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11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook In 2014

11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook In 2014

Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 08:43:33 in Technology

“Wait... how come this comment section hasn't switched to the far inferior FBconversations format yet..?”
EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 09:36:42 in Politics

“I never called you a Neanderthal, but it's funny how some folks can't see the issue with their reasoning. back before we had any protections at all, any regulations were deemed job and industry killing and too onerous to implement. The result has been those that innovate and work cleaner move on to dominate the industry where the dinosaurs go bankrupt and perish. Pretty simple really. Cars in the 70s had lead based gas and were horrible on mileage... regulation didn't kill the industry, it challenged it to innovate. Now most cars are far more efficient and use cleaner fuel. Seems that I have more faith in American industry and our ability to diversify than you do.”
EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 08:43:13 in Politics

“No, it's like saying come up with ways to be cleaner so we can sustain or way of life and you can stay profitable in the long term. Your way of thinking would still have lead in paint and kids toys... I mean, it's cheaper to not be cleaner in either of those industries too, right?”

jfire976 on Jun 3, 2014 at 08:55:43

“This is not a light switch you turn off and on. Here you go again.....If I don't agree to the mandate I'm a knuckle dragging Neanderthal pushing us back to the 1800......All power plans currently have scrubbers that fire coal.....all use water jets to wash smokestack output.......all have sub filtering systems but when you burn something you get output......they just cut them by 30%. Something done NOT to make the plant cleaner but to shut them down. Obama even stated he was going to do that before his first election. "by my standards electric prices would necessarily sore" and "if you want to build a coal fired power plant you can but you'll go bankrupt doing it".....He killed the industry and coal. plane and simple....don't even attempt to defend it...HE STATED HE WAS GOING TO DO IT.”
EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 08:17:42 in Politics

“Wow... a thread grandfathered into the old and saner commentpolicy... meanwhile, the newer threads are replete with the deafening sounds of crickets...”

Iluvowls on Jun 3, 2014 at 08:44:29

“I noticed that, fewer and fewer people are posting on the threads with the new format”
EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

EPA Releases Much-Anticipated Limits On Power Plant Emissions

Commented Jun 3, 2014 at 08:16:13 in Politics

“I didn't read anywhere in the new regulations where coal was now banned. Even power company executives see the mandates as a way to push the technology toward cleaner coal and other energy resources.”

jfire976 on Jun 3, 2014 at 08:24:55

“do you really think that ANY of these people are going to invest one cent in this market in the future? No, the industry is dying....with this regulation, you can not meet the requirements. It's like saying you can run your car but we don't want an exhaust coming from it......you can't sit back and look innocent by passing a mandate for something that cannot happen. Obama just killed the industry.”
Once Again, Dick Cheney Thinks Obama Is 'Weak'

Once Again, Dick Cheney Thinks Obama Is 'Weak'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 09:23:01 in Politics

“Let me summarize Cheney's position:

I wish I was still in charge.

There, no need to thank me...”

Inkosi on May 29, 2014 at 11:35:03

“Correction - I wish I were King - anyone else is too weak.”

steve 207 on May 29, 2014 at 10:08:29

“Cheney wants to award Haliburton some more no bid contracts so that they can feed our troops rspoiled, contaminated food and electricute more of our troops!”
If Obama Is Actually Coming For Your Guns, He's Really Terrible At It

If Obama Is Actually Coming For Your Guns, He's Really Terrible At It

Commented May 29, 2014 at 08:36:39 in Politics

“No one wants your guns. Relive your Rambo fantasies on the gun range if you like. But if you insist on stockpiling arms just because, yea, they should be registered.”

Greg Floyde on May 29, 2014 at 09:02:04

“Yeah, no. Thanks though.”
Edward Snowden Reflects On 9/11: 'I Take The Threat Of Terrorism Seriously'

Edward Snowden Reflects On 9/11: 'I Take The Threat Of Terrorism Seriously'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 08:20:49 in Politics

“There's no way the public would allow this man to be sequestered in a military prison away from access to the media at this point. He's virtually guaranteed he won't get the Manning treatment and likely has a better shot at a fairer trial than most would. I know many here think this position is naive, but even I as one of the people who thinks he's more traitor than hero would demand a fair and open trial so we, Americans very profoundly affected by his go-it-alone spying, can determine for ourselves the merit of his actions.”

Tuned IN on May 29, 2014 at 12:32:40

“As if the public has that much clout!

How have you been profoundly affected by his go-it-alone spying? Listen to the whole interview, to hear from himself his motives-- it certainly explains in a very Patriotic way the importance of what he did and why.”

Tleilaxu Ghola on May 29, 2014 at 09:51:07

“This is magical thinking. They will make him The Mother Of All Examples.”
Edward Snowden Reflects On 9/11: 'I Take The Threat Of Terrorism Seriously'

Edward Snowden Reflects On 9/11: 'I Take The Threat Of Terrorism Seriously'

Commented May 29, 2014 at 08:16:24 in Politics

“Finally, something on which I agree with Snowden... exploiting 9/11 was a strategic error by the US government and seemed to be more of a reason to implement the already drafted Patriot Act in the dead of night... funny how a lot of people scream that no one bothered reading PPACA but many of those same people have no issue with many of the same members of Congress not having read the Patriot Act prior to its passage. Talk about having to pass the law to find out what's in it. If Snowden had stopped at releasing details of so-called domestic spying, I'd be more apt to support his decision to do so. But he seemed intent not to just be a whistle blower, but a dangerous revealer of classified techniques and procedures used to predict and prevent other dangers in the world. International relations can be a messy business and of course the US has had its hands in more dumb decisions based on spying that many of us can count. But that doesn't give an analyst the right to expose all of it so indiscriminately.”

garynofishing on May 29, 2014 at 09:22:07

“All ya gotta do is attach the word Patriot, Freedom or Liberty and the "Sheeple" immediately accept it without question”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 15:22:20 in Politics

“My kid told his friends he couldn't go out to play because I stranded him in his room for stealing money out of my wallet...”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:23:51 in Politics

“You don't have to prove anything. You either agree or not. If you disagree you can say as much, but when to start to hurl lame insults without any evidence, then yea, you either need to state your case or leave it alone. I mean, apparently you like attacking people and their kids while spewing the same three points repeatedly. But you do little to disprove anyone else's stance as such and reveal yourself as little more than an instigator idealist with limited understanding about international relations and opinion based on historical record.”

Jerome Caesar on May 28, 2014 at 14:28:05

“Again, I don't need any evidence. I did not make a positive claim. You did. I can not prove a negative. This is like, debate 101 here, dude.

Find me anything I've said that paints me as an idealist. I'd love to read it. Was it when I said that the NSA surveillance doesn't bother me, and is a predictable response to technological changes from an institution that wields power? Or that the debate about the right to privacy in the era of the internet, cell phones, and other changes is one that will only become more prevalent in the years to come? What have I said that paints me as an idealist?

I attacked that dudes daughter to show him the difference between an emotional argument, and a factual one. Sorry that you seem to be as incapable of reading coherently as that dude is.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:13:11 in Politics

“Nothing screams maturity like a guy getting frustrated that not everyone agrees with his perspective, so he then decides to attack their kids. Smooth move. And equating the Soviet gulags with the US? Not analogous in any way other than the two same land masses are being compared. Let's hereby declare all spying illegal in all forms and let the chips fall where they may...”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 14:03:31 in Politics

“It's OK champ. You came in claiming I lived in an imaginary world for thinking the Russians might want to stick it to the US. In fact, you call that idea absurd and an example of me talking out of my behind. Then you offer nothing to back up the assertion. I'll stand by my original point, and you stand by... well whatever point was obscured by your jumping to defend comrade Snowden.”

Jerome Caesar on May 28, 2014 at 14:10:04

“Yes, and you've put forward no evidence about Russia and Cuba's actions to demonstrate your position is based out of anything more than your imagination. Again, it's not my responsibility to make your argument for you. You made the positive claim, it's on you to defend it. I can't prove a negative.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 13:22:44 in Politics

“So... then what? We now all agree that stealing classified information is OK as long as that information offends some people? I'm not sure that's where I want to be as a society.”

ryoung37 on May 28, 2014 at 14:10:17

“Very good question. I can't speak for all people but in this case I have zero problem with it. If he stole engineering documents and gave it to a foreign source that would be a whole different story. But in this case he stole proof of a heavily unconstitutional program that all agencies involved in lied and lied about ten times over. And then the whole world proceeded to lie about it ten times over even after discovering that everyone was in fact doing the same Orwellian thing. It's almost akin to stealing from the devil really.

