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Comment: Re:Megasolution (Score 1) 264

by Citizen of Earth (#49052629) Attached to: NASA: Increasing Carbon Emissions Risk Megadroughts
You're saying that corporations can't profit from building mega projects, infrastructure, dams, reservoirs, pipelines, desalinization plants, etc. on the pubilc dime? You'd think that the corporations that purportedly control all government decisions would be order them to open the floodgates of public money into these projects.

Comment: Re:Make it mandatory (Score 2) 288

All you need to do is limit the admission of boys to be equal to the number of girls in STEM programs. Then, perfect gender equality is guaranteed and no girls are forced into programs they don't want. Perfection achieved! The excess of boys can just go into basket weaving. I mean, it's not like we have a need for so many STEM students.

Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

by Citizen of Earth (#49023331) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

There's an important factor that you Doomer types seem to forget about. The pre-revolutionary French and the Arab Springers didn't have access to a particular pressure-relief valve that we do: DEMOCRACY. Instead of breaking out the torches and pitchforks, all that the disgruntled masses need to do is vote for the Pitchfork Party that will be newly created to (attempt to) deliver whatever it is that the masses want. If the masses want punitive taxes on the rich, then that's what we'll get.

There'll be unintended consequences, of course, like chasing rich people, their entrepreneurship, their businesses, and their capital and all foreign capital out of the country, but if this is what the masses want, we can have Venezuela right here. Everyone will be *equally* poor — mission accomplished! The 'revolution' will happen in the voting booth.

Strange that what we actually see in the first world isn't voters opting for far-left or far, far left-er types, but actually a tendency toward business-friendly conservative types. The Pending Doom(TM) is strictly a minority opinion, most particularly among the supposedly outraged masses.

Comment: Re:In the name of Allah ! (Score 1) 1350

by Citizen of Earth (#48760067) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
Christianity has the same problem. If you haven't murdered every single homosexual you've ever encounterd, then you are disobeying the Bible. The crucial difference is that "Christians" have rejected the more barbarian aspects of their sacred and unchanging scripture (making them exactly what, I don't know) and all "Christian" states have rejected the integration of church and state. Islam is still stuck in its own Dark Ages.

Comment: Re:something new. (Score 3, Insightful) 578

by Citizen of Earth (#48725325) Attached to: What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?
The reason that languages fragmented in the past was that populations were fragmented and rarely communicated. That is not the case today. Increasingly concentrated mass media in English will cause accents and dialects of English to converge. Mind you, the root English will also evolve over hundreds and thousands of years, but eventually, everyone will speak this root English.

Comment: 2% = Bald-faced lie (Score 1) 232

by Citizen of Earth (#48723091) Attached to: Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

the world's aircraft are responsible for roughly 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions

All human activities contribute only 3% of global CO2 emissions; the other 97% are natural. Buried deeply in a footnote somewhere is that they are talking about *ANTHROPOGENIC* CO2 emissions which means that aviation is actually responsible for only 0.075% of global CO2 emissions. These political activists should really stop lying.

Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 0) 265

by Citizen of Earth (#48665183) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

The U.S. started mortgaging its future during the Reagan era, but it was the two Bush presidencies that did the most damage.

Obama has run up more debt than all previous presidents in history COMBINED, including both Bushes, and he still has two more years to go. Do you have any criticism for him?

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.