Yes, 5% top earners pay 47.9% of the taxes, but which percentage of the country's wealth do they own?
There is no comparison between the complexity of a brick wall and the complexity of a medium piece of software.
Just compare the requirements of a brick wall with the requirements of the software.
As a European, I agree 100% with you.
Keep the heat on the US, but the rest of the world and EU countries should take a long hard look at themselves too.
My hat to you sir. This was epic.
You really savior other's suffering, don't you?
Fox News tells people where to shoot.
Good luck with the bullets.
While I agree that suggestions about what to do are better than just complaining, I think you may want to review your stance on voting: http://lesswrong.com/lw/mi/stop_voting_for_nincompoops/
In short: if you really want to make a difference, you have to take back politics from below, possibly even by joining a party, so that you can have a say in who gets to run as candidate.
You can also better control what your representatives are doing and expose or support them if necessary.
Voting is for the lazy, it appeals the masses but if you get only to vote for a lizard or the other, it's mostly a distraction.
Those that control the government are working tirelessly to undermine your power as a citizen.
You are not going to get it back by spending 30' in line to cross a piece of paper every four years or so.
You have to get directly involved.
Are you serious!?
Apathy, a lot of apathy and indifference are the only reason why you don't have martial law.
Why would The Powers That Be ever need that?
They say Patriot Act and you swallow the Patriot Act.
They say Save the Banks and you pay to save the banks.
They say Terrorism and you go fight the next useless war.
Why exactly would They need martial law?
I think this is very innovative and I hope it will work.
I love the fact that it's completely symmetric but most of all, it's open!
How many gaming and especially non-gaming possibilities does this open?
This is the perfect device to control a drone.
But plenty of people are suggesting that weapons should be widely available, which in turns makes it easier for kids to illegally obtain them.
Do you have solid proof that Santa Claus (or unicorns) do not exist?
Do you believe in Santa Claus (or in unicorns)?
There is an infinity of entities that can be imagined.
Do you have solid proof that none exist?
We all agree we have a huge problem, but we don't seem to have any way of solving it.
What I think could work, but with lots of efforts and time, is to take back politics from below.
Take part in your local politics, where you as an individual can make a difference: run, support a better candidate or just keep a close eye on what your representatives are doing.
Start cleaning up there: this will make your fellow citizens feel more empowered and will hinder the careers of dishonest politicians wannabes.
I wonder if it would be possible to set up a town-sized liquid democracy, for example.
If everyone agrees with you, there isn't much to be said.
Everyone is already fighting it with what they've got.
Still, my hat to you sir.
If you're a foreigner being spied on by the NSA, take it up with your own government. If YOUR government won't protect you from OUR government, consider getting a new government.
True that, but just don't scream TRAITORS! next time France doesn't join you in a war.
You can't have it both ways.
Most EU countries are your NATO allies.
Also, we are as able to get a new government as you are.
TFA mentions clearly that the algae is NOT toxic, in fact people happily swim in it.