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Comment Re:Are and storms that fierce on Mars? (Score 1) 78

If you are in low gravity, you can pick up much heavier objects and throw them at your friends. Getting hit with a 1 lbs rock will do less damage than getting hit with a 100 lbs rock -- gotta love how mass works.

Is there enough wind to MOVE huge rocks and people in space suits? Not really. But explosive decomp in lower gravity could possibily toss a 180 lbs human out the door and a decent rate of speed. And if there was a sudden stop (slamming in to a cliff or another habitat module), that could be pretty damaging. Maybe instead of a sand-storm there should have been an explosive decomp.

Comment Re:Racism v. Bias v. Intelligence (Score 1) 444

"There needs to be multiple paths of learning, so that those that are advancing faster can continue to advance."

Unless you plan to build "Plato's Republic" and take everyone's kids away from their parents and raise them in a communal group MUCH of what you request needs parental involvement.

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

"The fact is, nobody is going to hire people they don't need just to give them busy work to stroke your puritan work ethic."

Follow the conversation. Don't just jump in somewhere in the middle and try to sound smart.

"Please share with us your magical job listing site that has millions of openings for people to answer phones and stuff envelopes."

If we decide to do this "basic income" thing then I believe we need to make people work for it. Since they are going to be given this "free money" anyway, eliminate machines that save companies and government agencies countless dollars through automation and have the people getting this "basic income" do the work to earn their check. The "magic job listing" will be everywhere because. One example: why should company "B" pay for burger flipping robot "A" (including the cost of maintenance) doing the work of 3-4 burger flippers when it get get 3-4 burger flippers for free.

What is cheaper? "Free laborers" getting "free money"? Or spending on a robot?

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

" But provision of public services as being a bad thing...yes, I am stating he was wrong."

I'll suggestion you don't know much about Franklin if you can make a statement like that. Look up Pennsylvania Hospital in relation to Franklin to see where he stood on public services as a single example. And with that I'll disregard your believe that Franklin was wrong as being ignorant of the subject at hand. Please understand I'm not insulting you but making an observation. I have no doubt you are intelligent -- you just don't know much about Franklin. You can fix that ignorance -- I cant.

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

I'm, not sure I get your argument. Are you saying that because he wasn't right about everything (which I'll accept as a given though you provided no examples) that he must be wrong about this? And that because he talked about sobriety in an unflattering light that he was wrong about it because there were times he was not sober?

#1: Because he wasn't right about everything doesn't mean he is therefore wrong about this.
#2: Because he at times wasn't sober at some times (and in no such way as to impact his ability to make a living) doesn't mean that he cannot point out the effects of extreme insobriety.

Franklin's greatest 'skill' or 'gift' was his power of observation. Maybe you should consider *THAT* when weighing the credibility of his statements...

Comment Re:Ben Franklin (Score 1) 1291

Example: Save $12k on an envelope stuffing machine (and more on maintaining it). Have people 'earn' their checks stuffing envelopes for the state/fed.

If someone wants a "basic income", let them work for it. Work can be found for nearly any one in nearly any physical condition. Cant walk? Answer phones, stuff envelopes, whatever. If someone is truly an invalid, of course -- but we should be talking paralyzed or dementia... Simple rules -- no mind altering substances (booze, drugs, etc while on the job).

And you will STILL have people living on the streets asking for money for their 'habit'.

Comment Ben Franklin (Score 5, Insightful) 1291

I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.


There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them [Great Britain]. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful? And do they use their best endeavors to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burden? On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty.

Comment Re: Common sense = none (Score 1) 283

I know the reasons you would list "why". I disagree with them because it's not the WAGE that's really the issue.

If you don't want to be poor, don't have kids before you are 18. Don't have kids before you are married. Don't have kids before you finish college. Raise kids together (2 parent household).

Each one of those will give a significant statistical jump to make sure you should never be poor. I think you are smart enough that *I* don't have to list why.

Comment Re: Common sense = none (Score 1) 283

Richer and far more successful than my parents -- and -- my apologies, I consider myself quite successful. I pay my bills, I own a home. I raise my family and a participate in my community. My household brings in bit less than 2x the median income for my state/city -- and I bring in a bit more than the average wage). I have a decent retirement account. We ENJOY our leisure time. Yet, I do not consider myself "rich" (nor would anyone else) -- which is the point I made and you missed entirely. And I illustrated that I came from not only modest means but a broken home.

I was the first in my family to finish high-school -- never mind go to college. And I did so without accumulating any debt and selecting a topic of study that had a decent shot of paying well. I expect, if I've done a decent job, my children will surpass my accomplishments. How that cannot be a 'success' I do not know.

As as far as being "rich", what do you consider 'rich'? The top 1%? If that's the case, seriously -- how is that any real measure? Or is your measure of "success" measured not in providing for your family and teaching THEM how to provide for themselves but in how must "stuff" you can accumulate?

Comment Re:The Great Filter is based on a sample size of O (Score 1) 365

And if you solely use deductive logic you end up with a paradox. "Where is every one?" Clearly either are facts are wrong or incomplete to the point of drawing inaccurate conclusions.

So... lets loosen up the purse string on definable facts down to "possible" and "probable" and see what shakes loose.

Comment Re: Common sense = none (Score 1) 283

Sorry. Disagree. I was from a poor working family (with a ton of other issues, too). I was homeless for a good year. I had enough cash for food, to get a hotel room once or twice a week AND pay for school books/tuition working part time. What I didn't do is spend my money on drugs, booze or waste my time "hanging out" or "partying".

By "rich", do you mean home owner? Then yes. I own an average valued home. I make a bit above an average wage in my area. I drive the same truck I purchased over 25 years ago. I work more than 8 hours a day (as does my wife) and we BOTH care for and are involved with our children's lives. That's how rich we are.

Yet, now -- I'm married, two kids, own a home, etc etc etc. There were no books in my my home when I was growing up. I 'discovered' that escape when I was 10 or 11. Probably saved me from repeating the same poor judgements of many of my family members.

Comment Re:The Great Filter is based on a sample size of O (Score 1) 365

"how the hell can anyone use the ONE sample we have to infer the odds of the other 8 steps?"

Beware of the “Black Swan” fallacy. Deductive logic is tautological; there is no way to get a new truth out of it, and it manipulates false statements as readily as true ones. If you fail to remember this, it can trip you--with perfect logic. The designers of the earliest computers called this the “Gigo Law,” i.e., “Garbage in, garbage out". Inductive logic is much more difficult --but can produce new truths.

-- The Notebooks of Lazarus Long.

That's how.

Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.