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Bill Gates: Prioritizing Worldwide Internet Access Over Malaria Research Is A 'Joke'

Bill Gates: Prioritizing Worldwide Internet Access Over Malaria Research Is A 'Joke'

Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 04:38:53 in Technology

“Not going to comment using new format.”

Jimserac on Nov 3, 2013 at 05:08:52

“I share your frustration.

Huff had something that worked beautifully.

Maybe they became fearful that the original interface empowered us too much and took away from their Kontrol ??

But, while playing with, and ruining their interface (by the way, even the colors no longer work, one has to hunt to find where to fan someone and one has to click to see responses that formerly appeared automatically)... you can be sure that SOMEONE ELSE will come along and replace Huffington if they persist in this madness.”

YannosB on Nov 3, 2013 at 05:01:53

“oops.. ya just did..... lol”

flowrchk on Nov 3, 2013 at 04:58:58

“You and so many others are boycotting the format (which I also despise). I have commented maybe 2-3 times since the boycott began, for which I feel traitorous :(. My only excuse is.....I Miss My Friends!!! C'mon HP change it back!!!!”
Mitt Romney Criticizes Obama Ahead Of Health Care Speech In Massachusetts

Mitt Romney Criticizes Obama Ahead Of Health Care Speech In Massachusetts

Commented Oct 30, 2013 at 12:10:21 in Politics

“Romney is doing his level-best to go down in history as the most insignificant politician of all time when he should be touring the country claiming the ACA to be his idea, not Obama's*.

How can one person get so many things wrong so many times?

*Maybe that'll come later, you never know.”
'Sherlock' Season 3 Premiere Date: US Debut Paired With 'Downton Abbey'

'Sherlock' Season 3 Premiere Date: US Debut Paired With 'Downton Abbey'

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 20:58:26 in TV

“And yet there's shows like Breaking Bad, Scandal, The Good Wife, and older ones like The West Wing, Buffy and Seinfeld. Like or loathe the finished products ... the writing is still excellent.

As for Britain ... Sherlock apart and some of the Dennis Potter stuff, they've never quite matched the standard set with Brideshead back in 1981.”
Obamacare Website Hearing: House Committee Examining Glitches

Obamacare Website Hearing: House Committee Examining Glitches

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 14:55:32 in Politics

“1. But it's not "the core" as you put it. It's just one application tool.
2. Federal spending has increased, but here's the thing ... so has revenue. Revenue has kept pace with spending all the way to 1999/2000. Revenue even exceeded spending during the Clinton years. 1965 may seem a good year to start from, but it's not. It's statistical manipulation.
3. So where were you during Bush 43's reckless wars and give-aways? As I recall there wasn't even a murmur of disquiet from the Right.

Stop being a pawn of the Heritage Foundation and other Koch-led institutions and start thinking for yourself. You may feel yourself to be some kind of independent mind divorced from the mainstream, but you're nothing of the sort. Don't argue with me, clear your mind of clutter and analyse your own information. If you can, that is.”
'Sherlock' Season 3 Premiere Date: US Debut Paired With 'Downton Abbey'

'Sherlock' Season 3 Premiere Date: US Debut Paired With 'Downton Abbey'

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 13:32:44 in TV

“No doubt about the production ... that's first class. But the writing is hackneyed, derivative, and poor. (I'd even say amateurish). And no, while it might appear convincing to someone who doesn't know the period or the vernacular, it mostly reduces to escapism.

It's just a succession of charactertures.

While I don't bemoan its success or fanbase, I do feel strongly when people mistake good for popular.

Having said that, maybe I should concede it not to be the worst thing on television, just that the writing is probably the worst of what people think as good.”

jmslotnick on Oct 24, 2013 at 19:30:23

“As bad as you think the writing is, the English put the American writers and stories to shame.”
Obamacare Website Hearing: House Committee Examining Glitches

Obamacare Website Hearing: House Committee Examining Glitches

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 13:15:33 in Politics

“It's a website for heaven's sake - just a website, not some evil creeping thing under everyone's bed. If it never works (you know, like some ridiculous defence project) then America still wakes up in the morning. Moreover, the ACA still wakes up in the morning.

