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Comment: Re:This is a country that wants in the EU (Score 5, Insightful) 444 444

Turkey doesn't seem to mind following behind the world by a couple of centuries. The Ottoman Empire refused to allow the printing press until 1729, but closed it, then reopened it again later in 1784. Same group objected to it as to evolution, the all-knowing theocratic wise men. Religion = Suppression of Thought. Science = Freedom of Thought.

Comment: Felony Abuse (Score 5, Insightful) 246 246

It is high time we rollback the number of crimes that result in felony convictions. The "Get Tough On Crime" era only resulted in overstretched state budgets and the creation of an entire underclass of citizens who are barred from certain employments, voting, etc. just because politicians sought to score political points in order to get re-elected. There is a very stark contrast to what the term "felon" implies with regards to the seriousness or violence of the crime, and the rather lackadaisical manner in which it is applied in the legal context.

Comment: Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (Score 2) 1059 1059

The idea is that the U.S. Treasury mints the coin, and then gives that coin to the Federal Reserve in order to pay down the more than $1.6 trillion dollars in U.S. debt that the Fed currently owns. Thus no more debt ceiling problem.

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