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There is a pretty fair argument that private prisons legally oppress people. I have read some pretty nasty stories and have not seen any prosecutions. SO while perhaps their oppression violates the law (perhaps not I honestly don't know) the fact that it goes un-prosecuted means it might as well be legal. Also paying employees pennies a day in America is pretty oppressive and that is a thing private prisons do all the time perfectly legally.
War is pretty oppressive to the people in the midst of it.
Telecoms is just hyperbole yeah they suck to deal with but it is a choice.
Banks since they control the entire monetary system which is set up to benefit the few at the expense of the many could certainly fit in the second definition of oppression.
Health Insurance companies once again a choice so while I could make a fairly strong case that our health care system is oppressive, HIC is just one part of that.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-12 06:17 AM | Reply
Tried the same thing in NC but were for the most part blocked by the courts and the voters.
It was so bad several former GOP governors lobbied against their mechanizations.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-07 09:43 AM | Reply
Also agree with the caveat that to some extent it needs to reflect local cost of living. While 15 might make sense in Seattle or New York in Wilson NC it would make you the richest dude in town.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-04 09:47 PM | Reply
The odds of winning Powerball is 1 in 292,201,338 at 2 dollars a ticket once the prize breaks $584,402,676 then you are in fact playing the odds. So more people buying it once the prize gets larger is not a tax on math ignorance.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-03 11:26 AM | Reply
I don't think it will go to worthless.
It was never really meant to be an investment strategy it was a Utopian medium of exchange. Free from government taxes oversight and regulation. What I foresee happening is that the day traders bail on it, the price goes down to a more rational level and the folks who want to use it as a medium of exchange take back the market. The price will probably bobble in the cost to mine range and barring any major hitches like another Mt. Gox hack or something that causes users to lose faith it will survive as the uber-libertarian medium of exchange.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-03 11:18 AM | Reply
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-03 09:57 AM | Reply
I am outraged by this outrageous accusation of perpetual outrage!
Clearly it is the other side which perpetrates outrage not my side. We are all totally calm and rational. So stick your outrageous accusation where the sun doesn't shine!
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-02 08:22 AM | Reply
I don't get it Null you gave up on the Democratic Party because they weren't progressive enough and now when they come out with the most progressive platform in my lifetime you say rainbows and unicorns.
Personally I don't agree with the whole thing but the statement in too big to fail banks blocking restructuring is spot on.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-02 06:46 AM | Reply
Instead of asking for bonuses for bankrupting a company these exes should try and retain honor by committing seppuku.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-12-02 06:37 AM | Reply
My strong libertarian bent is part of the reason I'm pretty chill about transgender people. Pretty much the whole LBGTQ spectrum should be pretty welcome to most libertarians.
It's actually one of the litmus tests I use to decide, in my own mind, if someone is a true libertarian or a republican trying to pretend to be a libertarian.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-30 06:13 PM | Reply
3. Why is the first jump for counseling right to a gender transition therapist?
If the gender transition therapist is worth a darn and ethical they won't simply reaffirm the mom's mindset but seek to work with the child to determine the best course of action for the child. Now if the mom is determined I am certain she could find a therapist who would simply agree with her but that would be highly unethical for any therapist be they general or gender transition.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-30 06:08 PM | Reply
You name your kid something stupid the name is going to get mocked.
Granted any business should take your money and keep their opinion on the name to themselves but this kid is in for a rough middle school and I don't think mom will be able to sue every kid who picks on her little alphabet.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-30 04:36 PM | Reply
It is not always the case that kids know that young. One of my kids was a very girly girl until middle school then began to struggle with gender not matching sex and freshman year of high school cane out to us as trans.
My other kid was pretty much always gender non-conforming but didn't come out as trans until he was an adult.
I also know one of my sons friends who came out as trans then a couple years later decided that he was in fact the correct gender. His parents were not supportive and that may have been part of the reason he decided he wasn't trans but if he really isn't I guess it's a good thing he never started HRT.
Every kid and every situation is different and just saying they know young doesn't always make it so.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-30 03:54 PM | Reply
#7 that should be required to ship with a dose of Narcan.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-24 06:45 AM | Reply
The first ever mass shooting was way back in the 1800's and it was a postal worker with a bow and arrow who killed 6.
Mass shootings have been a part of the American experience since long before we were born. I agree with Danni that the internet has increased the numbers, I agree with Docnjo that giving them even a post-mortem 15 min. of fame increases them. Speaks is right that if life were made better for lower class Americans it would reduce them. Reducing the number of simi-auto weapons would reduce the size of most of these, and perhaps reduce the number.
Ultimately though they will happen be it with an AR, a Bow and arrow or a knife.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-23 09:49 AM | Reply
My parents hadn't even met yet so...
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-22 10:05 PM | Reply
Just what we need the democrats very own trump.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-18 07:08 AM | Reply
Not new, not a trend, as Noles said 2018's Jenkem.
Anything to scare mom and dad and get headlines.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-17 07:46 AM | Reply
Yeah it probably was liberals who killed it, from what I have seen of most conservatives computers there are so many tool bars, pop-ups and redirects I'm quite sure they couldn't manage to read an entire list of anything without their browsers taking them to 10 different pages before they finished. :P
That said food tourism has been going on for over a century (think Michelin stars) it's just now the reach and volume is so much greater, the cost to travel so much less, attention spans so short and bad reviews so easy to write that I could really see how the impact could be like a tsunami. (sudden, over fast, but with major lasting impacts)
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-16 09:32 PM | Reply
This is a given in a growing economy.
As long as wages keep pace it's NBD. Currently it looks like they will keep pace but that has not been the trend for the past 40 years so watch out when wages start to flag and prices keep rising.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-12 07:17 AM | Reply
Scientist wont stop at robotic crop pickers. Manufacturing jobs are going away.
Every job that can be automated will be automated, maybe not today or tomorrow but in 20 years? I can even conceptualize an automaton who could do my job and that is a tough one to automate.
I'm torn on open borders. As a libertarian intellectually I think open borders are a good thing, however as a laborer emotionally I think limits on immigration are needed. I'm not worried so much about the crime as how many people can we support as a nation without lowering the overall standard of living.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-11 08:04 AM | Reply
Mrs. Tucker hid in the pantry? She's not the sort of woman I'm married to.
#12 | POSTED BY ZED
Wow something we agree on, yeah my wife would have turned the garden hose on them, probably while one of my kids filmed her doing it and posted it to instagram.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-10 04:07 PM | Reply
I'll be happy to start/work on a non-partisan redistricting initiative if I do.
We don't have ballot initiatives here, probably one of the things that bugs me the most about NC politics.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-10 07:17 AM | Reply
For the past two years the GOP has held a veto proof majority in NC so having a democratic governor meant squat. They even tried putting in two constitutional amendments to strip the governor of what tiny sliver of power he had while they held a veto proof majority. Those thankfully failed.
If you move to RTP you will find that it is not like Boaz's NC (despite the fact that he works in RTP) The majority of the triangle is pretty liberal and fair minded. We do have the expected deep south roots but mass migration to the area has been welcomed and the resulting expansion if ideas has been good for all of us. Last weekend I worked on a married lesbian couples fireplace, they had a Leaf and a Prius. Just a few years ago they would have fled NC as fast as their Prius would go.
From WRAL yesterday "Just eight years ago, Republican candidates won 13 of 25 competitive partisan races on the 2010 Wake County ballot. This year, out of 32 competitive partisan races, GOP candidates won only two: a state Senate seat and a District Court bench. The few other Republicans who won were in nonpartisan races or were unopposed."
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-10 07:10 AM | Reply
Agree and frankly as long as the binary parties control there will be no hope for a new reality. I don't see a path forward.
Also Danni reliably voting dem tells them they can run whatever garbage candidate they want and count on your vote. You save them the work of trying to get a good candidate.
Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-11-10 05:54 AM | Reply
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