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Comment: Austrailia doesn't exist (Score 2, Insightful) 291

by NotQuiteReal (#47480363) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
In terms of the "global warming problem", at least. The population of Australia is a rounding error. (7,050M global population - 23M Australians = still over 7B people; Australia is about 3/10th of 1%). The entire population is less than the city of Shanghai, or Karachi, or Beijing... The top 20 cities in the world have 10 X as many people of the Australian continent.

Good on them that they are voting not to piss in the wind. Specifically, this wind.

Even if humans can significantly affect the rate of change of global warming, taxing the most advanced economies is not going to help as much as doing [insert magic policy here] to change the course of the emerging economies which are going down the path that the 1st world traveled half a century ago.

Comment: Re:Behind the curve (Score 0) 1040

by NotQuiteReal (#47156193) Attached to: Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage
Well then, you Democrats and liberal types should welcome this move. Seattle will be the perfect test bed to prove your argument that raising the minimum wage will do no harm to the economy and eliminate poverty. All we have to do it watch Seattle for the next few years and see what happens. If you're right, we'll see no ill effects, continued growth, unemployment decrease and everyone will be able to afford shopping at Mom & Pop stores instead of the evil big-boxes.

Hell, Seattle is *ideal* for your cause! They not only raised it to the $10.10 that you have predicted will solve the suffering of the poor, but they've went even *further* and raised it to $15!!!! If you're even remotely right, Seattle should become a Detroit style paradise soon.

Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle. -- Steinbach