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Comment Re:Disingenuous cost accounting (Score 1) 514

I guess I can't speak for those areas. However, in Chicago, the utility charges charges us for distribution fees and a seperate line for kWh usage. You are even able to choose an electricity supplier who is different from your distributor.

In these places where PV is popular, would you essentially just become your own supplier yet still pay the power company for distribution? I don't see this as being an obstacle which cannot be overcome.

Comment Re:Free market will sort it out (Score 5, Interesting) 254

The demand for illegal weaponry is not as great as the demand for controlled substances. Yes, there is no doubt criminal organizations would move to other pursuits, but they would be less profitable pursuits. Also, lets acknowledge the demand for illegal weaponry is already being met by criminal organizations. If you dropped the regulations on controlled substances, some of the existing organizations would try and become legit (we saw this during prohibition). Others would be forced into an already crowded market for dealing controlled arms.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 323

Please, this is not a recent phenomenon, schools have never been a place full of civil liberties. Corporal punishment in public schools existed for quite some time. Schools have the ability to hold kids against their will (detentions), some places you can get arrested for truancy, there has never been due process in doling out these punishments either.
I am sure you could find a large amount of people who believe schools these days don't have enough power to infringe on student's rights and that's why "this generation" is the worst of them yet.

Comment Re:Interfering West Again (Score 1) 878

I wasn't trying to apply morality to the situationt. From my perspective, there is nothing inherently wrong with pro-west leaders or expanding NATO, etc. I was just trying to convey how this might be viewed as provocative from Putin's perspective. The Ukrainian People have every right to pursue whatever political course they desire, if they seek US or NATO help, the involved parties need to acknowledge the potential affects on the region. That is all I am saying.

Comment Re:Interfering West Again (Score 3, Insightful) 878

I don't really view this as troll. Certainly Russia has its share of responsibility, however, since the fall of the Soviet Union. The "West" has been deliberately acting in a way that would seem provocative from a Russian perspective. We keep adding NATO member closer to Russia's borders, despite the promises we made to Russia after the fall. We've expanded missile defense equipment to many of these countries. We have NGOs working on our behalf trying to establish pro-West leaders in the Ukraine, Imagine how the US would feel if Russia was trying to put a pro-Russian candidate in Mexico?

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