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Comment Re:Knee-jerk bullshit. (Score 1, Interesting) 82

You don't make a better world by dissipating capital.

It depends on which definition of the word "dissipate" you are using. If it's the first definition, "to disperse, or scatter", then it absolutely makes the world a better place. If you use the second definition, "squander or fritter away", then maybe yes, maybe no. Economically, if Mark Zuckerberg's shares were turned into $100 bills and dropped from a helicopter, it would without a doubt improve the world more than having it remain as Facebook capital.

It's an idea so old, it's positively Biblical.

Comment Re:Untrue according to the study (Score 1) 117

Slashdot went from being a site that loved hardcore science to one that now worships at the altar of political correctness, and this is super politically correct

You don't think the National Academy of Science is "hardcore science"?

Here is the supporting information from the peer-reviewed article, and this dope doesn't think it's "hardcore science".

Comment Re:Far more abundant than lithium? (Score 1) 196

The cost of raw materials tends to drop as the demand rises. This sounds counter intuitive but what happens is that technological advances in finding and extracting raw material generate price drops. Think shale oil.
In theory the Earth is a finite resource, in practice human ingenuity overcomes scarceness.

That's like saying, "I didn't die between 9am and 11am this morning, so I have overcome death!"

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 248

Of course, it often gets confused for socialism in the US, because "socialism" is on its way to becoming a word like "hipster" where it means whatever you want it to mean.

Well what are the socialist countries, then? What is all the "European-style Socialism" we're always hearing about and how the hell is Barack Obama a Socialist?

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 248

Neither Sweden nor Finland is socialist. They are both capitalist countries, and in many ways are more capitalist than America.

Please name 3 ways Sweden and Finland are "more capitalist" than America.

the primary education system is partly privatized, with vouchers available to all

So the government pays for all primary education? Sounds socialist to me.

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