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Correia’s Current Event Roundup

I’ve been really productive this year (put together an anthology, put together my first short fiction collection, wrote two short stories, finished Siege, edited Saints, outlined three collaborations, and I’m 75% done with Tom Stranger 2) but the downside of that means not nearly as much blogging.

I usually write a lot of political posts, but those take time. Which sucks because there have been so many things to comment on. So instead of a big, in depth, long winded post about one topic, here’s my quick opinion on a bunch of current topics.

Trump – As a guy who was on record never liking him, who donated money to other candidates in the primary, who honestly thought he was going to lose in the general, and who thought he was going to totally suck after… Eh. I still don’t like him, but to be fair he’s been better than I expected.

He made some good picks, SecDef, SCOTUS. It’s nice to have somebody not bowing to foreign leaders, that sort of thing. Like I said, better than expected, so credit where credit is due. I’m like many Americans, in that it isn’t that we like Trump or at all trust the Republican party, it’s that we absolutely despise the Democrats and all they stand for because they’re terrible assholes who suck beyond all comprehension. We’d vote for a head of cabbage before we’d vote for a democrat. Judging by the senate, congress, governor, and state legislative races over recent years I am not alone in this feeling.

The Media- A bunch of lying assholes. I trust gas station sushi more.  I usually despise them, but lately they’ve gone off the deep end even more than usual. They’ve moved onto absurd straw grasping. I didn’t even vote for the guy, but your 98% negative coverage about bullshit like him getting two scoops of ice cream makes me wish that I had just to spite you.

The Nefarious Russians – Hey, if you’ve got actual evidence of wrongdoing, and you want to impeach, go for it. (eh, I’ll take Pence). But for that to happen it would require actual evidence of crimes being committed. And then you need to go through that whole pesky legal process. Sadly for you guys, you can’t just declare that there is a consensus among all your friends on twitter that Vladimir Putin stole the election and then get a do over where Hillary gets in. In the meantime, to those of you where every Facebook post is something about NEW DAMNING PROOF TO ARREST THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION you just sound like whiney assholes.

I’ve got some Facebook friends where it is really laughable, like they’re living in this little crazy bubble where Trump is going to resign tomorrow and they’re going to impeach everybody because of their overwhelming evidence of something something mumble mumble. I’m actually cool with that but only if ideally you could find a way to impeach to about six levels down so we get President Mattis. That would be awesome, thanks.

The whole thing is funny, since the nefarious hacking part merely revealed that the DNC was a bunch of corrupt anti-Bern cheaters and John Podesta was an idiot. Then there’s the whole thing where Wikileaks is making it sound like the leak came from that DNC staffer who got murdered, not the Russians. Depending on whose opinion you get that is either a whacky conspiracy theory with absolutely nothing to it, or a mighty suspicious coincidence. Beats me.  But nobody on either side has any faith in the FBI ever revealing the truth.

Which brings us to:

Comey Firing – Nobody liked him. Get over it. The week before dickweed democrats were ranting about how he needed to go. So either he was a Hillary sabotaging Trump stooge, or he was a Hillary covering Hillary stooge, make up your friggin’ minds already.

Flynn Firing – And this is where the right side of the aisle and the Trumpkin Nut Huggers sound as bad as the democrats. Whatever. Nobody liked him either. Besides, from all accounts McMaster is way better.

The Obamacare Replacement – I knew a whole lot more about Obamacare than this one. That’s because when the last one went through I had to get trained on it enough to implement it for a 250 person company. Everybody who actually had to deal with it could tell that it would be total shit. (spoiler alert, it did turn out to be total shit). Now my company consists of just me, so I did not inflict learning the details of another giant stupid healthcare bill upon myself, so I don’t really know the ins and outs of this one, or how much it will or will not suck.

BUT REPUBLICANS WANT ME TO DIE!!! Not particularly, no, but they really didn’t like having an additional $300-$800 taken out of their pocket every month to pay for shittier insurance. All I do know is that there are a whole lot of people on the internet who do not understand how the concept of “insurance” works. But we’ll just throw that on the pile with other terms like “capitalism” and “rights”.

Rights – Real quick, you can’t have a “right” to something that requires somebody else to do something for you. Holy shit, that’s fucking stupid. You can’t have a right to someone else’s labor, time, or property. That’s theirs. Not yours. Do they not teach Civics anymore?

The Montana Special Election – this is a funny one, because right now the media is doing everything in its power to find some national referendum against Trump. Which is the only reason why the media has ever, in US history, given a shit about Montana. Seriously, I live in the Rocky Mountain west, the closest those elitist fucks get to cultural exposure about this part of America is they watched Brokeback Mountain once as a requirement for their Gender Studies degree.

I wrote this on Facebook yesterday:

ME: What? A guy running for congress body slammed a pushy reporter? That is unacceptable. No matter how annoying they are, it is never right to resort to violence over something so trivial.
ME TWO MINUTES LATER: Oh, it was a GUARDIAN reporter? Heh. Heh heh heh. Ha ha ha ha. HAA HAAA. BWWAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAA snort. (wipes eyes)
ME TEN MINUTES LATER: Still… Probably not cool.

For those of you unfamiliar with this blog or my personal history with the Guardian, go up and plug Guardian Village Idiot into the search bar, and enjoy. Because there is no more wretched hive of scum and villainy on this sorry world than the Guardian.  They are all lying, shifty, duplicitous, libelous, ignorant, shit weasels. And the only good thing I can say about them is that they fired their stupidest reporter, and his final article (ironically, about me again) was printed on my birthday, because Karma is a stone cold motherfucker.

But anyways, the republican still won, so this morning all of my liberal friends are screaming on Facebook about SO VIOLENT! THUG! HELP HELP I’M BEING OPPRESSED! HOW CAN YOU CONDONE THIS VIOLENCE!?! Which is super funny, because you guys can’t really seem to get too worked up about violence when the douchebags in Guy Fawkes masks are smashing the local Starbucks or you’re all sharing memes about “punching nazis” (which wouldn’t be so bad if you guys weren’t shit at target identification and didn’t call everybody who disagrees with you a nazi).

But here’s the thing. Republican voters fell into a couple camps on this controversy.

  1. They just hate the media (which lies about them and insults them constantly) so much that they were all like “Body slam a reporter? Hell, GIVE HIM THE CHAIR!” He could have literally killed, eaten, and then worn the reporter’s skin as a face mask and they’d be happy. I’ll call this the Fuck You Get Off My Lawn contingent.
  2. They don’t think violence over trivial matters is okay (even if reporters are annoying dicks), but they don’t know what actually transpired, and they know better than to ever actually believe anything that comes out of a reporter’s mouth so they gave the guy the benefit of the doubt. (and one of the witnesses backtracked her statement shortly after anyway).
  3. They figured the candidate lost his temper, and was a total asshole, but electing a total asshole is better than electing a guy from the party that leaves you poor, broke, unemployed, unarmed, and paying for somebody else’s good time.

I don’t live in Montana, and didn’t pay a lick of attention until the infamous body slam (by the way, if you can still talk about your glasses right afterwards it wasn’t much of a body slam) but I’d probably have been a B. Back when I used to teach concealed carry, during the long part of the lecture where I was going on about the legalities of shooting people, and how if humanly possible it is better to avoid shooting people, one of the things I would always point out is that eye witnesses are often unreliable, and nobody selected for your jury will have ever been punched in the face. When sudden violence unfolds, most people are taken by surprise. They don’t process it well. Their accounts afterwards are often crap. Which is why I never jump to any conclusions about any story until a few days later, after the initial bullshit calms down and the evidence (if any) is gathered.

But the Guardian reporter said X happened! Yeah, but see above. Nobody trusts reporters. Was he an innocent reporter humbly going about his business when set upon by a vicious out of control republican with delusions of being Randy Macho Man Savage? Maybe. Or was he a partisan hack asshole being rude and aggressive, who got shoved down in reaction to suddenly sticking his phone in the candidate’s face? Also maybe.

So Contingent B and C said when in doubt, I’m voting for the guy who is less likely to mooch money out of my wallet. So he won. Which is really a sad commentary on how little regular America trusts reporters. If you guys want to fix that, maybe try not being such lying bastards.

Whew… That one went long, but come on, it’s the Guardian. Making fun of the Guardian is like a hobby of mine, and I’ve not been able to indulge as much since Damian’s dumbass got canned.

Terrorist Attacks – Same old, same old. It pisses me off, makes me angry, and makes me sad. I’ve written about it before, and depressingly will probably end up doing it again. http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/01/07/thoughts-on-the-islamic-terrorist-attack-in-france/ and http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/11/16/thoughts-on-paris/ and http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/12/03/guns-and-vultures/

Short version, the world is fucked up, and there are super evil people in it. And we hear from idiots on both sides of the aisle, from cartoonishly simple responses on the right, to idiotic head in the sand, let’s all hold hands, responses on the left. And we can’t ever really have a national discourse about what to actually do about it because idiots start screeching about islamophobia.

CalExit- Sadly it appears my dreams have been crushed. I had so been hoping you would be able to spread your wings and fly. Someday, California, someday.

Brianna Wu for Congress – Oh please yes. I am so in favor of her becoming the fresh new face of the DNC. I am in favor of this even more than CalExit. Please let this happen. Santa, it is all I want for Christmas.