If you don't like big government ... If that's your thing ... then fine. Just stop being used by the Kochs and Rand Pauls of the world who supposedly see this Healthcare website as somehow fundamental against everything they hold dear ... like an oil pipeline or some good ol' Kentucky-bound pork.

Out of interest ... just how big is 'big government'? And when exactly did it become 'big government'.”

Neither Party on Oct 24, 2013 at 14:17:52

“You appear to be having a discussion with your self. Of course it's a website. It just happens to be the core of the individual mandate, and it doesn't work even remotely.

As far as "what is big government"? That's pretty easy. It's when:
- federal spending per household increases 150% since 1965.
- a one year deficit is one million million dollars
- the federal government overspends its revenue by $114 million every hour of every day.
- federal spending since 1970 increases 12% faster than median income”
Obamacare Website Hearing: House Committee Examining Glitches

Obamacare Website Hearing: House Committee Examining Glitches

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 09:30:49 in Politics

“Of course it does. But since the GOP has done everything in its power (and some that's not) to sabotage the ACA ... it seems only fitting that these people are the de facto experts on why the implementation hasn't been a success.

I wonder how many disgruntled GOP/TP supporters were involved in the design, coding and implementation of the website?

And if the answer is 'none' then they'll have to ask 'why not?'

I'm sure that's the first thing they'll look into.”

Neither Party on Oct 24, 2013 at 09:39:51

“This is a pitiful post, because it completely dismisses the horrible ACA website and pretends the problem is some nefarious tea party plot. The reality, as everyone knows, is this is a great example of big government gone terribly wrong.”
What Impact The Texas Voter Identification Law Has On Women Voters | TIME.com

What Impact The Texas Voter Identification Law Has On Women Voters | TIME.com

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 09:23:07 in Politics

“The intuitive opponents to Democrats is anti-Democrats. Why should this be a surprise?

If a party has problems winning elections AND it wants to take America back to the century before last then disenfranchisement seems a natural policy.

Just make sure the whole of America hears about it.”
'Sherlock' Season 3 Premiere Date: US Debut Paired With 'Downton Abbey'

'Sherlock' Season 3 Premiere Date: US Debut Paired With 'Downton Abbey'

Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 09:15:59 in TV

“Sherlock ... some of the best writing you'll ever experience.
Downton ... some of the worst.”

jmslotnick on Oct 24, 2013 at 13:15:58

“Downton is absolutely not the worst. Great stories and great acting. The worst is Mr. Selfridge which I watched once and it was pitiful.”
Ancient Galaxy Confirmed As Farthest, Oldest Ever Observed

Ancient Galaxy Confirmed As Farthest, Oldest Ever Observed

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 19:00:01 in Science

“We are at the exact same place the big bang occurred.

It's space/time that's expanded. We haven't moved away from anywhere.”

Americangal7 on Oct 23, 2013 at 19:18:11

“you mean the Universe, the planet moves through space along with the rest of solar system and so on.”
Orrin Hatch: Tea Party Republicans Need To Be 'Rehabilitated'

Orrin Hatch: Tea Party Republicans Need To Be 'Rehabilitated'

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 13:42:15 in Politics

“Does he mean for alcoholism or simply to be reacquainted with mainstream American society?”
Dick Durbin: Top House GOP Leader Told Obama 'I Cannot Even Stand To Look At You' [UPDATE: WH Denies]

Dick Durbin: Top House GOP Leader Told Obama 'I Cannot Even Stand To Look At You' [UPDATE: WH Denies]

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 13:18:08 in Politics

“Republicans could have an argument if this hadn't started BEFORE President Obama took office.

It was NEVER about policies.”
Rand Paul: Olmsted Project A 'Boondoggle', But Necessary

Rand Paul: Olmsted Project A 'Boondoggle', But Necessary

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 08:07:42 in Politics

“Did I say Ron? 
Oh, dear what could I have been thinking (besides what I was actually thinking).”
Map Of U.S.-Middle East Relations Shows Evolution Of Complicated History (VIDEO)

Map Of U.S.-Middle East Relations Shows Evolution Of Complicated History (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 01:50:05 in World

“Sorry, but the only people who'll understand this are people who already understand this.

And, quite rightly, they'll highlight out its rather too many flaws and pointlessness.”
Rand Paul: Olmsted Project A 'Boondoggle', But Necessary

Rand Paul: Olmsted Project A 'Boondoggle', But Necessary

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 01:40:43 in Politics

“Just to clarify then,

... the guy whose primary tag line is 'wasteful government spending' and whose secondary tag line is 'no more pork' thinks that because he's used those tags so often it allows him a free pass on both.

He's not "damned if he does damned if he doesn't" ... he's only "damned if he does" ... which he did.

If this doesn't prove the blatant hypocrisy and shallowness of Ron Paul, then nothing will. He's just a career politician after all.”

vikramnet on Oct 23, 2013 at 08:07:42

“Did I say Ron? 
Oh, dear what could I have been thinking (besides what I was actually thinking).”
Post-Shutdown Polls Find Americans Angry, GOP Majority Potentially Vulnerable

Post-Shutdown Polls Find Americans Angry, GOP Majority Potentially Vulnerable

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 14:27:23 in Politics

“What most of America doesn't realize is that the hardline Tea Partiers don't care about polls.

These people want to shut the government down. They want the economy to tank. They have such an 18th century view of the world they want America to return to those 'good old days'. They don't believe in a universal education system. They don't believe in science. They don't believe in evolution. They don't believe in climate change. They don't believe in LGBT rights ... or civil rights ... or even women's rights ...

And they certainly don't believe an African-American could ever have legitimately been elected to the White House. Twice.”

ChiBloger on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:37:46

“"they certainly don't believe an African-American could ever have legitimately been elected to the White House. Twice"

YES!
Some days I think about what that post election morning was like for them and it warms my hart with joy. All we can do is laugh at these people. They are simply not rational enough to deal with.”

joe0915 on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:34:11

“Race card!”

eatmebeatme on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:31:51

“I agree - but they'd have to care a little bit about polls so they can GET into office to shut down the government.”
September Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 148,000 Jobs As Unemployment Rate Ticks Down To 7.2 Pecent

September Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 148,000 Jobs As Unemployment Rate Ticks Down To 7.2 Pecent

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 13:53:26 in Business

“Here's how it works for Republicans.

1. They obstruct any attempt at job creation.
2. They behave so dysfunctionally the economy suffers.
3. They see the slow rate of growth and high unemployment ...
4. ... and then run for (re)election on the grounds that unemployment is high and the economy hasn't improved.

They really don't want America to recover from the mess they created.”

umen on Oct 22, 2013 at 14:02:57

“You got it in 4! F&F”

notmarcorubio on Oct 22, 2013 at 13:56:35

“of COURSE NOT!”
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 10:37:18 in Politics

“And just what is the policy/position of the TP?

Cut spending? Lower taxes for themselves? Smaller government? An unregulated free market? Or dressing up in 18th century costume, brandishing a musket, and claiming this particular president is illegitimate?

The fact is that without self-interested benefactors like the Kochs there'd be no Tea Party. Without career Tea Partyists like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck there'd be no Tea Party.

And if the Tea Party had a coherent message then it was lost a long time ago. All that's left is a bunch of wingnuts who'd happily see America ruined as long as it reflected badly on this president. It's a position, but hardly a policy.”

rabbitz on Oct 24, 2013 at 10:25:43

“The TP started as people tired or expanding government power. For decades the dems would ask for 100 billion bucks for X and the conservatives would resist and then both would compromise and the government would spend 50 billion. Rinse and repeat- over the years the government grew and grew.

