Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording
Seems to me when their robot operator tells you your call may be recorded for "quality control purposes," that is all the disclaimer that is needed to record the call yourself, no matter what the state wiretapping laws may be.
The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor
"I have no faith in government to be an ISP."
I have no faith in the federal government to run an ISP. They would be worse than Comcast, and would probably never get it running until they have spent a year's GDP.
I have slightly more faith in a state government to run one. Not as many people to pay-off around most state capitols as there are around DC.
I would have a lot of faith in a local or city government to get it done. They live right there amongst their customers, typically have to work within a budget, and have a vested interest in doing it right the first time.
Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry
Is this why we are not yet traveling in tubes, because they would threaten the taxi industry?
Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day
I don't have a background in education, child development, or psychology, yet I read to my son every night.
Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty
Hopefully in a journal that is reviewed by skeptics rather than Ideologues.
All scientific journals are reviewed by skeptics.
That's because all scientists are skeptics.
Wacky global warming deniers are not skeptics, they are credulous fools.
Skeptics look at the evidence before making their minds up, and change their minds if new evidence comes to light.
Deniers deny. Disprove one nutty theory and the continue denying with another, often incompatible nutty theory. This sometimes goes around in circles 'till they come back to the first, already disproven, theory.
Regarding collusion in the peer review process:
One of the arguments of "deniers" is that the supposed agreement of all climate scientists is that their funding requires certain conclusions to be drawn, and thus climate scientists are, generally, in lockstep to secure continued funding of their studies. Scare people and get funding. Tell people that climate change isn't the end of the world and start putting out resumes.
Your response is, "Well, there is a peer review process and look, they are 99% in agreement."
They already know 99% of climate scientists are saying the same thing, and keep setting goal posts for the "point of no return," and watching nothing happen. Al Gore certainly didn't help, didn't he say 2009 was the point of no return? Didn't he say hurricanes will be more frequent? Does the sky continue to not fall?
Do you see why that isn't going to sway the denier? Deniers are indeed skeptics, they are just skeptical of the integrity of the people doing the science. That's what y'all have to fix. Continuing to call them ignorant and stupid isn't getting you anywhere.
Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty
But what about this... do you realize that in order to grow one single cow, an ENTIRE PLANET had to come into creation, first? Do you know how much energy that required????
Is Traffic Congestion Growing Three Times As Fast As Economy?
That tax money never returns to the middle class. Do you think it is a coincidence some of the richest counties in America are around DC?
Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
... is to do away with the program completely.
First of all, it is flat-out wrong to suggest that one person is not allowed to have an opinion about how another person spends their food stamps. The fact the the stamps come from tax money means EVERY tax payer has paid for the right to have an opinion about it. See also: subsidized health care, and how it makes everyones lifestyle everyones business (I propose all dangerous, injury-causing leisure time activities now be banned for that reason, and I will decide what is "dangerous").
Secondly, I disagree with the notion that just food is cheaper at a grocery store than healthy items, and that it isn't fair to expect poor people to eat rice every day. I am the procurer of provisions in my household of 3, so I have direct experience. "Staples" are refreshed, and used up, every month. To suggest I am being forced to supplement our meals with ten pounds of rice and a bag of potatoes every month is ludicrous, it is just intelligent home economics. Many hours of my free time are also spent in gardening every summer, and tomatoes and onions from that garden are eaten year round after I can it up, an inexpensive technology that has existed in its current form for a couple hundred years, at least.
The only way to fix the problem of "spending their food stamps on steak and lobster and junk food" is just to remove that choice completely. If someone is poor enough for food stamps, then we consult the Official US Government Dietary Needs table for the person at that sex at that age, and they get a box every 2 weeks with exactly the nutritious food they need, at the appropriate calorie level for their age, with enough snack cakes for small dessert every evening. This makes the fiscal conservatives happy... less money is being wasted. This also eliminates the ignorance of a person not knowing which foods are nutritious, and then the government can also even out the production of agricultural products and possibly remove the need for farm subsidies. If the government KNOWS it is going to need X amount of bread each month, then it can more intelligently utilize the nations bread producers. This makes the central-government socialists happy.
Really, it's win/win/win. If the person on the dole still wants a lobster once a month, no one will stop them, they can use their allotment of cigarette money for that week.
US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal
SCOTUS will rule that spying on Americans' phone records is perfectly legal because it is a privacy tax, in that they will take away some of your privacy, and the federal government has the power to levy taxes.
It worked for Obamacare, so why the hell not.
Memo To Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" Is Your Fault
...to raise a child poorly.
Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4
What makes you think this administration has any interest in following the law? Why do you think the media would call them on it if they pulled out his fingernails on live TV during prime time? So far Obama does anything he wants and creates new laws at press conferences with a wave of his hand, with impunity. Snowden better make sure he doesn't get caught, he embarrassed too many people and we always need a new distraction from the Obamacare debacle.
Snowden Says His Mission Is Accomplished
I used to have ambition to form cogent thoughts. I used to use my logic and education to say things like, "Obamacare as a model can never be as good as what they are saying, economics doesn't work like that" and, "Maybe we shouldn't be using drones to kill people willy nilly," and "Maybe this administration should use its power to curb the abuses the American people are suffering at the hands of the TSA."
After you get called "racist" enough times for saying these things, you no longer care to try to fix the problems we face as a country. You almost start to dislike the people who call you a racist, and you almost wish bad things for them, like getting everything they claim to want from their elected officials.
Sun Not a Significant Driver of Climate Change
That if the Earth was removed from our sun's orbit, that our climate would not change because the sun is not a factor in the Earth's climate?
Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program
How do you guys plan to get into space and also stay under the radar?
How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!
Free, open source software reduces the opportunity for graft.
You don't think 100% of the money DC spends is honest, do you? Or even 50%?
DNA Sequence Withheld From New Botulism Paper
If someone figured out how to make a 1 kiloton explosive device by combining parts from an old toaster with those of a microwave oven, I wouldn't want that information "out there," either. Every 1000th house, or so, would become the center of another Hiroshima.
Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges
Before grants and guaranteed college loans, colleges could only charge what the students could afford. I myself graduated from a big 4-year state college in the 80's for a total cost of $21k, and I was an on-campus student.
Now we have grants and the ability to take out tens of thousands of dollars... per year... for tuition. All an adult student has to do is sign his or her name, and it is like free unlimited money for all the education you can eat.
How can anyone be confused by the idea that colleges will adjust their cost by the amount their customers can afford to pay? This is econ 101, here. When these stupid adult children can afford $50k to get their art history degree, why do you think a college won't increase their price to accommodate the sucker windfall?
Want to watch the price of college plummet? Remove all loans. We'll return to the days of "only the rich can afford college/not fair!", but at least the stupid will not be graduating under a mountain of debt from which they will never be free. The truly academically gifted and motivated will get scholarships no matter how poor they are.
The Little Bomb-Detecting Device That Couldn't
I'd gladly give up the Mars skycrane if it meant an end of humiliation before I got on a plane. I am mildly handicapped, for me it is humiliating getting searched by those TSA scum.
Now I only fly when I absolutely must (exactly once since the Rape Scans/groping procedures went in), instead of frequently and for pleasure. The world has gotten smaller, for me. I hate this road we are traveling.
Orson Scott Card Pleads 'Tolerance' For Ender's Game Movie
He wasn't anti-gay rights because he is EVIL, it was because it was his honest opinion that it was wrong for the society, and he had the arguments to back up his point of view. I never agreed with his arguments, but I saw where he was coming from.
I'll take an honest bigot over a devious do-gooder any day of the week.
Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing
They are saving a fortune on taxes.
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