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Comment Re:MIssing Option ? (Score 1) 164 164

Parents choose to have children.

Children do not choose to be born.

This means that children owe their parents nothing in exchange for taking care of them before they are capable of taking care of themselves. It was the parents' actions which are responsible for the state of the child's infirmary (relative to adult capabilities), therefore it is their responsibility to correct.

Everything that parents do to bring their child into adulthood is simply the fulfillment of a obligation they incurred when they created a helpless and dependant child.

Do you expect your bank to go out of their way to thank you for paying your mortgage on time every month?

Comment Re:MIssing Option ? (Score 4, Informative) 164 164

Mother's Day (and Father's Day) would be a meaningful if there was a general acceptance that parents need to accomplish a bit more than merely breed and see that a child survives to adulthood in order to earn special recognition.

I can't think of another situation where the "everybody gets a trophy, no matter what" effect is more harmful than parenting.

Comment Re:Meh (Score -1) 372 372

The way things are going that'll be the last point we see 400ppm until the next extinction event.

CO2 levels below 400 ppm is relatively close to the level at which plants can not survive.

In terms of having healthy land ecosystems, 1000 - 2000 ppm is a far more historically normal range

Comment Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686 686

You know, if I had all the FICA money that went to the Feds on my account over the years, either with interest applied or inflation-adjusted with a reasonable real interest rate added, my personal savings would be even healthier than they are. The reason people like me don't want to have Social Security and Medicare stripped is that we have been forced to pay for these all of our working lives, and we think we deserve at least something of what we paid for.

Sorry, but you were robbed. You didn't "pay in" to anything - you money was taken and given to your grandparents (as well as being spent by politicians to buy votes).

You can justly complain all you want about how unfair this is, and you can try to take up the issue with the people who actually robbed you, but you have no right whatsoever to inflict the same robbery on your descendants. They aren't the ones who robbed you, so they aren't responsible for it.

You also had your entire life to prepare for retirement, and at ample warning going all the way back to the 1980s about how the system was financially unsustainable, so if you didn't heed the warnings and aren't prepared now, that's also not your descendants' fault.

Comment Re:Doublethink (Score 2) 686 686

The generation who doesn't vote is busy building technology which renders the politicians' mandates increasingly-impossible to enforce.

By the time that generation is done, it won't matter what the politicians say anymore because math will trump force.

That's the possibility that should really terrify the Boomers and make them clamour for increased surveillance - the possibility that their grandchildren might have both the means and the desire to avoid paying the payroll taxes which keep the Boomers' monthly checks flowing.

Comment Re:Disgusting. (Score 2) 686 686

and from recently released documents he was 100% correct

It's shocking exactly how easy it is to verify this fact and how little difference that has made to the narrative.

Clearly the people who continue to verbally attack McCarthy aren't attacking him for being incorrect - they're attacking him for being right.

Comment Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 385 385

Don't assume that anyone involved with Bitcoin since the beginning had any illusions about how it would be received by the incumbents.

Bitcoin early adopters are more prepared for the conflict than the incumbents, because they knew a fight was coming before the incumbents knew Bitcoin existed.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce

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