commented on Amazon Slowly but Surely Raising Prices
This argument is nonsensical. Amazon uses some sophisticated algorithms to determine their pricing, most of which is to ensure they beat or match all of their competitors. If their prices are going up it's because their competitors are raising prices as well. If it was profitable for some company to sell the books at a rate cheaper than Amazon, someone would do it. If it's not profitable, the blame isn't on Amazon; it's on the publishers for setting too high of a wholesale price on their product.
commented on Texas Governor Rick Perry Calls for Legal Discrimination Against Atheists
@Machiavelli was framed
To be fair, not all protestants are in cannibalistic cults. It's been a long time since my conformation classes, but I believe the church would need to believe in the doctrines of transubstantiation or real presence for that to be the case.
Also from my experience with Southern Baptists and Evangelicals from the South (where I grew up), the Eucharist isn't really a big thing for them.
commented on This Would've Won John McCain the Presidency
There's no way to break up the monopolies unless the government comes in and forces the cable companies to sell rent their lines to competing services and move everything to an IP based system. Otherwise a new company would need to come in and run wires all over town (getting right of way from the city). That's just not cost effective to do in already built up areas.
commented on Rand Paul Tries to Woo Silicon Valley
Technocrat/Libertarian/Low Taxes Republicans wouldn't be a bad thing. As long as they were rational. Since we're stuck with a two party system I'd rather have that as the other party than the irrational ones we have now.
commented on Everything Wrong with Television, in One Handy Chart
I think cable has already got it figured out, and FX may be taking it to the new level. The key is short seasons where all the episodes matter, and no breaks. Just put the thing on for 12 or 13 straight weeks and be done with it. The networks have the problem of showing 4 episodes than taking a week or two off, then coming back, and going away, and it's just infuriating.
FX also is going to a program of bringing back the miniseries. They realize that not every show needs multiple seasons. And letting story tellers plan out a good arc over a set number of episodes is a great way to attract great talent.
commented on Welcome News for People Who Like Foods That Taste Good
The lower life expectancy was almost entirely caused by infant mortality and disease. If you made it to adult hood you actually stood a pretty good chance of living to be old as long as you didn't contract an illness. Diets weren't actually much of a problem.
The point I'm making though is that people are blaming processed food and our modern diets for our salt intake when our salt intake was actually much higher long ago.