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Comment Re:I should have thought of that (Score 1) 71

Surely you can trust a BANK. And of all the banks, Citibank is surely the most trustworthy. /SARCASM

So let's see..we'll make a list of the people who cannot be trusted when it comes to climate change:

1. Climate scientists
2. NASA
3. The Insurance Industry, which is already figuring climate change into their actuarial tables
4. The energy industry, which is already using climate change models in their strategic planning
5. The military, which is already using climate change models in their strategic planning
6. The financial industry

I guess all that's left for you to trust is Alex Jones, Breitbart, Fox News and Jesus. Good luck with that.

Comment Re:"Action" cheaper than "Inaction" is a surprise? (Score 1) 71

Because it's not as though the financial industry could make staggering amounts of money from 'Carbon Credits'.

The largest estimate for the potential size of the carbon credits market is $30 billion.

The derivatives market is worth $1.2 QUADRILLION.

The financial industry is not going to make "staggering" amounts from carbon credits when the entire carbon credit market isn't even a rounding error compared to what they're making in derivatives. You want "staggering" I would suggest looking at derivatives, which total SIXTEEN TIMES the entire GDP of the world.

The US financial industry alone paid twice as much in fines over the past few years than the total value of the carbon credit market.

Comment Re:Business and Bitcoin? What could go wrong? (Score 1) 50

most of the early bitcoin adopters want the government to prosecute fraud and theft but not regulate finance beyond that

what?

is it you and these other morons believe govt likes to regulate finance in stupid ways just because it is a evil goon from a bad cartoon? "we like to abuse rights only because we have to fulfill the cartoon villain role in the minds of morons"

finance is regulated for many reasons. all of them in ways you want finance regulated! nobody regulates finance just because it's a simple minded villain in a bad hollywood movie. what is the *reason* for the existence of a regulation you dislike. then maybe you fucking need to adjust your dislike, because you clearly don't understand the reason

show me one form of financial regulation which is wrong, somehow. not an example of a regulator fucking up or committing crimes themselves that needs to be punished. "oh, the simple fact they can fuck means the regulation shouldn't exist"... yeah, like because there's bad cops we need to abolish all police. no downside there. how about we actually punish the bad cops and bad regulators? too complicated a concept for you?

give me an example of an actual regulation that is without good reason. at least to give me something to laugh at

i'll put some stock into these magic early adopters you refer to when you show me they understand actual fucking finance, which by your own words you obviously sorely lack an understanding of

you're a gullible airhead fool who doesn't even understand the fucking subject matter

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 366

But for Christianity the evidence for it's truth does exist if you carefully consider what is being actually claimed.

I've read McDowell's book. He basically lays out the same non-existent evidence that theologians have for centuries and then does a lot of conjecture. There is no evidence for Jesus existence that comes from Jesus' time. The rest is backfill from post-Paul. It's why the gospels were written in Greek instead of Aramaic or Hebrew.

Joseph Atwill makes a compelling case for the "historical Jesus" actually being allegory for the acts of Titus Flavius.

Comment Re:One word: (Score 1) 366

thank you, found the one non-idiot in this thread

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

when writing media was rare and expensive, it was common to remove the original text and write over the pages with new text. the original pages can be decades even centuries older than when they were used to write the quran on them

in fact, in the modern study of ancient texts, it is *common* to find another text hidden underneath, and to use various methods to reveal that second, or even third text, because of writing media reuse

wouldn't it be hilarious if further inspection reveal the original use for the pages of this quran was some ancient christian writings that contradict christian dogma?

LOL. hard religious trolling

Comment Re:Business and Bitcoin? What could go wrong? (Score 1) 50

also, the system itself will go bad. the system is composed of intrinsically weak human beings. only in the low iq fantasy life of conspiracy theorists with mental illness are human systems perfectly infallible. in reality they are full of holes and bad actors and weak points and fail many times on a daily basis, the larger the organization. that's why airtight conspiracies of more than a handful of people are impossible and why most conspiracy theories are jokes to anyone without mental disease and with a sufficient social intelligence

so under your alternate legal system, the system itself will commit the worst atrocities

but that's completely off topic. your comment has nothing to do with *technology*, only legal systems, society, and human organizations

this is technology being no protection from bad intent:

https://xkcd.com/538/

Comment Re: Business and Bitcoin? What could go wrong? (Score 1) 50

you're right, my answer isn't a real answer

the real answer to the problem, how to get around any encryption in the world, now and forever, is this:

https://xkcd.com/538/

same with mt gox: all the fancy blockchain technology doesn't mean shit when you hand the keys to a thief

so, like i said: technology is no protection from bad intent, and never will be. you can only fight bad human nature with good human nature

the facts of life. now shoot the messenger or admit the reality you live in

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 366

As you say, lack of evidence has bupkis to do with people's faith. They believe despite the total lack of evidence, not because evidence exists.

There are so many historical holes in the Bible that Christian apologists have spent more than a millennium trying to explain them away. And people still believe.

A certain percentage of the population has an innate need to believe what cannot be proven. I think this is a feature of humanity, not a bug.

Comment Re:"never to have worked a day in his life," ... (Score 1) 55

I need to find one of those jobs where you get paid for not working.

No, you need to find something that you're good enough at doing that you can complete sufficiently valuable work in a reasonable time. Clearly, your current work is not something that you're good at, and you need to do something more suited to your actual skills, not to what it says on your CV.

substituting hours for skill is never a good trade off.

Comment Re:You're looking in the wrong direction (Score 1) 394

It's all there.

Then where are the money-making power plants?

I've been watching this sort of bullshit since Pons & Fleischmann. It really isn't worth the effort of following up on. Another new bullshit artist, another pile of obfuscated (or misunderstood, "not even wrong" physics, and onther bunch of people suckered by the bullshit.

Start with the power plant - just a few megawatts - on stilts in an empty field so we can see that there is nothing going in "behind the curtain" and there is an unmistakable amount of energy coming out. It's not difficult to ask for. It's not happened yet, and I don't think it's going to happen. At least, not from these bullshit artists.

Comment Re:A govt employee charged with a crime? Shock!!! (Score 1) 68

It's a big country: there are a _lot_ of local police doing good work, and it's hard, usually dull, sometimes quite dangerous work.

It's a big country: there are a _lot_ of federal employees doing good work, and it's hard, usually dull, sometimes quite dangerous work.

My point is that the local cop on the street is every bit as much a government bureaucrat as some FDA regulator in Washington. A government agent is a government agent, and the "small government/law & order" types seldom are willing to admit that.

Comment Re:Editors suck at their jobs (Score 1) 266

There are no records of those.

Yes, there are.

In fact, there are records of ocean hurricanes going back to the 17th century. Remember your freshman statistics class? You don't need to record every single data point for the data to be useful. Maybe not as useful as current satellite data, but certainly enough be useful when determining patterns.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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