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Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 904

I understand you points. I wasn't assuming or prescribing anything, My comment was a reflection on just how deep the culture of car ownership has influenced our lives in ways few even question. Entire industries, from dealerships and insurance to filling-station convenience stores, are vested in personal car ownership.

Comment Re: Oh for fucks sake (Score 1) 615

The gut reaction to the term "socialism" and its association to the iron curtain communist meanies, without an understanding of what a social democracy truly represents, is exactly why the 1% neo-cons are now dictating the political and economic policies of North America - to the detriment of the majority of its citizens.

Comment Re:Lesson for workers : Keep skills sharp (Score 1) 636

And most people still vote in favour of politicians who clearly are working for these CEOs and their cronies, not the average citizen. Before you can reasonably expect things to change, the public first needs to wake the f up and stop (re)electing these clowns. We're still a very long way from that, as most people still hold firm to the notion that "their party" deserves their vote.

Comment Re:Without them completely? No (Score 3, Insightful) 365

I'll admit I have no idea of the link between fossil fuels and modern medicine. I was under the impression that most medicines are extractions of natural compounds.
I can cite many examples of scalable food production systems that don't depend on fossil fuels, however, and demonstrations that industrial agriculture that is reliant on fossil fuels for fertilizer are non-sustainable beyond the constraints of supply - they degrade and deplete soil fertility in the long run, leading to desertification.

Have a look at the works of Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Alan Savory, Mark Shepard, Sepp Holzer, Willie Smits if you're interested.

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"