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Comment: Re:Hardly surprising.. (Score 1) 288

by Rigel47 (#47492161) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Social Security? No, but that doesn't take away from my children anyways except that the money is being stolen now so that my children will end up paying my benefits... but I have no chance to affect the theft.

Huh? No politician out there would dream of touching social security or medicare with a ten foot pole. Heck, we don't even have the most basic means testing. The senior voting bloc is too powerful. And yet.. everyone knows that these entitlements will not.. CAN not exist in their current form for the next generation. So, in short, the seniors are voting themselves some pork taken off the plates of the working generation.

If you need another example look at unions. They bribe / strong-arm / do whatever it takes to get preposterous sweetheart deals made with politicians that are based on pie-in-the-sky investment strategies. Just look at CALPERS and others.

When someone tries to point out that these agreements will bankrupt the municipality they fight tooth and nail to keep their loot even when it means cutting back on schools and everything else that benefits the upcoming generation.

Comment: The White House isn't stupid.. (Score 4, Insightful) 272

by Rigel47 (#47492111) Attached to: White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration
They know that above all the oil must flow. Without the oil that came from the fracking boom oil would probably be at $150/barrel or higher. Without flowing oil the economy suffers (many past recessions were precipitated by high oil prices), the common man starts to get irritated at higher food prices, less disposable income.. for those that had disposable income to start with. The house of cards starts to sway even more.

Cheap oil is the real bread and circus that keeps the masses subdued. Some dead whales and dolphins isn't even a consideration.

Comment: Hardly surprising.. (Score 4, Insightful) 288

by Rigel47 (#47479735) Attached to: Australia Repeals Carbon Tax
People will vote themselves entitlements at the expense of future generations. It's the fatal flaw of democracy.

I'm not sure it matters much anyways. Barring a total miracle like Rossi's unicorn reactor it seems we've already passed the point of no return. If you haven't had kids -- don't. As painful as that sounds.

Comment: Damaging blow for US tech companies (Score 1) 749

by Rigel47 (#47452023) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours
No self-respecting foreign firm with any sort of confidential info is going to do any business with any US cloud or services provider. Throw in the FISA secret rubber stamp machine and who knows what other data siphoning is in place and you may as well just mail copies of everything to any three-letter agency and, most likely, their MIC bedfellows.

America's standing slips by the day. Thank you MIC and the myopic zealots that are part of das Home Security apparatus.

Comment: Re:We need (Score 1) 278

by Rigel47 (#47434243) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Instead, what we ended up with was someone who was very well wise to how to work out all the loopholes.

What? Obama worked out all the loopholes to enable spying? Please! That's suggesting he actually gave enough of a rat's ass about the Constitution to worry about side-stepping it. No need, just have a quasi-legal court apparatus working in secret that approves everything that gets near it.

Then, when the annoying asses^H^H^H^H^H public makes a fuss about this egregious violation of our nation's founding document you do what a duplicitous, double-speaking, consummate politician does.. say something like "Look - I know there are concerns about finding the right balance between our civil liberties and our security and frankly I share them. I am appointing a special secret committee of NSA folks to review all this and report their findings to me. Now fuck off^H^H^H^H I want to assure you that your concerns are heard loud and clear. God bless America."

Comment: Re:How long before... (Score 1) 105

by Rigel47 (#47336517) Attached to: Fixing Faulty Genes On the Cheap
You have a good command of biology. My fundamental objection is with this statement:

Loss of vitamin C manufacture could well have to do with the development of some other pathway that was more important at the time, and may well continue to be more important today.

What if there was a co-occurring mutation that was, at that time, more advantageous than the loss of vitamin C production? What if the loss of vitamin C production happened to a population living in an area with abundant ascorbic acid in their food? Maybe they killed off their less-lucky neighbours? The notion that something is because it's got to be optimal is false. There's a lot of flexibility to life even within a species.

It may be true that we've some advantage by not producing this vital anti-oxidant. I just rather doubt it.

Comment: Cops and firefighters are only ever heros (Score 4, Interesting) 534

...in Massachusetts. Seriously, no joke. After the marathon bombings there was an unending outpouring of adulation for the "first respondahs." You'd think they had, at enormous losses, turned back the Taliban from invading Cambridge and raping the childrens. Not, in actuality, shut down the entire city while they raced around with giant hardons in a largely bungled effort to locate a bleeding, unarmed boy hiding in someone's boat in their back yard (whom the homeowner found and frankly should have clubbed to death on the spot). In the process of arresting this unarmed miscreant they unleashed a barrage of fire on the boat very nearly killing the kid in the process.

Meanwhile folks are still running around with their "Boston Strong" shirts on in one of the lamest displays of self-congratulatory faux heroism that I've ever seen .

The cops and firefighters are milking it with giant billboards touting some BS about being "on the home team", trying to get people to donate to some police fund. It's pathetic.

This 501(c)3 nonsense is just further evidence of their warped perspective of what it is "to protect and serve."

Comment: Why, New Zealand, WHY? (Score 4, Interesting) 63

by Rigel47 (#47278161) Attached to: How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet
I've been to NZ.. it's a wonderful place. Beautiful, raw, remarkable in all of its unique features. It's also pretty fucking empty with more sheep than people. There isn't a threat within 5,000 miles unless Australia turns Taliban. The worst thing they need to look out for is Chinese fishing poachers emptying their seas.

In all seriousness, please, kiwis, tell me why you have a //spy agency//?! Enjoy the wonderful land you live in and leave the stupids to the rest of the world.

Comment: Typical of old folks (Score 1) 284

by Rigel47 (#47254205) Attached to: Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: Don't (Only) Focus On Profit
You see it time and again.. that dickbag uncle who wants to get in touch now that the final curtain is drawing near.. ruthless, monopolistic Gates now discovering that being #1 doesn't really mean much at the end of the day and often makes for a shitty person. I don't have much sympathy in either case. He had a lifetime to think about what kind of person he wanted to be. Sure, it's nice that he's parting with some of his ill-gotten gains but he probably did more damage to technical innovation than any other person alive.

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