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Comment: Re:It's the school's fault (Score 2) 321

by magarity (#49487505) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

They didn't want to look like Starfleet Academy. They wanted to look like a rich suburb:

the technology effort was a civil rights imperative designed to provide low-income students with devices available to their wealthier peers

Civil rights have come a long way if having iPads is now one. Do people even know what civil rights are anymore?

Comment: Landing vs splashdown (Score 1) 340

One would think lifting off with all that fuel needed for the landing is inefficient compared to a splashdown parachute recovery like the shuttle's boosters. And the damage caused by landing on water with parachutes has got to be less than the explosions from the landings on the barges.

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 698

by Black Parrot (#49478369) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Remove tax exemptions from all of them. They get the same benefits from government as any other organization does.

Also, it would take the government out of the business of deciding what is and what isn't a "real" religion, and of course keep organizations from pretending to be religions as part of a tax scam.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 440

by magarity (#49467659) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

The open internet is one of the most democratizing things we have in a modern society, why is this even up for debate? What benefit would society have in enabling "Fast lanes" or "premium" connections or other nonsense? What do we get protecting commercial interests?

How would you know the open internet is one of the most democratizing things we have in a modern society? Net neutrality rules were just published to the federal register today so only today does the internet finally, at long last, start to become open? It seems net neutrality is yet another piece of social openness being hunted down by government regulation.

Comment: Re:How would you promote job growth (Score 1) 238

Easy. The cost of maintaining a country is based on the GDP

WTF? The cost of maintaining a country is based on the government budget, not GDP. GDP is a measure of economic output. If citizens have good saving habits and the government doesn't run deficits then the cost of maintaining the country can be a small fraction of GDP. For bad savers and runaway spending governments, the cost can be much higher than GDP.

And in your example, trucks are charged a highway tax all their own to help pay their share.

It's sad you work at McD's but stop hating on more economically successfull people. It's clear from your posts that you're a coffee shop marxist.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 2) 676

by modecx (#49460915) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

trying to put together some sort of scandal or conspiracy, or even flat out making things up ("Obama is coming for your guns!")

Whatever your views on the issue, I find it curious that of the laundry list of nasty things the Rs said/did to smear Obama's campaign, you pick the one that was, by all metrics, objectively true.

His views prior, and up to his bid for president contrasted to...four days ago The same man who in 2008 promised among other things to increase government transparency, eliminate domestic spying, and not to go after guns...did what again? Did his part to make government more opaque, tolerated if not tacitly endorsed increased domestic spying, and went after guns at every major opportunity (often impotently).

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye