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Comment: Re:When you are inside the box ... (Score 1) 271

by bigpat (#48221693) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems
I agree to the extent that America has never lived up to its ideals. With a history of mass slavery, genocide and ethnic cleansing against native Americans, suppression of the press, book burning, oppression of women which are all things that are contrary to the ideals of Liberty and democracy. Where others only see the hypocrisy and the corruption of those ideals, I see a nation which is trying to maintain those ideals of Liberty and become better at their practice. The important thing about America is that its ideals of Liberty and Democracy are worth believing in and fighting for. That we don't always, or even usually, live up to those ideals is disheartening. Whatever your take on the current state of America, we all need to be better at telling the difference between rhetoric and reality, but that doesn't mean we become cynical about our own ideals. It just means when we fall short we try harder.

Comment: Re:Waa! Without 4K video, I can't get an education (Score 1) 289

by bigpat (#48212273) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Having not had enough money to get a new car or repair my old one, I can tell you the "kinetic divide" actually involves sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow.

But the point is made... people without enough money need more money not just more bandwidth.

Comment: And everyone in one of these professions was hurt (Score 3, Informative) 47

by bigpat (#48207171) Attached to: Microsoft,, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal
The class should be expanded to cover everyone in the profession not just employees of the companies. Many more people were damaged by this illegal conspiracy because these companies were in large part influencing the setting of wages for the industry. By illegally restraining trade they illegally depressed salaries for the entire market.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by bigpat (#48152667) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
Why aren't nurses required to wear the same protective gear as the people cleaning up Ebola contaminated waste... fresh from the patient projectile vomit seems like a much higher risk than three day old bed sheets yet the requirements don't seem to be in place for full protective gear for nurses... I think if the CDC guidelines aren't updated to include full protective gear such as requiring full hazmat suits when in the isolation room with the patient, then we haven't learned anything.

Comment: Re: The $50,000 question... more energy out than i (Score 1) 315

by bigpat (#48101209) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal
The way these things are killed are to under budget them, then blame cost overruns as justification for canceling the project. Then everyone says they gave it a chance and it failed and no other similar projects get funding... There are many many varied interests that don't want this type of technological advancement.

Comment: Re: Navel gazing (Score 1) 652

by bigpat (#48081859) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?
Not at all. Today's vast accumulations of wealth are enabled by government regulations that promote that concentration of wealth in private hands and under limited liability corporate entities. Government protections for private property should have some limits and there also must be limits on private security forces. I don't suggest higher taxes on the ultra rich as a libertarian ideal, or as a left leaning way to concentrate wealth in government hands which is no better than concentration of wealth in private hands. I would lower taxes on the merely rich and middle-class, it is at the extremes of wealth that go beyond mere luxury living that become about coercive and fuedal control of necessary resources. That needs to be addressed through government policy because Liberty shouldn't self destruct.

Comment: Re:Navel gazing (Score 3, Insightful) 652

by bigpat (#48075313) Attached to: Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Not this libertarian. A free market requires freedom not feudalism. And the only way capitalism is an efficient system is when capital is spread out into as many hands as possible. Capitalism is meant as the economic form of democracy in the sense that many hands will most often make better decisions than central planners or kings. Free Market Capitalism isn't meant as a winner take all sport of who can accumulate the most capital in order to buy Hawaii... ie Larry's World. For Free Market Capitalism to work as a system there have to be high taxes on the most rich and/or on vast estates as a way to periodically re-level the playing field and keep some equity in the system.

In the case of nuclear power I think we need a government subsidized build out to insure longer term stability of our energy supply in a carbon free future rather than leave it up to short term whims of profiteers. With nuclear materials the risks and benefits are just too high to leave it to the free market alone.

"It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." -- Alfred Adler