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Comment Re:" it was even a Boeing aircraft" (Score 5, Informative) 131

Not the point. He knew how to lower the stairs. He was familiar with THIS aircraft, a 727. The whole thing took place between Portland and Seattle, where the SST manufacturing plant was located, which is a valid and rare source for the material found on the tie. The government had just cancelled the SST program and Boeing laid of thousands of workers in the midst of the Boeing death-spiral recession that was happening at the same time where Boeing went from 130,000 employees to 35,000 in 18 months. That's when the billboard went up: "Will the last one to leave Seattle please turn out the lights?" That points to someone who worked at Boeing or at least had inside information.

Comment Re:What (Score 1) 369

Boo fucking hoo. Your argument does not apply to a situation where someone is charging 1000's of percent profit. The ONLY reason this happens is because it's a highly regulated, specialized industry with almost impossible barriers to entry AND a litigious mindset has convinced people that they're just too stupid to inject THEMSELVES the old fashioned way. Not to mention insurance companies who just pay whatever, because after all they just pass the cost onto YOU - they don't care.

This has nothing to do with some poor hard working soul barely earning a buck, and everything to do with greed and getting away with murder.

Comment Re:What exactly IS a Bitcoin? (Score 1) 43

It's totally virtual and has no direct use value, just like fiat money.

Fiat money has the backing of the government that issues the money. That includes the police and military who can prevent you from using other currencies whenever they want and the government that will enforce laws and protect said currency. Tell me, which army will force you to use only bitcoin? In a "free country" you are free to use whatever medium of exchange you want - within certain limits. You're also free to go bankrupt. Start a business granted special status by the government because it's a vital service and then oblige people to pay in chocolate chips only and see how long it takes for the government to show up on your door. Judging by the behavior of many countries, some governments are actually doing the opposite - with varying degrees of success.

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