It was a middle of the night, and approximately 3 o'clock early morning. I suddenly saw a light coming from my parents' room, and heard my dad walking in his heavy shoes. Looking at my alarm clock, I could not understand what would my dad be doing so early.
I came out rubbing my eyes, seeing my dad fully dressed I asked, "Dad, where are you going?"
And he answered me, "I'm going to a milk store, son".
I told him that the milk store opens at 6 in the morning, why would he need to leave at three. To which he replied:
"Son, if I wait until that time to come to the store opening, there is going to be such a huge line of people, that by the time my time comes to get the milk -- there is going to be none there. So I have to go and stay there for three hours, waiting until the store opens."
After my dad left, I drank some tea, ate my breakfast and went after my dad to the milk store to stand with him.

about a week ago

Wireless Contraception

sageres China and forced population control (302 comments)

"There's also the issue of making it easier for governments to control population levels. "
I can think of China... It has been widely known that besides "encouraging" abortions and sterilizations, there is a number of documented cases of forced abortions and sterilizations in the country. It would be too easy for them to implant the chip into the "people's offenders" or anyone who had at least one baby right at the birth clinics. Potential human rights violations made easy with technology.

about three weeks ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

sageres Extra time between events. (579 comments)

My thought: implement a full three to five second delay between when the pedestrian light turns red and add a "Yellow" -- ready signal during the transition between red to green lights. That should add extra-time and delay traffic between the events of pedestrian stopping and traffic moving. (I seriously hate it when I see someone crossing an intersection in a car within a microsecond of his light turning green.)

about a month ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

sageres Russia Fascist (158 comments)

The article also discusses a ban on swearing in books, plays, and films that went into effect today in Russia.

Slashdot readers, please if you currently support Russia or neutral to their current policies -- please don't trust my words for it. Please research the facts and please do not support Vladimir Putin. Support Ukraine and Russian opposition.
Russia is a modern fascist-governed country. The chief ideology that replaced democratically-aimed Yeltsin era became Russian Christian-Orthodox Fascism. It is evidenced in prohibition on much of the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, murders of critical journalists, arrests and trials of the anti-government activists, arrests and trials of the gay activists, rampant government-sponsored homophobia and xenophobia, and even aggression and annexation of the land of her neighbors.
That's why I don't understand American left (from the group of those who always defend Russia no matter what). It is more then obvious that Russia is in the business much worse then the USA when it comes to human rights, privacy, freedom of speech and expression, and respect for other country's territories. Even the famous American anti-spying pro-privacy whistle-blower Snowden after finding refuge in Russia became its internal praiser (few months ago he was the one that threw a "softball" question at Putin's press conference if there is any electronic monitoring is going on within the FSB (renamed KGB) walls, question that was obviously designed for him to be asked and for Putin to be answered, even though Snowden never had any journalistic accreditation to be in that press conference in the first place.
A rampant anti-Americanism and anti-Europeanism allows even the highest in power to call Americans "Pendos" (a derogatory Russian word reserved for the Greeks) and Europeans -- "Gay-ropeans" -- an obvious reference to the Russia's extreme homophobic stand in the years of Putin's reign.
Russia has actively supported the most corrupted regimes in their vicinity. When Ukraine has decided to rebel and depose its corrupt leader because it wanted to live like civilized people -- Ukraine's political leadership was quite ironically accused of being fascist, and the Crimean peninsula was annexed through a "referendum" under the barrel of unmarked Russian solders' guns (which was later admitted by Putin to be actually Russian soldiers.), and even that referendum's results were corrupted. (A commission appointed by Kremlin specifically admitted that only 43% of the people of Crimea wanted to be part of Russia, not 98%., and only people of the city of Sevastopol (where the Russian fleet has a base) voted at close to 80% to be a part. In one famous press conferences Vladimir Putin gave at the time of annexation, on the question what would happened if the Ukrainian military in Crimea will not give up their arms and start fighting invading soldiers, Putin answered that the soldiers will stand behind women and children, and he will see how will Ukrainian soldiers shoot at them.
For the last few months after the Crimea's annexation Russia has been blowing up tensions in Ukraine's eastern regions, sending their weaponry and thugs, paying and training these thugs to terrorize and murder the Ukrainian people. They have done it before in 2008 in Georgia.
I can give many more examples of this, but Russia is most parallel with the Germany of 1930s. The same Goebbels' style propaganda is across all the Russian TV channels and newspapers, with lies, falsified information and imagery and unprecedented paranoia (Russian political idea that Americans want nothing but to enslave the Russian people), at times antisemitism (recently one of the TV presenters had a flat-out said that Jews are guilty of Holocaust), xenophobia (against all nationalities, even the Slavic ones that do not support the policies of Putin), homophobia (the chief of the Russian main news agency, Dmitry Kiselev said that homosexuals' hearts should be burned upon their deaths), and many more things.
Slashdot readers, please if you currently support Russia or neutral to their current policies -- please don't trust my words for it. Please research the facts and please do not support Vladimir Putin. Support Ukraine and Russian opposition.

about a month ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

sageres Blame Canada! (211 comments)

Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
t seems that everything's gone wrong
Since Canada came along
Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
They're not even a real country anyway!

about a month ago

Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

sageres Re:Diplomatic immunity? (173 comments)

Some body mod the parent up please!

about a month ago

Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

sageres Re: and yet (173 comments)

[CITATION NEEDED]. Not your empty conspiracy theories.

about a month ago

Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

sageres Re:So how is that going to work (188 comments)

What prevents Shenzhen Anonymous Corporation to change their name to something else like Shenzhen Nameless Corporation and go back to Alibaba and continue trading like nothing happened after FCC fine is imposed?

about a month ago

US Pushing Local Police To Keep Quiet On Cell-Phone Surveillance Technology

sageres Hope and change (253 comments)

Not from this Prez. Obama is a traitor to the cause!

about a month and a half ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

sageres useless buzzword for marketing only (309 comments)

"Web programming language is a buzzword that I heard before since 1994-1995 over and over and over and over and over again. Here is one joke about one of the "Web programming languages" from that era:

--Knock knock!
--Who is there?
--... (wait one minute before replying... And then:) Java!

But for some reason, every declared "web programming language" seem to not having universal adoption.
Question is: Why, and why are they talking about it again and again?

about a month and a half ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

sageres Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (522 comments)

Physical relocation is indeed not the way, although it was done successfully before (India - Pakistan partition) The problem is not ethnic in general. The problem is that the South Eastern Ukraine is a kleptocracy -- a state within a state powered by the oligarchs controlling the local government, markets, people, coal mines, factories, banks, shops, markets, etc.,etc.,etc.) These oligarchs (such as the ethnic Tatar Rinat Akhmetov) are fighting to preserve their former way of life. They know full well that they can not maintain this state in a fully-democratic country powered by the technocrats who are bend-over EU memberships and reforms. (BTW, the fact that he is a Tatar has nothing to do with what he is doing. He could care less about the suffering of his ethnic brothers -- Tatars, his religious brothers -- Muslims or his civic brothers -- Ukrainians. All this man cares about is money and he is willing to kill and torture an entire state to achieve that.)

about 3 months ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

sageres Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (522 comments)

They don't have to move, but live in Ukraine as Ukrainian citizens.

about 3 months ago

Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

sageres Re:Space programs as a crowbar? (522 comments)

Please don't forget the enormous ethnic cleansing program of Holodomyr -- an artificial famine brought by the Soviet government in order to ethnically cleanse Ukrainian population out of the Central and Eastern Ukraine. Estimates varies on the number of dead, from 2.4 to 7.5 million people. The affected areas (Kyiv, Dnipropetrivsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Donesk ) were later settled in the newly "open" houses and spaces by ethnic Russians.

about 3 months ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

sageres Re:If this were the US.... (408 comments)

STOP. JUST FUCKING STOP!!!! Why do you have to turn every fucking news into a political commentary? Just to troll people? Or just to make yourself feel better? You just made a few people sick regardless of your political affiliations, you asshole.

about 4 months ago

Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

sageres This could be prep to the Russian attack. (148 comments)

Is it possible that GLONASS went into fully encrypted mode? Sort of like GPS did partially during the first Gulf War? It is made for the Russian military, you know. Perhaps they are about ready to invade the Ukraine.... ;-(

about 4 months ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

sageres Re:What is an "AIDS denialist"? (268 comments)

Her child, Eliza Jane Scovill died from AIDS-related complications on May 16, 2005. Christina Maggiore died from AIDS-related complications on December 27, 2008. I am wondering, if the idea is dangerous, and the propagandists of that idea literally cause death, can we shut them up for public safety sake? Or sue them into oblivion and charge them with endangering the public?

about 5 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

sageres Good invention... Sellable Product. Bad Ethics. (664 comments)

but one has to remember that there are such things as ethics. Just because a sick idea came to your mind one has to remember that it might be quite unethical to unleash it on the world. Hitatchi being an electronics company did it for business and money sakes hoping to capitalize on various businesses in Japan or for example on outsourced remote employees. But they should have known it is wrong. Thanks, Hitatchi. I used to own a TV from you few years ago, a VCR many years ago, and number of other items. Never again will I ever buy your products.

about 6 months ago

New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

sageres Intelligent Design and its opponents (1010 comments)

I don't mean to imply that I am an opponent of the theory of evolution... But why is that many of those who are either atheists or believers in evolution (deniers of intelligent design) are so eager to embrace the concept of an the aliens causing life on Earth? (I've read theories about a life alien DNA landing on Earth, aliens artificially putting life cells or DNA on the planet)? After all, to those atheists, what is the difference between an alien cooking Primordial Soup vs God cooking Primordial Soup?

about 7 months ago

App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

sageres Re:Freedom of thought (392 comments)

It is a lot more complex than that. One can not define governing philosophies in a single-dimensional space. I would say even Political Compass ( is quite a bit simplified concept, political spectrum had a wide viriety of research. In my personal opinion, Nazis are economically to the left, socially to the far right. Comminists (Stalinist and Maoists) were also economically to the far left, socially to the far right. I personally think that a line of nationalistic tendencies is the last invisible measurement of the Political Spectra where actually Nazis and Communists are differ. Nazis were extreme chauvinistic nationalists. Communists were inherently internationalists. Also Nazis allowed private property (although the plan for the final Greater Germany called for the full nationalization of the world wealth for the benefit of the German nation.)

about 8 months ago


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