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Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 2) 286

That will never happen for us moron.

First, nice to see you can state your case without a personal attack. Second, have you ever been exposed to the government procurement system?

The argument is philosophical in nature. You might be surprised that many people just aren't comfortable giving any government such power in what is a civil matter.As you think I am ludicrous to not give the government such control, I am on the other side and think it is ludicrous to think the government will NEVER abuse such authority.

Comment Re:Grants? That is your worry? (Score 4, Insightful) 286

When they say "more government", that doesn't mean that it actually employs more people. they are talking about more power/authority to the government.

I have no idea why they are selling, but imagine this. What if the controlling entity of Nat Geo wants to sell meaning it is not a hostile takeover, but the government says sorry, no deal (for whatever reason). Imagine if you owned a business and wanted to sell to the highest bidder, but the government steps in and says sorry, you have to sell to the lowest bidder because "we" think it is better. Do you really want that? Does that not open the door to abuse? I think it does.

Comment Re:It is a waste of human effort (Score 1) 351

I am not talking about religious propaganda but normal business advertising. So you are telling me when you walk down the streets of any bigger city in Panama, Costa Rica or Mexico that you don't see business signs....opened a newspaper and not see business's coupons...or even opened the nice little pamphlet that the hotels place in the rooms telling about local recreation or restaurants?

To date, I have see all of the above in Belize, Guyana, countless Caribbean islands, Japan and Thailand.

Comment Re:It is a waste of human effort (Score 4, Insightful) 351

I am not sure if you are trolling or not, but I guess I will bite so here goes. I believe you have "highest" and "lowest" confused. The highest form of advertising is when you connect a buyer and a seller to which both strike a deal (purchase) that both feel satisfied. The lowest (your highest) is basically fraud where a seller completely misleads the buyer as to what they are going to purchase....and there are laws against such deals. If you truly feel that advertising is a "...disgusting artifact of our culture of greed..." then I can tell you have never been involved in actually starting/running/growing a business because without some form of advertising, typically it just won't happen. Now, you slam on capitalism is quite funny since there is a considerable amount of advertising in non-capitalistic countries...or haven't you been out much.

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