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I'm a little sad watching the last ever Letterman Show.  It used to round out my Thursday night viewing with Teressa my girlfriend of the time when I first came here - after Friends, Seinfeld and ER.  Twenty years later of those things it is the last to move to the "ex" category.  Back then Letterman was old as I am now and even then he seemed kinda old or is that just relativity messing with me?
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True, Colbert is a more than worthy replacement.
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The easy way to understand why you should be pissed off by this is replace "subsidy" with "bribe". States are competing with each other to see who can bribe these companies the most to locate in their bounds.

Republicans (but no real libertarian) will defend it with "but it's pro business!". But dear Republicans, your precious state subsidies are being paid for with tax payer money. None of these states are raising bonds to pay for the subsidies, it comes right off the balance sheet and that means paid for with tax payer money.

They will then argue that these businesses will be worth the subsidy due to the jobs they will create - however are there actual solid peer reviewed studies to prove that? Was it the highest use of those funds to science those ends? And as a nation doesn't subsidizing a business in one state just syphon jobs out of another one, possibly one actually more naturally suited to hosting the company? That's why federal credits as used for new technology are superior - they don't favor one state over another (AFAIK).

If we just had a level playing field with no state bribes allowed then states might actually be forced to complete on merits alone. They might actually be forced to invest in their infrastructure, education and making their state an attractive place to hire people and work. That would benefit all business, not just those that can go after bribes by lobbying and other coercion.
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Dear Apple, take a look at this chart on worldwide mobile platform use. Don't you ever wish you had a product for the other what 80%? Sure you won't make $400, $500 bucks a pop on hardware but that's a lot of dedicated users you missed out on, ones who could be feeding the rest of your money funnel.
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I think they should have named it "Mad Max, the Burning (Oil) Man edition" and the fashion was not post apocalyptic  steam punk but gasoline punk.

But hey, if you like that kind of thing it was a riotous two hour octane fueled romp through the wastelands of humanity.

And Aaron Clarey - so sorry to all those siting around you because you must of cried like a baby all the way through because you can't stand the idea of a strong female lead.  Did it make you feel like you needed to go out and punch someone and drive your car fast afterwards?  Exactly.  Must be your superior male logic working right there...
 
'Mad Max: Fury Road' is awesome.
Charlize Theron confirmed the fears of men's rights activists: The apocalyptic spectacle of "Mad Max: Fury Road" is indeed an "incredible feminist movie."
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Well there we go, the last episode of Mad Men is over. I had a few theories in how it might end but none nine panned out. Seems like they left us with a bit of a cliff hanger... Pretty much anything could happen next if they choose to say "Oops, sorry it wasn't rely over yet" or create a bunch of spin offs (which there totally could be). But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
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I've posted about this before and it of course makes 2A rights activists heads explode with cognitive dissonance.  However if you're new to the material this is a pretty good and brief run down of the essentials.  

The real reason most modern 2A rights activists can't deal with this is that it requires you admit that the founders of this country actually loved the government they had created and wanted to protect it.  Now I will grant them that the government today is not the government of the time the bill of rights was ratified.  Our government today would probably make the framers heads explode too - kind of like if Jesus was a person and came back to any modern US evangelical church - or the Vatican.  

The solution is of course simple - fix both.  Infringe the unregulated militia via sensible gun legislation as used by other countries that do have a well regulated citizen militia, and yes, fix the government so it is a government of we the people again.  Then the 2ARA arguments will just look silly again and they will actually want to bare arms to protect the government as the framers intended.
A big obstacle to commonsense gun control is the Right’s false historical narrative that the Founders wanted an armed American public that could fight its own government.
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I've said this once and I'll say it again.  As the NRA is fond of pointing out, guns don't kill people, people do. When people kill people we hold them responsible.  So when the people doing the killing have no idea of what the consequences of gun play (literally "play") are because they just kids, then those who allowed them access to guns should be held responsible exactly as if they handed them a packet of razor blades and said "have at it!".  

Trust me, when adults start going to jail for life sentences or even getting death penalties for what their kids do (face it, some people should never have kids) then adult "responsible" gun owners will perhaps, finally, start being "responsible".  Also organizations they promote gun ownership and yet don't hold their members to any standards should also be given a chance to take some responsibility.  It would be like a professional structural engineering organization promoting safe engineering without actually doing any testing or enforcement of quality among it's members.  Maybe if you join a pro gun org you should be forced to bear some responsibility for your fellow members - then you might actually take some interest in how responsible your fellow members are.
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7-yr-old boy accidentally shot his 7-yr-old friend in the head.

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America I just don't get you.  After just over 20 years of living here when I see stuff like this don't understand how true red-white-and-blue Americans could ever back a party that wants to endorse the TPP.  Seriously, it is so un-American.  The only thing that is more mysterious is why Obama is backing this and supporting keeping it secret from "we the people".  Seriously Republicans, if nothing else you should be rejecting it because Obama supports it. 

In the end the only way to understand this is admit, just bare faced admit it, that America is now run for and by the Almighty Dollar.  You know "almighty" as in God Almighty.
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It has always been that way in USA. they cheated injuns out of their lands. And that practice will continue in the guise of capitalism and corporate sponsored warfare.
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I love these crafty variations on the famous psychology and philosophy thought experiment "the trolley problem". Thanks Mike for the tip, I promise not to push you under the trolley... Unless there's a sign on your back saying Push Me...
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It's sink-o-da-kitty
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They both love to splash water.  Even water from their water bowl.  Oy, if only we could figure out how to stop that!
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Karma lets your current social and sharing network cred bring you status in networks you have only just joiined.  If it becomes widely used it could create a new and universal online currency of identity and responsibility.
Karma, which emerges from private beta today, is using review data from Airbnb, FaceBook, and others to build a universal online reputation system.
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Most of my public posts are related to science, computer technology, and politics so these are mostly likely the kinds of circles you will add me to.

Please note:  I post about some pretty contentious topics on occasion, sometimes frequently.  So be warned that yes I do read comments on my post and will moderate them if necessary.

Here are the rules I use to moderate:
  • Zero tolerance for use of hate speech or threats, I will delete and report them as I see fit.  I will give you a warning not to do that again and if you repeat I will ban you.  
  • There's a one-strike rule for those who revert to use of ad hominem arguments, I'll give you a warning on the off chance that you don't know what that is, give you a chance to educate yourself.  I may delete your comment (probably not, but feel free to do so yourself if you realize your error).  I wont report it unless it fits into the hate speech or threats class in which case see above.  If you repeat, same as before, I'll ban you.  If you don't know what ad hominem means here is a pointer: Wikpedia: Ad hominem
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  • The above all apply regardless of whether you are arguing for or counter to my personal opinion.  
And before you ask it, yes I realize even hate speech is protected by the First Amendment but this is not a public street corner and I choose to moderate speech here as I see fit.  If you don't like that be my guest take your hate speech to the public street corner and shout all you want.  
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