Under Bush it grew even faster and that was where the discontent really manifested though it always has been there (Ross Perot). Obama spent more than Bush and that was the straw that broke the camels back. A line had to be drawn and that is their position. Most people agree the government is too big and does too much.”
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 09:51:21 in Politics

“Now that America has finally woken up to what they erroneously voted for in 2010 it's up to America to take responsibility and vote them out in 2014.

There's no point blaming Congress for blatant incompetence when the phrase they should be looking for is 'voter indifference'.”

PalaceOfWisdom on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:10:34

“We had two years of GOP Lite in total control and they did nothing. We need to remove money from politics and with it the two corporate parties who at best only pretend to care about the 99%.”

rabbitz on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:03:25

“the people disagree with the TP tactics, but not the policy/position of the TP.”
Keystone XL Pipeline Could Yield $100 Billion For Koch Brothers

Keystone XL Pipeline Could Yield $100 Billion For Koch Brothers

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 09:45:05 in Politics

“It's nice to know just what motivates (supposed) sincere libertarian conservative ideologues like the Koch brothers.

Though they'd still probably tell you that it's all about jobs or principles or lower taxes for their T-Party activists.”
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 05:30:03 in Politics

“I used to get annoyed with the way some people used the word 'Obamacare' - as if it were a slight or insult.
Now I feel time is on the ACA's side and 'Obamacare' will eventually be proven to be a success. Eventually, the word 'Obamacare' will force detractors not just to eat their words, but to eat this specific one for the length of American history.     ”

Whoo Yahoo on Oct 22, 2013 at 05:55:39

“"...I could NOT have said it better, 'vikramnet'! (and, frankly I wish I had) lol :>)

"OBAMA-CARES!"”
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 05:20:13 in Politics

“That you've felt the need to point a finger diminishes your response. That you've felt the need to point a finger at just one party betrays the axiom.”
Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 04:56:40 in Politics

“You know you've won the argument when:

(a) Your adversary responds with "LOL".
(b) Your adversary calls you something derogatory intent on undermining your intelligence.
(c) Your adversary fails to address your reasoning in any way, shape, or form.”

Whoo Yahoo on Oct 22, 2013 at 05:18:10

“"... and, let's not forget (d)...

When they hate what the President stood tall for -- The Affordable Healthcare Act Law -- that

THEY would name it after [you] as an INSULT -- 'ObamaCare'. And, now that it is...

implemented and it destroyed [your] Tea-Tribe??...

Frank LUTZ, tells his tribe to NOT refer to it by that name, and call it the "ACA"! lmao! :>)”
Democrats Have A Shot At Taking Back The House As Republican Popularity Continues To Drop: Poll

Democrats Have A Shot At Taking Back The House As Republican Popularity Continues To Drop: Poll

Commented Oct 21, 2013 at 02:12:25 in Politics

“What is it with Republicans that they cannot accept adverse polling? Instead of taking the numbers on board and modifying both behaviour and image, they'd rather stand in front of reality and issue denial after denial. It's delusional.

And it's why they're able to consistently field candidates like O'Donnell, Sharon Angel, Todd Akin, and Richard Mourdock.

They need delusional candidates who talk the same language as their gerrymandered constituency. People with the same mindset. People who'll believe anything and everything that fits their prejudices.

Of course, due to the shutdown this is now good for Democrats since their chances of winning Congressional seats increase the less moderate the opposition. In this sense the Right is engineering its own downfall as you'll never get a moderate Tea Partier.

2014 will test whether the TP has had its day. Let's all hope it has.”
Obama, Democrats Are Unified For Now, But Face Tough Tests

Obama, Democrats Are Unified For Now, But Face Tough Tests

Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 10:18:30 in Politics

“Government facilitates the creation of jobs. 
More jobs = more tax income, more economic stimulation, less a burden on the state, = less deficit and debt. The GOP just wants a free market free-for-all that's skewed against improving America's middle class (the real economic engine of America).
The tools are there for the Democrats. They're just unable to use them.”
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