“I don't think military advisers could talk Obama into invading Iraq. George W. Bush was talked into a situation he didn't understand. JFK's advisers wanted him to crush Cuba during the missile crisis; he ignored them. Reagan was told that talking to the Soviets would cause tanks to roll through Western Europe; he didn't listen to them. So it does matter who is in charge.”
Jack Webb on Jan 16, 2013 at 21:08:07
“Apples and oranges.
There's nothing to be gained from talking to the authors and fanboys of 911.”
“Border agents have guns. You just proved my point. Drug cartels aren't scared of citizens with guns.
Being afraid that somehow cartels will take over the U.S. (lol) if we restrict access to guns doesn't make any sense. How many border patrol agents are killed by drug cartels? Not very many compared to the 10,000 plus killed every year by firearms (that would be 3 9/11s every year). Time to restrict access to guns.
If you end the war on drugs much of that violence would stop.”
“Nonsense. Johnny covered Soundgarden and NIN. Any self respecting music fan attending University will know who he is.”
Vintage59 on Jan 13, 2013 at 15:36:23
“It would be nice if that were true but it simply isn't. The majority of humans are not self-respecting. As my post stated, those who aren't musically inclined do know that he existed. They just don't know very much about him or his music.
BTW, both groups you cited were at the peak of their popularity when today's college students were toddlers.”
Yep so much oppression in the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Finland with their tough gun laws. Thank God we have the NRA otherwise we'd look like Japan (*gasps* homicide rate of less than .4 per 100k America over 4 per 100k ten times the murder rate here).”
“Well I'm not sure it warrants 50 years in prison; I wouldn't try that at my University. At the least you or I might be expelled. JSTOR isn't free. If someone crashes their servers that costs money and time. So it is a big deal; especially for MIT students who wanted to look for articles while MIT was banned because of one person's actions.”
intotheabyss on Jan 12, 2013 at 22:58:23
“It was a general statement regarding information leakers, not just Aaron's unique form of info activism. The government seems to have a problem with public access to information via internet. Wonder why?”
“Organized criminal organizations that conduct beheadings are not intimidated by your handgun. People who murder entire families are not scared of you. I guarantee it.
It is very difficult to obtain firearms in the UK. Do they have Cartels running around? Of course not. Your paranoia is unwarranted and has no basis in reality.”
Mikey Campbell on Jan 14, 2013 at 17:48:42
“tell that to the families of the slain border agents who were shot by mexican smugglers.You dont live there .You see and hear only want you want to hear and see thus sadly believing as truth in the end.narrow is the mind who quickly succumbs to false info.”
JCJCJC on Jan 13, 2013 at 01:29:27
“then you dont live in america but some lala land kiddo”
“Money is not the root of all evil. If liberal societies hadn't been successful then the welfare state we take for granted wouldn't be possible. We've spent much money on weapons but I'd wager during the last 30 years the bulk of spending has been on welfare state programs (mostly medicine) pensions for old people and education. The United States is an outlier (and even the U.S. has slashed military spending as a percentage of GDP) most of the wealthy world has slashed defense spending and took that money and spent it on old people.
Without greed none of that would be possible. Without fast economic growth the world would be stuck with heavy industry and thus heavy pollution for a much longer period of time. Just google "kuznets curve pollution".
As the world grows wealthier and fossil fuel energy becomes more expensive we'll find a solution.”
“Climate Vulnerability Monitor study. Yeah with a name like that they wouldn't be biased.
What are the estimates of stopping climate change now? You think that would be free? Just try to process that. It certainly would cost more than $1250 a year. You'd have to tax gasoline heavily; we're talking 8-10 dollars a gallon. Coal would have to be banned. We still get a large chunk of our energy from coal. Environmentalists don't like natural gas because of fracking but what will take its place? If nuclear is out then what replaces fossil fuels? Nothing.
I'm in favour of raising gas taxes. I wish we had cap and trade or just a carbon tax. But don't delude yourselves. The world (this includes the poor) needs cheap energy. The third world would be stuck in poverty much longer if they couldn't use fossil fuels. The discount rate matters when making long term decisions. If stopping global warming as fast as possible is the goal humanity will certainly be hurt much more than if we just let the planet warm. If we do nothing obviously this will cause problems long term. But taking us back to a pre-industrial world isn't a real solution. Read Timothy Ferris, Matt Ridley or Richard Posner on how difficult it is to estimate global warming costs what the discount rate should be.
Stiglitz must have dementia if he thinks climate change is the biggest worry about our economy.”
SCJohnson on Jan 8, 2013 at 21:21:14
“In the long term Climate Change is our biggest worry economically, politically, and for the survival of the human race.”
“"Well. I see you've made your decision. Now let's see you enforce it."
Who is going to stop us? You think the world is going to slap trade tariffs on the U.S. for using drones to kill terrorists? We're not killing political opponents. We're not assassinating foreign leaders. We're targeting the lowest of the low. If you don't like it call your congressman. Iran couldn't do what we're doing because A. they lack the technology and B. they wouldn't be using drones to kill fanatical militants. No one will dare arrest Obama they gave him a Nobel prize. He'll travel the world and no one will touch him.
If the world hegemon was in Western Europe they would be doing the same thing. Western Europe doesn't care what we do because they know deep down that someone has to do this; Portugal can't afford a anti terrorist drone program.
When/If the United States is no longer the preeminent power and this responsibility falls to India or Brazil they'll implement a similar policy. You think the most powerful State in the world is going to cower from a bunch of bearded fanatics? We'll find you and end you. At least our government is a Democracy; just think if China implemented a drone campaign.”
“Yeah I gained 30 pounds of fat while attending University. When I was back home for Winter break I realized how out of shape I was. I went to the gym. Lifted weights three days a week. I ran six days a week every week the following semester; running 30-50 miles a week until I was back in shape. I cut out pizza and cheeseburgers. I stopped drinking Coke.
For most people it is a question of will power. So no I don't have a weight problem. I've continued running the last six years. I'm not weak. There is no excuse to be overweight. 1lb of frozen vegetables costs 99 cents. People choose to be fat.”
“I like Al Roker he is very entertaining and funny. But this is what you get when you're too weak to lose weight through diet and exercise. He is a very wealthy man. There is no excuse for not hiring a personal trainer and changing what you eat. So he took the easy way out and now for whatever reason (sell books?) decides to tell the world that he defecated in his pants at the white house. Exercise and eating vegetables beats losing control of your bowels.”
sierraseven on Jan 8, 2013 at 00:12:23
“Actually, Roker addresses that idea - that he took the easy way to weight loss - in his book and in the interview. He was very obese, to the point that it was endagering his health, so he did what he had to do. He had failed at losing weight on his own.
Easy to fling that "weak" label at someone, but we all have weaknesses - aspects of our lives that we have not been able to manage as we would want to. If you claim you have no weaknesses, you're lying - to yourself and everyone else.”
Williamsback on Jan 8, 2013 at 00:09:12
“You voted for Obama didn't you?”
elizzybeth on Jan 7, 2013 at 23:42:53
“I really don't like you.”
sputzy2 on Jan 7, 2013 at 23:34:04
“NO NO NO NO It is not the easy way out as some of you think. Stop criticizing on something you know nothing about. If you put your mind into reading about by-pass and why surgeons use it instead of sitting on your high horse like a know it all, maybe you would learn something. It is not an easy way out as you who have no weight problem think it is. There are always some people on here that think they know so much,. Read up before you open your big mouths.”
LastWave on Jan 7, 2013 at 23:33:10
“do you have or did you have a weight problem? doesnt sound like it. its not a matter of weakness. thats an absurdly simplistic point of view.”
jkarov on Jan 7, 2013 at 23:31:55
“Not just a personal trainer, if he's rich, he can:
1) Hire someone to shop and cook for you. Just imagine walking in the door to your
house and in the kitchen someone has prepared a great low-cal meal, and there are a few more in the freezer waiting for tomorrow
2) Get some psychotherapy around not just his weight problem, but other stuff too.
3) Get a home gym built in your basement or add on a room. Put up a decent HDTV on the wall, a good sound system, and watch news, movies, or Spotify while exercising.
With wifi, he could even skype, and use a hands free phone with bluetooth to whatever else.”
“Netflix and Crackle are legal. Project Free TV has links to pirated copies same goes for movie2k (have fun getting viruses off your computer from those links).
If you want to steal content there are tons of options. But Netflix is a good deal to access legal content (so is Crackle). They deserve your support so they can continue to improve content selection. $8.00 a month is cheap; you can afford that.”
“Nice try HP. You got me to click thinking this was about Netflix. In reality it was about HBO. I'm fine without streaming Universal films on Netflix. I'll rent them from Redbox. I would however love to subscribe to HBO without a cable/satellite subscription. I'd even pay a premium. Sadly the Finland deal with HBO is said to be for that country only; HBO said at the time they have no plans to bring a deal like that to the U.S.”
“The mortgage interest deduction should be eliminated for everyone. Period. Canada doesn't have it and home ownership is identical to the U.S. That alone would raise according to The Economist around 200 billion a year. Healthcare benefits should also be taxed. If you make 80k a year and have a golden insurance plan that is worth 20k you really made 100k. You should be taxed on 100k.
Capital gains should go up. But if we're going to fix this mess the middle class is going to have to be taxed at a higher rate there aren't enough rich people to pay the bills (although they need to be taxed more too). It just comes down to one four letter word, math. A VAT is coming sooner or later.”
“Number one won't happen. You don't need to repeal the 2nd amendment. Gun restrictions pass constitutional muster. If they didn't then the NRA would be demanding an end to the unconstitutional restrictions on RPGs attack helicopters and armoured tanks. If you can restrict RPGs and similar weapons then you can ban assault weapons and all AR15 type weapons. If you want home protection buy a handgun. If you want to play soldier join the actual military.”
Stoopid American on Jan 6, 2013 at 20:13:43
“We'll disagree that the second amendment cannot be repealed. With every passing year, it becomes clearer that it is antiquated and does not fulfill the original intent any more. It will take years, but someday it will be repealed.
As to handguns, we'll disagree on those as well. I think handguns should be illegal.”