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Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 553

Also, the costs of a death row inmate by far exceeds the costs of a long term imprisonment. (This is particularly true in the states that allow prison slave labor - which has a high correlation to the states that allow capital punishment). The many rounds of appeals that a death sentence automatically trigger cost a heck of a lot more than the room and board.

That's a dangerous argument in this case because a lot of death penalty proponents would simply reply that the appeal process is too lengthy, and that is not an inherent difficulty with the death penalty.

Comment: Re:stop with the pipes already. (Score 2) 586

by operagost (#49510509) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

Not sure why you have this anti-avocado agenda. You're just regurgitating the 1970s and 1980s "facts" that claimed high fat diets made people fat. That's like claiming that drinking a lot of water makes you retain water. Avocados are 160 calories per 100g. That's not high for a "snack food". Most of their carbs are in dietary fiber, which is good. They have some saturated fat, but that's low in relation to the unsaturated fat so I wouldn't call it a problem unless your doctor is worried about blockages. They're also pretty damn high in several vitamins.

It's a lot better than dipping your chips in sour cream and onion dip, I'd say.

Comment: Re:Interstate Water Sharing system (Score 1) 586

by operagost (#49510459) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
It's an interesting concept, isn't it? Funny how governments treat the same water. When water flows through my property, the government tells me what I can and can't do with it-- even if it ends up in a lake with no outlet. In some areas, you can't even collect the rain, which is pretty much an anti-green, anti-science policy. So the government owns the water-- until it's flooding your basement, causing toxic mold to grow. Then that's YOUR problem.

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