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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

pitchpipe Re:Haters gonna hate. (630 comments)

You're so fucking delusional if you believe that the ultra-rich aren't pulling the levers of power that you're hopeless.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

pitchpipe Re:And they've already stopped (630 comments)

They cancelled this policy almost immediately after it was brought to light.

I dunno. Are the 0.01%ers trying to figure out a new way to fuck over the middle class?

Since middle class wages have stagnated since the late '70s our share of the tax burden hasn't really been able to grow, and the rich have had their burden reduced quite a bit. So now we have massive debts. Gotta pay 'em somehow. I know, sounds kooky, right?! Look at the filial responsibility laws. Parent racking up huge debts to the state because of the care they need in old age? Think you won't have to pay for that? Think again.

I expect that we'll start to see enforcement as a way to shift more of the tax burden onto the middle class (at least what's left of it). Banana Republic here we come.

5 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

pitchpipe Re:That's bullshit. (586 comments)

But attacking her personally is not necessary or relevant.

Pointing out that she has NO medical training is NOT "attacking her personally".

Actually, "attacking her personally" with words I think at this point is warranted. She is putting a lot of people at risk of death through her public advocacy. I'll be surprised if at some point someone who's child died due believing her bullshit doesn't decide to attack her personally with actual violence. I know I wouldn't want a grieving parent blaming me for the death of their child.

5 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

pitchpipe Re:It's not a license to speed (325 comments)

This is tantamount to soliciting bribes.

But it's not. Remember: money = free speech.

Rich people are allowed to convince the police officer to not give them a speeding ticket using their form of free speech (money), just as you're allowed to convince the police officer to not give you a speeding ticket using your form of free speech (words from your mouth).

Guess which one will probably result in a beating.

about a week ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

pitchpipe Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

The devastating results to your democracy are blatantly obvious to everyone around the world to see.

Obvious to everyone except our lunatic conservatives. Or maybe it is obvious to them and this is their goal.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

pitchpipe Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

How about the people that read the Bible and don't listen to God?
Many "religious" people are basically frauds. They take the parts of the Bible that suit them and ignore the really important stuff.

I was saying the same thing to a "Scotsman" just the other day.
As we all know no Scotsman drinks his tea with cream.
Well here was this "Scotsman" drinking his tea with cream.
I said to him,"No true Scotsman drinks his tea with cream."
He replied,"Well I drink my tea with cream!"
I said,"As I said,'No true Scotsman drinks his tea with cream.'"

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

pitchpipe Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

Such a limited view of justice, such that justice doesn't exist except your version of justice, which by definition isn't justice but revenge. Which is how you view others definitions of justice, and thus, is exactly what you typed here.

Translation:

God works in mysterious ways.

I figure you can substitute the phrase "fucked up" for 'mysterious' and the meaning would be more clear. Or maybe just add it, i.e. "God works in mysterious, fucked up ways."

Simply put (because I realize you probably can't understand the above)...

Thank you, Archangel Michael, for deigning to try to educate the uneducable. You are doing, err... God's work.

... that is the whole liberal mindset, freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want and avoid consequences at whatever cost. Blaming others for their own failures.

Nice straw man. Were you able to kick his ass? I hear they can be rough.

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

pitchpipe Re:If you make this a proof of God... (595 comments)

So the guy at the PC said to himself "Thank you for nothing, guys" and went making himself coffee.

Actually the guy at the computer decided to torture those little fucks for the rest of eternity for being so presumptuous, because he loved them unconditionally.

about a week ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

pitchpipe Re:So how many of them are actually qualified (214 comments)

How many of these 100 faculty (or is it 93?) are actually qualified to have an opinion about this?

Conservatives sure are a funny (insane?) bunch nowadays. If you're an actual scientist who is an expert in climate research, and say that climate change is real, that man is causing it, and that it will probably be a bad thing overall then you're just shilling for more of that lucrative research money (and want to destroy America). If you're not a scientist who is an expert in the field, but defer your judgement to those who are experts (of which 97% are in agreement) as most educated people do, then you're not qualified to speak on the matter, so you should just shut up (because you want to destroy America).

Honestly, four or five (or ten?) years ago I might have just thought that you didn't have the facts, but in the year 2014 I just find it weird. Why is reducing how much oil we burn such a bad thing? I don't fucking get it.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

pitchpipe Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

and that there are a lot of people that have no voice at all.

The reason those people have "no voice at all" is because ... they don't have the money to pay for it. That really does make the point that money is required for the full exercise of free speech.

In this country (the US), yes I'll give you that, but it shouldn't be that way. They've gamed the system so that the more money you have, the more speech you have, but it's a rigged system.