$15 Minimum Wage – You guys really don’t know how this works, do you? I’m guessing your Gender Studies degree didn’t require Econ 101.

Universal Basic Income – Shove it, Zuckerberg.

Sexist Haters Hate Star Trek Because Misogyny – I’m guessing this is like that time those legions of people (three guys named Cooter) were super angry about a black storm trooper, and thus required hundreds of articles and blog posts boldly condemning such blatant hatemongery. Personally, not being a Trekkie, I thought the trailer looked like wooden actors pronouncing dialog of great profundity in front of sweeping CGI vistas. Which is too bad, because I think Michelle Yeoh is cool.  But anyways, sexist racist, something something, I’m super outraged and need to virtue signal so all my friends know I’m cool.

Bill Nye-  One day Neil DeGrasse Tyson declared “No one can make science more preachy and pedantic than I can!” and Bill Nye said “Hold my beer and watch this”. It’s like he tried to jump the shark and fell in its jaws. My Sex Junk is literally the worst thing ever made. My Sex Junk causes autism. My Sex Junk is worse than climate change. My Sex Junk made me renounce science and I immediately signed up for Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog to learn about the healing power of crystals. My 150 IQ daughter who wants to become a biochemist hates Bill Nye so much that she wants to someday win a Nobel Prize just so that she can insult him during her acceptance speech.

Venezuela – What? Socialism fails again? I’m shocked! SHOCKED I TELL YOU! No really. This is my shocked face.

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That should about cover it.

 

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 month 23 days ago

But haven’t you heard? The “Impeach Trump” thing is really a *Republican* plot so they can install Pence and bring about The Handmaid’s Tale for realz!

Yes, some people actually believe that.

jdgalt
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jdgalt
1 month 23 days ago

As a libertarian I *hope* this is true, or can become true. While Trump is a thousand times better than evil Hillary, when it comes to either cutting the bureaucracy, getting rid of ObamaCare, or running Middle East policy he is a bull in a china shop, and I don’t want us to blunder into World War 3 because of him.

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Draven
1 month 17 days ago

Because Trump is going to start World War #…

No wait, he can’t, we all died when Reagan started a nucealr war.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 17 days ago

He might impulsively resist China/Iran/Russia where Clinton would have surrendered. I think the handling of North Korea may indicated a return to sanity in signaling our intentions as compared to Obama. Four months may be too soon to draw any conclusions.

Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
1 month 23 days ago

I am willing to bet money that Trump will never be impeached. It’s just such a stupid notion, for so many reasons, that I’m surprised anyone believes it.

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 month 23 days ago

They can impeach him if they want. But they should remember what happened with the last impeached president . . . (hint: he served out eight years in office)

Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
1 month 23 days ago

No, they really can’t. Not with Republicans in control of the entire government. It’s just impossible. Even if Trump eats an adorable orphan on live TV, very few (if any) Republicans would vote to impeach him. Unlike Democrats, Republicans have always been excellent at maintaining party solidarity, and this won’t be the exception.

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Robin Munn
1 month 23 days ago
It might look like that to you. But I bet you don’t read the comments section at Instapundit, do you? If you did, you’d see lots of people angry with how (in their opinion) the Republicans in Congress are doing their best to sabotage Trump’s legislative agenda. From my perspective, it’s the Democratic party that looks like the monolithic, “party loyalty trumps all” (no pun intended) group. (E.g., none of the Democratic Senators voted to impeach a Democractic President who lied under oath — apparently they were totally cool with perjury, whereas I said “If you can’t trust his oath,… Read more »
BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 22 days ago

I’m not a Pence fan. Pence at least is not a Democrat.

Furthermore, if Trump is that much of a screw up, and leaves conclusive compelling evidence, impeaching Trump and replacing him with Pence might be the best way the establishment Republicans have to get re-elected. Pence at least has survived as a Republican politician for decades, and hopefully has a sense of what he simply cannot afford to do.

champ
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champ
1 month 22 days ago

Some of the GOPe like McCain, Graham, and Collins would vote to impeach Trump..

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 22 days ago

I tend to vote Republican because I strongly dislike the Democratic Party. I am heavily disenchanted with the Republicans for nominating a Democrat. I am not sure if you would count me as a Republican or not as far as votes to impeach Trump are concerned.

junior
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junior
1 month 22 days ago

Republicans are “excellent” at maintaining party solidarity? REALLY!? “Maverick” McCain? The Ladies (well, Lady now, since one of them is no longer in the Senate) from Maine?

I could go on.

Suffice to say that Republicans are usually horrible at party unity. It makes it quite noteworthy on those occasions (Obamacare, Obama’s SC pick) when the Republicans manage to successfully close ranks.

How many Democrats have a nickname like “Maverick”?

Professor Headbutt
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1 month 23 days ago

Word on the street is that Trump wanted to use recordings of My Sex Junk as a weapon against ISIS, but it was determined to be a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
1 month 23 days ago

“It is rejected by all civilized nations!”
“These are uncivilized times.”
“We have treaties-”
“-EENK on a PAGE!”

ravenshrike
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ravenshrike
1 month 23 days ago

Huh. Is it sad when the Suicide Squad-esque ST:Renegades fan film looks both better and closer to Star Trek than that trailer?

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Draven
1 month 15 days ago

The parody series looks better.

Member
1 month 23 days ago

I wanted to say this–ALL OF THIS–for so long, but I work a full-time job and don’t have the same headspace to devote to it that jobless liberals do.

And by the way, they caught that masked and spineless ANTIFA terrorist who snuck up on three people and hit them in the head with a bike lock (http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/24/berkeley-college-professor-arrested-as-assault-suspect/).

Gotta love karma.

Greg Hollen
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1 month 23 days ago

It’s hard to get too worked up over a body slam when all we have heard from the left is how violence is the answer to political disagreements.

Shadowdancer
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1 month 18 days ago

Pretty much this.

I laughed when I heard about it. “Guess they don’t like the violence when it’s done back to them, huh?”

Philip Jones
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Philip Jones
1 month 23 days ago
You are obviously uniformed about the situation in Venezuela. The drop in oil revenue has nothing to do with years of infrastructure neglect due to channeling the maintenance funds into socialist programs or an international turf war between OPEC and US oil companies causing a huge drop in oil prices. It is a conspiracy by capitalists to destroy the Venezuelan Socialist Experiment. The exit of foreign investors and companies has nothing to do with the fact that the government keeps “nationalizing” companies and private property. It is a conspiracy of foreign capitalists deliberately sabotaging the Venezuelan economy. NONE of Venezuela’s… Read more »
60guilders
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60guilders
1 month 23 days ago

Mr. Jones–you may want to be slightly more over the top. There are people who would wholeheartedly agree with what you’re saying.

mark
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mark
1 month 23 days ago

Yes, SARC tag definitely required. The only clue that he’s not a moonbat is that he’s posting here. And I think I’ve seen a few that do post here. But he’d have to be a LOT more over the top to make it clear without a tag.

Philip Jones
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Philip Jones
1 month 22 days ago

The sad part is that what I posted above is the official position of the Venezuelan government and that is what you will see on all their official news releases. The sadder part is that their are actually people stupid enough to buy that drivel.

jic
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jic
1 month 22 days ago

“The sadder part is that their are actually people stupid enough to buy that drivel.”

But fewer and fewer of them are actually Venezuelan.

ripshin
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ripshin
1 month 23 days ago
Man…this TOTALLY made my week! Thanks Larry. Right on. Well, all except the part about Trump being better than expected. I mean, yeah, he’s had some good picks, but that whole Intel disclosure thing really pisses me off. Sure, be yourself or whatevs to the media. Play the buffoon AND the prick all day long. Degrade the office of the president till there’s no more respect for it at all (at least maybe then we’ll stop thinking of it like our president’s the Eternal Goddess Mother of Infinite Importance). But dangit, you don’t get to risk the lives of the… Read more »
Tom
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Tom
1 month 23 days ago

Join the discussion Still not Hillary

mark
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mark
1 month 23 days ago

The expectation was that he would be Hillary in drag, butch, ?? what’s the slang for a woman dressed as a man?

Achillea
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1 month 23 days ago

what’s the slang for a woman dressed as a man?

Apparently , ‘Ben Jacobs.’

Robert
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Robert
1 month 23 days ago

Once again your blog is spot-on, of course condensing that much reality in one spot is causing a gravitational shift which is going to cause our planet to wobble and spin out of the Goldilocks zone. Congratulations you have doomed us all. Just please finish up the rest of Monster Hunters story before the end of the world.

Shadowdancer
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1 month 18 days ago

I dunno. I always that that thought the solar system’s gravitational field wobbled off course a bit after Larry and Jim Butcher met and became friends.

Then it did it again when they started writing stuff set in each other’s worlds. (Well, as far as I know, Jim Butcher’s got a story for the MHI universe.)

The universe cannot possibly contain that much awesome, without it having an effect on the universe! *grin*

Blaise Corvin
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1 month 23 days ago

I don’t always agree with you, Larry, but I always enjoy hearing your thoughts. I do always agree with you 100% on the shifty media, though.

I admire how articulate and fearless you are.

You’re an inspiration to other writers like me who are on a trajectory from indie to published.

