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Comment: Re: Still pretty affordable (Score 1) 228

by rock_climbing_guy (#47932003) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
Our PPACA law is a sick joke.

We already have Medicare Part D, which while it is laudable that it helps retirees buy medicine, it stipulates that the US gov't pay FULL PRICE for these meds. Just to give you an example of what that's like, I was once asked to pay $80 to fill a prescription I normally pay $10 to have filled. I politely told them to shove it. Uncle Sam would have written a check for $80.

According to the official figures, the US gov't spends more money per capita on health insurance than countries that provide universal coverage. It is a sickening example of cronyism and thinly veiled bribery.

Comment: Re:Thanks for nothing. (Score 1) 155

by rock_climbing_guy (#46975229) Attached to: Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'
Consider this also: You don't have to do drugs to be a victim of the "war on drugs". Here are several horror stories about people's rights being violated in the name of enforcing drugs laws.
A man was forced to undergo a colonoscopy when police suspected he was transporting drugs. None were found.
After confusing a man with a drug suspect, a police officer handcuffed an innocent man and crushed his skull under his boot.
A policeman in Idaho stopped a driver with Colorado license plates and detained him in handcuffs while searching his vehicle without consent, presumably because he had Colorado plates.

Comment: Re:Thanks for nothing. (Score 1) 155

by rock_climbing_guy (#46969951) Attached to: Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'

I must disagree with you about the marijuana issue. I think that it is an important issue that is being ignored.

Here in the USA, we arrest 750,000 people each year for marijuana. Most people seem to know someone who smokes the stuff and would not want someone's life torn apart because someone in DC didn't what he was doing.

I have come to believe that in the future, the struggle to legalize marijuana will be seen as one of the defining civil rights issues of our time.

And oh yes, legalizing marijuana will leave the powers that be with one less excuse to otherwise violate our civil rights.

Comment: Re:As a 40 something programmer recently interview (Score 1) 379

I recently took a multiple-choice C# quiz for a hiring interview. I didn't like it at all. I think that a test or quiz should give you the opportunity to demonstrate skill and knowledge. The test I took seemed to be designed to trick me with corner cases.

For example, there was a question that demanded that I know what happens if a variable in a using clause is set to null inside the using block. Why on Earth would I ever want to set the variable in a using clause to null!!! That makes no sense.

Comment: Re:Why dealerships get a free ride (Score 2) 342

by rock_climbing_guy (#46459495) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Gouged in ways you can't imagine?

Try this one on for size. I drive a 2003 Acura TL. Several years ago, one of the headlights failed. I took it to a shop where I was told that it needed $700 worth of electrical parts from the factory. Not knowing better, I paid the bill.

Last year, I had the exact same problem with the other headlight, only now, I'm being told that it will cost over $1000. I finally did the right thing and asked for help online. I was directed to a company that had after-market parts drop-shipped to me directly from China for about $50., less than 1/20 of what the stealership wanted. The parts from that company seem just as good as the parts from the dealer, so there's one way I got gouged.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise, but still... (Score 1) 464

by rock_climbing_guy (#45751845) Attached to: Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

Oh yes!

I pledge allegience,

to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the republic

for which it stands:

one nation

under God,


with liberty and justice for all.

Are you sure to really object to teaching children to say those words? Our country's founders were certainly not perfect, but they set out on a radical experiment in *limited* government where people would be free to pursue their dreams, instead of being more or less the property of the state. Today, those ideals are easy to take for granted because they have become so ingrained in western society.

I happily pledge my allegience to the US flag and for all that it stands for to me, but I fear that the powers that be want to take that away from us and make us live in a world where we take fear and servitude for granted instead; a world where we just shut up and take what they give us.

Instead of objecting to the pledging the flag, why don't you object to the mockery the powers that be have made of what it stands for?

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