I'm saying that inherently money != free speech, and that the law should reflect that. If we had a constitutional amendment explicitly stating that money != free speech then we could talk sensibly about limiting its corrupting influence. As it is now it has taken pretty much all of the power away from the people. You say "ah, but go out and vote!" Okay, I'll go vote for asshole 'A' or asshole 'B'. Those are my realistic choices. Not much of a choice there, and the billions floating around in politics ensures that will always be the case.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

pitchpipe Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

America is deluded that they were great to begin with. A super power? Maybe. But 'great'? Wtf.

Sorry. Our founding fathers were mostly a bunch of bad asses with really good ideas that they were willing to fight for, and the country that came out of that fight was great.

It's the money grubbing assholes who are fucking it up now by claiming that money = free speech and corporations are people. That means that the ultra rich have at least 10,000 times as much speech as most of us, and that there are a lot of people that have no voice at all. Money should not be equivalent to free speech. Never. It's a fucking travesty that it is, and the people who made it so are destroying our country. I'm not being hyperbolic here.

about two weeks ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

pitchpipe Re:congrats (135 comments)

I hope they get $1Bn too

Meh. I would certainly rather get behind this than FB's Oculus Grift.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

pitchpipe Re:Witches Are Real (470 comments)

Mmm hmm. Next you're going to tell me that Mormons are real.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

pitchpipe Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

The real question here is why a politician is actually asking perfectly legitimate questions, but is being labeled stupid on Slashdot for doing so.

It's so fitting that your username is Jane Q. Public. You are an excellent representative of the general public and their ignorance on all things scientific.

about two weeks ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

pitchpipe Re:Lawmakers need to do the right thing (120 comments)

When drugs are gone, you still have the kidnappings and the corruption.

I really doubt that you would have it on the same level as we have it today, but I don't think that is the reason to legalize drugs.

We should legalize drugs because it is the right thing to do. The drug laws are a relic of the past when people thought that it was okay to legislate their brand of morality. We now know that drug prohibition causes much more harm than good, and so that makes it dangerous and wrong to continue down the prohibition path. The war on drugs is a failure, and to keep pushing for these laws either means that you're insane, or you want to manipulate the public or are being manipulated.

I do think that as a side benefit of legalization we will see less violence and criminal activity by the cartels, less money to corrupt politicians, less money to buy arms, less money to pay muscle, etc. etc, but of course we won't see these benefits if we don't even try.

about three weeks ago
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3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman

pitchpipe Re:Can I get one (132 comments)

with eSATA, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, HDMI, DVI, RJ45, RJ11 and Thunderbolt ports ? With a 40-year upgrade plan for future interface types ?

FireWire? Is this 1996?

Firewire is so dead, here's an article talking about how Steve Jobs said Firewire is dead.

about three weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

pitchpipe Re:Um no (224 comments)

Cunts?

about three weeks ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

pitchpipe Re:Um no (224 comments)

We can't even get people to agree on daylight savings time.

DST is an anachronism. Only old people (esp. those in congress) oppose getting rid of it. I suspect that when they die off we'll be able to relegate it to the dust bin of history.

Reminds me of an old joke: if the opposite of pro is con, the opposite of progress is ...

about three weeks ago

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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about two weeks ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "

Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

I attribute my becoming an atheist to the internet, so what the study is saying supports my anecdote. If I hadn't been exposed to all of the different arguments about religion, etc., via the internet I would probably just be another person who identifies as religious but doesn't attend services. What does Slashdot think? Have you become more religious, less religious, or about the same since being on the internet? What if you've always had it?"
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Company Deleting Facebook Page; 80% of Ad Clicks from Bots

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Hey everyone, we're going to be deleting our Facebook page in the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to explain why before we do ... We built our own analytic software. Here's what we found: on about 80% of the clicks Facebook was charging us for, JavaScript wasn't on ... The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs."
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Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "A puzzling pattern in the cosmic rays bombarding Earth from space has been discovered by an experiment buried deep under the ice of Antarctica.

[...]it turns out these particles are not arriving uniformly from all directions. The new study detected an overabundance of cosmic rays coming from one part of the sky, and a lack of cosmic rays coming from another."

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Book says White House ordered forgery

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Ron Suskind, claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in "The Way of the World," to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery was designed to portray a false link between Hussein's regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war.

Remember the news then, that "Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq.""

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Parents Pick Prayer Over Docs; Girl Dies

pitchpipe pitchpipe writes  |  about 6 years ago

pitchpipe (708843) writes "From the article

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl's death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
Sometimes I think we are regressing."

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