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Comment: Re:STFU Obama, you're a fucking traitor!! (Score 1) 389 389

You sure about that? Have you looked into the gag orders commonly issued with the National Security letters?


Under the Patriot Act, a person does not have to be suspected of wrongdoing in order for the FBI to obtain their sensitive financial, communications or other personal records. Instead, FBI agents only have to state that the information they are seeking is "relevant" to a national security investigation. The letters are issued without prior court approval, and recipients are placed under a gag order that prevents them from telling anyone about the demand for records. Last year, the FBI issued 9,254 NSLs, according to the Justice Department

Comment: Re:Most. Transparent. Administration. Ever. (Score 1) 136 136

"Sorry, he lost me with his stance on vaccinations"

You mean the stance that vaccinations should be voluntary? Which is how they have pretty much always been?

So you are for the position of forcibly strapping people down and injecting them with drugs against their will? Sickening.

Comment: Guess he didn't like the Paul-Boxer proposal (Score 1) 825 825

I guess he didnt' like the Paul-Boxer bipartisan proposal announced last week.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R- KY) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that they will be introducing the Invest in Transportation Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would extend the Highway Trust Fund, which supports millions of jobs. The bill would also boost economic growth and create jobs by providing an incentive for companies to bring back some of the estimated $2 trillion in foreign earnings that are being held overseas.

The legislation would strengthen the U.S. economy and create jobs by allowing companies to voluntarily return their foreign earnings to the United States at a tax rate of 6.5 percent. The rate is only for repatriations that exceed each company’s average repatriations in recent years, and funds must have been earned in 2015 or earlier. Companies would have up to five years to complete the transfer.

The measure would ensure that a portion of the repatriated funds will be used for increased hiring, wages and pensions; research and development, environmental improvements; public-private partnerships; capital improvements; and acquisitions. Under the bill, no funds could be spent on increases in executive compensation, or on increases in shareholder dividends or stock buybacks for three years after the program ends. Also, any company that inverts within 10 years of participating in this program would have to repay the tax incentive with interest.

All tax revenues from the repatriation program would be transferred into the Highway Trust Fund, helping to address the urgent federal funding crisis facing America’s highways, bridges, and transit systems.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579 579

" I've been considering Windows Phone, but their app selection is quite poor."

Exactly which types of apps have you been unable to find for WP? I'm always looking for development ideas. WP is pretty darn easy to devel for if you have windows devel experience.

I hear this bit about their app selection being poor, but I haven't really come across anything I needed that wasn't already available.

Comment: Re:Countless Comments on Prior Articles & Now (Score 4, Insightful) 219 219

You are correct in that it shouldn't need to be debated as it should outright be LEGAL. A "living leader" of any country is just a person; they are no different than any of us. Your only logical position would be to make it illegal to make a movie about assassinating any living person.

Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 2) 265 265

This is a great informative read:

It all ended on August 15, 1971, when Nixon closed the gold window and refused to pay out any of our remaining 280 million ounces of gold. In essence, we declared our insolvency and everyone recognized some other monetary system had to be devised in order to bring stability to the markets. Amazingly, a new system was devised which allowed the U.S. to operate the printing presses for the world reserve currency with no restraints placed on it — not even a pretense of gold convertibility, none whatsoever! Though the new policy was even more deeply flawed, it nevertheless opened the door for dollar hegemony to spread. Realizing the world was embarking on something new and mind-boggling, elite money managers, with especially strong support from U.S. authorities, struck an agreement with OPEC to price oil in U.S. dollars exclusively for all worldwide transactions. This gave the dollar a special place among world currencies and in essence “backed” the dollar with oil. In return, the U.S. promised to protect the various oil-rich kingdoms in the Persian Gulf against threat of invasion or domestic coup. This arrangement helped ignite the radical Islamic movement among those who resented our influence in the region. The arrangement gave the dollar artificial strength, with tremendous financial benefits for the United States. It allowed us to export our monetary inflation by buying oil and other goods at a great discount as dollar influence flourished.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.