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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

thunderclap Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (322 comments)

any reason you wrote 3 paragraphs without answering the actual question?

"How much do you think a standard Hershey Bar (plain, 43g) should cost in $USD? "

Nothing. I would rather see the company out of business and Milton Hershey treated with the same care as Hitler and Stalin but thats me.

4 days ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

thunderclap Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (322 comments)

I and a number of other small chocolate makers have looked at what cocoa _should_ cost. Cocoa beans IMHO should cost at least double if not three to four times what they currently do.

Now with a Hershey's Bar, a good portion of the bar is sugar and milk. Because of this, there is very little "cocoa" (the real part of chocolate in chocolate) in a Hershey's chocolate bar. This was the big innovation that asshole Milton Hershey did . He was one of the first to screw with food. However Chocolate was too expensive and was the domain of the rich and so he in some ways invented the technique of watering it down with immense quantities of sugar and milk. If I remember right, a Hershey's bar is only 15% cocoa (not counting the cocoa butter which is added to reduce the viscosity of the added milk and sugar. I don't know what Hershey's pays for these ingredients but I can get sugar for $0.50-$0.60/lb offsets the price significantly for a bar like Hershey's since there is so much of it. But I'd bet to get the prices right you'd probably be needing to have a Hershey's bar cost at least 2-3 times what they currently do. I'd have to really dig into the numbers closely to really make a more accurate stab at it.

Along the line of your question though, Hershey's buys some of the worst quality cocoa (of which there is a lot of) and pays prices that are close to rock bottom. So they are paying around $1.30/lb right now. There is a 20-25% loss after you remove the shell and moisture evaporation during roasting. I've tasted the grade of cocoa that they buy and it is spitting bad (ie, you'll spit it out almost immediately. Better qualities of cocoa taste significantly better. So I hope this helps a bit.

Edited it for truth. Don't celebrate Hershey, he was a profiteer in the worst way. Cocoa and real chocolate are good for you. His abomination is one of the leading causes of diabetes. 85% sugarized milk. And people wonder why 100 yrs later people are ill in record numbers.

5 days ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

thunderclap Re: uh, no? (338 comments)

Millions of people still believe that the President's father was born in Kenya.

If he was born on US soil it doesn't matter, now does it as we are the last industrialized nation with birthright citizenship.

about a week ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

thunderclap Re: Ask the damn question (187 comments)

The better question is do you trust Sarah Palin's God? People forget she is an evangelical christian.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

thunderclap Re:Fundamentals of AGW (282 comments)

No one is arguing about radiative transfer. What they arguing about is that a simple fact. Most people expect claims to accurate. And for climate scientists to be believed they have to hit the nail a lot. What the public believes is that they aren't doing that. So its being disbelieved by them. And since here we can vote on it and it affects our ability to live that why it fails.
Its not about science being right or wrong, its about whether I can eat tomorrow or not. People are not going to give up 15% (a random amount) of their check to fix a problem announced by something they think is a talking head or worse a weatherman.
The general public doesn't give a damn about the IPCC, nor will they.
If it is to be fixed it will be by a country that is authoritarian like China. And look at their emissions.

about two weeks ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

thunderclap Re:Senator James Inhofe (282 comments)

Cheer Up. He will eventually retire. He is 71. So unless the world ends in 6 yrs there is still time. (unless he is right). The proposed solution will destroy the economy because our economy is too weak because of both parties and greedy people. This isn't just the US. this is all industrialized world.
So there is two solutions.
All the scientists are wrong (that believe it) and in 100 years we have the same or better weather because hey we still don't understand the climate.
The other is he is wrong. If he's wrong then he are effectively too late already. So honestly would you rather have your children live worse than you or hope that Sen Inhofe is correct and the scientists, Like numerous consensus before them, are wrong because they don't understand the info.
Remember, the consensus murdered scientists who declared: The world was round.
The earth revolved the sun
and Tomatoes are eatable. The most important thing is: You wont be alive when it happens.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

thunderclap Re:Hey editors ... (219 comments)

Mod OP up.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

thunderclap Re:Gentlemen, start your engines! (219 comments)

It's completely possible.

Ulbricht was not very smart. He bought fake IDs off his own website and had them shipped to his actual home address. The IDs were intercepted in the mail. and this clued the FBI in on his activities. Then he managed his servers using a direct VPN connection. Once the FBI traced the VPN endpoint he was done. They coerced the hosting company to allow them access and they could collect all the information they needed to build a case from that point on.

I imagine this Defcon guy did something similarly dumb.

To do this right:

1. Find a VM hosting company offshore that accepts bitcoins and doesn't ask for identity.
2. Buy some bitcoins, use one of the many tumbler services to wash them, and pay for the services that way
3. Never manage or otherwise connect to your VM directly. Always use TOR. SSH works great over TOR.
4. Don't buy shit off your own website and have it shipped to your damn house.

Actually, he brought the IDs from a person in Canada and Canada inspects packages purchased from Canadians and shipped to people outside of Canada. That's how he got caught. Canada narked on him. It was an idiot move. As for Defcon, also an idiot move. he didn't vet everyone in who has admin credentials. FBI placed a mole in TOR who Defcon hired to help run the back end according to Ars and other sources. Silk road is too obvious anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

thunderclap Re:Liberals are Egoistical Maniacs (330 comments)

a bullet to the forehead is more expensive than room and board for years? That kind of math is why the country is so much trouble.

about three weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

thunderclap Re:are conservatives just showing more reaction? (330 comments)

What should be evident is that if the law doesn't pass, it really isn't that necessary and not favored heavily enough by enough people.

In fantasy, sure. In reality, there are political forces much greater than what people favor. There are countless polls, not only about particular issues where the public and the Congress are tragically out of step, but where voters say they don't think either party represents them. (Happy to provide links if you care and doubt it... I have done a ton of research on this, but I won't bother unless the conversation remains relatively engaging.) Voters simply don't have much leverage.

If a congressman refuses to vote in favor of a thing that his or her electorate feels is critical, he will be removed upon the next election.

Even in fantasy, this would be unlikely. Voters often compromise on things they consider critical, in order to protect other things they consider critical.

If his electorate is so intellectually bankrupt (as oh so many Americans are), then they will leave that person in Congress to continue failing to do things that are critical. The former is a check on the system; those failing to represent those who elected him is removed. The latter is not a symptom of dysfunction in Congress. It's a symptom of the dysfunction of the voters.

This is cartoonishly simplistic. Suppose, for example, a person finds climate change critical. The vast majority of voters have no credible option available to express this, even if they were willing to compromise other critical issues. Organizing credible options is a task beyond the vast majority of citizens' means; organizing it over time requires far more political acumen than your "if you don't like it vote differently" picture, but rather a world class marketing effort with essentially no misstep. This is beyond the reach of the voting public as a whole. And even if it could be mustered, it would almost certainly come at the cost of other critical issues.

We were never supposed to have a government that built an ever-growing catalogue of all things we citizens cannot do. They were never intended to prevent us from being offended, or uncomfortable. They were meant to defend our borders, settle disputes between states, and very little else. They (and the plethora of activists) have taken it upon themselves to try to govern how we think, act, drive, read, are entertained, eat, sleep, breath... They have changed the foundation of our system from innocent until proven guilty at which time you'll be punished, to attempting to prevent us from ever becoming guilty by forcing the behavior they desire.

I tried to respond to the previous bits in good faith, despite realizing this was coming. I hope you'll agree that I made a reasonable effort there. But this... most of what you're describing is first a caricature of the Constitution and second a caricature of liberalism. Your efforts to describe a constitutional ideal are undermined by this. There is real over-regulation, but it is mostly a product of powerful business interests.

There is an actual need for regulation, though. I need to be sure that my drinking water isn't dangerous. I need to be sure I can make an educated decision about my nutrition and health. I need to be sure that if a neighbor in my apartment building starts a fire, I have an otherwise unobstructed path out of the building. I need to be sure that my employer will actually produce a valid check for the amount I was promised in exchange for my labor. Quoth the Constitution: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." I considered adding emphasis, but I would have emphasized nearly the entire quote.

This is why we have a representative Oligarchy now and not a republic like the founders designed.

about three weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

thunderclap Re:January 3rd (330 comments)

You seem to be confused. 8 years ago, Congress was controlled by Democrats and the president was a republican. So are you suggesting they return to policies implemented when Pelosi was Speaker. Policies that Reid as the current Democratic majority leader continues?

about three weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

thunderclap Re:Liberals are Egoistical Maniacs (330 comments)

Well, I am against people murdering babies who can't defend themselves. I am also against people being murdered who aren't given a chance to defend themselves. I think both sets of murders deserve the punishment they mete out. That's fairness. However, life isn't that black and white so while its fairly obvious who murders the unborn its not always obvious who murders the others. Death penalty is a simple solution. Once all those who want no criminals to die have to support all those living criminals via their own money and no one else, they will reach a point that they either can't afford to support them or they will change their mind.

about three weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

thunderclap Re:I'm sick of this thread and sick of all of you (330 comments)

Agreed. However, while you and your friend might be democrat and republican, the bulk of washington is neither. Its Progressive. Its progressive donkey or or progressive elephant. So what is progressive?

