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Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 580

by micahraleigh (#49140887) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
By "junk insurance" you mean insurance that doesn't cover drug counseling, coverage of your children living in the basement, etc.?

Not happy about paying for these things I won't be using.

Will the government next coerce me into buying caviar for myself and the poor people who don't want to work?

Comment: Re:Cancer just doesn't have that "it" factor!! (Score 1) 95

by micahraleigh (#49089833) Attached to: Researchers Block HIV Infection In Monkeys With Artificial Protein
First, that is not clear.

Second, even if it was, calling someone a name is a pretty thin argument.

Third, what is wrong with believing homosexuality is immoral? I think it is wrong. Obama thought it was wrong. You've got a lot of work to do if you're going to call all the people names that disagree with you.

Comment: Re:Service Sector (Score 1) 306

by micahraleigh (#49074415) Attached to: The Software Revolution
We have no way of knowing what the outcome of austerity is since it hasn't been tried. At least not in Europe, anyway.

Remember: austerity means less money spent than previous years. If that's happened in Europe it's before anyone can remember.

The name "austerity" implies a lot less money spent, but nothing couple be further from the truth.

Comment: Re:Attractive proposition (Score 1) 288

by micahraleigh (#49031967) Attached to: Quantum Equation Suggests Universe Had No Beginning
Imagine a homicide detective discovers a dead man with a knife in his back.

What is so wrong about the view that the carcass was always there with a knife in its back?

I can see David Hume giving someone a big high-five over that conclusion.

Yeah, and if I found a valentines day card in my mail box. It was always there!


Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

by micahraleigh (#49020163) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?
Typically this kind of defense of the USSR includes the "... and the trains always ran on time." While that may be a pleasantry the soviets enjoyed ... trains running on time didn't feed the 6 million Ukrainians who died of starvation.

More broadly, why do you think Stalin pursued the New Economic Policy (NEP)? The premise of it was to allow more free market principles into the system.

Were the Soviets just not Communist enough? Or did they not recognize the amazing leaps forward they had made? Or what exactly?

Because to me the whole thing smells like a spectacular failure.

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson