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Comment Get a grip! (Score 4, Insightful) 607

If you are an American, with all the benefits that citizenship entails - education, infrastructure, living conditions, security, stable government, rule of law, material and spiritual abundance - that make you the envy of the rest of the planet... why the hell can you not compete with third-world peasants, struggling against oppressive governments, scarcity of resources, illiterate parents, crime and pollution?

Comment Re:Bitcoin will be an environmental disaster (Score 1) 153

But at a very high cost. The only way to create bitcoins is to waste energy. Worse, the amount of energy that must be wasted to create new bitcoins increases over time.

Here is your homework:
What is the total cost to produce a US penny? Of that, what is the total energy cost?
What is the cost to mine and refine an ounce of gold? What is the energy cost?
What is the cost to mine a bitcoin? What is the energy cost?

The answers may surprise you.

Comment Turnabout is Fair Play (Score 1) 46

The latest trend is to whip out your phone and start recording whenever and wherever you see the authorities in action. This is a great development that must be encouraged and expanded.

Let the citizens install scanners that track the movements of police vehicles and other government employees, scan their faces and tags, collect their prints and skin flakes. Post the collected data to an easily searchable database. So when we see Mr. Plod emerge from a motel, tired and emotional, with a lady who is not his wife, he can explain why that dent in his cruiser was due to its sideswiping an old lady walking her dog, caught on a neighborhood surveillance cam.

The FBI is complaining, but I say that if they have nothing to hide, they should not object.

Comment The Great Degeneration: How .. Economies Die (Score 1) 187

The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

From the blurb: "Our markets are hindered by overcomplex regulations that debilitate the political and economic processes they were created to support; the rule of law has become the rule of lawyers."

Learn about unintended consequences of regulations.

Comment Dump your outrage here (Score 2) 781

I invite posters to list below everything that offends. I expect a long list, so I'll start the ball (!) rolling:

The Minnesota football team perpetuates the stereotype of violent northern Europeans, bent on raping and pillaging. Their name and mascot must be banished - they are deeply offensive and racist.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus