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Comment: Re:Face it... (Score 1) 432

by garyisabusyguy (#46743583) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Nobody is suggesting that people use nuclear energy in their homes... Nuclear works best with large reactors in isolated areas that rely on the power grid to get electricity to customers

The electricity from that source is great for generating hydrogen for fuel cells and powering manufacturing that is required for building components of 'clean' energy projects

We really need to get off of using fossil fuels, and no industry will do that with a solution that is more expensive like solar, wind, etc... nuclear is the most cost efficient alternative to fossil.

Comment: Re:Same rules for everyone (Score 2) 432

by garyisabusyguy (#46743521) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

the WTO has legal protection for polluters in developing nations the prevents other nations from raising trade barriers to using their goods

We need to reevaluate the designations that were made in the mid-nineties and make them relevant in a world where China and India are economic powers

Comment: Re:Nuclear? (Score 5, Insightful) 432

by garyisabusyguy (#46743447) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

It's not even all of the environmentalists, check out Patrick Moore:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

He used to be the President of Greenpeace and was *ahem* asked to leave, primarily due to his advocacy of Nuclear Energy

At this point Greenpeace is as stuck in its position of advocating against Nuclear Energy as the NRA is against gun control, and they are both looking like obstacles to any positive change in the status quo

By working against Nuclear Energy, Greenpeace has managed to be as big a supporter of continued fossil fuel dependence as the Koch bros.

There are plenty of smart environmentalists out there, and the uninformed ones should be donating their money somewhere besides Greenpeace

Comment: Re:Sadly it is a religion (Score 1) 393

by garyisabusyguy (#46680021) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?

Siddhartha is supposed to have come from royal birth in a society that practiced Hinduism. He was supposed to have been from a high station of birth, and in that tradition it carried on all sorts of entitlements and indications of superiority due to reincarnation

He had rejected all of the benefits of his birth, and apparently the existing religious norms in the search of truth

In the course of these endeavors he reached ultimate defeat, and at the end of his rope, realized the truths that he went on to teach that have been called Buddhism

There was not a lot of focus on the mechanics of an afterlife, just that a person should work to detach themselves from the wheel of life (reincarnation) to become free enough to gain greater realization

Buddhism was developed in a world that viewed reincarnation as 'normal', and it grew widely in a world where that was a common belief (along with ancestor worship and more secular traditions like Confucianism), so it it not unusual to see it reflected in the traditions, but at its heart Buddhism seeks to free the individual from the bonds of reincarnation

+ - Mt. Gox Questioned by Employees for at Least 2-years

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Reuters reports that Mt. Gox employees began to question the handling of funds at least two years ago. Although only CEO Mark Karpeles had full access to financial records, a group of a half-dozen employees began to suspect client funds were being diverted to cover operating costs, which included Karpeles' toys, such as 'racing version of the Honda Civic imported from Britain'. Employees confronted Karpeles in early 2012, only to be given vague assurances with a "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" ring. Unfortunately, since Mt. Gox was not regulated as a financial institution under Japanese law, it is unclear what recourse might be gained in pursuing this question."

Comment: Re:Tax revenue increased from $600B to $1T (Score 2) 279

by garyisabusyguy (#46501253) Attached to: The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

Yes, what I meant is that when faced with increasing deficits due to his tax cuts and military spending, unlike Reagan, he refused to push his party towards accepting tax increases

Reagan was a moderate compared to the current gopers and their quest to find the next Reagan will fail because their would reject the real Reagan as a rino

And yes, the middle class will bear the brunt of this and considering the reliance on sales taxes, the poor will pay more towards this debt as well

What needs to be said is, no I do not hate the wealthy, but yes I feel that they need to pay more in taxes, considering that they have done so well in the economic environment that this country created for them

And, if they decide to leave this country in droves, then they can enjoy higher taxes in Europe, political corruption in Asia or the costs of paying for their own police force and infrastructure anywhere else

Comment: Re:Tax revenue increased from $600B to $1T (Score 3, Informative) 279

by garyisabusyguy (#46499523) Attached to: The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

Actually, Reagan initially cut taxes and then (unlike the teapartiests of today) realized that he would have to raise taxes, which he did

Reagan also (like the op said) increased military spending dramatically and cut social programs, effectively diverting the tax revenues from the poor to the wealthy

Bush 2 played the game much harder and kept tax cuts in place while riding the national debt to new heights. As far as military spending went, they kept the mounting war debt off the books, which magically made Obama responsible for it when he brought that debt back on the books

It IS all the childish games that the gop has decided to play on Americans that have put us in this position and no amount of o'really bloviating or hannity shouting down the truth will change that

Comment: Re:Gates has changed... (Score 1) 335

by garyisabusyguy (#46493363) Attached to: Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

living in black and white world there?

no government is run by people, if we look at the history over the past decades that the NSA has been around... the US does not seem to have fallen into the dystopia that you have drawn up

sure be vigilant, sure be aware of your environment, but what you are doing is just fear inducing screeching that does nothing to help people

Comment: Re:Gates has changed... (Score 1) 335

by garyisabusyguy (#46492811) Attached to: Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

... Anyone that lives in the US and isn't concerned about what the NSA has done is ignorant or helping them make in roads into our privacy...

 

Well, I think that anybody who was shocked and surprised by the revelations is pretty much ignorant.

The NSA has gone from a never-mentioned no-such-agency to a recognized public entity in the past 40 years.
The use of meta data has been the subject of court cases going back to the 70's with a SCOTUS ruling in the '80s that pretty much ruled the data as the property of the phone companies and that their customers had no expectation of privacy
The heads of TLA's have appeared at security conferences and stated that nobody should underestimate their capabilities
Then there was the wholesale shock that they did not identify and stop the 911 attacks, followed by the wholesale funding of data collection, analysis and sharing between agencies

oh wow, Snowden 'discovered' the Patriot Act... and fyi, it is governed by the people, and the US hasn't fallen into a fascist death-camp filled, modernized killing fields of constant disappearances and suppression oh WOW!

Comment: Re:not a hero, not a villain (Score 1, Insightful) 335

by garyisabusyguy (#46492617) Attached to: Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

I think that most successful corporate heads these days could be called sociopaths

Gates-wise, certainly evil in the eyes of microsoft's competitors for the better part of three decades, but he has really put forward a Carnegie-esque effort to 'do good' with his accrued wealth

Snowden-wise I think that you are pretty much spot on with the whole manipulation by greenwald angle. Maybe even the idea that Snowden has a latent superiority complex that greenwald fed into and used to manipulate him,

Where does Snowden's redemption lie? Can he attempt to buy his reputation like Gates or Carnegie? Are public events like SXSW that currency that he will spend on it? If that is it, then I am not buying it. It is one thing to buy into the idea that Gates bringing clean water to Africa is a good thing, it is quite another thing to label Snowden's one-sided fear mongering as 'good'

Comment: Re:Of course they were big on meta-data (Score 2) 66

by garyisabusyguy (#46442729) Attached to: Metadata and the Intrusive State

Just in case you didn't notice, metadata, as Pen Registers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen_register) has been used in the US for decades and it was even ruled Constitutional by the SCOTUS in Smith v Maryland

Just because _any_ intelligence organization is using a particular method does not mean that _all_ intelligence agencies are like the Stassi

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