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So uh, the Japanese Pokemon YouTube channel just uploaded this thing.

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The following link is a short history on the Tea Party caucus' attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Contrary to the Tea Party's reality distortion field, this is what it means to not compromise. Instead, the Tea Party acted like bratty children (cue the Ramones) whom when denied acquiescence would throw a temper tantrum till their way is won.

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“Let’s not have another forty-something votes to repeal,” President Obama told lawmakers in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. He was, of course, referring to the four-year effort by House Republicans to scrap, sabotage or dismantle his signature health care reform law. “The first 40 were plenty. We got it,” the...
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This is a reenactment of former President Nixon's comments before his resignation speech. It's verbatim, entertaining, and humorous. However, its humor isn't that of slapstick comedy - no one slips on pocket Constitutions here - but of irony. The intensity of the reporters is only magnified by President Nixon's strangely bonhomie demeanor. It's worth a watch and I won't say any more lest I spoil it.

Tags:  #humor   #comedy   #politics   #nixon   #harryshearer   #history  
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+shikat2371 Actually Nixon did not have a hatred of the Establishment as a whole.  He only had hatred for the old family educated intellectual Eastern Establishment.  This was part of his psychological disorders because although Nixon grew up poor in California he was actually a brilliant man and a graduate of Duke University Law School.  That famous line to his White House staff the morning of his resignation "I'm not educated but I DO read books" clearly shows his inferiority complex becasue he WAS in fact educated.  It's just that while he was a master a foreign policy, he was terrible at domestic affairs.  However, very few presidents have been excellent at both.  FDR and TR are really the only two in modern times who excelled at both foreign and domestic affairs.   
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One of the primary problems with political news is terminology. Words have texture or a mouth feel. Terms like “liberty,” “freedom,” or “individuality” are inherent positives that taste like good coffee on the tongue. These terms are also inherently complex. And so we have as many definitions of freedom as humans on Earth.

One definition of freedom is the narrow minded, “common sense” definition utilized by conservatives and weaponized by libertarians. It's the type of definition that appeals to low information voters; the group that reads political news on Facebook and memes rather than political science texts or newspapers, or that castigates the mainstream media in favor of ideologically centered blogs. This definition postulates that any restriction on capital is an assault on freedom. It ignores that capitalism is not magic, but a system of philosophy created by humans. It's a force that we are able to control and direct, and it is the most powerful and useful economic system we have as a result. Its capaciousness is a result of government intervention to achieve progress, not a feature that arises in spite of the state.

I don't believe in the tooth-fairy, Santa Claus or god. Magic and voodoo do not exist. Just as god and Santa require a “belief” because they're illogical and non-entities, so does free market capitalism. Humans are distinct from other animals because of our intellect. We are the masters of this planet and can shape it to our will. We are not slaves to biology, the weather or our environment. We modify and toy with it as we see fit. Sometimes, due to gaps in our knowledge, we break things. But we figure out how to fix them again. If we are the masters of our existence, then why do we still put faith in a complete free market? It's as illogical as still believing in god.

Libertarians tend to speak in romantic and magical terms about free market capitalism. It's not a tool that we can employ in managing the economy, but it's economics itself. It's silly, and leads to nonsense like a “deregulated” internet. In reality, the government regulating in favor of net neutrality is, in fact, the “deregulated” internet. Law is never neutral. The absence of law is not neutrality. Every legislation works in favor of someone or some thing. The lack of net neutrality is a legislation that shifts more power to capricious internet service providers and larger web firms. Instead of viewing this liberalized market as a deregulation, it is equally expedient to view it as a regulation in favor of monied interests.

The opponents of net neutrality use the same talk of magic that proponents of an absolute free market normally use. They state that the market will deal with those who limit services. Yet, it's more likely that limiting service so that content providers (or consumers) pay more for privileged access will gain traction. It's an idea that is bound to bring in cash and one that other I.S.P.s can follow without much difficulty. It only makes logical business sense to do what rakes in more money. If torrents or gaming are clogging up the pipes, why not limit their speeds? Why not have privileged access to website storefronts on Cyber Monday or Black Friday? I.S.P. abuse of the internet is not a question of if, it's a question of when.

The more learned opponents of net neutrality claim that Quality of Service. isn't new, and in fact actively pursued. This is absolutely true, yet they ignore than Q.O.S. limits are a bandage. Q.O.S. is great to employ on home networks stuffed with peripherals. Slowing down peer to peer services so that Skype or gaming isn't a lag fest is good for network operation. Likewise, on a larger scale, capping bandwidth during peak times or crises should be pursued. Net neutrality acknowledges quality of service as an important aspect of networking; nothing in net neutrality states that Q.O.S. is negative. However, it's the egregious use of bandwidth controls such as data caps or privileged services outside of abnormal circumstances that is so feared by net neutrality advocates. Haven't we learned that capitulation only grants those whom we capitulate to more power? If we ignored the N.S.A. leaks, even the conversations about N.S.A. wouldn't have occurred, let alone promises of reforms.

Capitalism is the greatest tool for welfare humanity has created. Yet if we view capital as an ends rather than a means, it becomes a tool of fascism. I'm politically a member of the left. I have no gods and no masters. I respect those whom achieved business success, but I'll revere them the same amount as I revere everyone else – meaning, not at all. Conservatives have a fetish with deferring to power. Whether they're deferring to the royalty in the 1700s or god throughout history, or to the rich now, they still revere power and would do anything to create more verticalism in society. The destruction of net neutrality is just another way for right libertarians and conservatives to capitulate to their masters.

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Without net-neutrality rules, we face the prospect of pricing wars of all against all.
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