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Comment: why do cowboys hate freedom? (Score 2) 291

by Thud457 (#48162867) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales
Are you colour blind?!! From the very map you cite, it looks like an even break between red & blue states.

With the exception of a few states, this looks more like a Western (non-coastal) state thing.
Western : Montana, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.
Plus a scattered handful : Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey & Delaware.

Comment: journalism is dead, capitalism killed it (Score 2) 463

by Thud457 (#48149259) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
It used to be back during the days when terrestrial broadcast television was king, that the FCC mandated that stations produce a certain % of public service programming. That's the reason we ever had television news reporting in the first place. Or educational kids shows that weren't just half-hour commercials for the latest toys and sugary breakfast cereals.

Then we went to cable, which doesn't have the same regulation, removing the public service programming mandate. From that point everything was driven purely by the capitalistic profit motive.

So instead of filling the multiple 24 hour news channels with thoughtful, in-depth reporting, we've got CNN screaming OMGWTF every five minutes trying to grab attention.

See, the Invisible Hand makes everything better. Do not blaspheme the hand.

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern