Well said. Please mod this AC up.
Right wing coward advocates police state to control what is intrinsically a victimless crime (intoxication). Good to know.
2. Grinding poverty and inequality: Monarchial rule begets serfdom and a midevil class structure. furthermore that class is infected upon your name for generations. Kings decide what you can and cannot eat with hunting laws, and who you can and cannot marry by proxy of the church. in the past, even certain hats and colors were banned by monarchies.
While there are problems with monarchies, this is not one of them, not relative to modern society. Gaps in inequality were much less in feudalism (though everyone had less overall, too),
Oh my. Citiation needed.
Let's see, around 1100 AD in England 75% of the wealth (land) was owned by just 200 people (0.01% of the population): http://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommerville/123/123%2013%20Society.htm
As bad as wealth inequality is in the US (it is by far the most extreme among the economically advanced nations), here it takes a full 10% of the population to reach this level of wealth ownership: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth_inequality_in_the_United_States
that bad, no worse than your average modern wage-slave (and serfs actually tended to work fewer hours each day than we do).
Support for your claim?
Instead of everyone who breaths being able to vote only let people who opt-in vote. To opt-in would require some form of service to the government be it civil services, administrative, military, etc. Freedom would still exist for all but political decisions would be limited. That might curb masses of people voting for candidates who simply promise the world and deliver little. Just because the idea is from Starship Troopers doesn't negate its efficacy.
You do realize that this system is required to offer everyone a government job, right? So that everyone can "opt in" who wants to? Or do we instead only let certain select people to "opt in"?
Some geeks REALLY need to get out and get laid...
From TFA: "Neoreactionary ideas overlap heavily with pickup artistry...". Yes, not getting laid is one of their chief complaints. They aren't getting any and learning to con females is their plan to rectify the situtation.
A telling excerpt form the article:
Neoreactionary ideas overlap heavily with pickup artistry, seasteading and scientific racism
Lets see - they are fascinated with picking up hot girls (without having to invest in a relationship), escape to a fantasy realm where they will automatically be in charge (the number of sea-cities and real sea-city projects being zero), and they want to regard other ethnic groups as truly inherently inferior, without having to admit to being a racist ("scientific racism" is currently as scientific as "intelligent design").
Arrested male geek adolescence which, having come into some money, is trying to buy itself into intellectual legitimacy.
The Baby Boom ended in 1964. 1957 was the peak year of the Boom. The youngest Baby Boomers are 50.
The rich of today pale in comparison to the wealthy of the last century. Rockefellers, Carnegies had 10 times as much wealth as Bill Gates, the 'wealth gap' was much wider, yet the standard of living for the poor was rising, not falling the way it is today.
Wow! 10 times more!? Got a source for this interesting claim? You wouldn't just be makin' stuff up would you?
From what I can find the incomes of the top 1%, and the top 0.01%, etc., is at or above the GDP share of the beginning of the 20th century.
Seems like everything is a delicacy somewhere in China...
Taking short exposures and processing them on a computer is the "poor man's adaptive optics". A very powerful technique (if the object is bright enough) is too take a large number (thousands) of short exposures, then sort through them for a "lucky" image - one in which the atmosphere is momentarily stable. Multiple lucky images can be stacked together to get longer exposures. This really is a very powerful technique, not requiring extremely expensive high precision tracking hardware.
Lord Rosse's telescope used a cast speculum metal mirror, basically pewter, which had a reflectivity of 66%. Glass silvering technology had not been developed to a level adequate for astronomical mirrors. As a result the light gathering power of the 72" Leviathan of Parsontown was equivalent to a 58" mirror of 100% reflectivity. Clement's mirror is coated with silver, and with even a mediocre silvering job a reflectivity at least 90% should be obtained. This makes his mirror equivalent to a 66" mirror of 100% reflectivity, so it is a more "powerful" mirror.
You have Soros, on the left with his money, and the Koch brothers, on the right with their money, and "we the people" in the middle getting screwed from both ends.
Lets see. The Koch Brothers. Charles and David Koch each have personal assets of $36 billion each, in addition they each own 42% of Koch Industries that does $100 billion of business each year. A petrochemical company is valued at about three times annual revenue, so 42% of $300 billion is $126 billion that each of them owns*. Plus their $36 billion each in holding outside Koch Industries and each of them is worth $162 billion, or $324 billion for the set.
George Soros, is worth $20 billion, a 16-1 one disadvantage in wealth. Also note that he is the only liberal billionaire that the right-wingers seem able to find, whereas on the right the list goes on forever (Sheldon Adelman, Pete Peterson, etc.. etc.) . And finally it helps to do a little reality checking to find out how much Soros has actually contributed over time to liberal causes. The total amount seems to be about $30 million, mostly spent during the early Bush years.
Sorry, despite the fevered efforts by the right to try to whip Soros up into a bogeyman, his contributions to political causes over time are tiny compared to the money machine that the Kochs and company have built up over the years, and keeps running with billions in annual funding without pause.
You are getting screwed from only one end, the corporatist end. And it is rich men on the right who are successfully buying our political system so that the screwing will continue.
*Odd, isn't it, that Forbes doesn't count business ownership in its calculation of wealth. You may object "But that's not real wealth, they can't spend it", which is nonsense. They could borrow against it for cash whenever they chose, or put their ownership on the market and cash out. They can tap that money whenever they like.
... I have a real problem with criminalizing, regulating or punishing people for political speech...
If they want to speak, they should just go ahead and speak. Absolutely no one is stopping them. Charles and David Koch, Sheldon Adelman, the whole lot of them, can buy all the air time, print pages, billboards, Internet marketing, etc. they want and say anything they like all day and all night, without breaking one d*mn law.
So why don't they? Why all this hiding behind one shell organization after another to falsify the source of the money they pump into local elections? What are men, like the Koch Brothers, who with their personal assets and ownership of Koch Industries, are worth more than $100 billion a piece, afraid of? No one can touch them for using their immense wealth for public speech. Why the army of sock puppets?
Sorry, pumping rivers of money through one false organization after another to influence elections through sock puppets throughout the country is not "political speech". It is political corruption.
Incorrect. Most officers didn't choose to do that, they were assigned when there was an issue in their previous duties. Like screwing off and destroying a fighter. Or couldn't cut it in the field they chose, and took this instead of resigning. Sometime Some can't do their previous jobs for reason outside of their control, and there isn't a position to move to. For example Vision going bad on a pilot, but there isn't a position of their rank open. I didn't meet a single member of the crew where this was the primary choice.
And yet, there is a special qualification standard that all personnel are required to meet called the Personnel Reliability Program.
Item 3 of the PRP directive states:
3. Only those personnel who have demonstrated the highest degree of individual reliability for allegiance, trustworthiness, conduct, behavior, and responsibility shall be allowed to perform duties associated with nuclear weapons, and they shall be continuously evaluated for adherence to PRP standards.
Kinda makes you wonder if anyone has tried to pass off hydrogen as helium selling canisters for balloon inflation purposes.
It doesn't work.
The hydrogen escapes through latex rubber balloons very quickly, in a couple of minutes the balloons collapse.