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Comment Re:"Action" cheaper than "Inaction" is a surprise? (Score 1) 222

The global GDP is around $80 trillion. Ditching fossil fuels will cut it by 75% or more. I doubt damage from climate change will top one trillion in the next ten years. Argue long term all you want but near term the financial carnage from shutting down the fossil industry will be hundreds of trillions of dollars and hundreds of millions of lives.

Keeping seven billion people alive without fossil fuels will be a very fine balancing act. With world wide cooperation and every dime of the worlds wealth it could be accomplished. What's most likely to happen is nothing but more talk.

Comment Re:Do something money can't solve (Score 1) 801

When I was 40 I lost my farm. If I had won the $80 million powerball then I would have had the biggest and best potato farm in the world. Farming with plenty of money is the most fun thing you can do standing up. Today at 63 you couldn't pay me enough to farm. First I would find a doctor to fix what ever is wrong with my side so I could at least bend down and pull a few weeds in my garden without feeling like Ronda Rousey just punched me in the ribs. I would give my daughter enough money so she could quit work and have me a grandchild. I would build a nice house with a big art studio for my wife on my land and bribe AT&T enough to run cable the mile and a half to it.

Twenty years ago I read somewhere that most men in their 50s are happy. They have either become successful in their jobs or used to being a failure. At that time I wanted to punch the person who wrote that in the nose. After 20 years of basically being a failure I actually have gotten used to it. Of course having 13 acres of land and a paid for livable mobile home and a $2000 a month SS check might not be considered failure to some people.

I have four wonderful successful children and a lovely loving wife so I do consider myself rich. Do the best you can but be content with what you get.

Comment Re:I do it wrong (Score 1) 240

I went to high school in the late 60s. I had taught myself to type during the summer and only took typing class for an easy credit. Being left handed I used my left thumb for the space bar. I was instructed to use my right thumb. When I ask the teacher why I couldn't use my left thumb she said because I will fail you if you do. Turns out the teacher knew best. Fifty years later my left hand is mostly paralyzed from carpel tunnel and I have been forced back to my right for mousing and one handed typing.

Comment Re:I volunteer as tribute. (Score 1) 381

My genetic body weight is 212 lbs. I have maintained that weight for the last 40 years with three exceptions. At thirty two my wife left me and I was despondent and had to eat my own cooking. I lost down to 175. I found a new wife and went back to 212. Ten years later I lost my farm and had to scramble for work. Again despondent and exhausted. Down to 175. I find a good job and back to 212. Ten years later I get depressed again and have a chronic tooth infection, back to 175. Today I weigh 212 and hopefully no life shattering event is about to happen and I wont have go though rapid weight loss again.

Every time I lost weigh I didn't really feel hungry. Now I'm partial disabled and can't do any real work so I watch what I eat. I only buy health food, no snacks wrapped cellophane. My wife lost almost 70 lbs and is determined to not regain it so a lot of salads and no sweets in the house. As you get older you have to eat less and less to maintain a stable weight.

Comment Re:We are stupid (Score 1) 378

My wife loves our Brother MFC-J870DW printer. $99 from Amazon. It accepted the cheap after market ink tanks without a peep. It just works, and for her thats something because all things electronic hate her, with good reason. She once blue screened my computer, killing the keyboard and attached scanner with one touch. For toughness I nominate my 10 year old OKI C5400 color laser printer. At least it was 10 when my wife demanded I replace it. And yes, it didn't like her, I had to force it to print things for her. The Brother is a sweetheart.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 361

People who paid attention in biology class should know this. Different plants have different pollination methods. Most corn is hybrid and saved seed will not produce. Canola, cotton, and soybeans are open pollinated and saved seed will grow exactly like the parent plant. Terminator seeds from open pollinated plants will not grow. Pollen from any of these plants will affect any nearby plants of the same species.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 84

Most of those poor folk have an iPhone 5 or 6. If Google gives them a WiFi router they wont have to use any of their data plan. No, I'm not being a racist. My wife is going to nursing school and many of her classmates are in that situation and they all have new iPhones. My wife is grateful to have her Galaxy S2.

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