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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed In California

kypper Re:American Culture (274 comments)

Yes, it can be a random mutation. However, when you deliberately grind up the carcass of a cow with said mutation and feed it to other livestock, you are then transmitting this mutation. Then it becomes an infection. Lather, rinse, repeat... we have an epidemic.

The math isn't hard here.

about 2 years ago
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Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

kypper Re:Common Sense, anyone? (788 comments)

I think you missed the key word here: far. Progressive taxation is supposed to prevent a huge income disparity. Consider that the minimal amount you can make (ignoring debt) is $0. From $0-$350K, we have 99% of our earners, who earn up to $235K.

For the remainder, I would venture quite a number aren't sitting at $350K. In fact, it's probably over a million on average considering what CEOs, etc are paid. They can also invest pretty handily and boost their own wealth. This puts them at many multiples of the next tier below. Progressive taxation as it stands today has failed to bridge that divide.

more than 3 years ago
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Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

kypper Re:Common Sense, anyone? (788 comments)

The top 1% earn 24% of all income. Top 1% represents over $350,000, but we know of individuals who are making millions. Billions. The remaining 9% of your top 10? They make what, $100-$350K/year? They pay between 28-33%/year, or $28K-$115K, leaving them with between 72-115.5K. That's still pretty decent bank.

For one of those biggier bonus folks (let's say a nice $1M a year to be conservative), we're looking at $770K of wealth left.
See the difference?

If we taxed those guys 50%, they'd STILL have far more than the remaining 99%.
That's the point.

more than 3 years ago
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What security policy will the TSA adopt next?

kypper Re:Flying naked (554 comments)

Please no. Have you seen some of the flight attendants these days?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Officially Brings Voice To Gmail

kypper Re:encrytion issues (179 comments)

It actually works to/from Canada just great, so long as you signed up while it was still Grand Central.
I suspect that this will be made available to us in the not so far future...

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

kypper Re:Depends on the location (976 comments)

According to the Oregon Driver's Manual of 2010-2011, "Round Yellow – Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely. Pedestrians facing a yellow light must not start across the street unless a pedestrian signal directs otherwise."

In your instance, then it's considered valid since to stop would be unsafe. In most instances (i.e. when jackasses plow through instances to beat the red), a traffic violation has been committed when the motorist is entering the intersection on the yellow.

more than 4 years ago
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Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

kypper Depends on the location (976 comments)

In some places, it's illegal to enter an intersection if the light is already yellow. That always made sense to me - yellow was the 'head's up' for cars behind the line to slow and stop.

more than 4 years ago
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YouTube Adds Full-Length Television Shows

kypper Just use TOR (197 comments)

Download Vidalia and View the Network. Select half a dozen US relay nodes and jot them down. Edit the configuration file 'torrc' and add the following:
ExitNodes server1, server2, server3
StrictExitNodes 1

(where server1 is the first relay node, etc)

Reboot TOR and surf as a defacto US citizen.

about 6 years ago

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