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What I have observed about 'conservatarianism' is that many extreme tech leaders learned their social skills at childhood camps for children who have difficulty making friends. Folks from the Autism Spectrum (was Sugar Mountain by Neil Young?) informing the social reality makes as much sense as the Innumerate managing our National Budget (oops - Congress). FSM, we are doomed. Could I somehow be shifted over to that parallel plane universe where we have figured out how to deal with psychopathy and sociopathy in an empathic and humane manner, rather than just letting them run loose.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Two Valley entrepreneurs nobody really cares about like Rand Paul. Conservatarianism rising!
You forgot one of the easiest and cheapest options for broadcast, an HD antenna, which costs $30 at Best Buy!
1 year, 1 month ago on Screwing cable TV one show at a time
1 year, 9 months ago on CNET’s editor wasn’t in “an impossible situation,” far from it
@JenniferSiegler @Dennis Crow Did you just read your first Ayn Rand book? Or perhaps you didn't get David Stockman's memo about MAKING UP ALL THAT BULLSHIT! Go back to Walmart's Dick Tuck Chair of Economic Development at Koch University. How much of this intellectual flailing are we going to have to put up with until corporatists realized their aren't enough angry old white men to continue voting them in any more?
A real answer about what we do from here? Take government out of the hands of the point zero four percent of the population that controls eighty percent of the world's financial transactions. Read this, you bot, if you want to actually understand how economics is 'rigged' in our modern world: http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2011/10/22/the-147-companies-that-control-everything/
You are a flak for them, whether you know it or not. Please don't aim your 'government regulation' trope at me, without Government protecting our asses from the likes of you, we'd all have to be wearing one or more of these: http://io9.com/5568455/vagina-dentata-condom-distributed-at-the-world-cup.
Learn something real.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dear Huffington Post: It’s time to grow up
@JenniferSiegler Except for the Democrats being handed a stacked deck, with their hands tied behind their backs for the last 4 years (ty mixed metaphors), what party do you think is responsible for the enormous debt we now have? And which presidents, since 1980, 'magically' created jobs without 'government regulation'? Forgive me the ad hominem, but the sheer perfect pitch historical amnesia and Koch judge school talking points makes me think a repug bot somehow produced your words. Aren't there post Romney elves scurrying about in some b-school lab somewhere thinking up new ones yet?
@bgoldberg @Dennis Crow There is an enormous bank of data about the kinds of social structures that make for a 'happy' society, including just about every social ill, such as suicide, homicide, creativity, productivity, mental and physical health, et al. One of the critical factors is the ratio of income and assets between the top few percent and the bottom many percent. Scandinavian and Northern European countries, in fact, most 'socialist' countries have figured out this way of living that makes people happy. Other factors, egalitarianism, widely available good education, health care, etc. It's not really debatable. The data is very clear. Conservatives and 'middle' leaning people in this country have either perpetrated or believe the propaganda that somehow their beliefs are better for people. The data doesn't agree. There is a huge amount of data that shows the kind of educational structures result in happy educated productive non-violent members of society. Same thing. In a political climate where knowledge is a threat to the people and companies who are the real reason we have a large government, Halliburton, Bechtel and the trillions that go to the military, corporate food, corporate health care, corporate every goddamn thing, real understanding of real phenomena has been hopelessly lost.Even your question is a perpetration. Sort of puts you in the 'staggeringly disingenuous' queu, doesn't it? You could have figured out yourself that if this kind of fundamental science is disrespected for the obvious political reasons, there is an overwhelming amount of other science, biological and social that can't even be brought up without a tsunami of fake shit being thrown up as if it were real. Your question should be, what is the result of a society where conservative beliefs abound? Oh, violence, ignorance, superstition, poverty...need I go on. People (with guns) threatening our entire legal judicial society because they can't win their psycho arguments. You are a snarky shock troop for the American Taliban. Srsly, ask yourself if this is the world you want to live in. Get real.
I am endlessly fascinated by 'middle' leaning folks who probably genuinely think that there are any number of opinions that are valid and should be considered or reported 'fairly' by media for some public goodness. Like, maybe we shouldn't be polarized between whether the sun goes around the earth or the earth goes around the sun, maybe..., I got it, this is more balanced, maybe they go around EACH OTHER!! Yeah, that is a MIDDLE ground, more reasonable, less extremist. Or, what about every other scientific phenomena that virtually every human being depends on, whether they understand it or not, like the WEATHER! With the debate between people who accept and understand that most science is SOLID AS A ROCK, and people who think that Jesus rode a Dinosaur, there is no middle ground. And for some of us who have studied the social sciences and history and actually understand human behavior, from a scientific POV, there really is a right and a wrong about how to manage a social order for the best and most humans to thrive. It is the opposite of arming schoolteachers or beating your kids with a stick to make them 'good'.Why not represent valid useful opinions with lots of data, rather that beliefs and opinions suffering from the psychotica psychopathica that infects the current public discourse. Middle Way is only appropriate, really, truly as a fair descriptor of Buddhism. Life is real, has actually data in it, if you're not an ignorant fool or a liar and a thief. In this class of republican politicians, Michael Kinsley's classic line, R's are either 'addled by ideology or staggeringly disingenuos' makes more sense every day. There is no REAL middle ground, only the TRUTH!
With a penultimate paragraph about 'customer service', a concept I tried and tried to get asshole companies well into this millenium to understand, and a punchline about 'gamification', I'm wondering if this will be the structure of technocalypse, or just the plantation we're ALL enslaved in forever (Hey Crell! How'd ju get otta here!). Marc Prensky must be turning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet!
1 year, 9 months ago on The big picture: What I see for 2013 and beyond
+.03?! ReeDonkulus!! I would say that the #1 Trait inversely related to the ability to predict the future would be innumeracy. !st multiple guess question: Look at the numbers next to these five traits. Which one doesn't belong?
1 year, 10 months ago on According to Harvard, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs need to be a lot nicer
It's not just cost, which is a fatal flaw all on its own, but dead tree is so wrong in so many ways that it can no longer be defended. Energy, pollution, eco problems et al are only the most apparent of this wrongness. What's most wrong is that the way nondigital media structure the information consuming experience. It's positively imperialistic, colonial - a power trip, to hold a person hostage to a piece of paper that is non-dynamic, non-linkable, no way in that form to go off to another site to read about a word or an idea. That is the old world power dynamic of controlling people's experience for the purpose of manipulating them. Think Derrida and Foucault here. Ted Nelson's world, in which we are all living now, allows for the individual to have utmost control over their 'consuming experience' - also control over their transmission experience, like here. At this point, I wouldn't support anything that would keep it hanging on another day.
1 year, 10 months ago on Old media’s problems are the costs not the lack of paywalls
Anyone know how Braintree feels about Julian Assange?
2 years, 1 month ago on It’s Starting to Dawn on PayPal: We Might Really Be in Trouble
Do they know about this company? http://www.playxpert.com/ They make an in game overlay that allows for instant messaging, media management without a hit to performance. I personally met with the founder, Charles F. Manning, an incredibly nice guy, who gave me an hour and a half of his time the day before he was to fly to the valley here for a round of VC funding. Can't say enough about him and the company.
2 years, 3 months ago on Through the Twinferno: Twin Engine Labs Exits Stealth Mode