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Comment Re: "If you think you already know everything... (Score 1) 268

That's fine, but here's another bit of science: abortion rates are the same whether or not they're illegal. So while people can debate the point of viability, the nature of life, etc, until the cows come home, the reality on the ground is that abortions are going to happen, and it's a question of whether they're going to happen safely, or at a great danger to women. Just like liberals need to accept that fundamentalists aren't going away any time soon, so too do conservatives need to accept the same about abortions.

Comment Re:There is no voter fraud! (Score 1) 288

Oh, well, if that's the case in your small corner of the country, great. Around here, most DMVs don't have that. And how long are the extended hours for your DMV? Long enough for someone with only access to public transportation to get from their job to the DMV? What if they need to pick up their kids first?

Comment Re:it was the McCarthy era (Score 1) 282

Mainstream fiction is the propaganda of control of the general population: The central message is futility: "Do what the authorities tell you to do. No matrer HOW badly they're doing and HOW bad things get, don't try to improve them. Anything you try will make them worse."

Er, what fiction would that be? Lots of popular mainstream fiction is about an underdog taking on a corrupt government/corporation.

Comment Re:One More Reason (Score 5, Informative) 495


“As someone who voted against the Patriot Act and opposed its reauthorization, I have long been concerned about out-of-control intelligence agencies.

“At a time when the American people are outraged by government attacks on our constitutional rights, the president’s proposal is a step forward. We must, however, go further. Ending the bulk collection of phone records of virtually all Americans – 99.999 percent of whom have nothing to do with terrorism – is important. The president should end that program now, not 90 days from now. We also must also make sure that the government isn’t harvesting records on our emails and other Internet activity except in instances where there are specific reasons to suspect wrongdoing.

“Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies must be given the tools they need to protect us, but that can be done in a way that does not sacrifice our constitutional rights. If we allow the government to see all of what we read, what we watch and what we hear, then we cannot be called a free society.”

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman