Ton Of Tech Industry Leaders Say Trump Would Be A Complete Disaster For Innovation

from the going-beyond-politics dept

In any Presidential campaign, there are always going to be partisan folks who side with one candidate or another. And they may campaign for the candidate they like. But, obviously, the Donald Trump phenomenon is a bit different this year. Even so, it's still pretty surprising to see a ton of big names in the tech space send an open letter to Trump insisting that he would be an absolute disaster for innovation and the tech industry. They're not arguing on the usual partisan issues here, but rather the fact that Trump's general zero-sum outlook on the world doesn't recognize how innovation works:
Trump would be a disaster for innovation. His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.

Let’s start with the human talent that drives innovation forward. We believe that America’s diversity is our strength. Great ideas come from all parts of society, and we should champion that broad-based creative potential. We also believe that progressive immigration policies help us attract and retain some of the brightest minds on earth — scientists, entrepreneurs, and creators. In fact, 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women, and is openly hostile to immigration. He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling.

We also believe in the free and open exchange of ideas, including over the Internet, as a seed from which innovation springs. Donald Trump proposes “shutting down” parts of the Internet as a security strategy — demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works. His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticize him.
This is a unique presidential campaign. And, as we've noted, Hillary Clinton's tech platform is not great either. But, at the very least, her platform's problem is that it's just a bunch of vague pronouncements designed for people to read into them what they will.

The list of signatories on this letter is around 145 and there are some key names in the tech and policy world including Evan Williams (founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium), Vint Cerf (basically invented the internet), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), Steve Wozniak (you know who he is) and more. There are also a ton of well known venture capitalists on the list and lots and lots of other entrepreneurial names that are well known inside Silicon Valley. This is a pretty huge list of people putting their name to a statement a lot stronger than one you'd normally see during a campaign season.

Silicon Valley sort of has the reputation for more or less trying to ignore government. And while that's less true today than in the past, the one thing that does make Silicon Valley rise up is politicians looking to be doing something really stupid that's likely to harm innovation. And it appears that they see Donald Trump as just that kind of threat.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:11pm

    Translation...

    We cannot buy Trump, we are afraid!

    I do not like Trump as a choice either, but a bunch of Politician buyers will not be swaying my opinion. In fact they might only be able to encourage me to vote for this clown by acting like he is some how worse than the corruption called Hillary.

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      Vel the Enigmatic, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:49pm

      Re: Translation...

      Trump is a hot-head, and a thin-skinned individual who will a throw a lawsuit someone's way for saying something against him or his enterprises faster than you can say "You're fired!"

      Is it any wonder there are people who don't want him?

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        Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:12pm

        Re: Re: Translation...

        Oh, I have nothing against people hating Trump, but if their solution is someone who is provably more corrupt than him?

        Yea, the youth of this nation are without Wisdom and only vote in the very thing they claim to hate. They hate and attack the Constitution at every turn, spitting their hate & bigotry against anyone that dares speak differently from them.

        Yesterdays oppressed are the oppressors of tomorrow, yet they maintain grip over the crown of the abused out of fear that some may recognize the truth of matters.

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          Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:39pm

          Re: Re: Re: Translation...

          I don't think "provably more corrupt" applies here since we cannot judge sir Trumps level of corruption before he takes office.

          While Trump seems like the most untainted politician around and the only one who dares speak his mind, you would need to look at the packages he is putting together to guide his choices to understand what he is about. Right now the politics he is proclaiming and the advisers he is hiring or recommending seems hard to swallow for many people.

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            Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:49pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Translation...

            You said it yourself, we have more proof of Hillary's corruption. And true, just because we can current prove one's corruption over the other does not mean that later Trump might prove to be worse in the end.

            The key is that we currently can only prove that Hillary is more so. We can only judge by what we know. You appear to be more than willing to judge based on what you do not know. I question how wise decisions are possible under those circumstances.

            And no matter which person gets in... Hillary or Trump, both have plenty of shit that will be hard for many people to swallow.

            My point is why are we fighting over what appears to be two piles of shit where one is at least clearly stacked higher than the other. I guess the only difference is that the bigger pile of shit smells better?

            Besides the biggest problem is Congress, not which president we can put into office. But no, people refuse to clean up their local politics. Instead they foolishly wait for a King to rule over them they can love. This is destroying America and allowing several hundred corrupt politicians laugh and dine at our expense.

            It is better to be disruptive as a signal to the politicians that we do not care to tolerate this farce much longer.

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              orbitalinsertion (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 7:19pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Translation...

              Trump is completely corrupt. Just because he hasn't held political office before, this does not somehow negate his practices and behavior.

              But for the sake of argument, let's pretend he isn't and has never been influenced, and that he hasn't bought influence. How radically awful does one need to be that your definition of corruption ceases to play the primary and by far most important criterion? Does it matter so much where bad behavior, ideas, and policy originate and come into play?

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                Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 6:50am

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Translation...

                We don't need a just for arguments sake.

                I have no doubt that Trump is corrupt. But there is more than one level of that corruption. To compound this, I would consider Trump more of a corrupter not a corruptee.

                Trumps best value is the stab in the eye of the parties. I was really hoping he was going to be thrown out by the Repukes, but they got scared and "Kept the Party together".

                The Parties come first, they come before nation, they come before Family, they come before LIFE! Think about that and understand how terrible any candidate signed up for a party is. We truly vote for the lesser of two evils.

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          Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:09pm

          Re: Re: Re: Translation...

          You know that Trump is an alleged pedophile, right? And the company he keeps would make a 1950s Klan member look askance at him?

          There are other reasons than his awful business practices to not want Trump in the Oval Office.

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:30pm

      Re: Translation...

      I do not like Trump as a choice either, but a bunch of Politician buyers will not be swaying my opinion.

      Uh. None of the people who signed onto this could even remotely be described as "politician buyers." Most of them tend to stay far away from politics.

      Get your conspiracy theories somewhere else.

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        Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:36pm

        Re: Re: Translation...

        None of the people who signed onto this could even remotely be described as "politician buyers."

        were it only the truth...

        Currency does not always come in the form or fashion you regular peasants may recognize.

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          Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 8:24pm

          Re: Re: Re: Translation...

          Look guys. He clearly doesn't want to have an intelligible conversation with us "peasants". Trolls will be trolls, and you could come out with information that Trump was literally Satin, he would say "But I'm still voting for him!!1!"

          PS: Just because someone attacks one candidate's position does not mean they support the other. The world isn't black and white.

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            Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 7:04am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Translation...

            OMG, someone SAID TROLL!!!

            It must make it true, that guy is a troll!!!!

            Mike's claim is wrong, and smacks of a juvenile mind. He should know very well that they do not need to publicly or directly participate in Politics to trade political currency. In fact the very appearance of non-involvement should cause concern that they are potentially large shadow players.

            Judge all by the fruits of their labors. The vast majority of Tech Companies are ALREADY in bed with the government. The idea that they even have the "option" to not participate in politics is not the remarks of a wise man. Especially one that works in the news industry.

            More action and activity occurs in the shadows than will ever be in the light. Inch by Inch and Step by Step, they work to gird themselves against the peasants and work to establish and strengthen their sovereignty in trade deals, patents, copyright, and trademarks. Try to cross them... the backlash will be worse than if you murdered someone.

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              Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 1:41pm

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Translation...

              "OMG, someone SAID TROLL!!!

              It must make it true, that guy is a troll!!!!"

              "Mike's claim is wrong, and smacks of a juvenile mind."

              Need I quote more to drive the point home harder?

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            Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 1:39pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Translation...

            "you could come out with information that Trump was literally Satin"

            Ooh, satin, shiny.

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        The Party of Hell No!, 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:11am

        Re: Re: Translation...

        "Remotely?" Is this like "not a smidgen"? If not then why are their names appearing on this document? A document stating displeasure with a candidate for the Office of the Presidency; what could be more political than that?

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        I.T. Guy, 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:24am

        Re: Re: Translation...

        "Most of them tend to stay far away from politics."

        Except when they dont. You forgot to mention tinfoil hats and mom's basement Michael. C'mon you can go much lower than that.

        Google some of the names and companies on that list with campaign contributions.

        As for their personal names some contribute "small" amounts 500 in one case to Hillary. So to say they "stay far away from politics" is not backed by what I have found. In addition:

        Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman/CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm Inc
        Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm Inc
        Like they didnt pay off... er I mean "contribute" to politicians during their tenure in the at Qualcomm for Qualcomm?

        And ya know... Sun Micro systems never paid... er contributed to politicians while Vinod Khosla was there.

        David Grain gave 22,000 this year, 50k last election cycle.

        And surely Capital ventures tends to stay far away from politics
        http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Bay-Area-tech-workers-defy-political-categories-7 388933.php
        Oopsies.

        But I guess these are all "Conspiracy theories" right Michael?

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    Darkhog, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:18pm

    There's one simple solution to the Trump problem

    Trump needs to play Kennedy while someone else is playing Oswald. That's the only way to ensure this moron ISN'T elected.

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      Pete Austin, 15 Jul 2016 @ 5:31am

      Re: There's one simple solution to the Trump problem

      @Darkhog. Cute - you just called for Trump to be murdered. Hope the FBI put you in prison. @mod please ban.

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        Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 9:56am

        Re: Re: There's one simple solution to the Trump problem

        Given the choices between a man that will be easily manipulated and can provoke a fascist discriminatory and possibly genocidal regime, and a woman who is not only bought and complicit in the (miserable) status quo, but is also reckless with the security of the United States, it's easy enough to indulge in fantasies of assassination, or really any extreme action in hopes of returning a modicum of power to the people.

        Certainly I do. The whole point of the Chess was that war would be unnecessary if we could directly attack the bad actors. We fight war because these people resist their deposition with all their might, often including armies.

