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Comment: Re:That doesn't really explain it (Score 3, Informative) 213

by Kohath (#46795435) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

That's not the enlightened view. Everything that goes wrong is always someone else's fault. It's the #1 Truth of progressive thinking. Poor people are poor because someone else made them poor. If socialist policies don't fix everything, it's because someone else interfered. If all the someone elses could just be burned or imprisoned or gassed or reeducated, society's problems could finally be solved and progressive paradise would be achieved.

Comment: How could this be? (Score 0) 213

by Kohath (#46794931) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Cuba is a huge tropical island with a well educated population. North Korea is strategically located between the vibrant state of South Korea and China, soon to be the world's largest economy. Both Cuba and North Korea are in prime locations for international trade and commerce.

In addition to all that, they have the most progressive socialist governments in the world. While the rest of the world has been wasting their time with free enterprise and capitalism, these guys took the progressive, enlightened approach.

So why can't they pay their bills?

Comment: Re:We have those in South Carolina too (Score 1) 325

by Kohath (#46749587) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Again, lots of pointless talk about "rights" and "licensing" and "rules" to justify ambushing and robbing travelers. Why justify it? Just stop ambushing and robbing travelers.

If mobsters were setup along the road, stopping travelers and taking their money under implied threats, it would be wrong. Not just illegal, but actually morally wrong. Even if they only took $100 from each. Even if they only stopped people going fast. Even if they had "rules" for who was stopped. Even if they said they were only targeting people doing risky things. Even if they told you you "agreed" to this by coming on their turf. Fortunately, we don't have mobsters doing that. Unfortunately, we have an even more powerful organization doing essentially the same thing.

Mobsters don't care about right and wrong. They just want to get paid. How about you?

Comment: not really an argument (Score 1) 856

I don't get it, after reading the comments here, why is there so much resistance accept that man is causing [changes in the Earth's rotation speed]? Just thinking logically, it makes sense. We're taking carbon that's been buried for millions of years, and then burning it, on a huge scale. How can this not affect the [Earth's rotation speed]?.

That's not really an argument. Something is either happening or it's not, regardless of whether it sounds logical to you or anyone else.

People are skeptical because the climate change alarmists want to centralize government power over individuals. There's a never-ending list of reasons why we are told we should give governments more power over us. When one reason fails, the power-hungry always come up with a new reason. There's an equally long set of historical examples for why government power over individuals is dangerous.

Since power-hungry people have an obvious motive to lie, and since free people have obvious reasons to be suspicious of the power-hungry, why shouldn't you expect "resistance" when yet another reason to concentrate power is offered?

Comment: Re:We have those in South Carolina too (Score 1) 325

by Kohath (#46733751) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

You seem to think "rule of law" means every action or inaction in every second of everyone's day needs to be ruled by a law. That's not what it means. A free person rules himself. "Rules of law" means the people in the government have to follow the law.

You really seem hellbent to justify ambushing travelers and taking their money -- even though everyone knows that's not the behavior of an honest person. You don't have to go crazy trying to defend robbing travelers, just stop doing it. Find something honest to do with your time. Maybe try helping people rather than taking their money.

Comment: Re:We have those in South Carolina too (Score 0) 325

by Kohath (#46733613) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

I don't get tickets because I don't go fast. I don't get raped either, because I don't dress up like a slut and hang out in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But what kind of person sits by the side of the road waiting to ambush people and take their money? Honest people don't do things like that.

Comment: Re:Number of people affected less than 20 (Score 1, Flamebait) 163

by Kohath (#46678025) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

What's the point? Either there are lots of problems all over and therefore we need to think about regulation, or not. This story is about one incident. It does not indicate lots of problems. It does not counter-indicate lots of problems either. If there is data to indicate widespread problems, post the data.

Stop pretending to have knowledge. Either post it or admit you don't know.

Comment: Re:Money money money (Score 1) 163

by Kohath (#46677941) Attached to: It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

On a somewhat-related note (well, "oil + pipelines" so close enough): Imagine what sort of damage will be done by a leak of the proposed oil sands pipeline if that corrosive gunk finds its way into the aquifer used by the majority of the Midwest and the huge amount of farming that occurs there

So you'd rather people continue to die every year in oil train crashes? You don't have to "imagine" the train crash that killed 47 people in Quebec last summer.

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