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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

whistlingtony Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (768 comments)

Uhm. No? The idea of a corporation was around LONG before the supreme court granted them free speech. If we took away free speech, this doesn't change newspapers one bit. They have press protections, or should. So, basically, you're making things up. Why are you doing that?

11 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

whistlingtony Re:Are you kidding (768 comments)

Betcha can't name 5 senators or congressmen who are from 3rd parties.... :D

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

whistlingtony Re:Back to One Man, One Vote (768 comments)

I think you missed the point of every progressive out there. First, corporate personhood has nothing to do with the ability to sue a corporation. A corporation is formed to shield the people IN a corporation from liability. You sueing a corporation is the exact POINT. You don't sue the employee, you sue the corp as a fictional legal entity.

The point progressives are making is that fictional legal entities aren't real people, and hence shouldn't have rights to free speech, and hence rights to throw money at our electoral process.

Whenever I see an Anonymous Coward making an obviously wrong point against progressives, I always wonder if it's an example of cointelpro. :D

2 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

whistlingtony Re:What the tax form should look like (415 comments)

Flat tax is a terrible idea. It penalizes the poor. A progressive tax code is much better for the country as a whole.

2 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

whistlingtony Re:Flat tax - IRS severely downsized (627 comments)

and the poor pay the bulk of taxes. Flat taxes sound good when you don't look at the details.... Or we could just redo the tax code. The problem is that it's bloated as shit with loopholes. A nice simple progressive tax code works and is quite easy.

3 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

whistlingtony Re:And they've already stopped (627 comments)

Logical Fallacy, ad hominem attack! Logical Fallacy, black or white! Don't tell people to use their real logins when you're posting as AC, you look like an idiot. And don't assume OWS folks are smell useless cunts. You probably also shouldn't assume they're all moneyless hippies. Also, I'm in my 7th year of college. I have to do it on my weekends. Nothing wrong with that either.

Also, at least the OWS people were actually fighting against real corruption. They didn't do a very good job, but man did they try. Can you say the same, oh armchair general?

Also, keep it polite. Asshole.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

whistlingtony Re:Medical doctor (727 comments)

Yeeaaaah..... no. I assure you, if the apocolypse comes and some idiot starts taking apart my stash of alternators saying "I can hand wind these better than the factory did!" I will bash in his skull and eat him. But not the brain. I don't want to get whatever Brain Disease he had. :D

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

whistlingtony Re:Medical doctor (727 comments)

Uh... a large number of problems can be diagnosed with a microscope and a fluid sample. They can still remove appendices. They can treat battle wounds. A lot of stuff can be done with some herbal knowledge, but a docotor's knowledge of the human body is very valuable.

If nothing else, they can tell you where to stab someone for the best effect. :D

4 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

whistlingtony Re:Online protests work? Nope! Live one? Nope! (76 comments)

You don't need to bleed. You do need to stop paying your taxes. Everyone does. Then, change happens. Protest is just to raise awareness, then you have to actually DO SOMETHING. You have to boycott.

4 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

whistlingtony protest does not force change. (76 comments)

Protest raises awareness, but it does not force change.

Companies only change when you threaten their bottom line. Boycott forces change. You protest to raise awareness, and then you switch to boycott.

In the case of Mozilla, OKCupid not working for Firefox was what did it. People were starting to not use Firefox, and that couldn't stand. So, out went Eich... A good example of this is the bus boycotts in the south during the 60's. Thousands of people stopped taking buses, stopped PAYING, and change happened. People marching with signs? Whatever....

As a side note, this is why Occupy was good at raising awareness, and bad at effecting change.

Web Protest: helps raise awareness, but doesn't force change. People not using products or services, or avoiding a company, forces change.

4 days ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

whistlingtony Re:Conservative?? (138 comments)

It is my own position, and those of most of the people I know. Yes... Those extreme caricatures do get us in trouble..... Ahem. cough cough.

Conservatives like safe food, no pollution, no consumer fraud, etc etc etc... Yes. They do. I think they just take it for granted. Thing is, I walk Ron Paul speak back in the old days and I say "yeah... Yeah.... Yeah!... YEAH!.... Wait, what, no...." I'd agree with everything he said riiiight up to the point where we needed to abolish the EPA. His son? Rand Paul doesn't hold a candle to Ron Paul. He was arguing for less EPA regs a WEEK after that WV chemical spill. I get his emails. :D

Yes, there are some actual communists around. And some anarchists. Those don't count. I work with conservatives. we talk. I'm not getting all this from a talking head on TV. I'm getting it from my co-workers... who get it all from a talking head on TV. :D I grew up Rural. I marinated in conservativism and libertarianism. Then I went to work for a giant corporation and saw that inefficiency, stupidity, corruption, etc are NOT soley the domain of big government, but the urge to screw people out of every cent they can does seem to be lodged firmly in the private sector. My sister coming out made me do a lot of thinking as well. Learning about the infrastructure around me and how much I benefit from it did a lot too.

I know conservatives don't want NO government. But they sure do rail against the EPA a LOT. The EPA is a joke in this country. Did you know the formula for M&M coloring is different in Europe? The food colorings cause cancer, but the FDA is too weak. Europe straight up banned those colorings. M&Ms still sells in Europe. They just don't give a shit here in the States. This is just one example of MANY that we live with here because our government is bought and sold. Legalized Bribery, I mean campaign donations. Sigh.

P.S. High Five for us for having a reasonable and respectful political discussion on Slashdot. :D I will wholeheartedly agree that partisanship sucks. I don't agree with you, but I respect the thought you've put into your beliefs.

about three weeks ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

whistlingtony Re:Conservative?? (138 comments)

That's a fair point. It might be better to say that Liberals want Correctly Sized government. I'm sorry, something like that is hard to prove. Hey, I'm a liberal, and here I am saying that our government has a problem. I DO see the government as a force for good, as long as it's properly managed by We The People. So... fair point. And yes, we need the right people in it. Obama's not the right people.... :D

Liberals want the government around because it's necessary. I agree wholeheartedly that we could limit the bad things the government does if we made it small and weak. But then we'd lose the good things it does. :/ That's kind of the point, and I don't often hear conservatives say that. Really, I like safe food. I like safe water. I like sanitation. I like highways. I like consumer protection labs. I like that there's someone out there testing my baby's carseat. I like clean air. I like regulations on banks that (are supposed to) keep them from blowing our money on coke and whores. These things are NEEDED. We can't function without them. I've never ONCE seen a decent proposal from a conservative on how to manage our country without having the FDA, the EPA, etc etc etc.

No, the free market doesn't magically fix everything. That's not a solution. That's a nice fantasy. Ahem. We just went through a housing boom and bust, right? There should be lots of houses on the market, driving prices down, right? Free Market, right? No. Banks are releasing them slowly to artificially boost the prices. Free Market my ass. :/

What's that? State's rights? All that could be done at the state level? Maybe 100 years ago, when states were really seperate entities... They're rather not right now.

Yes, I was blathery, and rather one sided. I can't help it. I think conservatives are foolish and simple. It's a nice idea. Hell, I like most libertarian ideals. But there are powerful people in the world who would sell your gramma lead sugar pills as cancer treatment if they could get away with it. What's going to stop them? /shrug.

There are plenty of solutions that would help. We could move to a parlimentary system to make it easier for third parties to come in... but while I'm pulling magical solutions that will never come true out of my ass, I could just solve human greed too. :D

Heh. Wolf-PAC.com. Get money out of politics. While we discuss it, I'm actually trying to fix it. :D

about three weeks ago
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CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

whistlingtony Re:Conservative?? (138 comments)

Hi!

Can you explain what you said some more? When I think of Jefferson, frankly, he seemed like a giant lib (in the sense that it is used now) to me. I looked up Jeffersonian vs. Hamiltonian ideals, and ok, it seems Jefferson wanted more agrarian roots for the country and Hamilton wanted more manufacturing for the country. Jefferson wanted strong foreign policy but hands off domestic policy. Hamilton wanted a more English system, a stronger domestic government.

Can you really pull these attitudes into today's conservative/liberal divides? The main question seems to be one of "do we want a strong central government?"

Liberals hate big government when it's taking their taxes and dropping bombs on innocent brown people. Conservatives hate Big Government when it takes their taxes and uses them to ... give money to poor people? Both Conservatives and Liberals hate big government when it shields obviously crooked banks who fucked over our entire economy. Conservatives hate big government when it's engaged in crony capitalism, but their representatives do it anyway. :D Liberals hate big government when it's engaged in crony capitalism, and get pissed when their representatives do it anyway...

Liberals love big government when it protects our health from baby food filled with lead or leaded gasoline driving us all slowly stupid, conservatives love big government when it's telling their neighbors not to do Icky Things in the bedroom.

Ok, I'm stereotyping a bit, but my points are: 1) Both conservatives and liberals in this country hate big government. 2)Liberals just hate it for real reasons and know that it's essential to keep companies from poisoning us. 3) Cramming today's liberals and conservatives into straight Jeffersonian or Hamiltonian ideals doesn't work, and seems like just another labeling of Liberals as lovers of big government. Clearly, they are not.... Fuck Obama for the weak willed deal making empty promiser that he is. I'm pissed that my country is engaged in crony capitalism of the highest order. I want this shit reigned in. I'm pissed about the erosion of our civil rights by the TLAs (And I seem more pissed about it than my conservative friends). Etc etc etc..... All that being said, we NEED the EPA, OSHA, the FDA, etc. This doesn't make me a lover of big government. It makes me a realist on the underlying motivation of large corporations and the power needed to reign them in.

Anyway... I think I just blathered a lot. I don't like you labelling Liberals as Hamiltonians. It's entirely possible that I misread you though. It's also entirely possible you misread every Liberal in the country. :D Please follow up.

about three weeks ago
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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

whistlingtony Re:Haircuts are cheap (110 comments)

Meanwhile, women have been buying health insurance that covers testicular cancer the whole time. Stuff a sock in it... This is how insurance works. We pool everyone. You're not buying specific health procedures. You're buying decreased risk. That's how insurance works. You got lumped into a pool that includes women.

If you only want to pay for SPECIFICALLY what you get sick for, we call that self insured. We also call that Not Insured.

I'm getting really sick of this stupid !@#$ing meme and the stupid !@#$ers that keep repeating it.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

whistlingtony Re:There is only one thing you need to know (282 comments)

I keep trying to vote myself more bennies, but I never seem to find it.... I know, I know, you think Democrats give away Money to Poor People. I think our government gives away money to Rich People. As someone who got government help with food and education when I was younger, I think I've more than paid back in taxes from the fancy job that helped me get. Hooray for a Hand Up. Everyone benefited.

And frankly, you're pissed that people are trying to vote themselves more benefits from the public treasury? Isn't that kind of how it works? Isn't that a democracy in action? What are you complaining about? Would you rather people NOT be able to vote in their own best interests? What do you think is better? The alternative looks a lot like a dicatorship to me.

I don't think you can actually say that every democracy collapses due to loose fiscal policy, followed by dictatorship. I'd like some examples. Democracy is relatively new. Empire isn't, but democracy is. Where are all these failed democracies that are now dictatorships? I can name many dictatorships in the world. None of them started as democracies. North Korea? Syria?

I think that's what you WANT to believe, but I don't think you have any examples to back up what you just said.

I am actually horrified and disgusted by your weird little history lesson on greatest civilizations. What does spiritual faith have to do with it? bondage? They ALL rose up from bondage? courage? What courage? Empires arise from many things. Greed. Lustful economics. Courage rarely has anything to do with it. Liberty? What liberty did the Roman slaves have? What liberty did the United Kingdom bring to the world? What liberty have we? Oh, and THEN we got selfishness, riiiiight. We were all courageous pious people of spiritual faith, but THEN we got all selfish?

I think you're making all of this up so you can be mad at Democrats (which really, has nothing to do with anything. ) I think you don't have any REAL reasons to be mad at them, so you have to make up this claptrap so you can feel properly outraged. I'm not a Dem. I'm independant. But if you're going to hate someone, at least hate them for REAL reasons....

Would you like some real reasons to hate Dems? I can give you plenty.

Also, keep the patriotic spiritual marching bullshit to yourself. It's all fake, and we know it. Rah Rah Rah! We're #1! Don't Look Behind The Curtain!

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

whistlingtony Re:Um, right. (278 comments)

I believe Common Core is an attempt to fix exactly what you're railing against. Have you looked into it? I'm not trying to Logical Fallacy you here. I'm actually curious. Are you railing against Common Core with some specific thing in mind? Or are you just railing against Common Core because Testing Bad.

