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Comment Re:Deforestation (Score 1) 163

You've left no room for bushes and grasses.

Bushes and grasses produce a lot of oxygen .

but it's not just oxygen production.
Offsetting use of a car for a year requires 5,000 pounds of woody material per year (not pure carbon he he but it is a lot of carbon).

Grass, bushes and algae do not lock up nearly as much carbon. Most of their carbon returns quickly to the environment as they are consumed and their smaller less sturdy bits rot quickly.

Comment Re:It's okay, inflation is only 1.6% (Score 1) 216

Look at the BLS hedonic inflation adjustment page. Besides some long hairy formulas that's all they give.

Adjusting for inflation can be tricky- I admit that. New products can destroy several older markets (no mp3players any more).

But the facts are that all meat is up about 25% over the last 6 years. TV Dinner are up bout 25% over the last 6 years (and showing strong signs of going to 35% soon). Vegetables are up over 25%. Admittedly Gasoline is down. The things people actually buy are going up faster than CPI. But the closer your income is to being just enough to buy food, the stronger the inflation you have experienced (the poor and the elderly)

So the BLS hedonically assumes that as beef gets to expensive you'll go to turkey. Or when your 27" CRT dies, you'll get a big screen TV.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 1) 847

That's electably moderate in america.

If you want to vote for Stein please go ahead. But be aware it's a vote for trump if you are in a swing state. We got 8 years of bush, a 3 trillion dollar war, and several conservative justices out of the the last "protest" vote.

If you are in a reliable Clinton state- feel free to protest vote.

(If you are conservative and in a reliable Trump state- feel free to protest vote. Or better yet- vote for republican candidates but skip voting for Trump. Trump's not qualified to be president and a republican congress and senate will check Clinton).

Clinton agrees with Sanders on many positions. She has conservative stances but so does the entire democratic party.

If you want to slit yer own throat, I'm not going to be able to stop you tho.

But mainly- she will not nominate extremely conservative supreme court justices and might even nominate some liberal justices.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 2, Informative) 847

I like her as a candidate AND I dislike Trump.

Should have used checkboxes.

But I liked her more as a candidate than I disliked Trump. But if I didn't like her as a candidate, I can't imagine disliking any candidate more than trump short of a 3rd world dictator or a serial killer or a mafia don. So it's a toughy.

Clinton will be a moderate left wing candidate with experience as a u.s. senator and secretary of state.
Clinton will continue the ACA and even start fixing it.
Clinton will see that lower income families have less expensive college educations (which is good for the entire country).
Clinton will nominate moderate left wing candidates for the supreme court.
Clinton is respected by world leaders and disliked by Putin.
Clinton is a classic politician willing to work with the opposition for negotiated deals.
Clinton is a bit of a wonk.
Clinton is more cold and rational.
Clinton puts the good of the party and the good of the country ahead of her personal gain.
Clinton cares strongly about womens issues.
Clinton dislikes racists and neo-nazis.
Clinton is willing but not eager to pull the trigger.
Clinton listens to her advisors and often adjusts or changes her opinion based on their advice.
Clinton can make the tough calls when they are needed.
Clinton has shown genuine empathy for people thru her charity work and donations (which I had to dig into deeply due to repeated (4 times!) misrepresentations by conservatives here).
I could go on.

But.. Clinton for president. Trump for the Dump!

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That said, if Trump is elected while he plunders the U.S for his personal fortune like a 3rd world dictator and tho I may disagree with him on many issues I will give him the respect the office of the president of he united states of america warrants for as long as he is president.

Comment Re:Epipen cost: $30, regulatory costs: $30 mil+ (Score 1) 326

It's more than that, it's a fundamental aspect of monopolies and why they are durable when there is a high cost to entry.

Say someone builds a toll road. It's expensive but once built it charges much higher rates than it would if there were competition.
However, anyone considering entering the market with a 2nd road must pay for an expensive road as well but they won't have a period where they can charge higher rates since they'll have competition immediately. Furthermore, lacking disruptive technology ( someone invents a way to build roads at 1/10th the cost), the existing road which has retired some debt can charge prices below what the new road must charge.

In this case, it is a potentially disruptive technology since people make their own device and don't have to prove it's safety.

Comment Re:Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 4, Informative) 326

The U.S. federal government makes it illegal to import, or even RE-import prescription drugs. That's right. Thanks to government, you can't even buy the same exact product in the manufacturer's original packaging after it has been exported.

