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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

tomohawk taxes != contributing (783 comments)

Contributions are voluntary, taxes are compulsory.

Depending on the complexity of the the applicable tax law, the difference between a "tax cheat" and someone just trying to abide by the law becomes more and more a matter of opinion.

more than 3 years ago

Pot Grower's Privacy Challenged

tomohawk security through obscurity? (477 comments)

If these guys are dealing with goods that are so tempting to steal, they should take appropriate security precautions instead of relying on obscurity.

What a business is engaged in is a matter of public record. Do we really want gov't involved in hiding what various businesses are doing?

more than 3 years ago

Excitement about U.S. mid-term elections:

tomohawk Re:Lets see: (750 comments)

Let's see:

In a year and a half, Obama/Pelosi/Reid have increased the deficit by more than what Bush/Hastert/Pelosi/Reid were able to do in 8 years. What's phase 2? Increasing taxes to match? No, thanks.

Solution? Don't let one party control everything, especially when both have shown how irresponsible they are.

Better solution? Stop voting incumbents back in.

Even better solution? Term limits. We (voters) have been corrupted by what the politicians supposedly can do for us, and we keep voting the bastards back in, even as they cause problems such as the recent financial crisis (

more than 3 years ago

Senate Confirms Elena Kagan's Appointment To SCOTUS

tomohawk Re:eh (618 comments)

The reason for the increased polarization is obvious: there much more at stake now that it has become OK to create laws and set social policies from the bench. At the same time, it is harder and harder to do this sort of thing in Congress.

So, it is natural for the selection process to not worry about things such as scholarship or judicial experience - the position no longer requires that. A SCOTUS position is now a policy making position from which to enact broad legal and social changes.

These days, when senators are voting for a new supreme, they are essentially voting for a bundle of laws that they could probably not ever get passed in congress.

more than 4 years ago

The Creativity Crisis

tomohawk Dept of Education? (571 comments)

Huh. This is about 10 years after the federal Department of Education was established. Who would have predicted this?

more than 4 years ago

What the Top US Companies Pay In Taxes

tomohawk Subsidy for Saudis (658 comments)

The oil companies such as Exxon get the huge tax break as a way to subsidize the Saudis. In order to get the oil, the Saudis wanted a larger percentage than the American oil companies could provide, so the US Government engineered a tax break on "foreign taxes" for them. This allows the Saudis to make up the difference through taxes, which the oil companies write off on US taxes.

more than 4 years ago

US and Russia Conclude Arms-Control Treaty

tomohawk too bad (165 comments)

Too bad they threw the Eastern Europeans under the bus to get this far.

more than 4 years ago

Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

tomohawk root of the problem: government run (275 comments)

Like many things run by the government, there's probably more incentive to do the job poorly than well. Giving a company or a product a pass probably requires less justification and hassle than turning one down.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Subpoenas Bloggers Over New Security Directive

tomohawk Re:Read the 5th amendment (379 comments)

Context is determinative in interpreting any text. The US Constitution starts: "We the People". Which people? Everyone in the world? No. Only the ones who are forming "a more perfect union" - ie: those citizens of the United States.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Subpoenas Bloggers Over New Security Directive

tomohawk Read the 5th amendment (379 comments)

If you read the 5th amendment, you'll see that people in the armed forces do not have due process rights during times of war.

Since when do illegal enemy combatants get more rights under our constitution than our own soldiers?

The constitution further states that only congress has the authority to create courts and decide what their jurisdiction is. Congress passed laws establishing the military tribunals to try these terrorists. Under what authority does the president expand the jurisdiction of the civil courts to try these terrorists?

more than 4 years ago

California Publishes Television Efficiency Standards For 2011

tomohawk Re:Counterpoints (265 comments)

It's more like:

1) Create artificial scarcity of electric power
2) Use 'crisis' to grab more governmental control over people
3) ?????
4) State goes into bankruptcy!

more than 4 years ago

California Publishes Television Efficiency Standards For 2011

tomohawk moot (265 comments)

When the state goes bankrupt.

more than 4 years ago

Nissan Gives Electric Cars 'Blade Runner' Audio Effect

tomohawk this sucks (553 comments)

Why does everything have to be noisy?

more than 4 years ago

Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

tomohawk Re:Will these kill more people? (484 comments)

Logic based on a faulty premise still gets you to the wrong conclusion. At the risk of confusing you with the facts, here's the start of the executive summary of the research paper I linked to. Nothing about pulling things out of asses here. Just hard research based on facts. Worth a read if you care to educate yourself instead of pontificating.

While considerable research has been conducted over the past 50 years quantifying the significant roles motor vehicle design, drunk and drugged driving, speeding and non-use of seatbelts play as factors in the number, severity and economic costs of motor vehicle crashes in the United States, this is the first national study in many years to examine the role and consequences of another major factor in these tragic incidences--the physical condition of U.S. roadways.

The study finds that the cost and severity of crashes where roadway conditions are a factor "greatly exceeds the cost and severity of crashes where alcohol or speeding was involved, or the cost of non-use of seatbelts." Among the study's key findings:

Roadway condition is a contributing factor in more than half--52.7 percent--of the nearly 42,000 American deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes each year and 38 percent of the non-fatal injuries. In terms of crash outcome severity, it is the single most lethal contributing factor--greater than speeding, alcohol or non-use of seat belts.

Motor vehicle crashes in which roadway condition is a contributing factor cost the U.S. economy more than $217 billion each year. That is more than three-and-one-half times the amount of money government at all levels is investing annually in roadway capital improvements--$59 billion, according to the Federal Highway Ad- ministration. This societal cost includes $20 billion in medical costs; $46 billion in productivity costs; $52 billion in property damage and other resource costs; and $99 billion in monetized quality of life costs.

American businesses are paying an estimated $22 billion of the annual economic cost of motor vehicle crash- es involving their employees in which roadway condition is a contributing factor. This includes almost $10 billion a year in health-related fringe beneft expenses for insurance ($6.0 billion) workers' compensation claims ($1.2 billion), sick leave ($1.7 billion) and Social Security ($920 million). These crashes cost government (taxpay- ers) at all levels $12.3 billion

about 5 years ago

Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

tomohawk Will these kill more people? (484 comments)

An estimated 20% of traffic fatalities in the US are currently correlated with inadequate road surface friction. This is usually the asphalt roads, which can become very slick when wet, when hot, or when exposed to heavy traffic. Killing 10,000 people a year because the gov't doesn't want to fix the roads is pretty serious. If the gov't isn't doing what they can about the current roads, what are the odds that they will have their eye on the ball with this new 'green' tech?

A couple of years ago, a large fuel tanker crashed on I95 between Baltimore and Washington. It caught fire and caused all kinds of mayhem. If I95 was also a power generator and a transmission line and a communication trunk, that mayhem would have been greatly multiplied.

Currently, road repairs can be accomplished quickly with low tech to get traffic moving, then a more permanent repair can be done when traffic is lighter. This seems much more finicky.

about 5 years ago

US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

tomohawk Politics, not Science (925 comments)

And here I thought I was blocking Politics.

more than 5 years ago

Best kind of engineering:

tomohawk Missing Option (491 comments)

Rogue heating engineer

more than 5 years ago

No Museum Status For UK Home of Enigma Machine

tomohawk Investment? (101 comments)

What rate of return would this investment receive?

Don't get me wrong - there's huge historical significance here - but only politicians use weasel words like 'investment' to describe state grants.

more than 5 years ago


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