The real trouble with prosecuting these whistleblowers though is who will protect the sheep from the wolves? We start by prosecuting insiders by calling them thieves and traitors and then what? Our news agencies or anyone who stands against the state? Because that is already well in motion and I don't want to concede on issues like this and allow it to continue unabated.

I keep thinking this though: how are we going to label someone as treasonous to the state for exposing a program that was treasonous to the state? How should he have gone about exposing this? Asking the NSA politely to stop?”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 13:21:19 in Politics

“So no expertise and just a Snowden passion... got it. You "feel" like you "know". Understood.”

Jerome Caesar on May 28, 2014 at 13:26:00

“No, you're the guy who "feels like you know", hence why you made positive claims about what Russia and Cuba would do, with the only reason being "WELL THEY'LL STICK IT TO AMERICA." I'm simply pointing out that your claim is ridiculous and demonstrates that you're talking out of your rear. It's not my responsibility to make your argument about Russia for you.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 12:35:56 in Politics

“Metadata gathering ain't exactly spying...”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 12:30:26 in Politics

“I suppose it depends on what you consider "the truth". I've always assumed the government had the ability to do what he supposedly revealed, and I've always assumed they were already doing it. If it began and ended there, I'd probably be less prone to think of him as a straight up traitor fishing for admiration. But everything else that has been revealed regarding our spying and dealing with other governments earns him a cell for a long time. Apparently you and many Americans disagree. maybe a jury of 12 of his peers will feel the same as you. We'll never know until he goes on trial.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 12:27:14 in Politics

“Manning manned up (for lack of a better term given his/ her current situation). I have respect for Manning. Manning didn't run away then blame the US for trapping him in Russia. Manning will serve prison time for stealing classified information, then Manning will be released. Snowden, the heroic selfless revealer of a corrupt government, needs to do the same.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 12:24:09 in Politics

“Yes, France can down a Russian plane if they want to start an international incident with another nuclear powered state I suppose. Just as the US could have sent planes to do the same over international waters. You can buy his excuse. I do not.”

T E E on May 29, 2014 at 17:55:42

“Down? Like with missiles?? I said ground and detain. You know... ordering it to land to execute an arrest warrant.?”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 12:20:02 in Politics

“Eeerrrrr... you lost me with the whole "foolish person" bit. Snowden has a huge following and he was the picture of selfless magnanimity, right? He'll do just fine.”

sharkman007 on May 28, 2014 at 15:17:19

“it is foolish to think taht him going back to usa just to wind up in prison is gonna make a difference . it would only throw more cold water on whistle blowers. you think he will do just fine? define fine. the guy coulda made a nice career at his work but gave it up for country. he will never be free in his own nation and most others. think that guy like moscow?”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 10:53:05 in Politics

“Please educate us on Russian political theory in the current environment since you appear to be an expert.”

Jerome Caesar on May 28, 2014 at 12:51:52

“Knowing just enough to be able to spot when someone's talking out of their rear doesn't make someone an expert.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 09:45:56 in Politics

“Right. Everyone plays by the agreed upon rules all of the time. Got it.

Who's living in an imaginary world now?”

Jerome Caesar on May 28, 2014 at 09:48:12

“Great job bowling over that strawman you set up. I never said that "everyone plays by the agreed upon rules all the time." Pointing out that your conspiracy theory about Russia doesn't jive with reality is not the same as saying "Russia always plays by the rules", which they obviously don't.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 09:11:45 in Politics

“I'm not saying Russia doesn't follow many international norms. But in this case, when looking for any reason to stick it to the US, yea, they would have let him fly.”

Monte924 on May 28, 2014 at 13:27:55

“Also without a passport, Snowden may be denied antry to whatever country he's going to and end up being deported back to the US; he would atleast need a visa before going anywhere else. So if Russia wants to stick it to the US by making sure they don't get Snowden, then they will instead want him to remain in Russia where they can keep him away from the US.”

Monte924 on May 28, 2014 at 13:23:46

“Um no, in terms of sticking it to the US, Russia would want to keep him in Russia. If snowden were to leave, there is a chance that any country he fled to might chose to send him to the US. If Russia however holds on to him, they can make sure he stays out of US hands and remains a thorn in their side.”

