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Comment Re:Just what we need.. (Score 1) 186

The bailouts should have COME WITH Antitrust legislation and a breakup. Especially since the reason we bailed them out is that they are "Too big to fail".

Actually the bailed out banks should have probably been nationalized (the US owning all/most of the shares), and then once things were settled you could break them up a lot more easily (since the public owns them). Few contracts / loopholes.

But that's Socialist. Every time I hear someone claim that Obama is a socialist, I think of how he handled the banks.

Comment Re:impressed again. (Score 1) 186

You're confusing the authoritarian line with the economic line. Fun facts, anarchists have traditionally been leftists and libertarianism started out as a leftist philosophy. Generally rightist, at least the successful ones, are authoritarian, sometimes they want small government so the government doesn't interfere with their authoritarianism, think of the mafia or the Mexican drug cartels, both right wing business types who want less government interference in their businesses.
Take a look at the political compass, http://www.politicalcompass.or... and perhaps take their test. Here's their take on the 2012 US election, http://www.politicalcompass.or... Here's an article on libertarian socialism,

Comment Re:It should be obvious (Score 1) 352

The kernel of truth in astrology is that the season of your birth affects your life. This is true today, where studies show that those born closer to the beginning of the school year are more successful in life and was true in societies where food was more plentiful at certain times of the year.
Classic case of getting causation and correlation mixed up and chasing after the wrong thing.

Comment Re: It should be obvious (Score 1) 352

liberal arts
plural noun: liberal arts

        North American
        academic subjects such as literature, philosophy, mathematics, and social and physical sciences as distinct from professional and technical subjects.

2. : college or university studies (as language, philosophy, literature, abstract science) intended to provide chiefly general knowledge and to develop general intellectual capacities (as reason and judgment) as opposed to professional or vocational skills.

The liberal arts (Latin: artes liberales) are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person (Latin: liberal, "worthy of a free person") to know in order to take an active part in civic life, something that (for Ancient Greece) included participating in public debate, ...

Quotes from Google, Merriam-Webster and Wikipedia

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 534

Actually any hunter gatherer tribes that lived in a rich land were in a post-scarcity environment. Where I live the natives only had to work a couple of weeks a year to meet their food needs (salmon harvest) and just moved around as other resources such as firewood became scarce.
What has always been scarce are the rich lands, whether a salmon stream or good farmland and a consistent environment. A couple of years of drought will screw most societies, whether hunter gatherer or farmer, same with natural disasters such as a massive volcanic eruption causing a few years of no summer. And of course those with shittier lands are always trying to take the better lands so people of all types had to be prepared to fight to keep their home.
A true post scarcity economy would have to include not having to worry about being killed for your stuff.

Comment Re:And that's why I'm backing Sanders (Score 2) 359

We're talking about a country that had institutionalized slavery up till 150 years ago, slaves who had their child rearing abilities removed resulting in a string of broken families that is still going on. A country that invented the term poor white trash. A country that still has the class distinction of "felon" where certain people have rights permanently removed, often for actions that hurt no-one besides giving offense. A country that puts police in their schools and arrests kids, often for such stupid things as being brown with a clock.
A country that produced a Constitution that said all men are created equal and then in a clause said that some of those men were worth 3/5ths of other men.
A country that is very good at the propaganda with the meme that there are no classes in your country and anyone who can come up with a $100 million can be President.

Comment Re:No, No, and No again! (Score 1) 266

No write ins here. I have often voted for the Rhinoceros Party, even if they are a bunch of Marxist-Lennonists but I've always liked Groucho and John and their promises were more realistic. Fix the environment by banning it, get rid of crime by getting rid of all laws. Annex America and make them a territory. And of course repeal that pesky Law of Gravity.
Sadly last election there were only 3 choices on the ballot where there used to be at least a dozen.

Being Canadian, if I could be PM, my simple directive would be "do the right thing"

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 1) 266

Mostly I mean that we have to keep vigilant. Vaccines seem to have been much more beneficial then harmful but things like the flu vaccine are more questionable for a healthy person. There's always the danger that in search of profits we may get vaccines where the harm vs benefit ratio is not beneficial.
GMO are worst as what is beneficial depends more on viewpoint. Is it more beneficial to have a beautiful tomato that sits on the shelf for a week looking good but has no nutrition? Is it beneficial to have a roundup resistant crop that allows massive use of roundup for a few years until the weeds become roundup resistant and everyone has to buy a more expensive herbicide?
It's not clear cut and I agree with you about oversight and regulation and allowing companies to put GMO free on their products with the only government oversight is making sure they're honest.
I do worry that we'll get complacent and automatically trust things, especially things put out be companies whose primary motive is making money.

Comment Re:No, No, and No again! (Score 1) 266

Frankly, having two or more parties is just about keeping people happy with thinking they have a choice, I don't like any of them anymore.

Generally I agree but Harper has taken Canada in a whole new direction that the majority don't like.

But it is our own fault for electing them.

It's an interesting election here with currently a 3 way tie. 2/3rds of the voters are against Harper but he is likely to get in again

Comment Re:No, No, and No again! (Score 1) 266

In Canada there was a huge public backlash when the government wanted to start spying on our internet activities. Took 3 or 4 tries before they could sneak the law through (on the pretense of stopping bullying) and the mother of the girl who they used as the victim was actually crying while saying that she did not want this. The problem is the government is more focused then the citizens and they just keep trying while most people are just trying to get by.
Bill C51, our equivalent of the patriot act, is an election issue but so are other things and with the right more united then everyone else and also being good at pressing hot button issues, they are likely to continue their tyranny of the minority.

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 1) 266

The thing is that both GMO and vaccines are just tools and science doesn't say much besides that as tools they work.
GMO can just as easily be used to design a deadly organism as a beneficial one and vaccines can be taken to the extreme where a vaccine for the common cold has a 10% chance of preventing a cold and 10% chance of killing the recipient.
The problem is in trusting those who are using the tools and those who are double checking the use and the fact that people, especially in committee (corporations, government), can be dishonest or just willfully blind when there are large rewards or even ideology on the line.

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 479

That would be 40 times the allowable for a new car. Cars a few years older are allowed higher NOx etc and commercial vehicles aren't usually tested. How much NOx does the average old semi-truck that's being used for 12-24 hours a day put out over a year?
I know when I failed the smog test on a '97 Ford PU for NOx and it wasn't worth spending the money for new cats, I just bumped up the GVW and drove it until I found another truck I could afford. A '96 F150 which passed the smog test with way higher readings on NOx.
When I had a '84 Nissan diesel PU, all they tested for was opacity.

Comment Re:The odds are very low... (Score 1) 182

The energy released is simple math, how the energy reacts with the Earth is an educated guess and there are a lot of variables
Too lazy to check as it's bedtime here, but if I remember correctly, oxygen levels were much higher in the age of dinosaurs, which would make a firestorm more likely. Also IIRC, the dinosaurs were on the way out at the time and the asteroid finished them off.
What is more likely is a small rock hitting. A 500m rock hitting in the middle of Europe would cause a lot of damage and likely screw up the worlds economy. Lots of similar scenarios. And a small rock is much more likely to hit and it is more likely we could do something about it. And of course while looking for small rocks, we'd likely spot a large one.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.