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Comment Re:Hmm (Score 3) 63

Would these suffice?

Sharpest drop in 27 years

Year over year drop of 32%

September 2008: housing starts lowest since 1991

Third quarter drop of 20.5% in housing starts.

It should be self-evident if new housing construction plummets as it did in 2007-2009, all the industries who rely on housing construction would also cut back their production of products. It's the only time trickle down works.

Comment Re:Patriot (Score 4, Insightful) 196

There is no privacy clause in the constitution.

That's because Thomas, like Scalia, is an idiot. They both claimed to be "originalists" which, if they were to follow that meaning, would clearly mean the right to privacy which is covered under the 9th Amendment. The one which says, "We can't list every single right the people have so we're making this catch-all amendment to cover things. Just because we don't list it in this document doesn't mean you don't have it."

When the crown was routinely going through people's correspondence, or barging into homes and seeing what was there, how could one not understand the Founding Fathers wanted the people to both be secure in their homes and possessions as well as have the right to privacy in their lives?

The Constitution is a restriction on the government over the people. To not grasp that one's privacy is inherent in that limitation renders ones intelligence in doubt.

Comment Re:Well there's your problem (Score 1) 106

Protip: Stop using the partking brake entirely.

No "pro" would ever tell someone to do this.

First gear is more than enough to keep the car in place,

Again, no "pro" would ever tell someone to do this. You know why parking brakes exist? Because letting your gearbox take the strain of holding your car in place is one of the stupidest things you can do. Parking brakes exist for a reason. The people who design cars wouldn't put one in if it didn't have a use.

Comment Well there's your problem (Score 3, Insightful) 106

The problem lies with the electric parking brakes. . .

Funny, in all the decades I've driven, I've never had a single incident with a mechanical parking brake. Neither the one in the middle between the seats, or the one on the floor.

Considering his smarts, it sure seems dumb for Musk to reinvent the wheel, especially for something the end user has no control over whether it works or not. As I have said many times before, there's a reason mechanical light switches are still around. They work every time.

Comment Re:Turn off your televisions! (Score 3, Interesting) 71

I've watched two f1 races and that's it this month.

That's what I do miss after I cut the cord; F1, BBC (news and Dr. Who) and college football. Aside from those three items, I honestly can't think of anything else I miss by not having tv. What I do remember is constantly flipping through channels either trying to find something to watch, or avoiding commercials.

If ESPN would broadcast college football without one having to be subscribed to a cable company, I would be very happy.

Comment Re: "Neural signal diversity" (Score 1) 288

Marijuana had never, in the history of mankind, caused those events to occur.

No, of course not. As I said, marijuana has absolutely no effect on anyone. It's just coincidence when someone smokes/eats weed they suddenly behave completely differently than they always have and jump out a window or shoot themselves or drive really, really slowly or drive the wrong way on a road.

Nope, no effect whatsoever. Speaking of idiots. . .

Comment Re:"Neural signal diversity" (Score 0, Troll) 288

So you're arguing that these drugs don't get you high?

That's what I'm told about marijuana. It has no effect whatsoever which is why everyone wants to smoke it. No matter how many articles come out about people jumping out windows, shooting themselves, ignoring train whistles, thinking it's funny to give someone laced food without their knowledge, or driving the wrong way in traffic and killing people, I'm always told it's not the weed. It has to be something else because marijuana is perfectly safe.

Comment Re:Obama was an exception, not Trump (Score 0, Flamebait) 268

with the way people are getting blacklisted for even meeting with trump or his team it makes perfect sense on why they wouldnt want to let that info out

If you're that much of a coward to not suffer the consequences of your actions, what else are you trying to hide?

The excuses from the con artist administration are just that, excuses. Bush did the exact same thing when he let the oil companies dictate our energy policy, claiming he needed "unbiased" information.

The swamp keeps filling and all people do is make excuses for why it's happening.

Comment Billions and billions (Score 4, Informative) 305

Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having almost universal service now.

Yes, those billions of taxpayer dollars given to them during the Clinton administration, and the billions more in tax breaks and what amounts to effective monopolies, is a lot of money being spent by the end users. It's so much money, ISPs have to be reminded they can't spend taxpayer money on booze and trips to Disney World.

As we saw recently, the taxpayers keep being told they have to hand over their money to these private companies for. . . well, no one's really sure since neither service or accessibility has been increased in many places.

Submission + - Trump to Nation: You Can't Handle the White House Visitor Logs Truth (

theodp writes: In the name of national security, the White House announced Friday that it would cut off public access to visitor logs revealing who is entering the White House complex and which officials they are meeting, which the NY Times explains effectively bars the public from knowing which activists, lobbyists, political donors and others are gaining access to the president and his aides on a daily basis. Hey, it's none of our goldarned business if Google and Microsoft are meeting behind closed White House doors to lobby for a rewrite of the nation's school funding laws that unleashes billions of dollars if it helps advance tech's National Talent Strategy, right?

Comment Re:No kidding (Score 4, Informative) 113

Take a look at the states who have passed laws to prohibit or effectively restrict municipal broadband. Citing a handful of states is cherry-picking. Of the states listed in the above report, 17 out of 24 voted for Trump and all of them have laws regarding municipal broadband.

In other words, 70% of states who voted red in the last presidential election and have laws restricting municipal broadband constitutes a pattern. Exactly as I said.

Comment No kidding (Score 5, Insightful) 113

With lower prices, faster speeds and better service, you bet people would want municipal broadband. We've all seen what happens when there is no competition: the U.S. still isn't in the top ten of industrialized nations when it comes to broadband speeds (page 12 of the report).

I distinctly remember when my area got "competition" in broadband providers. Verizon came in and their CEO proudly stated, "We're not going to compete on price. We'll compete on quality." Well gee, thanks. To whom should I bend over for?

If Republicans would stop preventing broadband competition we'd be far better off. And before anyone wants to whine about being partisan, go take a look at the places which have outlawed municipal broadband. See the pattern?

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