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Comment Re:People's price tolerance (Score 1) 473

While true, would those same people watch those men with sticks if they were forced to watch ads instead of get another beer before their game comes back on?

There are different lines drawn for everyone, and if a suitable replacement can easily be found, then you can bet they will move on: that's why cable is finding their subscriber base shrinking while netflix, hulu, and dvd (and other media) purchase base grows.

If hulu pulls too many shenanigans, you can bet that eventually they will find their subscriber base shrinking as well. They could move to netflix, or perhaps find another service that isn't as well known (or yet created).

Comment Re:More ads? (Score 2) 473

If they just put in more ads, I'll be using the commercials for longer breaks outside of the room while the commercials play.

If, however, they allow me to better express my interests so that the commercials they display actually appeal to me, I might actually watch them without any hint of annoyance.

Comment Re:Gary Johnson and libertarians (Score 1) 462

How is decreasing the government's size a poor solution? We have to make up for the 43 cents in borrowing per dollar spent and you want to do that all by raising taxes on an already over tax-burdened society? What about those that are paying rent or mortgages and only have a few hundred dollars a month to spare. You want to raise taxes 43% or more to cover our current borrowing trend? You do realize how many people will continue to go bankrupt if such a step is made?

Do you realize the amount of money we could save just by eliminating government overlap (without reducing regulation or services)?

Where did you read that I think that socialism is "capitalism with a mid-sized government"? I was simply asking what system you prefer.

Also, how do you define a mid-sized government? As you can see here, government as an employee percent has grown 10% just in the past 2 or 3 years. Looking at this chart you can see that government has never really shrunk. If anything, this is the largest, government has ever been and every year it once again is the largest it has ever been again. So once again, what do you define as mid-sized?

"replace it with civil unions (with the same legal content that marriage has today), and separate civil unions and cultural marriage forever. If so, he should say that" - He has on his website, which you refuse to read in depth. This is exactly what he has been saying over and over again.

If by a better health care plan, you mean more expensive and therefore bound to bankrupt this country in no time? Then you would be correct. Here is just one of the many COSTLY issues with the bill and why it needs to be repealed even if it means doing so before a better replacement can be made: middle class now included.

So you accept the Fed regardless of the consequences and their abuses. I do not.

I accept your premise that if Iraq and Afghanistan were left now, that they would likely have difficulties stabilizing versus if we stayed and helped them through every little issue. The issue, however, is not whether they would be better off, but rather if our presence in those two countries is more important than supporting the American people. I believe the debt is at a critical point and that risking any stable ground we have in those countries is worth while in the process of turning our debt situation around. If any major threats do pose themselves in those countries, what stops us from shooting a few missiles, or sending a small force to eliminate the issue? Why must we risk going bankrupt for this countries when it is NOT do or die for us?

I believe Gary Johnson is very clear that he plans to give health care to the states to deal with. Some states may privatize health care, others will not. That is the extent to where I believe any privatization might enter. Johnson has mentioned cost and benefit analysis many times. Analysis includes risk assessment. Keep that in mind before thinking Johnson would throw money at something not worth while since this guy was a VERY successful business man and understands these important concepts.

"unions did not cost that much" I don't know about you, but 30% more cost is costly to me. That's a big profit loss. Most business margins are 15% and you are talking about a 30% increase just due to unions alone? I do not argue against the lack of R&D and proper risk assessment these car companies failed to exercise, but make no mistake, unions make a HUGE impact on their profit margins. Either way, all the above would have been a good reason to let them fail. Any company that fails to change with the times, perform R&D, perform proper risk assessment, etc deserves to fail and generally without assistance will fail or they will reform. Why prop up a broken model that is guaranteed to fail again?

under regulation leading to financial crashes? Please source and explain. I fail to see the connection.

Where did I label socialists? I asked a general question so I knew where you were heading with your argument and so that I may understand you better. Simple answers are all I was asking for - not labeling of any kind.

Ron Paul is apparently pulling out 10% in some polls ... I wouldn't call that exactly rejecting. It is my hope that understanding and education catch on so that the proper people are elected (which happens to INCLUDE Gary Johnson).

Comment Re:Gary Johnson and libertarians (Score 1) 462

I don't see how he is differently bad. Libertarian = advocating a much smaller government and less policies.

The 43 number is one of Gary Johnson's corner stones of his campaign. The fact that you didn't look further into it means I know have to explain a lot of details I shouldn't have to.

If you look up "43 cents on every dollar" in Google, you will find a LOT of sites/PDF files explaining that "the US borrows 43 cents of every dollar it spends". So in other words, for every dollar we spend on defense for Iraq or Afghanistan and for every dollar we spend on Medicare, we are borrowing 43% of that spent dollar from China (who is one of the largest holders of our debt btw) and several other foreign countries.

The issue with the above, is you have to keep the interest up for people to buy your debt. If they think you are going bankrupt, that you have no interest in paying back your loan, or that you will devalue your currency then you will lose interest in people buying your debt. The problem with that is, if people do not buy our debt, we WILL be bankrupt as a nation.

So Gary Johnson's case/stance/etc is that we need to prevent that and prevent that ASAP.

While cutting federal funding for science programs, military funding, and medical assistance seems crazy, irresponsible, or other wise illogical, if you look at the financial state of his country, we simply cannot afford to keep spending and printing money.

Also, this is based less on fact and more on preference: Do you prefer socialism, or capitalism? In other words, do you prefer taxes, or keeping money to yourself and being responsible for yourself? I prefer the later. I'd rather not support that lazy person on welfare of the old person who can still walk perfectly fine but applies for a $10,000 scooter through Medicare just because they can (and most often get accepted ... although sometimes they do have to apply for it more than once to cheat the system).

If we cannot agree on the above points, then what I post below will simply end up in disagreement again. I have at least one liberal friend who thinks we can print money for ever and that our debt means nothing. If you fall into his category, then there is no need to continue this discussion further.

I will respond to some of the points.

* Gary see's marriage as a religion deal that should not be used as a federal standard. He promotes civil unions instead and that both hetero and homo should be using that stance rather than marriage. So in other words, he does SUPPORT GAY CIVIL UNIONS. He DOES NOT SUPPORT MARRIAGE AS A FEDERAL STANDARD BUT RATHER LEFT TO RELIGION (since marriage is based on religion this makes sense to me and i would hope it would make sense to you as well). If you watched his videos and read into his site you would know this and that your posted statement is incorrect.

* Good point on University run stem cell research. I'm not sure if that is his intended consequence or if he simply wants to limit subsidizing it with grants to corporations researching it. I would agree with the later.

* Since he would use Marijuana taxes (arguably a possibly HUGE amount of funds) and at the same time attempt to balance the budget by cutting Defense and Medicare by 43 percent, I would argue that he would be extremely fiscally responsible (more so than any previous Administration)

* He explains on his site why Obamacare is a bad idea and why it would cost the Government WAY more to continue it than it would to get rid of it. As such, the healthcare forms were NOT financially responsible. If you have a question as to whether his arguments are correct, please make sure you read that section and quote it from the site or other article based on Gary Johnson for me to find a source for you.

* I apologize that i did not explain my father is retired and previously worked for social security. As such, he has first hand experience of the abuses of the system both due to retiree ads for Medicare and actual experience with Social Security. But here's a source for you. There are many other expensive items that Medicare pays for that I would argue are not needed for most cases. Such expensive purchases should be cut completely, or further scrutinized.

  * One example of abuse for you There are better examples, but I didn't want to spend more time on this point until I see if you are more serious about this conversation. Also, you can control debt *gasp* TWO WAYS. Tax more, OR spend less...

