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Comment Re:fighting carbon pollution? (Score 2, Insightful) 369

Exactly! At best this oil will cost more to produce (Obama's goal) and will end up in more pollution (the opposite of what Obama wants to achieve). It also has the side effect of encouraging Canada to build more refineries to process this oil and build their own pipeline to the their coast to ship it and get thus eliminate a bunch of American jobs. Bravo, Mr President!

Comment Re:Drones (Score 2) 313

1. The US has a modern air defense system. I imagine Chinese drones penetrating US air space would be shot down and should things escalate, a conventional/nuclear war would result. This is why the only nations we send drones to are unable to take any action to stop us. They are not used with impunity. We aren't going to send them to Germany, the UK, Japan, China or any country with a modern army. 2. Our drones are effectively remotely piloted aircraft. Not "killbots". There is some chair jockey in a building in the Nevada desert who pilots the craft and fires the missiles and then goes home to be with his family after his shift is done.

Comment Power is the problem, not Money (Score 1, Insightful) 233

Money seeks out Power, not the other way around. The reason there is a lot of money in politics is due to the obscene amount of Power our government now wields. When the #1 return on your investment is no longer R&D, training your employees, hiring better employees, but is instead lobbyists (to either reward your company or punish your competitors) there is a sickness. Taking money out of politics will not change this. In fact, it will just mean the money will ooze in around the cracks and crevices of whatever laws we throw up and corrupt the system even further. Take the power out of the government and the money will disappear on it's own.

Comment Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (Score 2) 385

Really? At least once a week there is a story like this, chosen to excite the conservatives and to try to make the liberals look bad. Can you show me an article posted in the past several months that does the opposite? No, you cannot.

Me thinks you doth protest too much.

  • Obama Presses China On Global Warming - Conservatives would argue global warming doesn't exist
  • South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early - Conservatives know renewables will never work
  • Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects - Conservatives know nuclear power is safe
  • Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds - More climate change claptrap

..and that's without going past the first two pages of headlines.

Comment Re:Bets on first use (Score 1) 233

Exactly! Or maybe someone took some photos or videos that a government doesn't want to get out. Simply kill the phone and you are done with that problem.

The bad scenarios are far more dangerous than not having a kill switch.

Besides, weren't there apps that do this that folks could purchase of their own free will"?

Comment North Korea, Syria, Iran, Russia all disagree (Score 4, Insightful) 218

They think a centralized kill switch would be a FANTASTIC idea! Just brick the phones for anyone who dares challenge the state.

I can really see how this might be useful in the US. Instead of the IRS investigating tea partiers, we could just selectively brick their phones. Or if you swing the other way, disable those iPhones from all those annoying hispter Occupy protesters. Seriously, you have an iPhone and you complain about the 99%? You are the 1% globally.

Anything cut to length will be too short.