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Comment: Re:$5? that's nothing (Score 1) 1205

by actionbastard (#39208243) Attached to: The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon
Most of the price of your fuel is in taxes. The US Federal tax on gasoline -which goes to pay for maintenance on the the Interstate highways- is somewhere around eighteen cents a gallon and hasn't changed in thirty-something years. States also have individual sales taxes that are a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of the sale price -with Florida being the highest (with a sliding scale) the last time I bothered to look.

The root cause of the increase in the price of oil and gasoline is speculation by large banks, brokerage firms and commodities traders. Most of these 'traders' never take actual delivery of the product. If the Obama administration would get off its ass and re-regulate the commodities markets to prevent all the 'paper trading' of commodities, then the price of oil and gasoline would drop by fifty percent and we wouldn't be talking about this.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 5, Informative) 375

by actionbastard (#39056035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?
It goes a lot deeper than just the components. It goes down to the minerals and metals that make up those components:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan#Ethics_of_Coltan_mining_in_the_Democratic_Republic_of_Congo

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/section002group3/coltan_mining_in_democratic_republic_of_the_congo

Apple gets the spotlight thrown on it because of its popular following. But every company that makes anything electronic or that contains electronic components is just as culpable.

Comment: Not only Lamar (Score 5, Informative) 345

by actionbastard (#38418986) Attached to: SOPA Creator In TV/Film/Music Industry's Pocket

Comment: Re:Black Panther? (Score 1) 300

by actionbastard (#36908012) Attached to: Who is Your Favorite Avenger?
You forgot these:
Harvey Birdman, Hiram Mightor, Myron Reducto, X the Eliminator, Peanut, Mentok the Mindtaker, Zardo The Funky Phantom, Cumulus the Storm King, Captain Caveman, Azul Falcone, Stan Freezoid Apache Chief, Garok, Shazzan, Atom Ant, Nitron, Vulturo, Black Vulcan, Birdgirl, Murro the Marauder Elliott The Deadly Duplicator, The Perfectionist.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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