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Mark Blyth, the economist who's making sense

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ttystikk, May 8, 2017.

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    schuylaar

    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    actually, the moon will eventually drift away..if there is still life here that's how it will end.
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    uhhh, no

    eventually the moon will settle into a stable orbit, roughly 50 Billion years from now. Humankind will either be extinct or living among the stars by then. The sun would have become a red dwarf before then and conditions on earth would no longer be suitable for our species. Putting this into perspective, homo sapiens has been around for about 200,000 years. Considering what people have done in that period, a million years is plenty of time for us to figure out space travel.

    We have to make it past Trump first, however.
     
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    Justin-case

    Justin-case Well-Known Member

    I thought the moon was cheese.
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    I don't think that monopolism is at the heart of Silicon Valley's "growth through innovation". Big tech companies stifle real innovation more than foster it. In any case, that wasn't the thrust of the article.

    What I read in the article was that the political class is concerned about how these tech giants are moving into much larger spheres of influence, such as Facebook's role in the election of Trump. Google is getting downright scary when they control not only how information is retrieved but is now manipulating and guiding what information goes to each user. Taken together, what the big three (Google, Amazon, Facebook) know about each person and what they can do with that information is practically unbounded because our privacy laws suck.

    Anti-trust laws are in place to prevent companies from unfairly controlling markets. While they pose a corporate threat to existing power structures, I'm not aware of them breaking anti-trust laws, like Microsoft did in the '80's, so what's with the reference to monopoly?
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    You are right. What was I thinking?
     
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    Gquebed

    Gquebed Well-Known Member

    I believe that the article should have used the term "economy of scale" in place of monopoly?
    They can create a de facto monopoly. And tech companies have done that, inadvertantly.
     
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    schuylaar

    schuylaar Well-Known Member

    nice google..verbatim, cut and paste.

    i actually did see something recently that suggested otherwise..these days google algorithm is questionable.
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    LOL

    You were wrong. It bothers you that I pointed it out. Yes, I'm smug.
     
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    Justin-case

    Justin-case Well-Known Member

    It would have been dope. Heads would have exploded in the the house and Senate. Republican safe spaces would've had to been installed through out the capital. Where cries of emails, Benghazi and adutry could be heard billowing from within.

    At the g20 her, Merkel, and Macron would've been double high fiving, bumping fist and smacking down climate change over a few drinks.

    What could've been? She definitely wouldn't be golfing, that'd be nice. Bill would be reminisced, wondering the halls searching for a misplaced cigar or two, no harm there. And maybe her book could've been called "that's what's up"
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    Monopoly by itself isn't illegal whereas unfair anti-competitive practices to create or maintain a monopoly are. It could be that our anti-trust laws aren't up to regulating the new economy for new forms of anti-competitive practices. I just don't know what those are. I'm not close enough to the situation to know.

    For me, I've never been willing to give Facebook the personal information they require to sign up for an account. Google, on the other hand knows more than I care for them to know about me. Amazon just knows that I bought some cookware, no big deal.

    They are huge, powerful and a potential or perhaps a current threat. I don't know what can or should be done about that.
     
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    Fogdog

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    This feels like a round of jeopardy.

    And the question is:
    Would Clinton have carried the DNC in the direction Obama oriented it?

    different thread.
     
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    Gquebed

    Gquebed Well-Known Member

    What about Equifax? Lol
     
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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

    They're big enough to be above the law, just like the Too Big To Fail banks.

    So they can commit any crimes they like.
     
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    Grandpapy

    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    Are we still 20 years ahead of China in terms of Commerce Streamlining?

    Is there a difference in US Global economy compared to the PRC Global economy?

    Lets hope were never late for work. Comrade.

    Luckily, a "blacklisting system" has already been created that can seamlessly be tied right into the social credit system. The system is designed to automatically provide "green lanes" for faster access to government services for "well-behaved" citizens while levying travel bans and other punishments on those who get out of line.
     
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    Grandpapy

    Grandpapy Well-Known Member

    Wake and bake..
    2016.11.29 - China 1_0.JPG
     
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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

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    ttystikk

    ttystikk Well-Known Member

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    st0wandgrow

    st0wandgrow Well-Known Member

    *wandering
     
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    Justin-case

    Justin-case Well-Known Member


    I've been asked to quit fucking with you, lol.

    Carry on
     
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    budman111

    budman111 Well-Known Member

    A step towards the micro chip for sure, and when it comes do not accept it without force.
     
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