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Comment Re:Dear Leftwing People (Score 1) 201

The general corrolation between economic freedom, a central subset of general libertarian (small L) concepts, and advancing plentitude is well-established.

The best an honest leftist can claim is riding on this untamed and unparalleled wealth and advancement engine to take off the rough edges.

However, the traditional leftist tenet, that government should be in charge of everything throuch central planning has, by the exact same human history, been found massively lagging comparatively, at best (old China, USSR), and murderously retrograde at worst (North Korea).

No national politician in the US even goes near that anymore, for fear of, correctly, being thought a fool. They sing the praises of freedom, including economic freedom, which new China is proving yet again.

Comment Re:and there goes the neighborhood (Score 1) 307

I remember when MS started protecting system files, denying permission for you to delete them. Viruses found ways to put that to work for them, increasing their rooting ability rather than decreasing it. You could even track down its files and the OS would forbid you from deleting it. Or killing its process.

Comment Re:As someone who is generally an environmentalist (Score 1) 274

Nah, don't worry about it. Concern for species is irrelevant. Before you are dead we will have resurrected recently dead species like dodo and mammoths and teeny horses. We will be able to resurrect frozen neanderthals if we have some.

And before your kids are dead, we will have complete life DNA simulation built into computers.

All worries are silly in a historical context.

Comment Re:Obligatory XKCD (Score 5, Funny) 120

Doc: Bye, Marty! Yaaa hoooo! It worked! It worked! I sent him out of the solar system!

Marty McVoyager in a different shirt runs up behind him: Doc! I'm back.

Doc: Guuuuuuuuuhhhhhh!!!!!

Marty: I'm back. I'm back from interstellar space!

Doc: Great Scott! It must be the interstellar flux transit event capacitor!

Comment Re:ya, the IRS site is up and running (Score 1) 565

Rest assured, America! The multiple multi-billion-dollar data centers are still running, gathering all your facebook and phone calls, and the new ones under construction are still pouring cement today.

Nothing to worry about. Focus attention on Boy Scouts not being able to climb the Statue of Liberty and other deliberately-placed irritant memes those in power expect you to outrage over, like the good little programmable cogs you are.

Comment Hi, drogen! (Score 1) 55

Isn't this only useful if people produce hydrogen without burning fossil fuels to generate electricity to make hydrogen from water?

Either renewable biomass burning, or some other electricity generation, or some other method of hydrogen extraction magically not dependent on electricity?

Perhaps it would be better, if just for old-school pollution, I guess.

Comment Re:Remember all those times Bush blocked... (Score 3, Insightful) 352

No one is claiming he has a "right" to enter the US.
Quite a few of us are wondering what is happening to our land of the free, however. This guy was coming to attend an academic conference.

One wonders where the Constitution specifically allows political parties to deny entrance to invited guests purely for speech reasons. Probably the same part of the Constitution that grants the government the power to search citizens' papers witbout permission as you enter.

Let these be lessons of wisdom at how quickly freedom would evaporate inside the country were it not for the Amendments. All done "for The People".

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