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Comment: Re: Separate Marginal Tax Rates for IP (Score 1) 123

by rickb928 (#48644655) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Yeah, I enlisted rather than risk draft. But i didn't get a chance to vote for anything until later, and it's hard to discern which party could take credit for what. I'm suspecting no choice was good.

Overall, however, I've tried to vote for less federal government. Plenty of ways to blame everyone else for what you perceive as harming you and your future.

Go for it.

Comment: Re: Separate Marginal Tax Rates for IP (Score 1) 123

by rickb928 (#48642221) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Well. I was born in the 50s, and only witnessed the birth and growth of those born 10-20 years after me.

And they had substantial opportunity for college. The GI Bill still afforded veterans great opportunities. College enrollment rays among high school graduates grew steadily between 1978-1988, which doesn't make lot of sense if opportunity
diminished.

BTW, being anonymous leaves you with less credibility than if you had a name. But you're probably either too lazy to register, or too afraid of losing karma, to fess up. Stay anonymous. Comments from the unknown are assumed to be just as valid as from those who choose not to hide their identity.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 625

by Shakrai (#48638281) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

So will a million other factors, most of which can't be foreseen or predicted. Would your Grandparents have foreseen the day that you could access the entirety of human knowledge on a device that fits into the palm of your hand?

The Earth and humanity have never been and never will be static entities. The climate has changed a great deal during the geologically insignificant amount of time that humans have been around. Most of those changes occurred before we started digging carbon out of the ground. Changes will continue long after we've moved past carbon based energy supplies. The notion that the climate was "ideal" during some specific period would be laughable if there wasn't a serious movement trying to use it to make public policy.

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 0) 463

by rickb928 (#48633953) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

1. Taxing marijuana so far has been problematic. Taxing medicine is risky, and resistance to that might cause more problems. Recreational use, of course, has an excellent taxation model in alcohol.

2. Beware of taxing stuff. If they want to, they can kill you if they think you aren't paying those years the way they think you should.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 3, Insightful) 625

by Shakrai (#48633467) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

The fate of the human race is at stake.

No, actually it's not. This is the kind of hyperbolic nonsense that makes it so hard to take the alarmist crowd seriously. It also gives ammunition to the deniers/skeptics/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. Project the worst case scenario for climate change and the human race survives. People in developing countries don't do so well and even the developed world takes a hit (higher food prices, greater frequency of natural disasters, and so on) but the human race isn't going anywhere. Homo sapiens quite probably survived a super-volcanic eruption, without the benefit of modern technology and scientific understanding. You think you can kill them off with melting ice caps, stronger hurricanes, and rising sea levels? Best of luck with that.

I'm in the crowd that believes the climate is changing and that homo sapiens are a contributory factor to that change. I get off the bus when the green crowd starts talking about pie in the sky solutions that sound great on paper but invariably result in a lower standard of living and greater Governmental control over our lives. Unless you're willing wholly embrace nuclear power (to their credit a few greens actually are) there's no way you can generate enough energy to maintain our current standard of living without sourcing some of that energy from carbon based sources.

Comment: Re:10th amendment (Score 2) 463

by Shakrai (#48633157) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

It started with FDR (*), the New Deal, and a little known SCOTUS case involving wheat....

Thanks Democrats!

(*) Actually the progressive philosophy really got started with Wilson but that asshat didn't have FDR's cojones. I guess FDR did save Western Civilization as we know it; that probably should count for something....

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 463

by Shakrai (#48633077) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I on the other hand have stayed away from all drugs (including alcohol) for years, but have enjoyed and used marijuana on a regular basis.

I hate to break it to you but THC is a drug by any definition.....

Mind you, so is caffeine, and I'm not passing judgment on you for using THC, been there done that. You just can't claim that you have stayed away from all drugs while simultaneously admitting that you use marijuana on a regular basis....

Comment: Re:I don't see the big deal here. (Score 1) 182

by Shakrai (#48628277) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

The yield doesn't have anything to do with how deliverable the weapon(s) are. You said that North Korea's nukes are WW2 sized in a comment about missile technology. I'm curious what you based on that assumption on? Or perhaps you were speaking about yield all along, rather than deliverablity, though in that instance I'd wonder why it came up in a discussion about missiles. In any case, a 7kt weapon is enough to kill tens of thousands of people in an urban area. Even a fizzle might manage to do that, via prompt radiation. North Korea's nukes can't be casually dismissed....

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 424

by mi (#48627663) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

I'm afraid you can't blame or give credit to Obama for that

BS. Of course, I can blame Obama — he could have and should have gotten Iraqi government to agree for us to stay there longer — based on the new developments.

Then, of course, if you are killing suspected terrorists instead of capturing and interrogating them (so that, heaven forbid, no new prisoners appear in Guantanamo), you might not even be aware of those new developments until you see some decapitations on YouTube. Either way, the affirmative action wonder is as sorry excuse of a president, as Carter was before him...

Comment: Re:I don't see the big deal here. (Score 1) 182

by Shakrai (#48627051) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

but not likely with a nuke as their nukes are freaking huge (like WWII huge...).

Do we actually have evidence of that or are you just making assumptions? North Korea is known to have exchanged nuclear technology with Pakistan and Pakistan does have warheads small enough to be mounted to missiles.

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