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Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 342

$1k in Fairfax County VA, where my mother-in-law is, won't get much at all, and she can't afford to move without help. My mom is in the Detroit suburbs, so somewhat better, but still needs help from me financially. If I didn't have to worry about them, I'd probably be able to retire right now.

I agree there's a fine line, and it should be based upon where you live, and what resources you have. As for them preparing, both are divorcees who got squat from former husbands. Mother-in-law worked into her 70s as a psychiatric nurse, but on her post divorce income couldn't really save anything. Nobody's hiring old nurses these days, though she's still able to do volunteer work, and gets some minor benefits from that. Mom, 75 and with a high school education, worked as a real estate agent, and still does occasionally, but the housing market in the Detroit area is crap, and most people don't want to deal with an old lady agent. Other work opportunities for her are next to nil.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 342

Well, now you've changed who we're discussing from "Republicans" to "Republicans core". I've got my own complaints about the way the party has been run for the last 15 or so years, but I still consider myself to be a fiscal conservative. I know plenty of Republicans who don't fit your statement, but then they wouldn't likely be part of the "core". I have a mother and mother-in-law living on their SS checks with no other sources of income (beside help from me). So, I completely understand that there needs to be a safety net for those in dire need. On the other hand, I see so much waste in government that it makes me want to puke, and yet they want more money???...F them. There are plenty of things to cut first. Put some money to work on infrastructure (one area i agree with Obama on), that will stimulate jobs and business. Obviously, more defense cuts need to occur, and I say that as a defense contractor. And, Congress needs to stop funding shit that the military doesn't want...Global Hawk for example. We could go on and on, but I think we're mostly in agreement, no?

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 342

The cost of living adjustments are flexible and political, to say the least. In reality, they are updated to higher and higher standards of living over time, which simply could get stopped.

Not sure what you mean, as they haven't kept up with inflation, and thus put people into lower standards of living. My mother and mother-in-law are living on payments of about $1k/month...both divorcees with no additional income. Now, I'd be okay with lowering the amounts for people with other income sources (savings, pensions, etc.) like myself, but I do believe we need a safety net for those who really can't fend for themselves.

Comment Re:...but if you want free software to improve... (Score 1) 1098

The whole Free Software thing kicked off because he got a new OS, and his printer wouldn't work with it.

Actually, I believe they got a new printer and their OS wouldn't work with it. ;-) Or rather, the printer driver didn't do things they wanted it to do (like notifying about finished jobs and printer jams) and they couldn't fix the new one like they did with the old one.

Comment Re:Night Soil (Score 4, Interesting) 112

>quote>Nowdays, as a poster below has pointed out, pharma and it's metabolites will probably be the challenge.

That's quite a different problem. Cadmium is an element. Pharmaceuticals and their metabolic products are organic, and consist of the same elements as the desired stuff. Unlike cadmium, you can often get rid of them simply by applying high-enough temperatures.

Comment Re:Why unlikely? (Score 5, Informative) 84

The actual quote from the article:

The second way carbon-14 can be created in the Earthâ(TM)s atmosphere is if the Sun suddenly belched high energy particles our way. In other words, the Sun might have emitted a superflare 1000 times larger than usual which then engulfed the Earth.

There was a time when astronomers would have immediately ruled out this possibility as well. But last year, astrophysicists calculated that sun-like stars can produce superflares of this size about once every 3000 years.

The "seems unlikely" appears to be an invention of KentuckyFC, enabled by samzenpus.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 2) 342

It's funny that the area hasn't voted blue since the 40s. I've worked in the industry for 37 years, and never once heard of such a thing as any contractor being "forced by politicians to create a bill as high as possible". That's the kind of thing that you can't simply hide under the rug...there are too many audits, and too many potential whistle blowers. So, until someone shows some evidence, this is nothing but tin-foil hat conspiracy theory.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 342

no matter if it were a republican (low tax, low spend)

Ha, you're funny. As this article demonstrates, Republicans can spend (and/or waste) just as much, if not more than, Democrats. They just don't want to spend any of it on poor people or minorities.

Yeah, you were correct, right there until the last sentence, and then you had to go all MSNBC on it. It's funny to see people stereotype while pointing the finger at others.

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