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Comment Nothing strange about this (Score 5, Insightful) 386

Comment Re:You are so, so wrong (Score 2) 948

Praise for being better than McCain is no praise at all.

All political parties have been drifting further and further from normal working people since at least Reagan. Clinton signed NAFTA and Gore supported it. The reason is there is virtually no counterbalancing force. The reason for that is the Democrats know that they can count on support from the Liberal Class no matter what they do.

Ralph Nader saw this clearly decades ago. His demonisation for standing up to the Democrats, for advocating workers rights, is the gravest mistake of American liberals during my lifetime.

Comment Re:You are so, so wrong (Score 1) 948

khipu laid out plenty of facts and 2 minutes crawling the net would confirm everything he says.

How much data do you need? If you need everything referencing, here's about 5 minutes worth:

Healthcare cop-out:

Cut a secret deal to kill the public option, while campaigning on its behalf

Cut a deal to exempt abortion services from health care reform

Pushed for a 5 year prison term for Charles Lynch, the operator of a medical marijuana dispensary, legal under California law

Granted waivers for 30 companies, including McDonald's, exempting them from health care reform


Sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Successfully protected Bush officials from prosecution for torture

Proposed a three year freeze on domestic spending, exempting cuts from the Pentagon and Homeland Security

Argued that the widespread use of Predator drones is a justifiable form of self-defense

Revived "Prompt Global Strike" weapons system, considered too controversial by Bush Administration

Backed off on his promise to close the prison at Guantanamo

Extended the Patriot Act without making any reforms


Violated his own ban on lobbyists working for the administration

Sided with utility companies in lawsuit to stop greenhouse gas emissions

Gave permits to BP and other oil companies, exempting them from environmental protection laws

Appointed Lawrence Summers as his top economic adviser

Appointed Timothy Geithner to run the Treasury

Appointed Monsanto executive Michael Taylor to the FDA

Appointed former Monsanto lobbyist Islam Siddiqui as America's Chief Agriculture Negotiator

Granted 27 waivers to oil companies drilling in the few weeks following the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Comment Re:You are so, so wrong (Score 3, Informative) 948

khipu put plenty of facts forward, and 2 minutes on google would confirm everything he says.

Here you go, some facts with references:

Cut a secret deal to kill the public option, while campaigning on its behalf

Granted waivers for 30 companies, including McDonald's, exempting them from health care reform

Continued renditions of alleged terrorists to countries where they could be tortured

Blocked the release of photos documenting the torture and abuse of detainees by the US military

Continued the practice of indefinite detentions for alleged terrorists

Extended the Patriot Act without making any reforms

Pushed for mandatory DNA testing of those arrested for crimes, regardless of whether they have been convicted

Dramatically increased government secrecy, blocking more FOIA requests in 2009 than Bush did in 2008

Cut a deal to exempt abortion services from health care reform

Announced a $60 billion sale of arms to the Saudi Arabian dictatorship, the largest arms deal in history

About 6 minute's worth

Comment Author is depressingly naive (Score 1) 679

'ruthless capitalist' billionaires don't suddenly wake up one day nice people.

Something's always bothered me about the Gate's foundation, pushing out GMOs and vaccines to people who can't even access clean water.

Greg Palast summed it better than I can:

I bet Mr. Gates, so quick to shout "piracy!" could name two products that
depend heavily on the lifted intellectual discoveries of others: MS-DOS and
Windows. To make sure no one could steal from him what he had so freely
boosted, Gates has run an international campaign to legally lock up his
monopoly on ideas. Bill's nobody's fool. He must know that if the
intellectual property defenses are breached, it will come from the need to
get cheap AIDS drugs to Africa. So we see Gates putting his two cents (in his
case, two billion) into the Africa AIDS holocaust issue. In February 2002,
Bill and wife Melinda made the cover of Newsweek for their bighearted
philanthropy. The grinning couple's foundation has spent hundreds of millions
for AIDS treatment in Africa, working paw-in-claw with Merck and other Big
Pharma corporations tied to a PR campaign that drowns out the calls of
doctors pleading to end TRIPS restrictions. If there's any doubt where the
Gates's hearts lie, the Wall Street Journal notes that their foundation has,
oddly, invested over $200 million in drug company stocks. If
this "charitable" operation eviscerates protest against the TRIPS
thought-police and medical patents are upheld, Gates's donations could have
the effect of killing more people than they save.

        From "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" page 190

Comment Re:The real questions should be different (Score 2) 379

I'd be surprised if most Americans do truly prefer it, although I suppose you get used to the way things are and many people are very used to industrialised food. I saw a TV show recently where free range, organic chicken lost in a taste test to industrial battery chicken. People said the free range bird tasted 'too strong'. It depressed the hell out of me.

A cow is a grazer and should be eating grass. E-coli thrives in a corn fed cow's belly so the meat is laced with anti-biotics (last I heard America was packing beef in chlorine). Diseased, fatty, bland, drugged meat.. hhmmm....

Comment Re:The real questions should be different (Score 2) 379

Yes, it's a question a perspective. That's the great thing about Permaculture- it can change your perspective. Thinking in fossil fuel terms about water ("we need to use X gallons for Y outputs") won't do. The earth has supported life for 4 billion years and is essentially a closed system- it has had no 'inputs' of water and no waste.

What's important is understand how water is stored and moves through a system. Using slope and inclines, storing water in the earth and 'pumping' it back up through deep rooted plants. Animal urine becomes nutrients for plants which then filter the water to be used again. The same water can be used dozens of times passing through different elements in an intelligently designed Permaculture system.

I wish more nerds would read Permaculture. A million Permaculture trained engineers could change the planet forever.

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!