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Comment Re:Duh! (Score 1) 108

I'm looking for two things: clarification of his sentence structure, and more detailed documentation on the birth defects he's talking about - exposure values, developmental windows during exposure, type of defects, as much data as he can cite.

I have a wife who is seven months pregnant and a 3D printer that mostly runs ABS. You do the math about why I'm digging for detailed info.

Comment Re:Goldman was right, with a caveat (Score 1) 259

"The problem is that too many people live in the suburbs. More people should live in cities."

This is a subjective statement of opinion, not fact. YOU FEEL that more people should live in cities.

"Instead of making cities nicer and going towards efficiency, we went towards suburban sprawl."

It is a display of massive hubris that the only explanation you can grok for this is that there's something broken about cities that can be fixed to make them magically appeal to everybody. You appear incapable of grasping the evidence that for the last 70 years, much of America has wanted - at MOST - to live a casual drive away from a city but not in one.

Americans have clearly shown across multiple generations that they do not want to live in concrete bee hives that are loud, smelly, cramped, contentious, dirty, and a hair's breadth from logistical collapse the moment anything slightly unbalances that complex system. Americans want their own roof and walls. They want their own yard. They want their own garage as a space for their hobbies and pursuits, even if there isn't necessarily car in it. They want their own space and their own castle, and they fundamentally reject this relentless push - the same kind of push YOU are engaging in even if you can't realize it, much less admit it - to herd them by guilt and honeyed words into asphalt jungles where they are neatly organized and controlled "for the common good".

You, whether you can cogitate it or not, simply want orderly worker bees. Either you find individual freedom scary, or you have bought into the yarns told by radical urbanists who have ulterior motives for concentrating people in controlled environment, but either way you are fundamentally at odds with what American society desires and has clearly desired for nearly four generations, and all the buzzwords of efficiency and social responsibility that you sling around show how desperately out of touch you are.

Comment Seattle is also attempting to do this (Score 2, Interesting) 259

But they're wielding the Department of Transportation and urban zoning as blunt weapons to do it, and being serious assholes about the whole thing.

They're also failing to realize that by running off people who want or need to drive into the city, they're going to end up choking off commerce. But the limp-wristed hipsters running the place now either don't care or would see it as some kind of redistributive, disruptive accomplishment, so I kind of just want to watch the entire shebang come crashing down in flames to see the expression on their faces.

Comment Wow, they picked a reassuring name (Score 2) 86

Considering the next lyrics in that song after "Karma Police" are... ..."Arrest this man".

I *totally* feel safer and more free already, and I don't even live under that regime.

Not that they couldn't just make one phone call across the pond and have whatever they want done to me in the dead of night with no trace. Yay freedom.

Comment My worry is the credibility loss of visual records (Score 4, Interesting) 61

A couple decades from now, we're going to have generations that have never known an era when it was technically or logistically difficult to convincingly revise AND distribute photos and videos.

Beyond simply telling that stuff has been tampered with or invented wholesale, I'm really worried this is going to lead to a loss of credibility and gravitas of photos and videos of historic events.

It's going to get ugly when generations start denying and rewriting history because they lost trust and belief in the credibility of the medium used to preserve its records.

Comment Re:Ouch? (Score 2) 301

Good question.

Here's another one: is the person releasing this info criminally liable for felony murder or wrongful death if any deaths are a direct result? Suicide, homicide, you name it... somebody is carrying a big legal liability flag over this, regardless of the social ethics.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead