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Comment: Definition of leisure (Score 1) 550

most of the human race will have more leisure time

By 'leisure', I assume he is referring to the soul-crushing unemployment, wasteful training, futile job-searching, and humiliating dependence on welfare/charity that a growing proportion of the human race is subjected to now.

Comment: Uninformed researcher (Score 2) 565

by Livius (#47344769) Attached to: Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

The key is the last item in the article:

“This is a resistance to decrees which they think undermine competitive Swedish agricultural production,”

The researcher has probably never spent time on a farm. She apparently had a stereotype of farmers as victims of big industry helplessly struggling to live in harmony with nature in the face of changing climate. In real life farmers are industry - the agricultural industry. They work very hard to maintain a farm, a farm being something radically out of balance with nature. Unless the laws and 'free' 'trade' agreements change to alter their economic incentives, their focus will be on their immediate, short-term economic situation and whatever mythology is tied up with their understanding of those economics.

The telling part is "Or at least that these are not triggered by human activities." If the climate is changing, then the question of the cause is the first part of finding a solution, but the problem does not magically become less serious depending on who or what the cause is. Someone who goes off-topic about human activities is trying - poorly - to rationalize their denial.

Comment: Degrees of risk (Score 1) 191

by Livius (#47338307) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

The really well-known medals like Victoria Cross / Congressional Medal are not awarded for merely doing your job, but there are medals for all sorts of things.

Simply being in a combat zone, regardless of the actual task one is doing, is more dangerous and requires more courage than anything most people will do in their entire life, and merits recognition of a certain degree.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly