Dec 2, 2013 at 20:55:30
“Apparently thought crime is now a thing in France. My advice to you all is never to be a crass old man and speak your mind in an interview, or at least, if you do so, don't plan on visiting France afterward.”
“You're talking to a liberal, not a conservative. But that couldn't have the slightest relevance to the topic at hand. If Pope Francis wants to fight poverty and growing inequality, they could stop contributing to it by forbidding their members from availing themselves of family planning, or extorting them of their income with threats of eternal damnation. I find it highly ironic that the poster child for the 'old tyranny' is taking a swing at the new.”
“Hypocrisy. The Catholic Church is one of the most wealthy institutions in the world, which cajoles its members to donate a tenth of their income to its maintenance. In many countries, its revenues are untaxed, and indeed in the world's wealthiest country, they're exempt from taxation altogether.”
LA RAM on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:36:58
“You don't seem to be listeing to this Pope, but wanting to cling to your cherieshed opinion of what the Catholic Church ahs often been.Change is a comin'. Thanks to this good Pope.”
souix55 on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:34:13
“Well it looks as though The Catholic Church has a new "CEO" at the helm and he is taking the Church in a new direction.”
Cathar on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:15:03
“At least he is trying to change the Church. So what was wrong with his comments other than he did not praise the GOP and Paul Ryan but instead by his comments condemned their actions.”
“Stop talking about doing it, and do it. It's not as if there aren't other checks and balances that the 'minority' can use to keep legislation that's unpopular from passing. And if your party is so unpopular that you don't have control of both houses and the White House, well, maybe it's time you changed your party's platform to once again obtain the consent of the governed.”
“When the NSA was created in the Truman Era, the signal intelligence being analyzed was encrypted radio intercepts. That original purpose really has no bearing on the current functional role the Agency has taken on: the global, wholesale monitoring of Internet traffic. When you dispassionately examine the toll of lives taken by acts of terrorism versus the cost to taxpayers for the ludicrously overreaching actions taken to fight it, it's pretty easy to expose the War on Terror as the boondoggle it is.”
“I'm not much of a fan of quantitative easing, but as long as Congress won't take action, the Fed has a mandate to use what tools it can to promote full employment. So yes, given the current economy and the Fed's mandate, QE is normal.”
GuyCybershy on Oct 26, 2013 at 00:27:03
“Look , neither party gives a damn about the unemployed. Their corporate masters like things this way. This is all gravy for them.”
“Why is it that everything the GOP does has to come at the expense of a cessation of normal government function? Better transparency at the Fed is likely an excellent idea, if implemented well. But a good idea isn't made any better by shackling it to an ultimatum.”
CaptDMO on Oct 25, 2013 at 12:44:53
“"But a good idea isn't made any better by shackling it to an ultimatum"
Neither are the bad ones- historically attached to "Must Pass" legislation, or "other"
Are we all aware what "normal government function" has become, and who "traditionally"
abuses it, or pronounces "New Rules"?
Unintended consequences, and all that.”
Peddler on Oct 25, 2013 at 12:36:01
“Paul is a "free rider."”
Riverhippy on Oct 25, 2013 at 12:33:30
“It's the only way he can bring light to the fact that Harry Reid will not let the Senate vote on his bill.”
“Gomez will repeat the same test clip over and over for you. If you're really industrious, you can push through 20+ different scenarios. And yet that still pales in comparison to the ingenuity and variety of real users.”
“For anyone who has ever done software development, this is the least interesting story in the world. Of COURSE there's launch problems. There are /always/ launch problems. That's because there's no way to simulate millions of people using your service, until they actually start using your service.”
johnllewisjr on Oct 21, 2013 at 15:04:25
“very true and very well put my friend”
twiggy2writes on Oct 21, 2013 at 15:03:31
“Common sense - Americans behave as if they have none.”
oc dev on Oct 21, 2013 at 14:58:03
“Yeah there is. Services such as Gomez can provide that kind of scale no problem (we use them every year for ecom sites real world load testing prior to black friday - sites that blow out the traffic that this thing gets).
Make Me A Sandwich on Oct 21, 2013 at 14:57:51
“I don't think your job at Game Stop qualifies you as an expert...”
Right in New England on Oct 21, 2013 at 14:56:07
“Volume is an easily remedied server problem.
This site has code problems.
That makes it an interesting story.”
“Of course rent-seeking isn't just a Wall Street phenomenon. It's part of the human condition. People with power will shape the world in ways that are to their advantage. Anyone with power who does otherwise won't stay powerful for long.”
Mot T on Oct 17, 2013 at 22:09:59
“I think it has gotten a lot worse. We need to have more creative destruction through the enforcement of the laws, especially the economic laws, than what we have today. It is incredibly bad today. This would stop the rent seeking that is destructive to the economy. We now have corporate efficiency trumping economic efficiency because corporations are not having to follow the economic laws of the land. They are given excuse after excuse by the courts and the political system. ”
“The huge jump in wealth has mostly to do with changes in technology, stock market regulation, and tax policy. We've consistently cut taxes on the very wealthy, done little to curtail the unbridled greed and rent-seeking of Wall Street, and Wall Street has, in turn, lobbied very effectively to shift the burden of taxation to the poor and middle class.
If we were REALLY interested in improving the well-being of the poor and middle class, there wouldn't be ANY taxes levied on wages below the median household income, either on the e mployer or employee side. In short, the government that protects the wealth of society's winners should be paid for by society's winners. Instead, we provide tax incentives to corporations so they can hire minimum wage workers who will then require supplemental food and housing assistance to make ends meet.”
Mot T on Oct 17, 2013 at 20:53:52
“Rent seeking isn't just a Wall Street phenomena, it is also in other industries where the laws are being twisted and the regulatory agencies totally captured by the power elite. Our politicians just sell out to these forces and it nothing less than corporations and the power elite looting the economy. I know, it happened in my case.”
“So basically this entire exercise is a face-saving measure for Boehner, so he doesn't have to acknowledge that they have no power but to threaten political suicide? If he allows a vote on a clean CR to fund the government, it passes. So what's really at stake? Boehner's Speakership. That's the choice: Boehner's personal political fortunes, or the economic welfare of the country and the world.
“Scarcity is the inevitable result of unchecked growth in population. We can either manage our population growth through giving people easy access to contraception, or we can look forward to a future with more and more contention for the basic essentials of life, both for humans, and other species. It's that simple.”
“The ACA debate, and the attendant threats that come with it, don't have anything to do with policies. The legislation enacted was originally devised by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, in 1989. By any reasonable account, ACA should be a bipartisan compromise, but the GOP can't treat it like that due to Obama's personal unpopularity among their racist base. The root of the issue is that our Congressional districting is so heavily gerrymandered that House members aren't worried about challenges from the other party, they're worried about primary challenges from the extreme wings of their respective parties. This holds true in both Democratic and Republican leaning states, because both parties would prefer a safe seat and a known adversary to a more precarious existence as a public servant, to say nothing of the risk of allowing a system where third party actors might gain traction. Can moderates from both parties actually regain control of their respective flanks? They'll need to cooperate with their counterparts in the other party to do it, but if it can be done, we might finally get back to real governance and stop with the public policy circus that has the House of Representatives approval rating averaging at 15%.”
“More evidence of the GOP's lack of learning behavior. In 1995, the shutdown accomplished nothing, and resulted in a cakewalk election for Bill Clinton the next year. His job approval numbers afterward were the highest they'd been since his election.”