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Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

How do you break out of it?

Easy.

You suck up your pride and live where you don't want to for a few years. You can ALWAYS find that dingy hole-in-the-wall apartment somewhere. Yes, it's not ideal living and you probably won't be terribly happy there, but you suck it up and do it for a while. And from the rent savings, do that! SAVE it. If you're paying $1,500 for rent now, find a rat hole for $400-500 a month.

Yes, I'm serious. If you're worried about possessions, rent a storage garage somewhere.

For those few years where your abode sucks, you'll have built some character, have some interesting stories to tell your kids some day, and you'll still be better off than probably literally HALF of the world's population.

Have I had to do this personally? Thankfully no. But would I if I needed to? Sure.

Comment Re:and dog eats tail (Score 2) 393

Another aspect of PTC to consider: One big reason that no one has mentioned yet regarding railroads missing the deadline. The GOVERNMENT! An obviously critical part of a PTC installation is tens of thousands of trackside antennas, so the locomotive can communicate with the whole PTC network. Well, guess what? The antennas that the government (FRA, Congress, etc.) is mandating be installed are being held up because the government (EPA and FCC) are requiring that all these antennas undergo an environmental review before they can be installed.

Submission + - Comcast & Time Warner merger died

andyring writes: According to Bloomberg News, the Time Warner/Comcast merger of raw evil is dead. Comcast plans as early as tomorrow to withdraw the merger proposal, "after regulators decided that the deal wouldn’t help consumers, making approval unlikely" according to the story.

Comment Tread carefully (Score 2) 700

While we may not like this particular religion, that doesn't matter. They are a religious organization, and an organized religion. Especially in the United States, the government most certainly should not determine what is or is not a religion. It's stated pretty clearly here:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Any religion will have aspects that people agree with and don't agree with. If their activity is outright illegal, then punish that specific activity. Christians can worship Christ. Muslims can worship Allah. Pastafarians can worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Satanists can worship Lucifer. Eco fairies can worship Mother Earth. Atheists can worship nothing. Democrats can worship government. Republicans can worship capitalism. And Scientologists can worship whatever it is they worship.

The minute we allow government to dictate what is or isn't a religion is the instant we lose all religious freedom.

Comment Re:Prior Art Exists (tm) (Score 2) 187

Apparently (as usual) no one bothers to read TFA:

"What about accidental orders? Unless you set it up to do otherwise, Amazon only registers your first press of the button until your order is delivered. The company will also send you a confirmation alert via smartphone, giving you a chance to cancel any mistaken orders. Households with young children (or perhaps rascally teenagers) will want to be careful with this, or risk making canceling orders a regular routine."

So I suppose your scenario is possible, but only if you specifically override the default settings.

Comment Re:The real junk science (Score 1) 394

Sure.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

From TFA:

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Comment The real junk science (Score 0, Troll) 394

It seems to me that the real "junk science" is among the Global Warming or Climate Change supporters. Hugely significant chunks of data were completely fabricated and faked going back decades, all to show support and "proof" for climate change.

Of this there can be no argument. It is established fact.

Comment Re:thank god for mississippi (Score 4, Informative) 297

OK, let me get this straight. The dumb, uneducated, poor, largely minority backwoods state of Mississippi has the highest vaccination rate in the country. Sounds good so far.

And, vaccines are medically proven to be effective and not harmful. Got it.

The lowest vaccination rates are among the "educated" yuppie crowd (Prius driving, Whole Foods loving, vegetarian or vegan, politically left, etc.). OK, interesting.

So, tell me again who "believes in science?"

It has nothing to do with Medicaid. If cost was a factor, then the educated yuppie crowd would have the highest vaccination rates, not the lowest, as they are the most able to afford it.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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