        I doubt that Darkhog is the only one with regicidal ideation, and the FBI, were they smart, would be looking for ones not proclaiming it should be done, but considering how it will or must be done.

        We'd need to get them both before the election anyway. If one were eliminated it would only spoil the election for the other and a devil would still be on the throne.

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    bshock, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:20pm

    Not a Trump supporter, but...

    I notice that the clear subtext to these "tech industry leaders" is that a Trump presidency might obstruct the flow of cheap H1B labor from overseas.

    Obviously, if you make your living (or your obscene fortune) from exploiting the legal system in this way, you're going to insist that you're doing nothing wrong and this is a very, very good thing for America (or at least your microscopic corner of it).

    But you'd still be lying.

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      Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:05pm

      Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

      Exactly this. Zuckerpig pretends to be for diversity all the while trying to bring in cheap labor. He made his billions and wants to stop anyone else from making a living.

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        Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:20pm

        Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

        Zfuckerpig is a prime example of a cutthroat evil coporate thug. But you are mistaken that he does not want people to make a living. Likely all rich people want everyone to make a living so they have customers to bilk.

        What they DO want is to gather so much wealth and/or power that they can stand as tyrants over other men. For people like this... the Trumps, the Clintons, the Bushes, the Bezos, Soros, the Ma's... There is nothing on this earth that may fill the holes in their hearts and souls, but they will try to fill it anyways. They will try to fill it with money, power, and eventually human blood or suffering.

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          Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:42pm

          Re: Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

          Filling the holes in their hearts is right. People get power, money, fame, cars, women, whatever but none of it will fulfill them. Only Christ can do that.

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            Vel the Enigmatic, 14 Jul 2016 @ 8:35pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

            Found the religious nutcase.

            -and I say that as someone who does in fact believe in the existence of a God.

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              Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 4:36am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

              So your belief in God excuses your name calling of others? You do realize that most atheists would consider you a nutcase too for believing in God? So your attempt to appease them is for naught.

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              Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 6:46am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

              You Believe in GOD?

              YOU are a religious NUT CASE too!!!

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            I.T. Guy, 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:58am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

            What about unicorns and leprechauns? They can help too ya know.

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        Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 9:38am

        Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

        I think one of the issues is that tech companies want to be able to exploit cheap labor overseas while not allowing citizens the opportunity to buy directly overseas and while preventing competitors from offering a cheaper product to consumers by also doing the same. One of the ways they do this is through (often bogus) patents.

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          Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 9:39am

          Re: Re: Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

          (and not just tech companies. Pharmaceutical companies. Companies in general).

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      crade (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:07am

      Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

      Why would they care about that? If they can't get competitive labour as an american company, they just take their ball and leave. No biggie for them

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      Gwiz (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 9:55am

      Re: Not a Trump supporter, but...

      I notice that the clear subtext to these "tech industry leaders" is that a Trump presidency might obstruct the flow of cheap H1B labor from overseas.

      Your definition of "cheap H1B labor from overseas" is a bit skewed. The median salary for H-1B workers in the top five tech companies is well over 100k/year. I wouldn't classify that as "cheap labor" in any industry.

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    Anonymous Fool, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:21pm

    Nether canidate is worth a pile of beans

    Billary is corrupt and in bed with anyone with a few million bucks.

    Trump is clueless.

    Both will try to stifle the first/4th and any other constitutional right we have.

    There is no good choice, other then dropping a small nuke on congress/white house. That would be a waste of good real estate though. Once again, no good choice.

    Sigh, maybe we need a revolution to re-instate the constitution/Bill of Rights

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      OldMugwump (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:38pm

      Re: Nether canidate is worth a pile of beans

      No good choice?

      How about a pair of popular and successful two-term governors?

      Both of whom are neither corrupt nor insane.

      They're not ideal, but compared to Clinton and Trump, the choice seems pretty clear to me.

      https://www.johnsonweld.com/

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      Padpaw (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 7:35am

      Re: Nether canidate is worth a pile of beans

      Personally I think trump being president will make that revolution happen. He will do what he wants when he wants and won't let anything like laws or basic decency get in his. While Hillary will continue the slow erosion of the constitution.

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    Mack, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:30pm

    Trump would have a very tough time being a bigger disaster than the last four elected Presidents (Bush, Clinton, BushII, Obama ---those guys have horrible records in economics, foreign policy/war, law, and leadership.

    The standards are so low for Presidents -- we would be better off electing a random American via lottery.

    The government system is totally broken -- if Trump just shakes up the status quo... it will be a big improvement.

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      Vel the Enigmatic, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:51pm

      Re:

      -if you define shaking up the status quo as making it easier for yourself and your corporate pals to do whatever the hell they please. Then sure.

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        Wendy Cockcroft, 18 Jul 2016 @ 5:38am

        Re: Re:

        It could cause the Republican party to implode and reset, which is what I'm hoping this will do. A Republican party committed to upholding the Constitution and maintaining the rule of law — for everyone — should never be too much to ask.

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      OldMugwump (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:41pm

      Re: a very tough time being a bigger disaster

      ...that's what we say every time.

      Supposedly Einstein said "insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result".

      How about we try something new?

      https://www.johnsonweld.com/

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        Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 6:02pm

        Re: Re: a very tough time being a bigger disaster

        I could vote for this guy before either of the two turds from the main parties.

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        Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 6:13pm

        Re: a very tough time being a bigger disaster

        At least they're not pathological sociopaths.

        That's enough to get my vote.

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        Uriel-238 (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 8:21pm

        Johnsonweld

        I don't even know who this guy is and can still promise you by the basic law of averages that all he can ever hope to be is a spoiler for whoever's (alleged) platform is closest to his.

        People around here should be old enough to remember Ross Perot, and he made as big a dent in the election as a third party could hope. And he still didn't get elected.

        That was the very threat Trump was making in the Republican Primary Debates: If not nominated, he'd run as independent and spoil the election for the GOP.

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          Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 9:34pm

          Re: Johnsonweld

          > I don't even know who this guy is and can still promise you
          > by the basic law of averages that all he can ever hope to
          > be is a spoiler for whoever's (alleged) platform is closest
          > to his.

          In this case does it matter?

          Considering their personalities, I think voting for Trump or Clinton is throwing away your vote too.

          I'm at a point where I say screw it, if I'm going to throw away my vote, I'm going to throw it at someone who's not a sociopath. At least I'll sleep better knowing that.

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            I.T. Guy, 15 Jul 2016 @ 9:00am

            Re: Re: Johnsonweld

            "I'm going to throw it at someone who's not a sociopath."
            So you are refraining from voting this election. Good to know.

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          Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:43am

          Re: Johnsonweld

          Your logic is why the system is failing.

          OMG you can't vote for the one you want unless they are going to win!!!

          You sound like that blusterous tard called Rush. Rush and everyone else that mutters this bullshit only damages the nation.

          It is deadly important that we vote for whom we WANT, not whom we think can make it in! If we do this then guess what, candidates that mix better with all of the voters are more likely to come around next cycle. And if they do not, then the party fails again... which is what should happen.

          Idiots like you are putting party before everything else and that is more of a problem than losing an election!

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            Wendy Cockcroft, 18 Jul 2016 @ 5:40am

            Re: Re: Johnsonweld

            In a rigged electoral system, the only way to ensure that the person you want gets in is to generate enough support for him or her to get the numbers where they need to be to break through. It's not enough to cast a vote, you've got to get as many others as possible to cast their votes for your candidate, too.

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      Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 6:01pm

      Re:

      There is certainly something to be said about money from people who are in contact with lobbyists in politics. Whether it is an extortion scheme from politicians or a money = political power is irrelevant.

      Electing a random person by lottery is something I hear more and more often! And it may have some merit if you look at ancient Greece.

      When that is said, you have to look at what Trump is setting up to guide the country to see where he will be going in his presidency. And that is a very extreme bunch he is recommending. As much as he may shake up Washington, he is also able to do quite a lot of damage as president.

      Choosing him as a candidate for presidency is sending a clear message, but to actually elect him as president is a completely different story.

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        Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 1:06pm

        Re: Re:

        Choosing him as a candidate but not to be elected is the same problem Brittan had with Brexit. Don't even support him as a candidate if you don't want him as president or he might just win.

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      Richard (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 3:04am

      Re:

      Trump would have a very tough time being a bigger disaster than the last four elected Presidents (Bush, Clinton, BushII, Obama

      You mean the the last 5 - Reagan was a disaster too.

      Carter was actually OK but very very unlucky.

      Before that I think you have to go back to FDR.

      Having said that - as a Brit - I have to admit that our last really good Prime Minister was Henry Campbell-Bannerman.

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        Padpaw (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 7:42am

        Re: Re:

        eisenhower might have been the last good one. From what I have read.

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        Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:19am

        A bigger disaster than recent presidents.

        Trump would be working with the mess left by the giants before him.

        George W. Bush's administration was magnificent in its ability to lay waste to the foundations of the US. That should serve as an example of what a president like Trump -- one easily manipulated by advisors and dark influences (that is, those hidden from public) -- can do.

        Already our system is like a caterpillar teeming with wasp larvae, no longer serving its original function but as a food source for countless parasitical interests. It would be a miraculous reformation that could ever get it back on track.

        More likely we are destined to dissolution and revolution, even if it takes the nation a few centuries to die.

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        Seegras (profile), 18 Jul 2016 @ 2:07am

        Re: Re:

        Having said that - as a Brit - I have to admit that our last really good Prime Minister was Henry Campbell-Bannerman.

