What makes you think an attack would have to involve a DDOS? There are other ways of attacking a network you know.
What does the total amount of taxes have to do with anything? One should expect as an economy grows that taxes will increase.
It's a lot more relivent than the maximum tax rate which almost nobody actually paid back when it was over 90%. Even as a percentage of GDP taxes in 2007 were about the same as in the 1970s. As I said however, the real tax is the spending and spending as a percentage of GDP hasn't been this high (over 24%) since WWII.
After all, isn't that the whole underlying notion behind trickle-down economics?
Trickle-down is normally associated with Regan but during his presidency spending nearly doubled.
When that paving truck comes down your street, or a hospital is built, or a government meat inspector is hired, or a hurricane tracking center is built, you're trying to tell us that taxes are just a pure negative drag on the economy?
Maybe not purely but on average, yes. Every dollar spent by the government is a dollar not available to individuals to build/buy the things they need most so unless you think that, on average, the government spends more efficiently than individuals then it's a net drag.
You have created this hopelessly oversimplified economic view
Just the opposite. I think the complexity is why the decision making needs to be as decentralized as much as possible rather than being left to government bureaucrats who, all too often, spend for political gain.
Standard Oil's near monopoly only lasted maybe 30 years and by the time they were broken up their market share had been dropping for many years and was down to 65%. The market was in fact doing exactly what I claimed, competitors saw the profits to be made in the oil industry and found ways to compete. Furthermore, during this period, Standard Oil greatly increased efficiency, found new uses for waste products, and lowered prices for consumers dramatically.
In a true free market there would be very few very wealthy people because any industry that generated massive profits would also attract massive competition. The most profitable industries have gotten that way because of government interference not in spite of it.
The maximum marginal tax RATE may have decreased but the total amount of taxes collected has not decreased over the long term. Besides, taxes are just one form of government interference in the market. All government spending is ultimately a tax so simply trading greater deficits or money printing for taxes isn't an improvement.
Agricultural subsidies, copyrights, patents, bailouts.....
What are these UDIDs used for? Could it be that these were collected from the owners via a Trojan app or web site or whatever?
Thermoelectric coolers use way too much current for a reasonably sized solar panel. A standard, well insulated cooler would probably be fine. Wrap it in a blanket if you need more insulation.
Around here, the excuse the phone company uses is woodpeckers poking holes in the lines.
That's only true if the rate of interest on the bonds exceeds the rate of increase in energy costs. That seems unlikely today.
I can't help but wonder when this will collide with "Smart Growth" which is a push in many communities to cram more people into smaller areas surrounded by open space as an alternative to urban sprawl.
"Natural" climate change tends to be very slow, what we are experiencing now isn't.
We actually don't know that. Once you start talking about times much older than modern records you're dealing with things like ice cores which cannot generally be dated very precisely. What we do know is that there have been many long periods of relative stability followed by rapid changes. As rapid as today? We really don't know.
What made the "hockey stick" graph interesting was NOT that it showed that temperatures hadn't risen recently but that those very real increases didn't show up in the tree ring data and therefore we cannot use the same tree ring data to show that it wasn't as warm or warmer fairly recently.
If the predictions of AGW come true then all life on earth is doomed.
What predictions? The IPCC report said that the most likely scenario was around 2 degrees over the next 100 years.
In short, if the AGW theory is true, and our fossil fuels don't run out, then all human and mammalian life on this planet is doomed. It's just a matter of time.
Well, that's true regardless of AGW.
You prefer tyranny and murder to rational discussion and I have nothing more to say to you on the matter. From your earlier post
I call on my government and the government of all nations and peoples to use the powers granted to them during war time to neutralize these and other denialists who represent and clear and present danger to the United States of America, the U.K. and all other nations and people, using whatever means is necessary.