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1

I’d be kind of surprised this is the first incidence of Bus Driver gets drunk to deal with kids and traffic.

2

The dude in Finland apparently has a gun too, he just chose to use the blade instead.

A very fair-minded people, the Finnish.

3

Zuckerberg is right. It takes huge companies with lots of engineers, and R&D capital to create great innovations such as new media platforms, AI, and IoT. If Warren or Sanders gets elected - say goodbye to all that.

4

Warren should promote this anti-endorsement just like she did with the loathsome Wall $treet criminals, since Zuckerberg is as beloved as a raging herpes outbreak.

5

His military service notwithstanding, Jesse Jensen's time as an Amazon manager is disqualifying on its face and he should not be elected to the US House.

6

So, innovation is better served by monopolies according to you? This is certainly a break away from the usual free-markeetering rhetoric about competition, isn't it?

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@6 is for 3

Late 1970's deregulation, consolidation of all industrial sectors, the rise of monopolies, while the start up rate started to decline abruptly because it became harder to compete with bigger and better established mega-corporations

Start-up rates are declining across all sectors
https://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/start_up_rates_are_declining_across_all_sectors

9

@3,

No it doesn't. Do you work in the tech industry? I do. The vast, vast majority of the new products and platform we buy, hire, or adopt are created by tiny companies (relatively tiny... 50-100 employees typically). The huge companies like Microsoft and Amazon create some decent products too, but they're usually products they created to be used in conjunction with their other existing products. They rarely release standalone services.

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@10

"A blade, properly employed by someone who has trained and practiced, is more lethal than a bullet. So is gasoline and a match."

Says who?
Seriously, what makes you think that?
Are you too stupid to realize that people can also train in firearms?

You can't stab someone from across the street.

My cousin and I were born less than a month apart. When we were seven years old she was kidnapped buy a small group of teenagers who took her to and abandoned garage, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.
She has burns over 90% of her body, but she is still alive almost 40 years later.

You are pseudo facts are getting tiresome, to say the least.

12

@3

Zuckerberg created Facebook with a couple of buddies while they were still in college.

Try to think a little bit before you post something that stupid.

13

Thank god we have the murdersplainer here to tell us exactly what every mass killer is thinking because of course such people are famous for being predictable and transparent. For a minute there it looked like a lighthearted joke about finnish culture wasn’t going to be used as a soapbox for someone who simultaneously believes guns are indispensable for personal safety and also completely indistinguishable from any other object that has ever been used to harm someone, such as a knife or a skateboard. We wouldn’t want that.

14

The Texas cop was convicted of murder, despite the judge's, ahem, creative introduction of Castle doctrine into the case.

15

I'm with raindrop and am planning to invest heavily in typewriter and rotary dial phone futures if Warren or Sanders gets elected.

16

Youth: We're concerned about climate change and school shootings, please do something!
Politicians: We must do everything we can about vaping, think of the kids!

17

Great to hear that landlords are now legally to blame for domestic violence.

18

@15 - Joe Biden has already come out in favor of saving the record player industry.

20

@10: Nah, sword fights are way cooler than gunfights, so your argument is invalid.

Anyway, Something tells me that Simo Hayha could not have killed 500 dirty commies with just a sword, but I suppose we will never know.

21

@6: Your mistake is assuming I'm against anti-trust laws. Stop assuming. A large business is not inherently a monopoly.
@9: Yes, two things can be true at the same time. It's good to allow small companies to become giants, right?
@12: See above.

22

@9: Yes I do work in the tech industry. Innovation does indeed come from startups, but there are also advances that don't come to light unless you have large talented teams and needed infrastructure.

23

@20,

I'm just thankful the guy didn't have access to a light saber, though I'm sure ol' fax2 will try to convince us that light saber regulation is counter productive as well.

24

Mark my word, if this stabbing craze catches on you will see the body count rise, why just imagine if that guy in vegas had a bag of knives instead of an arsenal of guns and ammunition, you will be longing for the days when mass killers only had unrestricted access to weapons of warfare! This is exactly why our military is getting rid of all their guns and replacing them with swords, or at least this is my understanding as someone who just says whatever i need to make a point regardless of its complete lack of internal logic.

25

@24 is so correct that Canada quails in terror at the knife-wielding mobs ... oh, wait, no, they don't. Is it a concern? Sure. Is it worse than handguns from America? No.

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@19 - Your analogy makes no sense. Making teachers report child abuse is a far cry from making someone pay for the consequences of someone else's actions (for which they bore no blame). A tenant, while he or she is renting a property, is responsible for preventing damage. If someone in the house or apartment, for example, kicks a hole in the wall, that is the tenant's responsibility, not the landlord's. This law will lead to mandatory renter's insurance in a lot of rentals (actually, any smart tenant would have renter's insurance anyway. It is not expensive and it protects against a lot of bad things that can happen). Unfortunately, this law will likely give the tenant's insurance company an argument that it is not liable for the damage. Don't yet know how that will play out.

So why do you think that a landlord should bear the risk of an abuser's actions? If the state wants to say that a DV victim is not liable for what an abuser does (which might be a good idea, actually), then the state needs to be prepared to foot the bill. But, as usual, the City isn't. This is just one more thing that is going to increase costs and therefore rents.

27

@26- please don't waste your time explaining anything to that oxygen thief.

28

The bus drivers union will have her back behind the wheel next week.

29

@23: How I choose to focus plasma beams is my business, and not that of the government.

31

@28 Nah, you're thinking of the Seattle Police Guild. The SEIU is too weak these days to pull off something like that.

32

Dr. Jim McDermott always went as Representative McDermott or Congressman McDermott, dropping the MD. He was also sometimes known as Baghdad Jim, due to his fact finding visit to Iraq just prior to the Texas Half Wit's invasion. I don't know whether he approved or disapproved of the moniker.

33

@29 First they came for my Class 4 Laser System...

...and basically everyone agreed that was kind of a good idea, too.

34

I understand the intent of the DV victim not being responsible for the damage. So who is responsible? And why is it the landlord's responsibility to have to go to someone other than the leaseholder for damages?
Spirit of the law, good. Practical implications of the law, bad. It'll just raise rents because the way to get around city restrictions on who you can rent to is to increase the rent, and raise the security criteria. What makes people think that landlords are in this for the charity? It's a business.

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@22,

I disagree that it's a requirement to be a massive industry giant in order to develop certain things. Anyone or any company has the potential to create something game-changing and there are lots of ways to bring it to production without having to be a giant.

36

@24 -- Wrong.

Our militqary has kept their rifles --
just tossed away the bullets
in favor of bayonets
which are oodles cheaper than a full-on sWord.,,,,

And Biden's bringing back the community building 78-rpmmers.
It's our mutual hate of static/scratche.s and skips
is what'll bring US all back together.
I think...

38

Facebook became a behemoth before it ever started buying up the competition (Instagram, WhatsApp), which is what you could potentially split off. Whether current antitrust law directs that is another question, might be a tough case.

Facebook the social media stream product is the problem. It's big and powerful all by itself, and how do you split it up so one piece doesn't absorb the other's users by network effect?

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@37

Have you ever read that link you keep posting?
It advocates for gun control.

"A blade actually, factually leaves a wound channel greater than most gun rounds."
What size blade?
What caliber round?
Have you ever heard of variables?

"Tell the folks at the Tokyo animation studio that gasoline and a match is less lethal."
I never said fire was "less lethal" than anything else.
Again, variables play a huge part in the lethality of an attack.

Did you know that a man survived the atomic bomb attacks in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
His name is Tsutomu Yamaguchi.

Your game is tired.
You are tedious.
You have no idea what you're talking about, and you don't even take the time to read the links that you post.

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@35: Consider the .NET Framework, for example, that Microsoft created in 2000 or so. That involved teams creating all those libraries to work with operating system to do (then) just about everything you could think of to create an application. That's one example. These things aren't mutually exclusive. Great ideas come from start ups, great implementations come from large businesses that spawn great ideas from within and future startups by their employees who decide to go out on their own.

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@40

Breaking up AT&T didn't stop innovation in the Telecom industry.

42

@30- A DV perp is not the same as a burglar or arsonist. They are generally related to the victim or in a relationship with them. (Incidentally, the City Council also passed a law saying that a landlord can't deny a relative or a person in a dating relationship to the tenant the right to live in the unit - thus there is no way to keep them out even if they seem like a problem).

We are talking about damage to the inside of a unit, and yes, the tenant is responsible for what happens while they are in possession of the premises. If they were a homeowner, they would be responsible for fixing it. If they want to pursue the abuser in court for the costs, they can do so. Why should tenants be off the hook where homeowners are not?

I'll say it again - if the City wants to set up a program to compensate victims for what happens, great. But telling landlords that they have to pay for it is not the same as setting up a public program. You are surely smart enough to see the difference, are you not?

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@41: No, it didn't. But Microsoft wasn't broken up and that didn't stop innovation in platforms, systems, cloud, etc.

There are other examples to make your point, but that's not the point.

44

@43,

Exactly, but that refutes your original point @3, which is what I was talking about in the first place.

45

@43

You claim the breaking up big tech companies will stifle innovation.
It won't.

In fact, there is a long history of large corporations stifling innovation.

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@44

He probably realizes that, but at this point he's just enjoying the engagement.

47

This weekend you can use your U-Pass or ORCA on the Monorail, by the way.

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@39: He's also conveniently ignoring that some weapons are capable of causing a hell of a lot more damage around that hole they create, due to cavitation. Make that bullet go fast enough, and all the organs around it are basically turned to jelly.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/what-i-saw-treating-the-victims-from-parkland-should-change-the-debate-on-guns/553937/

But then, he never does have any facts to support his point (including that article advocating non-starter solutions he loves to link so often), despite his condescending username.

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@45: Yes, then they do that at their own peril and fail in the marketplace. Unless you have a anti-trust argument, you argument is simply punitive.

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@48,

I actually think the article has some pretty interesting ideas well worthy of legitimate consideration. But there's absolutely nothing about any of them that would in any way prevent their implementation along side some other more logical, common sense and traditional measures.

51

Assbook. On Facebook, people post pictures of their face. On my new site, Assbook, you will only be allowed to post pics of your ass.

My hope is that someday, Assbook will transform society, by training all of us to recognize each other from pics of our asses. I can see it now, billions of people all thinking the same thing : “I just know I’ve seen that asshole somewhere before”.

52

Hello, yes, antitrust is the point here, antitrust, exactly.


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