Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
There's an important factor that you Doomer types seem to forget about. The pre-revolutionary French and the Arab Springers didn't have access to a particular pressure-relief valve that we do: DEMOCRACY. Instead of breaking out the torches and pitchforks, all that the disgruntled masses need to do is vote for the Pitchfork Party that will be newly created to (attempt to) deliver whatever it is that the masses want. If the masses want punitive taxes on the rich, then that's what we'll get.
There'll be unintended consequences, of course, like chasing rich people, their entrepreneurship, their businesses, and their capital and all foreign capital out of the country, but if this is what the masses want, we can have Venezuela right here. Everyone will be *equally* poor — mission accomplished! The 'revolution' will happen in the voting booth.
Strange that what we actually see in the first world isn't voters opting for far-left or far, far left-er types, but actually a tendency toward business-friendly conservative types. The Pending Doom(TM) is strictly a minority opinion, most particularly among the supposedly outraged masses.
I still can't get rid of the last 5-10 lbs of flab. It doesn't matter how little I eat.
I think some WWII POWs might disagree. Unless you are claiming that you body violates the universal Law of Conservation of Mass.
Used to be that in a democracy we will weight the facts and then vote on a decision.
Huh? That's never been the case.
the world's aircraft are responsible for roughly 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions
All human activities contribute only 3% of global CO2 emissions; the other 97% are natural. Buried deeply in a footnote somewhere is that they are talking about *ANTHROPOGENIC* CO2 emissions which means that aviation is actually responsible for only 0.075% of global CO2 emissions. These political activists should really stop lying.
The U.S. started mortgaging its future during the Reagan era, but it was the two Bush presidencies that did the most damage.
Obama has run up more debt than all previous presidents in history COMBINED, including both Bushes, and he still has two more years to go. Do you have any criticism for him?