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Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 508

by bill_mcgonigle (#46768487) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

I have no interests in controlling women's reproductive lives, but as a Catholic I believe life begins at conception, and abortion is murder.

I don't disagree with you, but what matters in public policy is actions, not sentiment.

The operative question is whether you believe society is better off by imprisoning mothers who get abortions.

It's possible to both believe it's murder and to believe that imprisonment/prosecution is not the correct response. Don't be fooled into the "insult/vengeance" paradigm that we're told by civil religions to be essential. I'm pretty sure you'll find the opposite recommendations in the Gospels.

And, BTW, this is why "the issue" cannot be resolved by our current system of governance - it's located directly at the insult/vengeance nexus. Until we can get past legislating revenge the "two sides" will never find any common ground.

Comment: Baloney (Score 1) 75

by bill_mcgonigle (#46768339) Attached to: Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

I cannot believe the summary. Thousands of Slashdotters here already knew that elevator cables need to be super strong and that carbon nanotubes are the only calculated material that can do it and that spinning long nanotubes is a technological problem.

The Google research team did not discover these things - they're smart guys, they already knew this.

So, venturing further into the story will be a waste of time. If Googlers did spend time on space elevators, then they probably did learn some new things. But they may well be keeping that knowledge in the "deep freeze"r for when they can make some money at it.

Comment: Re:Polution tax (Score 1) 96

by bill_mcgonigle (#46768213) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

Hey! That's a good idea. Put a 500% tariff on everything that's not made here. Who care who makes it?

Brazil does this. Since Nikes cost $300 a pair, the local manufacturers can get away with charging $165 for a pair of sneakers. That's just under a week's median wages.

All these policies do is keep the people poor. It's a non-zero-sum game with losses on all sides.

Comment: Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (Score 5, Informative) 416

by bill_mcgonigle (#46768039) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Everyone should be armed.

This is how Switzerland does it. They haven't been in a foreign war in two hundred years. Even Hitler decided not to try it.

Their crime rate is very low and they actually have a civil defense plan that doesn't involve people hiding in closets and hoping somebody shows up to save them. Plus, obviously they don't need to incur all the costs of foreign wars, so they can run data centers, banking platforms, and ski resorts instead.

Comment: Re:What was their argument? (Score 1) 382

by Lumpy (#46766205) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Only the ones that bought more house than they can afford. your home interest has to EXCEED $10,000 to be deductible outside the standard deduction. If you are middle class and living in a 1,000,000 home... you are not really middle class. Over $150K a year is "upper class" as you are in the 10%

Comment: And the people respond with.... DUH.... (Score 2) 508

by Lumpy (#46765437) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Anyone that has had any real American history education knows this. Back in the 80's when I was in college that was taught to us in the American history classes, it was intentionally built that way. Just like how the founding fathers did not do all that Independence stuff out of the goodness of their heart, all of there were filthy wealthy and were trying like hell to protect their wealth.

"Regardless of the legal speed limit, your Buick must be operated at speeds faster than 85 MPH (140kph)." -- 1987 Buick Grand National owners manual.