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Comment: Hey geniuses (Score 3, Insightful) 670

by benjfowler (#49509957) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

... how about charging those rural parasites fair market value for the water they use, reflecting the scarce/non-renewable nature of fossil water??

Asking greedy/short-sighted primary producers to take some of that personal responsibility they vote for and foist onto the urban poor is only fair. If the shoe fits, wear it.

Comment: Doesn't make sense (Score 1) 81

Why would the Chinese government have them attacking their enemies in such an obvious and easily attributable way?

Are they just at the point where they now think they're so big and strong, that they can just steamroll anybody in the world IRL and online without long-term consequences?

It could just be Third World 'peasant mentality'. Or are people, who are ostensibly rational enough to take control of a nation of 1+ billion people, really this stupid?

Comment: Re: The future is here (Score 0) 197

This is the failure of the neoconservatives. These fools believed that you could bake bread out of shit by giving violent, culturally-backwards literates the right to vote. That they could be trusted with "freedom".

Ignorant barbarians don't deserve the vote, and can't be trusted with the vote.

That way lies Gaza.

"Freedom" isn't universal, and not all people can be trusted to exercise it responsibly.

Comment: Re:Educate kids on the ethice. (Score 1) 87

by benjfowler (#49384659) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively

He's a Conservative. There's probably some angle in there, where either him or his friends stand to benefit.

The man is obviously suffering from right-wing brain canker, where the entire world is filtered through the notion of individual greed and self-interest, and the only value worth preserving is corporate profit and fat dividends for Tory-supported old people.

Comment: Bah (Score 1) 87

by benjfowler (#49384651) Attached to: UK IP Chief Wants ISPs To Police Piracy Proactively

What colour is the sky on this guy's planet??

He has drunk far too much of the copyright cartel's Kool-Aid. In what reality does copyright infringment result in JAIL TIME? In a world where custodial sentences are increasingly being reserved only for violent offences? Maybe this tory crook thinks that copyright infringement is a violent assault against the oversized profits of buggy-whip makers?

The notion that businesses with bad or obsolete business models should have the right to claim that newer and better businesses should prop up their businesses for them is scandalous, and a terrible precedent to set.

Next thing you know, he'll be demanding that buggy-whip makers will be entitled to tell car makers how they must support buggy-whip makers, etc etc.

It reflects the arrogance and studied cluelessness of his conservative milieu. Outrageous.

Comment: Re:Unpopular opinion: we need less undergraduates (Score 1) 397

by benjfowler (#49380423) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

... and I'll wager that the loans get structured into collateralized debt obligations, and then tranches sold to gullible (sorry, "unsophisticated") German pension funds. The problem then becomes finding enough shitty loans to repackage.

It'll be like subprime all over again.

Comment: Re:Unpopular opinion: we need less undergraduates (Score 1) 397

by benjfowler (#49380029) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

"All must have prizes"

Our worthless idiot leaders thought it would be a good idea to send 50% of the population to college, despite higher-education being a complete and utter waste for many people, and many jobs.

It is a colossal waste of resources, enabled by parents' insecurities, and the overpaid fat cats who run the "education-industrial complex" who fatten themselves on misplaced aspiration.

Comment: One-sided education (Score 1, Interesting) 397

by benjfowler (#49380021) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

A dark side of overly technical education, is how many violent Muslim extremists and Christian young-Earth creationists come from engineering, applied maths and medical backgrounds. If we instill in an entire generation, an aspie world-view where everything is reduced to clean-cut formalisms and educate-out the ability to handle nuance and uncertainty, then we may be locking in a nasty future for ourselves.

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