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Comment: Re:Texas! (Score 1) 162

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47501323) Attached to: California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Their attempt to be more like a federal government than a state with respect to regulation and taxes is like a thousand mile-wide thumb pushing down on the state, forcing fierocious winds out in all directions. Businesses in the state are blown out, and businesses outside are met by a storm wind they have to struggle against to get in.

This is why their politicians have to grant huge tax breaks -- not only for direct competition but also to pay for (pay back) the inevitable reulatory burden they themselves ladle atop the companies.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47482149) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

It's called eating well, exercising and losing a significant amount of weight.
I know, I came very very close to having it. Break the sugar addiction, quadruple your vegetable intake, vastly reduce your sugar / heavy foods intake and do a little, tiny bit of basic light exercise.

In a couple of years, guess what,...?

This is absolutely terrible medical advice. Decades of research shows it has a terrible success rate, and, of those who it works for, 95% it eventually fails long-term.

If this advice were a pill, the FDA would never approve it, and people like me and probably you would call it a scam.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 2) 502

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47482001) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Generic, knuckle-dragging rebels one step away from cavemen, no. Former Soviet military with experience of a 1979-era system, yes. There's probably a numner therr. However, I still think it's a loan with helpers. They're just code red, ass deep in the worst case scenario of needing to CYA with fallback stories.

Comment: Re:Agreed. (Score 5, Insightful) 261

To agents in the NSA: It doesn't matter if 999 of 1000 of you are honest. All it takes is one G. Gordon Liddy type who ignores requirements for warrants to listen in on political opponents, and the whole thing is worthless. Possibly that is also the real intent, easy obfuscation of ultimate corruption.

Known historical democracies collapse when they "temporarily" give emergency powers to someone. Greece, Rome, Germany 80 years ago.

And you're participating in this modern panopticon as a rube while someone, maybe next to you, spies for a party or powerful faction.

Comment: Re:Ah, yes--the UN Declaration of Human Rights (Score 2, Insightful) 261

The first 10 or so are noble, a rough analog of US rights. After that, it starts turning into this bizarre amalgam of a socialist wish list and rules deliberately violating the first 10 fir the purpose of preserving the status quo of those in power.

This item 12 is itself a great example, stating a right not to have one's reputation harmed. Intention: censorship of things which are true but which embarrass politicians, a concept foreign in a land with free speech.

Before downmodding me in quasi-censorship of censorship talk, go look up many examples...from nominally free democracies, forget about dictatorships.

Comment: Re:So then no public funded internet? (Score 1) 148

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#47469123) Attached to: US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

It doesn't even mean that. It means no tax funding of government Internet projects (or anything else) using taxes on (private) Internet services.

They can still fund it out of general funds (or state gas taxes, for that matter, which are often used for things other than roads.)

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