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Old 01-31-2011, 09:04 PM   #61
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I mostly agree.

Another thing that gets me is that there is too much money in working for the government. You have a lot of members of government making over $100,000 a year, plus expense accounts and benefits. Why? They usually don't have some special skill or prestigious education. And I'm not talking about doctors, IT specialists or any other actual trade/profession/specialist that happens to be funded or hired by the government; their wages are usually competitive with the private sector. I mean the politicians.

What ever happened to 'public servant'? Now it's 'public get paid a bunch to do little work (and even less meaningful work)'. The government should be making wages that are reasonable and only increase with the CPI. They shouldn't be treated with any prestige. It should be a humble and noble job to serve your country, not a cash-in.
I'm fine with them making enough money to have no excuse for taking bribes. I'm not saying people who make $100,000 don't take bribes, I'm just saying they own their own houses, drive new cars, put their kids through college without scholarships, etc. There is no immediate need that some crook can swoop in and fill.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:12 PM   #62
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I'm in Ontario at the moment. Will move back to Louisiana when I have the funds. Fuck Bell and everyone else in Canada with their name. F'ing Canadians.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:16 PM   #63
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How about the fact that government employees get to opt out of social security! Talk about hypocrisy.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:44 PM   #64
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Wow. Just wow.

If this ever came to pass in 'The States', it would swing me full circle back to shopping at B&M stores.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:32 PM   #65
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[G]oing over will cost you: according to TekSavvy, the CRTC put data overage rates at CAN $1.90 per gigabyte for most of Canada, and $2.35 for the country's French-speaking region.
I assume that's because of some law in Quebec that requires all data to be transmitted in both french and english (in that order) ones and zeros.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:05 AM   #66
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We had capped net in the UK for a bit when broadband popped up. It was shit. People complained and it went away, life was good.

Then I moved to New Zealand. They have capped internet, it's shit. I have 25gb a month, up and down combined. I can chew through it so fast and it makes torrenting really hard because if I leave it seeding overnight or something I can upload another few GB and jst wow. I can't enjoy my xbox pr Steam as much as did uncapped. I have to pick and choose my demos and Games on Demand and stuff like that... forget about it. I'm not spending half my monthly allowance on one download. Hopefully it will go away here one day and life will be good.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:46 AM   #67
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Its a bad situation.

They low cap customers due to Netflix and Skype disrupting their core businesses (Cable TV and Telephony), instead of changing their offerings to remain competitive.

Then they wrangle the CTRC to legally allow them to charge insane tariffs per GIG for overages, while giving no discount for unused bandwidth. You can buy extra cap, but there's no refund if it's not used.

I think the big issue is gouging when users bust their cap. It costs less than a penny to deliver an extra Gig of data (called a marginal gigabyte), but they are allowed to charge ~$2 per!!! Regulation should cap the penalty at $2 per TEN or TWENTY gigs of data, its still a massive margin, but wont result in surprise $300 internet bills.

Reminds me of college in the 90s when I would get $400 long distance charges, since there was insufficient market competition.

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I can pay $8 + internet fees for commercial free, self selected content, that starts and ends when I want vs. I can pay $40 for boring content, loaded with commercials, which I miss if there's a traffic jam. It's not a tough choice.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #68
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Just wrote an angry letter to my Member of Parliament and my MLA.
It's pretty easy to do it, and if you're Canadian you should do it.
Hell, anybody can do it. Canadian, or not. Just google a Canadian city or suburb and the words" member of parliament". Tell them that this is crap.
If they get enough mail, somebody might table something in the House of Commons...
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #69
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I'm in Ontario at the moment. Will move back to Louisiana when I have the funds. Fuck Bell and everyone else in Canada with their name. F'ing Canadians.
Fuck you.
As if Canada didn't have enough problems. Let's add asshole immigrants to the list.
Are you a student? Is it our superior education that brought you up? Don't worry, you can go back home and fuck your cousin soon enough.
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I'm having way too much fun with this.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:56 AM   #72
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It all comes down to the incentives and constraints on politicians. That produces everything we see in politics. The incentive is to, for instance, lie, promise the world, and engage is ridiculous class warfare. As if raising taxes on the rich is going to help you. It's not. There's an entire cynical political theory that started with the "Great Society" which said that if you want to control a society, make it dependent upon you. This is why welfare's out of control, food stamps, and why they want free healthcare. It's not ultimately to help people, it's about dependence in the guise of "caring". Which is why the government actually had to convince parents to take food stamps rather than responding to an actual need for them, etc.
Oo, twisty. Actually, I agree with you, somewhat. Why? Because it's natural selection! Why we spend so much effort making sure stupid people get to live is beyond me.

Oh, except, I don't agree about the conspiracy part where "The Government" wants to gain "Power" through dependence under the veil of false charity. That's just your tri-cornered hat talking. I mean, seriously: there's no endgame to that scenario. We live in a republic: there is no "The Government." We're self-governed. Democrats, like regular people, have intentions and obstacles, they're not the caricatures you're used to in political cartoons. The blues really do want to help people. They really do think that people shouldn't have to die because they're poor.

And that's where I disagree with them. ADHD kids with IEPs, social promotion, the GED. These are the things diluting the selection process and surrounding us with morons.
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What I don't get is how you're able to tiptoe around your religious convictions when it serves your political ideals.
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They really do think that people shouldn't have to die because they're poor.

And that's where I disagree with them. ADHD kids with IEPs, social promotion, the GED. These are the things diluting the selection process and surrounding us with morons.
What in the world are you trying to suggest here? The fact you seem to relate "ADHD" to "moron" alone has me confused on whether flaming you or laughing at you is the more appropriate response. If you mean what you are saying here 100% I'm sorry to inform you that you sound like a tyrant asshole, not to mention someone who has no idea what he's talking about.

Did I miss a hint of humor or are you really this ignorant?
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:59 AM   #75
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What in the world are you trying to suggest here? The fact you seem to relate "ADHD" to "moron" alone has me confused on whether flaming you or laughing at you is the more appropriate response. If you mean what you are saying here 100% I'm sorry to inform you that you sound like a tyrant asshole, not to mention someone who has no idea what he's talking about.

Did I miss a hint of humor or are you really this ignorant?
You missed the IEP part. Parents with stupid children usually see a lot of Fs on their report cards. To counteract this, they often try to get their children qualified for special ed. Unfortunately for them, they usually don't qualify for special ed. But, there's a back door: go to a doctor, get an ADHD diagnosis (It's easy, they love to pass out Ritalin) and you can qualify under "Other Health Impaired." It's a free pass, and the kids aren't disabled, they're just dumb.

Now, what makes you think I have no idea what I'm talking about?
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:07 AM   #76
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Dang that sucks! im glad i live in the US cause my parents would probably get rid of the internet if this happened.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:20 AM   #77
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Those in power will push until pushed back.

It will be interesting to see the outcome. Thinner wallets, I predict.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:24 AM   #78
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Those in power will push until pushed back.

It will be interesting to see the outcome. Thinner wallets, I predict.
I know! And Canada is one of the highest ranking countries on the democracy index. This can't possibly be the will of the people.
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What I don't get is how you're able to tiptoe around your religious convictions when it serves your political ideals.
How so? There's no christian mandate for a GOVERNMENT to take care of the poor. It's an individual mandate.

The left appropriates the communal living style of the Christians of Acts without realizing that there was zero government involved in that period--it was all private, individual charity. No laws or government involved at all.

In fact, I see the government as getting in the way of the christian mandate, because the left continually has tried to co-opt charity, to claim that you should treat paying taxes as a replacement for charity, because of these programs that care for people.
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