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Here's Richard Feynman's review of the Challenger disaster: http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/editorials/dumb/feynman.html
Here's the report of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board: http://caib.nasa.gov/
The root causes are exactly the same. People in decision making roles totally unqualified to understand risks, no accountability. With sadly predictable effects.
With Challenger, the o-ring erosion was ignored despite the fact that they were never designed to erode.
With Columbia, the foam falling off was ignored despite the fact that it was never designed to fall off.
In both cases, it's the same fundamental problem.
So do yourself a favor and learn some critical thinking before making an ass of yourself.
a) The top 5% should pay 95% of the federal tax burden, and
b) said top 5% should also have 95% of the voting power in federal elections.
Anything else would hardly be fair. After all, if a person has to shoulder a disproportionate share of the upkeep costs of the country he should be entitled to an equally disproportionate share of the political franchise.
Maybe I have the benefit of experience, having lived in the south and all, but WHO WOULD BE SO F#$%ING STUPID AS TO USE POSSUMS FOR PEST CONTROL?
New Yorkers, apparently.
You can make hydrogen from petroleum, so that is mining hydrogen.
Yes and no. AFAIK, hydrogen extracted from petroleum isn't pure enough to be used in a fuel cell. Last time I checked, hydrogen of acceptable purity cost about US $100 per quantity energy equivalent to a gallon of gasoline.
This is unregulated laissez faire capitalism at its finest.
Don't be absurd. In laissez faire capitalism the shipping companies would be free to arm their vessels and hire guards to protect themselves from predation. Due to current international treaties, they cannot do this, thus creating an extremely uneven playing field. What this is instead, is A) Yet another example of the fallacy of unilateral disarmament. B) Yet another example of the fallacy of entrusting the defense of your life, liberty and property to the state. Think of it as a school that will suspend you for fighting should you choose to defend yourself against the bully who wants your lunch money.
I thought the easiest way was being born into a rich family or winning the lottery. And as to "saving"... Honey, don't piss on my back and tell me it's raining; Most of us are living paycheck to paycheck, and we spend everything we get on basic necessities. We're not "consumer idiots" -- the technical term for people like us is fucking broke.
The technical term for people like you is "delusional". If you're living paycheck to paycheck, you're living the American Dream, a.k.a., you're living beyond your means. And guess what, you don't have the fucking right to live a lifestyle you can't support. Deal with it. You can start by spending the time you normally use to read Slashdot on doing something productive. It's not a basic necessity. Neither is your TV, DVD player, or going out to the pub. I'm sick to death of whiny bastards with an disproportionate sense of entitlement. Then again, asses who can't manage their money are my primary source of revenue. So I shouldn't complain.