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+ - Except for Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Submitted by writes: Newsmax reports that according to according to KRC Research about 64 percent of Americans familiar with Snowden hold a negative opinion of him. However 56 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 have a positive opinion of Snowden which contrasts sharply with older age cohorts. Among those aged 35-44, some 34 percent have positive attitudes toward him. For the 45-54 age cohort, the figure is 28 percent, and it drops to 26 percent among Americans over age 55, U.S. News reported. Americans overall say by plurality that Snowden has done “more to hurt” U.S. national security (43 percent) than help it (20 percent). A similar breakdown was seen with views on whether Snowden helped or hurt efforts to combat terrorism, though the numbers flip on whether his actions will lead to greater privacy protections. “The broad support for Edward Snowden among Millennials around the world should be a message to democratic countries that change is coming,” says Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “They are a generation of digital natives who don’t want government agencies tracking them online or collecting data about their phone calls.” Opinions of millennials are particularly significant in light of January 2015 findings by the U.S. Census Bureau that they are projected to surpass the baby-boom generation as the United States’ largest living generation this year.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 4, Informative) 649

by PolygamousRanchKid (#49515609) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I'm gonna just chalk this up to anti-American bias.

I'm American.

Wikipedia tells us this about the "Association of Global Automakers":

The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association and Lobby group whose members include international automobile and light duty truck manufacturers that build and sell products in the United States.

However, most bizarrely, here is the member list: Aston Martin, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, KIA, Maserati, McLaren, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Notably missing, the Americans and the Germans. So this looks more like this is coming from some sort of Asian lobbying group.

So I will have to correct my statement in my original post:

So simple solution . . . don't buy an Asian car, if you want to own your vehicle.

Comment: Why not nitrous oxide, instead? (Score 1, Interesting) 590

Nitrous oxide, aka. NO2 or Laughing gas, would let the bastards go out laughing their asses off. Then there would be no debate about the cruelty of the death penalty method.

Actually, it doesn't make you laugh, but you space out a bit. If you want to try it, just buy a can of whipped cream at your local supermarket. DO NOT shake the can. Hold it the can upright, stick it in your mouth, press on the dispenser thing, and inhale. DO NOT exhale immediately. The effects will last about 30 seconds, during which you will have all sorts of dreamy thoughts about how huge the universe is.

If a death penalty candidate is given a steady flow of this, he will be asphyxiate, because he will be some deep in his dreams, that he will forget to breathe.

Comment: Re:And the point is? (Score 1) 62

by PolygamousRanchKid (#49506293) Attached to: If Earth Never Had Life, Continents Would Be Smaller


but life on Earth, even with all the messy erosion it creates, keeps continents growing

So, by their model, life, unchecked, will keep continents growing until the continents cover the whole Earth! And their will be no more oceans anymore! That would be a major blow to the surfing and beach vacation industries.

In order to fix this, we should start destroying a bit of life to keep the continents in balance, according to their model.

Comment: Re:Still works, just not the way people thought (Score 3, Funny) 96

by PolygamousRanchKid (#49505799) Attached to: How Uber Surge Pricing Really Works

Gee, I thought Über's Surge Plan looked like this:

1. Über calls in a bomb threat at a major train and subway station.
2. The station gets evacuated and locked down.
3. Thousands of rail commuters are stranded, with no way to get home.
4. Everyone calls Über.
5. Surge!
6. Profit for Über!

You might say the calling in a bomb threat is illegal, but does Über care if the things they do are legal? It's just a new business model, that old folks do not understand.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 5, Interesting) 350

I've gone through enough hurricanes to watch even land-lined phones becoming a luxury.

Well, it seem to me, that living in a hurricane zone increases your chances of dying in a disaster.

So, if you are worried about lack of FM support on phones . . . just move somewhere else.

Jokes aside, most of us live in areas that are not prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or Godzilla. If you do choose to live in such places, it is important to be prepared, and have an emergency kit. In which you can just pack in a good ole' FM battery.

Comment: Re:Godwined before it even started (Score 1) 299

Just the headline shocked me: That Josef Goebbels has an estate? Does Adolf Hitler have one, too?

And what else does this Josef Goebbels estate do? Sponsor charitable picnics with a dubious subliminal political message? Maybe burn some swastikas on hilltops?

In my opinion, the estate should have been liquidated in the early years after the end of WWII, and the funds distributed to victims of concentration camps.

Comment: Re:What's bad about Uber drivers? (Score 4, Insightful) 48

Most taxi drivers I have encountered on the other hand, have ranged from standoffish to incredibly rude and sometimes hostile, frequently lying about fares to get more money.

Let me ask you, in which countries have you taken taxis?

I am American, but live in Germany. I have traveled on business to many different European countries. I have rode in taxis in England(Winchester,Southampton), the Netherlands (Delft), France (Nice, Paris), Belgium (Brussels), Greece (Samos), Switzerland (Zurich), Turkey(Istanbul), and just about every which where in Germany. I have never had a negative experience.

I am always polite to the driver, never condescending, and friendly. Guess what? The taxi driver always pays back in kind.

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