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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 456

Pre-Obamacare, there were many plans that had a low annual cap.

That's because those rotten insurance companies didn't mandate their plans for males include pregnancy and breast exam coverage!

The sexist bastages!

Now, every male covered under Obamacare can rest easy knowing they're covered in case they get knocked-up. If it costs more that's OK because after all, all wealth is the property of the government and we're lucky they generously allow us to keep some of it for our own selfish needs like shelter, food, etc.

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Comment Re:Couldn't be because... (Score 1) 83

typical libertarian slashdot nerd hates free speech, news at 11

I'm all for free speech.

I am not for inciting violence, anarchy, and murder. Especially not based on race. There are laws against it for very good reasons. Would you want to see the KKK out there calling for people to murder blacks like BLM does regarding police/whites?

Hypocrite, much?

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Comment Re:Couldn't be because... (Score 1, Flamebait) 83

And why shouldn't it? What's so wrong with being friends with civil rights activists?

What "civil rights activists"?

BLM is a pro-criminal racist hate-group advocating killing police. They are no better than the KKK.

The DoJ under Trump should prosecute Twitter and Dorsey as criminal accessories to violence/murder/assault committed against police and whites by BLM activists.

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Comment Re:Obama has no right to do this (Score 1) 445

Really? What did he do that was "far beyond and above in de-legitimizing his own Presidency" when compared to the birther movement?

Whatever it was, it was bad enough to get Trump elected, so take your pick...Iranian nuke deal, hostage deals, attempting to end-run the will of Congress and the people in trying to get things like TPP rammed through, the disaster that's Obamacare...the list is too long for one post.

But just keep doubling-down on the outright hate for at least 1/2 the country. It worked so well this election, right? Then we can look forward to Republicans in control for the next few decades and every (D)-sponsored plan/Act/law passed in the last 50 years repealed or made impotent.

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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1, Insightful) 456

You do realize that this is how it works in most west world countries that actually have functioning health care systems? Would you say that the Nordic countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, with completely free health care, are fascist countries??

The US had the most advanced medicine in the world for many decades. World leaders from across the world came to the US for serious health problems. That is not so true since the US has gradually and increasingly tried to mimic other nations' healthcare systems.

As to the Nordic nations you mention, the medical systems are mixes of socialist and fascist in structure and have never led globally in medical advances like the US.

Forgive me if I'd prefer the US stick to the principles it was founded upon and which are responsible for making the US a global superpower within 2 centuries of it's founding and the home of the most advanced medicine in the world. Why should the US mimic demonstrably-inferior systems?

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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 2, Insightful) 456

The dumbest thing Americans do is assume that consumers act rationally, never-mind should be expected to act rationally.

Yes, people never make the choices *I* think they should make, so I want the government to *force* MY choices on everyone else with the threat of imprisonment or death to back it up.

Health care is an insurance product that you want everyone to be forced to pay into...

Ain't Fascism great?

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Comment Re:Okay, so they've been spying (Score 1) 98

Now what?

Intercept NSA/GCHQ communications and/or hack them back? DDoS all their IP ranges? What's good for the goose is good for the gander? Crowd-source the gathering of any identifying data/biometrics of those working for NSA/GCHQ with phone apps and host an open/searchable database online? Why would they stop if there's no cost/push-back?

They have to come to understand that spying on everyone as they have been will cause a backlash that will seriously impair their ability to do *actual* national-security duties.

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Comment Re:Wrong even if correct (Score 0) 254

Also keep in mind the fed was created because of one of these conditions.

If you want to know how & why and by whom the Federal Reserve was created, read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin.

It's...unsettling...at best, and the implications flowing from what's revealed are downright frightening, though it does explain a lot of what's happened over the years regarding the Fed, the economy, and the US Dollar.

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Comment Re:Youtube is not just a Music service (Score 1) 217

Many Youtube users never use it for music covered by the RIAA so it is not fair to compare it to services like Spotify that are primarily for music.

Google/YT should try suspending all the record label and label-signed artists' accounts for a full business quarter and see if the labels/IFPI/RIAA change their attitude after they watch their bottom-lines take a plunge.

The labels and their stables of artists need YT more than YT needs them.

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Comment Re: Stop calling it "skepticism". (Score 0, Troll) 573

The difference is my belief is falsifiable.

And that's the problem right there.

CAGW alarmists don't/won't provide falsifiable evidence that can be independently tested. They refuse to release un-'adjusted' data sets, even going so far as to attempt to use copyright claims on publicly-funded research They will not release the actual programs, algorithms, and data used in their computer models, which still are unable to both track past climate changes while modeling the future global temperature rise rates claimed. Models which most accurately track past changes do not show the predicted increases, while models that show predicted increases in global temperature averages do not track against past climate records.

In order to assume this is reason enough to greatly disrupt the US national economy (guaranteed other nations like China, Russia, and India will not harm *their* economies b/c of CAGW alarmism) requires a 'leap of faith' equal to that of a religion. It requires faith without any more proof than Christians have to believe in the God of Abraham.

The way that CAGW alarmists have been acting has not been that different from the Westboro Baptist Church nutters. They try to shout-down and silence opposing voices, substituting outrage, anger, and argument/appeal from/to authority for reason and logic.

Even their precious IPCC/Dr. Roy Cook "97% scientific consensus" is bullshit. The "97%" includes scientists who think humans have *some* effect on climate, which humorously includes many on the "Denier(TM)"-side. Hell, *I* believe humans have *some* effect, I've simply seen no evidence that justifies massive immediate changes.

https://youtu.be/PHyd-Y6haMg

CAGW==Religion(or scam)

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Robotics

Scientists Develop Robotic Hand For People With Quadriplegia (phys.org) 22

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup. The low-cost device was tested in Spain on six people with quadriplegia affecting their ability to grasp or manipulate objects. By wearing a cap that measures electric brain activity and eye movement the users were able to send signals to a tablet computer that controlled the glove-like device attached to their hand. Participants in the small-scale study were able to perform daily activities better with the robotic hand than without, according to results published Tuesday in the journal Science Robotics. It took participants just 10 minutes to learn how to use the system before they were able to carry out tasks such as picking up potato chips or signing a document. According to Surjo R. Soekadar, a neuroscientist at the University Hospital Tuebingen in Germany and lead author of the study, participants represented typical people with high spinal cord injuries, meaning they were able to move their shoulders but not their fingers. There were some limitations to the system, though. Users had to have sufficient function in their shoulder and arm to reach out with the robotic hand. And mounting the system required another person's help.

Comment Re:Deinstitutionalization + Social Media + Guns = (Score 1) 785

If we all agree that de-institutionalizing the mentally ill was a mistake, can we skip the blaming step and just come up with the money to at least get us back to the state things were before that time when it happened due to nobody's fault? And since we all agree that "it" is a good idea, there shouldn't be a problem paying for it, right?

The problem is not so much the costs, but in turning back the legal clock, so to speak, and removing rights from the mentally ill. That's a big hurdle and one with many pitfalls and dangers. If taken too far, those people who are merely 'odd', 'unique' or who hold 'unusual' ideological or political beliefs, suffer an isolated bout of depression, temporary PTSD, see a therapist, etc etc could find themselves in a rubber room under heavy sedation. The USSR routinely locked political dissidents away in mental wards.

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Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

He petitioned the courts and after a lengthy legal battle became the legal owner of John Casor (a white man) in 1654 in Virginia.

A side note; Thomas Jefferson was not born until 1743, so he and the other founders were not even born until nearly a century after Anthony Johnson became the first US slave-owner. The Founders did not institute slavery in the US, it was a legal institution when they were born. Most of the Founders who wrote about slavery found it detestable, but the southern Colonies had become dependent on slaves and would not join with the other Colonies if they made it illegal, and without the southern Colonies joining in, they would stand little chance against the British.

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Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 278

No one cares what a bunch of racist landowners in the 1700's wanted, they are dead now. Those that are living will decide what is and isn't valid.

A couple of historical notes FYI.

The person responsible for making slavery a legal institution in the Colonies and who also was the very first slave-owner was a land-owning black man named Anthony Johnson. He petitioned the courts and after a lengthy legal battle became the legal owner of John Casor (a white man) in 1654 in Virginia. Johnson went on to acquire other white slaves.

Thomas Jefferson neither bought nor sold a single slave. He inherited slaves from his family and his wife's family. It was highly illegal to free a slave at that time in the Colonies, so he would have likely been hung if he'd tried to set them free. Things like the "underground railroad" were still about a century in the future.

It's OK to be angry at injustice, but one must be very careful one has the correct target(s) first or you become part of the problem.

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