Evil Yoda

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Evil Yoda last won the day on February 22 2006

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  1. If Trump admitted this protest was about the assertion that police departments treat black encounters differently that white encounters, folks might ask hard questions. By pretending it's about the country and the flag he can trigger the subset of Americans whose patriotism is chiefly about symbols and falls short of understanding what those symbols represent. One thing Trump understands well is that a large group of his supporters are some combination of stupid and poorly educated. He exploits this relentlessly.
  2. I understand your position, but I suspect that those Brits who were interested in American culture or politics already understood this. The Internet, and in particular social media like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. made it impossible to keep the dirty laundry hidden. Many people knew about the British and Irish "Troubles" - long before the Internet. If you contend that knowing about something is different in degree from pushing someone's face in it, that's true. But, again, it's when you take people out of their comfort zone that real change happens. Those in the mega-rich class find these protests objectionable because the system as presently constructed has never harmed them and never will, and in fact serves them well. And, perhaps, for darker reasons in some cases. They don't like these protests because they don't want change or they see no need for it. They cast the protests in the context of national respect because that makes it easier to stir outrage.
  3. No, probably not. However, sometimes people need to be hit in their comfort zone in order to understand something. Have you stopped to consider that the people in the military, and others, found and died precisely so that people could protest? The very people you think are being offended fought for what you think offends them. The ability to express different opinions is fundamental to our political process here. Or, it used to be. Trump is trying to change that, because he's the sort of person who appears completely unable to understand or empathize with anyone who isn't a white, wealthy male. One can make an excellent case that Trump is a racist. Without hearing him when he thinks no one is listening, it's impossible to be certain. But I'd put the odds at better than 95%, based on his various statements and actions. And since a lot of players in the NFL are black, it's not hard to see why they would have no respect for him. Coming hard on the heels of his comments at the Strange rally, I believe the tremendous upsurge in this type of protest is basically an upraised middle finger pointed in Trump's direction. Which he deserves.
  4. That's an accurate assessment. Following the election it basically cratered. I left this board when the Sun put it behind a paywall. Yes, I was aware of a number of ways to circumvent that, but I chose not to steal the service that way. If the Sun thought their board was a revenue source and I did not care to pay, then I needed to leave, so I did. By the time they removed the paywall I was moderating over there, which expended the time I allotted for message board activities. As to what this place is like now, it is too soon to say.
  5. To some people the flag represents only the best of the country. Not everyone has that perspective. I have never had a bad encounter with a policeman (even the ones who gave me tickets were generally civil about it). But not everyone has that experience. To some people, the flag represents oppression. Neither I, nor probably you, has any basis for telling them they are wrong to feel that way, if that's what their life experiences have led them to believe. The results of the investigation into the BPD following the death of Gray were ugly. And it looks like a lot of police departments are run like that. And, like it or not, the local police department is the face of the establishment; they are the government entity most commonly encountered. So people could easily conclude that if the police are rotten, the whole structure is rotten. I happen not to agree, but I also happen to believe those men have a right to express their opinion. For those who believe these men are only there to entertain and shouldn't protest at work, I offer this: the most effective protests are those that are seen and that make the viewer uncomfortable. I'd like to hope people object because somewhere inside them they have enough conscience left to wonder whether maybe the players are right. Certainly some of those who object do so because Hillary was right, and they are deplorable people. If they are not the minority, though, we're in trouble as a nation.
  6. Given that this followed the comments Trump made in connection with the Strange rally, this is probably not about a lack of respect for the country. It's about a lack of respect for Trump. Respect is earned and each person has to decide when someone has earned it. Trump hasn't earned my respect, nor that of many people who aren't in the basket.
  7. The Republicans are suffering from Citizens United. They now have to whore themselves to monied interests, who have little in common with most of the country, and therefore want a different sort of country. They need the money but it might wind up costing them votes. If they were smart they'd understand that their future requires them to team with Democrats and do something about campaign financing. The form created by Citizens United is that only those with a lot of money steer the political ship. But the people with the votes won't stand for being on a ship going to someone else's port indefinitely. Modern (TEA Party?) Republicans seem to know how to win races but not how to govern, and seem uninterested in correcting this flaw. The Democrats keep making the mistake of trying to cooperate with them, predicated on the assumption that their inability to govern is something they'd like to fix. That's on top of the Democrats' perennial mistake of assuming that if something is the "right thing to do" by their moral compass, then it should be done, and worry about how to pay for it somewhere down the road. The Republicans abandoned even lip-service fiscal responsibility, which was the one thing they did better than Democrats. Trump's part in all this is his virulent racism, which is driving his attempt to remove everything Obama did, even things that aren't controversial. In particular, he is determined to kill Obamacare and does not care whether this damages the Republicans or not. The Republicans either don't see it, or are too afraid of his displeasure to gainsay him on this point. It may be a perfect storm in which monied donor interests and racist interests are presently in alignment. And the Republicans see the waterfall approaching but have no way out of the barrel.
  8. I think you're blaming the vulture for picking apart the bones of something that got old and weak, and then got jumped and killed. The problem with Toys R us is that Wal-Mart and Amazon beat it the way capitalists do. Niche players are vulnerable. This is like Hostess. People wanted to blame vulture capitalists for their problems, too. But the VCs really just swept in and finished off a company whose poor decision making had already so weakened it that it was vulnerable to them. Eddie Lampert will soon finish off K-Mart and Sears for the same reason.
  9. Bruce Schneier: The free market can't fix this problem: you're not Equifax's customer, you're their product. Only government regulation can fix problems like this, by making the cost of secuirty breaches (in fines and other penalties) high enough that real security is cheaper. http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/11/opinions/dont-complain-to-equifax-demand-government-act-opinion-schneier/index.html
  10. He improved over last week (and consistency is a problem they need to address), but no, a lot of it was that the Rams are a very bad football team.
  11. Here's how it really ought to work: the supplier in the foreign country produces documentation that says he's legal. The buyer contacts his government to verify that documentation. Those two steps completed, the buyer should then be free to wash his hands of the supplier. If the supplier violates his own country's laws, it's his government's responsibility to discover that and take any remedial action it deems appropriate. The U. S. buyer should only be responsible for obeying U. S. law, none of which should concern itself with how other countries manage (or fail to manage) their resources. The Lacey Act is silliness. And once the finished product is in a customer's hands, as long as he can prove he purchased it legally (a bill of sale), that should bar the government from seizing it unless it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he bought it knowing it was made with illegal parts. The government in this country takes entirely too many actions that really ought to be examined in a court of law. The IRS is particularly egregious in this regard.
  12. What this kind of thing does is encourage companies to leave the United States for countries where this kind if petty enforcement of pointless laws isn't the norm.
  13. "Do you expect me to talk?" "Nooo, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!" "Herrrrrre's Johnny!" "Your job is to help us. Not to f--- us up!!!" Almost any part of Sgt. Hartman's lecture of the boots during Full Metal Jacket, but almost no part of it is suitable for here.