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Hi everyone.

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Posted on 18-11-15, 22:27 in First! (revision 1)

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Just saw Byuu posted the xfer, so I'll start lurking here posting when I actually am motivated enough to. Still working on my profile so if the name and all starts getting funked up, It's only me. And Jim is always fine to call me by.

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Posted on 18-11-15, 23:07 in First!

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LOL yeah... usually I intro then fade out, but who knows. It's all in my mood and attention-span.

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Posted on 18-11-20, 00:50 in Something about cheese!

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Disconnected.... If you want to see disconnected come to the Central Valley of California and talk to any farmer between Highway 65 near the Sierras and Highway 101 on the coast. I work in and around farming industry, and I can tell you none of the progressive liberal policies have helped ease any of these drought that was caused when animal rights activists and the extreme leftists not only in California, but also Washington, D.C., decided that it was better to deny valley farming and civilization water reserves meant to come here or stay here, all over the Colorado River Smelt that invaded the Delta area near San Francisco/Oakland due to carelessness. Millions upon millions of gallons of fresh water that was supposed to be allocated for farming, water reserves, and even feeding, as byproduct, the local water cycle was flushed out of the delta into the ocean access points to desalinize the brackish water of the delta to save the fish, which eventually died anyway since they were non-native species and has no means to support themselves in the alien environment. Since that time, the water cycle has been effectively broken which has caused massive lack of rainfall in areas that usually get rain from about September to May, get literally rain from only December to February at best if any. People, who literally have no idea how much farming has been involved in conservation and land management efforts for years now in California, suddenly decided to stick their noses in and play, "we can do it better that you, but we have no idea what were are doing". As a result, it is what you see on the news what is happening due to lack of rain and rainfall this time of year, and pay for in the grocery stores around the nation. You also see it in the hospitals and doctors offices with more and more cases of bronchitis, asthma, and COPD.

I've lived here 15 years and I can tell you I've lived it, not just seen it.

Land is, despite what state politicians try to downplay or deny, sitting fallow in areas between Fresno, CA, and Kettlemen City, CA. Rainfall since this policy was started has dropped by significant percentages. Crops that used to be plentiful or sizeable in harvest, are now smaller or less developed at harvest resulting in many crops being phased out to either be replaced with crops more suited to arid climates. I've overseen farms being sold, repossessed by banks, farmland being sold for redevelopment for urbanization due to lack of sustainability under the new restrictive regulations. I've seen prices rise, even a few cents at first, but they've been rising for about a few years now.

I don't even want to get started on California and gasoline taxes, but honestly, we shouldn't be having to pay nearly 100% in price over the rest of the nation.

AS far as my stance of immigration? We have laws for a reason. We're a society. Societies have laws. Laws have to be enforced to maintain the society, or society collapses into chaos and anarchy. I would prefer to live in a society that is a society, not an anarchic maelstrom.

I'm a democrat and will always be one, but I'm not for all these liberal policies that seem to be always trial and error, and never about having a working sample to reproduce on a larger scale. There has to be responsibility taken immediately, not a can kicked down the road because it's convenient. Every issue we face here, can be solved, but yes, the solutions aren't going to be politically correct, ACLU supported, or harmless, but we have to do what is right the first time, not what is wrong a thousand times repeatedly either trying to make it work when it won't, or trying the next not-so-right thing hoping it will work when you know it won't either.

People wonder why people are voting against liberal candidates and liberal policies in the latest elections? It's the endless bullshit we keep getting from the left. What's so progressive if you cause regression, destruction, and decimation? Because the agendas do not match the will of the constituents. The Right wing and even moderate Republicans are actually listening to us, even democrats who are tired of this endless bullshit, and making efforts to actually implement policies that are what the constituents want and are asking for, not ignoring us, telling us we have no say, or turning a blind eye to the problems growing. None of us have wanted bigger government or more taxes. We have enough problems feeding and clothing our kids, getting gas to get to and from work, and trying to save enough to retire with when we're old.

Hell, look at the new congresswoman from New York who was elected because she's a Democratic Socialist, but went on record that she had ZERO clue as to how our government operated or was set up and designed. She actually thought there were three branches of congress and the office of the President was part of congress, totally not understanding the Executive Branch and Judicial Branches entirely. This is what people are voting for, and it's not helping when someone with no idea of their role is elected who wants to work in government, but doesn't even know beforehand how the government works. This lady has constituents who are probably going to be concerned that she is going to not effectively be able to represent them. It was a good idea to elect her because she was new, but now what? She has no idea how to conduct her job.

It's shit like this that caused Trump. Trump wasn't my ideal candidate, but I voted for him, why? Because I was tired of politicians, tired of the endless promises made in campaigns that get reversed, and tired of the progressivism that is going nowhere for the betterment of the nation, it's economy, and the people.

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I run Windows 10 Pro Insider builds myself, so we get patches a lot faster than mainstream. We never actually caught the 1809 bug which is odd because we ran the 1809 build about a month before mainstream did, and there was no bug then. In fact many of the issues like iCloud, WMP, and other seem to never pop up during the Insider Rings, especially Fast Ring, which I'm on and get updates every other week or so.

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Posted on 18-11-28, 05:27 in I have yet to have never seen it all.

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From the new Sony that now bans boobs, force Japanese developers to submit their release applications in English, and now skips the E3, we get their next "innovation" in gaming: blockchain!

https://games.slashdot.org/story/18/11/19/1845213/blockchain-gaming-is-coming-to-the-ps4

Apparently someone forgot to relay the memo to Sony and IBM: blockchain is no longer hot. Oh, speaking about IBM, it seems they now own the house of systemd. And CentOS/RHEL. And JBoss/WildFly. And other things for computerizing blockchains in The Clown.


systemd being owned by IBM... Since when has IBM even been relevant in the last 2 decades? Didn't the last IBM sponsored OS, namely OS/2, get "ahem" canceled? I don't want to pulled a Secret of Mana, but, if time is like a river, and history repeats, we may not ever have to worry about anything out of Red Hat is about 5-10 years on average.

Yeah Blockchain is dead pretty much. Monero is the only real de-centralized cryptocurrency still worth mining. BitMain pretty much has Ethereum, LiteCoin, and BitCoin by the balls. Monero just takes a month or so, even on good hardware, to get even 1 coin mined out.

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Once again, why people sticks to Win10!? Aside of hardware compatibility (an artificial restriction), "videogames", and the "new car smell" effect...


Hardware compatibility - Linux has better HW compat, period. Not even a contest. Only exception is new hardware with Windows-only drivers, which, well, isn't happening often these days.

Video games (aka AAA-games) - Steam Linux got a lot of those nowadays, and they're just growing bigger and bigger.
"new car smell" - Win10 isn't even new anymore, did I hear "fresh coat of moldy paint"?


I have to respectfully disagree with Hardware Compatibility. I've used GNU/Linux for many years (at least 20) on and off, and usually hardware compatibility is good but only "IF" you stick to certain hardware, and don't use bleeding edge, otherwise you're in for a load of problems. As far as new hardware goes, Windows is the hardware compatibility king. Driver usually are developed for Windows FIRST rather than GNU/Linux or even BSD, unless the OEM actually provides drivers or contribute code and firmware to the kernel like Broadcom, Nvidia, AMD, etc. If memory serves, Nvidia is one of the very few that provides drivers for a spectrum of operating systems beyond Windows and even GNU/Linux.

As far as games go, yes Steam has brought many games to GNU/Linux and FreeBSD as has Wine, but it's not perfect, and far from perfect at all. Many online MMOs still utilize Ring 0 anti-cheating software that does not work, nor will ever work on Wine. Unless more games actually get GNU/Linux ports and get Linux friendly anti-cheat software, it won't be really getting "better". The only reason many titles are finally getting ported effectively is because of Mesa's Nine support API through Gallium3D as a translation medium and Wine being able to effectively translate Direct3D to Mesa3D and sadly that is limited to DirectX 9.0c with VERY limited support for DirectX 10 or higher revisions.

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Posted on 18-11-29, 05:35 in I have yet to have never seen it all. (revision 5)

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Posted by tomman
Cryptojunk is NOT real money, no matter how hard the media wants me to believe.

The day I can directly buy food with that shit on the nearest market, I will reconsider. Remember, right now cryptojunk is only good for scammers and speculators, for everybody else you might as well take your money and buy Enron shares, or simply flush it down the nearest toilet :P

At least my banknotes have actual value: it seems bolivars of all kind are hot sellers right now... among the worldwide collectors market! Example!

Regarding IBM/Red Hat: I'm actually kinda worried for the future of JBoss/WildFly, considering that 1) that's my Java AS of choice right now, and 2) IBM also has its own AS (WebSphere) which outside Big Enterprisey noone uses, despite there being a free tier (Liberty Profile). Will IBM try to merge both? Push WAS aggresively? Kill WAS in favor of JBoss? Both? None? ANYTHING is best than being stuck with Glassfish, that's for sure!


Yes, Cryptocoin isn't real money, but it is a tradeable asset with value. Think of it as e-Stock rather than e-Money. The problem is BitMain now controls roughly 42% or now more of the hashing power. The problem is they're close to having the ability to initiate a 51% attack, and due to the fact BitMain is a Chinese company, and if you know how the Chinese authority works, they technically control BitMain. So effectively the Chinese Government could effectively initiate a huge financial attack on the world with a 51% attack. I doubt they would, but I have known one thing, "Never trust China" because of the fact they like to act dumb at times doing stupid shit. This could damage BitCoin as an asset heavily causing many people to lose millions or even billions in asset values.

https://bitcoinist.com/bitmain-51-percent-bitcoin-hashrate/

Plus the fact that BitMain has been attempting to thwart many Cryptocurrency ASIC protections has been worrisome to many using the cryptonight algorithm. This past July, Electroneum had a massive network attack from a Nicehash attack that caused massive hashing power systems to cause a flood of orphaned blocks to pour into the network causing many small mining pools and operations to abandon efforts or stall efforts until Nanopool and Spacepools collectively could clear the orphans and return any real mining efforts to the network. Electroneum did, for a brief period regain some effort, but the damage was done, the coin crashed in value from $0.25 a coin share to now being $0.007 a coin share, many miners packed up and left, and Electroneum fearing a loss from the lack of GPU miners, returned to allowing ASICs.

https://www.techllog.com/2018/05/electroneum-fork-upcoming/

https://www.ccn.com/manufacturer-holds-cryptonight-asic-firesale-after-monero-hard-forks/

https://www.ccn.com/monero-sticks-to-anti-asic-guns-with-emergency-software-update/

I just see any coin with ASIC capable mining of vanishing eventually.

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I doubt they'll use an flash media cards for sales purposes. The design of the console is for streaming and downloadable content only. GameStop has lost a lot of favor these past years due to either lack of availability of titles or the fact digital downloads are cheaper to buy, faster to get as higher bandwidth broadband proliferation continues, and just easier to maintain since you own the digital copy forever.

It's easier and faster to replace an HDD or SSD to a higher capacity model than buy enough game media disks to install the same capacity. Especially when you see 1TB 64-layer 3D TLC drives from companies like Samsung, Silicon Power, Toshiba, Western Digital, or SanDisk for under $150.

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Posted by wertigon

HW Compat - in the consumer space, yes. BUT. A lot of stuff already have support day 1, like new mice and keyboards, because Linux has a well defined standard interface for USB devices. When it comes to enterprise and server market, it's not even a contest, and some servers out there does not even have support of any kind in Windows (Like RISC-V, PPC and ARM servers). Also let's not forget the Raspberry Pi is good enough for a decent lightweight desktop machine these days. For bleeding edge consumer HW, Windows has an edge still. For everything else... No.

Games - Does it matter if you don't have ALL the games, if the ones you have are of enough quality to keep you happy for a very long time? Linux has enough Triple-A and Indie-quality games natively to let you play for years, at this point, with most new games getting a native Linux release. Valves Wine layer may change that, but for now, well...


Mice and Keyboards are usually under general HID device protocols, so respectively any new keyboard or mouse with similar functions to previous generation models will automatically have support which is fickle at best in terms of a wow-factor.

ARM, RISC, and PPC servers are often under specialty vendors who have pre-built systems for them. Example: Oracle's SPARC servers traditionally have come with Solaris. This argument is a bit negligible because these aren't x86 based servers in high proliferation, though efforts to port Windows NT4 in the past were made, the proliferation of those markets was considered very low in marketshare compared to standard x86 based servers, and efforts to port NT5(2000) were subsequently scrapped.

Windows 10 does offer a special IoT version to the market around ARM based Pi systems. I have no idea how useful it is nor how it works though. Though not ultimately successful, Windows Mobile and RT were available on some ARM based devices like smartphones and tablet PCs as well. I had a Lumia 640 LTE and for a smartphone it was actually more reliable than my LineageOS 14.1 powered Zenfone 2e ever has been, crashed apps far less, and had very little problems with performance unless the apps were outside the recommended hardware requirements for higher end devices. My Zenfone 2e tends to crash Google Play Services several times a day due to problems with resources and resource management that just aren't solved nor ever seem to be.

As far as games go, yes the availability of many titles is nice and has brought a lot of good quality games to Linux and even FreeBSD, but the MMO market is still the linchpin needed to get GNU/Linux into higher availability. Without the Ring 0 support, even if only emulated through a psuedo-kernelspace in Wine, it still doesn't mean much to switch to GNU/Linux or even FreeBSD. Many of these MMOs are Free-to-Play games. Free-to-Play games on a Free-to-Use OS, is the holy grail of win-win situations. You get those, you get the marketshares to GNU/Linux. Trust me, even I would love to one day see this headline "Wine adds emulated psuedo-kernelspace allowing Ring-0 anti-cheat software to work under GNU/Linux and FreeBSD" and ditch this horrible nightmare OS myself.

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Posted on 18-11-29, 14:29 in Games You Played Today REVENGEANCE

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Might get some hate for it, but I played the Chrono Trigger romhack "Flames of Eternity". Considering it's still in an unfinished state, the game is actually quite enjoyable, and is a tad difficult that is very welcoming. I actually liked it. I'm currently roaming around 2305 kicking around in the colosseum to get Crono's Rainbow Sword and getting some levels too.

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Posted on 18-11-29, 15:12 in MS is about to release a discless Xbone, this time for real! (revision 1)

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Retailers still have the problem of Downloadable Content Packs through mediums like Steam, or even the online stores you can purchase a downloadable copy through, which by all accounts can supplicant or even replace pre-order packs from places like Gamestop, or even have the original authors sell paraphernalia like toys and promotional items on their own sites which literally takes Gamestop out of the equation and loop.

And just for good measure:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820156174

Crucial MX500 3D-TLC V-NAND 2.5" 1 TB SSD for $139.99.

It's this that's making Gamestop irrelevant, as well as providers like Comcast offering me 200MB/6MB connection for about $45 a month which makes downloading about 16GB of data for a game I play take only a trip to Costco and back to buy household supplies for the month to get done, if not entirely less. Plus, 1TB is more than enough space to last for about a dozen or more titles of various size. Plus, the fact of Steam is, I buy it, it's mine forever. All I have to do is add another SSD or HDD when storage runs low in space, or just assign an SSD or HDD specifically to Steam's folder, call it a day, and add more drive space in a JBOD setup as needed.

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Posted on 18-11-29, 16:11 in Something about cheese! (revision 3)

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The problem of global warming is the science around it is lackluster and is actually heavily politicized as a means to exert governmental force over populations without merit or need.

Yes there is a problem of greenhouse gases, but considering most of the heaviest polluters in the world consist of countries like China and India, but the USA gets the entire blame, is very much saying it's political. Plus add into the fact none of the science has accounted for solar minimum and maximums as well as global weather historical trends of warming and cooling, you can see why people keep saying, we need more evidence, especially those on the Conservative side.

The liberal policies have done more damage than good, if you read into the dirty fine print of the issues. Yes it has brought competition, but the competition from what? Other countries? We have to produce to stay competitive and to do that we have to have a supply that is exportable as well as staying local. You have to be able to not only compete abroad but at home as well. To compete successfully, you have to have a higher quality product with higher availability to be less costly to the consumer, not the opposite.

