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  • Sep 23rd, 2013 @ 8:43am

    Re: I just need something to bitch about.

    Hey Techdirt can you guys start posting the most hated comments of the week as well?
    Friend citizen, why do you wish to feed the trolls? Feeding trolls is treason. All traitors must die. Please report for termination. - The Computer

  • Sep 22nd, 2013 @ 10:08am

    Take a look at what our closest genetic cousins eat.

    It isn't grains. It's fruits, vegetables, and meat. We are evolved to eat them. Furthermore, our bodies for the most part know how to regulate their intake. For example, our gut stops producing the enzymes needed for breaking down meat and fat when the body has met it's needs. The same can't be said for sugars and starches. They get converted to simple sugars and absorbed from the gut irregardless of need.

    When you eat is also important. There is an old saying along the lines of: "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.". It holds great wisdom. Recently published studies have shown food eaten late in the day are much more likely to be stored as fat than when eaten early in the day. So, skip breakfast at the peril of your waist. After switching to a diet where I eat a 3 to 4 eggs omelet with sausage, bacon, or ham for breakfast, a half pound of beef for lunch, and salads and veggies for dinner, I've lost 25lbs. Yes, I am active throughout the day so I need the calories. My total daily calorie intake hasn't changed much, if anything it may be a bit higher. I just now eat most of them at breakfast and lunch rather than at dinner. If you are wondering about my cholesterol levels because of all those eggs and meat. They have also dropped, and are now well below normal rather than just on the low side of normal.

    If you're still having trouble loosing weight, get a gut bacteria transplant from somebody who is skinny and healthy. ;)

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  • Sep 22nd, 2013 @ 9:27am

    Re: Re:

    How is it an unfair advantage for Apple if all of the phone manufacturers are using the same cheap labor?
    With their easy access to cheap labor, just try to make a competing product. Free trade agreements have been the death knell of small manufacturing in western nations. Large corporations can force prices so low they force manufacturers to move to the lowest wage places of the world.

    Free trade agreements are great for large corporations because they can take advantage of moving manufacturing abroad but they don't help the average citizen except to allow those that keep their jobs to buy more in the short term. The problem is they eventually strangle all people's wages by reducing the flow of money though the local economy. Sooner or later everybody is reduced to lower wages too. When people stop buying, profits plummet.

  • Sep 18th, 2013 @ 7:16am

    We may have some hope

    At least some of the congress critters understand the NSA tracking is tracking them too, and they aren't happy about that.

    Friend citizen, are you not happy? It is treason to not be happy. - The Computer.

  • Sep 15th, 2013 @ 8:04am


    The advertising industry is far more a threat to the general public then the NSA.

    If only the NSA was staffed only by good people. Sadly I can't see how that can be the case. There are bad apples everywhere, and the data set they are amassing is very tempting for somebody who wishes to control and influence others. It is too dangerous to allow it to be created by anybody. As Carter said, we are no longer in a functioning democracy. We must take our freedom and security back, and part of that security is being free from spying and targeted influence.

  • Sep 15th, 2013 @ 7:42am

    Re: Re:

    They use Hollywood math to attack us, we'll use it to defend ourselves.

    Now if sites would set their pages up so "[ctrl]+" doesn't leave stuff overlapping.

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  • Sep 7th, 2013 @ 9:00am

    Re: Hear! Hear!

    A great deal of the hunger in the world is not caused by actual shortages, but by index commodity speculation that drives prices up out of reach of the poor. Index commodity speculation is quite different from the normal kind of commodity futures trading, known as physical hedging. It has nothing to do with leveling market supply and demand. It's a purely financial instrument created by the likes of Goldman Sachs to allow people with massive amounts of money to gamble on the commodity exchanges, which they were previously barred from doing by the 1936 Commodity Market Act. Goldman quietly got the rules changed around 2003.

    Note, they're not actually trading commodity futures. They're doing "Commodity Index Swaps". From Wikipedia, "A Commodity swap is similar to a Fixed-Floating Interest rate swap. The difference is that in an Interest rate swap the floating leg is based on standard Interest rates such as LIBOR, EURIBOR etc. but in a commodity swap the floating leg is based on the price of underlying commodity like Oil, Sugar etc. No Commodities are exchanged during the trade." In other words, you give your money to the Wall Street bank and if the price of your commodity goes up by 10%, you get it back with 10% extra, less fees of course. But the sheer amount of money sloshing around in this business is enough to influence the market price on its own, and naturally, the bank has an interest in moving it in one direction.

    This speculation, and not supply and demand, is the reason you're paying $3.50 a gallon for gas today. Speculation drove the price from $40 a barrel to $140 in 2008, then the bubble burst and it fell back to $33 by year's end. Now they've driven it back up to around $100 again, though in fact, supply has increased and demand fallen since 2008. 2008 was also a peak year for speculation in soy beans, wheat, rice and other staples, which is why just the revelation that the Japanese rice stock existed was enough to collapse the price.

    Speculation can't be allowed in vital commodities like food, energy, and vital raw materials.
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