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Comment Re:What I really want to know: (Score 1) 735

moving away from internal combustion engines?

No! Go to hell!

Listen, you'll all think this is horribly selfish and that I'm worse than Hitler, but I enjoy hopping in my truck and driving out to the mountains whenever I feel like it. Or a roadtrip anywhere. Or just to the theater in my own comfortable vehicle whenever I feel like it.

Private, vehicular transportation and the system of roads we have built is the single largest freedom we have as regular citizens. What greater purpose do we have other than living our lives to the fullest?

Go suffer for yourself, enjoy the 3 city blocks you live in and never leave, pretend you somehow demand less hydrocarbons from society, and feel good about all the shameless preaching you'll do about it.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 369

beyond the societal abilities of Canada

*Sigh*. Another tired argument from someone who doesn't know anything about the industry.

This is driven by economics and the free market, I have no idea what brain twisting you've done to see this as a "societal" thing. Argue if you want that we should make poor economic decisions and build refineries, but at least be aware of what you're arguing for.

I'll give a simple example to illustrate. Imagine you can take a barrel of oil out of the ground, and sell it raw for $50. Or, you can refine the barrel into multiple products through a complicated process, and sell the same volume for $60. Now realize a refinery is massive, dirty (pollution), and extremely expensive (maybe $4-5 billion).

Most of the refining capacity has been available on the gulf coast for a long time as they've been in the industry longer. They're willing to pay more for feedstock (oil) from a reliable, steady source. Why would we build new refineries, to either extract tiny gains or more likely huge losses? If we were to build all their refining capacity, and cut off their supply, their would increase demand and prices at those existing refineries, and make it even less profitable.

I guarantee you every energy company has run through the numbers, and I also guarantee you if they were profitable they'd be all over it.

Comment Re:fighting carbon pollution? (Score 1) 369

"The biggest issue is the risk to the Ogallala Aquifer."

I hope people take a minute and think critically about this to see just what ridiculous propaganda from the environmental extremists this is.

An aquifer is massive and most of the water is deep. Pipelines are not buried deep - on a large scale, the pipeline is so small in comparison, to think that much product could leak, seep that deep, and then spread to any measurable portion of the aquifer is pure delusion.

Comment Re: Causes cancer (Score 1) 428

You must have some special circumstances as not all of those are bad. Coffee is actually very healthy for you, contains a good dose of anti-oxidants, and has been proven to cut risk of diabetes drastically (improvement has been shown with up to 6 cups per day).

Also, dairy gets a bad rap for some reason, but dairy is evolution-formulated mammal food. It contains copious amounts of fat and protein that are extremely good for you, and is also fortified with vitamins A & D.Go check one of those expensive protein shakes - you'll find the same size glass of regular milk has almost as much protein and calories (taking whole milk). I was always quite skinny and had major problems eating enough calories to gain weight, but 6 months after starting to drink a lot of dairy (and a light exercise routine) you can see my muscles through my shirt. Ladies are similarly interested.

But yes if you have a weight problem adding more calories isn't going to help you, but that has nothing to do with dairy other than the fact it's high in calories. They're all good calories.

Comment Re:Price tags are the greatest innovation of retai (Score 1) 439

Negotiating is key to any transaction, and the only thing your post says is that you don't have any negotiation skills whatsoever. You leave money on the table and this fear has probably cost you considerably.

Most people, myself included, don't find it worthwhile to negotiate prices on small items, but EVERYTHING has negotiating room.

In fact, if you ever recognize your weakness here and try to fix it, one of the first things an instructor of a negotiating class will tell you is how fearful North American are about negotiating on price compared to other places. It is massively in your self interest to increase your skill in that area.

Comment Re:So to summarize... (Score 0) 109

instead of lying to us and telling us what is good for corporations benefits us.

See, this sounds great and all, but really doesn't make any sense.

Corporations (or businesses) and the vehicle through which private money can get products to consumers in the US. You wouldn't have widespread professional employment options without corporations, which drives your middle class. And the consumerism of that middle class drives over 70% of the massive economy. You would be fucked, and a third world country without that.

No, pretty much your entire comfy, Starbucks sippin' existence is because the government serves the interests of corporations. Always fun to bite the hand that feeds, though.

Comment Re:Virtual Reality (Score 1) 173

I'll bite, and provide a counterpoint.

Why, oh why on earth would we want to get rid of consumerism? It's what's driven the amazing, comfortable lives we now lead and the amazing products we can buy. The ever increasing demand is what has led to almost every innovation imaginable in technology, because people are competing for those sales. I am by no means rich but I do buy a lot (no debt), and I can't fathom the argument that these things are pointless or do not make my life better. Just some at the top of my mind:
- I have a truck I can comfortably drive to mountains every other weekend and is very reliable, which was driven by many years of consumer demand for vehicle technology. Imagine if the vehicles were the same as 80 years ago because no one bought them? It would take me days to cover the same distance!
- I've bought a lot of hiking gear made from materials that have only recently been invented because people compete for sales of the lightest equipment.
- I have skis, a kayak, a 4k TV, and so much other great stuff I could never even list it all.
The argument that consumerism doesn't make people's lives any better shouldn't even be given consideration.

Comment Re:That cuts both ways (Score 1) 92

If the insurance pays

As a non-American it struck me as both funny and sad the first thought/comment on here was about insurance and who pays for all this. Of course that's a consideration, but not at all primary when thinking about the benefits of this technology.

It really is nonsensical by now - just go single payer, it makes too much sense. Readily available data from many countries show it is actually (gasp!) cheaper and provides better outcomes. Well, save for the handful of people rich enough to buy all the doctors, top-of-the-line medical equipment, and immediately jump to the front of the line ahead of those who require care more. I have an inkling the last point is the biggest reason why single-payer hasn't (and may never) happen in the US - once cost factor is removed, hospitals return to true triage systems and treat the sickest, not the richest, people first.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 578

Claiming economic migrants just want good benefits is a disgrace, as you are attempting to cast them all as acting in poor faith. Most want to work...

First you criticize someone for generalizing this group, then you do the same thing yourself in the following sentence. Which is it. Do YOU have any sources to confirm?

Comment Re:Except GM and BMW executives dont know..... (Score 1) 535

Apple on the other hand has figured out how to get poor people on FOOD STAMPS to buy their premium phones.

Right, because in most cases (and what is still true), the service provider pays for most of the up-front cost of the phone in order for you to contract service through them. I laugh if you think Apple's sales numbers would be even close to what they are now should people be required to shell out the $1000+ Apple actually charges for their phones up front.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 4, Interesting) 258

One thing that amazes me about American politics is how they get caught up on certain issues forever, while a lot of other countries seem to just move on to newer problems after making a decision. Abortion is a good example - I could barely believe how Planned Parenthood funding was a core debate subject at the Republican leader debate (sad when that was the most entertaining TV on).

Just in the last year, I've added single payer health care to the list. We had some staff from a subsidiary in the US come up here for a few days (Canada), and how vehemently and confidently they would disparage a health care system clearly so much better than their own.. the cognitive dissonance against their better interest is staggering. Even typical extreme conservatives can't follow the logic of how a single payer can drastically reduce costs, nor understand how they're already funding social health care for the most expensive groups, the poor and elderly. Health care in the US is an ideological issue, and I don't get why.

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