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Submission + - GOP plans climate-scientist witch hunt (latimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Quoting from TFA: "Reporting from Washington — If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies, as well as on scientists who link air pollution to climate change." Apparently the Republican party is planning on using House committees as kangaroo courts to go after scientists whose work on understanding the earth's climate (at least to start — after all, why stop there?) offends their ideology. McCarthyism, anyone?

Comment Re:They are freeloaders (Score 1) 282

Googling define:freeloader gives the following:

# someone who takes advantage of the generosity of others

There's no generosity to take advantage of. Our "freeloader" is a paying customer among others.

# Freeloader is a game published by Cheapass Games. The object of the game is to mooch as much free stuff as possible off of your friends and neighbours.

Still a paying customer.

# One who does not contribute or pay appropriately; one who gets a free ride, etc. without paying a fair share; An individual who gets merchandise from the back of supermarket premises that are past-their sell-by-date (Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Scotland)

Still a paying customer, paying the full price required by the business.

# The Freeloaders were formed in 2004 by Kevin O'Toole and Dale Longworth, two of the founder members of N-Trance.

Our "freeloader" probably can't play that well.

# Freeloading - The term "exploitation" may carry two distinct meanings: * The act of using something for any purpose. In this case, exploit is a synonym for use. * The act of using something in an unjust or cruel manner. It is this meaning of exploitation which is discussed below.

I know of some power users, but I still wouldn't call them exploitative or cruel in their browsing.

# a person who imposes on another's hospitality without sharing in the responsibility or cost.

Again, they pay in full.

In the final analysis, you are kind of right. But we're all freeloaders of society. A doctor will cure us, and we use an insurance that's in effect paid by the premiums of other people. We use public infrastructure that has been paid by taxes. We eat food that is subsidized by the government.

The thing is, it's a negative term, and nobody wants to be called a freeloader.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 378

You want a public search engine? Just make one and stop whining.

Also he complains about cencorship?
Let's see how bad cencorship gets on a nationally owned search engine. I bet all kinds of unfavorable facts begin to disappear rather quickly.

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