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Comment Re:yep (Score 1, Informative) 671

OMG, holy cow and all that. Speaking as someone who has started and sold a couple of small businesses, I can promise you that Obamacare will NOT make it easier. There is even a tax for every employee, whether you have health insurance or not. Sorry to burst your bubble (and no matter how you feel about Obamacare in general) but more regulations do NOT make it easier to start a business, no matter what kind of regulations they are.

Comment Re:I do not understand why this is a story (Score 1) 740

Slight correction:

Trades were executed in Chicago at the same time as the change was announced in Washington D.C. in a classical physics sense.

The trades were made at 2:00pm on the dot in Chicago. Which implies that the trades were made with a 0s thinking/processing time. The graphs I saw were timed down to the millisecond, so assuming they got the information at 2:00.000 (which wasn't possible) they decided to execute the trade in less than 1 millisecond. It's probably theoretically possible, I assume that the information was at least guessable and I'm sure many traders were prepared for this eventuality.

Of course, it's possible someone anticipated the outcome of the decision, and scheduled the trades for 2:00, and was planning to reverse them in some way later if the information tuned out to not be what they had expected.

Comment Re:Yes, But... (Score 1) 213

Well, reading around, it seems that spiders of up to 100mg can be lifted by a mass of threads forming a fan about 1m long.

Assuming Spiderman is a skinny kid, he might weigh as little as 50kg, so he should be easily able to lift himself by producing a fan shaped mass of silk with a length of as little as 500km.

Comment Agreed on the activists (Score 2, Insightful) 380

They killed the goose that layed the golden eggs.

The uber-green and anti-nuke activists likely don't live there, and probably consider these folks collateral damage in their larger fight. Ideally, such activists would be up-front about the economic costs of some of their stands. Even beyond this now-impoverished small town, growing economies need affordable energy; that's just an economic fact. High energy costs reverberate through the entire supply chain, and raise the costs of virtually every good-and-service that normal people use.

Everybody wants clean air and water, but some green initiatives come with a serious price-tag.

Comment Re: How is this news? (Score 1) 617

I'll admit, Christian Rock isn't a genre I know anything about*, but music often goes in cycles. Some new sound will get invented an picked up by a bunch of people, gradually get more popular until large companies start trying to jump on the band wagon, at which point it all starts to get a bit crap and commercial and kids start saying to each other, "$GENRE is crap, lets make something new" and the whole cycle begins again.

*I'm going to stick behind the saying, 'The devil has all the best tunes'.

Comment Re:"The only problem? It's GMO." (Score 1) 400

Generally, if the U.S. government is committed to an idea, that's my first tip-off that it is a bad one. At least, anytime since about 1913 when the statists and authoritarians took over.

Notice I didn't issue a blanket "grains are harmful". I stick to the blindingly obvious: processed sugars and highly-processed grains (and the foods they tend to be packaged in) are harmful. Even the government scientists will tell you that whole-grain bread made from freshly-milled wheat is better for you than Twinkies or that Wonderbread with a 2-month shelf life. Problem is, they still subsidize the hell out of the raw materials for Twinkies and Wonderbread. They would also (grudginly) agree that fresh vegetables picked that day from your garden are probably more nutritious than something harvested halfway across the country and shipped through three major distribution hubs before arriving at your local supermarket.

If you just look at things simply and empirically, it is very easy to test these questions. Problem is Americans are in love with "Science" as an overarching authority, and industry as a supplier of all needs, and would rather see huge edifices of logical supposition built upon studies done decades ago (of often questionable financial sources) rather than look at the evidence right before their eyes. Vary your diet for a month, and see if there's a difference in your health. Ain't that hard to do...

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