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Comment Main culprit is agriculture (Score 1) 258

We're losing it primarily to farmland. There are more trees, more forests today (in North America) then there was in 1900. Take a look, for instance at pictures of NH "wilderness" in the 1930s and today. What was farmland is now "old growth" forest. That story has played itself out all over North America.

Now the opposite is true in other parts of the world - South America, and Indonesia. But it shows that the true culprit is farmland; and as farming techniques become more productive that less is needed.

Comment Re:Long term storage (Score 1) 98

So when does the public get access to data we paid for?

Do you really want all video made public everywhere for everyone at anytime? There are privacy concerns.

It's good that these cameras are being used but that doesn't mean that everything enters the public domain.

Comment Re:pptthh (Score 1) 292

CNN is part of the denialsphere blogs? Ok.

But, it's true, I am one of those who consider global warming to be close to irrelevant. Yup. the temperature changes. What else is new? And nope - even the worse case scenarios doesn't come close to being a catastrophe for biodiversity.

Yes people living in flood plains will be displaced (see Bangladesh) and on islands and peninsulas. OK.

I'm much more concerned about the pollution we're creating and dumping than I am about CO2 levels.

Comment Re:pptthh (Score 0) 292

Yes. I understand. I'm reacting to the chicken-little-esque aspect of global warming hysterics (oops I mean climate change).

The climate does change. It changed when humans were still in the stone age and it will be changing when humans are memories in the fossil records.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 1) 259

Edit my comment above (There are free market solutions to thieves.)

Re your point. It's simpler than you think although it will take a different take on the problem.

1. There would be companies who do this for a living.
2. Rewards would be based on sales made.


There are many, many papers and briefs (written by attorneys) on this issue. Please see the Cato Institute, von Mises and Heritage.

In general free market people are against lawsuits that circumvent individual responsibility (such as you have to make a high fence around your pool in case a trespasser falls in) but are for lawsuits when you (a corporate entity) makes false claims.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 1) 259

The advertiser would not be the responsible party any more than the ux guy, the graphics people, front-end, back-end coders, dbas, and network people who were involved in putting up the website.

It's the management that cleared the copy who is responsible.

First lie. (not saying you - but in general) Free market capitalism == caveat empto. Second lie. There is no free market solution to thieves. A thief is not only a person who puts a knife to your throat but someone who claims this product is x when it really is y.

How would this work? There would be companies (and organizations) whose sole purpose, and main source of revenue would be in checking that a claim is truly a claim. If you are interested there are tons of articles and white papers dealing with this.

I'm not an anarcho-capitalist but if there's one thing that community does well is explore this particular issue.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 1) 259

It's not a canard. No promoter of free market is in favor of caveat emptor. There are ways of dealing with the issue aside from sclerotic regulatory methods (which also requires law suits). Each method has it's problems.

If an advertiser says that 4 out of 5 dentists prefer X. The advertiser needs to point to a study that shows that 80% of dentists prefer X.

There are different mechanisms to solve the problem but it seems you want to stay with a failed system because it's tried and true.

If we had state run grocery stores in which you could only go to the one in your neighborhood you would think I was crazy for coming with the idea that people should open their own grocery stores - and that there might be a whole range of stores from small corner bodegas to larger stores (Whole Foods, A&P) to Costcos.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 3, Informative) 259

Either your "opponent" doesn't understand free markets or you just created a "straw man" to prove your point. There is no magic in the free market just as there is no magic in evolution.Food labeling comes as people want it. It may take time. People may create food coops (populated by avowed socialists) but the food coops are part of the free market (not from a top-down government bureaucracy).

The time and energy put in to make food labeling laws could be done to push the concept of food labeling to consumers. Then these consumers will reward companies who label their foods.

By the way free-market capitalism /= caveat emptor. If you say that your product is made of x (and only x) you are liable for that. In a free-market society if you were found to have adulterated x (or substituted y) you would be successfully sued.

I'm certain you can find all sorts of opponents of capitalism who would say "that's not so." How about showing some intellectual curiosity and reading what proponents of the free-market actually say:

Here's a list to start your reading: Bastiat, Menger, von Mises, Hayek, Milton Friedman.

Comment Re: So before ordering... (Score 1) 280

In general I agree with you. But I often take pictures of the Thanksgiving and Christmas table before we all cut into everything. It's a memory of the occasion.

I've gone to pizzerias (shout out to DiFara's) and taken pictures of the pie. But - these are my memories. Not yours.

But yeah - unless you truly have something to say I can't see being interested in what anyone else had to eat if I wasn't there. (Exception being when my daughter was at camp and sent me a photo of what she had for dinner.

I see now that this list of exceptions is growing. :-)

Comment Re:Can the enemy actually shoot down the F35? (Score 4, Insightful) 732

Puerto Rico? I agree that having a protectorate is BS but the choice is theirs as to whether they become their own country. I was born and raised in NY. Been to PR. Know a lot of PRicans and very few want to be independent.

This is not an imperial relationship. If you can leave at will. If troops aren't controlling your interaction it is not an imperial relationship.

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