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Comment Re:There's an obvious reason (Score 1) 986

Life is sacred, yes. But thinking consenting adults are fully capable of flushing it all down the toilet to the point where they, and not anyone else, sign their own death warrant. The unborn are not capable of such things.

"Thinking, consenting adults" including the mentally ill? From the April 2017 article, Does the death penalty target people who are mentally ill? We checked. (and others):

People who are executed have a far higher rate of mental illness than does the general public.

When John H. Blume studied death row volunteers from 1976 through 2003, he found that 88 percent had a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Our numbers were slightly lower, but similar.

Graph showing percent of population w/mental illness (broken down and total, total below):

  • xxxx - 4% general population w/serious
  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - 18% general population w/any
  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx - 43% executed.

Comment Re:Coal Is Already Cheap (Score 5, Informative) 474

That's good, because most of the poor assholes who would otherwise mine coal are dying from either cancer, lung disease or opiate addiction. And you can thank the coal industry for all three.

Coal destroys communities.

All of what you said and literally. I give you the Centralia, Pennsylvania mine fire:

The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States, since at least May 27, 1962.

The fire is burning in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an eight-mile stretch of 3,700 acres.[1] At its current rate, it could burn for over 250 more years.[2]

The blaze has resulted in most of the town being abandoned. The population dwindled from 2,761 in 1890 to only 7 in 2013, and most of the buildings have been leveled.

Comment Re:Won't be long now (Score 3, Insightful) 256

Then, coming a little later -- perhaps 20 minutes into the future -- we'll have a Max Headroom situation...

In the future, an oligarchy of television networks rules the world. Even the government functions primarily as a puppet of the network executives, serving mainly to pass laws — such as banning "off" switches on televisions — that protect and consolidate the networks' power.

Comment Re: old movie (Score 1) 396

When you have a 30 year mortgage, you don't really need to care about your credit rating. A mortgage will bring a 500 back up to a 700 in 6 months

Having a mortgage can help, but isn't necessary. I paid off my mortgage in 2011 and now my credit report only lists 3 active items -- 3 credit cards, which I pay off every month (and always have), though I only use 1 routinely. My credit score is 840. Things may change in 2021 when the paid-off mortgage expires off the file -- I'll let you know :-)

Comment Re:Chill (Score 1) 396

Your points are all good, but I was just pointing out that there is some type of risk is every (in)action. If you want to restrict the type of risk to financial loss, someone else mentioned getting robbed while carrying around a lot of cash to pay bills in person. Online payment via your bank and using a credit card (online and in person) are much safer payment options.

Comment Chill (Score 3, Insightful) 396

There is risk in everything. Understand the type and extent of those risks. For example, you could get hit by a car while trying to pay a bill in person and die or end up in the with hospital with thousands of $$ in bills. Paying by check or online looks pretty safe by comparison.

Furthermore, paying with a credit card limits your risk to $50 for fraudulent charges - just check your statement every month. If you're really paranoid, get a Bank of America MasterCard. They have a feature called ShopSafe whereby you can create multiple virtual credit cards (linked to your real CC) for use online. You simple specify the amount and duration and new CC and CVV/CVC numbers are generated. As a bonus, only the first vendor to use a virtual card can use that card. You can bump the limit and/or expiration date and "delete" the virtual card at any time.

Comment Re:Only an idiot would use their name for Company (Score 3, Interesting) 52

You don't have to use the name for the company... From: Bully Hill Vineyards - Heritage, which was founded by Walter S. Taylor, whose grandfather started the Taylor Wine Company:

Everything suddenly changed in 1977 when Coca-Cola acquired Taylor Wine. One morning Walter came into work to discover that they had filed an injunction against him and Bully Hill Vineyards— preventing him from using the word “Taylor” on anything related to Bully Hill. Walter, believing that no one had the right to take his name from him quickly appealed but could not win against the behemoth legal team assembled against him.

In the end he was ordered to follow a list of stipulations dictating what he could and couldn’t “say” when it came to his name and ancestry. The list banned Walter:

  • From using the word “Taylor” on anything relating to Bully Hill. Period.
  • From implying that Bully Hill was connected to or the successor of Taylor Wine. It is very important to remember that Walter from birth was entrenched in everything Taylor Wine and that he and his father started Bully Hill together to continue the winemaking traditions of his family.
  • From implying that Bully Hill Vineyards was the original Taylor Wine Company. Bully Hill does sit on the original site Walter’s grandfather purchased in the late eighteen hundreds.
  • From implying that any of Walter’s ancestors are or were connected to Bully Hill Vineyards. Walter’s father was, in fact, a co-founder of Bully Hill Vineyards.
  • From implying that Walter’s ancestors passed ANYTHING on to him in the art of winemaking or grape growing. Walter was a 4th generation Taylor family winemaker and grape grower, by definition his ancestors passed on their knowledge and skills on to him.

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