        You're probably right, although I think Winston Churchill was quite good -- but only in wartime. He was terrible otherwise.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:40pm

    I think its the $$ that lures talent. BS on that limitation to immigration being a cause.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:57pm

    I don't know, but I do know that Hillary would be worse

    I don't know, but I do know that Hillary would be worse for everything else. Trump was not in my top 3 for Rep candidates. Frankly I think in the end he will be good for business and the economy. What I do know for sure is Hillary will finish what Obama started and put this country in the toilet.

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      Seegras (profile), 18 Jul 2016 @ 1:59am

      Re: I don't know, but I do know that Hillary would be worse

      Hillary will finish what Obama started and put this country in the toilet.
      He didn't start it, whatever it was. Bush Jr. started it. Obama is doing exactly the same as Bush Jr., only worse.

      Hell, Obama and Bush Jr. are making Bush Senior, Clinton and Reagan look good.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 4:58pm

    Trump Would Be A Complete Disaster

    ftfy

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    Pronounce (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:03pm

    Johnson/Weld

    What do these tech/political pundits say about Gary Johnson and Bill Weld?

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      Mason Wheeler (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 6:48am

      Re: Johnson/Weld

      "Who?" most likely.

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        Wendy Cockcroft, 18 Jul 2016 @ 5:45am

        Re: Re: Johnson/Weld

        Followed by "Nice idea but they don't have a cat in hell's chance of winning, therefore let's plump for the potential winner we can most easily influence."

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          OldMugwump (profile), 18 Jul 2016 @ 10:11am

          Re: Re: Re: Johnson/Weld

          This sort of thinking is self-fulfilling - either way.

          If everyone thinks they don't have a chance, and so don't vote for them, they don't have a chance.

          If people vote for who they really prefer, regardless of whether they have "a chance" or not - then they DO have a chance.

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    Groaker (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:24pm

    Trump appears to have no internal self other than lashing out at anyone who he perceives as being a threat or insulting. Putting together various Trumpisms, it would appear that he sees the presidency as the ultimate means to destroy his enemies. Other than that, there is nothing to the man.

    OTOH, Hillary is quite the miscreant. Biliary seem to have enriched themselves rather incredibly. Another wretch who has slithered her way around immoral and criminal acts. Her disdain for the application of the law to her behavior is an exemplar of sociopaths.

    I will vote for Hillary, not because I have any appreciation for the woman, but rather because she obviously prepares her ploys in advance, and they are thought out. Trump acts and then reacts. No apparent thought involved. No perception of consequences, just the exercise of power by making others suffer.

    I wish that there was someone worthy of being president. It is difficult to believe that in a nation of some 315 million that these are the best available. Makes me nauseous.

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      Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:31pm

      Re:

      Ah yes, the choice between a dullard and a thief.

      Choosing either is a fools test. Whether you vote for a demon or an imp, you still chose evil.

      All Nations get the Governments they deserve!

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        Uriel-238 (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 8:38pm

        The Governments they deserve!

        We were told that when it was said that God endorsed the children of the current monarch to be the next one.

        We figured out after centuries that that was bullshit, so we tried out this system.

        It's still buggy. For one, first-past-the-post reduces the system to a two party system, so most people are poorly represented.

        Secondly, people often don't vote according to their best interests, because they're not logical creatures.

        So in fact, our system is only slightly better than the one that it replaced. And since those in power are served by it, they won't seek to reform it.

        Something, something, tree of liberty something patriots and tyrants.

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          Richard (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 4:34am

          Re: The Governments they deserve!

          We were told that when it was said that God endorsed the children of the current monarch to be the next one.

          We figured out after centuries that that was bullshit, so we tried out this system.


          Actually we figured this out much earlier than you seem to think. The hereditary

          Think Greek democracy and the Roman republic.

          In fact even the Roman Imperial system was rarely hereditary.

          The so called "five good emperors" (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius) were appointed by a mechanism where each Emperor selected an heir who was NOT a relative.

          The Buddhists of Tibet have a similar system for choosing the next Lama (although the Chinese have been trying to mess it up lately).
          Plus of course Jesus made some good remarks about leadership when he said " You know that the rulers of the unbelieverst lord it over them and their superiors act like tyrants over them. That’s not the way it should be among you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave."

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            Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:06am

            Re: Re: The Governments they deserve!

            Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. -- Romans 13

            Anything wise that Jesus said has been spoiled by other, sometimes contradictory passages that usurpers cling to to control the religious dialog. This, I suspect, is why contemporary Christianity is more evidently about suppressing sex than say Blessed are the peacemakers.

            It's always easy to find a biblical scholar who will provide religious justification for your war, for a small fee.

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              Wendy Cockcroft, 18 Jul 2016 @ 5:55am

              Re: Re: Re: The Governments they deserve!

              It's always easy to find a scholar who will provide legal justification for your war, for a small fee.

              Remember the recent contretemps in Afghanistan and Iraq?

              Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. -- Romans 13

              I've been over this before; if we were supposed to blindly obey all authority because of this verse, Christians would have gone back to pagan worship. They were commanded to, after all.

              The intent behind this verse is to maintain public order; "No rebellions for you!"

