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Comment: Re:How do the "poorest residents" own homes (Score 1) 269

by Gryle (#49788233) Attached to: California Is Giving Away Free Solar Panels To Its Poorest Residents

The banks are sitting on something like three houses for every homeless man, woman, and child in America, refusing to drop their prices to market level.

Can I see a citation for that statistic please? Or at least your calculations to come up with that figure?

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 246

Obviously the kid is not a rational actor (most human beings aren't but we're quite good at lying to ourselves in that respect), but I wonder what made this seem like a good idea to him. I'm not excusing his behavior by any means, but what external factors lead him to believe that 1) this was an acceptable action and 2) a failing grade was serious enough to warrant this action.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 271

by Gryle (#49498051) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.
I've seen you post this comment 3 times. I'm going to extend you the courtesy of assuming you're not a troll.

Let's assume the FBI knew this guy was intending to fly a gryocopter into no-fly space. Let's further assume based on reading this guy's emails,or tapping this guy's phone, or rummaging through his trash, or his refrigerator, or installing secret spy devices in his underpants to measure his potential for Communist sympathies, that they decided he's a legitimate protestor and not a home-grown terrorist. In that case, shooting him out of the sky risks public out-cry. Particularly since the air-defense systems around DC no-fly zones are SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES. Weee bit of overkill there. So what's less headache? Shoot the kook down or let the kook have his fifteen minutes of political-stunt-fame and go about your day?

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 1) 587

by Gryle (#49418859) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political
It's not Social Justice (TM) that the Sad Puppies are opposing. It's Social Justice (TM) at the expense of a decent or entertaining story. I was on the fence about the whole thing until last year,. What pushed me over the edge was If You Were A Dinosaur My Love winning Best Short Story in the Hugos. Even those who liked it admitted that it probably doesn't qualify as fantasty, science fiction, or speculative fiction.

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 1) 587

by Gryle (#49418811) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political
There was a 2001 Superman comic to this effect, entitled "What's so Funny About Truth Justice and the American Way?" (later adapted into an animated short, "Superman vs the Elite"). Largely a reaction to the anti-hero movement and the "flawed god" stories, it addresses the necessity of dreams and ideals and why seeing everything as bleak and depressing is our ultimate self-inflicted damnation. I highly recommend both the comic and the film version.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.