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Comment: Re:in other words... (Score 1) 341

by MikeKD (#45901655) Attached to: The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

"Blindly "tightening the purse strings" leads to those parts of government that are good and useful to be sacrificed first, while the partisan and corrupt parts better defend themselves and their budgets.....

There's no evidence for this, and a moment's thought will reveal that it flies in the face of common sense and historical evidence......


Comment: Re:Honor your screwups. (Score 2) 303

by MikeKD (#45808229) Attached to: Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

So why is Delta honoring the price? I think it is because of delivered product

Nope. It's because the Dept. of Transportation makes them honor the fare:

Delta's contract of carriage states that in the event of an "erroneous" fare, " Delta reserves the right to cancel the ticket purchase and refund all amounts paid by the purchaser or, at the purchaser's option, to reissue the ticket for the correct fare." But rules set forth by the Department of Transportation state otherwise, saying that an airline must honor a purchased ticket, mistake fare or not.

Comment: Re:Fucking rednecks (Score 1) 1030

by MikeKD (#45497219) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

Oil came into its own without a ton of federal help, so why can't alternative forms of energy?


A quick Google tells me that the oil industry has been receiving subsidies since essentially day one, by being allowed to write off the full cost of drilling new wells. Even to this day the oil industry in the US gets $4 billion per year in subsidies one way or another. =Smidge=

Don't forget all the money spent to build and maintain roads for cars (most of which use and burn petroleum products)!

Comment: Re:Hypocrites... (Score 1) 679

This. GMOs are just the next step in something we've been doing for thousands of years, just on a much smaller scale. Rather than blundering about with trial and error trying to make better plants, we finally have enough knowledge to tinker directly with their DNA to get what we want. Why is this a bad thing?

Because it's not true. Yes, we may have the knowledge to tinker directly with their DNA, but we lack the knowledge (and probably wisdom) to get only what we want.

Comment: Re:Your best bet is to (Score 1, Troll) 800

by MikeKD (#42801073) Attached to: Leaked: Obama's Rules For Assassinating American Citizens

The original design was sovereign States who delegated a small, well-defined subset of their powers to a common body

That common body was structured so as to make it somewhat self-limiting, somewhat difficult to expand its reach..

It was also structured with layers of increasing responsibility that theoretically would help elevate the finest people to higher offices, even as it filtered out to a degree some of the more extremist voices.

The U.S tried that. It was called the Articles of Confederation. And it was so dysfunctional they scrapped it for the U.S. Constitution.

Comment: Re:How I would fix the post office (Score 1) 473

by MikeKD (#42005821) Attached to: USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help

1. Cut delivery in most areas, definitely the rural ones to every other day. M-W-F and T-Th-Sa. This will cut number of mail carriers and fuel and vehicles needed, as 1 carrier now will get two routes. Express mail has it's own carrier so that will be unaffected for the people that pay for it.

Ok, now get that plan through Congress (might be hard due to the representatives from those rural areas). Good luck.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.