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Comment: Desalination would be cheaper.... (Score 1) 669

by LinuxLuver (#49523691) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
As a stop-gap measure (on the way to poisoning the entire planet anyway, eventually).....desalination would buy some time. Religion and cigarettes are two obvious proofs as to why the human race has no future. Not a rational one, anyway. If we can't guard our sanity / mental health and our physical health directly from delusion and voluntarily consumed carcinogens........the air, earth and water doesn't stand a chance. Take the salt out of the ocean water. It's right there at the beach. It will buy some time.

Comment: Re: Obama wants to become Judge Dredd? (Score 1) 289

Agreed. The US would be a much better, saner country under a parliamentary model, with representatives elected via proportional representation. The US Constitution is proving to be a disaster..... though of course most Americans wouldn't understand why even if you explained it to them. They know next to nothing about alternative political models.... Or why NO ONE copies the US model.... At least, not in the last 50 years.

Comment: Re:Whether you think climate change is real or not (Score 1) 416

by LinuxLuver (#49287597) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science
BS to this: "the cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005", according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have stopped in 1998. It started in 1978. But there really has been no warming this century." The careful choice of words about "deep ocean" ignores the rest of the ocean. It takes centuries for the deep ocean to be affected by what's going on up top. Beware of lies told in this way.

Comment: Re: It's a scam (Score 1) 169

by LinuxLuver (#49277571) Attached to: A Mars One Finalist Speaks Out On the "Dangerously Flawed" Project
It's only a scam if the intention was to defraud or deceive. I don't think that applies here. It's been an opportunity to put the idea out there and see who gets behind it and sorted it with cash. I'm fairly certain that if they were on target to raising the funds we would see concrete things happening. It was always outrageously ambitious. Good on them for trying. But this is perhaps also an example of how private operations are relatively weak compared to governments.... Who do the heavy lifting everywhere. Governments are edging toward a Mars mission. The US$3 trillion Bush flushed down the toilet in Iraq would have been more than enough.

Comment: Share your view of the world and life (Score 1) 698

Don't "tell" her anything unless it's just stories about you and your family and how you felt about things and about her. She your hopes and dreams. She'll want to know you better even though you're gone. That's the sort of thing she'll look to for insights in the decades ahead of her... And each passing decade will allow her own experience to see, anew, meaning in your words.

Comment: I prefer E-readers because..../ (Score 1) 261

by LinuxLuver (#49132961) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper
I'm closer to 60 then 50. Most people my age would prefer paper books. No argument. I'm just not one of them. I prefer having 200+ books in my back pocket. My e-reader, ideally, let's me annotate what I'm reading.... So I have searchable relevant markers. I can look up words that need looking up. When reading on my phone on a plane I hold it with 3-4 fingers - lightly - whereas the person next to me with a big fat paper novel soon grows tired of wrangling the big, fat thing. Distraction? Don't be! Grow some self discipline.

Comment: Superbowl? (Score 1) 227

by LinuxLuver (#48961081) Attached to: The NFL Wants You To Think These Things Are Illegal
If you want a practical demonstration of the effectiveness of hype / propaganda, go to New Zealand or Hong Kong or Paris a week before the Superbowl. You won't hear a word about it. It's like it didn't even exist. So the difference is: the noise we allow into our heads in North America about things like the Superbowl that amount to less than 'doesn't matter' almost everywhere else.

"I got everybody to pay up front...then I blew up their planet." "Now why didn't I think of that?" -- Post Bros. Comics