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Comment: Re:the world was supposed to end years ago (Score 4, Insightful) 637 637

You are right about one thing. Humans are ill equipped to care about the welfare of those beyond their small tribe. But that's why we form governments and appoint leaders. They are supposed to look out for the greater whole.

As for your Climate Change alarmists, I take great exception to that and consider it a great fallacy. It is easier to sow doubt than to convince someone of a fact and that is what deniers have preyed upon. If you don't think we are all going to be fucked as a species in the next 100 years then you sir or madam are part of the problem.

And there is no overstating. The facts are the facts regardless if those facts take 25 years, 100 years, or 200 years to catch up to us. It's going to happen. We are putting BILLIONS of metric tons of a greenhouse gas into the atmosphere every year for damn near a century now. The ONLY way you don't draw the same conclusions that 99% of scientists do is because a) Your basic knowledge of how greenhouse gases work is deficient or b) you clearly have an agenda and purposely adopt an ignorant position.

The reason alarms are raised is because there is a huge lag when it comes to the effects on the atmosphere and the climate. So if we wait until shit is so obviously wrong that even the Koch's admit it then nothing we do will ever reverse the damage.

Comment: Re:What is your solution? (Score 1) 510 510

Back in the 20s and 30s in the US, the mob ran roughshod over the land. The only way devised to corral them-- because of massive corruption on local, state, and federal levels-- was to invoke tax laws.

The statement is largely true but the libertarian in me wishes to suggest that stopping the mob was the WRONG priority. The mob was doing plenty of things they could have been prosecuted for besides tax evasion, etc. The actual crimes like assaulting people should have put them away. Society would have been better served then as now, had 'we' gone after those corrupt officials protecting the criminals at all levels.

I'd feel safer having got one crooked cop off the street than I would removing 10 guys who sell a little weed and untaxed liquor now and then.

Finally private property, emphasis private is the very corner stone of all other freedoms. Interfering and spying on with reporting requirements with the exchange of money between individuals threatens that most basic freedom. Is a tool that can be used to detect crimes sure, but there are other ways to do that, and much like mass phone record collection I don't believe its one that is justified.

The reasons they went after the mob on tax purposes was because there was never any direct evidence of violence by the bosses against their victims. But there was plenty of financial paper trails leading directly to said bosses.

Comment: Three words... (Score 2) 615 615

...Guaranteed minimum income. It's the most humane way to integrate full automation into an economy without forcing tens of millions into abject poverty. We're going to have to provide them with welfare one way or another. So why not just provide everyone with the basics for living in this world and allow people to work for what they want beyond that? The key is to move beyond the societal stigma of joblessness.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 2) 703 703

Can you explain further where you are getting the 2006 number? Most of the studies seem to be recently up to date. As for the Rutgers study. That is up to date to 2014. There is also a clear decrease in snow coverage. Maybe we're reading the chart differently. But there is a huge dip in 1990 of snow coverage and from then on the coverage never recovers to pre-1990 levels.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 4, Informative) 703 703

"personally have seen very little if any climate change during my short stay here while being very active outdoors including farming the land." Well that settles it folks! Briniel stepped outside and everything seemed alright. We can all go home now and keep burning that oil and pumping out that CO2. Oh wait, I just found this. Well nuts......sorry Briniel. It seems a few people traveled a bit further from their land and discovered that things aren't so cozy and calm. http://climate.nasa.gov/eviden...

Comment: Re:Start with an erroneous world view ... (Score 1) 181 181

Yeah, I'm not buying that argument. Everyone makes it sound like it will be this wave type event. But I'm pretty confident that autonomous cars will take decades to attain any sort of market saturation to influence insurance rates in that fashion. All you have to do is look at the history of transportation to see this. But's that's not what I'm talking about. People will not give up their ability to drive willingly. Not in the city and certainly not in the rural areas. Even with supposed higher insurance rates, people will still want to control their own cars outside of the highway commute scenario. IMO, I see this as a Silicon Valley bubble. Inside the bubble there is an animosity towards commuting and driving in general. It keeps them from seeing that a majority of the country actually enjoy driving. I live here and I see it every day. There is huge desire here to eliminate drivers because....well drivers here SUUUUUUCK.

Comment: Re:Start with an erroneous world view ... (Score 1) 181 181

There will never be autonomous cars on anything but highways and maybe city streets. In more rural areas, they will only be autonomous when you enter a highway infrastructure. There's no way any tech company will convince people to give up their ability to drive their own car at least some of the time.
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How To Execute People In the 21st Century 1081 1081

HughPickens.com writes Matt Ford writes in The Atlantic that thanks to a European Union embargo on the export of key drugs, and the refusal of major pharmaceutical companies to sell them the nation's predominant method of execution is increasingly hard to perform. With lethal injection's future uncertain, some states are turning to previously discarded methods. The Utah legislature just approved a bill to reintroduce firing squads for executions, Alabama's House of Representatives voted to authorize the electric chair if new drugs couldn't be found, and after last years botched injection, Oklahoma legislators are mulling the gas chamber.

The driving force behind the creation and abandonment of execution methods is the constant search for a humane means of taking a human life. Arizona, for example, abandoned hangings after a noose accidentally decapitated a condemned woman in 1930. Execution is also prone to problems as witnesses routinely report that, when the switch is thrown, the condemned prisoner "cringes," "leaps," and "fights the straps with amazing strength." The hands turn red, then white, and the cords of the neck stand out like steel bands. The prisoner's limbs, fingers, toes, and face are severely contorted. The force of the electrical current is so powerful that the prisoner's eyeballs sometimes pop out and "rest on [his] cheeks." The physical effects of the deadly hydrogen cyanide in the gas chamber are coma, seizures and cardiac arrest but the time lag has previously proved a problem. According to Ford one reason lethal injection enjoyed such tremendous popularity was that it strongly resembled a medical procedure, thereby projecting our preconceived notions about modern medicine—its competence, its efficacy, and its reliability—onto the capital-punishment system. "As states revert to earlier methods of execution—techniques once abandoned as backward and flawed—they run the risk that the death penalty itself will be seen in the same terms."

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