There is always the option to give up on substance abuse.
If you think a cup of coffee in the morning is substance abuse, I'd hate to hear what you think of a glass of wine with dinner.
However, it is neither greener, nor more efficient or even easier really.
The "Green Mountain" in their company names refers to the piles of green dollars that they are making with this crap.
Even that I don't understand. I have literally never had a cup of Green Mountain coffee that was worth the heat it took to brew it.
Downside : a normal coffee brew process generates 6-12 cups of Joe.
I guess we could all switch to a press
Keurig provides a clean single-cup solution
You can put in less coffee and water, you know. I have a small coffee maker (4 cups) and just grind the beans and brew. It tastes better than Keurig, and is less wasteful. And it's so low-tech that some company can't maximize their profits by preventing me from minimizing my costs.
So what we have is a bunch of startups who think they know how to be like a bank, but are failing utterly. Is this is a systematic flaw in Bitcoin itself, or Schadenfreude by companies who have yet to learn they are nowhere near ready for holding onto something like this?
There is another possiblity: that these exchanges are operating as designed. Who can most easily rob a bank? The people running it, of course.
Agreed, now someone tell the SEC...
Nah, they'll get suckered in by Mt.Gox #2 and will get to laugh at buttcoiners even more.
Buttcoiners? Are those like ass pennies?
I don't presume to know how close you've ever been to full-on drug addiction,
but in my own admittedly small sampling,
many an addict's confinement is the only time in their adult lives they're not using. A great friend passed last year at the ripe old age of 48, but his life was probably extended a decade by frequent periods of abstinence as a guest of the County and State.
I have been very close to addiction. I have watched a good friend put heroin into his arm, and had another die of "massive organ failure" after many years of drug use. There was a time when at least half of my friends were in AA. I agree that some people need confinement to stop using, at least temporarily. But I think that's what we have inpatient rehab for. Confine someone if you must, but don't put them in jail. Prison is not an environment conducive to improving one's mental and physical health; it just makes things worse.
It's pretty rare that "self-harm" only harms the person doing it, especially with addictive substances. They may be the only one suffering the physical effects, but there's emotional, financial, social, etc, etc effects that radiate out to their family, friends, co-workers and more. It's not as obvious as second-hand smoke from cigarettes, but the detrimental effects are still there.
That's true and good to recognize, but not an argument for continuing the war on drugs. The answer to the question of how to deal with such people is not to throw them in jail, compounding the problem, but to actually help them with the aim of getting them to a healthy mental and physical state. Unfortunately, out society seems more interested in punishing people than helping them.
Venezuela is a hole. Democracy may not be the best solution but what they've been doing for the last 14 years isn't working either.
Thanks for making my point. More FUD about Venezuela with no actual data or argument. It is a hole in what way?
Democracy is not the opposite of socialism. In fact we have some socialism in our democracy (republic) right here in the US. Of course, the powers that be also want to conflate democracy and capitalism, making people think they are somehow related. They are not. But again, they are trying to prop up the fabulously profitable system they have constructed. Can't have information, or an informed citizenry getting in the way of that!
Unfortunately, other electric car manufacturers have been thinking "eco freeks in their underpowered compact and mini cars" and building underpowered electric powertrains.
Like who? My Nissan Leaf has excellent pick up.
Compared to what? From what I can see, the Leaf does 0-60 in about 9 seconds, with a power output of 107 HP. That's adequate, but not all that fast compared to a lot of cars out there.
Right now the social networks are flooded with alleged "discoveries of fraud", according to which the opposition is spreading pictures from protests elsewhere as being from Venezuela right now. It's interesting that the original photos are very easy to find in the internet, but the ones supposedly shared by the venezuelan opposition are nowhere. Either the venezuelan opposition is dumb enough to get pictures that are widely available and spread them as their own or there's some seeding taking place in hopes that the opposition will get framed by spreading a false pic that was given to them by someone else.
The powers that be really do not want anyone in the US thinking that what is going on in Venezuela is at all okay. I don't know if it's the socialist angle, but all we hear are bad things about Venezuela. We hear about how horrible their living conditions are and how corrupt their government is. Hugo Chavez was constantly demonized in the media. We even tried to overthrow him back in the early 2000's.
The US has a long history of disrupting successful socialism in South America. I figure that's what's going on here as well. Our government doesn't want anyone getting the idea that socialism could work to raise up a people. Capitalism has to be seen as the only way; in order to prop up the fabulously profitable system the oligarchs have constructed.
I was just thinking, if I wanted to create enough fear that our my enemies would be looking over their shoulders everytime they used the internet, nothing would work better than creating the belief that I was omnipresent on the web. One the one side, people are certain that the government in incapable of managing the simplest of programs or managing it's own affairs, but when given the notion that that same government could orchestrate a massive campaign of internet monitoring and targeted strikes again individuals, most seem to have no doubt of it's validity. Every other week there is a new revelation of the widening scope of the NSA powers to peer into every aspect of our lives and yet when asked, people still believe that same government is buying $400 toilet seats. Perhaps the biggest conspiracy is that the NSA isn't omnipresent, but wants you to think they are.
The Government is not one thing, and can therefore be incompetent and quite competent at the same time. I don't think anyone doubts that our elite special forces soldiers are quite good at what they are trained to do. And I don't think anyone doubts that the ACA website was a disaster at roll out. Same government; effective in one area, ineffective in another.
And the $400 toilet seats were money laundering in action, but people still seem to think some bureaucrat was dumb enough to pay $400 for a toilet seat. Whether that was money laundering or simple corruption, it was certainly not incompetence.
The NSA is in trouble for domestic spying. Are the targets here domestic? If not, then they are just doing their job.
Except this isn't about spying, it's about social engineering. Is that in the NSA's mandate?