The problem of illegal immigration is one thing people don't consider. Rather than trying to solve problems back in their own countries, these people leave their countries which not only robs their homelands of a capable workforce that could change their own future, but it creates a problem for the local population of the country they immigrate into the issues of laziness among the local population. You may say, "It's jobs Americans don't want", but what does that really mean? It means "Americans won't take these jobs not because of manual labor or less pay", but because they feel, "it's not my problem, let someone else do it." but that also extends back into the family unit as well. Rather than mom and dad, or the kids taking up chores to keep the house going, they look for hired help to do the work for them. While it does give some person a job, it also robs the family of not only money, but also invites the aspect of being lazy that can spill over into more areas, like the yard upkeep, painting the house, caring for the children, washing the dishes, etc. The point is, it all starts small, but builds slowly...

It's like a home with a throw rug in the middle. Every day, someone living there sweeps all the dirt on the floor under the rug and walks away. Each day more dirt is swept under the rug, more and more, as a small mound builds below the rug going unnoticed. As time passes the pile below the rug builds ever so slowly, until one day, the pile is touching the ceiling, but has anyone noticed it? No because by now everyone is so used to the dirt being under the rug they fail to see the room is still dirty, much less that the dirt doesn't belong under the rug, but the rug also belongs on the floor.

The old saying was "The elephant in the room syndrome", I think that's an understatement... The real analogy should be "sweeping the dirt under the rug syndrome".

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DSL is pretty much dead in most places. Even AT&T, one of the biggest DSL providers switched to Broadband through its U-Verse. It's still bad service, but they're trying to compete with Xfinity's Broadband.

Broadband isn't what it used to be with the shared bandwidth issues. It's gotten a lot better and less expensive.

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WoW has been dying a slow and painful death since Cataclysm. What else is new?

No, there are plenty of other good MMOs out there that could benefit from Ring 0 support, even if emulated.

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Posted on 18-12-01, 10:27 in I have yet to have never seen it all.

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BitCoin is about as big of a scam as Wall Street then by fair comparison.

Yes, you can't just buy stuff with it, until the establishment accepts it if they ever do. It's basically e-stock, nothing more. You buy, sell, and trade it between other traders like normal stocks. While it is more volatile than stock in say for instance Pepsi or Coca-Cola, its still stock in the same sense, so if Wall Street and the stock exchange operate the same ways and means, then its a scam as bad a BitCoin, if not worse because people's livelihoods can be made and lost in a single trade on the stock market just as easily as Cryptopia or any other crypto exchange.

I'm not going to make excuses for it, but I do criticize the direction many coins have taken from being decentralized to being centralized for whatever reason.

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Posted on 18-12-02, 05:52 in I have yet to have never seen it all.

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The argument that anything has value is set by the society, not the individual unless its an heirloom with sentimental value.

Here's a good question, who exactly determined thousands of years ago gold was even worth it? By all accounts its too soft to be of real usage, heavy as hell to transport, and has about the same color as Vitamin B laden piss.

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Posted on 18-12-03, 02:35 in Something about cheese!

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Well, if I want to follow the guidelines of the radical left and progressive movement, then the immigrants, who were claimed can't change their own country, I refer you back to the writings of Karl Marx since him and Socialism and Communism seem to be the roaring trends as to what they can do for society...

Eviscerate the proletariat...

Violent and blood soaked revolution in the name of progress is then the only recourse to ending the oppression in their homelands. Haul all the government officials, shoot them all in the head, chop up the corpses like hamburger, burn their remains in a huge bonfire, and film it as a huge propaganda media piece.

Why waste time doing it through democracy? Russia was overthrown quick enough, and the Tsar and his family executed mercilessly as a symbol of the Soviet might.

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I've tried. My experience with Linux is... not great. It is pretty awful, actually.
My experience with FreeBSD is a lot better, but... it still doesn't do what I need it to do(play games).


Sometimes, a tool is not meant to be used by everyone.

