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  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 12:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. How would one go about"flooding" Google with disinformation and lies about an individual? And then how would one ensure that the intended target would find this disinformation far enough up in the search results, ahead of legitimate results, that they would actually view it. And what would make any of these search results appear to come from valid and reliable sources so that the target believes the stories. And how is Google to blame for the actions of some jerk with too much time on their hands, and not the jerk who is subject to libel/slander laws? I mean, just go straight to the name calling if you want to troll because you look profoundly stupid trying to create a whole narrative to support your insults.

  • Feb 13th, 2019 @ 11:59pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    What? Lots of people who interact with the public use a fake name for business to protect their privacy; I did when I did bill collections because I was acutely aware of how much information could be obtained with inexpensive skip tracing tools. I always followed the law and treated people respectfully, but some misdirected their anger and I wasn't taking any risks as a single female. And why do some workers have body guards or pimps? Because predators know that prostitutes aren't considered credible to cops and are reluctant to report anything because of illegality of prostitution. Body guards and pimps deter and can intervene in an attack, collect money from clients who think they don't have to pay. Get rid of prohibition and street justice will no longer be a problem because their are legal remedies- which applies to all prohibition. There is no scourge of John's being attacked on behalf of prostitutes, I don't even know what would possess you to suggest such a foolish thing. Having your clients beaten up or harassed simply makes bad business sense, it takes less effort to do repeat business than recruit new clients. You are clearly don't know anything about the how or why someone chooses sex work so you lack credibility on your claim that they regret their choices.

  • Feb 12th, 2019 @ 9:21pm

    Toddlers in real life

    Toddlers, in real life, are assholes. I can't imagine that even a few million bucks would make it worth the indignity of the TSA, followed by squeezing into microscopic seats with a stranger's screaming kid who cannot be reasoned with or bribed into sitting down quietly for even a few minutes, let alone hours and hours. A child that won't take no for an answer, who will insist on eating and drinking whatever you are having, and will ask the question"why?" Well past the point you appear to be having a nervous breakdown, will flush your wallet down the toilet when they ask you to come and wipe them even though they screamed bloody murder when you tried to go in with them because they can do it themselves. Seriously, nobody wants a toddler, because in real life they are assholes.

  • Feb 10th, 2019 @ 11:36pm

    Re: Back to the legislation session boys and girls

    Yup, time to go back and write legislation that makes all records ever produced past present and future public, to be made available on a free to access database, record keeping of all incidents legally required, illegal to destroy or tamper with records. Most private citizen information would be redacted, accessible for attorneys for legitimate things like civil suits. Legislators should pass some crystal clear laws that say public employees are accountable to the public and they are not entitled to the same constitutional protections, let alone more than private citizens. These laws should cover all government employees, from cops and teachers (and if you think public school teachers should be exempt, there's a nasty story about a teacher bringing in a third party to whip a little boy in the bathroom in Chicago and the district has no idea how many teachers have hurt children and ultimately been disciplined, or if any teachers have a pattern of accusations) prison guards, prosecuting attorneys, judges, magistrates, sherriffs, principals, everyone. I can see a fair exemption of medical records, including incidents relating to a mental health condition so long as direct supervisors are accountable for continued employment. . And while I'd bet the unions would drop their opposition to the current laws if full transparency gained steam, legislators should push on and air all the whiney grievances against accountability. It's utterly ridiculous that government employees get special privileges and immunities and yet constantly whine and cry how they are under attack, and how they selflessly devote themselves to thankless public service. (And I hold teachers in high regard, but they aren't as poorly paid as they claim because no one considers the mega health insurance they have to contribute almost nothing to both now and after retirement along with the salary they collect in the form of a pension. They also continue to support the unions that are responsible for the working conditions good and bad).

    Yeah, back to the drawing board and do it right this time.

  • Feb 8th, 2019 @ 7:42pm

    (untitled comment)

    So if I want my loved ones murder solved, I need to come up with reward money as an incentive (or my dearly departed had wads of cash on them, although then they could get paid without rendering service...)? I mean, he's basically saying they have no incentive to put in the effort to solve crimes.

  • Feb 8th, 2019 @ 7:15pm


    Well if you're attitude is "fuck 'em" then you needn't concern yourself with advocating for laws on other people's private business that has no effect on you. You don't possess some unique moral or social authority to tell adults how to live their lives the right way. Mind your business

  • Feb 6th, 2019 @ 8:29pm


    Can anyone tell me where all these predators that want to do awful sex things to children are hiding in our society? I am not saying they don't exist, I'm just saying that the amount of legislation and media reporting make it seem like most normal looking men I encounter are secretly monsters. I mean, the vast majority of children victimized are hurt by trusted people they know, like coaches and doctors and priests. Anyone who thinks our president isn't exaggerating (like the Qanon folks) when he talks about thousands of women and children from South America being trafficked here for sex slavery should be far more concerned that the US has such a demand than about the coyotes trying bring the supply (and why would women and children come here for asylum if there are so many predators?) Again, I acknowledge that there are victims, I'm not dismissing them and I want justice for them. But all of this sex trafficking nonsense is just another avenue to control women and punish them for not conforming to social norms.

  • Feb 4th, 2019 @ 11:14pm

    Re: A useful resource

    Shoot, I should have read further down before responding! I'm a libertarian (I disagree with some things like the official position on net neutrality) and I am in favor of more individual liberty. FEE is a great libertarian website! Libertarians and liberals actually have many common goals and ideals, just different ways of accomplishing them.

  • Feb 4th, 2019 @ 10:57pm


    You're passing a whole lot of judgement on buyers and sellers of sex by assuming they all fit the same dynamic of a poor desperate woman prostituting herself to a married man spending the rent money. Sure, that dynamic exists, but it's not the only one, and who are you to judge the actions of consenting adults? Have you ever considered that sex work is not just a last resort to keep the lights on, and is actually preferable to some than service shut off or eviction. Some people make a very good living doing sex work, and enjoy their job. Not all John's are married men running around on their doting wives. Some men are painfully shy and awkward and suffer from loneliness. Some men simply have no interest or time to establish a relationship. And married men have their reasons too, not all of them unsympathetic. All the deterrence of these ridiculous police crack downs does is drive prostitution further underground, creating a greater likelihood of victimization and shame adults who aren't hurting anyone. Just like drug prohibition. And immigration restrictions. We need to stop trying to control people and let everyone live their lives to the extent that it doesn't infringe on anyone else's rights. And while poverty is often a factor in street prostitution, especially when youth is involved, scaling back regulations that have no public safety value would decriminalize poverty, stop impedeing charity from helping the needy, and allow for people to take on more entrepreneurship to provide for themselves as well.

  • Feb 1st, 2019 @ 12:41am

    Re: "Better things to do"

    You're absolutely right, law enforcement of all kinds spends way too much time on low hanging fruit, victimless crimes, and worst of all, entrapment or framing schemes. But there are real crimes with victims that deserve justice and dangerous people that need to be removed from society. Murders go unsolved, rape kits get thrown in closets and forgotten about. When my mom's car was found after being stolen, we asked the cops if they were done collecting evidence, like finger prints or would we need to wait to pick up the car, and from behind the safety of bullet proof glass they informed us that they were"not Columbo". Let's get rid of prohibition of drugs and prostitution, and let people freely immigrate pending a background check for violence/theft/fraud, a health screening and vaccinations, give them a work permit and connect them to private charities and organizations for any social services they may need like temporary housing or means to travel to reunite with family. Now this is a bit over simplified, there are other issues that need addressed at the same time. But I think these are some of the primary steps to ultimately reduce violent crimes and violent enforcement.

  • Jan 31st, 2019 @ 2:19am


    Perhaps you should go back and re-read the article. It wasn't just this one kid that got caught up in bullshit profiling from stupid policies driven by moral panic. ICE and law enforcement in general have plenty of actual crime and dangerous persons to keep them busy without being inundated with demands to check under the beds of racist and foolish white people for monsters because they stayed up too late watching Fox news. All of our immigration policies come from racist, xenophobic, moral panic (as well as our drug laws). Given the misery, and violence,and infringement of rights, geez and the financial cost from these laws we should actually stop trying to control everyone. Throw out all those laws and focus on facilitating peaceful interactions where needed and protecting private property rights.

  • Jan 31st, 2019 @ 12:25am


    The Nexus is a combination of groups like AIPAC and ADL, which are pro-Israel, pro-zionist, are very friendly with ultraconservative Christian evangelicals because the restoration/creation of a true Jewish ethnostate in Israel is one of the necessary components of bringing about the rapture, and the return of Christ and end of the world. Or something along those lines. Arkansas, like other states that have or tried these laws is obviously a deeply conservative Christian state. I don't have any good citations, or religious texts to refer to, but I'm sure a quick Google search will back me up if your interested. It amazes me that Bernie Sanders, a Jew, points out that these laws are unconstitutional, and yet a bunch of Christians call BDS anti-Semitic and vote in favor of unconstitutional laws anyways. There is nothing anti-Semitic about demanding that Israel be held to the beliefs and teachings of it's official religion and reason for existing.

  • Nov 9th, 2018 @ 4:23am

    Re: Consumers

    This whole shitshow is not an example of capitalism or the libertarian ideology. This is cronyism. The Telecom and cable industries that have become broadband ISP have never been a free market system.
    Libertarians believe in the non-aggression principle and private property rights. Regulations that prevent fraud (theft by deception) or provide recourse for harm are within our beliefs. We oppose rules like licencing because they the only protection they offer is from competition. (Having a medical degree and credentials proving education are not the same as a state issued medical license)
    It's fair to say that libertarians hold foolish utopian ideals that utilities could all be thriving competitive businesses. Seriously, there's only so much physical space to run water, sewer, power, and cable lines, and no return value on redundancy. But it's wrong to blame capitalism for an industry that has never been a free market

  • Nov 8th, 2018 @ 2:38am

    Re: Re: Only allowing governments ownership of anything is immoral t

    While you are correct that the citizens are clearly out gunned by the government, it doesn't mean that private gun ownership doesn't protect citizens from the government. Because ultimately, if the government should attempt gun confiscation, or god forbid some kind of martial law take over, every single citizen would have to be treated as potentially armed and accordingly subdued by whatever means enforcement deems necessary to accomplish their mission, where the enforcers safety would be primary of course. Door to door raids are going to get very bloody, very quickly; and private homes of enforcers, their families, friends and neighbors would be be subject to this same brutality. Do you really believe anyone would be willing to be an enforcer if no one is exempt from the disarming process, which will ultimately mean terrorizing fellow citizens? Is the US going to use our means of defense against our own citizens? Gun confiscation would require a level of violence that nobody is going to be willing to level at our own people.

  • Nov 6th, 2018 @ 1:09am

    Re: First Past The Post

    Ranked choice is an alternate system that allows voters to select third party candidates without "spoiling". Maine is using this system for federal elections-not just the primaries- for the first time so it's worth watching how it works out.

    I'm sick of the two party system too. The difficulty I see with enforcing real change is dismantling the powerful, deeply entrenched and usually very wealthy institutions that be, without causing a harm and unintended consequences.

  • Sep 22nd, 2018 @ 1:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: school Bully with Badge & Gun

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! The reason that "education" is mandatory has nothing to do with learning of knowledge and skills necessary to self sufficiency and employment. Compulsory education is because of a xenophobic worry that Catholicism could gain dominence due to a wave of Catholic immigrants. Irish and Mediterranean people like Italians, were regarded as lesser people, almost as poorly as blacks and Native Americans. All of these disfavored people we're considering immoral, unable to assimilate, and therefore unwilling and unable to suitably educate their own children without the Protestant State stepping in. School is mandatory because it is an indoctrination process, and because it would benefit the established upper class with submissive and educated workers for their businesses.

    Considering the ethnocentric reasons that made education compulsory and systematic, truency laws should be stricken. The only rule should be that no person can be denied or restricted from pursuing basic education.

    There is no widespread lack of education of young people, and this perception that there is just what I call curmudgeon belief. Curmudgeon think the youth are more disrespectful, lazy, violent, or promiscuous than in their day. Truth is crime and violent crime is down significantly, teens wait longer, have fewer partners and are getting pregnant less, and many continue to pursue education as teen parents by comparison. Teens have never not been smart asses. And I guarantee none of these curmudgeon ever lived with the intensity of organized activities that today's teens do.

    I just had my first baby, and her father and I have decided to unschool her precisely because we do not want her to suffer her rights being infringed, her creativity and individualism stifled, her love of learning squashed, and her social skills damaged.

    Perhaps if compulsory rules were eliminated and families had a greater choice in education we would see the bullying 'epidemic' dissapate. No one has to go to school with a relentless bully, because just like an adult would not tolerate such treatment, a kid could quit and get a new school. Children unhappy at home could seek out education programs that bring them happiness and satisfaction instead of victims to exercise control over or take out their frustration on.

  • Sep 14th, 2018 @ 2:12am

    If it were my grandmother...

    Did none of these goons have grandmothers, great-aunts, elderly neighbors, or ever enter a grocery store or Ho-jo's any weekday before 2pm? Many, if not most, elderly people are hearing impaired. My Mommom loved NASCAR and when I would pull up in front of her house on Sundays the mirrors of my car would visibly shake from her television inside. And rather than ask someone to repeat what they said a little louder for her, she would pretend she heard what you said and respond with her best guess of what she thought you said- which could be so off and random you couldn't help but laugh.

    If this was my Mommom.... dammit this infuriates me so much, I think I would end up dead confronting them, that is unless they keel over from fright first. If I had the spare cash I would send pallets worth of adult diapers to the police station...

  • Sep 8th, 2018 @ 1:37am

    Re: Re: Re: You are free to start your own cell phone company.

    That idiot isn't spouting libertarian beliefs about capitalism or Austrian Economics. While mainstream Libertarians don't understand Net Neutrality and default to regulation is always bad, libertarians are against cronyism and allowing the government to have the power to piss away our tax dollars and childrens' futures in the form of debt to benefit private enterprise.

    No, that guy is out of touch curmudgeon, who is willfully ignorant of the facts. I'm surprised he didn't reference to anyone as a snowflake quite honestly. This guy came of age during a time that only demanded hard work to guarantee success. He doesn't understand why the kids today don't put their phones down and get up off their lazy asses and get a job and stop demanding handouts from hardworking men like him. He will never acknowledge how his generation is responsible for a number of the economic woes that our generation faces- after all he bought and paid for his house, it was only 10% of his income, whereas it runs around 1/3rd of todays income. Or that his generation absolutely demanded that we get a college or we would never have the credentials to be trusted to take over businesses as they retired, so now we all of 10s of thousands of dollars in student loan debt- and dammit why don't we just go learn a trade if we can't do anything with our fancy degree (which we can, it just doesn't pay enough to pay our loans and a very modest lifestyle outside of our parents basement....)

    This guy doesn't even realize that these old school government enabled monopolies from many generations ago have rigged the system of purchasing the spectrum so to price out any meaningful competition. He's too busy railing against the edge providers whose monopoly powers rest solely on providing a product that the users like enough and use enough that it will attract advertisers, ya know, since they censor people like him.

    Anyway, don't trash libertarians and lump us in with the crazies just because they say something resembling a belief in capitalism.

  • Sep 7th, 2018 @ 2:52am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Excellent suggestion! And there's tons more custom ROMs and guides and advice on XDA Developers.

    Because Cathy, I feel your pain. Until this July, I was using a "legacy" device from 2011, Motorola Droid RAZR. While the battery was not supposed to be user accessible, I did my research and successfully swapped out the battery, twice. I learned how to back-up, install a custom bootloader and flash a 5.x ROM and later 6.x ROM that developers had continued to work on for practice and enjoyment. Android is open source, just because official support has ended doesn't mean you are entirely at their mercy.

    I couldn't afford a new phone, and my good ol' RAZR had plenty capable hardware to run the newer operating systems. Again, I did my research to make sure I understood the steps and that I found ROMS that were stable and met my needs. I literally could not afford to brick my device, so I was scared to take the plunge. It really wasn't that difficult, mostly just learning the lingo, and it extended the life of that phone quite a few years.

    Most devices are more on the disposable side, especially since wireless carriers scaled back most of their subsidy programs that made people accustomed to getting a new device for free, or very cheap, every two years. People still want a new phone for cheap on a regular basis, so hardware quality lower.

  • Sep 1st, 2018 @ 12:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Well I'm not sure how young you are, but the government attempted to break up Ma Bell, dividing it into 7 regional companies. But like drops of mercury, they slithered back together. The problem was that they assigned a company to a region of customers, which were effectively 7 monopolies. And in the 80's localities were given the power franchise monopolies to cable companies, which made mergers of small companies into companies of scale all but guaranteed.

    Truth is, the government doesn't do a very good job central planning. They pick winners and losers, artificially alter market forces, which take away incentives and consequences for companies to serve consumers. The only incentive for businesses under the heavy hand of government have is to gain more government control. That said, I am in full favor of net neutrality as it is a mitigating force on the government's "winners". We'll never know if telecommunications would have evolved as quickly and widespread as it did without government intervention, or conversely even faster and more robust; but the situation is what it is today and that is the reality that as a champion of free markets I believe we must proceed from.

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