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Comment you have things backwards (Score 3, Interesting) 192

"I doubt you've looked past your own selfishness and actually seen the big picture,"

but you also said: "Really? How many times are you going to spend years of your life creating something awesome ... only to have someone else like Facebook or Zynga copy it, market it, and put you out of business?"

Now, who is selfish? The person who wants information to be free or the person who wants to be the sole profiteer?

Comment Propaganda bullshit (Score 5, Interesting) 268

Hydraulic fracturing has been a method of drilling for oil for over 60 years. The only differences are that now they can turn the drill head from a vertical bore to a horizontal bore and the depth of the wells are much greater, too.

That said, the water they use for this process is not water only - it has chemicals in it that assist with the fracturing process. Its non-potable water and therefore must be cleansed before its returned to the land. Because of the cost of the chemicals, they reuse the same water over and over for more than one well.

This article \ series of articles is just propaganda put out by or influenced by saudi oil princes who are smart enough to co-opt environmentalists and conservationists to do their dirty work. Think about it. Who does the petroleum glut in the US harm the most? Oil producing nations, of course. And of course these oil producing nations want to stop that and get back to their profits any way that they can.

Comment Re:It's incredibly frustrating... (Score 2, Insightful) 535

I think the point, possibly to subtle for you to understand, is that the republicans and the democrats are basically the same in that they just want more power, more control, more money. They don't do anything for the benefit of their constituency unless they're empowered by doing so.

Comment Re:Declared underweight? (Score 1) 361

And yet the comment is still entirely accurate.

No properly run business fails to pass the costs of doing business on to its customers. Not doing so would eventually cause the business to fail.

This is the reason many people are against corporate taxes. The thinking is if the business has to pay a tax then the cost of that tax is ultimately added to the prices that the business's customers have to pay for the product or service. Again, if the business fails to build this into the prices they charge then it will ultimately lead to the failure of the business.

Comment Re:pay the fine (Score 4, Insightful) 600

That's because, as any intelligent person knows at this point, the republicans and democrats are two faces of the same coin.

No one has approached or even mentioned the real reason for healthcare cost increases over the last 30 years. There is a little law that goes by the acronym EMTALA. Go read about it and apply a little economics to the equation.

Simply stated, our masters have no desire to reduce the cost of healthcare because there is too much money to be made from a completely captive audience. Whether you take the capitalist point of view or the socialist point of view, the end result is the same - we the people get screwed out of our earnings and don't have a choice in the matter. The status quo is maintained.

Comment Re:state dmv records mined by police (Score 5, Insightful) 205

The problem is not that it doesn't make things better. The problem is where, how, and when it will be abused. (It's 100% certain that there will be no if, because we all know that the government already gathers as many reins of power to itself as it can grasp.)

This is the concept that most people don't recognize. Most people say\think that its all good to protect the children or catch the terrorists. But what happens if you are in that database and some government entity unlawfully decides that your class of people, whatever it may be, needs to be disenfranchised, persecuted, or even killed off?

People will almost always say that those things can never happen here in the US. It happens in other places in the world but never here. The reason it doesn't happen here, for the most part, is because we have been, and must be, ever vigilant for these kinds of abuses and crush them when they start down that proverbial slippery slope.

Don't open the door to the possibility of it happening and it never will. By allowing this type of scenario to occur we are definitely opening the door.

Comment Proof or STFU (Score 5, Insightful) 419

Plain and simple. If this were at all true then each of these 20 incidences would have been widely touted in the media. They never would have had to give the source of their intelligence or at worst they could have \ would have said that inside information that was actionable was provided to their security forces.

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