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+ - Is $17+ trillion federal debt a form of child abuse?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new Indigogo campaign asks donors to help stop the child-abuse of children and grandchildren of current taxpayers due to the deferred financial burden of the USA's ever-larger $17+ trillion federal debt. Does especially the 20-year and 30-year terms of Treasury-bills meet generally-accepted definitions of child-abuse by shifting the obligation for trillions or tens of trillions of dollars one or more generations into the future by the use of these 20-year or 30-year Treasury-bills (or by repeated rollover[PDF] of 10-year Treasury bills)? Is the immense federal debt in the USA (and analogous sovereign debts in many industrialized nations):
1. a form of "neglect" to provide sustenance to the next generation (e.g., an inhibition of being able to provide proper care for themselves in the future as adults) or
2. a form of "mental injury" to the next generation (e.g., a terrorizing of the next generation) or
3. a form of "threat of harm" (e.g., "caregiver behavior which is out of control and threatening" to the safety of the next generation) or
4. a form of "child selling" (e.g., the unfree labor of involuntary servitude mentioned in the 13th amendment to the federal Constitution)?
For such a dry topic, the video embedded has an ominously-catchy tune, btw."

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NASA Lunar Orbiter Sends Amazing Images of LADEE's Debris
West Texas News
NASA was at last able to know where their spacecraft smashed into the moon, as its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent images of the LADEE debris. It has been reported that the agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)...
NASA Discovers Where LADEE Spacecraft Crash LandedNature World News
NASA finally locates LADEE impact crater on far side of the moonScience Recorder
Final resting place of NASA moon probe discovered by new satelliteBeta Wired Live Wire-Daily Mail
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Comment: Re:Trust no one (Score 2, Insightful) 330

by optikos (#45201663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Bruce Schneier Be Trusted?
Applying the mantra of open source to the underlying mathematics: Learn the mathematics of cryptography yourself to find the bugs within the mathematics. Don't place your trust in any person other than yourself. Especially don't worship some brand-name as a god who, as diviner-intercessor, is your sole information-provider on the subject.

Comment: graphical symbols, not APL! (Score 2) 207

by optikos (#44841425) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?
National Instruments LabVIEW as graphical control-flow (e.g., looping, branching) constructs
ROOM+ObjecTime (now IBM Rational Rose Realtime) as graphical object-oriented & nested state-machines

Comment: Re:Holy Fuck People! (Score 0) 688

by optikos (#44813797) Attached to: How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas
In Texas, we are free to go buy any vehicle out-of-state (e.g., California) and import it into Texas via a Green Sheet and payment of the Use Tax (a.k.a. sales tax, but dodging the interstate commerce clause of the federal constitution). Once imported, the out-of-state vehicle can be sold at used-car lots, just like any other nonmilitary vehicle. Looks like a free-market to me.

Comment: Re:Try actually donating? (Score 4, Insightful) 301

by optikos (#44687855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?
No, this company probably budgeted that $20,000 for expenditure for purchasing 'X', whereas the accounting department would not permit reallocating 1) monies dedicated for purchasing 'X' into 2) an entirely different bucket of monies for donations to section-503 nonprofits. Here X is likely right-to-use software. Perhaps X might be hardware. Either way, acquisition of a durable good gets amortized over multiple years, whereas the entire donation to section-503 nonprofits hits the books immediately.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.