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  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 8:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: this again

    "What's obvious is that reading comprehension is not your thing."

    No...I think my reading comprehension might just not be your thing. Can't blame you when what you present is a bunch of flawed assumptions on top of broken logic and bad math.

    "If your cable/ISP bill was $100, then you 'cut cable' and now your bill is $50. Then you add a streaming service to compensate for your lack of cable..."

    Since that isn't how it works, let's go back to where you stop presenting false assumption as the basis of your shilling, m'kay?

    Because what you are claiming is that - literally - a significant majority of the US middle-class is unable to comprehend basic math or balance their own economy. You're seriously trying to tell everyone here that a hundred million americans flunked grade school math?

    Oh, wait. You are.

    "Cutting cable is merely a band-aid on a bucket full of holes."

    More like a tourniquet around an arterial laceration. ISP monopolization is a bad thing, surely, but it gets no better if you insist on retaining extra charges on top of the broadband bill.

    "You and Pauly still don't get it though."

    Oh, I think we do. We've both pitched in on the debate around ISP monopolization but that isn't the topic at hand. Cable cutting is, where a fundamentally shady business model is currently falling apart since customers, by the millions, are fleeing it now that there's an alternative to having to buy and pay for a thousand sports channels just to get the half dozen you actually want.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 7:59am

    Re: Re:

    "Why don't you see everyone blaming the phone companies for anything anyone talks about on the phone?"

    I'm not aware of the phone company being held to task for what people discussed over their lines...
    ...but there's plenty of historical precedent regarding messenger services in general, such as the post office. What emerged from that debate, of course, was the concept that shooting the messenger is never a good idea.

    Yet put it online and suddenly we have to re-do a thousand years worth of arguments which will end up with messenger immunity being a necessary part of any civil society.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 7:54am

    Re: Re:

    "Outside agitators or not, the protests included violence and property damage. "

    Of course there was. The Portland police used tear gas and rubber bullets unprovokedly even on obviously peaceful marches and journalists.

    At that point, when peaceful protests become the subject of police brutality, all bets are off. I think your Founding Fathers would like to have a word with you about what happens when the redcoats start brutalizing people for congregating in the streets. I'm sure the innocent british landowners and tea merchants would like to talk about the widespread vandalism and destruction they experienced as a result.

    "...even the instigators of the violence started the protests as "peaceful protesters""

    People keep talking about the instigators of violence and yet every news article keeps describing WHITE people killing BLACK people rather than those hundreds of thousands of black protestors managing to off people.

    It appears the "law & order" crowd just keep forgetting that people who are fired upon may react.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 7:40am

    Re: Re:

    "A lot of the places that will benefit are places where delivering experimental hardware, or sending in an engineer become logistic nightmares."

    Well, yes...but, you know, for emergency communications there's already satellite communication. The only thing Starlink offers is wider bandwidth.

    With a cap of half a million customers Starlink subscriptions are going to be for luxury and bragging - not exactly catering to communities of mountain men or Podunk county, pennsylvania.
    It might not be bad business for Musk. He'll be able to charge an arm and a leg for the system once it's operational - and he'll have to, since maintenance alone will be going at a solid 2 billion USD per year to keep the constellation at full strength, plus operations cost.

    What is really interesting about that is how he's begun asking for billion-dollar subsidies to build the network, meaning the taxpayers are going to foot much of the bill for a network which will primarily be the stomping ground of the truly rich. Honestly, I find myself wondering how americans - particularly with middle and lower income - could possibly find socialism objectionable as compared to what they currently have, which appears to be the state spending the tax money on what benefits the wealthy rather than on the people who might need it.

    I dunno. Just seems a bit evil to me that 3000 communities in the US are drinking the Flint River, dams and bridges are falling apart, major parts of the power grid is a quarter-century past its retirement date and half of the US population lives within three miles of dangerous hoards of hazardous waste no one knows what to do with.
    The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates it'll cost 4.5 trillion USD to take US infrastructure out of critical condition...and yet Musk asks for - and will propably get - a massive subsidy for a nonsustainable cubesat network which'll eventually let half a million of the 1% play League of Legends on their remote vacation homes.

    Perspective is a hell of a thing.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 3:10am

    Re: The Roman Catholic Church

    "Fun facts: 90%+ of Catholic Women in the United States and Europe accept the use of contraception and abortion as normal. Considering the 80% of Catholic American women that voted for Trump, there's a large cross section."

    Well, it's not exactly new that religious people are more than likely to wake up saying "Wait, this will apply to ME as well?" in confusion. The people who write the script of "a handmaid's tale" forgot to mention that catholic women would have been the first in line to vote for their rights as human beings abolished.

    "According to the Guttmacher Institute about 33% of abortions in the US are performed on to women who are opposed to abortion access..."

    I wish I could say I was surprised Not really. The belief in abstinence as sole method of birth control has never worked well. Apparently when the people behind the "Purity Ring" concept started to offer re-implemented virginity in exchange for sincere contrition it came as a total surprise that saying "I regret having sex" doesn't, in fact, prevent pregnancy.

    That's the point where both daughter and parents weigh the burden of an unwanted child against their principles and choose to "regretfully" shoulder the "burden" they deny others.

    Ah, religion. Systematic and standardized hypocrisy at its finest.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 2:32am

    Re: Re:

    "Regardless of the merits of gun control policies it is kind of like asking "Why can't we make the trains run on time like Mussolini?" - it was a horrible time in general and didn't work well for the one thing it was supposed to be good for."

    Concur. The issue isn't, and never really has been guns. It's the attitude of society and law enforcement which matters.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 2:22am

    Re: Cutting the Cord

    So your argument is that King George reconquered the United States by usurping all power over the US core utilities? And this, for some reason, is communism?

    Mate, whether your problem is that you're vague on the exact particulars of what reality looks like, have a massive problem with spelling simple words, or are ignorant of what words like "capitalism", "Communism" and "fascism" means, your comment makes no sense at all.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 2:05am

    Re: Re: Re:

    "Is that Koby? With an insightful voted comment?!"

    Yeah, that's why we don't immediately flag him when he comments the way we do "Shel10" or "Restless94110". Koby often has insights to offer as long as the topic isn't about section 230. That's when he elects to give his brain a break and lets the Stormfront echo chamber autopilot do the writing.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 1:59am

    Re: Re: Re: this again

    That's a long argument to try to explain away that Cable is still vastly more expensive than paying for the internet and any choice of two-four streaming services, and that the cable channels similarly hike their prices to gouge the consumer even worse.

    And you still have to pay the ISP for internet access whether you have cable or not, so your entire "argument" falls apart at the seams immediately.

    Explain again why, now that you've explained how expensive broadband access can be, literally anyone should get themselves an extra service which adds even more expense?

    Or we could just stay somewhat truthful and admit that Cable remains the more expensive and less flexible choice than netflix and HBO.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 1:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: this again

    "...if you stop paying you ISP for cable TV, but still pay them for internet access, who are you still paying?"

    Wow, a straw man argument, a red herring, AND tossing both of them past the moved goalposts?

    It's pretty obvious that paying for a generic connection which lets you pick and choose your entertainment is better than being lured to pay for a thousand channels worth of cold garbage of which you may want perhaps three.

    The monopolization of internet providers is a completely separate debate. To the statement that a given brand of car is a bad choice you then clutch your pearls and whinge sarcastically about how the guy who owns the road is a crook, so changing your car won't do anything for you...

    Well done, Richie. As usual every time you show up the very first argument is a pack of lies and the second an immature bag of ad hominem to make people stop questioning your initial assertion.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 12:59am

    Re: What they're REALLY worried about…

    "...that people will eventually figure out that the
    Republic of China (Taiwan) is the real‌ ‌ legitimate
    Chinese Government in exile."

    That's a slippery slope to go down. According to that argument Israel is an illegitimate occupying force in much of its territory, The USA is a malicious invader which ought to vacate the hunting grounds of the natives post haste, and half of northwestern france needs to get off it's ass and move back to Norway and Denmark.

    The PRC is legitimate because 1.4 billion chinese say it is. Today that's a fact.

    Taiwan's claim to be the chinese government-in-exile makes as much sense as a descendant of Henry Pu Yi trying to claim the imperial throne.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 12:45am

    Re: Fantasy

    "You think that it is a "fake fantasy" that there is rampant censorship by big tech? "

    Not just false but self-evidently so. "Big Tech" can't tell you not to state your message - and every comment you make on sites like these is just more proof of that.

    But why am I not surprised that you Stormfront guys keep wanting to conflate "censorship" with "the discretion of the home owner"?
    Sad to break what shouldn't have been news by now, but if the owner of private property sees fit to show you the door because you won't shut up about what the Bad Black People are doing - then that's not censorship at all.

    It's just you getting your ass thrown of private premises for being a racist fuckwit.

  • Sep 29th, 2020 @ 12:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Journalists

    Depends. The KKK and the good ol' southern boys will want you to take the hood off so they can ensure youse a' white. The guys waving the swastika may want to take a peek down your pants.

    Stands to reason some of them may actually have seen Blazing Saddles and are wise to the nefarious means of the Bad Black Man.

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 8:32am

    (untitled comment)

    "WIPO is so undiscriminating that it has a terrorist organization, the "State of Palestine", as an observer."

    It has a political organization as an observer. That political organization is now largely guided by the Hamas, but that's like saying Sinn Fein shouldn't have been allowed a voice in politics because of the IRA.

    The idea that there's one side of the israel-palestine conflict wearing the white hat died when Rabin was assassinated by an israeli ultraorthodox terrorist. It didn't get better when Avigdor Lieberman of all people, got a cabinet seat, or when Baruch Goldstein's grave became a pilgrimage site for israeli extremists.

    WIPO, in order to establish credibility, has assembled in it's ranks, anyone desperately in need for attention. It's a bit like GWB's "coalition of the willing" in the regard that it's trying to prop up a highly unpopular and self-serving endeavor with large quantities of nonentities.

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 8:22am

    Re: 'You see nothing.'

    " if pretending that it simply doesn't exist will magically make that true..."

    That's not what they count on. As with so many other things we westerners find quirky and which comes from China it's all about the concept called face.

    Which is why every time Taiwan is invoked, China must respond. Anything else is viewed as China losing face to the "usurpers" next door.

    It doesn't help that Taiwan are just as stubborn, referring to themselves as "China" in the full knowledge that this will tick off absolutely everyone on mainland China who considers themselves Chinese.

    It's a battle for national identity which will eventually be solved either by Taiwan choosing to become the "Republic of Taiwan" and abandoning their claim on the name of Qin Hua (unlikely)...or by losing their independence and becoming a territory of the PRC the minute after the US drops its guard over the Taiwan strait (very plausible).

    And the latter, once unthinkable, isn't so much anymore. Should Trump manage to win next term, what could Xi Jin Ping offer him to make the Taiwanese the next Kurds?

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 7:39am

    Re: Re: Apologies, Techdirt

    Yeah, the SCP's are impossible or implausible.

    Trolls, on the other hand, like any other common vermin, can be quite easily explained.

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re:

    "What is it about a subject that leaves you so incapable of dealing with the facts that you have to deflect before even acknowledging the original article."

    The original article, probably?

    I mean it's one from his team standing there with their hands down the cookie jar. He either screams about what little Joe did down the street loud enough to deflect attention or sits in the corner and watches while people call the liar an actual liar.

    I'm just surprised what came out of his cone of shame was a "But Hillary!" rather than the customary "But Obama!".

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 7:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Just a moment...

    "...we do get our fair share of masochists and humiliation fetishists (like out of the blue or Baghdad Bob, for instance)."

    Oh, man, now I remember those times on torrentfreak when he used to go on and on about Punishment!" in wording which more than just suggested he was jizzing all over his keyboard while writing it.
    Or that time, later on, when he went on in a feverish pitch about how all the little techdirt aspies were gonna go to jail and get screwed by Big Jim from C-block.

    Yeah, some regular visitors here do display some rather squicky kink now and then...

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 7:25am


    "I wish we lived in a world where facebook was as stacked with leftists as these people claim..."

    Well, one of the most damning indications against most tinfoil hat conspiracies about the left-wing global illuminati and the like is that if any of that were true the world wouldn't be the extreme right-wing hellhole this century is so unashamedly displaying it as.

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 7:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Journalists

    "Works like a charm so long as you can keep the hood on."

    Now if we could only get Mel Brooks to script the rest of the farce reality has turned into...

    If my history is any judge jews in pre-ww2 germany and the third reich often attempted something similar, dressing up more gentile than gentiles, putting on the brown shirt, displaying the swastika prominently...
    ...and then the SS pegged on to this nefarious maneuver and started investigating suspects for circumcisions.

    It's a neat idea but I'm pretty sure there'll be at least one of the Very Fine People monitoring the ballot booth who damn well knows every KKK chapter member in the state is already there and might be suspicious over the extras showing up. Envision John Goodman's Big Dan Teague here, sniffing out the rascally infiltrators.

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