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Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 1) 627

by buybuydandavis (#46763347) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

You are only affected insofar as the US might be unable to provide its current level of services at their current price, and are free to renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere.

Federal debt operates just like limited liability corporations debt would, in this sense.

No, I am affected to the extent that the government has guns and will use them against me if I don't fork what they decide I owe them.

Not exactly like a limited liability corporation, as few of them have the firepower to shake down hundreds of millions of people to pay their debt.

I'm free to leave? How kind of you! Where am I free to move *to*? Anywhere that I could actually be free from the Tax Ranchers? I thought not.

The Tax Ranchers have the guns. Today. May not always be the case.

Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 2) 338

It's a far cry from the life of a typical family trying to settle, say, Western Kentucky in 1814, where dying young (if you were lucky enough to make it to adulthood in the first place) was pretty damned common. ...they did get to see more stars at night, though.

Try going to some old cemetery in the plains states and look at how many gravestones mark children under 5. I was tracking my family history and found the family site. Early 1900s, there were a number of children with headstones.

Civilization is a fine thing.

Comment: Re:Fuck the FAA (Score 1) 214

by buybuydandavis (#46742585) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

The entire concept of freedom in the US is that we are free to do whatever unless a law stops us or we encroach on others freedoms. It is not that we have to look to some government authority for permission when they have nothing banning or barring it.

Where's can I buy a bus ticket to your fantasy land?

In the real world, they'll fuck you even after they've given you permission. Because fuck you, that's why.

Comment: Ah, the joys of getting old (Score 4, Interesting) 427

by buybuydandavis (#46742471) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Any other old geezers remember just *who* it was that put the kibosh on the general use of nuclear power in the US?

Are we ever going to get an "oopsie, so sorry" from all the environmentalists who squashed the US nuclear power industry? Who have fought fracking tooth and nail, while it has been the prime enabler of decreasing US carbon emissions?

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose