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Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 698

by gatzke (#49483803) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

A huge all-glass cathedral, $ multi-million salaries for the charismatic preacher begging for more donations, and toys like private jets and limos: False

I would assume the "church" is still doing good charity works of some sort, even if the optics are bad.

And the "toys" can somewhat be justified. Everyone needs to get around, so a preacher needs a car. A preacher in a giant church has more resources (and obligations) to get around, so maybe a big car (and a driver?) could be justified if they are actually going around ministering.

And a jet seems crazy, but these groups become large national (multinational?) organizations that have members and locations and ministries all over the country. Again, if they have resources, why not let them have a jet if they are doing good works? Now if they only use it to jet to the Bahamas every weekend...

As in many things, the real answer is "it depends."

Comment: Re:What guarantees of longevity? (Score 1) 48

by gatzke (#49343093) Attached to: Facebook Makes Messenger a Platform

BTW, what would you guys suggest to wean non-technical friends off FB chat, given that IRC might be a little too much hassle with all the servers and keeping their computer on all the time?

Google Hangouts does chat and video chat and snapchat image type stuff.

It is multiplatform, unlike Factime or SMS messaging. Not sure if Whatsapp has a PC/Mac client.

I have had messaged delayed for some unknown reason on occasion. But overall, it is very solid.

Comment: Re:Define "read" (Score 1) 164

by gatzke (#49099933) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

Yeah, I know. They are a much better experience.

Sometimes they offer audio files for just a few dollars more. They are way better, but I am usually too cheap for it. And I don't want any hassle from questionable downloads. So I will stick with my robot voice reading to me for now.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 458

by gatzke (#48945873) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

"Don't have that much cost..."

People don't want to give up affordable cars for battery cars that cost $10k+ more, have less range, take longer to refill, and have battery packs that need to be replaced well before 200,000 miles.

Electric companies realize that transient alternative energy still requires full tradition infrastructure for weeks when the wind don't blow and the sun don't shine. This costs a lot for underutilized plants and peoples rates will skyrocket.

Mandating more auto inspections will lead to increased costs for consumers. Who drives old cars that are probably out of spec? Poor people. Why do you hate poor people so?

These things cost billions an billions, cause hardships that you have not considered, and are not extremely effective.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 440

by gatzke (#48611263) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

How is it different? In both cases, the police are accessing publicly available visual information. In one case, you have officers and another a camera. Surveillance was not illegal before, but now it is? Can cops still sit and watch without a warrant?

Just do your illegal stuff in the privacy of your own home with the blinds drawn.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"