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Would it make sense to create a category for capturing all the different ways that gov't really isn't the benevolent caretaker that some "progressives" think it is?
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Snip: Murders would accumulate under his reign, 18 in all. With the FBI clearing the field for him, he expanded his operations in loan-sharking, drug dealing, extortion, and money laundering, mimicking what the Mafia had done before him. For over 20 years, the FBI looked the other way
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That they couldn't see this coming is just more evidence that they are lost in time and do not understand the Internet.
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Ah, just saw this after posting a separate story on the same thing. The whole thing is bananas. 
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#DemoCrazies12Reasons
1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.
2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.
3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.
4. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.
5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.
6. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.
7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.
8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.
9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.
10. I voted Democrat because I think that it's better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.
11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised "HOPE AND CHANGE".
12. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my as_, it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.
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Have you ever played a video game ?
 - The story of the Atari 2600 System...

Released initially in 1977 by the American video game and home computer company Atari Inc.,the console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the 1982 release of the Atari 5200, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600.

The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat and later Pac-Man.

The Atari 2600 was wildly successful, and during much of the 1980s, "Atari" was a synonym for this model in mainstream media and, by extension, for video games in general.

The unit was originally priced at US$199, and shipped with two joysticks and a Combat cartridge (eight additional games were available at launch and sold separately).

As the number one video game console maker, Atari was a driving force behind 80s game play both at home and in the arcades, and the precursor to all the video and online gaming that has come since.

Atari began an entertainment revolution that is still going strong today with games like Pong, Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command, Space Invaders,etc,etc,etc.

Who can forget the burned in image of Pong on your TV screen long after the game was turned off ? 
It was a badge of honor that you had spent entirely too much time trying to get to the next level of whatever you were playing. 

Thanks to the innovative designers of Atari, people of all ages were given a form of entertainment unlike anything seen before. 
Today lovers of the games which started it all can play their favorite 80’s arcade games online thanks to the Internet.

The Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 2007.
In 2009, the Atari 2600 was named the second greatest video game console of all time by IGN, who cited its remarkable role as the console behind both the first video game boom and the video game crash of 1983, and called it "the console that our entire industry is built upon."

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>$10,000 is a crime. <$10,000 is an indicator of a crime. So, basically, you are always a criminal - even if you are not.
Using a law designed to help catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners.
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+David Sulewski
A Libertarian's New Year's Resolutions
http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/harry-browne%E2%80%99s-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolutions-for-selling-liberty-effectively
• I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness. Such things steal time and attention from the work that must be done.
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Don't blame Takata entirely... This is what happens when the government dictates the solution. I have seen solutions that are better and safer than airbags, but cannot be used because of the regulations.
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Your SciGuy post supports my argument. The fact that IIHS is making these tests and sharing them with the public is proof that the market is working. This is not the government, this is the insurance companies informing consumers, who will then make an informed decision - no nanny needed.

Regarding seatbelt laws, most of those laws had no teeth. They were simply a mechanism to educate the consumer that the use of seatbelts would save lives. There is no disagreement that seatbelts are the best option available in cars today. They directly couple the occupants energy with the vehicle and allow the vehicle to manage the energy instead of resorting to secondary measures, such as airbags. Again, an informed consumer makes his/her own decisions.

Your 3rd link is just a continuation of the list that I had started in an earlier post. Are you really trying to argue that technology like crumple zones are a government mandated solution and not the product of engineering a solution to meet the requirement (to manage the vehicle energy in a crash)?
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$25,000 for a winter party, and my company can't afford to allow us to bring spouses to ours.
An anonymous reader writes: The National Science Foundation (NSF) and a contractor have been accused by both an audit and by Congress of a significant misuse of funds in a major ecological monitoring project costing almost a half a billion dollars. From the article: "With a construction budget of $4...
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Sounds like your company needs to get a contract with the NSF!!!! Lol
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How an executive order becomes law... Kind of.
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Even +Saturday Night Live realizes executive overreach of this type is beyond the pale. The results may be positive, but the ends do not justify the means.
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This 60-year-old Looney Tunes cartoon could teach you something about the economics of mass production.
The blessings of capitalism are the backdrop for a game of cat and mouse.
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Kind of says it all "because if the public debated it, the agreement probably wouldn't be approved"
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"Vietnam was the first war ever fought without censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind."

– General William Westmoreland
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No serious defense of the surveillance state can ignores its anti-democratic abuses, its lawbreaking, and its record of punishing whistleblowers.
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Don't blame Takata entirely... This is what happens when the government dictates the solution. I have seen solutions that are better and safer than airbags, but cannot be used because of the regulations.
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