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Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by Jahoda (#49478947) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
I understand the "slippery slope" argument that you're making and I applaud your integrity. Not wanting to debate the merit of any one religion vs. another, the fact is that Scientology is a 20th century cult, with undisputed history, and their criminal and near-criminal actions are well documented. They exploit and prey upon the human psyche and cause real and measurable damage to others.

For example, the government prosecuting and jailing con artists is a prime example of why we collectively even cede authority to governments to begin with: to protect the just from the unjust. It's not a subtle attack on free speech rights when it happens. It's not the start of "governmental abuse" when police make arrests.

Lastly, I think you're being a little dramatic when you say "giving the state the authority to destroy religions it disagrees with". When the situation you describe is that Germany doesn't recognize Scientology as a religion. It shouldn't be recognized as such in the US, either.

Comment: Re:Who wears a watch these days (Score 3, Insightful) 290

by Jahoda (#49464319) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US
Much like a nice pair of off-the-rack-yet-properly-fitted slacks, a shirt correctly sized, and a decent pair of clean shoes, a modest watch says a lot about you as a grown man both professionally and personally. It's telling to me that several women have tried to steer you towards this, and yet you've disregarded them because for you it's part of some "status symbol" thing. No dude, it just means you're a grown man who knows how to take care of himself and takes a degree of pride in himself and appearance.

Comment: Time for Proportional Fines (Score 5, Insightful) 92

by Jahoda (#49433017) Attached to: AT&T Call Centers Sold Mobile Customer Information To Criminals
It is time to adopt a system similar to Finland, where fines for infractions such as speeding is proportional to income and ability to pay. For AT&T to pay $25 million for this kind of ridiculous breach in security is outrageous. Exactly what economic incentive does AT&T have to change their ways or improve security? If you answered "None. Zero. zip. Zilch.", you win the prize!

Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 4, Interesting) 264

by Jahoda (#49335913) Attached to: Wikipedia Admin's Manipulation "Messed Up Perhaps 15,000 Students' Lives"
Actually, the Just World Hypothesis (link ironically to Wikipedia) can help to explain the cognitive process behind the behavior that you observe with regards to "victim blaming". I found it fascinating when I first read about it (probably here on /.)

Comment: This is more efficient, reduces cost how exactly? (Score 2) 129

by Jahoda (#49089107) Attached to: Delivery Drones: More Feasible If They Come By Truck
So it's more efficient to park a truck at the entrance to a neighborhood, load a package onto a drone, fly that drone to the home, drop the package, fly back, load another package, then fly to the next house, etc etc repeat ad nauseum than it is to just drive the truck to each home and have a human carry a package up the front steps? I don't think so. If anything, the improvement would be self-driving trucks so that the driver could focus on package delivery, loading/unloading, etc.

Comment: Re: Nothing is possible. (Score 0, Troll) 249

by Jahoda (#49073379) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question
:sigh: you know - somehow I am 99.999999999% certain that you are "one of the losers". In fact, I would literally bet everything that I own that you're an absolute nobody.

Also - grow a pair, dude. Stop posting this shit as the ballless little AC worker-drone that you are. You want to make a statement - act like a MAN and identify yourself. Nobody that matters is trolling this kind of shit on the internet at 9 AM.

Comment: Re:Oops! (Score 2) 255

by Jahoda (#49032571) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses
Well first, no one attributes the economic expansion of the 1980s with trickle-down economics. Literally nobody of any importance in the field of economics.

And, If you believe that trickle down policies were responsible for the 1980s economy, your position is equally the same to me as an anti-vaxxer or a climate change denier. You believe in fantasy.

Second, for a current example of those same "cut taxes results in boom" ridiculous ideas in action today, you need only look as far as the state of Kansas, who now have a two billion dollar deficit directly caused by lowering the income tax. Unsurprisingly, increased revenue did not result.

Comment: Re:Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever. (Score 0) 136

by Jahoda (#49022875) Attached to: DEA Hands MuckRock a $1.4 Million Estimate For Responsive Documents
Nice non-sequitur. Well, I will tell you that only the religious right actively harms our society through anti-science rhetoric and culture, along with telling me or others how to live our private lives while also being actively engaged in limiting and restricting the rights of others. But I do thank you for your false equivalence, in spite of how distasteful I find such a childish response as yours.

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