              Here's the fun part: since we're in a democracy, we the people are theoretically collectively in charge, with our representatives as servants to do our will. The trouble is, most of us have forgotten that. The authority in this case is not of the government but of the laws of the land via the ultimate authority, the Constitution.

              Therefore we have every right to criticise those servants of ours who don't do their job properly — and a responsibility to send them packing when the next election rolls around.

              Everyone who advocates for violent rebellion seems to have sod all planned for the aftermath. THAT is why it's such a bad idea. Better to understand that politics is a popularity contest and leverage that to get your candidate of choice in. It's harder work than running around shooting at people but better for us all in the long run.

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                Uriel-238 (profile), 18 Jul 2016 @ 10:40am

                Blind obedience and the meaning of Romans 13

                What happened is never a good representation of what should have happened according to Catholic (or any) doctrine. Augustine of Hippo prioritized the great commission over obedience, but the most right Christian thing for him to do (I think) was to sell all his belongings and walk the Earth preaching the message.

                The problem with scripture that requires interpretation is that even nine experienced jurists are unable to come to consistent conclusions as to what a given passage means, hence the ~40,000 schisms of Christian faith.

                (From a generic philosophical perspective, this is not a problem at all since we are meant to opine and occasionally disagree. No complex system of rules can exist without paradox. The problem comes when we decide These rules are sacred! but we can't agree on what the rules mean. Wars have dragged on and on triggered by such disagreements.)

                Regardless, there's a lot of Divine Right of Kings in the New Testament, and according to Romans 13, the Colonists were probably wrong to declare independence in the first place and rebel, but George and parliament were wrong to treat the colonies like crap as well.

                Christian society depends a heck of a lot on everyone playing along.

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                  Richard (profile), 19 Jul 2016 @ 3:10am

                  Re: Blind obedience and the meaning of Romans 13

                  The problem with scripture that requires interpretation is that even nine experienced jurists are unable to come to consistent conclusions as to what a given passage means, hence the ~40,000 schisms of Christian faith.


                  The moment you go from the authority of the Church to sola scriptura you get fragmentation like this. (Although it is also true that the moment you centralise the authority of the church in a single man you are in trouble too.)

                  Only protestantism is fragmented like this - and it is most fragmented in the US to which we europeans dispatched all our religious nutcases int he 17th century.

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              Richard (profile), 19 Jul 2016 @ 3:06am

              Re: Re: Re: The Governments they deserve!

              This, I suspect, is why contemporary Christianity is more evidently about suppressing sex than say Blessed are the peacemakers.

              It should never be like that - if they actually looked and what Jesus did - Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery but drove out the money changers in the temple with a whip!

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          Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:49am

          Re: The Governments they deserve!

          You are not all wrong, just more of a failure at knowing the why or how to resolve.

          Our system is far superior to the one it replace, it's just that we citizens have abdicated our responsibilities.

          We sit by and provide a helping hand every time the government abuses us. As Juror's we could strike down even a Presidents power with Nullification.

          THIS IS WHAT MAKES OUR SYSTEM GREAT!

          Sadly we have become ignorant of these facts and allow Judge, Prosecutor, and Lawyer to lie to us and make us believe we have very little power.

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            Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:12am

            Re: Re: The Governments they deserve!

            As I said, we're not logical creatures. Single individuals can determine reasonable action, sometimes.

            But groups will assuredly lean towards bigotry and xenophobia and eating more Doritos.

            The dialogue of our elections is demagogic and aggressive because that is what works to get votes and approval. If the human animal could coordinate on its own to engage in reasonable action, our elections would look very differently.

            So blaming the people is useless. They are what they are. In creating a nation, you either fight it, or work with it.

            And there are changes we could make that we know would make a difference, and we don't make those changes.

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          Anonymous Coward, 20 Jul 2016 @ 8:03am

          Re: The Governments they deserve!

          "Secondly, people often don't vote according to their best interests, because they're not logical creatures."

          I disagree with that tenet. People are logical. We are just blind to our own logic. Like any other blind system, we can make indirect observations, which tend to get clearer at microscopic and macroscopic levels.

          Our greatest weakness is that we so easily concede ourselves to assumption. That we are an unreasoned mob is an assumption. That there aren't alternatives to subjugation to the demopublican alliance is an assumption.

          I for one, will henceforth be working ONLY within third parties. I will vote. And when the demopublicans are the only party on the ticket, I will vote in whatever fashion is most destructive to them.

          I will not assume that alternatives don't exist. I will not assume that I cannot advance those alteratives to my own benefit. I do not need to assume that the demopublican alliance is corrupt and conspiring with one another. They have proven that beyond a reasonable doubt.

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            Uriel-238 (profile), 20 Jul 2016 @ 11:19am

            "People are logical."

            These are the biases we know about. (Which is to say there are countless we don't yet understand)

            People don't vote according to their best interests, because they often don't even know what their best interests are.

            And people will often vote out of a sense loyalty (say, based on how their family or minister or friends vote) rather than who will act according to their own needs.

