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Comment Re:I know I'm pigeon holing here (Score 1) 161

Apple unashamedly politicizes a price hike disguised as equality.

Um, no. Apple has adjusted prices like this many times and for many years. I know, I have apps in their app store. I get the emails all the time about price adjustments in foreign markets. SLASHDOT is the one politicizing it by saying the change is "After Brexit." It's also after Obama's term, after the dinosaurs went extinct, and after World War II. Chronology is not causation.

Comment Re:thanks Monsanto ! (Score 1) 130

WTF have you been smoking?

Reality. What have you been snorting where you don't realize this has been happening? You can be fined for it. That environmentalists push for it. That the favorite blame game is "Monsanto". That the brainchild was the environmentalism of the 70's and 80's, and is such a bad problem that provinces and states now actively encourage planting it. Want to bury your head in the sand? Feel free. The reality is far different, and is probably one of the best examples of environmentalism running amok to the point where it actively damages the environment. Hell if you dig hard through provincial records for example here in Ontario from the 1980's you can find environmental groups actively pushing for the use of broad-spectrum herbicides in order to control particular plant species and stating that the destruction and loss of native species outweighs the bad in controlling others.

A few reports of particular cities banning weeds over a certain height does NOT support your claim that not more than a year or two ago in most North America you could be fined for growing milkweed. And no support for "environmentalists pushing" for such weed laws.

Comment Re:thanks Monsanto ! (Score 4, Insightful) 130

Things like "noxious weed acts" which destroy plants that support bumblebee populations. Pushed by environmentalists in big cities to get rid of flowering plants which cause allergies. That in turn allowed herbicide spraying to kill or keep them under control. That leads to widespread destruction of flowering areas for the sake of green grass/reduce air allergens. Need another example? Monarch butterflies. Mass population decline, what's the strong correlation? Same noxious weed acts which banned/required destruction of milkweed. Most places have rescinded that. But it wasn't more then a year or two ago in most of north america you could be fined for having it growing on your property because it was considered a weed..

WTF have you been smoking? Envrionmentalists don't push noxious weed acts or anything that sacrifices plants for reduced air allergens. Most of North America you could be fined for having milkweed growing on your property? I've lived in four states and 9 houses in my time, and I've never lived in one of your alleged exclusion zones.

Comment Calendar Math is hard (Score 1) 58

ATT is raising the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $5 a month, the second such increase in the past year..beginning in March 2017, it will increase by $5 per month," ATT said. The unlimited data price had been $30 a month for seven years, until ATT raised it to $35 in February 2016.

No, it's not the second increase in a year.

Comment Re:By commenting, I'm part of the problem (Score 1) 123

Posting it here is clickbait. The submission is almost guaranteed to rile the slashbots up and lead to lots of comments along the lines of "O tempora o mores!", "Kids these days want to change all the old stuff for no reason!". Nevermind that the Monopoly makers have thought about shaking up the piece set for decades. When I was a teenager in the early 1990s, someone doing a survey for Hasbro in the local shopping mall stopped me and asked me to give my opinions of possible new pieces.

They already have changed the pieces. My set has wooden pieces, different colors and shapes. No scotty dog, top hat, iron, wheelbarrow, etc.

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 280

Yes, the constitution is meant to be interpreted - that is the fucking job of SCOTUS per Article III of the Constitution. There is a whole area of law called "Constitutional Law" in case you are unaware of it. And just because SCOTUS decides something against how YOU interpret the constitution, doesn't mean they're making shit up. They get to say what's constitutional, not random internet guy.

Comment Re:True, but you won't like the solution (Score 1) 280

Sure it does. You're excluding the downtick caused by kids not getting in trouble as much, and going down the path of crime.

At worst, it is gonna be a wash. At best, it will dramatically lower incarceration rates (see, #1 indicator list above), even if you're correct that SOME men will end up in jail on wife beater charges. But then again, you're probably too damn afraid to try it ... because change is hard.

Actually, the huge uptick in prison population I was referring to was not caused just by the wifebeaters (OP's point #1), but also by OP's points 3 and 4.

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 280

Feel free to cite other authorities that were involved in crafting the Constitution to refute that. But you won't be able to.

The original authorities involved in crafting the constitution are no longer around. Instead, we have constitutional scholars and supreme court justices. They know a lot more than some angry internet dude yelling for less government until he loses something. Fact: until SCOTUS says otherwise, DoEd is constitutional.

Well they haven't ruled either way, so we can't say that. We can say that it's assumed to be Constitutional until there is a challenge, but that's about all. The real fact is that it's a huge useless waste of billions of dollars in taxpayer funding, and that public education has only gotten worse since it was established.

I disagree on your "real fact." Without public education the great majority of people in this country would be MUCH worse off. Do you really want countless millions of illiterate people around you?

That has nothing to do with the Federal Department of Education. At all. NOTHING. We had public education before 1979, and we will have it after that useless waste of money is disbanded and nothing but a bad memory, and it will likely thrive without the boots of Common Core and No Child Left Behind and other disasters stamping on the face of responsible educators trying to help the children succeed.

That is, your idiotic straw man is just that: an idiotic straw man.

FYI: The Department of Education was established in 1867, and was later sucked into Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1939, then again became it's own department in 1979, so it's been around a lot longer than you think. I was not putting up a straw man, I was under the impression you were saying that public education was a huge waste of money, not just federal funding. If you are consistent, I'm sure you'll be against Trump's proposal to spend $20B pushing federal money to the states to support vouchers.

Comment Re:Provide this at the state level (Score 1) 280

Feel free to cite other authorities that were involved in crafting the Constitution to refute that. But you won't be able to.

The original authorities involved in crafting the constitution are no longer around. Instead, we have constitutional scholars and supreme court justices. They know a lot more than some angry internet dude yelling for less government until he loses something. Fact: until SCOTUS says otherwise, DoEd is constitutional.

Well they haven't ruled either way, so we can't say that. We can say that it's assumed to be Constitutional until there is a challenge, but that's about all. The real fact is that it's a huge useless waste of billions of dollars in taxpayer funding, and that public education has only gotten worse since it was established.

I disagree on your "real fact." Without public education the great majority of people in this country would be MUCH worse off. Do you really want countless millions of illiterate people around you?

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