Austin
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Austin
1 month 23 days ago
Pretty sure there wouldn’t be a single person here (minus the usual trolls) who wouldn’t be perfectly happy with St Mattis the Mad Dog adding Mr President to his list of titles. Heck, Tillerson would be fine by me, too. Not super enthusiastic about Trump and Pence, but they’re better than the alternatives. Any comments on the whole Net Neutrality thing? As a consumer with a single choice for ac ISP I’m not thrilled, but as someone against government regulations I’m less opposed. I guess if be more okay with it if the companies in question had a better record… Read more »
David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 23 days ago
the big ISPs want to have their cake and eat it too they want to have total control over what goes over their network to extract more money from people after they have already paid for bandwidth but they want no liability for what goes over their network so that they don’t have to actually police anything It used to be that ISPs were considered ‘common carriers’ like the phone company, like delivery companies, like transportation companies. A common carrier is required to provide service to anyone in their area who is willing to pay, and not care about what… Read more »
guest
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1 month 21 days ago
Is a common carrier allowed to have any rules at all, any consequences at all for bad behavior? If I use my home Internet connection to carry out hacking attacks on companies or individuals I don’t like, or send spam, or harass people, there will be complaints to my ISP and presumably rather quickly the account will be terminated. Is a common carrier allowed to have a Terms of Service policy, or a Code of Conduct for its users, or must the only rules be “if you pay for it we send it?” Once upon a time an ISP that… Read more »
David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 21 days ago

illegal acts are illegal acts, and the common carrier can react to them. most spam is fraud and can be dealt with under those rules.

There is a section in the net neutrality rules that allows an ISP to manage traffic for ‘legitimate network management’ reasons, but ISPs have been pushing this definition, even under these rules.

mark
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mark
1 month 23 days ago

As I understand it, the regulation that got squashed had not gone into effect yet and it would have restricted the ISPs from doing the same kind of things with client data that Google, Facebook, and Twitter do.
I’m not sure if that is correct because I don’t worry about it. I just assume that anything I put on the wire can show up on the front page of the London Times (or on Drudge).

Austin
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Austin
1 month 23 days ago

I think you’re thinking of that regulation that would have allowed ISPs to sell your data, which is something different. Net Neutrality means that ISPs have to sell access to the internet as a whole or not at all. They can’t, say, give you access to Youtube only if you pay an additional monthly fee. It doesn’t really have anything to do with privacy.

mark
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mark
1 month 21 days ago

Yes, I know what net neutrality is. But IIRC when the big kerfuffle about that rule being canceled it was described in the media as affecting “Net Neutrality”.

As far as actual net neutrality is concerned I’m a bit conflicted. It sounds more like an issue that should be addressed by the marketplace. On the other hand, there’s not a lot of local competition between ISPs due to the high cost of entering the market (and government supported monopolies of course).

Jakub Narębski
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Jakub Narębski
1 month 23 days ago

@mark, this was different legislation. Also, ISPs are in different position than Google, Facebook and Twitter, in that they get _all_ your data, and in US in most cases you cannot choose your ISP – there is functional monopoly; while you can use different services than Google etc.

Member
1 month 22 days ago

ISPs can only see your *unencrypted* data. Most data is encrypted these days. They can see which IPs you connect to when it’s encrypted, but that’s it. That kind of data is useful for marketing people, but actually *less* useful than what Google picks up when you click on a link. The collusion that occurs to allow isps to have local monopolies is a much bigger problem.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 22 days ago

Even when you go to an encrypted site, they know the fact that you went to that site, and how much data transferred in what direction.

But net neutrality is about them being able to charge you more to go to some sites than to go to other sites (albeit indirectly by charging the website as well as you for the access)

jic
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jic
1 month 23 days ago

“Pretty sure there wouldn’t be a single person here (minus the usual trolls) who wouldn’t be perfectly happy with St Mattis the Mad Dog adding Mr President to his list of titles.”

Great deal of respect for the man, but he’s awfully fond of bringing Obama appointees into his inner circle. That aside, the skills that make a great military leader do not necessarily translate to political leadership.

Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 21 days ago

Case A: Sprint slows down access to (frex) Drudge.
Case B: Sprint offers unlimited data for people connecting to Netflix.

The net neutrality laws prohibited both. Case A is a problem. Case B, not. Case A has never occurred. Case B has.

But here’s the kicker… Anyone think the bureaucratic infrastructure needed certify services as compliant wouldn’t grow? Remember, government isn’t an octopus. It’s a hentai monster.

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Robin Munn
1 month 21 days ago

Remember, government isn’t an octopus. It’s a hentai monster.

I want to both upvote your comment for that wonderful phrase, and downvote it for sticking that image in my head. 😀

richard mcenroe
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richard mcenroe
1 month 18 days ago

You had to mention sticking…

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 21 days ago
actually, case B is a problem in that it is now favoring netflix over it’s competition. how can a netflix replacement get started if it first has to pay lots of ISPs to let it be in the ‘unlimited’ category and then try to get subscribers? Now, netflix is an interesting case They generate a lot of network traffic (which they pay their ISP for, and the watcher pay their ISP for, but the watcher’s ISPs want to charge netflix for the traffic again) And they have grown to the point where they are willing to provide (at no charge… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 20 days ago
David, I see a different scenario being more likely: Content is King First, a number of competitors rise to challenge Netflix dominance of licensed content. This has already occurred. Second, Netflix, seeing competitive advantage, Netflix produces its own proprietary content. Others do the same. This has also, already occurred. Both Netflix and its competitors want their services to work better, but, more importantly, so do the subscribers to Prime and Netflix. ISP’s, for now, are accountable to their subscribers, who demand that both Prime and Netflix work well. Similarly, VUDU, Hulu, and the other dozen options my TV tells me… Read more »
David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 20 days ago
They key is in your statement: As long as the accountability of ISP’s is to the end user… The trouble is that in many areas the accountability isn’t to the end user, the end user has no other choice, they must take what the ISP provides because there isn’t another ISP that they can get. The ISPs go to the big content providers and pitch to them, “we have X subscribers, how much are you willing to pay us for access to them”. The end-users have become the product, not the customer. ISPs have shown through their policies and actions… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 20 days ago

David, there may well be areas where only one ISP is available. However, I know of two competing satellite ISPs. If someone were out or range of all the ground based ISPs, and out of range of one of the satellite providers, I would expect that they’d have the sorts of difficulties associated with narrow options. However, I don’t think it’s a good idea to invite government to stick it’s fingers into all the ISPs to, in theory, ameliorate this narrow case.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 20 days ago
satellite ISPs only work if you have the right access to the sky. Rural folks with trees in the wrong place and city folks with buildings in the way don’t have them as an option (not to mention, they have horrible latency and low bandwidth caps) The vast majority of the country has access to two ISPs, their phone company and their cable company, both of which have very similar policies, so there really isn’t much competition between them. They are both mega-companies with extraordinarily low customer approval ratings. They are the only industry I know of that rivals Congress… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 19 days ago

I’m not going to support creating a new government bureaucracy to decide what constitutes fairness in terms of internet service. You want disparate impact nonsense and certification requirements? This is how you get them. I’m more willing to risk that people who choose to live far from service hubs and happen to be on the wrong side of the mountain get boned by their ISP than I am to guarantee everyone endure even more government lag.

Everyone hates government interference until they think it will come out in their favor.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 19 days ago

I don’t see it as creating a new government bureaucracy, there is already a bureaucracy to address these issues. net neutrality just brings data communication into line with voice communications, and the rules to be enforced are far simpler than what the FCC has to do to address ISP abuse without the common carrier rules.

Or do you think that it’s just fine for the mega-corp ISPs to block various things because they are cheaper/free compared to services they want to sell you?

Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 19 days ago

I wouldn’t patronize an ISP that didn’t let me access the services I wanted to access. I oppose laws that force others to provide goods and services against their will. I’m against it for PPACA and I’m against it for Net Neutrality. If we differ on that point, I doubt we’ll hash it out here.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 19 days ago

again, if there were real competition, I would be in favor of the market dealing with it, but there isn’t.

I also see a huge difference between requiring that a company take active measures to provide a service against their will vs prohibiting them from taking active measures to impede a service that would work fine without their action.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 19 days ago
there are times when forcing people to provide services to those who they don’t want to makes sense (eliminating “whites only” services during the civil rights heyday is a good example), and there are times when forcing people is not appropriate. You would never be able to force a writer to write ad copy for a cause they oppose for example. IMHO, the line is when the service provided includes creativity, A bakery cannot post a sign “no gays served” or refuse to sell something in stock to someone because they are gay. But requiring the baker to exercise their… Read more »
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Robin Munn
1 month 20 days ago
But a number of ISPs want netflix to pay them and refuse the netflix servers, and refuse to upgrade their network connections to other ISPs that the netflix traffic goes through. As Andrew has pointed out, if you have competition, then this is a self-solving problem. ISP A refuses to take the Netflix servers and refuses to upgrade their network. So customers of ISP A get lousy connections to Netflix at peak usage times like 6-10 PM, and grumble about how lousy their Internet connection is. Meanwhile, ISP B, which serves the same area, has taken the Netflix servers (since… Read more »
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David Lang
1 month 20 days ago
The reason there is no ISP B is in part because of the government regulations (look at how many states prohibit a town from running their own ISP for example) I agree that if there was real competition, net neutrality wouldn’t be an issue. The problem is that right now, we have government granted monopolies, and yet the government is unable to reign in their misbehavior. The Courts stated that in order to reign them in, the FCC needed to classify them as common carriers (note, the phone company is also a common carrier, as is FedEx, UPS, the Post… Read more »
Shadowdancer
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1 month 18 days ago

Wasn’t this like, back in Obama’s term?

Am FOR Net Neutrality, simply because it keeps the ISPs from favoring types of data.

Back when this was being discussed, I asked my housemate, who’s been working in the industry for at least a decade now, about it. He gave me this link, saying that it was hilariously presented, but accurate in how bad it would be if Net Neutrality was gone (also, easily understood by the non-tech layman in how it affected them.)

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Robin Munn
1 month 18 days ago
Whereas I’m AGAINST it for the exact same reasons you’re for it: because it keeps the ISPs from favoring types of data. Let me expand on this. As a consumer, rather than an ISP, I want to be able to watch Netflix at good quality. So if my ISP throttles Netflix, that will hurt me. HOWEVER, if they’re not allowed to throttle Netflix, that will hurt me too — because it will mean I pay higher prices for my service, and so do all their customers who DON’T use Netflix, which is unfair. Let me expand on that a little… Read more »
David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 18 days ago
You are missing one reason for them to slow down a service. The idea that they offer an inferior service (say their own streaming video service) and want to force people to use it instead of netflix A properly run ISP will not slow down overall because people use netflix, the customers are paying them for X amount of bandwidth, if they customers are using that bandwidth to use netflix, it is no different than them using that bandwidth to watch Amazon, or download DVD images or anything else. Nobody is opposed to them offering multiple tiers of service. It’s… Read more »
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David Lang
1 month 18 days ago

by the way, if you and Joe aren’t using netflix, what servers are you accessing that are using up the bandwidth you are paying for? why aren’t you having to pay extra for accessing those websites? After all, using your own logic, the netflix users aren’t accessing them (they are too busy watching netflix), so why should they subsidize your access to them?

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Robin Munn
1 month 18 days ago
Well, most websites that are text plus a few images have roughly similar bandwidth usage, so it makes sense to treat them as interchangeable. But of course, by acknowledging this, I’m also acknowledging that it also makes sense to treat Netflix / Hulu / Crunchyroll as interchangeable “higher-bandwidth” sites, which means it would make sense to say “Charge for speed and/or total volume, but not based on what server you access.” Which I agree with you about, BTW — I don’t think I made that clear enough in my earlier response. What I am suspicious of, though, is the government… Read more »
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Robin Munn
1 month 18 days ago
Good point on offering their own inferior service. If they’re a local monopoly, that could be a problem, though I think current anti-monopoly laws might be leverageable in that situation. (C.f. Microsoft being sued for anticompetitive practices for incorporating their own Web browser into their OS, at the time when selling a Web browser was still a plausible business model). Though you certainly *can* access all those services at once if you have multiple computers with multiple family members sharing an ISP connection, so your “extra for Netflix, extra for Amazon video, extra for Hulu…” argument doesn’t hold up quite… Read more »
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David Lang
1 month 18 days ago
anti-trust laws can’t be used against the ISPs because they are government-granted monopolies. The entire net neutrality mess started when one ISP blocked Voice over IP protocols other than the one they offered, and when the FCC tried to get them to stop it, the ISPs sued the FCC claiming the FCC had no authority to prevent them from doing that. They got a Federal Judge to agree and that Judge stated that unless they were classified as a common carrier, the FCC had no authority to block them. It turns out that the same authority the FCC needs to… Read more »
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Robin Munn
1 month 18 days ago
I tend to agree with you about the “You should charge on bandwidth rather than on the sites accessed” point, as I mentioned in the comment I just finished writing (which you of course hadn’t seen yet when you wrote this one), so I don’t have much to argue with you about here. My only point of disagreement with you seems to be is that I think I’m more leery of government regulation than you are. I would far prefer to see a market solution to that “one ISP is blocking competitors’ VOIP protocols” problem than to have the FCC… Read more »
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David Lang
1 month 18 days ago
I agree with you that the ideal situation would be to increase competition, but in this case, that’s hard to do. Back in the early days of the telephone, large cities had many different phone companies, and they didn’t talk to each other. So the old movies that showed a news editor with a dozen phones on their desk was a reality, each phone was for a different phone company (it later became a comedy standby, trying to figure out which phone to answer, but it was comedy based on reality) The early days of electricity also saw a similar… Read more »
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1 month 8 days ago

Net neutrality as implemented isn’t what it was pitched as. People wanted a law to stop ISPs from (de facto) blocking the pages of competing services (ect.). We got FCC in charge of the internet.

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David Lang
1 month 7 days ago
Since the FCC regulates telecommunications (including landlines), they were already “in charge of the Internet”. We just had the situation developing where ISPs were suing the FCC to prevent the FCC from preventing them from abusing their monopoly status, claiming that the regs the FCC had written didn’t apply to that level of detail. It’s hard to claim that the NN regulations didn’t have an effect, when the ISPs have been claiming in court that they want to do things, the NN regulations prohibit them, and the ISPs haven’t done them. What would it take to prove that the regulations… Read more »
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Doctor Locketopus
1 month 23 days ago
“I’m actually cool with that but only if ideally you could find a way to impeach to about six levels down so we get President Mattis.” That would rock, to be sure. A surprising number of them seem to half-believe that if only Evil Trump were defeated by the forces of good, then Hillary, the rightful Queen, would ascend the throne. I mean, most of them aren’t actually that stupid (they’ll admit that won’t happen if you ask them directly) but that’s the unstated fantasy they operate on. They’re basically running on a Skinnerian stimulus-response level — Must. Remove. Unpleasant.… Read more »
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Bugmaster
1 month 23 days ago
All right ! Something for me to finally disagree with ! Trump: So far, his administration was actually a lot more effective than either side predicted he would be. Not nearly as effective as his supporters hoped, of course, but neither is any politician. Unfortunately, he’s been effective at all the wrong things. For example, even if you believe that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by a conspiracy of left-wing scientists, destroying climate data (or public access to same) is still the wrong move. You want more data available for scrutiny, not less. Democrats often claim that Republicans are… Read more »
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FeatherBlade
1 month 23 days ago

Aaaalmost hate to tell you this, but the “erosion of civil liberties” thing?

Kinda part and parcel of the Socialist thing.

Bugmaster
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Bugmaster
1 month 23 days ago
You mean like, prohibiting certain types of science from being pursued or taught ? Instituting a specific religion as the official state faith, and banning all others ? Persecuting people for posting the wrong thing on the Internet ? Prohibiting life-saving medical procedures due to them being “immoral” or “blasphemous” ? Burning books and destroying historical monuments ? Socialism is just window dressing, really. So is radical Christianity, or even Islam to some extent. All of them start off with people sacrificing their own civil liberties, in the name of fighting their political enemies — either slowly, piece by piece;… Read more »
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 22 days ago

Socialism is a religion. Marx’s Reformation disguised it as something else. It’s adherents are driven to establish it as a state church, and impose its rituals on nonbelievers. As a state church it tries to manage human societies. Managing human societies to that degree always results in greater butchery and starvation.

FeatherBlade
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FeatherBlade
1 month 17 days ago

You know, you mention “radical Christianity”, but what you describe is Islam.

I think you will find that they are quite different.

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Robin Munn
1 month 16 days ago
I didn’t even see your comment about “radical Christianity” until just now. (Juxtaposed with Islam, even.) Um, the kindest way I can put it is that juxtaposition was a really, really ignorant thing to say. Since I choose to believe that you are simply ignorant rather than stupid*, let me help. Both Christians and Muslims tell stories of the heroes of their respective faiths, usually the martyrs who died in service of Christianity or of Islam. But that’s where the similarity ends. The martyrs that Islam celebrates were the people who died while killing others in the name of Allah.… Read more »
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gmmay
1 month 11 days ago

You’re trying the fashionable but fallacious argument most Lefties, and even some more self-important Libertarians, like to attempt. Namely, that there is a “radical” sect of Christianity in the US (or the world for that matter) that is capable, or even resembles, the straw man you’ve stuffed together here. Even if you manage to find such a group, you will fail to make a case that they wield any significant power or even influence anywhere.

Now try to say the same for Socialists and Islamists.

Yours is an objectively stupid comparison.

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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 10 days ago

Butchering babies for material to supply therapies that have limited utility due to foreign tissue rejection could be called a life saving medical procedure.

Bergen-Belsen drug rehab could likewise be called a life saving medical procedure if it stops just one junkie from stabbing a cop.

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gmmay
1 month 9 days ago

Not to mention that it’s not so-called Radical Christians opposing GMOs, shutting down scientific debate about AGW, pushing Net Neutrality, or tearing down historical monuments in NOLA.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 23 days ago
Presidents routinely share classified information with foreign entities, that’s why there is a process in place to report exactly what was shared immediately after such meetings. remember that we have no idea what was said, other than the leaks and claims that it was ‘bad’ (as opposed to the statements of the other people in the room who said it was appropriate) Remember that the President has the ultimate authority to share anything and set any classification level. The Constitution doesn’t authorize the NSA/CIA/etc, what it does is authorizes the President to do things, and delegate responsibility to people he… Read more »
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Bugmaster
1 month 22 days ago

Yeah, I didn’t say it was illegal, just stupid.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 22 days ago

It’s not even clear that it was stupid. The other people in the room (who have far more experience than Trump does in these matters) don’t seem to think there was anything inappropriate. It’s only the leakers and the press that claim it’s bad.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 22 days ago

Water is state. EPA exists to harm human welfare.

I understand net neutrality is for regulating political speech and giving Google et al a government protected monopoly in exchange for bribes.

Putin has decades in labyrinth of mirrors. If you don’t want to exterminate Russians, Putin supports you. Beyond that?

All Obama appointees should be fired. Comey perhaps overdue.

Minimum wage drives automation. UBI drives mass murder.

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1 month 21 days ago

Just so. These are terrifying times we live in, when a Russian leader who came from the ranks of the KGB seems less hostile to the US than anyone the Democrats have run for President since Lyndon Johnson.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 20 days ago

Putin’s an asshole, and quite possibly more hostile to the US than Mondale. (Johnson and Kennedy were also assholes.)

Beyond a vague “his perception of Russia’s interests”, it is impossible to know his mind enough to specify his wants. “What Putin wants” is too broad of a test, and can hang any Democrat.

Putin does not advance US interests.

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David Lang
1 month 20 days ago
> Putin does not advance US interests. Of course he doesn’t. Why does anyone expect any other country’s leader to “advance US interests”? Every leader should be working to advance their own country’s interest. The key to diplomacy is finding where the other country’s interest matches (or is at least close) to our country’s interest, and agree to work together on that interest. There are interests that the US and Russia share, and we should work with Russia in those areas. I’ll also point out for those that don’t realize it. The US access to space is largely depended on… Read more »
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Robin Munn
1 month 20 days ago
A better formulation would probably be “Putin’s interests are mostly opposed to the US’s interests, so it does not advance US interests to help Putin.” In cases where both countries want the same thing — fighting against terrorism, for example — it does make sense to cooperate, on a limited basis. Which is why I had no objection in principle to Trump revealing to the Russians that we had intelligence regarding certain plots against civil aviation (presumably against civil aviation in Russia, otherwise they would have had no need to know). The guy who was there specifically told the media… Read more »
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 20 days ago

Putin may have opposed some of Obama’s insane formulations of US interests, but Putin also seems mostly opposed to sane formulations of US interests.

To include some points regarding terrorism. Remember, if Wikileaks is Russian, they compromised many of our counter terrorist assets.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 20 days ago
do you really believe that wikileaks is under the control of Russia? We know where some of their data has come from (Madding and Snowden), it doesn’t take a state actor to come up with sensitive data. I readily admit that the Russians may take advantage of them to publish things they want to use to embarrass the US government, but I’ll equally admit that they use the New York Times the same way. If you think this sort of info can only be had by state actors, you have way too high an opinion of US government security, and… Read more »
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 19 days ago

Snowden’s movements are evidence of ties to Chinese and Russian intelligence. Snowden, Manning et al. may have simply been the public excuse for revealing information foreign intelligence already had through more highly placed moles. Russia hasn’t given us Snowden to mulch.

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Zoomie
1 month 17 days ago

Less money to the EPA does not equal undrinkable water. It may mean that the EPA will stop declaring the puddle on your property to be a federal waterway and therefore forbidding you from regraveling your driveway. The EPA is one of the most abusive and inept bureaucracies in the federal government.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 16 days ago

Yeah. Take a look at the DoI report on the Gold King mine incident. Even if that was motivated by the desire to take duties and funding from the EPA, it implies that someone else wants the funding and duties of the EPA. If the report is honest in describing the incompetence of the EPA, most of us are safer without the EPA in our water supply.

Bugmaster may live somewhere the EPA doesn’t dare contaminate. That isn’t rural areas where I live.

Achillea
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1 month 16 days ago

Do you happen to have a link to that DoI report? I have an EPA-worshipping lefty friend who really needs to see it.

60guilders
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60guilders
1 month 16 days ago

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2475483/technical-evaluation-of-the-gold-king-mine.pdf

Relevant details are in the executive summary. To summarize the summary, the EPA botched the job by failing to ascertain whether there was water backup in the mine, possibly due to EPA dysfunction–however, the BOR considered finding the reasons behind the EPA’s decisionmaking to be outside of its scope.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 15 days ago

You can read implications of deeper problems than that into the report. Is that too much? I’m pretty much at the limits of my background, and don’t know.

Achillea
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1 month 9 days ago

Thanks, 60guilders. -bookmarks-

TallDave
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TallDave
1 month 23 days ago

Pretty much 100% agree with every word, which not usual for me and words on the Internet. Nice to have one of those “Thank God I’m not alone” moments.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
1 month 23 days ago

Wait, that Bill Nye musical number… just realized it makes the Star Wars Holiday Special look almost pleasant in comparison. (Though SWHS was still nasty…)

jic
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jic
1 month 23 days ago

The animated sections of *The Star Wars Holiday Special* were actually pretty good. Made me wish they had led to a spin-off Saturday morning cartoon. As far as I can tell, Bill Nye’s show has no redeeming value whatsoever.

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
1 month 22 days ago

What memories I haven’t managed to suppress of that show did think the Boba Fett intro was cool. 😉

Andrew Jones
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Andrew Jones
1 month 23 days ago

First, it’s nice to see the left agreeing that Russia is a competitor and potential enemy.

Second, as a professional programmer and amateur roboticist, I can’t see a problem with $15/hr minimum wage.

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jdgalt
1 month 23 days ago

I take it that you have no use for fast food, and don’t mind hosing those who want it.

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Draven
1 month 17 days ago

No, but he’d make a fortune in the burger-flipping robot industry.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 23 days ago
in many parts of the country, $15/hour is a skilled wage or police salary. One company I know pays $15/hour for a big rig truck driver who jumps through all the hoops to be rated to drive explosives around. Raising the minimum wage will erode everybody else’s pay. 30+ years ago I worked at Radio Shack and I bucked for a promotion to a higher paying position. Then there was a minimum wage hike in California, and minimum wage was increased to $0.05 less than my new position earned. I still had all the added work for the position, but… Read more »
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jic
1 month 23 days ago

I may be wrong about this, but I thought he was joking that the $15/hr minimum wage would benefit him by causing more demand for automation.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 22 days ago

It also increases fraud as a way around employment laws, which tends to involve bringing in illegal immigrants.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
1 month 22 days ago

We have always been at war with Russia.
All the talk from Former President Obama about how fearing Russia was a relic of the Cold War is just a doubleplus ungood figment of your imagination.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 22 days ago

The roots of our enmity predate Russia, but Russia has only been an enemy since the nineteenth century.

If we can hang Trump on the alleged substance, we can hang FDR, Obama, and maybe Jacqueline Kennedy.

By current standards, anyone who doesn’t want to cut entitlement spending, do missile defense, first strike the Russians, and put the survivors in death camps is a Russian spy.

Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 21 days ago

Obviously Joe is correct. See, says so here in the party paper.

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Arwen
1 month 23 days ago

The comments of the Bill Nye video featured an atheist begging the religious right to come back because they were right about that slippery slope. Sweet, sweet schadenfreude.

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60guilders
1 month 23 days ago

Mmmmmmm…schadenfreude.

Shadowdancer
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1 month 18 days ago

…I’m curious. What Bill Nye video and which comment? Trying to resist logging into Heroes of the Storm (because that game turned out to be surprisingly fun and addictive.)

Arwen
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Arwen
1 month 17 days ago
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60guilders
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60guilders
1 month 16 days ago

Sounds like a smaller-scale version of the sociologists saying “Hey guys, maybe the religious right wasn’t nearly as bad as we were saying, because the alternative is way crazier.”

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Jake
1 month 23 days ago

It’s like you took my thoughts on all these things and worded them oh so much more eloquently.

Except the reporter thing. I’m more of a “I wish he power bombed him and followed it with a People’s Elbow for good measure” kinda guy.

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Keith Glass
1 month 23 days ago

Larry, you forgot the other nice thing about the Trump Administration: Melania Trump. It’s rather pleasant to have a First Lady who exudes elegance. as opposed to a shrill harridan who was, at best, “Ghetto Fabulous”. . .

Shadowdancer
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1 month 18 days ago

It’s also delightfully entertaining to watch the liberal media freak the everliving fark out about EVERY ITTY BITTY THING SHE DOES.

It makes me think, wishfully I know, that perhaps, just perhaps the news screaming on gossip column level will let the adults actually DO SOMETHING.

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Motoru
1 month 23 days ago

Whichever Correia 2.x it is that wants to be a biochemist: You go girl! I’d love to see Nye get slammed in an acceptance speech. He deserves it. Plus having the ILOH progeny learn how to manipulate DNA just sounds perfect. She’ll have a spot in CorreiaTech’s R&D department in no time. 🙂

Ratus
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Ratus
1 month 23 days ago

Why the hate on Universal Basic Income?

I’d be for it if the massively​ parasitic bureaucracy of poverty was done away with at the same time.

David Lang
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David Lang
1 month 23 days ago

what makes you UBI would obviously only go to those who deserve it, not to those filthy business owners and other undeserving rich. So they would still have a huge bureaucracy to police everyone.

M Clark
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M Clark
1 month 22 days ago

Universal means everybody gets it, from the homeless to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. No bureaucracy needed to police it, that’s one of the selling points.

