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i seriously doubt the reality of this list...
    
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I didn't see that many McD's down south. Seen a lot more of fried chicken places than I ever saw up north. And a crapload in Cali.
     
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I didn't see that many McD's down south. Seen a lot more of fried chicken places than I ever saw up north. And a crapload in Cali.
maybe because you dont pay attention to it. like when i moved to seattle. i didnt know there was a subway around the corner until like after 4 weeks my friend took me there.
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i seriously doubt the reality of this list...
Based upon?

They do explain their methodolgy.
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This chart merits a discussion all in it's own. Wonder why Colorado is the leanest? Government has a part in that and taxpayer desire. There are SO MANY bike/walking/open areas around here (I am in Lakewood right now) I am amazed. I could ride my bike from here to Golden and do the Coors tour. They have dog parks that you can walk your dog on a trail over a mile long. Fastfood places are just as numerous here, but I think it is a mindset as well as having the support to have community use trails/paths to get out and be active.
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The biggest standout for me was Marlboro...A Tabacco company in 2011 is number 8 on this list, lol

and they've has a 16% growth in the past year.

Whatever happened to people becoming healthier
This has got to be due to the Chinese tobacco market. Apparently a pretty high percentage of the population in China smoke cigarettes and the numbers are rising.
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This has got to be due to the Chinese tobacco market. Apparently a pretty high percentage of the population in China smoke cigarettes and the numbers are rising.
Plenty of people smoke.

I don't know if you guys weren't paying attention, but it was cool to smoke up until about 10 years ago. Marlboro is probably the largest brand.

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If ever there was a perfect example of how people don't care for freedom it would be in electronics/computers/software. Because if they gave a damn about freedom and choice they would be using Linux.
Some people want to use the computer, not learn it. There are plenty of reasons for paying for an operating system that is integrated and has a polished interface. I do agree with you on some level, but I don't think that paid OS is an example of how people don't care about freedom.

I'm a huge freedom proponent, and use free operating systems. I still use a copy of Windows, and still use OSX. If anything, I'm bound to them because of the software I run on the platform.
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I'm so conflicted with this post. On the one hand you sound intelligent enough to recognize how effective psychological marketing works and yet you bought into it?

I will admit that certain aspects of Apple's products are appealing but as a whole and their price/performance ratio makes it impossible to justify buying their products. Also, their Dictator in a turtle neck scares the crap out of me. Jobs scares me more than Gates could ever.

As for a "user's choice". All a mac shows me is that the person is often either gay, a female, elderly, and/or they know less about a computer than I know about cars (which is very little). Apple is not about a "user's choice" but rather a user's willingness to sacrifice choice for a fad/fashion accessory.

If ever there was a perfect example of how people don't care for freedom it would be in electronics/computers/software. Because if they gave a damn about freedom and choice they would be using Linux.

And the reason Apple has gained so much money is because of the insane profit margins they have for each of their products. The make something like 100+ dollars per phone (when you take out the cost of making the phone) and I think it's the same for their computers.
2 points:

I bought my Macbook Pro Laptop specifically because Unity3d was only Mac back then. Since then they have ported to Windows, and I run it on my Sig Rig with no problems.

And to the point about profit margins..you make my point. Dell, Sony, Toshiba and others could try to raise prices too...what would happen? They'd lose more market share...

My point is that people will pay much higher premiums for a company that market's themselves and give's their Brand a believable persona like Apple does. See Vera Wang, Harley Davidson, Ferrari.....Same story.

I'm not saying it's right, it just is. People buy these brands to make themselves feel good and in alot of cases they attach a "i'm better than you attitude with it as they strut around with their new "toy, car, dress etc".

Another subject completely is my personal opinion that our society is freakin nuts, so much that priorities are so out of whack.
-The most important thing to Kids is their Cellphone and would DIE...or Kill you (parents) if you got in their way.
- Idolizing sports stars / celebs
- "Reality TV"..oh god we are all going to hell, just for allowing this to prosper.
- Outright failure of honest government /too big to fail companies....
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2 points:

I bought my Macbook Pro Laptop specifically because Unity3d was only Mac back then. Since then they have ported to Windows, and I run it on my Sig Rig with no problems.

And to the point about profit margins..you make my point. Dell, Sony, Toshiba and others could try to raise prices too...what would happen? They'd lose more market share...

My point is that people will pay much higher premiums for a company that market's themselves and give's their Brand a believable persona like Apple does. See Vera Wang, Harley Davidson, Ferrari.....Same story.

I'm not saying it's right, it just is. People buy these brands to make themselves feel good and in alot of cases they attach a "i'm better than you attitude with it as they strut around with their new "toy, car, dress etc".

Another subject completely is my personal opinion that our society is freakin nuts, so much that priorities are so out of whack.
-The most important thing to Kids is their Cellphone and would DIE...or Kill you (parents) if you got in their way.
- Idolizing sports stars / celebs
- "Reality TV"..oh god we are all going to hell, just for allowing this to prosper.
- Outright failure of honest government /too big to fail companies....
Good post ^.

After your explanation I retract my earlier contempt and apologize if I seemed to be attacking you.
     
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I for one welcome our new hipster overlords.

....wait.
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