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Comment Re:Or Facebook could just pay taxes (Score 0) 58

I am 100% against all forms of taxation, have been 100% against all forms of taxation. I am not against charity though and this is charity.

I wonder why you don't see that this type of charity is much better than any form of taxation for the purposes outlined in the story? So if FB had to pay more taxes than it managed to pay (legally, but I don't care, I think everybody needs to hide 100% of their money from all forms of taxation legally or illegally, whatever) why would it be better for your position? Why would it be better to take money from a company and use it for all the things that government uses it instead of using it specifically to attempt some form of charity that government pretends it's doing?

Let's say FB had to pay 10Million USD in income taxes (I don't know the numbers, could be many times that) so why wouldn't it be better to have that money go directly to the cause they are supporting instead of funnelling it through any form of government at all?

Is it because you cannot stand the idea that there is no oppression by the mob involved there?

Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 323

How about artificial sweeteners (stevia isn't artificial to my knowledge, it comes from some plant in South America I think)? Saccharin, aspartame, sucralose?

I think I might have that gene too; cilantro seems to taste a little soapy, and I really have stevia. I like broccoli though, but only steamed like in Chinese food.

Comment Re:Define "fit for business" (Score 1) 117

Ok, that makes sense, but I'm not proposing that MS push these shenanigans any time too soon. What if they wait until everyone's finally moved to Win10 Enterprise, perhaps in 3-5 years, and *then* they start tightening the screws on their corporate customers, mis-feature by mis-feature? Remember the old tale about the frog in boiling water.

Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 1) 323

I don't see how that would prevent what Germany does. If a State wanted to withhold tithes from people's paychecks in that State, the 1A doesn't prevent it, as long as the government doesn't favor any one religion. As long as any religion could apply for this service, it should be legal. The problem is that it'd probably be an administrative nightmare. As I understand it, over in Germany, most Christians still fall into a handful of denominations, which are all probably organized at the national level (i.e., the Catholics have organizations at the diocesan levels, and probably one country-wide level above those, which reports to the Vatican; the Lutherans have one organization, the Anglicans too, etc.). Over here in the US, things aren't that simple. While the Catholics are of course well-organized, the other mainstream Protestant denomations are less so: there's mainstream groups for the Epsicopals, Lutherans, etc., but all these also have renegade divisions where some chuches at some point rebelled against the heirarchy and split off into their own sect. The Lutherans, for instance, have the Wisconin and Missouri Synods which are ultra-conservative, unlike the regular sect. The Presbyterians have PC-USA which most churches are part of, but a bunch are either independent or part of some other ultra-conservative group (lately in response to the Presbyterians' acceptance of homosexuals and of homosexual preachers even). There's a zillion different Baptist groups out there dating from the 1800s. And these days half the Protestants are Evangelicals, and frequently part of some Prosperity Gospel megachurch, which is totally independent. All in all, there's probably tens if not hundreds of thousands of "organizations" around the nation, just for Christianity, though most of these are independent churches both large and small (some of them in peoples' basements even). So keeping track of all these entities and giving them access to the government-tithe-withholding system would end up costing an absolute fortune. In Germany, they probably don't have this problem because 1) I'm pretty sure they don't have remotely as many independent churches and 2) they don't have our 1A, so they can probably safely ignore smaller religious organizations and just do this for large, established ones.

Honestly, I'm not sure why Germany still does this at all. Much of their population isn't religious any more, and if people want to give money to a church, they can do it themselves without the government's help. It's probably some silly holdover from previous generations when churches were a stronger part of civic life, but for an advanced and secular western nation, it's really an embarrassment IMO.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 404

That is not the same thing as consuming child sex abuse material, which is based on harm to other people.

No, it's not.

Cartoons and stick figures do not cause harm to actual children, yet these are just as illegal as full-fledged photographic CP in many jurisdictions. That's the problem with these stupid laws. Someone who likes to look at kiddie anime has issues, I'll agree, but they don't need to be locked up, as they haven't harmed any children or anyone at all. If you take that route, then we need to start locking people up for all kinds of moral "crimes" such as adultery, fornication, looking at (adult) porn, criticizing the Dear Leader, etc. under the theory that they're somehow harming society.

And alcoholics and drug addicts, it can be argued, are hurting their families and society too, probably more than someone looking at some pics at home. Drug/alcohol addiction causes a real loss of productivity at work, impaired driving-related accidents, etc.

Just like alcohol and drugs, it's basically impossible to eliminate the demand for CP; there's simply something miswired in the heads of people who like that. The answer is therapy, not criminal prohibition of everything that resembles it and locking them up. (Note that I'm *not* arguing for legalization of actual CP that involves real humans.)

And to extend this to the future: we can already create nearly photo-realistic movies entirely digitally, with no humans at all. There was a Final Fantasy movie over 10 years ago that was pretty impressive for the time, and it's only gotten better since then. Now amateurs are making very impressive short videos on their home computers. Before too long, it won't be hard to make movie scenes that look entirely real, depicting humans who don't actually exist, and someone's going to use that technology to make CP. Should that be illegal, when it can be *proven* that no humans were involved in the production? Something to think about. Because if that's illegal, under the theory that people interested in this stuff will inevitably want the "real thing" at some point, then basically you've invented a "thought crime" and created a witch hunt.

Comment Re:Nestle didn't discover anything. (Score 1) 323

Sea salt vs. table salt isn't just a difference in crystal size (sea salt can be milled down to a finer size easily). Sea salt has a different chemical makeup than table salt: that's why it tastes so different. Table salt is almost pure sodium chloride, plus some anti-caking agents and iodine, and has all the impurities refined out. Sea salt has much higher concentrations of trace minerals, namely calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. These things are still small in concentration in sea salt (hence the term "trace amounts"), but it's enough to make the salt taste noticeably different.

Comment Re:A real "breakthrough" (Score 1) 323

There's some inaccuracies in your post.

First, the higher-priced chocolate bars really aren't that hard to find. You really should be able to find the higher-priced US-made chocolate bars at any Walmart or Target, even in "the heartland". Target carries Lindt, for instance. It's not going to be in the checkout aisle, though.

Another good place to get chocolate (both US and especially European) is "Cost Plus World Market". These stores are pretty common in suburban areas, and have a lot of specialty foreign foods plus some fancy American-made stuff that's hard to find in supermarkets.

Finally, Whole Foods' alternate name is "Whole Paycheck".

And how is white chocolate "criminal fraud"? If you get really high-quality white chocolate, it's fantastic.

Comment Re:How do we know this is true? (Score 1) 323

"Post-factual world"? WTF are you smoking?

Most politicians are guilty of being big liars. Trump just made it more comical and used their tricks against them. It should be no surprise that politicians are good at lying: almost all of them are lawyers. The entire law profession is nothing but professional lying.

Finally, "applying the same technique to marketing"? WTF do think marketing is??? Marketing is just a euphemism for lying! It's always been that way!

How old are you anyway? You're acting like Trump invented lying!

Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 1) 323

It's probably like Germany. There (as I understand it), the government takes tithes out of your paycheck to give to the church. To do this, you have to declare a church affiliation. So if you're dumb enough to declare to the government that you're a Lutheran or whatever, they'll take 10% of your pay and give it to that denomination. If you say that you're unaffiliated/non-religious, you keep all your money (minus the other taxes of course).

It wouldn't work in the US because there's a strong aversion here to mixing the government with religion that way. (The religious want their churches to have power over the government, and religious people in power in the government, not the other way around which is how it appears with the government having control over church finances by forcibly taking tithes.)

Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 323

No. What you're missing is that different people taste these things differently.

As an example, what do you think of cilantro? Do you like it, or does it taste like soap to you? There's a genetic difference in people who think it tastes like soap, and those people are a significant minority of the population, not just a few mutants. It's very likely the same thing is going on with these artificial sweeteners.

Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 2) 323

What's insane about that? Fructose is a poison. Of course, sucrose has fructose in it (after it's broken down by sucrase enzyme in your body), but that's better than pure fructose. Fructose is like alcohol: it has to be processed by your liver. It's OK in fruits because the total amount of it isn't that much (whole fruits are mostly fiber), but in large, concentrated amounts it's not good for you. And of course, sucrose isn't "healthy" either, but it's better than pure fructose.

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