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Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 1) 259

Just to piggy back on the point of the AC above in that the praxis often doesn't follow the theory. A good example is "selling" labor. Yes, I "voluntarily" sell my labor, but resources, politics, and capital are set up in such a way that the "seller" of the labor, i.e. the employee, often gains less value, or wealth, than the person buying the labor, i.e. the employer. Sometimes it can get so bad that the wage isn't enough for people to actually live.
Of course, this is all voluntary.

Comment Re:Colleges are not for education (Score 1) 274

There ain't so such thing as a free lunch doesn't refer to the actual monetary cost of something (which I believe is what the OP is referring to), but rather the opportunity cost. As an example, even if there were no tuition for a person to attend college, they give up the ability to make an income in order to educate themselves in hopes of gaining a better income later.

Comment Re:Color Blindness is a "Micro-Aggression" (Score 1) 211

I'm sorry...I just have to disagree with you there. I assume you are referring to Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech. I don't think he ever alludes to any of these messages in his speech: Assimilate to the dominant culture. Denying the significance of a person of color’s racial/ethnic experience and history. Denying the individual as a racial/cultural being. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. He isn't being colorblind. He is saying to me that "I accept your racial/ethnic history---I just want to sit down at your table too." Perhaps you are thinking of this one: I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. He isn't being blind to color, he just doesn't want judgement because of color. Or maybe it is this one: I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. Again, he isn't being blind to color. He sees that there are white and black girls, it's just that they can join together as equals. But hey, don't take my word for it. It's all right here: http://www.archives.gov/press/...

Comment Re:Free? (Score 1) 703

First, I want to thank you for explaining your logic on this. I have seen a few "it is more expensive, because it is subsidized" posts on this thread, and I wasn't connecting the dots. Your claim seems to be counterintuitive to what I observe. I go to the grocery store and the cheapest things I see are the heavily subsidized goods like corn and wheat. I grew up going to a parochial school, and our tuition was more expensive than our public school counterparts. Naturally, the school was mostly unsubsidized by taxpayers. When I took my economics class (at a community college, strangely enough), we learned that quantity demanded is inversely proportional to price. So when price goes down, quantity demanded for that good goes up. So i am not sure your logic adds up. Hell, even the Heritage Foundation says subsidies decrease prices: http://www.heritage.org/resear... I don't know how trustworthy the wikipedia site is, but it comes from a Princeton University Page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Comment Re:Ironically, blame HIPAA (Score 3, Interesting) 78

You had me at HIPAA, lost me at Obamacare. Wouldn't new regulations been a perfect time to upgrade those legacy systems? It would have been a perfect time to blame increase costs on "more computerization". Insurance companies already blamed increase rates on Obamacare, why not just tack on the extra upgrades.

Comment Re:At the risk of sounding like a Luddite... (Score 1) 108

They can't do this. They don't have the passenger pigeon DNA, not one copy, apparently, 100% intact, and you'd need dozens at LEAST to give you anything LIKE enough genetic variability for successive generations of the resurrected species to reproduce and create healthy, viable, not horribly deformed due to extreme inbreeding specimens.

Except that they do. It just takes a pinhead size portion of tissue to get the DNA. There are about 2000 species currently in museums, all with intact DNA.

Comment Make it a game (Score 1) 123

Make it a game. Could you set up a virtual environment? Perhaps you can find an area where people explore the border of a habitat in the condition it "should be in" in the game. When they see an area with a problem, they can run chemical test which actually runs an actual chemicals test in the affected area. Perhaps since actual fish are affected, you can make it a virtual fishing game. Tough to say since I don't really know what all is involved in the actual clean up process.

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