You wouldn't start "paying for them" under this system until you had seven,
Actually, you start paying with the first; $500 a pop.
They think that about 5 billion new trees are planted or sprout annually, yielding a net loss of 10 billion
They don't say where that number came from, most likely pulled from someplace where the Sun doesn't shine. When a section of forest is cleared either by cutting or burning the ground is soon covered in tree sprouts. Take a look at regeneration in Yellowstone National Park after the fires burned about 1/3 of it in the late 80's.
I think that falsifies your point.
Not at all. If the approaching car causes the human to panic and swerve into a kid on a bicycle it was unsafe.
s/a sold/as old
Same thing I guess...
First, donating to politicians to advance one's own agenda is a sold as politics. It's not like these guys (COE or otherwise) are doing anything new.
Second, it the "thousands of people" have a different agenda they can (and do) contribute.
It's also not clear what Ellison's agenda really is here; maybe H1b, maybe immigration, maybe something else that has nothing to do with Oracle. Who knows?
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