Then, you have Medicare and Medicaid which dictate prices for products and services. The medical service providers then jack up prices on everyone else to offset the below-market prices from the government programs. That's why people go bankrupt due to medical bills. The uninsured have no negotiating power, and get charged 10x, 50x or more for the same exact services. If everyone paid the Medicare/Medicaid prices, providers would go bankrupt. If Medicare/Medicaid paid fair market prices, those programs would go bankrupt.
The USA federal government has been involved in healthcare for over 50 years. Their intervention has been an absolute disaster. Skyrocketing prices, millions unable to afford even basic services, substandard quality of outcomes.

And these are the people you want to put in charge of the entire USA healthcare system? Fuck "socialized medicine" and fuck the U.S. federal government. They're the problem, not the solution.

Comment Re:So many problems... (Score 3, Insightful) 326

As sad as it seems, more than 100 million people in the USA have a BIG problem with a $500 investment:

  Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency.

If they can't scrape up $400 for an emergency, they probably can't afford a $500 investment for an epi-pen they might not need. A visit to the ER not only introduces a time delay which puts the person's health at greater risk, and it might also mean bankruptcy.

The risk associated with use of a $30 device is probably acceptable to people who would otherwise risk death or bankruptcy. Having options is a good thing, even if they come with risk.

Comment What exactly is he asking for? (Score 4, Insightful) 386

He is a fugitive from raping two women in Sweden, volunteering to go to jail in the US as long as the US lets go of someone who was in the military and admits releasing lots of military secrets?

Is this offer serious? To me it comes off as laughably weird. Why not volunteer to go to French jail if they pardon Carlos the Jackal?

Comment Have HP 5630. It's decent (Score 1) 387

I got it free with my last computer (wasn't even planning on it but the guy pointed out the printer was free so I took it). My laser drum went south and i'm going to have to buy a new laser printer because a replacement drum is more expensive than a new printer.

I miss duplex tho I can painfully fake it.

It tolerates sitting for long periods without the ink drying up.

I hate the bit about the generic cartridges tho.

Any recommendations for a good cheap color duplex laser printer?

It can be wired or wireless.

I kinda like the wireless on my hp 5630 but my old laser printer is wired.

Comment Legal (Score 5, Informative) 211

This is their web site legal.. which says they collect information.

I'm betting their apps have a similar eula but I couldn't locate them (they may only be available while installing the app). I checked the user manuals and the eula is not in the manuals.

http://we-vibe.com/legal

Standard Innovation® Corporation intends to build the user's trust and confidence in Internet and App use by promoting the use of fair information practices. Our privacy statement covers we-vibe.com, standardinnovation.com and the We-Vibe® mobile app.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact us at our mailing address found on the Contact Us page or by emailing Customer Service at: customerservice@we-vibe.com.
Privacy is Paramount to Us

Standard Innovation Corporation understands the need for and is committed to all reasonable protection of our customersâ(TM) privacy. We will not share information about you with any third party other than the shipper you choose to deliver your goods ordered on our ecommerce site.
Information Collection

Distributor Orders and RMA's
If you contact us, we may collect certain personally identifiable information from you. On our web-form you must provide contact information such as: name, shipping address, telephone number, email. This information is considered private and will not be divulged to third parties except the shipper if relevant.
Links to Other Sites

Standard Innovation Corporation is not responsible for the content or security of other sites that we link to.
Sharing

We do not share, rent, or sell your personally identifiable information with any third parties for marketing purposes.
Customer Service

If you register on our Website to have access to the "Media and Trade" section, we will send you a welcoming email to provide your password. If you register in the We-Vibe App and choose to receive news and offers we will send you a welcome email. In both cases you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided in the footer of each email message.
Agents

We use an outside shipping company to fulfill orders. To the best of our knowledge, these companies do not retain, share, or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes.
Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information if required to by law.
Log Files

Like most websites and apps, we gather "cookies" and certain other information automatically and store it in log files to maximize your website and app experience. We use this information in the aggregate and it will not be traced to an individual.
Secure Transactions on our Website

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no Internet traffic is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
Complete Shipping Discretion

If we ship you any product(s), the package will be shipped as from Standard Innovation Corporation in a plain package with no mention of the We-Vibe or product inside. This assures complete discretion.
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