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Comment Re:Just like the 100 studies saying smoking was sa (Score 1) 571

Norman Borlaug (one of the greatest people you may have never heard of), who has saved a BILLION lives through GMO crops, has said that we could feed at most 4 billion people using only organic methods.


Comment Re:Comcast isn't a monopoly everywhere (Score 2) 366

Exactly. People don't seem to realize that the reason big corporations lobby for (and often get) legislation passed in their favor is that the overreaching government has the power to change and shape the system in their favor. If the government didn't have this power to begin with, lobbying would be a fruitless endeavor. Instead, all of them tug and pull to get what they argue is "fair" for them, and all of a sudden we have thousands of tiny laws for every permutation of business out there, leaving gaping holes for rampant corruption.

Too bad, really. The Constitution was set up specifically to limit the government's power to very few, very particular things. What it does today, or tries to do, continues to astound me, and they're only pushing to make it bigger. A government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.

Comment Re:Won't replace dogs (Score 1) 96

Follow. But! Follow only if ye be men of valor, for the entrance to this airport is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it and lived. Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair! So, brave knights, if you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth!

Comment Re:I'm pro-gun control, but .. (Score 1) 840

This is exactly why the Second Amendment exists. The people who wrote that amendment had just fought a war for two years against a tyrannical government. They sure as hell couldn't have done that without guns. And they knew the day would come when it would have to happen again, so they made possessing firearms a right that the government could never take away.

The Second Amendment isn't so hicks can hunt raccoons - it's so we have the means by which we can keep our government in check.

Fear the government that fears your gun.

Comment Sure, if he's worth it (Score 1) 785

If one employee is worth more to an employer than another, then of course he should make more. If a junior developer can do what my company needs to have done, and the older one can't, then he's worth more and should be compensated for it.

It's just economics. Salary for a job is based on the supply of workers with the skill set needed and demand for them.

Comment Re:I think Shakespear had it right (Score 1) 240

I see all of your points, but I have to say I'm against the death penalty. I have many reasons for this, but I'll tell you the main one.

Many convicted people on death row have been later found innocent and exonerated due to newly found evidence, or after discovering prosecutorial misconduct or whatever. These are innocent people that all of us, as members of this club called the United States, who allow the death penalty, would have murdered. If we haven't done this already, which we almost certainly have, we will, at some point, know for a fact that we murdered an innocent person. At that point, we are all murders. And we, in turn, deserve to die.

That's the paradox of the death penalty. Lock the murderers up forever, definitely. But if we kill people that we're "pretty sure" killed someone else, even if the evidence seems terribly conclusive and emotions run high, it remains an incredibly dangerous legal environment. And if you don't think it happens, it does: http://www.aclu.org/capital-punishment/innocent-north-carolina-man-exonerated-after-14-years-death-row

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