* After reading this I more or less agree with you that without increasing public school funding, this would be a poor idea. Although implemented properly or the way I described, it could benefit greatly. Someone had explained to me of the voucher system used in either Arizona or New Mexico (I cannot remember which), but they mentioned that they could use it regardless of which PUBLIC school they attended and could use it to escape the limited school zone they purchased their house in. Perhaps that's more of a hybrid system, but I could not find such a system mentioned looking up vouchers. I will, however, point out that even without the voucher system in place, those "religious nuts" are already limited actual education in favor of creationism at a local or state level. I fail to see how a voucher system would increase the stupidity. With any luck, perhaps those nuts would find themselves in the minority.

* How have we not already over stayed our presence in Iraq or Afghanistan and how could we not still keep an eye on them or use a lesser force to keep things more secure in the area? I fail to see why we need to keep such large forces there at this time especially with our nations debt at a tipping point.

* Please point out these other statements that suggest privatising Social Security.

* This can be debated. I seem to remember that Ford was no where near the dire situation as GM. Although, I do believe that GM would have found it impossible to survive without assistance (Ford easily could have picked up this slack). There would have been even larger amounts of job losses as well, but most of them were related to costly Unions which are part of this issue to begin with. Gary thinks that the car industry would have fallen harder, but bounced back quicker and supplied even more jobs than it does today. I could not argue this point in favor of Gary without building a research paper of its own. I refuse to do that, but I will say that i believe in capitalism and that subsidizing the industry was the result of socialism, which I disagree with.

I believe that he polls well in New Mexico where he ran two terms signifies that he does merit high office.

Once again, however, I would like to hear: Do you prefer socialism over capitalism? Do you agree that the nations debt needs to be paid off?

My answers to the above (just to make it more clear) are that: I prefer capitalism and so therefore believe that the nation needs less regulation and subsides; I believe our debt not only needs to be paid off, but that it needs to be paid off ASAP and that I would prefer to do it by cutting tremendous amounts of spending rather than increasing taxes (except for Gary's idea of taxing and regulating marijuana use which I think we should have been doing for years).

Comment Re:Gary Johnson and libertarians (Score 1) 462

Did you actually check the site out or did you just gloss over it thinking he's like some other Republican you read about?

* A search of his site finds "I support gay unions" and "advocating gay rights" (How is he against gay marriage?)

* Stem cell research should only be completed by private laboratories that operate without federal funding (he's not against researching it, he's against using federal funding for it how are the two the same?)

*He proposes taxing marijuana AND living within our means rather than spending like we have for the past 20 years how is he fiscally irresponsible?

* So you defend Obamacare, but knock Johnson for wanting to get rid of it due to it's costliness while at the same time say he's fiscally irresponsible? Why do you contradict yourself?

* My father mentions all the time that currently people on Medicare can get free scooters and other expensive devices regardless if they need them or not. He expects states to WANT TO BE fiscally responsible and as such would manage the medicare funds as such.

* The fed is abused too often and is the current reason why the dollar is worth less than it was last year while also limiting the desire for foreign nations wanting to purchase our debt.

* School vouchers does not mean private schools. It means that the public school who does the best job gets the most students and the most money. It also means each school gets funded proportionality to the number of students and it's effectiveness. Where do you get private schools from in all of that? As for the Department of Education, he thinks that 50 states doing what they think best is better than federal regulation. This gives American's choice when they pick a state to live in. State failures will find they have less citizens then states that have better policies.

* We are building over there in Iraq and Afghanistan rather than here in the United States while our infrastructure has been falling apart since the 70's. You'd rather they have better roads than us? Also, the amount of forces we have to do either of those wars was over kill and over kill on our budget. I would, however, argue against Johnson that Libya is warranted due to the limited number of forces being used and that Gaddafi has already stated he will enlist the help of al-Qaeda if we do not take him out of power now. (but that's one of my FEW issues with Gary Johnson versus the many I have with the others)

* Social security "Fix Social Security by changing the escalator from being based on wage growth to inflation" ... how is that killing Social Security?

* He regrets we wasted money on the auto industry when if they were allowed to fail, they might have come back stronger than they did or allow new auto companies to form and practice better business. And from my view point, teach the unions that special treatment that expands expenses beyond what will sustain a business is bad practice.

Overall, his proposed policies are in line with where the US needs to be and only sensible people will vote for him.

Btw, just to test if you really looked at his site (and after reading your post, I already know you didn't), what does he use the number 43 for and can you explain his use for it in detail? My bet is that you can't.

Comment Re:Gary Johnson and libertarians (Score 1) 462

Well for starters, his stances include:

  1. * "Keep the Internet the censor-free, affordable tool it is today." (aka tax free and uncensored)
  2. * He believes the Patriot Act should be allowed to expire and that the TSA should take a more risk-based approach for high-risk individuals rather than what the TSA has become today.
  3. * And most importantly, balancing the budget immediately and then lowering the deficit is top priority to him. (End excessive spending, reevaluate the governments role, and evaluate where funds are needed most)

For a more detailed list, please check out his published list of issues and his take on them.

Comment Gary Johnson and libertarians (Score 1) 462

I have always figured I was a moderate or just some where between a Democrat and a Republican. I didn't really figure out where my stances were until after listening to Gary Johnson, who while running as a Republican is, in fact, a Libertarian. While I don't agree with him 100%, I do agree with his policies and thought processes at least 90% of the time. I rarely find myself in such agreeance with a politician. Usually, I view elections as picking the lesser of the two evils. For 2012, I actually have someone I feel would be GREAT for this nation rather than someone who will hurt it less.

If you haven't already done so, please check Gary Johnson out at www.garyjohnson2012.com.

Facebook

Submission + - Facebook shuts down Page that exposes scams (sophos.com) 1

memojuez writes: In a bizarre and hard-to-understand move, a Facebook page which claims it helped countless Facebook members stay safe online on the social network has been shut down... by Facebook

The pages founder wonders, "What we can not understand is why Facebook removed a real help group and yet there are thousands of rogue applications, thousands of hate filled pages, thousand of fake profiles. We are as real as it gets and get shut down."

Comment Re:I'm sure it's coming eventually (Score 1) 154

Ah okay, well I haven't had my GPU destroy itself yet, but I purchased a cheap USB cooling fan for the back of the Wii. I wasn't sure if it actually works to prevent that type of issue, but if you are on your 3rd Wii and I'm still on my first, it's either luck or it does indeed work. You may want to check that out at an attempt to prolong your Wii's life assuming you still use it often enough to worry about it.

Japan

Submission + - Japan Nuclear Disaster Put on Par With Chernobyl (nytimes.com)

syngularyx writes: Here we are...
"TOKYO — Japan has raised its assessment of the accident at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the worst rating on an international scale, putting the disaster on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, the Japanese nuclear regulatory agency said on Tuesday. "

Comment black shadows moving, not connected + static (Score 1) 345

I think of myself as agnostic. I'm unsure how much of what I've experienced is explainable by science, caused by imagination or over thinking, and perhaps influenced by others who had more belief in a higher power than I did/do. Below is about what I called the energy ball and black shadows that seemed free from touching objects that would cast shadows.

Energy Ball

Back in my jr high school years (12/13 yrs old) and in an area where the closest city with more than 15000 people was roughly 30 miles away from the county, I experimented with meditation that left me questioning the typical placement of your hands. I ended up holding my hands out in front of me like a prayer with my hands held parallel to my lap and my hands about an inch apart. After meditating like that for 15 minutes or so, I felt a tingle sensation or two that I hadn't been expecting between my hands. Instead of trying to blank my mind I focused on that feeling between my hands which then grew.

