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Comment: Re:Seriously, I don't get all this AGW/Non-AGW rac (Score 1) 735

by gregOfTheWeb (#39932701) Attached to: Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

Just a little point. The Growth rate is decreasing and has been for most of the last 50 years. Go to the UN Population site and see for yourself.

Depending on your baseline for the average decrease in growth rates the Eartth will max out at anywhere from 8-10 Billion and the range of years is 2047 to 2092. It all depends on your assumptions.

Comment: Re:Alfred Bester, anyone? +million (Score 1) 1244

by gregOfTheWeb (#39276231) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

In this world of cookie cutter plots -or- strange way out trippy stories, these two books stand apart. A great mix of good characters, well paced stories, interesting assumptions and well thought out repercussions. It is a testament to great science fiction to me that when you take the imaginations as given (for example, teleporting by thought alone: Stars My Destination) when the rest of the story proceeds without you ever saying, "That doesn't make sense." or "That's stupid." then you've got a good story. Both of these novels work great within the context of their world view.

Just re-read "Stars my destination" last week.

Comment: Lucius Shepard - Life During Wartime. (Score 1) 1244

by gregOfTheWeb (#39276075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

http://www.amazon.com/Life-During-Wartime-Lucius-Shepard/dp/0752816144/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1331139259&sr=8-17

Fantastic book. Several of the best death scenes ever writting. Hello dying by a swarm of butterflies. Mixes raw warzone, Telepathy, a CIA like organization and revolution. Reads like Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

If you haven't read Lucius Shepard, try out the Jaguar hunter too.

Comment: Re:Not an politics fan? (Score 1) 286

by gregOfTheWeb (#39002561) Attached to: Alan Moore on <em>V For Vendetta</em> and the Rise of Anonymous

Regulation was one of the founding pillars of this financial crisis. The regulation to mandate Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac to maintain more than 50% of their loans as subprime loans (to help american families get a home yay!) created the supply that helped fuel the entire industry.

Regulation is stranguling this country and giving rise to rampant crony capitalism. You need look no further than Obamacare and the thousands of waivers from its provisions. We now live in a country where law is not law but waivers are granted to supplicant businesses.

To place corporations at the head of the problem is to try and chop off the wrong head. It is the symptom not the cause. Reduce government and reduce the need for favoritism.

You can control who is in office. You can't control who is in the board of corporations. Vote for candidates that advocate for smaller government, it is really the only path out of this mess. All else is only greasing the skids.

Comment: Re:Not an politics fan? (Score 1) 286

by gregOfTheWeb (#39000693) Attached to: Alan Moore on <em>V For Vendetta</em> and the Rise of Anonymous

It was not a great film.

It was a pandering film that placed a strawman of a government to fight against and a proposed solution that was ridiculous. It was a poorly conceived sci fi flick with childish notions of how to solve problems.

I can agree that there is a whole bunch of tripe out there but to call this anything but tripe is ridiculous. Our governments, at least in the UK and the US, are not in danger of taking our liberties away in one fell swoop via some crypto-christian-fascist coup but by progressive liberal slow bureaucratic regulation creep (it's for the children/planet/polarbears). The slide isn't fast, it's slow. You are a frog in a slowly waming pot of water...

Comment: Pretentious pointless movie (Score 3, Interesting) 286

by gregOfTheWeb (#38996679) Attached to: Alan Moore on <em>V For Vendetta</em> and the Rise of Anonymous

So.

Although the government of today (In England) is a progressive bureaucratic creeping state of regulation and control, V for Vendetta makes the evil government a Christian Dictatorship? Yeah...that's a believable outcome.

The Hero tortures the Heroine to get her on his side in the grand fight? And he's the good guy?

The glorifying of Guy Fawlkes for his attempt to blow up parliment? What?

V for Vendetta is a stupid movie.

If you want to see a great movie about standing up to an evil state watch "The Lives of Others" A movie based in a believable world, one that really exists. Set in the ex-communist East Germany. It is a beautiful movie with sadness throughout but redemption at the end. Including bravery and doing what is right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lives_of_Others

Comment: Re:Oh, the Horseshit You Will Print! (Score 1) 552

by gregOfTheWeb (#38720080) Attached to: Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

But he's got a SAWEEET looking website. Nice futurist website, it's all geo-cities circa 1999. The only thing it's missing is a rotating, flaming skull.

http://www.futurizon.com/

The white background logo over the gradient blue background is nice. The all center text is a throwback to many classic sites of yesteryear.

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