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Comment I can tell from the comments (Score 2, Interesting) 168

I can tell from the comments most of you don't live near the ocean. Down here in South Florida it's already making an impact. There are storm drains that flow water during high tide up and down the coast and boat docks underwater. Miami is worse. Hallendale Beach has five of their seven fresh water pumps closed because of salt water intrusion.

The real problem that no one is talking about is what happens when Miami gets nailed by a Cat 4 or 5 hurricane? We're going to have boats washing up on I-95. Do we spend the money to rebuild Miami just to have it flood 40 years later? Or when it gets nailed by another hurricane?

Comment Re:U.S. Naval Map & Edgar Cayce prophecies (Score 0) 168

And then the Internet kook, having been mocked, will lash out in anger, because the object of his undying adoration isn't being accepted by others unconditionally.

Man, I've been on the Internet way too long. This was fun twenty years ago. Now it's just sort of sad that sick minds don't get the treatment they need.

Comment Re:That's messed up (Score 1) 190

Apart from the fantasist part of giant floating fans, fusion-powered or otherwise, this is still taking water from one place and moving it to another. What if the people who live in the place with "too much" rain (whatever that may mean) don't think they receive too much rain. What if they don't want to see their water taken, whether by big pipes, big fans or magic transporters?

Again I repeat that there are serious geopolitical issues to moving water from jurisdictions that may have an apparent plenty to jurisdictions that do not. It's likely to get bad enough when you talk about moving water from one area of a country to another. The water wars of the 1930s over Southern California's seizing of neighboring areas' water would probable be tame when compared to, say, trying to seize the Pacific Northwest's water reserves (whether in clouds, lakes or rivers).

Now let's imagine that going across international boundaries. What if, say, Canada did not want to take part in any scheme to move vast quantities of water to the US Midwest beyond what systems like the Red River system move? Wouldn't your giant fusion fans essentially be theft of another country's natural resources?

Comment Re: I fucking hope so (Score 1) 103

But that IS the market. That IS capitalism. It's not some external, malign force: that's what the market is.

If you want it to actually be good, you're talking about some form of direction, oversight or regulation to stop obviously stupid or broken things from happening.

That's not a market anymore. The market is the thing that stampedes towards the stupid because everybody's doing it. See 'stock market'.

Maybe you just don't like capitalism as much as you thought you did! :)

Comment Re:That's messed up (Score 2) 190

Read about the water wars in California and neighboring states when the Colorado River was tapped to turn desert into oasis. Any jurisdiction that imagines it is just going to wholesale grab another jurisdiction's water is likely in for a rude surprise. Now imagine if those jurisdictions are in different nations.

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