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Comment: Re:Ummm, no. Just no. (Score 1) 670

by asylumx (#49510321) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California
My thought is: More than half of Washington is desert (or semi-desert) and they want to pipe water from that state to another state to water a different desert...? How ridiculous. Although, I was pretty sure he was going to suggest diverting from the great lakes and nearby rivers, so at least we aren't going THERE again.

Quick read if you think all of WA is as rainy as the coast:

Comment: *raises hand* (Score 1) 417

I don't know how much I'd classify myself an environmentalist, but I do care about what's happening and think we should do something. I'm all for building new reactors to replace & reduce fossil fuel consumption. Put a candidate on my ballot who actually wants to do it (and who doesn't want batshit crazy social policies).

Comment: Re:Only $10B? (Score 1) 370

by asylumx (#49421309) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects

I don't know anyone who only wastes 1.5% of their money

I don't disagree with your post, but it always strikes me as funny when people compare federal government budgets for the largest economy in the world with their personal finances. It's NOT the same, no matter how much the presidential candidates like to pretend it is. No individual's revenue comes from within itself like a government's does. No individual has their own internal "economy" to mind.

Comment: Business Model? (Score 2) 59

by asylumx (#49354395) Attached to: Facebook Successfully Tests Laser Internet Drones
I have not clue how this relates to their business model, but more power to them anyway. I hope society learns a lot from experiments like this -- will its solar panels really supply enough power? At 60k feet they can cover a humungous land area, which potentially means millions of customers. I can't imagine the power consumption of laser communication between this unit and all of the potential customers. Can this really cover an area that big or is it just flying that high to stay out of flight levels of commercial aircraft?

So many questions that this experiment might be able to answer.

Comment: Re: No it doesn't. (Score 1) 609

by asylumx (#49233371) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
Agreed, and both sides use that same childish argument ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I think we should put them all over our knees and spank them like the misbehaving children they are.

But no, we still re-elect most of our incumbents every 2, 4 and 6 years in both parties because we aren't really interested in change, we just want to act like we are.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make? (TM) (Score 4, Insightful) 609

by asylumx (#49233323) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
Ok, I'm not big on all the hubub around these emails either -- but we need to be the change we want to see in the world. If Democrats like Hillary want our political discourse to be better then they need to set the standard, not act like children and point the finger back across the aisle. If all we're going to do is wait and see which party will do the right thing first, then they will NEVER do the right thing. We, as a governed populace, should be looking for a government that does the right thing even when it means admitting they had previously done the wrong thing.

Comment: Re:The roots of suicide are buried in religion (Score 1) 498

by asylumx (#49226577) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
I don't think this is remotely true. Most religions don't reflect kindly on suicides, and most people committing suicide aren't looking for "Anything better", they just want their pain to end. If what follows suicide is "nothing" then they will not feel pain anymore. They will feel nothing, which is preferable to someone in that kind of distress.

Religions can be credited with a lot of bad things in society but I don't think this is one of them.

Comment: Re:Gun statistics in suicides (Score 1) 498

by asylumx (#49226477) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

It's not evidence that the availability of guns is the causal factor in the attempt.

GP didn't say guns were a causal factor in the attempt. You did. He said they provide an easy way to kill yourself with a high success rate, which is a pretty obvious statement. He said nothing about cause at all.

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