Who says that government is inefficient?
It will also interfere with their plan to teach that the Earth is a the center of the universe, and the eventual mandate to make it official policy that the world is flat.
That will put the godless atheists in their place: in the lower left corner of the flat world, where the climate is terrible and all the icky stuff collects at the bottom.
Then you have to prove that you can be trusted to dive/pilot a flying car.
Given how the vast majority of people drive, almost no one passes the second test.
I'm not claiming that I do either. I also know that I should not ride a motorcycle because I don't have the right kind of attention for it.
Scientists say China's smog blocks natural light, thus slowing down the photosynthesis process necessary for plants to thrive.
He Dongxian, an associate professor with China Agricultural University's College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, conducted experiments in Beijing over recent months which she says showed a drastic slowdown in the photosynthesis process.
As part of He's experiments, chili and tomato seeds, for example, took more than two months to sprout at a greenhouse farm in Beijing's Changping district, while the same outcome is typically achieved in 20 days under artificial light in a laboratory. Air pollutants adhere to greenhouse surfaces, reducing by half the amount of light available to the plants, she said.
Most seedlings at the farm were weak or sick, He told the Post. "They will be lucky to live at all."
If China's smog persists or intensifies, He warns, the country's food supply faces devastating consequences. "Now almost every farm is caught in a smog panic."
According to the story "much of north and central China — about one-seventh of the country — was also covered in smog last weekend", so the problem extends far beyond Beijing."
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There are a lot of people these days, many of them readers of Slashdot, who espouse a belief system with a lot of delusional features: Libertarianism. This position, along with the similar political belief of the U.S. Republican Party, the British Torries and Canadian Conservatives share common beliefs. One prominent belief is that all government regulation of business is always evil. They are particularly adamant that financial regulation is always destructive.
An epic recent example is the admission by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who is self described as "lifelong libertarian Republican".
In Congressional testimony on October 23, 2008, Greenspan acknowledged that he was "partially" wrong in opposing regulation and stated "Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder's equity – myself especially – are in a state of shocked disbelief." Referring to his free-market ideology, Greenspan said: "I have found a flaw. I don't know how significant or permanent it is. But I have been very distressed by that fact." Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) then pressed him to clarify his words. "In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working," Waxman said. "Absolutely, precisely," Greenspan replied. "You know, that's precisely the reason I was shocked, because I have been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well." Greenspan admitted fault in opposing regulation of derivatives and acknowledged that financial institutions didn't protect shareholders and investments as well as he expected.
Matt Taibbi described the Greenspan put and its bad consequences saying: "every time the banks blew up a speculative bubble, they could go back to the Fed and borrow money at zero or one or two percent, and then start the game all over", thereby making it "almost impossible" for the banks to lose money. He also called Greenspan a "classic con man" who, through political savvy, "flattered and bullshitted his way up the Matterhorn of American power and
... jacked himself off to the attention of Wall Street for 20 consecutive years."
The failure of Mt. Gox is a inevitable consequence of an unregulated financial market. Bank failures were common in the U.S. from it's founding until modern baking regulation started after the Great Depression, when they became uncommon. This situation was stable until the Reagan Revolution, and steady removal of the previously working regulatory regime.
Greenspan is the poster child for the catastrophic effects of delusional right wing economic thinking, and the 2008 crash along with the current debt of the U.S. are the legacy. The world economy is still recovering from that disaster, and no one can say how long it will take for a full recovery. Note that the so called recovery of the financial markets is simply an extension of the policies that lead to the crash in the first place. What Matt Taibbi described is still happening: "they could go back to the Fed and borrow money at zero or one or two percent".
Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies are the high tech realization of delusional right wing economic thinking. They are ideologically founded on the idea of avoiding government economic oversight. Lack of regulation inevitably leads to a boom/bust cycle and poisons economic growth.
The real world has, in effect, presented right wing thinkers with an intelligence test. The results so far are they they have doubled down on their delusional beliefs. They have shown no ability to learn from the past.
Here's the short version: they were stupid, they are stupid, and they're planning on being stupid in the future.
The current plan is to allow the children of the peasants to gather windfall in the orchards of Google. This costs Google a tiny fraction of it's vast wealth, and makes it seem that they care about the peasants, because they are selflessly helping the children! Hopefully the stupid peasants will shut up and gratefully accept this bright trinket, so the serious project of evicting them from their land can continue unimpeded.
Don't (get caught) doing evil.
Neal Stephenson and Keith Hjelmstad who is at Arizona State University have looked into this. The thought is to build a structure that reaches the stratosphere and then launch rockets from the top.
I have no idea if this is easier or harder then a fulls space elevator. I would guess not as hard. Sadly, the web site has little activity since I firsrt saw it. Still, it's interesting in the context of a space elevator.
First, I must thank you for letting me know that a Socialist had been elected to a public office in Seattle, I'll tell my Socialist friends about it and they will be very happy.
So on to your assertion that "The situation was made worse recently when we elected a socialist that is very anti-Internet.". I asked Mr. Google about it, and I could find nothing about the internet policy position of Kshama Sawant, the politician in question. It seems absurd that Socialist policy would be anti-Internet. I could see the Socialists position being to make internet access a free public utility, but that is not the same as being anti-Internet.
So if you have any "facts" you can refer to, as opposed to unsupported statements, let me know. Otherwise I'll assume that you are engaged in a typical Republican/Right Wing paranoid rant rooted in your irrational hatred of anyone with beliefs that you don't like.
You will be talking to a Federal Law Enforcement agent very soon
From the FIRST PAGE of the web site under Networking.
BSD compatible socket layer.
Networking utilities (DHCP server and client, SMTP client, TELNET client, FTP server and client, TFTP client, HTTP server and client). Inheritable TELNET sessions (as “controlling terminal”).
NFS Client. Client side support for a Network File System (NFS, version 3, UDP).
A NuttX port of Jeff Poskanzer's THTTPD HTTP server integrated with NXFLAT to provide embedded CGI. UDP Network Discvory, XML RPC Server.
You should stop posting stupid stuff and just hang around and lurk until you grow up.
Just ignore the pork and campaign contributions. It's DEFENSE, so we need it.