"The Progressives were reformers in the late 19th and early 20th century who believed that in order to address modern problems, America needed to abandon the old ideas of the Founding in favor of a new expansive conception of the role of government. Progressives paved the way for modern liberalism and politics, and their core ideas are still the mainstay of today’s liberalism. Some Progressives were prominent journalists such as Herbert Croly (co-founder of The New Republic), some were distinguished professors such as John Dewey and Woodrow Wilson (president of Princeton before he was President of the U.S.), and many were political leaders such as Theodore Roosevelt and Robert La Follette. Progressives could be found in both political parties: Wilson was a Democrat, Roosevelt was a Republican. The Progressives were united in their contempt for what they called the “individualism” of the Founding. Instead of a government that protects natural rights through limited, decentralized powers, they envisioned an expansive government, a “living” and evolving Constitution, and the rule of “experts” in nationally centralized administrative agencies." First Principles essay by Thomas G. West and William A. Schambra “The Progressive Movement and the Transformation of American Politics.”

We will never get back to the vision of what the founders wanted (a limited REPUBLIC governed by its citizens) until we dispense with progressivism and the belief that we are democracy. A democrary by definition is mob rule. A democracy is American idol. Of course you have gridlock. We sent people who are the best liars, who want to promote their agenda in Washington.
You know the Benjamin Rush one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was against the death penalty? That he helped Paine write Common sense? He suggested that the citizen who could vote nominate those from their community to serve as representatives and if anyone steps up of their own accord they should be disqualified for that reason.
While I agree the document should be discussed on its merits. I believe it has little merits. 83 people is not enough of a representation to be meaningful. Its .000028% of our population. Thanks.

about three weeks ago
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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

thunderclap Re:Back to the future (109 comments)

"What you gonna do in a few decades, memorize 100 different words for "astronaut"?"

There's going to be only one : unemployed. There's no future in space for people. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever.

"'I think there is a world market for about five computers' —Remark attributed to Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board of International Business Machines), 1943". At a computer trade show in 1981, Bill Gates uttered this statement, in defense of the just-introduced IBM PC's 640KB usable RAM limit: "640K ought to be enough for anybody." Thought I would post a few people who said things as incredibly shortsighted things as well. I am amused at how little you know about how much stuf have been gained by space. So go one keep believing what you believe. Watson died in his belief. Gates was forced to change his mind and it affects Microsoft to this day.

about three weeks ago
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China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

thunderclap Re:Back to the future (109 comments)

Um, I have no objection to the use of Taikonauts. Because honestly, there are no astronauts right now except retired ones. Once the space station is decomisioned, there will only be 'Taikonauts'

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

thunderclap Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (392 comments)

HBO will have a online component next year that will be ala carte. As for ESPN, the south will keep it alive. Also those of you who believe that christian programming will die are also in for a surprise. Those channels are actually the most profitable, Here in Houston, Joel Osten Ministries owns the former 18,000 seat compaq center. Thats 110 million there. So if cable does indeed so the death spiral its A&E QVC, TLC and SYFY that will go south. Not Espn or TBN

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

thunderclap Re:No surprise here (392 comments)

why buy it https://www.youtube.com/watch?... shows its still available. just search on Youtube. AS for Cable, I pay to one reason: It avoids those annoying notices you get. Thats it. In 9 years, I have downloaded over 10 terabytes of movies and shows and I am clean. I personally never liked Netflix or Hulu so I don't have them.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

thunderclap Re:umm.. what? (150 comments)

... with a certain probability of kitty in each... Still can't figure out if the cat is alive or dead since's it's both.

So its a Necromonger Kitty?

about three weeks ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

thunderclap Re:motion sickness (286 comments)

People who were prune to motion sickness will be worse off without the windows since they are cut off from the last piece of sensory information that tells them that they are moving.

And that is why I refuse to use those new-fangled elevators without windows.

Me I love Elevators without windows. Getting a BSOD at the 89 floor is scary.

about three weeks ago
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First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

thunderclap Re:China is more capitalistic than the USA (73 comments)

http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Weyl... Aliens franchise my friend.

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has had several different origins in various media. While it was not the first to be portrayed, the origin established in Prometheus is now considered the canonical version. In the film, the company is preceded by Weyland Corp, established by Peter Weyland on October 11, 2012.

about three weeks ago

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