Jerome Caesar on May 28, 2014 at 09:18:36

“So you're saying that Russia won't follow international norms to stick it to America. Cool. Again, when you exit the world of your imagination and enter the world as it actually exists, you'll recognize the absurdity of your claim.”
Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Edward Snowden Says The U.S. Stranded Him In Russia

Commented May 28, 2014 at 08:49:34 in Politics

“If as many people as he claims to support him actually do, then he should come back to the US and make his case. Doing a data dump of some of the most sensitive data out there and running isn't very heroic at all. And really, do either Russia or Cuba care much about a revoked US passport?”

mgman on May 29, 2014 at 07:26:36

“The problem is you cannot travel without a passport. Whether Russia cares about a cancelled passport or not hardly matters...where he wants to go does. Since one can only apply for asylum once on that country's territory puts Snowden in a catch 22.”

WestSeattle8 on May 29, 2014 at 06:25:33

“A stoned head is right.”

jerryengelbach on May 28, 2014 at 20:04:46

“It's not the court of public opinion that has the power, but that of the National Security State. Giving up his life in the United States was pretty heroic. A lot more heroic than letting your rights be violated on by your own government and trashing the man who told you about it.

He didn't do "a data dump of some of the most sensitive data out there." He embarrassed the U.S. government for secretly spying on its own people and the leaders and people of its allies.

I'm sure that on a level of sensitivity to any enemy this information is low, but it's damned important to our rights under the Fourth Amendment.”

NeoConsAreFinished on May 28, 2014 at 17:36:05

“LOL. Naive much. You think the people supporting his reporting of crimes by our government will keep him from a dark cell? The government would never let him state his case in a court of law. They stamp everything as vital to security and throw him away.”

Shadowlandistan on May 28, 2014 at 16:17:53

“He would come back if the US government said they would not torture or arrest him. We NEED him here.”

JohnSawyer on May 28, 2014 at 15:52:07

“Why would Snowden have to come back to the US to make his case? He's doing that just fine where he is, and probably being allowed to do it far more than he would if he were in the US, in prison for the rest of his life.”

ryoung37 on May 28, 2014 at 13:01:58

“Yes because the American government has a long standing tradition of acting in accordance with the citizen's popular opinion... besides this would be a legal case not a popularity contest. You don't need a trial to know he is surely guilty of stealing classified material. If he comes back it's only because he feels like spending the rest of his life in jail instead of Russia.”

Sunlogic on May 28, 2014 at 11:52:57

“Yeah, because "our" government was going to be so very super honest about spying on all of us. Come on Rich, you shouldn't be so gullible. It's not like the government is going to welcome him back with open arms for him giving the people the truth.”

Joe Jacobo on May 28, 2014 at 10:46:27

“Kinda like the manning case. People will support then it fades then you rot in prison..”

T E E on May 28, 2014 at 10:34:38

“It's not only Russia and/or Cuba. It's every country whose airspace he would enter. Russia can let him out, and Cuba can say he's welcome, but France, UK, any country with diplomatic relations with US will ground the plane and detain him. He's clearly thought about this, you haven't.”

sharkman007 on May 28, 2014 at 09:41:14

“we know what will happen to him , a guilty treason verdict set up by the same corrupt secret govt that he snitched about. his leaks have made the case far better than his execution would. that is the entire point! do you follow this story at all. he had no plans to get stuck in russia and he has made no millions from what anyone can tell. you are a foolish person to buy into the reasoning you gave... he was the messenger of what a monstrous covert illegal govt operation our leaders are using to benefit defense industry , multi nationals etc. it is all about world control and our desire to havve it regardless of our loss of personal freedoms and information. he did not auction this off, he released it to the people to be alarmed at! and you want him to rot in prison? some patriot you are. you guys need to understand, bin laden won! we are now living in an age of pure terror and personal freedom was the victim.”

Noodle Head on May 28, 2014 at 09:03:15

“" And really, do either Russia or Cuba care much about a revoked US passport? "
Can only speak for Russia - Yes they do. I know you think it's the wild west there but you do need a passport. But hey, it's easier if you live in imagination.”
Texas Runoff Election Could Be The End Of The Road For David Dewhurst

Texas Runoff Election Could Be The End Of The Road For David Dewhurst

Commented May 28, 2014 at 08:26:08 in Politics

“Funny... the TPGOP manages to put up candidates in every Congressional race... all of them. The Dems decide some, like this one are just fine to sit out. That apathy almost guarantees that despite more people voting for Dems than GOPers in congressional races, the GOP will continue to hold some seats completely unchallenged.”
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