when they needed to clean oil spills off penguins.
That can be done in a fast and efficient way using flamethrowers
... and you end up with taxes on drugs to pay for some of the likely increase in health problems
If you remove the war on drugs, you also remove contamination -poisonings-, variations in drug's concentration -overdoses-, needle sharing - AIDS, hepatitis- and most of the reasons for violent drug related crimes. Your "likely increase in health problems" is quite unlikely, indeed.
The problem is I don't know how to bring up the console.
You don't need receivers and metallic mechanical parts if you use electric ignition, just an electric trigger, a battery and some circuitry.
You don't need proper barrels if you can use thin standard tubing encased in a 3d printed plastic sleeve, both for reinforcing the barrel and for safety.
You don't need magazines if you can store several bullets in the barrel and make the barrels single use and swappable. Due to their flimsy construction, the barrels should be strictly one use only, having to swap barrels for a new burst.
A company called Metal Storm is already applying some of these concepts in the real world.
As for lack of precision due to the lack of rifling in the barrel... they'd still be great for urban guerrilla scenarios, and probably far more precise than UZI style weapons.
I don't think the ATF guys have thought this one thoroughly enough.
What is more, with the actual status quo, for many crims not having a weapon would be suicidal, as many of their prospective victims are probably armed and willing to shoot at them. It's like an arms race, with the added factor that most of these weapons are sold to both sides by the same companies.
Most people have heard of the first woman to solo the Atlantic
Well, I have heard a lot about that girl who soloed Dallas, but THE WHOLE ATLANTIC? What else?
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur."
I also like "Pay peanuts, hire monkeys"
Give it ten or twenty years and technology will make expensive films and film studios follow the path of dinosaurs. In that timeframe and thanks to Moore's Law the average user will have enough power at his fingertips to make CGI films indistinguishable from reality, including tricks like motion capture. A group of friends could do a film for peanuts, and if the film is good enough it could make tons of money for its makers. Of course, there would be lots of crappy films, but without the help of some humongous promotion campaign, they would be winnowed out really fast.
In that moment, with good quality films costing less than, say, 50000 $, it suddenly would make sense to obtain revenues by alternative means, i.e. publicity and product placement, and what we call 'piracy' would be the best way of promoting a film.
I think that movie studios are aware of this, and are just desperate to milk the cow as much as possible, before she falls dead.
The fossil record shows that time and time again biosphere changes are not only recovered from, but that the net effect is dramatically positive in terms of long term diversity.
Yep! You're totally right! If we trigger a mass extinction, in a few millions of years everything will go back to normal, and our descendants -if they miraculously manage to survive - will thank us for our hindsight in causing said extinction.