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In Topic: Libertarian

Yesterday, 07:43 PM

I'm not denying that in some areas racism is still alive an well, so that begs the question what purpose does the heavy regulation serve if it didn't eliminate the problem?


In a deregulated society you'd still have those same people acting as horribly as they do now, heck a few might join them. But the majority would support business that was in line with modern viewpoint, inclusive establishments. You can't legislate or regulate away prejudices, so why set a standard that allows a federal politician to decide how you'll run your business? 


Also keep in mind I only oppose discrimination laws at the FEDERAL level, if individual States or Communities want to say to be on our town, our state, our county you have to abide by these rules than so be it. 


Do you think the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery was a good idea, or would you leave that up to the states, too?  

In Topic: Libertarian

Yesterday, 07:25 PM

Sorry I missed this post earlier, 


As for this case if states where responsible for their own pollution, states would enter into contracts with each other. These contracts would have arbitrators to settle disputes it could very well be federal arbitrators but it would be up to the states and how they negotiated the contracts on who was responsible for what. 


What does Spain do when France's pollution affects there area, they work it out. The same principle would work with states, they would work it out. It would be vastly different than what you have now instead of one central power you'd have 50 localized powers pursuing their interest for their people, that was the purpose of establishing states in the first place. 


And what would happen if they can't agree on a contract?   Does Georgia just keep sending pollution into Florida?  Or does Florida send their air force to take out the source of the pollution with a few well-placed smart bombs? 


These types of disputes between states are why we scrapped the Articles of Confederation in the first place and wrote a Constitution,  which established a central government.  It was because the states squabbled over all sorts of issues like this.  


It seems like it would be a lot simpler and more efficient to have a national pollution law that applied to all the states.  Then you don't have 50 states all negotiating treaties with each other as if they were separate countries. 

In Topic: Planning a trip to the US West Coast

Yesterday, 04:33 PM

Question: how do you guys read hotel reviews on sites like Trip Advisor?


The lady at the travel agency has put together a nice list of stopovers and I'm checking them out right now. First one has almost all 4 or 5 star reviews so that's nice. Another is 70-80% bad reviews so I'll probably change that but I also have one with an almost perfect distribution of good and bad. It's a Super 8 so I'm not expecting much but I would like to be able to filter the reliable reviews from the fake or useless reviews. 


I didn't know travel agents still exist.   I thought everyone used something like Expedia. 


I am very careful of hotel reviews.  I almost always disregard 5-star reviews.  I think a lot of them are fake.  I try to read the bad reviews.  Those are more informative.   But sometimes the bad reviews are just people making some ridiculous complaint.   On the other hand, if you get multiple bad reviews, all saying the same thing, then you can tell there's an element of truth there.   I look for stuff like "I wouldn't stay there again because this was a very bad neighborhood and I didn't feel safe."  Or "There were stains on the sheets and the wallpaper was peeling."   Stuff like that. 


Expedia claims that their reviews are from people who they can verify have stayed at the hotel in question.  

In Topic: Libertarian

Yesterday, 04:30 PM

The argument is that we need regulation to prevent monopolies, I'm pointing out that monopolies exist with and without regulation. That in fact under the current system of heavy regulation you have a monopoly over private business in the form of government regulation. You can't compete with government, and it's become near impossible to change government.


with private monopolies you could at least to compete against them, good luck competing against a federal government.


You seem to the characterizing the government as a participant.  The way I see it, they act as a referee, not a player.  

In Topic: Just got back from "scoreboard" event!

Yesterday, 04:28 PM

Jaguars.com says the video boards will be running like it's a real game during the scrimmage this weekend.  A video board dress rehearsal for the season during the scrimmage.