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  •  If their forecast was wrong and people died, could (11+ / 0-)

    they be sued?  What about for property damage?  If they are private companies and only providing the info for paying customers, that implies greater responsibility.  If you get it for free, you get what you pay for.

    I mean, if an investor bought a stock based on an article in the paper that said the company had an interesting product, he'd be on his own if the stock tanked. But if he bought it because an investment advisor told him it was a safe commodity and then it tanked, he could have a case. He was relying on the expertise of the person or company he contracted with.

    Careful what you wish for, libertarian nitwits.

    •  Weather info isn't free: (4+ / 0-)
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      Leap Year, Into The Woods, MarleneB, yaque

      it's our tax dollars at work. And I'm sure I read somewhere that these private companies want to continue using the free data. What they want is to become the gateway between the info and the public.

      •  "Just Because You Want a Cadillac Doesn't Mean (3+ / 0-)
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        jts327, MarleneB, yaque

        you deserve one.  You have to earn enough to afford it, just like health care and tornado warnings and a commanding position in our faux market or a real voice in our monetocracy.  

        Lazy good for nothing bums half of whom don't pay any taxes anyway always whining about "public good".  

        Why don't they buy their 'good' like all the rest of us billionaires?  

        Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

        by Into The Woods on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:18:22 PM PDT

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    •  Took a tour of the NWS in Boulder, CO. (1+ / 0-)
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      The guide made an eye opening point: the local weather stations at the media do their own analysis from the information provided by the NWS...until the shit hits the fan and then they only present the forecasts from the NWS.  

      That is so they won't get sued for false forecasts.

      Another service is solar flare warnings. But I suppose that can be contracted out to private business also.

      How good a weather forecasting service would we have if airlines contract with the cheapest service? A run on crystal balls?

      So the US will be the on big white spot on the world map, just like it is concerning the metric system. How does our Navy even interact with the Royal Navy or the Canadians they use metric.

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