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Comcast Confessions

sociocapitalist Re:well (196 comments)

There are - there are *occasional* corporations that actually seem to be driven by the desire to share their love of a great product and delivering that product to their customers. It's rare, but I can think of a few. Granted, they tend to also be much smaller corporations than the Comcasts of the world, but that doesn't mean they have to be tiny local companies.

I'll have to ask you for examples of corporations that care more about anything than profit, as I don't believe they exist.

I could believe that privately held corporations might do so - but not public ones.

3 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sociocapitalist Re:Past due not reported by companies (470 comments)

Assessment of "Ability to pay" is how the economy currently works. Did you instead mean "beyond the cash on hand"?

Yes

3 hours ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

sociocapitalist Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (239 comments)

they already bought the Music CD so the owner of these CD ripping automobiles are not stealing the music, and they are not capable of sharing those ripped CDs on the internet, it is just making it easier and safer for the driver because they can pay more attention to driving and not fumbling around with a CD collection while driving

Right...instead they can fumble around with ripping their CDs while driving...no doubt much safer :-)

5 hours ago
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Comcast Confessions

sociocapitalist well (196 comments)

"...painted a picture of a corporation overrun by the neverending quest for greater profit"

Is there some other type of corporation?

6 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sociocapitalist Re:So! The game is rigged! (470 comments)

Nobody can force you to go into debt.

Except if you need medical help and aren't poor enough to have title 19, lucky enough to have medical coverage or rich enough not to need it.

7 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sociocapitalist Re:Past due not reported by companies (470 comments)

If you have a million in assets, what do you need a loan for?

We've finally arrived at the point where your only chance to getting a loan is not needing one.

Excellent.

Now maybe people will stop spending beyond their ability to pay.
And then maybe governments will also stop spending beyond their ability to pay.

Okay probably not but it would be nice.

7 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sociocapitalist Re:The American Dream (470 comments)

Its only eroded as socialism has advanced.

socialism stepped in as the american dream eroded.

Socialism has been alive in well in America since the idea of free public schools was introduced, if not before.

The American dream is reachable to any that do not fall into debt, drugs (including alcohol) or have significant medical problems.

Of course for a long time now the American economy has been based on debt which is why so many people fail to live the American dream.

Fuck the banks and fuck the politicians that allow banks to charge people 30% interest which used to be illegal but apparently no longer is so.

7 hours ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:A far better analogy (499 comments)

Report them to the IDF? Are you insane? If you came and killed my child I would not report those trying to kill you to the police or army. I would do everything I could to support those trying to kill you.

That's a very bad analogy. It has led you to the wrong conclusion, as bad analogies often do.

A far better analogy: I live in Bellingham, Washington, and my government, the United States Government, stockpiles rockets in my child's school and starts firing them over the border into residential areas of Vancouver, British Columbia, for no good reason. To try to stop the rocket attacks, Canada launches some airstrikes on Bellingham.

In this situation, I would be completely ashamed of my government, the United States Government, and I would be rooting for the Canadians, because I'm a civilized person.

And then if the airstrikes failed to stop the rocket attacks, and Canadian troops arrived in Bellingham, you bet I'd help them find the jerks launching the rockets.

And if the Canadians dropped leaflets begging civilians to evacuate the school before they bomb the rocket-launching site, I would have even more admiration for the Canadians, because that type of concern for civilians is nearly unprecedented in warfare.

And if American leaders called those evacuation warning leaflets "psychological warfare, and urged people to stay put," my disgust for my own government would multiply.

And if my child was killed because a school administrator obeyed the duplicitous order to stay put, would I suddenly lose my grip on logic and rationality, and lash out at the Canadians? Nope. My anger would be entirely directed at the Americans who instigated this conflict.

Let me change that just a bit.

Scenario 1a) Let's say the Canadian's suspect that there are rockets stored in the basement of your child's school, where due to flooding your child, your family and the families of everyone you know are sheltering because there is no electricity and no water and all of your houses are under water.

There may or may not be weapons stored under the school. You have no idea and you certainly had nothing to do with putting them there if there are.

Now how do you feel about the Canadians shelling your school on this suspicion? I think not.

Scenario 1b) Let's change 1a to be that now there are militants firing rockets from the roof of the school. You still have nowhere to go because this is the only place you can get food and water.

Are the militants to blame for the immediate situation? Let's say yes.

Would you still be cheering on the Canadians shelling the school, even as you curse the militants.

No, I suspect you would be cursing both sides for crushing you in the middle.

10 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

sociocapitalist erm... (152 comments)

So environmental factors result in DNA changes...is that new?

I thought that those of us not blinded by religion were already of the opinion that this is part of evolution, adaptation, survival of the fittest and all that good stuff....

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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

sociocapitalist Re:Thanks (393 comments)

It was just pointing out that your statement was the equivalent of "So tcp 80 won't be throttled but tcp 80 uses will be -"

Okay - I see...so in that case NBAR (or the equivalent) would be needed but it's still doable.

Thanks for pointing out that it's just port 80 though. I'm in Europe and I haven't bothered setting up a VPN to get this service so I have no direct experience with netflix at all.

