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Posts by Svartalfiar

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  • Why Tennessee is fining Black women $100,000 for braiding hair

    03/17/2018 10:54:42 AM PDT · 72 of 84
    Svartalfiar to lurk
    Plus, it is not okay for a stylist who spends thousands on training and certification (styling schools can cost up to $25,000) to be in competition with an unlicensed person who didn’t take the hard road to get there.

    Why is it okay for the state to require you to spend up to $25k just to cut hair? If people are willing to go to a hairdresser that self-taught, instead of someone who spent too much $$ to be 'certified', that is their choice. Just because someone was smart enough to take the easy road, shouldn't mean they can't offer their services to people willing to pay for them!
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Calls for Warning Labels on 'Every Product That Has Fossil Fuels'

    03/17/2018 10:39:56 AM PDT · 94 of 100
    Svartalfiar to C19fan

    First off, I’m pretty sure the so-called fossil fuels have been proven to not be so.

    Secondly, does he not realize how many products come from hydrocarbons? Where does he think plastic comes from?

  • Arizona seniors could be in line for a BIG property-tax break

    03/17/2018 7:59:35 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    Svartalfiar to SandRat

    I’m confused.. Why do they need to grant Class 6 status to these old-people homes, if residential properties are already Class 6 properties? Methinks this publication could use a new editor!

  • Many older Americans are living a desperate, nomadic life

    03/12/2018 5:55:54 AM PDT · 101 of 102
    Svartalfiar to neefer
    We saw in the 1980s a shift from pensions to 401(k)s; that was a raw deal for workers. These retirement plans were marketed as an instrument of financial freedom, but they were really transferring risk from the shoulder of the employers to the backs of the workers.

    "Financial freedom" was the problem as well as the selfish employer refusing to take care of its employees for life.

    Huh? How does the employer not paying someone for life, make them selfish? Before the wage controls of the early 1900s, most employers didn't offer many extra benefits. Do you know how expensive it is to pay someone for not doing any work? Several decades of free pay, times multiple employees, will put most employers out of business fast. Plus, most people nowadays don't stay with one company like they used to. And most companies don't award even partial pension benefits until you have 15 or (maybe) ten years at the company. In which case, getting some benefit - 401k - is much better than nothing.
  • Jesuits Lash Out Against Professor Who Defended Church’s Doctrine on Marriage

    03/12/2018 5:42:09 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    Svartalfiar to ReaganGeneration2
    That’s a real dilemma.When I ask what the difference between Orthodox and Catholicism is, the answer comes down to the location of their centers in the Mediterranean, the authority of the pope over bishops, and very slight theological differences that should probably mean little to humans. Am I missing something?

    From a technical difference, Yup, that's about it. From a practical, general population perspective, they are the 'same'. Orthodox will be very similar to the Latin Mass from Catholicism - very traditional, reverent, feels like a proper Church. Orthodox does not have any (that I know of) rock band churches like most Catholic ones are. They're not as bad as Baptists, but alot of Catholic services just don't feel like proper church.
  • Jesuits Lash Out Against Professor Who Defended Church’s Doctrine on Marriage

    03/12/2018 5:37:02 AM PDT · 24 of 25
    Svartalfiar to Slyfox
    This is the truth - there are bad Jesuits and there are good Jesuits.

    I would agree with this. I went to Jesuit Dallas, and we didn't really have any issues like this. Closest thing was the new theater teacher from CA my senior year, he destroyed (redid how he wanted it) the theatre program. First order of business - trash everything in the prop closet...

    Anyways, it is very secular, only 3-4 priests are actually at/part of the school. We did/do have religious services every Friday, and full Mass I think once a month, plus you could get out of class on holy days of obligation for a short Mass in the chapel. They are big on 'social justice' as a tag line, but that's mostly only borne out through the community service programs. Actual assistance to the Dallas area, none of it was political, except for the Dallas March for Life; though it wasn't mandatory, it was promoted at the school. I would guess several of the teachers were liberal, but they never really brought it into the classroom. One of my history teachers was pretty conservative (yes, history teacher), at least based on how she taught.
  • Student barred from class for claiming there are two genders

    03/12/2018 5:11:49 AM PDT · 61 of 62
    Svartalfiar to TigersEye
    There are two sexes and no genders.

    That is incorrect. Human biology has two sexes, but there are several species that only have one. Some fungi might even have 3. As for genders, that entirely depends on language. Most have three - masculine, feminine, and neuter. Some have even more, adding animate/inanimate, human/nonhuman, etc. English is one of the few that uses gender very sparingly. The only place I can think of is in some pronouns, which have gender specifically following the sex of their respective noun's subject.
  • Breaking: DOJ Reclassifies Bump Fire Stocks as Machine Guns

    03/11/2018 4:55:31 PM PDT · 204 of 209
    Svartalfiar to MaxistheBest
    If you can watch this video and still say that the this AR15, with a Bump Stock engaged, isn’t an automatic gun or machine gun, then you’re on drugs.

    Huh? Do you not know what a machine gun is? Just because something can fire quickly does not make it a machine gun..
  • Welders, Axle Makers and Others Fear Soaring Costs From Trump Steel Tariffs

    03/11/2018 9:17:04 AM PDT · 120 of 148
    Svartalfiar to cyclotic
    Comparing the amount of steel workers to steel consumers is complete nonsense. There are appx. 2250 people employed globally manufacturing toothbrushes for 6,000,000,000,000 toothbrush consumers. Those are real numbers and that makes just as much sense as the steelworker to steel consumer argument. ie: none

    Ha that was the first thing I thought of when reading the article. Why don't they do a comparison of steel output vs quantity needed?
  • Top ACLU Voting Rights Lawyer Rips Into Trump Expert’s Evidence Of Kansas Voter Fraud

    03/10/2018 4:01:30 PM PST · 17 of 18
    Svartalfiar to Titus-Maximus
    Exactly. That question and answer are misleading. The fact that I don’t know of an election that was thrown doesn’t prove anything. But I can prove the law was deliberately broken and here is the fraud. Let’s get Obama’s felon friend Bob Creamer in the dock. He admitted it.

    If I tried to rob a bank, but didn't manage to get away with anything, that makes all right, all right?
  • How a Trade War Escalates: Europe retaliates against U.S. exports and Republican states.

    03/10/2018 3:52:55 PM PST · 129 of 129
    Svartalfiar to Jim 0216
    I would say, if country wants to do that to their people and economy, it doesn't mean we should. Regardless of boneheaded government decisions of other countries, we come out ahead when we keep our end of the marketplace free. Freedom means things are not always "fair". But freedom means the American consumer whether end user or OEM, buys the best product at the best prices. Parts for OEM products in turn are made at the best prices. A multiplier effect. America and its economy wins.

    How does that hurt their economy? they have a huge market everywhere, and minimal competition which means they don't have to trim costs as much as possible - and still have a much lower price. The American consumer would no longer buy the American products, leaving all American businesses with no where to sell, and therefore needing no employees. Sure, people pay less for their stuff, but that's only going to last until there's no jobs left for the people.

    In the meantime, that stupid country has just penalized its consumers which has a multiplier effect where the parts are sold to EOM companies. Their economy will suffer and sooner or later, they will relent or will cease to be much of a player in the competitive markets.

    Or, they'll do just fine, since they have a normal, contained market in their own country, with the added bonus of income coming in from outside. Their customers aren't paying more, they're paying normal. That equilibrium is only upset when external forces undercut prices. (Or gov't sets price controls, but that's outside the free market we're assuming.) So, unless they depend on raw goods from outside, they won't have any issues.

    "Free reign" is not exactly accurate, right? Consumers choose which products have "free reign" based on quality and price.

    Free reign is accurate. If we have no tariffs, no regulations or anything above and beyond what's laid on internal companies, then yes they have free reign to do what they want. Especially compared to what our companies can do in their country.

    And our net gain will be MUCH greater if instead of extending more government interference with tariffs, rather abolish the list of government intrusions that has caused noncompetitive American products and American businesses to flee our shores in the first place.

    And our net gain would be even MORE than that if we imposed fair tariffs, AND removed the ridiculous amount of regulation that hurts our businesses internally. Both are separate things, and can hurt/help our economy separately.

    Your scenario only works when you compare us to a tiny country, with no hope of actually competing with our businesses on a real scale. If you had another country close to us in most aspects, which had the size and resources to scale their production to meet our needs, then without even tariffs they could easily decimate us in a couple decades.
  • Tarps must come down from Confederate statues, judge says

    03/10/2018 8:56:23 AM PST · 134 of 135
    Svartalfiar to rockrr
    The colonialists didn’t secede - they openly rebelled.

    Seceding is one form of rebelling - rebellion is a catch-all term for any acts against the ruling authority, from protests to revolt/secession. What do you think the Declaration of Independence was? A notice to the British government that that were no longer accepting their legal rule, they were establishing their own exclusive sovereignty. Also known as secession.
  • Advice on buying a economy Camcorder (novice on specs etc.)

    03/10/2018 7:14:54 AM PST · 83 of 94
    Svartalfiar to daniel1212
    I'm not going to comment too much, it looks like everyone's got you about covered. But,

    Well, as far as reviews, if they can be believed, are very high for the models I showed, but the audio is scorned.

    If you need better audio, most cameras should have an audio input (XLR or mini-XLR) into which you can plug an external mic. I assume most of your consumer-grade cameras might have an input too. With a 25-50' XLR cable and a small hand mic (like a shure 58) or a wired lapel mic, that will give you better audio than just using the onboard audio.
  • How a Trade War Escalates: Europe retaliates against U.S. exports and Republican states.

    03/09/2018 3:50:33 PM PST · 127 of 129
    Svartalfiar to Jim 0216
    Regardless of what other countries are doing, our goal should be voluntary, open, and free supply and demand in marketplace.

    In our marketplace, sure. But in the global marketplace, that's just a terrible idea.

    Forcing higher prices on incoming goods just penalizes the American consumer and lowers our standard of living and don’t at all attack the core economic issues (the federal government) that hinder our competitiveness in the marketplace.

    And forcing higher prices on outgoing goods also penalizes the American consumer (through the American producer), and also lowers our standard of living.

    What would you say if a particular country taxed all our stuff at 200%, then just had free reign in our country? Should we just let them sell cheap goods, while our businesses can't compete, and eventually everything produced, every job, everything is over there? How is a 50-10% split different? Or a 25-10% split? The point of tariffs from us is to equalize their tariffs and industry subsidizing./
  • Federal Overreach and the National Concealed Carry Law

    03/08/2018 4:45:59 PM PST · 38 of 38
    Svartalfiar to goldstategop; mosaicwolf
    The 14th Amendment applies applies the federal BOR to the states so the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is constitutional. Case closed.

    That's really a poor argument. The Second Amendment doesn't need the Fourteenth to apply. The 2nd doesn't apply to the states or the FedGov, it applies to the people. It says nothing about 'Congress shall not' or anything similar, it says 'the right of the people shall not be infringed.'
  • Tarps must come down from Confederate statues, judge says

    03/08/2018 2:17:13 PM PST · 132 of 135
    Svartalfiar to rockrr
    That’s OK. Fortunately the Founding Fathers were so good at it they didn’t even call it doublespeak.

    Nope. They had royal charters that required them to be loyal to the King of England and obey the laws of the British Parliament. No room for secession in those! Yet, somehow, the Founding Fathers managed to secede from the crown and create these United States.

    How is that any different than the Confederate states seceding in the 1800s? If anything, the fact that secession is not explicitly prevented in the Constitution (it's embraced in the Declaration of Independence!), it would fall under the tenth Amendment - rights/powers reserved to the people/states. Secession is also NOT a power reserved to the states as a whole - Try reading Article II, Section 8.
  • How a Trade War Escalates: Europe retaliates against U.S. exports and Republican states.

    03/08/2018 1:12:29 PM PST · 96 of 129
    Svartalfiar to Jim 0216
    Answer? DON’T shoot yourself in the foot because the other guy did. Let the voluntary cooperation between buyers and sellers in the open supply and demand of marketplace free from government interference work it out and do what it does best: CREATE WEALTH.

    Um, it's not an "open supply and demand of marketplace" when some countries heavily subsidize certain industries, or place large tariffs on US goods. Take the vehicles mentioned above - the US imposes a 2.5% tariff on EU cars, while the EU imposes a 10% tariff on US manufactured vehicles.

    Really, what we should do instesad of imposing a flat 10/25% tariff on certain goods, is look at each country's tariffs on our goods, how much gov subsidizing is going on, how open they are to US goods, and then impose a relative tariff on all imports from that country.
  • The STEM Glut

    03/08/2018 11:49:09 AM PST · 67 of 90
    Svartalfiar to Academiadotorg
    "Postgraduates, after four years of college, were able to get their PhDs in four or five years. They usually got a tenure-track job at a reasonable university right after graduating. Not now, though. An oversupply of nascent scientists has been the rule since at least 2010 and not just in the U.S. The Economist, in an article called 'The Disposable Academic,' wrote that 'universities have discovered that PhD students are cheap, highly motivated and disposable labour.'"

    If I owned a college or university, one would only be eligible for any kind of tenure if one had spent at least ten (preferably twenty) years working for a real company in the field they want to teach. The only people I'd (maybe) hire fresh out of school would be education majors or janitors.
  • Tarps must come down from Confederate statues, judge says

    03/08/2018 10:58:14 AM PST · 130 of 135
    Svartalfiar to DoodleDawg

    The thing with legalese, is that words have very specific meanings, and they matter. The term “except” immediately nullifies the terms “indissoluble” and “permanent”. If there is a way, any way, to get out, then there is no permanent, there IS dissolubility. If something is absolute, there can be no exceptions. If there are exceptions, then it is obviously not absolute.

  • Tarps must come down from Confederate statues, judge says

    03/08/2018 10:53:00 AM PST · 129 of 135
    Svartalfiar to rockrr
    Actually they both can be true, but you have to think about it really hard.

    I'm afraid I'm too ungood at that doublespeak stuff.