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Comment: Re:Nuclear (Score 1) 630

by quax (#48464287) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Yeah right, living of Hartz IV is just great.

Historically Germans always preferred renting over owning a home.

It is pretty much impossible to evict somebody, and there is strict rent control. So there is no downside for the tenant, (believe me I know, I own a house in Heidelberg and there's hardly any profit in it. Just got lucky that the renter is building himself a house, so I can sell it fairly soon untenanted).

Comment: Re:Gave back my green card and moved to Canada (Score 1) 325

by quax (#48459415) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

Yes, no doubt the budget is much easier to balance. I don't think most Americans have any idea how much of their tax money goes to the DoD.

Was certainly a factor in my decision. I left the US when the Iraq war was still going strong. Didn't like the idea that my tax money was helping to pay for this tragic foolishness.

Comment: Micro case study ... (Score 1) 127

by quax (#48362145) Attached to: Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

... of why libertarians are wrong about the role of governments.

Free markets are nothing that comes about naturally. It is the governments that create the regulatory framework that allows for free markets to function.

Business hurt when governments fail in this most important job.

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