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Comment 10B net loss? (Score 1) 425

General Motors only employs 200,000 people. I'm not saying that there wouldn't be a peripheral effect, but 1 million jobs is a gross overestimate. Also, a large number of STEM professionals work for General Motors. Engineering degree + 20 years in the industry = almost guaranteed employment. Quality of life may need to decrease temporarily but most of those employees will definitely rebound quickly.

Comment Got to protect our instagramming! (Score 5, Insightful) 306

How belittling it is to couple one of our most essential rights with the phrase "texting and-- you know, Instagramming". No, Mr. Obama, that is not why we want our privacy. We want our privacy because it was guaranteed to us. Any reason other than that is more reason than you deserve. I want my privacy because I have a RIGHT to privacy. End of discussion. It's appalling to see how this presidency completely obliterated some of our most important constructs: separation of powers, federalism, inalienable rights, etc. Barack ran a campaign on transparency. His administration has been the least transparent in decades. The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistle blowers then all other administrations combined. He promised to close Guantanamo, claiming that "going around laws" was just as bad as breaking them. Yet, he defends dragnet surveillance because it was done "outside our borders". Self-restraint. You have to be kidding me. This is literally infuriating.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.