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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 1307 1307

Free health care: passing doctors money under the table to get them to work on you.

And how much of the Greek economy lives "under the table?" The greater the relative size of a black-market economy is to that of the whole economy, the greater the incentive to perpetuate the black-market economy and destroy any public benefits funded via taxation. See: tragedy of the commons

Comment Re:Surprising to those unfamiliar with mathematici (Score 1) 170 170

I don't follow football a lot, but my understanding is that players on the offensive line are a lot less susceptible to this problem. They don't tend to tack other players or collide at high speeds. They're almost right next to the opposing player who needs to be stopped and usually just end up grappling with this person. Contrast this with other positions where the player needs to tackle someone or ends up getting tackled a lot.

Players on the front lines have incredibly high rates of TBI because one of the common methods used by both the O and D lines is to whack the opposing player in the head to disorient them. TBI is greatly influenced by the frequent whacks to the head as well as using one's own head as a weapon - one doesn't need to be knocked out to have a concussion or subject to TBI.

Comment Re:Bug in their bug (Score 1) 93 93

Really, who would be surprised by a blue screen from a Windows 95 box?

The giveaway was probably when the blue screen was replaced with CIA's logo and the text "All your base are belong to us."

Ah yes, the precursor to "I'm all about that bass." Damn you - now I can't get that techno out of my head!

Comment Re:Crossed lines (Score 1) 166 166

I gotta admit, that caught my eye, too.

But if they can prove it, that goes against claims by many in the state and oil industry. The oil industry would likely try to hound/silence/sue the insurance company.

Not necessarily. Industries and governments are famous for two-faced policies.

If the insurance company says that they were manmade, the government can say, "No, they weren't, but this is a civil matter and we can't interfere." And nothing will happen. Worst case, it will be tied up in courts for the next 20 years. By then, those people currently in charge will have made a ton of money and be retired somewhere outside the US.

It's kind of like the music industry claiming that a 30-second ringtone is enough the song that consumers must pay royalties while, at the same time, claiming that they weren't so they didn't have to pay the artists royalties.

And then there's a giant class-action lawsuit where the insurance and oil companies are held jointly & severally liable. Or there's a lawsuit which crosses state lines & works its way through the federal system up to the supreme court.

Comment Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 1) 1168 1168

Except treat the law isn't put into place for preventing the Baker from having to make gay-themed cupcakes, but allows the Baker to refuse to sell existing, plain ole vanilla cupcakes to a sexual deviant. The question boils down to "What is a protected class?" Given that Indiana (and all states other than Louisiana) follow common law rules, prior cases involving protected classes are relevant. Common law had already established that race and religious beliefs are protected classes. Why sexual orientation has to be a question is something best explained by bigotry and is the whole point of why protected classes are legally exist.

Comment Re:Better Arguments Needed (Score 1) 1081 1081

I completely agree...but isn't this what you are also doing too?

I don't think there's a need to feel remorse for ridding society of someone about whom otherwise never give another thought, but who comes to our attention for being a satisfied murderer of innocent people. Supporting the removal of that person from existence isn't the same as wanting to kill anyone.

Similar arguments have been used throughout history. Examples include the early years of the USSR, Andrew Jackson's reign of the US, and Hitler's reign of Germany. Sadly, history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Comment Consumers are cheap (Score 2) 415 415

Consumers are cheap - this is evidenced by the number of consumers who never install a new version of Windows on their computers. How will Microsoft get people to subscribe when they buy a new computer?

Buy this new laptop for only $499!*
*Plus recurring $10/moy payments for the remainder of the computer's life

Yeah, that will sell like hotcakes....

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten