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Comment: Re:Easy to say when behind a keyboard (Score 1) 509

by Major Blud (#49637395) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

"Too bad that the "racism" thing had to enter the picture when cops have been brutalizing people of all races, but if that's what it takes to raise awareness, so be it."

This is what irritates me about the recent Baltimore case. It’s being passed as “cops vs. blacks”, when in reality it’s “cops vs. everyone”. Take a look at the racial makeup of the 6 cops that are facing charges (3 are black). Hell, even the Baltimore police chief is black.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 630

by Major Blud (#49561945) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

"If you're a Type I diabetic like myself"

Ditto. I love coffee (and caffeine by extension), but don't like it unsweetened. I usually use Splenda when available.

I'd be interested in Stevia, but there really doesn't seem to be much effort behind producing ready-made drinks with it. I did see Coca-Cola with Stevia in the market the other day, but it was 50% Stevia with the rest sugar, which wouldn't do us much good.

+ - Congress Introduces the Fair Play Fair Pay Act of 2015->

Submitted by Major Blud
Major Blud writes: Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Fair Play Fair Pay Act today that would end regulations that don't require terrestrial radio stations to pay royalties to artists and labels. Currently, AM/FM radio stations aren't required to pay royalties to publishers and songwriters. The proposed measure requires stations that earn less than $1 million a year in revenue to pay $500 annually. For nonprofit public, college and other non-commercial broadcasters, the fee would be $100 per year — religious and talk stations being exempt from any payments. Larger radio companies like iHeartMedia (858 stations in the US) would have to pay more.

"The current system is antiquated and broken. It pits technologies against each other, and allows certain services to get away with paying little or nothing to artists. For decades, AM/FM radio has used whatever music it wants without paying a cent to the musicians, vocalists, and labels that created it. Satellite radio has paid below market royalties for the music it uses, growing into a multibillion dollar business on the back of an illogical ‘grandfathered’ royalty standard that is now almost two decades old,” said Congressman Nadler.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 737

by Major Blud (#49346403) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

"well-regulated = well-trained"

I know what you're aiming for here, but that doesn't guarantee any more level of safety against incidents like this from happening. The pilot in this situation was well-trained, and I'm sure went through a psych-eval during his career. Nidal Malik Hasan was also well-trained and vetted, and a member of the military (the people you WANT to have guns), and that didn't stop what happened at Fort Hood.

Comment: Re:Straight from Dubya, that's where: (Score 1) 228

by Major Blud (#49338317) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

"Initially, a recommended 20% of the PEPFAR budget was to be spent on prevention, with the remaining 80% going to care and treatment, laboratory support, antiretroviral drugs, TB/HIV services, support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), infrastructure, training, and other related services. Of the 20% spent on prevention, one third, or 6.7% of the total, was to be spent on abstinence-until-marriage programs in fiscal years 2006 through 2008, a controversial requirement "

So yes, some of it was devoted to abstinence-only programs (which are proven not to work), but:

"To slow the spread of the epidemic, PEPFAR supports a variety of prevention programs: the ABC approach (Abstain, Be faithful, and correct and consistent use of Condoms); prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) interventions; and programs focusing on blood safety, injection safety, secondary prevention ("prevention with positives"), counseling and education."

I know Wikipedia isn't the gospel truth, but somehow I doubt is either. Feel free to update Wikipedia with the claim that the groups were "prohibited from spending any of it on family planning services or counseling programs".

Comment: Re:Countries without nuclear weapons get invaded (Score 2) 228

by Major Blud (#49338273) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

Since it's paywalled, I guess we'll never know.

The program mentioned in the article (PEPFAR) did devote money to programs that promoted abstinence, which is definitely somewhat misguided, but still spent two-thirds of its funding on programs which supported the use of condoms. Wikipedia makes no mention of an "insistence" or requirement that the aid money be devoted to abstinence-only methods.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov