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Comment: Re:Suicide mission (Score 3, Insightful) 328

by sjames (#49610005) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Practically everyone arranges their life around a fairy tale of one sort or another.

Some learn it in a mosque, some in church, some in history and civics class. Yes, that includes Atheists. Just because they don't believe in God doesn't mean they don't believe in a shared mythos. Some are more helpful and practical than others but make no mistake, they are myths.

In America, many organize their lives around the myth that they are temporarily embarrassed millionaires and so consistently vote against their own interests.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 2) 159

by BlueStrat (#49608827) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I think the place they will dominate first (and next, I guess) is motorcycles. The only thing missing from most current electric motorcycles is top speed.

Prepare for major E-cycle-gasm. 140 miles per charge highway, 230 city. Full charge time 1 hour. Insanely fast.


Even this one is reportedly quite fast, and being a replica of a "light cycle" from the movie "Tron", it *should* come with a gold-plated Nerd Card included.


They also makes more cosmetically-conventional (and affordable/practical) models as well.


Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 221

No, it wasn't premeditated. He premeditated changing his grade on the computer but failed. The fire thing was a spur of the moment act of frustration and fear for the consequences of a bad grade. He was acting exactly like a kid.

Let's say we treat him like an adult as you suggest and he gets 2 years. So, there he is, 17 years old and out, sentence served. Naturally, he should be served alcohol on request since he is an adult, right? Naturally, he'll be able to vote, being an adult and all.

Here's a question for you, what should happen if an adult acts like a kid? Do we try them as a minor?

Comment: Re:human overpopulation (Score 1) 132

by Kjella (#49608117) Attached to: Empty Landscape Looms, If Large Herbivores Continue to Die Out

Essentially, we need Africa to become more economically developed as soon as possible, and when that happens, it's almost certain that they'll follow the same trends that we've seen in happen in other developed countries: stabilizing populations and more serious efforts to protect their natural resources and environment. Unfortunately, we can only encourage these countries to protect their natural assets, but there's really nothing we can do short of that.

1. Well large land animals are an important source of tourism. Tourism is a huge source of income for many poor countries in Africa, like for example it's 12% of the GDP in Kenya. Most governments want to protect them and is willing to accept aid, it's individuals that want to poach them for personal gain. Which basically means they'll take funding, equipment, personnel, anything you're willing to give really. Granted, they'll probably not care so much about CO2 emissions or whatever. Then again, neither do Americans.
2. The reason the poachers are being so successful is because they're well funded from abroad, they're not fighting against the poor man in the street but heavy criminals propped up by first world technology. We can do a lot to try cutting off this supply, catch the smuggling, prosecuting the buyers, tear down the organizations and so on. It's organized crime, just not in a shape we see much of in the western world.

Comment: Re:What about the farmers who grew their food? (Score 1) 158

by sjames (#49607153) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

There actually is a point to that. Very wealthy people like to perpetuate the myth that they did everything with their own two hands from nothing but dirt, but there is no truth to it. Behind each and every one stand a rather large number of people who did a lot more for a lot less reward.

Make it myself? But I'm a physical organic chemist!