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Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 1) 269

by Duhavid (#49791291) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

"According to your logic, the people who do the most for the poor are the poor, which is a paradox since they have little to no resources to begin with."

But that is what happens. Because they know what it is like to be poor, they know how hard it is, so they help each other.

"And I'm not sure how we expect the most wealthy to give a greater percentage of their income when we're already taking a greater percentage of it through progressive taxation."

I would be most happy to trade places with them. Take that severe burden from their shoulders..... :-)
And the rates for the wealthy have been coming down. I dont think going to a socialist 90 percent tax for the wealthy is called for, but the current crying and whining coming from the wealthy is... Well, I am having trouble with a word. Pathetic, callous, stupid.

"But let's go to the numbers. According to the IRS's 2011 numbers, charitable giving is on a bell curve. Apparently, the most charitable are on the income extremes []."

Did you mean "...isn't on a bell curve..."

On the lottery, 1111% agreement. Teenage me, when I saw that announced, said "this will end badly...".
So, they have people thinking more about some random bit of luck to lift them out of poverty.
They sold it on the notion that the funds would be used to supplement the pathetic amounts going to some schools. ( has it gone to schools, and has the general fund amounts been kept where they were, or were they lowered? )
So, preying on people's hopes and dreams to lower taxes is what it looks like from where I sit.

Comment: Re:$70000 is poorest? (Score 2) 269

by Duhavid (#49791155) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

"I take issue with the notion that I should have to support those that are unwilling to work for an income,"

For those truly not willing to work, fine. In my experience, most are willing, eager even, to work.
It is much more difficult to get a job than you know.

"especially those who sit on unemployment because they refuse to take work they consider beneath them"

Beneath them?
Or not sufficient in pay to get the bills paid. ( got a job, now, loose the house.. )
Or damaging to your C.V. ( yes, I am working in a 7-11/bowling alley/etc, but I am a really great coder, hire me! Does that fly?
I recall my last out of work experience ( thank God, a long time ago... ), having recently before been working as a programmer, contract ended, it was *hard* to convince the hiring manager I was worth a shot. And that was *before* the "send everything to India, pay less!" spree...

And it is much harder to get unemployment benefits than you know, having watched some friends go through it.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 1) 422

by Duhavid (#49698475) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up

Just how much money is there in monitoring how ice sheet change in mass?
And how much money is there in the industries that lead to increases in CO2?

You put forth that money can lead to unethical and immoral behaviour...
Im going to suggest it might be found in other places than scams to fund ice sheet mass change monitoring...

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 323

by Duhavid (#49638613) Attached to: Single Verizon IP Address Used For Hundreds of Windows 7 Activations

Nit, the operating systems of those systems were written by the creators of those systems. Microsoft created basic interpreter packages ( some installed by the creators ).

The units presented the basic interpreter to the user as the "home screen", so I can see how you would think this.

Comment: Re:To think I once subscribed to this site (Score 1) 249

"The left-wing assumes people never abuse a system, and are ***officially*** shocked when they are forced to acknowledge that it happens."

"The right-wing assumes everyone will abuse a system, whatever it is, and ***want to make sure it is*** themselves."

Fix it for you.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

by Duhavid (#49491335) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Quite. But I can see the point that they should be allowed their say.
I think they should have to be clear about who they are and all that.
And I think you are correct, it is abused.
How to correct that, without limiting someone's ( real person, citizen ) right to speech and petition?

But campaign contributions, ax them. Or make them anonymous.

Air is water with holes in it.