I was always the silly/corny humor type around girls. So when I suggested to a few them that I put their hand between mine, they thought it odd, but i was a silly guy anyway so why not. There was the obvious girl that giggled at everything, and a few others whom I had tried to tickle the normal way and were not very ticklish or if they were ticklish were very minor compared to the girl who giggled about everything. When their hand was placed between mine 3 of them found it tickled them. Even into the wrist and forearm. The other girl said she felt something but it wasn't tickling her. When I got to her forearm, it turned into a very sharp static shock. When I think back on it, that seems to be more obvious that it was static based because of the girl that shocked (or at least I think it was a shock like static electricity; however, I hadn't felt a shock myself - just the sensation between my hands), but I do find it curious of the girls that said it was ticklish. Was it because it was flirting or a weird situation for them? Are their instances where static electricity would tickle?

As I got older, I kept trying to understand the feeling between my hands and I was told by a few people who were pagan, wiccan, or a mix of the two that you could mold and use for shields to protect against demons, which i didn't and still don't believe in by the way, but these people did and perhaps still do. Upon the suggestion of one of them, three of us combined our hands to form a cube and focused on creating that feeling between our hands. What resulted was the feeling of a tornado or some or rapid moving of a chaotic thick wind if you will. it was very interesting feeling and I'm not sure how static electricity would play into that, but it is what I felt.

Black Shadows

I suppose I was about 16 or 17 (driving age for where I lived) when one of the group from above decided to drive me around in an attempt to prove that demons and other things exist. It, for the most part, was a waste of time, but I found it interesting as I was still exploring other people's beliefs at the time to get an idea of where I stood (Christianity, Wicca, atheism, etc. One day, when we were driving around we had stopped at a dock that was secluded. There were a lot of trees around and the lot itself was about 30 yards square. It was there that I saw my first black shadow that was seemingly very dark for a moon lit night and still. After the one showing me being excited and pointing it out and rambling for a few minutes, I noticed that the shadow seemed to have started to gliding towards us. The shadow was human shaped, but fuzzy on the outlines of it. The bottom did not seem to fully touch the ground. The middle of the shadow seemed to have depth to it instead of the flatness one comes to expect from shadows that lay on the ground; however, this shadow was not laying on the ground. It was vertical. I'd say from my memory that it was roughly 7 feet high. We left before it got too close.

I was intrigued by what I had seen. I was also in disbelief. So when i finally got the chance, I drove around to secluded but public portions of the town such as a football field, a couple of the parks, hay fields, etc. Once in awhile I would find another. They were not all the same width or height, but they all resembled human form. I'd say in the year or two I was looking for them, I saw 6 or 7 of these shadows. When I saw them and even sometimes before, the hair on my neck would stand up. I wasn't so much scared as I was curious about them; however, I never dared to walk up to them. One day, I took a friend with me who at the time was not into paranormal or wicca type beliefs to get them to verify what I had been seeing. At the football field of our high school, we had found a gate that lead into the field, which was normally locked at night, unlocked. We ventured in. I did not see it first. She did. This particular black shadow was huge. It was still human form in that it seemed to have a head, arms, and legs, but the width of each was monstrous. We verified the size of it we each saw so that we could believe a bit more of what we were seeing. This shadow was roughly 20 yards wide and 30 yards tall (perhaps not this big, but it seemed like it). The moon was only half full, but the stars were also unclouded, which together provided enough light to reassure us it wasn't connected to anything. We must have stood there for 5 minutes talking about it. Finally, I walked slowly forward toward the shadow, which was roughly 50 yards away, as she made me feel a little braver tonight. It wasn't long after I had started to move forward that the shadow seemed to have finally started to glide forth. She rushed to grab my arm and pulled me back. She claimed she had felt some pain in one of her arms as we went back to the car. She showed me her arm when I dropped her off that she had a bruise on the spot she claimed she felt pain. I don't know if she was pulling my leg or if she was fooling herself about a bruise that was already there.

These days I'm not sure if what I saw was real even though all of the trouble I went to verify that I was indeed seeing those black shadows that seemed to be more than just shadows; however, as far as the energy ball is concerned, I can still create the feeling between my hands. I'm comfortable calling it static electricity that i some how create or experience simply by meditating and focusing on the feeling that is seemingly created from static or another type of energy between my hands.

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