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Reason.com - 38 Studios: Curt Schilling's Crony Capitalism Debacle.
Former Gov. Carcieri hoped 38 Studios would be the cornerstone of a new video game tech hub in Rhode Island. Instead, the fallout from the collapse and squandered taxpayer dollars will make the state unlikely to cut any more of what WPRI's Ted Nesi describes as "special, one-off deals with individual companies...picked by a certain group of people in state government."

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23. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 4, 2013, 19:14 HorrorScope
 
Did anyone ever pick up their KOA assests? Was that Bethesda?  
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22. Re: More Big Picture Details Jan 4, 2013, 19:13 HorrorScope
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 10:37:
Schilling has been an outspoken "small government Republican" activist, who campaigned with President George W. Bush in 2004, but with his business in dire straits, he once again turned to the state for a bailout.

All these hypocrites are the same. Telling everyone else to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps but when they need it - after they've ignored moral hazard and pissed away everyone elses money - they're the first guys in line with their hands out.

Like the THQ story. They go to no tax states, they take corporate welfare, if things go bad, they escape and leave it to the tax payers. Some even buy it back pennies on the dollar as if that was their plan all along. They all complain about taxes but bottom line they have write-offs that take it to historic lows. Just think if all the proper dollars were collected (it's a necessity) communities would be a lot better off. Perhaps even enough money for a police man in every school. See what I did there?
 
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21. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 18:45 Creston
 
Prez wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:24:
Good luck getting a revolution started in the US when everyone is busy stroking themselves on Facebook and watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol.

Let's not forget that for all the doom and gloom, the large majority of the US population is pretty well off. Why do they need a revolution?

Sure, Washington is about to default on the debt again, but shit, that happened last year too, and then they just raised the debt ceiling and nothing happened. So why worry? Stock market about to "correct" itself again? Well, maybe a few more of those wall street roaches will kill themselves.

I'm pretty sure that's how most of the US population thinks. It's hard to see how bad it is in the country when you have a job, make good money, support your family, your kids are healthy and doing well in school, etc.


Shit, if someone started a revolution in DC tomorrow, I wouldn't go either. It's Saturday, homey! My day off! Can't we do this revolution shit, like, on a Monday or something?

Creston

 
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20. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 18:25 Optional Nickname!
 
Kickstarter gets better games made cheaper as big budgets are not required for popular, successful titles.

That said, do not seriously invest/partner in a gaming company unless you have advanced programming experience, no matter how fanatical or deep-pocketed or forward-looking you might be. You would be at a permanent disadvantage.
 
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19. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 18:23 Prez
 
nin wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 18:07:
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:26:
Prez wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:24:
Good luck getting a revolution started in the US when everyone is busy stroking themselves on Facebook and watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol.

Much like Billy Idol I'll be dancing with myself.

For a split second, I had Billy Idol and Billy Squire crossed...


So you were planning on doing "The Stroke" instead?
 
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18. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 18:07 nin
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:26:
Prez wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:24:
Good luck getting a revolution started in the US when everyone is busy stroking themselves on Facebook and watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol.

Much like Billy Idol I'll be dancing with myself.

For a split second, I had Billy Idol and Billy Squire crossed...

 
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17. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 17:42 JohnnyRotten
 
Prez wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:24:
The problem with revolution though is that it takes a critical mass of the populace to be motivated enough to actually do something drastic, which is nohwere near the case here.

Actually, the trick with revolutions is getting the vast majority of the populace to stay on the sidelines and not come out against you.
 
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16. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 17:26 Cutter
 
Prez wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 17:24:
Good luck getting a revolution started in the US when everyone is busy stroking themselves on Facebook and watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol.

Much like Billy Idol I'll be dancing with myself.
 
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15. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 17:24 Prez
 
Verno wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 13:03:
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 12:41:
Laid out in better detail, it does look really bad. Thanks

Yep My girlfriend has a 4 year old that I will likely end up being the father to and I am really saddened by the state of the world we'll likely be leaving her. The baby boomer generation was especially damaging but it doesn't excuse the ignorance, apathy and poor decisions from newer generations (mine included).

If you look historically though, revolution (assuming it happens) isn't such a bad thing, it's often a societal cleansing and purge of long standing problems that were hampering human evolution and progression in general.

The problem with revolution though is that it takes a critical mass of the populace to be motivated enough to actually do something drastic, which is nohwere near the case here. Look at Greece and Spain - they are way worse off than we are financially and yet the most they have had to deal with are a few unruly mobs here and there.

Good luck getting a revolution started in the US when everyone is busy stroking themselves on Facebook and watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol.
 
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14. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 16:45 Beamer
 
avianflu wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 13:00:
at least this article correctly blames former Gov. Carcieri and his cadre of appointed lawyers for the mess.

I think they're the best to blame. People love to blame Schilling, but he did nothing wrong. Morally. He was a business idiot with giant dreams. He ran his business poorly, but not illegally or immorally.

Someone should have recognized that he was in over his head. Most people did. But someone gave him free money, anyway, due to his status.

 
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13. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 14:21 Draugr
 
avianflu wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 13:06:
I loved that list! though I would argue that the early USA and even Colonial America was largely owned and operated by the wealthy and well-positioned. I grew up in New England and you hear the real stories about the Revolution.

"Democracy" is in an even worse state these days I agree, but the early days circled around the 2% too.


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12. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 13:06 avianflu
 
I loved that list! though I would argue that the early USA and even Colonial America was largely owned and operated by the wealthy and well-positioned. I grew up in New England and you hear the real stories about the Revolution.

