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Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 529

Markets in poor neighborhoods carry what 'poor' people buy

They buy what gives them the most calories per dollar, while also focusing on foods that require the least preparation time (since their work typically leaves them with little time to spare). End result: saturated fat, refined sugar and sodium, with very little in the way of necessary vitamins and minerals.

Poverty is now owning... a car out of warranty!

For most of the United States, owning a car is a necessity for both working and buying food.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution.... (Score 1) 140

The largest source of income for the NRA is membership dues

While that is still part of the organization's core function, today less than half of the NRA's revenues come from program fees and membership dues.

The bulk of the group's money now comes in the form of contributions, grants, royalty income, and advertising, much of it originating from gun industry sources.

But around 2005, the group began systematically reaching out to its richest members for bigger checks through its "Ring of Freedom" program, which also sought to corral corporate donors. Between then and 2011, the Violence Policy Center estimates that the firearms industry donated as much as $38.9 million to the NRA's coffers. The givers include 22 different gun makers, including famous names like Smith & Wesson, Beretta USA, SIGARMS, and Sturm, Ruger & Co. that also manufacture so-called assault weapons.

Some of that funding has given the NRA a direct stake in gun and ammo sales.

One of the NRA's 27 websites calls such donors "corporate partners," while another says the association is "not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any business that deals in guns and ammunition."

I'll grant that a plurality of the NRA's funding seems to come from dues, but the majority of its money comes from those with a direct or indirect financial interest in the sale of weapons and ammunition, as inconvenient that is to the NRA's projected public image.

Comment: Re:Simple Solution.... (Score 3, Insightful) 140

The NRA has its deep pockets and resultant clout not (necessarily) from numerous individual private members but from effectively being an arms industry trade group, the USCoC of arms manufacturers and dealers.

And so long as we continue to have the kinds of wealth disparities we haven't seen since 1929, catering to rich corporate interests (with varying levels of populist veneer) is the only way to get enough money to actually influence policy.

Comment: Re:You don't need so many workers (Score 1) 300

by Guppy06 (#47457427) Attached to: Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

At least it's a known quantity, whereas with desktop Linux you're still expected to know copious text commands even to get userland tasks done because every installation's GUI is a special little snowflake.

Granted, Metro is ruining that advantage by all but requiring people to memorize keyboard shortcuts for desktop use, but at least it's still mostly the same keyboard shortcuts across all versions of Windows for the past 20+ years or so.

Comment: Re:Also available for UK, Canada, France ... (Score 4, Insightful) 95

by Guppy06 (#47448331) Attached to: Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

One thing to remember here is that most of these edits are probably made by junior IT staff rather than elected representatives

I can't speak for the others you've listed, but these Capitol Hill edits almost exclusively affect articles on sitting members and those on politically contentious topics. If it really is by "junior IT staff," then it's more likely that they're doing it under orders from their higher-ups rather than wasting office hours on topics they're personally interested in.

Comment: Re:That's Fine (Score 3, Insightful) 110

On the other hand, TFA seems to indicate that this SEO fiasco was less about trying to improve the utility's reputation than about improving the executive's personal reputation.

$18k of company money to try to justify a personal $60k/a raise really doesn't sound good.

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.