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Tech That Failed To Fail

Notquitecajun Re:ATM machines (428 comments)

My Credit Union refunds ATM costs at other banks (up to like 10 transactions a month or something).

more than 3 years ago
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Russia Launches, Loses, Finds Military Satellite

Notquitecajun Re:Technological independence (88 comments)

Not just uncontrolled spending, but an economic model that didn't allow them to make enough money to be able to afford it

more than 3 years ago
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Egyptians Find New Ways To Get Online

Notquitecajun Re:It would... (202 comments)

It's debatable as to whether or not Egyptians will be any MORE free under whoever takes over. The Muslim Brotherhood isn't exactly much better...

more than 2 years ago
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White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015

Notquitecajun Re:What are we doing with the old cars? (603 comments)

3) Picking an industry he likes so that it will benefit from taxpayer subsidies without having to deal with a competetive marketplace.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015

Notquitecajun Re:Up the gas tax five dollars for passenger vehic (603 comments)

That was a MAJOR unforseen consequence of the Interstate system - the death of a lot of the rail in the US. Not that I personally mind - there's more freedom in being able to drive a car than ride a rail.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015

Notquitecajun Re:Up the gas tax five dollars for passenger vehic (603 comments)

That's a toss-up. Some of the cars they have don't have the safety and emission features of their American counterparts, and for us to be able to get some of their super-efficient diesels, there would need to be changes there as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

Notquitecajun Re:Seems to me... (573 comments)

Militant Islamism doesn't. It celebrates suicide, which is why it's more prevalent in that religion.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

Notquitecajun Re:Good (573 comments)

For those who don't get the above joke, Westboro Baptist accounts for something like 25 people.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

Notquitecajun Re:Good (573 comments)

Here's the present issue. The number of violent Islamists - or those who support them - are a greater percentage - VASTLY greater - than in Christianity, and Islam has done a VERY poor job of self-policing.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

Notquitecajun Re:Good (573 comments)

Actually, if you do some digging, you may find that there are similar problems within Islam.

more than 3 years ago
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Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

Notquitecajun Re:Irony. It's in the game. (573 comments)

Who would have ever thought that the meme would ever really come this true...

more than 3 years ago
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Official — Economic Crash Not Computers' Fault

Notquitecajun Re:Nationalize the Banks (386 comments)

How would THAT solve the problem? Are government beareaucrats better at money management than big-business bankers?

more than 3 years ago
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Official — Economic Crash Not Computers' Fault

Notquitecajun Re:Economic Collapse due to Class War (386 comments)

Really? Pro-business dictators have the blood of MILLIONS on their heads?

As bad as some of the past mistakes of the US has been - and slavery is as much the fault of European mercantilism and monarchy - if not more so - than anything that ever happened in the US (because THEY started that particular version of slavery) - NOTHING has been as brutal and repressive as communist regimes (China and Russia in particular).

Stalin's successes ONLY came through repression and hard-line aggression toward his own people - as have all Communist "successes."

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

Notquitecajun Re:Obvious Missing - GOLD (868 comments)

I read WAY too many other arguments - particularly from those in the hard Austrian Economics camp (who I don't totally disagree with on everything) - that make it appear otherwise.

Even after the confiscation, we more or less still had the gold standard until Nixon.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

Notquitecajun Re:Obvious Missing - GOLD (868 comments)

No, but you can more easily spend them.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

Notquitecajun Re:Verizon is correct (275 comments)

The problem with the argument is that the rules - as written down in a society under the rule of law - have NOT changed. If the FCC needs or wants the authority, it can only properly be granted by Congress, not assumed by the agency as some sort of "natural authority."

more than 3 years ago
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Catholic Bishops Support Net Neutrality

Notquitecajun Re:The Internet is where Religion comes to die. (304 comments)

Actually, I don't think that's been all that prolific a belief until the modern evangelical era. The "innate moral compass" idea more or less goes against the more Biblically sound "original sin."

"There is none righteous, not even one..." as the Bible says. I don't believe - and there are plenty of (particularly conservative) Christians who also believe that the Bible more supports the idea that man is NOT good WITHOUT the change that only God can bring. Calvinists call it "Total Depravity" - where we tend toward the more sinful side, and we are only held back by not wanting to be punished rather than a desire to do good and please God.

That's why the eternal punishment idea makes more sense.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

Notquitecajun Re:G-O-L-D Baby. (868 comments)

If by "long term" you mean "centuries." Gold has rarely - if ever - held good value for real use in a lifetime. Only in VERY brief windows in the past century+ has gold been a good investment.

more than 3 years ago
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I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

Notquitecajun Re:G-O-L-D Baby. (868 comments)

Until he gets hungry. How's all that gold going to be when you need some beans?

more than 3 years ago

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