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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

sociocapitalist Re:Weakest US President ever (564 comments)

Iran can make nuclear weapons and they won't even say a word.

Iran dilutes nuclear material
July 21, 2014
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/iran-dilutes-nuclear-material/story-fn3dxix6-1226995916083

IRAN has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the United Nations' nuclear agency says.

THE move was expected. Tehran had committed to convert or dilute its 20-per cent enriched stockpile under an agreement with six powers last November that froze its atomic programs pending negotiations on a comprehensive deal. Those talks were extended on Saturday to November 24.

Still, the development was noteworthy in reflecting Iran's desire not to derail the diplomatic process with the six countries - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.

If you really cared about Iran and not about piling up perceived failure at Obama's feet, you sure as shit would have seen this headline from last week.

It wasn't a secret. The AP, AFP, Reuters, and pretty much everyone was talking about it.

/Naturally Fox News did their best to report only on the extension of talks.

Shouldn't forget North Korea either, who we know has nuclear weapons and has actively threatened to use them against US targets.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

sociocapitalist Re:Great... (564 comments)

The side that apparently blew a 300-civilian passenger jet out of the sky because they're too dumb to know what a Boeing looks like is getting direct military support from a major regional power which just happens to have nuclear weapons. And I thought my hometown of Detroit was fucked.

Well, if you want to put it that way the plane would never have been shot down if Russia had supplied a professional crew instead of teaching the separatists how to aim and pull the trigger. At least with the Russian military firing they probably know what they're aiming at.

You're assuming that the 'separatists' are not actually Russian military / mercenaries. I'm not sure where I saw the statistic unfortunately, but I read 80% are Russians and only 20% are actually Ukrainians.

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (499 comments)

That does not excuse the methods of Israel. For example:
"The UN has compiled evidence that Israeli soldiers used Palestinian children as human shields fourteen times between early 2010 and early 2013. It says all soldiers involved in the incident have gone unpunished."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

And as I've said over and over again in various posts I do not support the methods of Hamas.

I do tend to trust (as much as that's possible) the statistics from the UN, rather from either side in the actual conflict.
More children than Palestinian fighters are being killed in the offensive on Gaza, according to the latest United Nations statistics

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:no revenge when you are dead (499 comments)

It is self evident that killing people will make enemies of their families. [...] If you came and killed my child I would not report those trying to kill you to the police or army. I would do everything I could to support those trying to kill you. As I said above, it is self evident that the Palistinian survivors of this will do everything they can to kill Israelis in the future.

You can not be an enemy if you are dead. This idea that you would get revenge is silly.

This conflict will end because one side will die. The sooner this happens, the lower the body count. (the number of dead can greatly exceed the total population if the conflict drags on for generations)

1) You are describing genocide in the scale that the nazis effected on the jews in WW2. Do you condone this?

2) If anything other than a genocide there are going to be survivors, who will want revenge.

2 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

sociocapitalist Re:Thanks (393 comments)

http is tcp port 80, so what you said is:

'so tcp port 80 won't be throttled by tcp port 80 (or whatever) uses will be-'

Um...yes and? They're the same thing - so?

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:maybe (499 comments)

I am saying that when one fights a war, one should fight to win in as short a time as possible. The only way to win a war is convince the civilian population of the other side that any price they might have to pay is better than for the war to continue.

You are arguing in favor of terrorism.

The other way, the valid way, is to defeat the military opponent.

You make two mistakes. The first is that you believe that Israel killing civilians will not stop Hamas. At some point, if Israel makes things horrific enough for the civilians after a Hamas attack, the civilians will stop supporting Hamas and instead report them to the IDF.

It is self evident that killing people will make enemies of their families. You have nothing to base your assertion on at all, other than your opinion.

Again you condone terrorism, warfare against a civilian population. Report them to the IDF? Are you insane? If you came and killed my child I would not report those trying to kill you to the police or army. I would do everything I could to support those trying to kill you. As I said above, it is self evident that the Palistinian survivors of this will do everything they can to kill Israelis in the future.

Second, you seem to believe that Israel targets civilians, they do not. Israel targets military targets, which have been intentionally placed so as to maximize civilian casualties when Israel inevitably destroys them.

I did not say that they target civilians. I said that they do not care who they kill. They kill anything that moves. They destroy any building that may (or may not) be hiding the enemy indiscriminately.

You want to kill soldiers in a civilian position then you send in solders to kill them.

If you want to understand what I am talking about, read about what the French did after WWII in the parts of Germany which they occupied. The Nazis did not stop fighting with the fall of Berlin. They attempted to continue fighting a war of terror against the Allies. The Allies were ruthless in how they dealt with civilian populations among which they found the Nazis who continued to fight.

The Allies were ruthless with nazi sympathizers, yes. They did not effect open terrorist warfare on the civilian population where they suspected that nazis would be hiding though, within the extent of the technology of the day to avoid civilian casualties.

it appears that you do not care if those casualties that you wish to inflict are against valid military targets or against civilians. Is that correct?

