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Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 1) 200

There is a proposed amendment to keep the House of Representatives more representative, something that was considered important enough that it was the 1st proposed amendment and should have caused a representative for every 50,000 people. Needs another 27 States to ratify. Just as possible as the original 2nd which finally passed in 1992 as the 27th.
Wikipedia had a good article under "Article the First" which unluckily seems to have been dumbed down and redirected to make it hard to find the history.

Comment Re:This is only true (Score 1) 349

Well when the person only exists due to the State creating them and the person makes insane profits due to special laws the State passes for their benefit and then they make even more insane profits due to the treaties the State forces other countries to sign, perhaps the State should own all that income. Of course the company does have the option of not accepting the person-hood offer from the State along with all the perks and fall back to being a collection of natural people with the same tax structure as the average person and the same responsibilities as the average person including being liable for their decisions.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 349

Have you seen the treaties that Pfizer and the other drug companies have written and are having America push on us (us being various other countries). How much extra profits will these various free trade deals give to Pfizer? I know here in Canada drug prices are supposed to go way up due to the TPP while our freedoms will once again go down.
America has many aircraft carriers with which it practices gunboat diplomacy for the benefit of these companies.

Comment Re:Questions... (Score 1) 135

It takes more than a lack of empathy to make a sociopath.

Yes, there's also aggression and violence, or at least the genetic alleles for them. They can show up as a murderer or just an asshole.

And a surgeon who operates unnecessarily is not a benefit to society.

Yes, but on the other hand a surgeon who can distance themselves from the fact that they're millimeters away from killing someone and concentrate on doing the job right ca be an advantage.
The case I was thinking of was actually a neuroscientist who is a pro-social psychopath, lots of murderers in his family including Lizzie Borden. See eg for an interesting short read.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 1) 135

The same sort of thing happened in Canada with wage and price controls leading to fringe benefits such as medical, dental etc being used to lure workers much as in America. Yet we ended up with universal medical coverage.
Other examples probably include Australia and New Zealand though I don't know the specifics.

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 1) 369

Actually I believe it was first used for the germ theory of disease deniers, people who were in denial that little living things could cause illness or even existed and refused to even look in a microscope, little well experiment by washing their hands before entering the operating or birthing room.
The history of the germ theory of disease is quite interesting, at first most of the evidence was statistical in nature, acceptance would be expensive and mean the changing of habits so well respected scientists, surgeons and such were in total denial about it as it is expensive to move and fix water supplies, and the very idea of washing your hands before surgery or after using the toilet was revolting to some.
Here we are now and most everyone accepts that some diseases are caused by invisible beings and it is a good idea to practice cleanliness.

Comment Re:A lot simpler: Energy (Score 1) 378

Yes, being able to run at 1g for up to a month would really open up the solar system with a month of 1g easily taking a ship to Neptune. Even a steady 0.1g would be wonderful and is likely actually possible.
Btw, according to one ship year (1.19 Earth yr) at 1g will put the ship at about 0.56 lyrs and a velocity of 0.78 c with a trip to Centauri (including stopping at the end) taking 3.6 ship years.

Comment Re:A lot simpler: Energy (Score 1) 378

That looks suspiciously like a Newtonian formula and it's going to break down long before a year passes and the ship is doing 0.8c.
Here is a page with closer to the correct math, which shows after 1 year ship time (1.19 yr Earth time) the ship will have traveled 0.56 lyrs and a trip to Centauri, (including slowing down) takes about 3.6 ship years.
Some tables from the above URL, sorry about the formatting

T t d v
        1 year 1.19 yrs 0.56 lyrs 0.77c 1.58
        2 3.75 2.90 0.97 3.99
        5 83.7 82.7 0.99993 86.2
        8 1,840 1,839 0.9999998 1,895
      12 113,243 113,242 0.99999999996 116,641


4.3 ly nearest star 3.6 years
27 ly Vega 6.6 years
30,000 ly Center of our galaxy 20 years
2,000,000 ly Andromeda galaxy 28 years
n ly anywhere, but see next paragraph 1.94 arccosh (n/1.94 + 1) years

Comment Re:"Never" is a very long time (Score 1) 378

The chief problem with the assertion that we will never go beyond Mars, is that once you go to Mars and live there, you have the capable to travel to and live on a variety of other bodies in the Solar System such as the Moon, the Asteroid Belt, the two groups of Sun-Jupiter Trojan asteroids, Mercury, and the primary four Jovian moons. They are only a little bit harder to travel to and to live on.

There's still things to consider such as the radiation flux. Especially for Mercury and the primary 4 Jovian moons. My understanding is that the Jovian radiation belt is strong enough that we may never even land on them excepting perhaps short trips to Ganymede. The outer satellites are more possible along with the asteroids etc and Titan. And just staying warm on Titan will be a major struggle.

Comment Re:A lot simpler: Energy (Score 1) 378

My understanding is that it takes about a year just to accelerate (at 1g) to close enough to c to really start to get the benefits of time dilution with an equal slow down time so still a few years ship time to Centauri. Then there is the fun of dealing with the dust and larger particles hitting the ship at close to c and of course the radiation flux.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 1) 378

Not quite. It takes a year of 1g acceleration just to get close enough to c to get the benefits of relativity, with another year to slow back down. Used to have a link to a nice table of travel times (ship) that I can no longer find. It was something like 4 years to Alpha Centuri, 5 years to 30 light years, 6 years to a hundred light years etc. The ultimate, without slowing down at the end, was 30 years to the Andromeda Galaxy and 70 years to the current edge of the visible universe.
As others mentioned, you need close to infinite energy for the longer trips and way more then we can imagine carrying for the shortest, with antimatter being the best we can currently imagine. Then there are the problems of traveling at a decent percentage of c, just hitting a grain of sand would be deadly, not to mention the radiation flux.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg