It always boggles my mind how much of the techie crowd, especially developers, advocate for big government solutions to problems. The first principle of good programming is probably that top-down, monolithic designs are a bad idea, and yet that's exactly what Federal government 'solutions' to most problems are.
Has he never heard of CO2? Why would any sane person want to burn all that and turn it into CO2?
Oh, yeah, profit. Fuck the Earth and all future generations, there's profit to be made! I can own sixteen mansions instead of twelve and have a bigger yacht.
Because the only people who make any money are the CEOs with the twelve mansions you mention? What about the tens of thousands of jobs that we could use in our economy, right now - or the fact that energy prices are climbing precisely when Americans are suffering through the toughest economic times since the 1920s?
CO2 is a gas vital to all life on earth. The concentration is very minute, and its effects on global temperature are totally dwarfed by the dominant greenhouse gas, water vapor. The "climatologists" are politically and economically driven, not scientifically.
I love how this comment got instantly modded to troll, when it was simply pointing out some simple truths about biology, ecology, and politics.
What does DARPA have to do with the NSF?
Interesting...As a physicist, I attack string theory.
My main problem is it's method of development. Unlike most of the rest of the theories in the history of physics, string theory seems to be developed with a preconceived notion about what the solution is. If you look at the rest of the physics world, the theories were developed after data came in and partially upset the previous theory, and they were developed in accordance with the new data.
I realize a majority of Muslims are not violent. My problem with the Muslim community as a whole is that while Christians come out and protest when violence is committed in their name (such as with Abortion doctor killings), and make it known that such behavior is NOT acceptable behavior to most of them, the Muslim community very rarely condemns the violent behavior that comes from their ranks. Instead, they almost always deflect away, usually blaming Israel. Hamas and Fatah both atrociously use terrorism, human shields, and other non-acceptable behaviors as they fight, but the behavior also extends to the radical sexism Muslim countries display so frequently: honor killings, locking women and girls into burning buildings because they're not completely covered, caning women for sexual immorality because four male witnesses can't step forward to verify that it was rape...it's just awful.
I'm not saying the majority of Muslims explicitly support these behaviors, but the fact that cartoons about Allah and Mohammed are able to get so many of them protesting and even rioting because they see it as offensive and reflecting badly on Islam, while these disgusting sex crimes, war crimes, and absolutely unjustifiable terrorist behaviors committed by other Muslims in the name of their religion can occur without mention is absurdly hypocritical and shows at least a tacit willingness to look the other way for so many of these behaviors.
Again, I'm not claiming Christianity wasn't as violent as anything else during the middle ages, and even more violent than many - and it probably is more of a statement about human nature than anything else. And I'm not trying to say that Christianity is superior to the other religions. My only point here is that while pretty much all of the other religions grew up in the past couple hundred years and figured out how to be tolerant of other cultures and religions, Muslims are still massacring each other and everyone else around the world, launching wars of religious conquest, enslaving, raping, and pillaging throughout Africa and southeast Asia, and in general not acting too different than they did throughout the whole middle ages. And very few Muslim organizations actually stand up and condemn so many of these atrocities that are being committed, in the name of their religion - while just about every other religion condemns the few instances of bad apples they get in their mix.
Sure, if the SHTF maybe some of the other religions would revert to more thuggish behavior, but right now Islam is the only religion I see taking hits out on people, and I just find it absolutely retarded when people try and spout politically correct moral equivalency crap about how because a handful of abortion doctors were murdered and Christianity waged religious wars a thousand years ago it's just as bad. It's utter bullcrap, and I'll call it when I see it. I would do the same if I saw someone say similar about Buddhism or Hinduism, but they're not the politically correct religion to bash.
It's true that Muslims had a higher level of civilization during the middle ages. That doesn't mean they were peaceful though - Eastern Europe, Moorish Spain, their history is all about Muslim conquest after the Roman Empire fell, much of that conquest during the middle ages.