"Democracy" is in an even worse state these days I agree, but the early days circled around the 2% too.
 
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11. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 13:03 Verno
 
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 12:41:
Laid out in better detail, it does look really bad. Thanks

Yep My girlfriend has a 4 year old that I will likely end up being the father to and I am really saddened by the state of the world we'll likely be leaving her. The baby boomer generation was especially damaging but it doesn't excuse the ignorance, apathy and poor decisions from newer generations (mine included).

If you look historically though, revolution (assuming it happens) isn't such a bad thing, it's often a societal cleansing and purge of long standing problems that were hampering human evolution and progression in general.
 
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10. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 13:00 Cutter
 
Orphic Resonance wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 11:45:
seriously... i doubt you really understand just how shitty the political system is

its not just "damn these guys are hypocrites".. there is a gargantuan mountain of heinously vile bullshit, makes this "debacle" look like a dropped ice cream cone

No one understands it better than I do. I just love calling out "small government - fuck everyone and everything else" assholes when the evil that is "socialism" is oh so necessary when it comes to those pigfuckers planting their snouts in the public trough for anything.
 
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9. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 13:00 avianflu
 
at least this article correctly blames former Gov. Carcieri and his cadre of appointed lawyers for the mess.  
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8. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 12:53 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 12:37:
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 12:16:

I really dont understand how bad it is, care to elaborate with some details? Im really interested in learning the facts.

Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, it's a difficult discussion because it encompasses so many areas. I'll just do bullet points about North America since I'm eating lunch:

- our currency systems make no sense and are supporting an outdated model of infinite economic growth
- The current form of capitalism we embrace has been distorted and perverted over the past 40 years so that wealth pursuit and corporate interests have supplanted benefits to society as a whole
- wealth concentration and disparity are at levels that usually precede violent governmental overthrow
- The worldwide economy is closely tied to natural resources which we are rapidly running out of
- Modern society is largely consumption driven, people even heavily derive emotional needs from their purchases.
- We produce, export and manufacture less yet consume more
- Political lobby is so powerful that individual representation is now impossible
- Corporations have essentially neutered unions while also minimizing employee ownership, making them even less accountable
- The banking industry is still mostly unregulated despite taking huge bailout dollars (so much for capitalism)
- Politicians rarely look beyond their own terms so everything is done for the short term and long term planning in areas other than infrastructure is almost a myth
- Political divide is so large and so many third parties (corporations) are involved it's a struggle to accomplish anything
- Taxes have been demonized to the point where most people don't even recognize how fundamental they are to having a society
- The tax system is incredibly convoluted, often makes no sense and is slow to change except for loophole provisions

That's all I can spitball at the moment.

More or less everything I've been saying here for quite some time.

 
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7. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 12:41 Gadzooks
 
Laid out in better detail, it does look really bad. Thanks  
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6. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 12:37 Verno
 
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 12:16:

I really dont understand how bad it is, care to elaborate with some details? Im really interested in learning the facts.

Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, it's a difficult discussion because it encompasses so many areas. I'll just do bullet points about North America since I'm eating lunch:

- our currency systems make no sense and are supporting an outdated model of infinite economic growth
- The current form of capitalism we embrace has been distorted and perverted over the past 40 years so that wealth pursuit and corporate interests have supplanted benefits to society as a whole
- wealth concentration and disparity are at levels that usually precede violent governmental overthrow
- The worldwide economy is closely tied to natural resources which we are rapidly running out of
- Modern society is largely consumption driven, people even heavily derive emotional needs from their purchases.
- We produce, export and manufacture less yet consume more
- Political lobby is so powerful that individual representation is now impossible
- Corporations have essentially neutered unions while also minimizing employee ownership, making them even less accountable
- The banking industry is still mostly unregulated despite taking huge bailout dollars (so much for capitalism)
- Politicians rarely look beyond their own terms so everything is done for the short term and long term planning in areas other than infrastructure is almost a myth
- Political divide is so large and so many third parties (corporations) are involved it's a struggle to accomplish anything
- Taxes have been demonized to the point where most people don't even recognize how fundamental they are to having a society
- The tax system is incredibly convoluted, often makes no sense and is slow to change except for loophole provisions

That's all I can spitball at the moment.

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5. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 12:24 Verno
 
Orphic Resonance wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 11:45:
seriously... i doubt you really understand just how shitty the political system is

its not just "damn these guys are hypocrites".. there is a gargantuan mountain of heinously vile bullshit, makes this "debacle" look like a dropped ice cream cone

Actually it's funny you mention that because until recently I had no idea but after a political discussion at a party (an "old school" financial professor attended) I started doing my own research. I thought I was informed already but learned that my knowledge of things was rudimentary and slanted by misinformation.

The political system, the tax system, financial regulation, it's all so thoroughly infiltrated and loaded by corporations these days that literally nothing short of a violent revolution will counter the effects. The ripple effects even just the banking industry is having on the rest of the world are almost too much fathom.

I hate to get all LittleMe but man, we're kinda fucked The hardest part that I'm still coming to grips with is how to combat it as an individual.
 
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4. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 12:16 Gadzooks
 
Orphic Resonance wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 11:45:
seriously... i doubt you really understand just how shitty the political system is

its not just "damn these guys are hypocrites".. there is a gargantuan mountain of heinously vile bullshit, makes this "debacle" look like a dropped ice cream cone

I really dont understand how bad it is, care to elaborate with some details? Im really interested in learning the facts.
 
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