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Comment: Re:How does this make a difference? (Score 1) 1181

by Skidborg (#39689511) Attached to: Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming
And you're quite right about that, barring the introduction of other predator species like wolves that have been almost entirely eliminated from most states in the name of protecting livestock. I don't have a problem with meat eating in itself, but it is true that it is far from an efficient way to produce food.

Comment: Re:Technology for stupid people and assholes (Score 1) 911

by Skidborg (#39675099) Attached to: Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars
The problem is that all these reasonable things you could do with an old fashioned vehicle you cannot do with a state-of-the-art car because for everything you do there's a computer between you and the moving parts. When the computer decides to go HAL 9000 on you, there is not much you can do about it.

Comment: Re:Population crashes are not new. (Score 1) 816

by Skidborg (#39587183) Attached to: MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030
Organic fertilizer is renewable, it's just that we've reduces our agricultural industry down to a single person working thousands of acres of land, who can't handle the added workload of making an actual sustainable farm. If we're going to make it through the next century we're either going to have to accept an increase in food prices, or go back to buying food as raw materials (and actually start cooking at home again) as the extra cost of food is put into healthy farming rather than making sure all food appears on store shelves as frozen pizza.

Comment: Re:Club of Rome (Score 1) 816

by Skidborg (#39586753) Attached to: MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030
Which could be viably replaced with organic fertilizer, if we were willing to put more of our food prices into growing food instead of paying middlemen to insure that it arrives on store shelves in the form of frozen pizza. The current theory of industrial agriculture is terribly and inefficient, and isn't helped by the stigma that only the stupid and uneducated should be farmers.

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