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jungshin
1 month 19 days ago

where does the UBI come from? Other Peoples Money (OPM). Any time you take other peoples money somebody in the .gov decides that there needs to be a bureaucracy to a: take it and II) pass it out (with a dose of 3. skim a bit off the top).

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Bugmaster
1 month 19 days ago
You can use this argument to oppose any kind of a government program, including the military, road maintenance, faith-based initiatives, courts, and traffic cops. Now I understand that some people are, in fact, opposed to all forms of government just on principle; but I’m not sure if you’d want to go that far (though if you are, I wouldn’t mind hearing about some alternatives that you can propose). But if you aren’t willing to simply ditch all government on principle, then you need to explain why UBI would be more bureaucratic than, say, the armed forces or road maintenance or,… Read more »
BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 18 days ago

Money is more an illusion than food or energy, so no law of conservation. (Outputs at most matching inputs, not the Green meaning.)

Funding income from (one presumes) a tax on income is similar to perpetual motion. Bureaucracy is frictional losses.

Modern wealth comes from cheaper ways of doing things, as if engineering machinery.

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jungshin
1 month 18 days ago
i tend to be a strict constructionist when it comes to reading the Constitution. in your example you have for lack of a better term mixed metaphors. Military and upper courts should be and are covered by Federal powers, the rest that you have outlined are local or at most State powers. As i have seen it the .gov is a necessary evil and was understood at creation as such. much like evil anywhen, it grows unchecked unless it is stopped by people who aren’t seduced by it. You are correct in your assertion that a potential UBI would be… Read more »
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FeatherBlade
1 month 23 days ago

I already wish that all the congresscritters who voted for Obama care would die in a fire, for forcing me to choose between going to grad school and not being dependent upon government largess to make my health insurance premiums.

If they chose to make me a ward of the state by forcing a universal basic income on me, I might just be inclined to go to D.C. and start setting them on fire myself.

Philip Jones
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Philip Jones
1 month 22 days ago

You do know that Swtizerland yoted on this just a short time ago? Looks at the basic numbers they were calculating to pull it off and you will realize what an incredibly stupid idea it is.

M Clark
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M Clark
1 month 22 days ago

At about 220 million adults times 15000 dollars a year, the UBI would cost 3.3 Trillion dollars (if I counted the zeroes correctly). We couldn’t afford it. I suppose we might get some of the money back as people with jobs have to pay income tax on their UBI, but that wouldn’t cover the shortfall.

Plus the political fallout of all the government bureaucrats that would be out of a job that pays more than UBI.

Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 21 days ago

As paying people to do nothing is destructive and wasteful, UBI is a bad idea.

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Robin Munn
1 month 18 days ago

THIS. This is what the left NEVER seems to understand. The erosion of human dignity that happens when people are told, “We will take care of your every need, and you don’t need to lift a finger.” They see films like WALL-E and never draw the obvious conclusion intended by the filmmakers: that not having a purpose, a job to do, is bad for human beings on the emotional / mental / spiritual level.

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1 month 21 days ago
The bureaucracy would necessarily expand to administer this new, additional entitlement program, thereby creating millions more Affirmative Action featherbed do-nothing jobs for millions more leftist civil-service apparatchiks–Regional Directors for Community Outreach, Diversity and Inclusiveness Board appointees, and on and on and on and on–who be members of public employees’ unions and who will use public funds to do fundraising for Democrat candidates. That’s one of the five reasons the Democrats want this so badly. Another is that it will be another step towards normalizing being on the dole and doing away with the stigma of being a welfare leech, and… Read more »
Member
1 month 23 days ago

Oh, and Democrats like Senator Franken body-slammed citizens back in 2004 when it was “protecting first amendment rights” and still cool.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/21/magazine/al-franken-seriously-so.html

Patrick Chester
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Patrick Chester
1 month 23 days ago

Oh, and does anyone see “Universal Basic Income” and immediately think “Basic Living Stipend”?

Austin
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Austin
1 month 23 days ago

I thought changing our name to United States of Haven was implied in the suggestion.

Wicked Duke
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Wicked Duke
1 month 23 days ago

Yes, with a deep shudder.

mark
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mark
1 month 23 days ago

First thought that came to my head.

Second was: Will he ever finish that series ?!!!!!!!

Austin
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Austin
1 month 23 days ago

Same day Ringo finishes Legacy of the Aldenata.

Though maybe now that Safehold is done Weber will give up on Tor and come back to Baen full time. It’s pretty obvious the Honorverse has been second priority for him the last few years.

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mark
1 month 21 days ago

Is Safehold done? Every time I go to get the next one that I haven’t read I look a the price and the “price set by publisher” comment and respond with NFW.

Ringo needs to continue a buncha-mess of plot-lines (Queen of Wands for instance). Seems to be the same for all the series that I fall for.

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60guilders
1 month 21 days ago

Well, the first part of Safehold is done–i.e., the war between Charis and the Church. Now we have to go to part two, which is the war between humanity and the Gbaba.

Wes S.
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Wes S.
1 month 23 days ago

Yes, “Basic Living Stipend” was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw Zuckerberg’s idiocy on the tube this morning, along with “Oh great, now he wants us to be the goddam Peoples’ Republic of Haven.” The second (third?) thing was to wonder if anybody happens to have the number to Thomas Theisman’s personal com. Or even Victor Cachat’s. 😛

All joking aside: Why do progs always use sci-fi dystopias as how-to manuals?

Austin
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Austin
1 month 22 days ago

Doesn’t Jack Wylder live in Texas? Think he could fill in for Lester Tourville?

mark
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mark
1 month 21 days ago

Definitely Victor. Headline:
“Mark Zuckerberg to resign. Management role to be assumed by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Reynolds. No explanation given.”

Andrew
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Andrew
1 month 21 days ago
“All joking aside: Why do progs always use sci-fi dystopias as how-to manuals?” In a word, Utopia. The idea that we can “make people better” is pretty powerful in the left. There’s also a strong materialism, in the sense that material causes are the source/means of things. However, the root failure is the belief that the “state of nature” was utopian. We would have Utopia if it weren’t for bad people. Most of people’s behavior problems are driven by material want. People don’t commit crimes because they have broken moral compasses or corrupt incentives, they do it because they are… Read more »
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Lawson
1 month 23 days ago

“Brianna Wu for Congress – Oh please yes. I am so in favor of her becoming the fresh new face of the DNC. I am in favor of this even more than CalExit. Please let this happen. Santa, it is all I want for Christmas.”

I am getting that sick feeling in my gut that this would the first step presidency for Wu. And this scares me.

Also, I miss Damian Walter. He provided the world so much entertainment.

60guilders
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60guilders
1 month 23 days ago

I don’t know…the Brianna Wu presidency might be what would finally get us back on track, as the first two years would be so utterly insane that the midterms would be worse for the Democrats than 2010.

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Robin Munn
1 month 18 days ago

But in the meantime, they’d give us the NEXT ill-considered, almost-impossible-to-get-rid-of-because-the-Republicans-in-Congress-are-spineless-idiots idea like Obamacare. No thanks.

Wicked Duke
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Wicked Duke
1 month 23 days ago

Thanks Larry…

It’s been a pretty trying week, and this is truly the first laugh-out-loud-and-startle-the-office-cat moment I’ve had since Saturday…

Christopher M. Chupik
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Christopher M. Chupik
1 month 23 days ago

As to these “racist fans” who make the news with suspicious regularity, I look to all those incidents of “hate speech” and “hate crimes” that are found to be hoaxes and wonder. After all, it’s much easier to get away with faking this stuff online. Just saying.

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Patrick Chester
1 month 23 days ago

Meaning they likely quoted some troll account on YouTube and/or Twitter and applied it to a bunch of other people who likely don’t share the troll’s claim.

(Actually I doubt the troll shares those views. They seem to like saying crap for the lulz. Kids who didn’t get spanked enough I guess.)

Achillea
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1 month 23 days ago

CalExit- Sadly it appears my dreams have been crushed. I had so been hoping you would be able to spread your wings and fly. Someday, California, someday.

CalExit’s now been replaced in the Idiocy Paradigm by Single Payer, which made it out of committee despite A) costing significantly significantly more than everything else in the budget put together and B) with no indication of how it would be paid for.

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junior
1 month 21 days ago
The current plan is – – Rely on the idea that the federal government will allow the funds it provides for healthcare to be used for the state’s single payer system, and hope that the funding doesn’t get cut. Note that this covers roughly *half* of the projected $400 billion cost. – Require employers to take the money that they currently spend on healthcare, and put it into the single payer system instead. This would cover somewhere between $100 – $150 billion. Assuming that all of the estimates are correct (/rolleyes), that leaves costs between $50 – $100 billion that… Read more »
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David Lang
1 month 21 days ago

people are going to be very unwilling to keep paying what they currently pay for their current employer coordinated plan to instead get just state level coverage.

single payer only works if they can nationalize the health providers, and I would just _love_ to see the lawsuits if they try to do that.

If they can’t control the costs, and people are allowed to go around their ‘single payer’ system, it will collapse in very short order.

jic
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jic
1 month 23 days ago

“Real quick, you can’t have a “right” to something that requires somebody else to do something for you.”

6th Amendment right to legal counsel. The pedantic part of my brain requires me to point that out.

Kristophr
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Kristophr
1 month 23 days ago

You have a right to legal counsel of your choice. In a sane country, you would be expected to pay your counsel out of your own pocket, or find one that will volunteer to do it for free.

Nowhere in the 6th Amendment did it say the state would provide one.

jic
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jic
1 month 23 days ago

OK, I think that’s a reasonable argument. But, back to the 6th Amendment – right to trial by jury. Your right to the jury requires people to serve on the jury.

Kristophr
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Kristophr
1 month 22 days ago

Correct. I would rather we had a volunteer jury, instead of indenturing people.

jic
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jic
1 month 21 days ago

As far as I can tell, jurors were *always* drafted in the English Common Law tradition, and the Founding Fathers would have been aware of that when they wrote the constitution. They could have specified a volunteer-only system, but they didn’t. Having said that, I don’t have an in-principle objection to volunteer-only juries, I’m just not sure it would work.

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Doctor Locketopus
1 month 21 days ago

I don’t like the idea of volunteer juries, myself.

A jury is supposed to represent the opinions and values of normal people, and normal people hate, hate, HATE jury duty. Someone who would volunteer for jury duty is very likely the kind of person who enjoys wielding power over others. The kind of person you find running homeowner’s associations and science fiction conventions. Yeah.

Hey, maybe we should start drafting legislators. 🙂

jic
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jic
1 month 21 days ago

“Hey, maybe we should start drafting legislators.”

That’s what they did in Athenian democracy. But I’m pretty sure that the Athenian system is what the the founding fathers had in mind when they warned against democracy…

pkudude99
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1 month 19 days ago

LE Modesitt had a series where the government people were drafted, and then after their term then had to spend years doing literal public service at no pay in order to pay back society for having wielded power over it… so naturally no one wanted to be in government and thus had to be drafted into it.

I recall thinking as I read it that it was a lovely idea, but no way would it actually work 🙁

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Orvan Taurus
1 month 21 days ago

Hrm, yoked/harnessed legislators pulling a load… (instead of speaking a load). Yeah, good idea.

Levi
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Levi
1 month 21 days ago

I still don’t think this strictly speaking requires someone to do something for you. It means the state must arrange to have a jury if they want to press criminal charges. No jury, no trial, hence the benefit of the right.

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Robin Munn
1 month 21 days ago

But the right to a jury trial assumes, de facto if not de jure, that the state can pick twelve random people and say “Okay, you’re the jury”. Why do I assert that it makes that assumption? Because as jic pointed out upthread (about ten hours ago, according to the timestamp as I’m writing this), that’s been the norm for juries in the English tradition for centuries, and the drafters of the Constitution were quite well aware that that was the “standard” way of forming juries. (And for the record, I don’t have an objection to that practice.)

jic
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jic
1 month 21 days ago

What Robin Munn said.

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John C Wright
1 month 23 days ago

The so called right to free, public legal counsel was invented out of lefty badfeels. It is not in the Bill of Rights.

60guilders
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60guilders
1 month 23 days ago

You mean the notoriously non-leftist Hughes court?

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John C Wright
1 month 20 days ago

Ever read the opinion? Just because someone somewhat on the Right commits it, does not make it not Left. See Nixon, EPA, Hoover, easy credit policies, Reagan, abortion, etc.

Tomyironmane
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Tomyironmane
1 month 21 days ago

I think it is more an effort to level the playing field in criminal court. In essence, the government is not allowed to chain you in place and then drop the mighty hammer it can wield on your defenseless unprotected skull like an Inuit clubbing a baby seal.

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John C Wright
1 month 23 days ago

“He could have literally killed, eaten, and then worn the reporter’s skin as a face mask and they’d be happy. ”
I am in this group. The media is the enemy. All other things that threaten or annoy civilization are powered, created, nurtured and set loose by the media, who then obfuscate, distract, and cover up the threats and annoyances. The dems would be nothing without the media. The jihad would be nothing without the dems.

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
1 month 22 days ago

The current crop of Media is ignorant, and lazy, lazy, lazy.
And like many lazy fools, they turn to social justice trumpery to hide that fact.

guest
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1 month 21 days ago
“Current?” Bruh. BRUH. The Press in the US has been redder than the proverbial baboon’s ass and a playground for coffeehouse revolutionaries going back at least a century, if not further. We have a strange sort of amnesia about the press in this country, anyway. We see a story in which some poor miseducated borderline-illiterate naif of a liberal arts/journalism major has attempted to write about some subject of which we personally have technical knowledge. Maybe it’s computers. Maybe it’s firearms. Maybe it’s stamp collecting. And we are invariably left agog and utterly mindboggled at the risible stupidity they committed… Read more »
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Orvan Taurus
1 month 21 days ago

I’ve had conversations about a particular subject and been given the Standard Media Line about such and explain, “You ever see how something you know a lot about is portrayed? And they get it horribly wrong?” “Uh.. yeah.” “They get everything else just as wrong.” And yet… *sigh* It’s enough to make me look for the way IN to some labyrinth. Though better meal arrangements would need to be made than… back when.

Matthew
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Matthew
1 month 20 days ago

Gell-Mann Amnsesia

pkudude99
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1 month 19 days ago

Attributed to many… I’ve seen Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Mark Twain all said to have been the source of this — “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”

Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
1 month 17 days ago

At least the old bunch would actually work to fill the pages full of Leftist propaganda, misinformation, and slanted news.
These kids pretty much just parrot press releases. Lazy damn Millennials!

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C. S. P. Schofield
1 month 23 days ago
Seems to me that a lot of the “Impeach Trump” nonsense is the Democrat Establishment desperately hoping they can keep up the hysteria long enough for the voters to forget that they twisted the nomination process into a pretzel in order to hand the nomination to a massively unlikable, ostentatiously stupid, criminal shrew. I mean, Hillary? Really? What the pluperfect hell were they THINKING? The woman has more baggage than Zsa Zsa Gabor on one of her honeymoons. They really displayed contempt for the Democrat voters, and they frantically hope that the voters won’t focus on that until at least… Read more »
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Bridget
1 month 23 days ago

That about sums it up. Hats off and missed your blogging about these issues. Real life and getting paid first though👍🏻 And more books from one of my favorite authors

Richard Maxton
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Richard Maxton
1 month 23 days ago

Oh, Mr Correia, how I have missed this kind of post.
Thank you for being awesome.
🙂

JRR
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JRR
1 month 22 days ago

I wish I lived in Montana. I’d vote for anyone who body slammed a reporter. I guess that puts me in the “fuck you, get off my lawn” crowd.

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Orvan Taurus
1 month 22 days ago

There are times I ponder that at or after The End Of The Universe… the credits will roll, and at the very very end will be this last declaration: This has been a Stupidaphone Production.

Chris Pugrud
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Chris Pugrud
1 month 22 days ago
As a native Montanan who moved back here last summer the special election has been entertaining to say the least. The general consensus among the non-D crowd the next morning was “finally a politician that follows through on his promise to fight for Montana”. The reporter was trespassing at a private event when he barged into a private room, refused to leave when asked several times while shoving a microphone in Gianforte’s face and demanding an answer to a “gotcha” question. Why is it we don’t hear about D candidates getting badgered by reporters stalking them and trespassing into private… Read more »
Jose A Velez
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1 month 22 days ago
I don’t agree with most of your opinions, but I do believe in the rights of free speech. I have friends that think like you and we decided that we won’t change the other and respect our friendship a lot more. You are an extremely talented writer that gave me my fix after finishing all books by Jim butcher. I have read everyone of your books except the mercenary ones. Please keep writing, I love your works and get excited when I get a new book (already bought Siege and plan to start reading it tonight while drinking a cold… Read more »
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junior
1 month 22 days ago
” Or was he a partisan hack asshole being rude and aggressive, who got shoved down in reaction to suddenly sticking his phone in the candidate’s face? Also maybe.” ——————— The reporter himself has said that this is pretty much what happened. He didn’t call himself a partisan hack, of course. But he did admit that he went where he wasn’t supposed to go, interrupted an interview that was being set up (that’s why the other reporters were there), and demanded that the candidate answer his questions. He figured that the candidate wouldn’t be as rude as he was, and… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
1 month 21 days ago

Japan’s elaborate politeness was the end result of centuries where the Samurai class was immediately obligated to answer insults with their swords… or commit seppiku.

Member
1 month 22 days ago

My Sex Junk has one redeeming quality, it produced this: “My 150 IQ daughter who wants to become a biochemist hates Bill Nye so much that she wants to someday win a Nobel Prize just so that she can insult him during her acceptance speech.”

MClark
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1 month 22 days ago
I’ve seen a few episodes of Supergirl. Parts of the pilot were cute, eg when she tears her glasses off before saving the plane, or her sister saying “blue is your color, you can’t go wrong with blue.” The episodes with the Flash are pretty good. But mostly the show is about emotions, with people talking about their feelings. Lifetime superheroes. I figured if this is what the show runners want, and enough people tuned in to make the ratings, that was fine, as long as I didn’t have to watch it. What if ST:D is the same way? Everybody… Read more »
Brad R. Torgersen
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1 month 21 days ago
Star Trek’s prime run began with Wrath of Khan and ended with the final episode of Deep Space Nine. Lots of engaging storytelling in there. And some terrific acting to boot. Things kinda went off the rails during Voyager, and stayed off the rails during Enterprise. All of the TNG-era films, save the first, were like 2-parter TNG episodes which couldn’t quite measure up to the expanded canvas of the big screen. JJ-Trek has been fun, but it’s not got the soul of the show; which I’d expect from a new franchise tentpole. I am afraid Discovery doesn’t look like… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
1 month 21 days ago

Adding Progressive table droppings to media is a lot like a chef taking some prime ahi tuna, then breading it in cheap meal, then deep frying it far too long in stale oil that’s too cold, and serving it with clotted grits and overcooked greenbeans, ala public school food from the 80’s.
Then, when the customer balks at the greasy mess set before them, the “chef” upbraids them for just not liking fish.

jic
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jic
1 month 21 days ago
“All of the TNG-era films, save the first, were like 2-parter TNG episodes which couldn’t quite measure up to the expanded canvas of the big screen.” The only TNG Star Trek movie that was really worth seeing was First Contact. Yes, it was stupid as hell (great big tank of deadly plasma in engineering that can easily be ruptured with a hand phaser? Seriously?) and required Picard to act out-of-character, but it was also a fun, exiting, memorable movie. Generations, on the other hand, was just like the other two of its generation: I’ve seen it, but I can’t remember… Read more »
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Draven
1 month 17 days ago

Generations: They blew up the Enterprise-D and Kirk died. Twice.

jic
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jic
1 month 17 days ago

Don’t they blow up the Enterprise every other movie?

craig(2)
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craig(2)
1 month 20 days ago

At least in Canada it’ll be on regular cable.

There are enough people I recognize in it that I’ll give it a shot, but I have limited expectations.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 20 days ago

I doubt I would care a whit more should it turn out to be on the level of BSG 2.0.

doug whiddon
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doug whiddon
1 month 21 days ago

This was GOOD. Right up there with the list of author ranks. One of your best pieces ever.

tuco
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tuco
1 month 21 days ago

Fuck you, get off my lawn.

Dan McDonald
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1 month 21 days ago

Okay…I read MHI and looking for the next series to try when I saw this blog. I’m normally afraid to find out the political opinions of famous people, cuz they’re usually liberal idiots. But then it makes sense that authors would be more intelligent than actors. 🙂 This post was great! I will happily continue to buy and read your books.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 19 days ago

There are smart actors, and stupid, or at least very unwise writers. Historically, writers sold through a publishing industry that became increasingly entrenched in New York City. This seems to have had political effects.

Things are nasty now politically, but I would still encourage folks to consume art from different political viewpoints when the artist does not compromise art for politics.

Zsuzsa
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Zsuzsa
1 month 19 days ago
As far as I can tell, the impeachment theory goes something like this: (1) Impeach Trump and possibly Pence because of the proof that the Nefarious Russians ™ stole the election (aforementioned proof will be forthcoming any day now). (2) Pence or Ryan or whomever ends up in the top seat after the impeachment will feel so guilty about getting into power in such an illegitimate way after a stolen election that he will immediately call for a special election to determine the new president (Q: If you think Republicans are power-hungry monsters worse than Hitler, why do you think… Read more »
Austin
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Austin
1 month 19 days ago

Larry, my computer showed me logged in as you when I checked here this morning. I had an admin toolbar at the top of the screen. It only appeared on the home page and clicking any links led to a login page. Once I hit ctrl+F5 it went away. Still, strange bug you may want to look into. Could be a security hole.

SirShades
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SirShades
1 month 19 days ago

Happens sometimes, and the crack CorreiaTech IT Squad has been trying to track it down. Current research shows that while you appear to be logged in as the ILoH, you can’t actually DO anything (as you note above). The actual cause, and it’s eventual resolution remain unknown.

BigFire
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BigFire
1 month 19 days ago

CorreiaTech is well aware of the problem. I too had the same thing happened a couple of times. It would appears to be an display problem, and you’re not actually login as International Lord of Hate.

airboy
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airboy
1 month 18 days ago

I’ve had a really bad month. Reading this made it better.

Thanks Larry!

Five of Clubs
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Five of Clubs
1 month 19 days ago

Off Topic Alert: Larry, I was listening to “Raining Blood” by Slayer the other day and the lyrics sound EXACTLY like a Correia book. Any chance that it’s been an inspiration?

alchemist
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alchemist
1 month 17 days ago

Larry, please please please fisk this if you have the time! Pajama boy reflects on guns in media:
http://www.avclub.com/article/guilt-hating-gun-violence-loving-its-movies-256142
Please!

Shawna Canon
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1 month 17 days ago
“Rights – Real quick, you can’t have a “right” to something that requires somebody else to do something for you. Holy shit, that’s fucking stupid. You can’t have a right to someone else’s labor, time, or property. That’s theirs. Not yours. Do they not teach Civics anymore?” This is kind of the crux of it right here. I was having a little online argument with someone recently who said “Every author has a right to an audience” and I was trying to explain to her why her sitting in her room and banging on her keyboard for a while does… Read more »
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Draven
1 month 17 days ago

Larry, to most of these kids, Civics are made by Honda.

justtony
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justtony
1 month 16 days ago

Draven:
You, Sir, owe me a keyboard. At least the monitor didn’t short out. 😀

Mutant Macrophage
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Mutant Macrophage
1 month 17 days ago
This is off-topic but since you’re working on the Grimnoir Chronicle again I recently found some Imperial Japanese military songs on youtube like Battotai which is my favourite (very honourable, very glorious), also Navy, Kamikaze songs etc. The guy who posted the song in this link has a bunch more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzKeEbHGn4s Songs like that can help you get into the Imperial Japanese military mindset. There’s also this channel playlist: War in the Pacific by some German dude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrdNZnpkfHM&index=18&list=PLv0uEimc-uN-PHNubCftS5migNvHVkjS- If you feel like procrastinating and want more epic songs in foreign languages on youtube find O Fortuna & Fortuna Plango Vulnera… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
1 month 14 days ago

Red Army songs are also good for mindset. A few bars, and you are ready to pick up PPSh-41, jump on T-34, and fight Hitlerite Invaders!
Forward, bratshkia! For Motherland! For Stalin!

FL Buckeye
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FL Buckeye
1 month 13 days ago

Nick Search

FL Buckeye
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FL Buckeye
1 month 12 days ago

That’s suppose to be Nick Searcy.

TSgt Daniel Johnson USAF (Ret)
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TSgt Daniel Johnson USAF (Ret)
1 month 17 days ago

Random question Larry. If MHI ever gets picked up for TV who would you like to see play Earl Harbinger? Owen could probably be played by a lot of big guys, Julie p problem to cast as well but to me the casting of Earl could make or break the series.

C.J. Peterson
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C.J. Peterson
1 month 15 days ago

I read an article about the so-called “sexist, racist, alt-right” trolls that were supposedly upset about “Discovery,” and they didn’t link to one single example of this, so I’m inclined to think this is another made-up controversy.

Personally, I think “Discovery” looks boring myself. It may be time to give Star Trek a rest.

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 15 days ago

Well, I’m obviously a troll. I’m not alt-right, but may be right, and probably am racist and sexist if you listen to the SJW. I’m upset that Discovery isn’t a new Star Gate series that has nothing to do with Scalzi. (Destiny was a missed opportunity. Infinity did a better job of being Star Gate IMO.)

Shawna Canon
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1 month 11 days ago
Destiny? Do you mean Universe? That was the last Stargate series, and I also found it extremely disappointing. Actually, I think Atlantis started tanking around the middle of the series (coincidentally? around the time Mallozzi started raving about having Scalzi as a new creative consultant). I wouldn’t go so far as to blame Scalzi entirely for Stargate going downhill and never recovering, but I’m sure he did his part. With Universe, it really felt like the creators all got together and went, “Let’s make a list of what fans love about Stargate. Great! Now let’s not do any of those… Read more »
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BobtheRegisterredFool
1 month 11 days ago

Yeah. Universe. My error.

Scalzi isn’t the whole issue. By far. Decision makers had to sign off.

Similar decision makers might ruin a new star gate series similarly.

But if I’m so smart, I should figure out how to do an awesome series.

Achillea
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1 month 9 days ago
“Let’s not do any of those things, plus let’s insult the viewers’ intelligence at every opportunity.” There was a 20-year-old Marine Master Sergeant. Not a guy who’d been in the Corps for 20 years and had attained that rank. No, he was 20 years old. And a Master Sergeant. IIRC, he’d even been demoted at least once. Then there was the Colonel (the married Colonel, just to add another level of wrong) who got one of the Lieutenants under his command pregnant. And the plots. Ye gods, the plots. My personal ‘winner’ for the ‘Are You On Drugs?’ prize was… Read more »
Member
1 month 8 days ago

I’d say that, so far, Trump is my favorite president of my lifetime. Though I’m young enough my other choices are the perjurer, W (who wasn’t nearly as bad as the adjacent two, just utterly lacking in charisma and far friendly to democrat attacks on freedom), and King Community Organizer so that’s really a moot point

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1 month 8 days ago
Here’s one thing I though you might like to hear about: Had a meeting with my Congressman (Ron DeSantis FL-6) about NFA repeal* last month and he seemed receptive (one thing he really seemed to approve of was pointing out that being unable to pass it was Hillary’s excuse for non-action on tax reform), ending with that he can’t make any promises but he’d like to see the judiciary do something about guns (Also got it as one of the “memos” on bill proposal for Sen. Rubio via phone meeting with senior staff, but I doubt that will go very… Read more »
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