No shame if you're stuck in Windows 10. Linux can be your cup-o-tea - but most people doing linux have games as a side thing, not their primary reason to use a computer. Which is fine. All I ask is, try it with an open mind. It could work for you, or it would be too much work to switch over. TLG on Linux recently made a Youtube video about the horrors of Linux Video Editing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hksW66jw1jA

So there are legit reasons to run Windows 10, but I'm confident these reasons will slowly disappear as time moves on.


The problems of publishers refusing to target GNU/Linux or even broad based UNIX support is never going to end until one key problem ends within UNIX as a whole. The infighting between developers, projects, and distribution maintainers.

It's hard to target a system for uniform distribution when things are unstable, in disarray, there's descension within the ranks, or there's the fact of too many choices. Plus, which distribution do you target? Red Hat for professional support? Ubuntu for possible users? Slackware for stability? Who has the best driver support systems? Will OEM drivers be favored over FOSS drivers? Will we need to worry about systemd and any other software for whatever reason?

The fact is GNU/Linux is a mess. It's an organized mess, but a mess is still a mess regardless of how well you can push the pile around. FreeBSD has the problem of ports that can break ruining an entire setup. It's not a bad a mess, but it's just not as clean as Windows, which is why this overgrown Tentacle Monster still can grab ahold of PCs and developers more easily.

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Posted on 18-12-06, 00:08 in Something about cheese!

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From what I know about Japan, the modern population has put what happened during WW2 behind them. "The past is in the past" philosophy. It was a bad time, but it's in the past. No need to dwell on it. No modern Japanese participated in the conflicts, so it's not their concern. The older generations still tell the stories, but they too have moved on and gotten on with their lives. The American print of Shonen Jump did an article on it about a decade or so ago.

Honestly, it's a good lesson many groups could use in America, like many leftist and other radical groups trying to say one race was responsible for things like, for example, slavery, when nobody alive today, nor the accusers, owned slaves, were slaves, or participated in the slave trade, but the accusers want reparations as if that's going to fix anything non-existent.

As far as the immigration issue, I will say this. Countries have laws for a reason. To promote solidarity with the people and sovereignty as to the nations stance. Whether or not you agree or disagree with those laws, you should be mature enough to respect the laws of any nation you visit or wish to move to, as well as follow the rules of immigration, become a citizen, and assimilate to the society. There is no part of illegal that is legal on any term, even if you disagree with the terms or the ethics of it.

The current system is hard on people, but it's hard for a reason. It is designed to see how dedicated you are, and to show you that starting over in another country is no easy task. The bar is not set low to just allow anyone to succeed without merit or effort. The bar is set high to make you want to give 110% into things, to not only try harder, but to better yourself, not just for you, but for your family as well, so when you do get that paper and take that oath, you earned it and cherish it. It's not a lot to ask. People say "that's not fair", but what part of life for anyone isn't fair? Ask a cancer patience if life is fair. Ask the family of a person with Alzheimers-Demintia if they feel life is fair. If we as a society set the bar too low, what's the purpose of effort, trying harder, and finding success to grow stronger and develop? If you want fairness, then fairness is the equality of everyone to fail if they don't try. Fairness is everyone can die young if they don't take care of themselves and their health. Fairness is you can be homeless just like others if you don't want to work for a living and better yourself. Fail and fair have nearly identical spelling but you change one letter. Funny part is, in Japanese, due to how R and L can be substituted for each other, fail and fair are equal in meaning. Everyone can fail, but only those who try have a chance of succeeding. Think about that for 5 minutes.

I think in America, we've set the bar too damn low for too damn long. We have kids who are selfish brats who are lazy and want hand outs. We have people who don't want to do an honest days work and would rather feign a disability just to sit at home and watch TV and play video games all day. Yet we have people who are truly disabled who want to work, but can't due to doctors refusing to release them. We have young adults who are entering a job market that has no entry level positions and want even 2 years experiences even for what they term as entry level. We have kids studying useless topics in schools that don't even apply to real life situations. Sure a kid can do algebra, but can they balance a bank account or a check book? I see videos of kids who can't pump their own gas on Instagram, Youtube, and Snapchat. Kids who can't even use a rotary phone. Kids who can't even read cursive writing fonts. The bar is on the damn floor and nobody wants to pick it up.

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