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Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 1) 623

Fortunately, the evidence is all pointing to you being wrong. That's why ownership is lawful. The reason is not exclusionary and the right is ours.

I think Johnny Cash said it very well: "Don't take your guns to town, son. Leave your guns at home." There are lots of responsible uses for guns and lots of responsible gun owners. There are a few fucking morons out there, and the penalties for irresponsible gun use and ownership are nearly non-existent. No one needs to take his gun to the bar: once someone has that hammer, an awful lot of problems start to look like nails.

Comment Re: Hoax (Score 1) 623

Eventually means the citizens will eventually demand that something happens, whether it's approving a nomination or changing the rules, or changing the constitution. Most likely it will mean kicking out congress if they continue to not do the job they're being paid to do.

Comment "living document" is a fraud (Score 1) 623

Calling a legal document a "living document" is just a way to ignore its legal meaning. How about I call my driver's license a "living document" to be interpreted differently as technology changes... And let's say that flying personal transportation devices which can be cheaply produced. Does that mean that my driver's license should give me the right to fly those? Because the license's interpretation should change with the changing times. This is nonsense. Scalia got some arguments wrong (as in "we can legislate morality because we already legislate morality"), but he certainly was correct in calling the living document theory a bunch of bull shit.

Comment Re:Its always been like this (Score 1) 309

Poverty is a huge driver of overpopulation. Poor people tend to have more kids to provide for them in their later years. Countries with prosperous economies that are broadly shared tend to have much lower birth rates than poorer countries. That's because raising new humans is a lot of work; if people don't feel like they need to do that, they won't. China, of course, is an exception due to their one-child policy.

And often combined with poor access to contraception, a patriarchy where you want sons to get married not daughters to marry away and a shoddy health care system which means not all your kids might grow up. Even when those things are no longer true it takes time for culture to change and in the meantime you get a huge population bump. That's why we've gone from 2 billion people in 1927 to 7+ billion and counting.

Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 3, Funny) 623

What, a long haired socialist like Jesus on the court? Nonsense, they'd want a proper Christian not some middle eastern immigrant who's soft on crime.

Of course they're not the party of Lincoln anymore. They were invaded by the racist southern Democrats who were opposed to desegregation. Lincoln's party was the party of the damn yankees interfering in their god given right to keep slaves and beat them regularly.

Comment Land ownership (Score 1) 309

One of the most interesting freedoms that I see that off the scale robotic construction will allow for is the development of completely new towns and cities. Some interesting little bit of waterfront could be rapidly built up into a very attractive place to live. If some sort of basic income becomes the norm then the demand to live in traditional cities will wane. This could be a fantastic opportunity to rid ourselves of rent charging overlords along with sclerotic stratified cities.

For the above reason I suspect that there will be pressure from landowners in high value areas to prevent these sort of competitive developments.

For instance I lived in the city of Halifax. They amalgamated a group of municipalities in the area into what is now one of the largest cites in the world (in land area). This has resulted in a complete cessation in municipal competition. Before the different municipalities would effectively be competing to have the best balance of taxes vs services. So if one municipality could clear snow or maintain roads while charging lower taxes, people could compare apples to apples and figure out what the crappy municipality was doing wrong. If this sort of crap continued for long enough then smart people would leave(I'm looking at you Dartmouth).

This competition has vanished. Also with Halifax being the employment center of the Nova Scotia Universe no distant municipality could provide much of a threat. Once that employment part of the equation is removed then it will be interesting to watch how people begin to reorganize where they choose to live. I suspect that many cities will turn out to be so very broken that whole new neighbouring cities will be born once the cost of creating them is minimal. Where this will be most prevalent will be highly indebted cities that are forced to charge high taxes to pay for high debts including previously over-generous pensions.

Let's watch the rich elites who will be looking at land ownership as one of the few remaining wealth engines starts to vanish in an era of post scarcity; land being something that you can't 3D print.

Comment Re:What happens next... (Score 1) 623

Remember when Scalia was nominated. There had been a somewhat small fight over Rehnquist, didn't last long though just long enough for senators to have their say. But even that small fight seemed a too disruptive and unseemly so they gave little to no fight over Scalia (I suspect everyone was secretly happy Bork wasn't nominated instead). The assumption from senators in the past was they they had to have someone approved and it was better to have the imperfect nominee than to leave it unfilled for too long.

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