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Morichalion (Glenn Reed)

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2 cases of measles confirmed in northeast Kansas

You're misunderstanding and/or misrepresenting the data you find. I really have no polite words, and others have done the research to counter your arguments... so I won't try to go into it here.

What I DO have for you is a simple-yet-ingenious approach to the argument by Penn and Teller.

http://youtu.be/lhk7-5eBCrs

June 7, 2014 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Drone legislation takes off in Kansas Senate

The issue of drone operation in Kansas isn't a real issue in any real sense.

If you go outside, pretend like there's a camera on you. There likely is at least one. The addition of camera-equipped drones will do nothing to change that.

March 24, 2014 at 6:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence manufacturer cited for health and safety violations

Sound horrifying.

I'm sure that OSHA had cause for the citations they gave grandstand six months ago.

This is encouraging to see, though: "Grandstand president Chris Piper said the issues, besides ones that the company objects to, have been addressed since the inspections."

December 19, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senator says 'Bitcoins' are challenge for regulators

--So exactly what good are bitcoins?

Kind of a vague question. You mean currency in general, or bitcoins specifically? Honestly, it depends on who's involved. If the people trading bitcoin think it has value, then bitcoins have value.

--Can I drop them in Salvation Army kettles? Can I give them to beggars on street?

Yes and yes. Salvation Army Kettles would probably have a bitcoin address pasted on the side of the kettle. The beggar on the street would probably have a prominently displayed QR code as well. If you're really wanting a trinket to drop, you could attach a private key to a piece of paper, and drop that. (though I'd avoid trading private keys. There was a bitcoin tipping service somewhere....).

--Can I use them in vending machines? Do they fit parking meters?

Eventually and eventually. Vendors for both would have to make them.

--Can I use them to tip for services rendered?

Sure, same solution as the charity thing...

--Are they usable everywhere?

So long as you can find people that accept it. This is an accurate critique of every currency. There's places in the world where the US dollar is just so much toilet paper.

November 27, 2013 at 6:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Senator says 'Bitcoins' are challenge for regulators

Of course it's hard for a senator to grasp the concept of a cryptocurrency. These idiots are elected for being vicious towards people wanting abortions and compliant to psychos about guns. Maybe there's some god-related stuff they're focused on, too. Everything else is over their heads...

That said...

This article kind of inspires a facepalm reaction. There's no point in giving the little bits of info outside of a context where they make sense.

The bit about 25 million bitcoin max (supposed to be 21) doesn't seem like a reasonable segue to the number of users facebook has. Also, I'm unsure how this is supposed to inform a layman about the currency. Really, every time someone hears this factoid for the first time, they ask, "only 21 million?" This is a reasonable reaction, there's far more people than that on the planet. However, each coin can be subdivided up to 8 decimal points, there's specs for more when needed. Meaning, while there's a finite number of coins, they can be divided infinitely.

You can use P2P protocols for any purpose, not just trading low-quality video and audio that you ripped off. I play a video game that takes advantage of the protocol for updates. Bitcoin uses this to push the ledger of transactions (the blockchain) to every user of the standard Bitcoin client. When I buy a coffee, everyone on the network knows that .004 bitcoins went from one bitcoin wallet to another.

November 25, 2013 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Couple's deteriorating health preceded alleged shooting death of wife

Privacy isn't the issue. It shouldn't be an issue.

The issue is the stigma our society places on those who ask for help.

November 10, 2013 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Neighbor questions church's use of school

Given the fact that the facility would otherwise be empty, I don't see any problem with this. If there was evidence of preferential treatment, there might be.

September 30, 2013 at 6:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State GOP adopts resolution demanding withdrawal from Common Core, science standards

State GOP Chair Kelly Arnold said today there is "a groundswell of people" who are opposing Common Core standards for reading and math, which are going into effect in Kansas and 44 other states.

--This is an accurate statement. The problem is the level of knowledge the "groundswell of people in opposition" possess. Which is right around zero, maybe less than that when you average everything out.

"We feel we lose control over what we are allowed to teach our children here in Kansas," Arnold said.

--No, the states are losing no control regarding the issue of education funding or standards.

...represents "an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power to the federal government and unaccountable private interests." A number of tea-party affiliated groups have targeted Common Core.

--Since when does the GOP have an issue with unconstitutional transfers of power to unaccountable private interests? Heck, even if Common Core were to be adopted or used as a template for state education standards, little to stop these idiots in Topeka from giving your local pizza shack money to start a private school.

September 16, 2013 at 11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Survey shows public skeptical about school testing, Common Core standards

"Skeptical" is the wrong word here. It's used wrong. Stop using the word wrong.

Uninformed is more accurate. Victims of misinformation or disinformation is also more accurate. Lazy idiots who can't be bothered to research things before forming opinions is more accurate, too.

August 23, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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