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Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 5, Interesting) 292

I agree, we shouldn't be subsidizing the green industries, instead we should just regulate the shit out of the extraction industries which manage to externalize so much of their costs.

How much should the coal industry pay for the ~1M deaths/year?
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Comment: Re:At least it's on our side! (Score 1) 123

by rthille (#46611381) Attached to: Classified X-37B Space Plane Breaks Space Longevity Record

Interesting. You included Social Security in the expenses, and divide the time range up in 'before SS' and 'after SS'

Also, look at health and life expectancy before 1930. Now realize that huge amounts of the federal budget is SS & Medical (Medicare & Medicaid). If we didn't care about the indigent old, or the fact that national health insurance is more efficient (see what we spend on medical vs other advanced countries and the outcomes), and we didn't feel the need to be the world's police and paid down our debt, we could probably get back to ~4-5%...

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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