            And people will often vote based on vanity attributes (the better-looking or easier name to pronounce) or rumors (Obama is a Kenyan Islamic terrorist) than what their own candidate will do for them.

            And people will fixate on emotionally charged issues that have little effect (Abortion, Terrorism, Rampage Killers, Obamacare Death Panels) rather than matters that are actually killing them (lead in the water, disappearing jobs, failing medical access, law enforcement overreach).

            And our candidates have no impetus to act on their own platform once in office, case in point George W. Bush who went from a compassionate conservative to a hard-line neo-con within hours of his inauguration, or Obama who went from Mr. Hope and Change to Opacity and Status Quo and the CIA Drone Strike program massacring civilians continuously (Don't look at the bodies too closely) in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

            And people are sometimes circumvented entirely since their states have been gerrymandered to Hell, the control of which is securely in the hands of the incumbent parties.

            You obviously have different standards than I do for what counts as a logical creature. We still pretend we are capable of logical thought continuously, when in reality even our scientists and engineers have to use processes to disengage emotional biases and can still only logic in short bursts. (It's why we do math on paper, so that we can check to see how each logical conclusion follows directly from the last.) The reason that companies use dissuasive customer service techniques and lengthy, dry, obtuse contracts is that they work in ensnaring the customer into committing more than he can rationalize. We're not only biased, but we live in a society that actively uses those biases to exploit us.

            And one of the theaters in which the war of exploiting the people is waged is our election system.

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      Uriel-238 (profile), 14 Jul 2016 @ 8:33pm

      The best available.

      Not the best available to serve as President of the United States, but the best available to get elected.

      Very different jobs, both of those.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:32pm

    Currently there's no innovation.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 5:43pm

    Trump is a disaster. We don't need the tech industry to tell us this. Thank you captain obvious.

    Too bad the alternative is also a disaster ...

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    Tyl, 14 Jul 2016 @ 6:28pm

    40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

    So 60% were founded by Native Americans? Wow, I never knew that. So why are reservations so poor?

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      Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 6:41pm

      Re: 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

      How many were founded by "Illegal" Immigrants?

      It does not appear anyone is willing to be anything other than deceptive with their words.

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      Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 6:57pm

      Re: 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

      You are confusing the word children with decedents or progeny. Children in this context is first generation only.

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    Mark Wing, 14 Jul 2016 @ 8:01pm

    Trump couldn't get "Let's make America a fucking reality TV show" to fit on the red hats.

    But seriously, I'm not huge fan of Hillary, but she's actually competent to do the job. You may as well make Ryan Seacrest president if you're going to vote for Trump.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:26pm

    David Duke vs. Edwin Edwards redoux?

    This year's choice of (major party) presidential candidates is more controversial than anything seen in this country since the 1991 election for the governor of Louisiana, pitting David Duke, a hard-core racist, against Edwin Edwards, an extraordinarily corrupt and incompetant career politician.

    Fear and disgust are the greatest motivators of all, and this presidential election will no doubt be won by the side that can out-fear and out-disgust the other in the minds of the voters.

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    Dusty, 14 Jul 2016 @ 11:46pm

    Something fishy here.

    The more people in the tech industry that side politically with the likes of Hillary, only tells me they are lost and are well on their way to becoming irrelevant. So today I just got another 145 new reasons to vote for Trump.

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    Narcissus (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 3:27am

    Is Hillary really on the same level as Trump?

    Disclaimer: I'm neither American nor do I live in the U.S.

    Looking from a distance I wonder how anybody can say that Hillary is anywhere close to being as bad as Trump is. Sure, I don't like her and thinking about her the words "Power hungry" are my first association.

    However, she is practically political royalty. So she knows the system, has worked within the system and will follow the system. Which means that most likely her presidency will be boring and average. Kind of like Obama's presidency was boring and average despite the high expectations he managed to whip up.

    Trump? Trump is a spoiled child that surrounds himself with flatterers and yes-men. He's what happens to people when your whole life everybody tells you you're the second coming of Christ: You start to believe it.

    I must say though that if it wasn't so scary, it would be very entertaining to see a Trump presidency.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 5:10am

      Re: Is Hillary really on the same level as Trump?

      I am not an American and I am extremely grateful that I don't live anywhere near the USA. However, Mistress Clinton is like her husband, corrupt to the core. She has NO concern except for the Family and since there are so few within that particular organisation that ensures she has absolutely no concern for the Average Joe or Judy.

      The trick here is to see if Mister Trump also belongs to the Family. One suspects that he does, so even though publicly they are no opposite sides, they share the same bed and breakfast table (figuratively speaking). I'm pretty certain tat Mistress Clinton would not physically share the bed as Mister Trump (but I could be wrong).

      Unfortunately, the technical support for Johnson-Weld demonstrate that they are technological imbeciles, since the website is completely blank if javascript is turned off in ones browser.

      Whether they would be any better requires one to check their credentials and see if they are also part of the Family. If they are, then they would be no better. If they are not, then this may be the way to go.

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    Ninja (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 5:02am

    I keep saying this bipartisan system in the US will be its downfall.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 6:01am

    Better ignorance than ignorance AND malice.

    Trump is likely to abuse the sector because he is insane. For HRC it's worse. For her consensus is not distinguishable from truth. Putting people like that in a position where they can compel consensus by force ALWAYS has severe consequences.

    You can engineer around one jackass relatively easily. Not so much when they show up in numbers. And the list is not as impressive as it once was. The Woz has shilled for G.M. for christs sake.

    Everything about the campaign against Bernie was division oriented and designed to belittle people with progressive views. That is a reliable indicator of how she would operate as POTUS. Technical people threaten her leverage, and you can expect the response to that threat to be social derision in some form.

    So sorry Vint, Woz, et. al. You guys won't be on the shit end of the stick for this one. You'll forgive me if I suggest that risking being subject to an insane person is preferable to being subject to someone who clearly has a simmering rage for people like us. Rhetoric aside, we have ALL met people like this in the industry. Everything they do causes mayhem. And yep, if you don't have to clean up after them they are quite charming, and they always seem to be on the right side.

    Right up until you start calculating O.T. for their "brillant" plans that invariably generate a loss for the organization. My guess is you guys got invited to stay at the Whitehouse. That is how the Clintons suckered endorsements out of people the last time around.

    Pretty cheap as the standard for cool kids clubs goes. Certainly cheaper than a cross and some nails. Which is what the working class technicians can expect from HRC if she becomes POTUS.

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    rebrad (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 6:34am

    Dangerous BS

    These are the same people that said Britain would suffer if it leaves the EU. Instead, Britain is thriving while the EU continues to maintain the fast lane downhill.
    True the offshore tech industry that will hurt when Trump takes office. However, he will bring opportunity and innovation back to the tech industry in America.
    With Clinton press "2" for English and pray that you can understand them.

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    Padpaw (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 6:54am

    Same can be said for High traitor Hillary.

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    Teamchaos (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 7:08am

    And in other news...

    And in other news, San Francisco liberals are actually liberal.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 7:36am

    Trump is anti illegal immigration not anti immigrant. There is a huge difference between the two.

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    The Party of Hell No!, 15 Jul 2016 @ 8:31am

    "A Ton of of Tech Industry Leaders..."

    "...around 145..." not sure why it is inaccurate - it is either 145, or 146, or 144. But OK, 145 X 191 (Average weight of Americans in 2002.) = 27695, or 13.8 Tons. Have to admit "13.8 Tons of Tech Experts Say, "Trump no good for Tech"" is not as catchy.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:16am

    I can't wait

    I can't wait until this hideous election is over and people can stop arguing about whether they'd prefer to drink cyanide or arsenic.

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      Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 10:24am

      Re: I can't wait

      Cyanide is faster and kinder. Arsenic is so medieval. Thallium is the go-to for Agatha Christie murderers.

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      beltorak (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 3:39pm

      Re: I can't wait

      More like a choice between drinking arsenic and tossing a lit match on a powederkeg. Sure, someday we may find a way to counteract the slow poison. On the otherhand, sometimes things are so far gone the only sensible thing to do is reduce it to rubble and start over.

      So which shall it be? Hillary "The Status is Definitely Quo" Clinton, and watch our nation slide even further towards a despotic empire from which it is increasingly more difficult to liberate ourselves? Or Donald "Fuck You, Brownskins" Drumpf, and watch a shitshow of a firestorm sprout up from every corner of the Earth?

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jul 2016 @ 11:26am

    ..and yet many of them have endorsed Hillary Clinton, who wishes to outlaw encryption for peasants, and can't come up with a better excuse than "I'm fucking incompetent and don't understand technology" for her current situation.

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    Ken Mitchell, 15 Jul 2016 @ 3:18pm

    Politicians

    Politicians have only one ability when it comes to technology; to screw things up. I want politicians who do not try to micro-manage the things that they cannot possibly understand.

    Hillary may be the most Luddite presidential candidate in the last 50 years.

    I want the next president to take the same attitude toward technology in general as Barack Obama has taken toward the space program; ignore it and get out of the way. Hillary will NOT do that. Trump probably would.

    A Trump candidacy would be, ala Forrest Gump, "like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get." We KNOW what a Hillary presidency would be and it would be BAD. VERY bad.

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    hmayle (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 4:02pm

    Not a Trump supporter either, but...

    I just love the way the Donald gets the establishment types' panties in a bunch. He's not one of them, and he's got them all scared that the gravy train might end.

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    Dave Cortright (profile), 15 Jul 2016 @ 4:05pm

    Super ironic that Vinod Khosla is on the list

    Since the letter explicitly mentions "free movement of people"

    In case you forgot, use your favorite search engine to find pages regarding Vinod Khosla Martins Beach like this one...

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