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Comment Re:"Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 1) 308 308

I stand by what I wrote because it's totally true. Greenhouse gases may not be toxic to *you* but there is no denying their overall life-threatening effect on the planet as a whole. Just ask any thirsty Californian, or a polar bear.

We all need to pull our heads out of the sand and see clearly what the greedy billionaires are doing to us just to fatten their Swiss bank accounts.

Comment Re:"Clean Energy Candidate" (Score 3, Insightful) 308 308

Ooh, an economy alarmist bullshitter.

Before the Civil War they said freeing the slaves would ruin the economy. The US had to free them because it was a moral imperative. The war cost us 5% of the US population in casualties. The sum total of the monetary value of all slaves at the start of the civil war was roughly one trillion dollars in today's dollars. The slaves were freed and the US became the world's greatest economic power as a result.

Fast forward to today. The oligarchic elites (the Koch brothers and other greedy billionaires) control roughly fourteen trillion dollars in fossil fuels. In order to monetize their investment they need to suck it out of the earth and burn it. The resulting pollution would kill at least millions, if not render the entire planet uninhabitable. There is a moral imperative to not do that.

If one trillion dollars was sufficient to justify killing or wounding 5% of all Americans, I shudder to think how many people the Koch brothers and their friends are willing to kill or wound for fourteen trillion dollars.

Our economy was based on slave labor. We emancipated the slaves, and surprise! We prospered anyway. Now our economy is based on generating poison gas from fossil fuels. When we stop burning fossil fuels, I predict we'll prosper anyway. Maybe not the Koch brothers. Oh boo-hoo.

Comment Re:Infinite Bank Account (Score 1) 385 385

Absolutely. Compare the $20 trillion in fossil fuel reserves to the total monetary value of the 4 million US slaves in 1860 -- roughly $1 trillion in today's dollars. It was not easy for us to convince the wealthy of the time to get rid of that sum of wealth. It took a bloody war in which over half a million Americans died -- 2% of the US population. But it was the right thing to do, just like switching to renewable energy sources is the right thing for us to do.

Comment Re:a reason to run Linux only? (Score 1) 379 379

Absolutely! Nobody really knows what sensitive user data is uploaded to the Microsoft mother ship by "Windows Activation", "Windows Update", and "Windows Genuine Advantage". Also, nobody really knows whether spook agencies use "Windows Update" to install root kits and spyware but judging by TFA I'd say the odds are they do. Time to switch to Linux.

Comment Re:Citations? They need to be sued heavily (Score 1) 507 507

You're way off base here. Automobile transportation requires a massive public investment in infrastructure. The public, acting collectively in the form of a democratically elected government, therefore gets to decide how its infrastructure is used. From this it should be obvious that we need a living constitution otherwise we'd have to amend it every time somebody invented something new and the constitution would be a ponderous tome.

Comment Re:Why does 3d printing matter (Score 2) 404 404

We bother outlawing murder, we should bother defining each method of murder. Is strangling worse or better than a claw hammer to the head? Why does it matter if a pistol was used and not an "assault rifle". And why do we go after "assault rifles" when the pistols / revolvers were used?

I'm licensed to drive a car. Why isn't that sufficient for me to operate a big rig?

I realize that the left tends to be more passionate about things, and uses their feelings to judge things, but it doesn't really serve society well. We should judge the results, not the intentions. When I hear "what about the children?" asked, I know whatever comes next isn't about results, it is about how someone feels about something. Tyranny comes next.

You should also realize that the right's gun fetish clouds their judgement at the expense of common-sense gun regulations.This is why assault weapons can be easily obtained by mass-murderers, crazy people, drug dealers, and gang bangers. Tyranny is when you can't safely go to a school, a shopping mall, or a movie theater without becoming a statistic in the latest mass killing.

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