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Comment: Re:Story I heard as a kid (Score 4, Insightful) 99

by Stargoat (#48404579) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

My degree is in economics. What you are proposing is a zero-sum game. This is not how life works.

If you can get more grain out of a field, that will enable you to use that grain for other purposes. Cattle, chickens, etc. Your food choices increase. You can put some of the field into lumber at the same overall bushel production. Heck, you work less hard for the same number of calories. You can get a job in manufacturing perhaps. Basically, the increase in calorie production means an overall improved quality of life for both the individual farmer and the community as a whole.

Comment: Story I heard as a kid (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by Stargoat (#48403897) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

My people were farmers. There was a story I was told as a kid.

A farmer went on a long journey. When he came back, he had a new corn seed. He planted it and had yields 50 bushels per acre higher he had last year and it was much higher than all his neighbors. His neighbors wanted to buy seed from the farmer. He refused to sell it to him.

The next year, the farmer's yield was only 35 bushels per acre better than his neighbors. Every year it decreased, until his yield per acre was back at the original amount.

The moral of the story is twofold. First, crops germinate.

Second, a rising tide raises all boats if you let it. Just because your neighbors also have more grain doesn't mean you'll have less. With more grain, you can raise more head of cattle, have more chickens, reduce the amount of grain and begin raising vegetables. Even if the price of grain declines, the amount you can do with that grain should offset the decline.

Comment: Goddamnit (Score 2) 65

by Stargoat (#48320723) Attached to: Sketches Released of New Star Wars Museum

First that spaceship crashed into Soldier Field and now this.

If Chicago doesn't change parties, either libertarian, GOP, green, anything really, the city is never going to be relevant again. Too much corruption and stupid projects. We have terrible roads to get anywhere, awful schools, and a joke of a county hospital system.

Oh, but hey, shiny bean.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?