The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
Most of the price of your fuel is in taxes. The US Federal tax on gasoline -which goes to pay for maintenance on the the Interstate highways- is somewhere around eighteen cents a gallon and hasn't changed in thirty-something years. States also have individual sales taxes that are a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of the sale price -with Florida being the highest (with a sliding scale) the last time I bothered to look.
The root cause of the increase in the price of oil and gasoline is speculation by large banks, brokerage firms and commodities traders. Most of these 'traders' never take actual delivery of the product. If the Obama administration would get off its ass and re-regulate the commodities markets to prevent all the 'paper trading' of commodities, then the price of oil and gasoline would drop by fifty percent and we wouldn't be talking about this.
Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?
It goes a lot deeper than just the components. It goes down to the minerals and metals that make up those components:
Apple gets the spotlight thrown on it because of its popular following. But every company that makes anything electronic or that contains electronic components is just as culpable.
Water Droplets In Orbit On the International Space Station
They should have used an inanimate carbon rod.
Facebook Orders Banks To Stop Leaking IPO Details
It's all about bucks, kid. The rest is conversation.
Scientists Create World's First Atomic X-Ray Laser
Where are the atomic-level sharks with atomic-level lasers attached to their heads?
SOPA Creator In TV/Film/Music Industry's Pocket
They have this guy, too:
Chris Dodd, Ex-Senator, Named MPAA Chairman
at $1.3 million/year.
Stretching the truth to pass SOPA:
On December 10, the Last Lunar Eclipse Until 2014
There is a lunar eclipse every 29.53059 days (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 2.8 seconds). It's just not always visible from the Earth's surface. The complete calendar for the next decade is here:
so you may plan ahead.
Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Digitize All Records
So there isn't a repeat of this:
Comet May Have Missed Earth By a Few hundred Kilometers
As a scientist, don't author your paper with the font set to Comic Sans.
What You Eat Affects Your Genes
Glagnar's Human Rinds. Now with flavor.
Developing Nuclear Power Plant Tech For the Moon and Mars
The Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) is powered by a RTEG. No reason we couldn't design a new, more efficient, version for use on the Moon.
Who is Your Favorite Avenger?
You forgot these:
Harvey Birdman, Hiram Mightor, Myron Reducto, X the Eliminator, Peanut, Mentok the Mindtaker, Zardo
The Funky Phantom, Cumulus the Storm King, Captain Caveman, Azul Falcone, Stan Freezoid
Apache Chief, Garok, Shazzan, Atom Ant, Nitron, Vulturo, Black Vulcan, Birdgirl, Murro the Marauder
Elliott The Deadly Duplicator, The Perfectionist.
Bitcoin Price Crashes
Bilderburgers laugh derisively at your attempts to undermine the World Bank, IMF, ECB, and the 'Almighty Dollar' with your pathetic 'currency'. However...Bernie Madoff is intrigued by your ideas and wishes to subscribe to your newsletter.
Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?
In a 1997 interview with Ric Ford of the Macintouch website, Steve Jobs said that he would; "milk the Macintosh for all it's worth and then kill it." A citation would be nice if someone would like to search for it in the wayback machine. I came up blank on this so this is just from memory...
Wardrivers Target Seattle Businesses
That's the funniest comment I've seen here in month's. Brah, seriously; I LOLed.
Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon
He did have such a terrible cold.
House Fails To Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers
...ever since the Patriot Act made wiretapping of un important people ubiquitous.
There. Fixed that for you.