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Comment: Re:Finally a flat playing ground (Score 1) 293

by 45mm (#45583665) Attached to: Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

Amazon has been fighting against having to collect individual sales tax, while endorsing a Federal framework like The Marketplace Fairness Act.

Amazon wants this for at least two reasons:

1) they don't have to employ a legion of tax specialists / lawyers for sales tax (which cuts at the bottom line)
2) they're betting the Federal framework will result in a lower overall rate (which keeps their competitive price advantage over brick-and-mortar)

Comment: Re:Thank goodness (Score 1) 999

by 45mm (#45151873) Attached to: US Government Shutdown Ends

but even if that was true, you would probably have to include 'faux news' viewers in that. ie, the gullible and most easily fooled.

I'm going to assume that you meant Fox News. I'd like to point out that while their bias is clear, there is also clear bias in all of the other news outlets in the US (to varying degrees). Deny that, and you're showing your bias also.

My point is - the "gullible and easily fooled" don't just watch Fox News. That category spans the political spectrum, believe it or not. I wouldn't confuse "gullible" with "too lazy to do own research" either.

Comment: Re:For those of you that don't RTFA... (Score 2) 378

by 45mm (#44829805) Attached to: TSA Reminds You Not To Travel With Hand Grenades

There are thousands of people worldwide who want to get on an explosive on a plane, but have failed. Even the shoe bomber got nowhere.

He WAS on the plane, but his explosives failed to detonate. Same thing happened to the underwear bomber - failed to detonate, just burned the hell out of his private areas.

Both were subdued by passengers, which I'll argue is much more likely to happen now that we know the attackers' intent is to take over the plane and fly them into buildings. It used to be that the hijackers just wanted something so they'd hold everyone hostage. That made passengers compliant to demands - their lives weren't in imminent danger.

I'd argue we should go the other way - arm the pilots, arm the stewards, let the passengers be armed. It's widely known and statistics prove that attackers favor "soft" targets. It's also less-widely known but statistics prove that in a life-or-death situation, with seconds to decide, the police are often minutes away. We need to take personal security seriously and stop being sheep. Nobody can protect you from a person willing to do you and others harm ... except yourself.

Comment: Re:Diet and laziness (Score 1) 707

by 45mm (#44351869) Attached to: The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements

Like "more people are killed by baseball bats than guns", when it's actually more killed by baseball bats than LONG GUNS, but if you compare all guns to all blunt objects, it's overwhelmingly guns we have to thank for making homicide and suicide so easy.

The argument you referenced came about during the attempt to ban "assault rifles" as if they are somehow scarier and deadlier than anything else on the planet. When in fact, assault rifles are statistically less often the tool of choice for murder than blunt objects, as you pointed out. The issue many raised was that the knee-jerk reaction to the school and theatre shootings was just that - a knee-jerk - and wouldn't solve anything except show for the politicians and anti-gun folk. The point of the statistic was to reinforce that point - though one's "preconceptions to the truth" may lead them to another conclusion.

Comment: Re:Well that validates the 'weasel word' disclaime (Score 1) 180

by 45mm (#44154277) Attached to: WA Post Publishes 4 More Slides On Data Collection From Google, Et Al

I honestly don't know, but I thought it was illegal for the FBI to spy on U.S. citizens as well?

Depends on the case law - but basically the 4th Amendment was supposed to protect everyone from this sort of thing - every gov't entity is supposed to get a warrant before spying. The fact that every gov't entity isn't disavowing this program, but instead saying "we get a warrant to look at the results" is really disingenuous. They shouldn't be collecting the information in the first place.

Comment: Re:UK Libel laws.... (Score 1) 163

by 45mm (#44044097) Attached to: Google Files First Amendment Challenge Against FISA Gag Order

I don't think Google is doing this because they've been libeled - it seems they're doing this to "fight the good fight". How interesting (ironic?) the same government that corporations bribe through special interests and lobbying now have to fight against their bribers for Constitutionality.

Comment: Re:who cares (Score 1, Insightful) 253

Disagree. I, an American by birth, own firearms for several reasons (not necessarily in order).

1) Recreation - shooting a firearm is a great stress reliever and fun to boot.
2) Sport - I actively hunt game for food.
3) Protection - I am responsible for the safety of my family.
4) Rights - in this country, it seems if you don't exercise your rights, the gov't will have more fodder to take them away.

By the way - I may not represent all Americans with my ideals or standards, but I'm not the exception to the rule either - I'm not fearful at all.

Comment: Re:Personal Responsibility? (Score 1) 578

by 45mm (#43761399) Attached to: Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

Thanks for the sensationalist tripe.

First of all - we already have military-grade polymer firearms that are "detectable" by modern scanning technology.

Second - a plastic "printable" firearm is pretty worthless without ammunition. This would be the doomsday scenario you describe when they manage to make a plastic bullet, and a plastic casing, that won't fragment/explode in the firearm when the primer ignites the powder.

Finally - if instead of banning firearms from those places, we allowed those with the means and the methods to carry firearms where ever they wanted, this argument wouldn't be happening.

Freedom has its price - and that price is a little risk.

Comment: Re:Cherry-picking (Score 1) 555

by 45mm (#43722005) Attached to: N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

So it outsold the 7-series (top end full-size full-luxury sedan), the S-class (top end full-size full-luxury sedan) and the Audi A8 (full-size full-luxury sedan), which even BMW, Mercedes, and Audi would admit make up a small fraction of their overall sales, and this is a win?

The Model S is a top-end full-size full-luxury sedan. It makes complete sense to compare it to the top-end full-size full-luxury sedans of the incumbent manufacturers.

Except the Model S' dimensions are closer to the 5-series, A6, or E-class - and the price is similar also. Just because it's the "top" of Tesla's line doesn't mean it compares to the "top" of the German lines (which are much bigger, and considerably more expensive). In fact, the Model S has been directly compared to the Audi S6 and BMW M5 in a number of magazines - and it's notable that the Model S was declared the winner in many (save for the range "issues").

Comment: Re:Uh, no. (Score 1) 496

by 45mm (#43684879) Attached to: DoD Descends On DEFCAD

Um, Hillary is actually not currently in Govt. any more; John Kerry now runs the State Department.

Don't go confusing the rightwingers with facts. If they actually had any facts, they'd be insufferable.

Interesting, as I could say the same about "leftwingers" and their "emotional" arguments.

Comment: Re: Holy crap! (Score 1) 1109

You should take some basic handgun safety classes followed by some active shooting classes before you consider a CCW permit.

Good CCW classes do all three.

Also, remember that in a city, you can't legally take your gun into most stores or offices. If you illegally take it in, you are subject to a felony and loss of your CCW permit.

You should really specify what municipality you live in prior to spouting off like that. In Minnesota, neither of those are true. The store/office has the duty to ask you to leave ... and if you don't, you are subject to a misdemeanor and NOT loss of permit, nor loss of firearm, for first offense. MN is also technically open-carry, and I carry everywhere.

Besides, the whole point of concealed is that nobody knows you are carrying unless you show them or you submit to a check.

Comment: Re:Watch the total absence (Score 1) 1109

I understand what you're saying. My issue is that you're presenting that profiling Muslims as potential terrorists is racist. Calling someone "brown-skinned" or "cracker" is racist. Treating a Muslim (which are clearly differentiated by their choice of clothing) differently at a checkpoint versus others isn't racist. It's discriminatory to their religion, sure, but not racist.

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