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Comment Re:There is no voter fraud! (Score 1) 284

I'm sorry - your rebuttal is full of straw man conjecture - "hundred's of miles?" come on. I'm middle aged and very aware of being working poor myself. I think it's amazing that its too burdensome to get and ID but on election day all of a sudden the burden is removed. I live in the country and my voting precinct is as far away as the DMV - a 20mile round trip and no bus or taxi is ever going to come out here to give me a ride - certainly not for $6 - so does that make me already disenfranchised? I just don't get the defense here. Why is it so bad to prove who you are when participating in something as important as voting? To be honest, I really don't want people voting that can't take the time to fully participate in the process and that has nothing to do with race, income or party.

And to answer your question - yes, I made voting important enough to forgo other useless activities like playing the lottery, buying drinks at the bar, and not wasting money on cigarettes - all while living paycheck to paycheck and borrowing to get by. it's called priorities. I'm sorry I'm not sympathetic to people with misaligned priorities trying to vote without an ID. That doesn't make me ignorant or an ass.

Comment Re:There is no voter fraud! (Score 2) 284

Because DMV offices are only open during business hours and not on weekends in poorer areas.

That's a stretch... its also not true in my state where voter ID laws have been derided with the same fact-less "poor, minority, democrat" nonsense. There are weekend hours and extend evening hours during the week. These same "poor" seem to have no trouble using the SS office hours to get their "paycheck".

Comment Re:There is no voter fraud! (Score 2) 284

I keep hearing this argument that voter ID requirements disenfranchise the poor and minorities. Why is that a given? Why can't poor people get the free ID or what possible connection do being a minority have to do with not having an ID? I don't get it. Poor and minorities use ID's all the time for buying alcohol, cashing checks and getting title loans...all of a sudden they can't find their ID on election day? But I'll agree with you - the greatest fraud will be found in the vote harvesting that is increasing with the expansion of early voting. The biggest threats to our voting as I see it are early voting, open primaries and touchscreen voting machines - more so than voting day fraud.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298

I don't think police take people into custody without asserting some law has been broken - however wrong they may be. That's why the court is there. Fighting the police in real time is the worst way for an individual to change the system without ending up a martyr at best. Smart people don't fight the police directly...they change the leadership over time.

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 2) 574

This is an interesting assertion that I would like to know more about. can you provide any sources for reference?

In the case of coal power, it's often found that the external costs per kWh is actually DOUBLE that of the internal costs. So if you get $50 of electricity from coal, it's actually costing you $150. This translates to you, on average, getting one extra upper respiratory tract infection each year, plus a small chance of lung cancer or other serious illness that can lead to death.

Yes, it's actually cheaper to spend $100 on cleaner electricity in the first place.

I live in coal fired power land and in my 4 decades I've never had an upper respiratory infection and neither has any of my immediate family. I also don't see respiratory issues in my friends and coworkers outside of those that smoke. For reference I can see a natural gas power plant out my window and I could drive 50 miles either way to a coal power plant - 100 miles to nuclear. My electricity cost is $.10/kwh.
Also, the following article give some insight to the high energy usage by at least hospitals: quote from article: "The 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data showed that large hospitals (greater than 200,000 square feet) accounted for less than 1 percent of all commercial buildings and 2 percent of commercial floorspace, but consumed 4.3 percent of the total delivered energy used by the commercial sector in 2003"

Comment Re:Suburban thinking (Score 1) 574

Do you mean supporting things like immanent domain over us rural land owners? Forcing the sale or easements through our properties for the greater good? It's funny - all of this energy discussion ends up being more about "not in my backyard". It doesn't matter if it's coal burning, windmills, solar panels or hazardous mining - the cities need this and the voting population in these cities are more than willing to vote in people that will take things from others so they can feel good about their "clean" energy. I'd love to see just one city doze a block of dilapidated houses and put up just one of the giant windmills or crack open a hazardous lead mine downtown.

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 0) 574

Do you have any facts to support your assertions of coal burning causing higher health costs? Are there no health related issues for the process of extracting the hazardous materials used for solar panels and the storage batteries needed? I live in a coal and nuclear supplied power state. I don't know of extra health costs related to either. I'll make my own claim that the hospitals and medical facilities here benefit from their own cheaper energy sources and that has helped keep costs down. I'm all for these magic Clinton solar panels at my house but I'd still like to keep my coal and nuclear, thank you very much.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 1) 298

but that's exactly why we have a court system - to sort out what is and is not legal. Our "democracy" has created too many laws...that's what has fucked up the democracy and I'll agree with the courts that its not reasonable for police to know all the laws. Even lawyers don't know all the laws and that's their sole job. The real answer here is not to blame the individual police but to look for ways to change how they are lead. That means people need to pay attention to who they elect but that seems way to inconvenient for most people these days. It's much easier to just blame others...

Comment ever heard of emanate domain? (Score 1) 495

emanate domain, sometimes also called condemnation - is what government uses to do the same thing and almost always now to give to another company "for the greater good". Ever been forced to allow an easement, usually for some cabling or piping company to make a profit through your land? We've had land taken around here for a city owned bike trail and at least one of the property owners was not contacted before they took his land and built the trail without his knowledge - condemnation later took care of that problem when he didn't want to sell them what they already took.

We declare the names of all variables and functions. Yet the Tao has no type specifier.