No, that is not correct. That would actually be the position of Hamas. For that matter, Hamas only mildly prefers that the civilian casualties be Israeli civilians. They are just as willing for the civilian casualties to be Arabs living in territories they nominally govern. Hamas actively promotes civilian casualties among the Arab population, as long as they can blame it on the Israelis. They will even inflict those casualties if they believe that Israel will get the blame.

While you say that it is not correct, your arguments say otherwise. You are obviously content with the idea that terrorism is valid and as such, you cannot care about the civilians and children that are killed by doing so.

I blame Hamas as much as I blame Israel - but I blame both sides. What I really cannot stand, though, is the hypocrisy of the Israelis saying how badly the Jews have always been treated and then treating others in much the same way.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:maybe (499 comments)

Read up on Sherman's March to the Sea or about German and Japanese casualties during WWII. From the standpoint of fighting a war for survival, which the state of Israel is doing (read the stated goals of Hamas and other Arab organizations which are waging wars of terror against Israel), Israel has inflicted insufficient casualties on the Palestinian Arabs. For that matter, why should Israel be condemned just because they do everything they can to protect their civilians, while their opponents do everything they can to maximize casualties among their own civilians?
Hamas, and other Arab groups fighting against Israel, intentionally take actions so as to maximize the deaths of civilians, and particularly children. They store the missiles they fire at Israeli civilians in schools and hospitals. They use civilians, including children, as human shields while firing on Israeli soldiers. It is Hamas that is responsible for the death toll of civilians in Palestine.

You're saying that it's okay to use terrorism to fight terrorism.

Didn't your mother teach you that two wrongs don't make a right?

I disagree with Hamas methods and I do not in any way support them. But I disagree with Israel's methods as well. Hamas hiding weapons in a school does not justify shelling that school when it is full of children.

Israel is no longer fighting a war for survival. At one point that argument would have been valid but to say so now is ridiculous as no country in the middle east - and most likely not the entire middle east all together - could defeat Israel's military might.

On top of that, Israel is not protecting their own civilians as killing Palestinian civilians will not stop Hamas. It will, in the long run, make Hamas stronger as more Palestinian families lose their loved ones and will do anything to strike back at Israel. Hatred begets hatred, as you should know as you evidently have been begot of hatred.

Per your statement "Israel has inflicted insufficient casualties on the Palestinian Arabs" and the general content of what you are writing it appears that you do not care if those casualties that you wish to inflict are against valid military targets or against civilians. Is that correct?

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:Censorship! (499 comments)

Won't someone think of the racists?

Also, it doesn't say they don't take down racist comments against Palestinians.

"France continues to promote freedom of the press and speech online by allowing unfiltered access to most content, apart from limited filtering of child pornography and web sites that promote terrorism, or racial violence and hatred."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Also, fuck the racists.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:maybe (499 comments)

Umm, have you paid attention to what the people in charge on the Palestinian side of this have done, and are doing? You know, things like killing people for being homosexual? Such that Arabs who have homosexual desires often seek, and receive, asylum in Israel. Or perhaps you have not noticed that their compatriots is Iraq have mandated female genital mutilation in at least one city which they control? Perhaps you have not noticed that the Syrian government has killed more Arabs this year than Israel has, by a wide margin?

You are lumping all muslims and arabs together and even if you were right to do so, itstillwould not justify the way that Israel is conducting themselves.

40 Israelis dead, almost exclusively soldiers.
1,000 Palestinians dead. About 80 percent of them civilian and about 20% of them children.

This is not war. This is not a justified use of appropriate force. This is shooting fish in the barrel and, quantity aside, is disgustingly like what the Germans did to the Jews in WW2.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

sociocapitalist Re:maybe (499 comments)

My non-jewish family was victimized by fascism. But I don't run around yelling "I'm offended!" every time the subject is brought up. My family moved on 5 decades ago, and I still think it took the a bloody long time to do it.

Seriously, stop it. Just let it go and move on. You're doing nobody any good.

On the other hand it may give the survivors of Palestine a legal basis to demand restitution from Israel if ever justice be done. (Which I doubt...just sayin').

3 days ago

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Retroactive Tax Law Changes by UK Govt

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist writes "The BBC reports that "Barclays Bank has been ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax which it had tried to avoid." which in and of itself seems fine but a couple of factors around it bother me.

Evidently there is a law in the UK requiring "Anyone, such as a bank, accountant, lawyer or tax adviser, who devises a seemingly legal tax avoidance plan, is obliged to tell the tax authorities about it within a few days of using it or marketing it to clients." which Barclays did and then the UK government wrote new law and applied it retroactively to close the loopholes.

While the law requiring disclosure of what would be legal tax avoidance strategies is interesting, the real shocker for me is that laws can be retroactively applied making what was legal when done illegal after the fact."

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The scandal of the Alabama poor cut off from water

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist (2471722) writes "The BBC reports the ongoing situation in Jefferson County, Alabama where finance companies bribed politicians and a $300 million project ended up costing $3.1 billion bankrupting the county and leaving the poorest unable to pay their skyrocketing water/sewage bills.

Why the financiers were only fined and didn't go to jail, and why they should be subsequently allowed to profit on the situation is just another example of the imbalance in the US (and elsewhere)."

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