From what I've read about Common Core, it's an attempt to teach actual understanding in math and reading instead of rote memorization for test taking.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

whistlingtony your personality, over the internet? (218 comments)

You're asking us about your personality, over the internet? Uhm. That doesn't work... My advice? Don't ask us, you'll get generic advice. Go spend a few hundred bucks and see a therapist, just in case. If the concept of therapy bugs you, call it professional outside perspective. Their whole job is reading people and digging at the underlying issues...

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

whistlingtony Re:Big Labor's transparent motive (409 comments)

Oh yeah, and as for your "transparent motive" of Big Labor? Unions DO have a transparent motive. It's right there for all to see and they exist for a very good reason. There was a time in this country (and in many others) where OSHA didn't exist, the weekend didn't exist, the 8 hour workday didn't exist.... When corporations have all the power, they set the rules... and strangely enough they use those rules to push down wages and cut expensive safety measures. People were quite literally dying. People were working HARD for pay that was below the debt they were accruing from the company store.

Anyone who says those days are over isn't paying attention to the world.

I know unions have a bad rep for corruption. To my mind, any large organization does. That doesn't negate the good that they do. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's a complicated issue. Also, we KNOW large organizations used and still use tactics to destroy reputations. It was a favorite tactic back in the day, and it's still quite popular now. Funny how well bashing on Unions serves the interest of a few and yet so many people do it because "everyone knows" unions are Evil....

I worked a union job once. grunt labor. I never met my union rep and at the time it seemed like they were stealing from me for nothing. Now I work at a large corporation and we've seen record profits for the last several years but they can't seem to hand out raises, because Economy. I'd have NEVER heard the U word in the cubes a decade ago. I hear it all the time now. They do serve a purpose.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

whistlingtony Re:Big Labor's transparent motive (409 comments)

Yeah yeah, Unions Evil! Oh, and we're all paying taxes at gunpoint!

.....Or maybe companies keep whining about how they need a better trained labor pool, so they should help pay for it. Maybe that's how our civilization works. Maybe we all pay our taxes so our country can afford the basic infrastructure that allows basic business functions to work at all. Maybe that's part of the social contract needed to live here at all.

Maybe Unions are for more nuanced than you're making them out to be, and maybe you're short changing yourself by leaping to conclusions. This isn't a clear cut case, and all the people on here immediately leaping to how evil Unions are need to step back and look at the larger picture.

So, yes, why should google pay taxes to the district so they can buy microsoft? Let us count the reasons..... There are many.

about a month ago

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How to get a project coded?

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 3 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hello world!

Heh. Sorry.

So, I had an idea for a piece of software that I wanted coded. Unfortunately, it's been years since I touched that stuff. I'm beyond rusty. I'd really like for the thing to see the light of day, but...

How can one go about hiring a programmer? A quick google search turned up a couple of websites, but they seemed... sketchy. I find it ironic that a programmer might know of such a website, but a non programmer who would want to use it probably would not.

My Idea:
I hate facebook. I hate it with a passion. Still, I'd like to put up an online journal website for friends and family to check up on me. I'd prefer to run it myself. I don't want to deal with huge config files. I don't want to write HTML. I'm 31 now. I just want my software to work.

I'd like to have a web server written for me in Python. I enjoy python and once the thing is written, then I could tinker and poke at it.

I'd like for me to have some folders. In the "Front Page" folder would text files. The web server would put those up as updates to the main page. Other folders would have text and pictures in them, and those would be links from the main page. I'd like to keep it simple, no flash or moving objects or anything.

Eventually I'd like to move it to HTML5 so videos could be posted in the same manner.

That's it really. A simple web server that creates pages based on the text and picture content of folders and organized by folders. A bare minimum configuration file, preferably none at all. I want it programmed in Python. Preferably, I'd want everything served up in HTML5. I'd also want the rights to open source the thing.

I have money. How do I give it to someone to do this?

-Tony Diethelm
Hater of Facebook"
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I need a language agnostic book on pseudocoding

whistlingtony whistlingtony writes  |  more than 5 years ago

whistlingtony (691548) writes "Hi all,

I am not a programmer, but have a smattering of programming knacks in various languages picked up over the years. One of the best things I learned was that going through and doing pseudocode makes everything so much easer and cleaner. Once that's written down everything else is just language specifics. I'm looking for a good book that is language agnostic and deals strictly with the practice of pseudocoding. I can't find one that seems good. Can anyone recommend one to me?

Thanks!

Whistlingtony"

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