Oh, "The Left" has it's own peculiarities. But the efforts to turn every one of their own inherent properties into an accusation against their opponents is a hallmark of the Religious Right.
Its a subscription-based MMO. $15 a month. In today's market, that is a recipe for fail.
On the other hand, I only play games that I pay for. I don't want anything for free, and most definitely not a game. Every single F2P game gives me a creepy feeling.
And I figure, since I'm not exceptional in any way, there are probably other people like me, who are happy to pay for a game that provides value. In fact, if the game was good enough, and provided enough value, I'd pay even more than the current price-tag for an AAA game.
I'm not much on MMO's or really, multiplayer anything, but by charging for their work, at least Blizzard has placed Wildstar in the category of games that I will consider playing.
Works for me!
Sometimes cynicism is a comfort, I guess.
No need to donate, just stop using electricity altogether - that should offset the use of coal more than the amount you might donate would. Not only would doing so show that you're really serious about the environment, it's a far more reasonable and realistic proposal than shutting down the sole power source for a vast majority of the global population.
I already don't use any coal-generated electricity, thanks. Took that step a dozen or more years ago.
Somehow it has not resulted in the shutdown of any coal mines. Go figure! Something about supply and demand and cost interrelationships.
Or, to put it another way, infinitesimally reducing demand isn't really in any way equivalent to infinitesimally contributing to a blockade of supply.
We can't say for sure, of course; lacking mind-reading prowess we'll have to judge the regulatory powers-that-be by what they do and say.
But currently the government is trying to clamp down even harder on the distribution of the painkillers that some of us actually require (in my case, only occasionally, thank God). Their stated reason is that when patients are prescribed narcotic painkillers, and the government makes it harder to get narcotics, many of these patients then turn to heroin, because it is more readily and cheaply obtained. Then, many of these sufferers become heroin addicts, which in turn causes harm to their families, their communities, and themselves.
The government regulators bluntly state that this process means there should be more restrictions on prescription painkillers. Try, for example, this google search.
So, they know that as they restrict access to painkillers, and make use of heavy doses of painkillers more dangerous and harmful, they are actively driving pain sufferers towards illegal heroin use. They know this, and they say so. So the response is to increase restrictions on painkillers? Judging them by their actions, these people have a strong desire to do harm, specifically by pushing people suffering extreme pain into the heroin trade.
Either that, or they are incredibly, dangerously stupid.
One thing you can always say about the right-wing in America:
It's always about projection.
They have it in their DNA to try to misdirect by blaming others for that which is their most defining property. They think it's some kind of super-secret jujutsu that they can do because some consultant told them to. But it doesn't fool anyone. Look how long they've been trying it.
Smitty makes a big deal about his Christian faith and lives and breathes dishonesty. He thinks that it's OK because he's doing God's work or something. Just look into fhe faces - into the eyes - of the old-line soldiers in the Right to see where this ends up. Go find a photo of Mark Levin and look at the dead, flat eyes. That is not what the grace of God looks like.
Smitty, let go of the corruption before it gets to the point where it will never let go of you.
. You don't need for people not to be able to see to feel private.
No, you need for people to be not seen.
The act of watching, when it is not wanted, is a transgression against the individual. Now, you may say we've moved into a "post-individual" age, where only the collective matters, but I'm pretty sure that's not what people want. There is a basic human dignity that is violated by unwanted surveillance on people who are not suspected of crime. It's why the framers of the US Constitution made a big deal about:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
It was a good idea then, and it's a much better idea now. Because when corporations and governments have the power of ubiquitous surveillance, there is no way NOT for it to be abused. Governments and corporations just don't know any better, because they are not human.
The fact that there are so many people who object to being watched should be enough. No means no. I have a right to be unwatched as much as a woman has a right to travel unmolested. If I don't want to be watched, I have a right not to be watched, when I'm in my own home, or even walking down the street.
I know you were kidding, but that's what my backup is.
I have five large crates of CDs sitting in a cellar - and that's my backup of my music collection. Of course, my music collection is only about 250 GB of FLAC files, not 2 TB... if the guy's not generating his own video, it's hard to imagine where he'd get 2 TB of legally owned content without any sort of initial distribution media.
Where's the damn kickstarter?
Right - so whats the systemic problem? Under-educated politicians? A culture which dismisses individual achievement and hard science?
We have a political system beholden to an economic system that rewards and empowers sociopaths. New Jersey just outlawed direct sale of Tesla automobiles, to give just one example.
Ah, but who are the "takers"?
Maybe this will help a little: http://pando.com/2014/02/26/fo...
And the irony of "obamacare" is that it's an invention of the Heritage Foundation.
They're the ones that designed it.
That Obama, implementing the plans of communist sympathizers like the Heritage Foundation.
>2/3rds goes to retirees
The baby boomers are retiring?
YOU DON'T SAY!
And you are surprised at this? If you are, you're a moron.
"Social security is going broke!!!#$#!@$@#%11ON#"
No it isn't you stupid fuck, not if the legislature tweaks it A LITTLE BIT. But no, we have teabaggers and corporatists crying about the "47 percent that don't pay taxes" lie.
Fuck all of you.
There's a difference between surveillance and transparency.
People have a basic, animal need to be left alone sometimes. If there is "omnipresent surveillance", and you can't possibly know who's watching, how can you ever say "no"?
I don't think "decorum" is something that is decided democratically. It is almost imposed on us by the powerful, and that means that it will be beneficial to a few and less so to everyone else.
But again, it's good that smart people like you are talking about this.
These days, if you're not a political dissident, you are not paying attention.