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Comment Re:What's so bad about their policies? (Score 4, Insightful) 292

.. and whose job is it to maintain the list of which of the hundreds of thousands of consumer electronic devices comply and which failed? And do you expect the flight attendants to be able to tell the difference between every one? How do you implement this? Maybe a nice little (easily forged) sticker for the back of the device?

Comment Re:Skeptical != Scientific (Score 1) 409

uh... but given long period of temperature fluctuations throughout measured history... wouldn't you expect a temperature change since the Industrial Revolution with a probability of almost 100% and a probability that it would be an *increasing* trend of 50%? Wouldn't it be more surprising if the temperature was exactly *constant* since then?

Comment Re:Hard to believe (Score 1) 845

... how bout the fact that he couldn't solve that - but has a B.S., two masters degrees, PhD credits, and "oversee[s] an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities".

I simply can't reconcile the above with his inability to solve any of the 60 math questions.

I'm thinking his degrees are utterly worthless and I'll further speculate that the organization he oversees with $3B budget is being grossly mismanaged.

Comment Re:I see UV too... (Score 1) 350

The experiment was over 15 years ago so I'm not sure but I seem to recall they both looked rather pinkish-violet. Honestly - I don't know when I am seeing UV if at all... I would say though that the purple section of a rainbow looks thicker, and terminates with a pinkish-whitish-violet color that just sort of fades. I've always assumed that's what everyone sees regardless of where their sensitivity ends,... maybe I'm wrong.

Comment I see UV too... (Score 3, Interesting) 350

I see UV too,... at least technically and I don't believe it is that uncommon. In a college quantum physics lab we were looking at the emission spectrum of Hydrogen and the instructor was guiding us through various emission lines. He asked if we could see the purple line and then asked who could see the *other* purple line. I was the only one who could. He said he always asks that because every class there are one or two students (out of about 20) who could see just enough into the UV spectrum to see it. I don't recall which line it was but assume it was the Balmer n=6 line at 397nm.

I can't say this has been particularly more useful to me although I do think I see rainbows as 'wider' than most people with a much thicker "purple" band than others seem to see. Totally subjective and something I can't substantiate but I think I am more sensitive to sunlight as well.

Comment Re:Here's a better question to answer: (Score 1) 104

Next years spending increases. I really, really, REALLY wish the media didn't go long with the spin that is included with baseline budgeting. Here is, as of my quick glance before posting, a description of the atrocity known as baseline budgeting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseline_(budgeting) [wikipedia.org]

In short, next years budget will be bigger than this years budget. In 2011, we spent about 3.8 Trillion (3,800,000,000,000) (We'll ignore the fact we went most of 2011 without a budget) and had a deficit for the year of about 1.6 trillion (1,600,000,000,000). The 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) of "cuts" are against the baseline over the next 10 years. So, they are "Planning" to not spend another 20 billion (20,000,000,000) over the next 10 years. The 20 billion of this years budget is a huge, gauging, painfull %0.005.

        Also, the cuts cannot be guaranteed because, we still don't have the budget for 2012 completed, that isn't even going to be done till after the election with this deal. Also, no congress can pass a law that the next congress can't change, which makes promises for 5 years from now next to meaningless.

In short, nothing didn't survive the budget deal. The rate of growth of the government from this year, compared to next year was reduced.

Comment Re:Here's a better question to answer: (Score 1) 104

Next years spending increases. I really, really, REALLY wish the media didn't go long with the spin that is included with baseline budgeting. Here is, as of my quick glance before posting, a description of the atrocity known as baseline budgeting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseline_(budgeting)

In short, next years budget will be bigger than this years budget. In 2011, we spent about 3.8 Trillion (3,800,000,000,000) (We'll ignore the fact we went most of 2011 without a budget) and had a deficit for the year of about 1.6 trillion (1,600,000,000,000). The 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) of "cuts" are against the baseline over the next 10 years. So, they are "Planning" to not spend another 20 billion (20,000,000,000) over the next 10 years. The 20 billion of this years budget is a huge, gauging, painfull %0.005.

    Also, the cuts cannot be guaranteed because, we still don't have the budget for 2012 completed, that isn't even going to be done till after the election with this deal. Also, no congress can pass a law that the next congress can't change, which makes promises for 5 years from now next to meaningless.

In short, nothing didn't survive the budget deal. The rate of growth of the government from this year, compared to next year was reduced.

Comment Re:Will it make a difference? (Score 1) 1042

Did you miss the part where this year's expenditures run at about $3,700,000,000,000. Which works out to about $10,000,000,000 per day right now?

This year, SS and Medicare are 1,700,000,000,000 dollars, which is a third of the budget. This number only grows as our demographics shift to become older in the coming years.

The military has a lot of cutting to be done, but it really only consumes about 600,000,000,000 dollars of the budget. Really, the total cost of the two wars is only about 1,200,000,000,000 dollars at current tally and it looks like we're just starting more and not getting out of the ones we are in.

Are you noticing the entire cost of invading two countries was less than the cost of two of our social programs? Even better 55,000,000,000 dollars of the Defense budget is actually VA/Healthcare benefits.

We have lots of cuts to make, lots of little things the government does that needs to be cut. The Tax system needs to be fixed AND we need to fix our budgets. The two big spending programs SS and Medicare are projected to be something like 2xGPD in the best senario.

Comment Re:Will it make a difference? (Score 1) 1042

Uhm, probably because he is...... The point is it's an unsustainable sum of money we've been running on annually for the past 10 years.

We can finance the short falls now, but eventually we won't be able to sell out debt anymore or the dollar will just be totally worthless because we turned the printing presses to full.

Fixing taxes alone isn't the solution, things need to be cut and they need to be cut now, not 10 years from now. It's not even advocating for the abolishment of SS and Medicare its making cuts and adjustments now so they aren't gone in 10 years.

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