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Comment: Re:Downloading MP3s FTW! (Score 1) 244

I'm kind of disappointed sites like bandcamp aren't more popular. Most of the money goes directly to the artist (not sure how much they take) and I get to download the music in FLAC, mp3, or a number of other formats. And the artist can set a minimum price and let the customer pay more if they want. I only found a couple of artists on there I was interested and they each only had 1 album available.

Comment: The slide about jobs-students gap... (Score 1) 165

by Undead Waffle (#49556709) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
So the link in the summary: https://farm4.staticflickr.com... has a line that says "Jobs-students gap = $500b over 10 years". What exactly do they mean by this? That the increased wages over 10 years will cost them $500b unless they find a way to suppress them? Or are they claiming it is some sort of lost productivity cost?

Comment: Re:Are things back to normal now? (Score 1) 271

by Undead Waffle (#49499325) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

I'm guessing that Capitol Security made a (proper) judgement call that it was safer to let him make a controlled landing instead of shooting him down and having fragments rain down.

That and they were warned multiple times by different people that he was going to do this. He stated his intentions on the internet before doing it and some of the journalists watching called it in about a half an hour before he landed. I read this in an article on my phone so I don't have the link anymore unfortunately.

Comment: So let's be clear here... (Score 1) 294

When people are randomly selected for groping it's ok, but when someone is actually choosing who gets groped it's not ok and that person needs to be fired? What if the groping was equal to standard gropings? Could we use a pseudorandom number generator for extra screening or must it be truly random?

Someone should teach these guys it's not the selection process that makes it sexual assault.

Comment: Re:Marijuana's capacity to REVEAL TRUTH (Score 2) 291

I think you're kind of missing the point. It's all about perspective.

Yes, and the one above regarding firearms and vehicles was flawed. Deeply so. Did you miss that point? Did you not grasp it? Was it unclearly expressed? If so, let me emphasize it, the point I was making in regards to the above post by jittles was a deeply flawed and distorted perspective that served little purpose beyond confusing the issue.

Guns, which are designed to kill, do so much less often than accidental deaths from a tool people use every day.

Now you see the point being missed, right? That people use cars every day, far more so than the usage of guns, the exposure is far greater, but the only number you, and the above poster, seem to care about, is the raw number.

Do you not see why that's a flawed perspective?

No I'm afraid it's you who is still missing the point. But given the rest of your rant I'm not surprised.

Speaking of police shootings, I saw where several countries besides the US, had considerably lower rates of police shootings. Namely that the whole country had fewer shootings than some departments in the US have had, and no, I'm not talking countries like Andorra and San Marino, but Germany, Japan, the UK, and others, and no, I'm not talking about single incidents, but over a period of time.

Let's not factor them out, but seriously discuss the issue of police violence in the US.

Yes, we do have a problem with police shootings. But it's completely irrelevant to a discussion about allowing civilians to own guns. Just like how a police officer shooting someone trying to stab him with a knife being included with random school shootings creates misleading statistics about gun violence.

We could also discuss the gang violence if you wanted, and the countries where the homicide rate from such is far lower, but then we might as well discuss where gang violence comes from, but that's probably a verboten topic, as too many people would have to give up their sacred cows. And before you come back with any rejoinders, realize that may apply to any you offer.

Again, gang violence is also an issue. But it's a cultural issue and it is isolated to certain areas. And it tends to happen between gang members. I would be interested to see how much it skews gun violence numbers so we could get a better picture of the danger of guns to the rest of society.

Thanks for the rant though. I don't know why I'm even bothering to reply to an AC.

Comment: Re:Marijuana's capacity to REVEAL TRUTH (Score 1) 291

I think you're kind of missing the point. It's all about perspective. Guns, which are designed to kill, do so much less often than accidental deaths from a tool people use every day. I bet if we removed police shootings (because nobody is going to take guns away from police) and split out the statistics for gang violence (because they will probably just use knives if they can't get guns and most of those guns are illegal anyway) the numbers would be quite a bit lower. Most anti-gun sentiment comes from irrational fear from people who have never even handled one.

As a fun side note: some of the strictest anti-gun laws in California were created by Leland Yee, who was arrested for gun trafficking. And Feinstein, who is very anti-gun, used to have a concealed carry permit.

Comment: Re: Sen. Feinstein (Score 2) 538

With California's election system it doesn't have to be a Republican. People just need to vote for another Democrat in the primary. The 2 candidates with the most votes in the primary advance, regardless of party. Anyway, I read somewhere that she isn't running again in the next election (unless I'm confusing her for Boxer, who is not planning to run again in 2016). Kamala Harris, current Attorney General of CA, is the frontrunner for Boxer's seat. Harris is awful but some people, especially gun owners, are hoping she gets elected to the Senate so we don't have to deal with her as AG anymore.

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