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Comment: Re:Largest Climate march in history (Score 1, Interesting) 191

No way there is any impact on healthcare. that's just fucking nuts. lol!!!!!!

No, I was LOL'ing at the teeny tiny little sign that was ostensibly the purpose of the march while having a HUGE banner for the cause they really care about.. If they were marching as "Doctors Against Climate Change" or something, it wouldn't have been funny.

Here's the specific image I am referring to:
http://tinypic.com/r/2mqu44o/8

Comment: Re:Largest Climate march in history (Score 3, Interesting) 191

Mass hype was harder back then.

It's not just mass hype. People with completely unrelated causes march with their own banners. I didn't get a chance to walk through this protest, but I lived in New York City when all of those supposed "anti-war" protests were taking place. Sure, there were genuine anti-war protestors there - but you wouldn't believe how much of the mass was some random cause trying to get some sympathetic eyeballs. Animal rights, global warming, anti-corporation... you name it. Some of the pictures I've seen indicate the same thing happening here. I saw a group of people marching in white coats with a huge banner saying "HEALTHCARE IS A RIGHT" and a teeny tiny sign being held by one member saying "Global Warming affects Healthcare". LOL, wha?

Comment: Re:oh wow (Score 5, Insightful) 128

by MightyYar (#47959215) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

I'd expect that from eight year olds, not adults.

Perhaps the problem is that you've lost hold of what makes 8-year-olds so delightful? There was a cynical curmudgeon about just about every technological advance throughout human history, and despite that flight is routine and inexpensive. Horseless carriages clog the roads. Skyscrapers crown cities. Nuclear reactors pump out gigawatts of electricity. Ships the size of skyscrapers ply the seas carrying stuff built by robots. We carry some significant percentage of all human knowledge in our pockets. At every step, there were doubters. You are that guy now.

If you want to manufacture stuff in space, you can't just jump right to space foundries and space smelters. Baby steps.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 326

There is no theoretical foundation for that proposition and no empirical evidence.

70+ years of success in the US is a hard measure to surpass theoretically. Not one food crisis since the Great Depression.

I'm sorry, but your economic arguments are really quite like the arguments creationists use.

Except that creationists can't point to a single success.

The proposition that markets stabilize prices, on the other hand, is something you can personally verify,

I would counter that you can personally verify that markets crash as well.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 326

We're talking about simple, empirically verified economic facts.

Here is where we part ways. While I recognize that economics can use a lot of scientific tools, it is not a science. I've seen some very good analysis done of past events, but I've never seen a model that predicts a future result with any kind of error that wouldn't make a real scientist blush. I have very, very little faith that an economist can proclaim something in the future as being certain. That is, despite your protests to the contrary - this is in fact an ideological discussion. Your arguments are all rock-solid, but start from the assumption that economics is a science... as a discipline it simply does not have that kind of track record.

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