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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Another mass shooting...
« on: October 02, 2017, 10:58:45 AM »
This one in Las Vegas, Nevada where gun laws are super lax.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lasvegas-shooting/at-least-50-dead-more-than-200-hurt-in-las-vegas-shooting-idUSKCN1C70FU?utm_source=34553&utm_medium=partner

It's sad but I'm so used to hearing about this stuff I just can't find myself caring anymore.

Still got shot by police and not a normal citizen though. :/


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Republican Tax Overhaul
« on: September 27, 2017, 06:05:23 PM »
http://www.npr.org/2017/09/27/553860929/republicans-outline-biggest-tax-code-overhaul-in-a-generation

I'm on the fence.
On one hand, it removes alot of deductions (so they say) which is good.
On the other hand, it drops corporate tax much lower than personal income tax.  But does put it in line with world average.
But world average is also dictated by alot of nations with very very low corporate tax rate.

Also, it'll severely deplete the national income which is gonna hurt everything but defense cause you know they aren't gonna cut a dime from that.

We'll have to see when they have their final proposal but overall I'm not opposed to their framework.

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Technology & Information / Photobucket wants $400...
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:47:26 PM »
for anyone who wants to link to picks off site.
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/photobucket-ransom-making-your-amazon-ebay-listings-pricier-n779781

Basically, photobucket is now useless for linking.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Republican Health Care Bill
« on: June 22, 2017, 03:47:22 PM »
http://www.npr.org/2017/06/22/533947844/senate-republicans-reveal-long-awaited-affordable-care-act-repeal-bill

The senate has gotten the bill out in public.  Finally.

Now to read it, digest it, and then vote on it in about a week.

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http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN18X2LR?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A+reuters%252FtechnologyNews+%2528Reuters+Technology+News%2529


Basically, if a political or government figure blocks you on twitter, is that a violation of free spech since the government is preventing you from seeing and commenting on its message.


I'd say no since you can log out and read it.  But if they locked it to just friends while tweeting government messages...

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Technology & Information / I am RoboCop... kiosk.
« on: June 01, 2017, 02:48:59 PM »
So Dubai has started using robots for various clerk level tasks of the police force from reporting crimes to paying fines and getting information. 

https://www.facebook.com/verge/videos/1456967161006289/

But soon, they'll have crime fighting abilities!

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http://www.chronicle.com/article/Dozens-of-Colleges-Upward/239895

I know a rule is a rule but come on... if there was an example of "Deny it any way you can" this would be it.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Inside a Chinese iPhone factory
« on: April 12, 2017, 09:54:50 AM »
http://www.businessinsider.com/qa-with-an-iphone-factory-worker-at-pegatron-changshuo-in-shanghai-2017-4?r=US&IR=T&IR=T

A nifty interview with an NYU student who spent 6 months at a factory in China.  Kinda throws out the whole "bring jobs back to America" thing.  I mean, $450 a month salary to put a single screw into a phone.  Not only is that never going to be acceptable in America but it would be done by a machine anyway since a machine is cheaper than American labor.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_FAITH_HEALING_DEATHS_PAOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

What the ever loving fuck?  How in the name of God can people be this stupid?  This fanatical?  They KNOW God kills kids with diseases yet will let their child die because it's God's Will?  It's frightening to me.  It really really is.

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I totally did not know this:
http://www.npr.org/2017/02/21/515625917/supreme-court-to-decide-if-mexican-nationals-may-sue-for-border-shooting

Summary:
Border Agent sees kids playing near the US/Mexico border.
Border agent grabs one through the fence, shoots at another hiding behind a concrete column holding up a railroad track.
Kid is shot in the head, dies, and border agents(who arrived later) leave.

The us refuses to extradite him or punish him in any way.  Border agent claims it was self defense cause he was surrounded by rock throwing kids.
Cell video says otherwise.


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Discrimination based on Politics
« on: January 19, 2017, 12:46:59 PM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/civilities-why-declining-to-dress-the-first-lady-isnt-like-refusing-to-bake-a-same-sex-wedding-cake/2017/01/18/1cc73a50-dd94-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html?utm_term=.7127f0099149

An interesting column that raises an interesting question:
If a baker can be forced to make a cake for a same sex couple, why can't a dress maker decline from making a Trump?

I admit it's got me questioning because on one hand, homosexuality is protected and it's your business that's being displayed when you bake a gay couple a wedding cake or make a dress for someone whose husband is a political figure you dislike.

On the other hand, one's personal views or lifestyle shouldn't decide if you do or do not do business with them.

Why is sexuality protected but political views aren't?  Couldn't one make the argument that discrimination based on political views is no different than religious views?  I mean, they're basically the same thing these days. (again)

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Best Buy + FBI = Bribery Win!
« on: January 06, 2017, 10:07:03 AM »
http://www.ocweekly.com/news/best-buy-geek-squad-informant-use-has-fbi-on-defense-in-child-porn-case-7794252

Summary: Bestbuy technician is an FBI informant who went through a guy's unallocated data and found a child porn pic.  FBI then arrests said person with underhanded trickery, lies, and other shit cause an image found in unallocated space can't be proven to have been put there knowingly.  There was no reason for him to go through said data.  Not as thoroughly as he likely had to.


While I am fully against child porn, it seems highly unlikely that he would take his computer to best buy if he was viewing such images.  It's also odd that he would only have one.  So odds are he either got it accidentelly or it was up on without him knowing and his pc used as a p2p server.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / ACA, 2017...
« on: January 03, 2017, 01:00:34 PM »
I found a decently written editorial piece that talks about the insurance industry and how it'll go once Republicans do their repeal and delay.

https://theconversation.com/as-republicans-ready-to-dismantle-aca-insurers-likely-to-bolt-70317

Summary:
Congress didn't fully fund the ACA and pay the subsidiaries like they should, which made insurance companies take on more risk than they thought.  So with this new administration and the unknown rule changes, they are likely to just drop out of all exchanges, effectively killing the ACA before congress's repeal can even take effect.

It won't be pretty and it's not likely to lower costs.

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Arts & Entertainment / Carrie Fisher is dead
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:54:49 AM »
Died at 60 from a heart attack.  So sad. :(

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Fake news makes real news
« on: December 05, 2016, 07:26:02 AM »
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/04/politics/gun-incident-fake-news/


Summary: Angry man walks into DC pizzaria cause he thinks fake child sex ring story (about Hillary Clinton) is true.


And, according to the article, alot of places got targeted with that fake news and recieved death threats.  Isn't this fun?  Watching the fucking morons not fact check cause they can't handle the truth walk around with guns.




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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Trump
« on: December 01, 2016, 08:24:05 PM »
Yes, we need a new thread, I think so anyway.  The election is over (except the recounts).

Anyway:
Donald Trump and his VP (the governor of Indiana) have successfully kept 800 jobs in the state of Indiana by giving a company $7 Million worth of tax cuts over 10 years to said company.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/indiana-gives-7-million-in-tax-breaks-to-keep-carrier-jobs-1480608461
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Indiana officials agreed to give United Technologies Corp. $7 million worth of tax breaks over 10 years to encourage the company’s Carrier Corp. unit to keep about 1,000 jobs in the state, according to people familiar with the matter.
The heating and air conditioning company will invest about $16 million to keep its operations in the state, including a furnace plant in Indianapolis that it had previously planned to close and shift the work to Mexico, the people said.
Carrier has previously said it expected to save about $65 million a year by shutting the plant and moving its operations to Monterrey.
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were expected to announced the deal with Carrier in Indiana on Thursday.
The deal would cover 800 Carrier workers from the Indianapolis furnace plant and an additional 300 research and headquarters positions that weren’t slated to go to Mexico, according to another person briefed on the deal.
The company still plans to move 600 jobs from the Carrier plant to Mexico. It also will proceed with plans to close a second plant in Huntington, Ind., that makes electronic controls, moving 700 other jobs to Mexico.
Mr. Trump has played up the partial rescue as a sign he can deliver on campaign promises. Through the presidential primary and general election, the Republican businessman had made an example of Carrier, at one point threatening to put a 35% tariff on Carrier imports unless it reversed its decision to move the jobs to Mexico.
“This is a big win for the incoming administration but an even bigger win for the people of Indiana,” transition spokesman Jason Miller said Thursday. The transition team has declined to provide details about the cost of keeping those jobs in the state.
Mr. Trump also will host an evening rally at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, a Republican stronghold. Ohio was one of six states the Republican captured after being won twice by Democratic President Barack Obama. That is the start of a broader “thank you” tour that is expected to include stops in Florida and across the Midwest.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who during his presidential campaign had also attacked Carrier and other firms shifting work abroad, criticized the deal on Thursday, saying Mr. Trump failed to make good on his campaign pledge to save all of the jobs from moving to Mexico.
The deal also creates a bad precedent, Mr. Sanders contended, writing that Mr. Trump “has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives.”
The deal that emerged from weeks of negotiations between United Technologies brass and officials in the Trump camp led by Mr. Pence, the Indiana governor, is a relatively standard package of state incentives, according to people familiar with the agreement.
On Wednesday, Carrier said “incentives offered by the state were an important consideration,” without providing further details.
“This agreement in no way diminishes our belief in the benefits of free trade and that the forces of globalization will continue to require solutions for the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. and of American workers moving forward,” the company said.
In addition to Carrier, United Technologies makes Pratt & Whitney jet engines and Otis elevators. It employs about 200,000 people, about one third of them in the U.S.
Representatives of the incoming administration also discussed the Farmington, Conn., company’s wishes regarding federal regulations and their desires for an overhaul of corporate tax laws, according to one of the people.
For Mr. Trump, the trips to Indiana and Ohio meant there were no announced meetings on Thursday with prospective cabinet members. Those meetings will resume on Friday in New York, where Mr. Trump is scheduled to visit with Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.), retired Adm. Jay Cohen, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.).

What does this mean?
The company is getting $700,000 a year in tax savings to instead of $65 Million a year in cost savings.

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