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Comment: Ok we have defined the problem (Score 1) 211

by jmd (#49689195) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

Now let us put all of the best minds together and develop a solution. Oh wait... this is America. We only respond to money so there will be no solution.

But on another gambit... I'd suggest that all incoming H1-B visa tech workers be required to donate some time to solving this problem. For they claim to be the best and the brightest. (Of which the USA corporations claim they simply cannot do without.)

Comment: Re:Another explanation (Score 2) 283

I tend to believe this is true about the global economy. It seems to me the simple way to say it is: A lot of the money has been sucked out of the global economy and hidden away. Thus the money is no longer useful.

Here is another leading economic indicator: http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism/496613/macau-gdp-shrinks-17-6

Comment: What global economy are we referring to? (Score 1) 283

I'm not sure there is really an absolute correllation between economic growth and greenhouse gas emmissions. An increase in stock value does not increase global emmissions per se.

If the shadow banking, quantitative easing, and other shennagins are counted in the global economy there surely is no correllation.

Comment: Re:I think (Score 2) 136

by jmd (#49155957) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

Yes this is the global stage. The US is but one actor in the global stage.

Unfortunately, the global framework of laws being developed are not political laws between countries but rather laws with roots in capitalism and finance. Humanity is being left out of the equation. Look at the TPP ... well from what you can find to read considering the negotiations are secret.

Comment: Been widely discussed (Score 1) 245

by jmd (#49132353) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/

My father was one of the first to use the then new 'sulfa' drugs, it saved his life. This was when they were brand new and no studies had been done. I would venture to say in the 1930s when this happened profit was low on the totem pole of motivators to find drugs that save lives.

Today the decision to find new science will be based predominately on profit not necessarily to benefit humanity.

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