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Comment: How is this any different from Fed practice? (Score 3, Interesting) 398

by xmark (#46136431) Attached to: Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

Fed doesn't even bother with the paper - just pushes some buttons, and *magically* $4 billion pops out into the system *every day.*

Except they call it Quantitative Easing instead of its actual name, counterfeiting. Cuz they're economists, you know.

Comment: You think that government is apolitical? (Score 5, Insightful) 640

by xmark (#45253137) Attached to: Nebraska Scientists Refuse To Carry Out Climate Change-Denying Study


Everyone has an agenda. Government is the most powerful entity in our mixed society. It is (and has amply proven itself to be) capable of corruption, graft, and political pursuit of goals contrary to the interests of those who are taxed to fund it.

Concentration of power is the problem. Politically, big corporations and big government are a difference without a distinction. They both pursue their own agendas in service to the elites who are stakeholders, and then use propaganda to claim otherwise.

Comment: You aren't looking at systemic effects. (Score 4, Insightful) 282

by xmark (#43932655) Attached to: It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously

Yes, the phonemaker gets more revenue. However, the money used to fund those replacements comes from an increased levy on all phone purchasers who have coverage. So everyone with coverage pays more for phones. The extra money that everyone pays for phones means less money spent on all other possible purchases. So Apple's revenue increase is Krogers' or Target's or Shell's decrease.

We usually disregard widely-distributed costs and look at local effects. This is especially true of politicians. But those effects are real and directly affect the aggregate economy numbers.

Comment: Re:Still Wrong (Score 2) 926

what you bought actually only has a 2 year shelf life, I don't care what their marketing department tells you.

The supplier's website says that with mild, dry storage conditions, the food is good for up to 25 years. My guess is their estimate is closer to the truth than yours.

Comment: You apparently haven't read Vernor Vinge (Score 2) 67

by xmark (#39169581) Attached to: 2 Science Publishers Delve Into Science Fiction

Of course, you realize that NO ONE predicted the impact that the internet would have a scant 30 years ago.

True Names was published in 1981, which is a scant 31 years ago. Read it first of all to see that someone DID envision the impact of the global internet, and its resultant creation of cyberspace. But more importantly, read it because it is a brilliant example of what science fiction can be.

Comment: More likely due to runoff from scoured land. (Score 4, Informative) 97

by xmark (#38848015) Attached to: Sea Water Could Cause Uranium Pollution From Nuclear Fuel Rods

My money is on the exfoliation of a huge strip of coastal land followed by massive runoff as the culprit. There's still 20 million tons of debris floating. Imagine how much more either dissolved or sank.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.