Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Jul 17 Alden commented on Russia Accused of Shooting Down Malaysian Passenger Plane in Ukraine, Killing Nearly 300 People.
The silly thing about the analogies to Hitler and whatnot is that we now know that Hitler wanted World War 2 to happen. Leaders of other countries, back in the 1930s, did not.

So what actual insight is to be found in such an analogy? Are you claiming that these actions reveal that Putin wants WW3?
Jul 17 Alden commented on A New Structure Is Discovered at the Center of Our Galaxy.
@3 - there is a region around a black hole, but outside the "trapped forever" boundary, where space time is spinning. Because of conservation of angular momentum and all that jazz, some stuff gets ejected outwards along the axis of rotation.
Jul 1 Alden commented on Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton Give Very Different Answers on the Hobby Lobby Ruling.
I don't believe for a minute that Hillary Clinton cares about income equality. I'll vote for her in spite of this obvious fact. Because whoever the Republicans nominate will be worse on every single issue.
Jun 25 Alden commented on CNN: Mental Health and Not the NRA Is the Problem.
@4 oh! an "ilk", is it? Forsooth.

Whenever I see that kind "2nd Amendment" shirt-tucking nonsense, I'm reminded of something Antonin Scalia said in another context: the constitution is not a suicide pact.
Jun 10 Alden commented on "Skyping in" Your DJ Set is Now a Reality.
*shrug* people will pay to see some guy play records.
May 30 Alden commented on It’s Time to Turn Your Back on Amazon.
The f-d up thing about Amazon is that they are *not* doing this stuff in pursuit of profits - Amazon barely squeaks by. Google "amazon profit" sometime.

Amazon represents a failure of the market - a company with its poor performance should be punished with falling stock values but that never seems to happen. Maybe because shareholders are waiting until it has completely destroyed the entire retail sector at which point we can have Amazon's boot on our faces forever.
May 30 Alden commented on Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Beginning of Obvious Justness for African Americans.
#2 obviously didn't read the thing - he's making all the wrong glib, stupid arguments.
May 30 Alden commented on "Can You Give Me Head Later?".
I'll admit that I'm a terrible person. But its not because I don't feel any shame after reading some of that stuff.
May 19 Alden commented on I'm Jewish, I Was at the Macklemore Show, and Here's What I Saw.
This is obviously analogous to the blackface/minstrelsy incidents that flare up from time to time. And its obviously in super-duper bad taste for all the same reasons.

But I don't think it rises to the level of "anti-semitism".
May 15 Alden commented on Sugar, African Labor, and the History of Capitalism.
@1 That's a pretty feeble defense.

New World slavery is a pure expression of Capitalism's logic. They found a supply of helpless humans and converted them into productive property, the same way they might convert lumber and hardware into a factory.

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