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Comment: Cliff Claven was right! (Score 1) 65

by sir1real (#49134465) Attached to: Giant Asian Gerbils May Have Caused the Black Death

Bubon was the common name for giant gerbils in the 14th century.

"You know, there's a lot of misunderstanding about rats. The rodendus vermikitis as they're called in Latin. It turns out our long tailed friend wasn't after all responsible for the dreaded bubonic plague as alleged through history. Yes, sir. It was caused by an animal called the bubon. That's right, and the threat by the way is still with us. So if anyone does see a bubon, contact your local authorities." - Cliff Clavin

Comment: Re:Ha! (Score 2) 127

by sir1real (#49092975) Attached to: Fedcoin Rising?

Neither inflation nor deflation favors investment. Inflation does however favor borrowing whereas deflation encourages savings to finance capital investment. You don't understand how real people behave. It's a very rare oddball who keeps money under the mattress or buries it in the backyard. It's true that deflation increases the value of your money but investment does not preclude deflationary gains so why not get both?

Also Paul Krugman and Milton Friedman do not represent the entire gamut of economic thought anymore than Hilary Clinton and Mitt Romney represent the gamut of political thought. Krugman and Friedman are both apologists for the state and they both hold the same basic Keynesian assumptions about the economy.

"Only an absolute idiot -- someone who doesn't have the slightest idea of how the money works -- would argue that inflation is bad."

Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining. Inflation favors the political class and the bankers while screwing the rest of us, especially poor people who already have a hard enough time getting by without having their purchasing power diminished.

Comment: Re:perception (Score 1) 320

Yeah, too bad there's no more mental asylums in existence. No, wait... What?

So much misinformation. The controversy with Reagan and mental institutions was when he was governor... of California... so it only applied to California. It's unclear how this could be connected to giving tax breaks to Wall Street. Also, it wasn't about shutting down asylums but releasing patients from the asylums. Furthermore, it wasn't Reagan's idea. Frank Lanterman submitted the bill to the legislature which then passed the bill which Reagan then signed into law.

Comment: Re:free-marketers reject state run economy? (Score 1) 771

by sir1real (#41267379) Attached to: The Motivated Rejection of Science

Lets just say that free market types are more sceptical of AGW because they fear it will be used as an excuse to hand over more power to the government. Just as a communist (I notice you capitalized communism) would be sceptical of Stalin's attrocities because it tends to discredit communism. It's not a logical fallacy. It's an emotional reaction. No one is saying they don't believe AGW because they don't like one or more of the solutions. It's called "getting defensive."

While AGW is a hard sell for some people, there are others for whom it is a easy sell. Why is that? As Hillary Clinton said, "never waste a good crisis." In other words, global warming is good for government.

Comment: Re:You can never get rid of the dust! (Score 1) 307

by sir1real (#40445241) Attached to: Sandia's Floating, Dust-Free, Spinning Heatsink

The description clearly says "And as the whole unit spins, you aren't going to get dust build up (EVER)." Emphasis mine.

In other words, they're claiming zero dust build up because the unit spins. Not because of air filters. If you want to eliminate dust with the use of air filters you don't need a spinning heat sink.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen