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Comment Re:how to fight back (Score 1) 344

You're absolutely correct.

I think the solution is to replace the current political culture with like-mined persons who are brave enough to stand up to the leaches (that in particular includes the small to very large companies that depend on government spending) and start cutting - cutting spending, favors, and anything else that is superfluous to maintaining order and other basic government services.

It's going to have to be persons willing to die for that goal.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 298

Yeah, my first thought was:

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Sigh, then I actually read the post... so,

Ha! Ha!

Comment Re:This proves one thing (Score 1) 775

They wouldn't some so crazed to make a living or even get rich (just like newspapers, TV stations, car dealerships, radio stations, singers, song writers, record labels, dry cleaners, Google, Microsoft, hospitals, architects, engineers, and anyone else who gets up in the morning to work in this world and/or starts/runs a business - do you get where I'm going with that?) if those same insurance companies were allowed to offer their services across state lines. That is: there would be better pricing if there were better competition.

Comment Libertarians are more about... (Score 1) 944

Libertarians are more about individuals' freedoms.

The GPL is about software itself being free: free from others making it closed sourced.
The BSD-type of license make the wielder of the software free to do what they want with the software - even make it closed sourced (as long as there is accreditation of origin).

So, it's not surprising when a Libertarian criticizes 'free software' - assuming that software is not released under a BSD-type of license.

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

You forgot to quote the quote:

The design purpose of EBR-I was not to produce electricity but instead to validate nuclear physics theory which suggested that a breeder reactor should be possible.

With this goal (not the supply of electricity to anything), and a partial meltdown, no wonder the cost was so high.

Space travel, now, is not so experimental as a breeder reactor was then; there have been numerous successful launches of payloads into space. Surely there have been many more than there have been failures.

"Gee, $5 million to power a measly 50 houses? What a waste!".

Just a reminder: the goal wasn't to power houses (or anything else) but to find out if a breeder reactor was feasible.

How can you justify dismissing an entirely new field of development based purely on the high costs for the initial prototype?

1 Gigawatt output is a prototype? I mean, if so: more power to them.

Finally, my goal is not to poo-poo lofty ideas. I just believe there are many more practical, if not safer, means for the Japanese to generate power. But, if they are able to make it practical, watch out for the environmentalists to complain about birds flying into the power delivery path.

Comment Re:Didn't Japan just come out ... (Score 1) 550

We absolutely should have gone into Rowanda. That was a HUGE failure of Madeline Albright and the Clinton Administration. The unresponsive parties shall bare their responsibilities in as much as they could have done something and didn't.

I just can't put my finger on it.

Then let me put it on part of "it" for you: No-Fly Zones. The whole of the story around why No-Fly zones were set up and how Saddam tried to shot down allied targets is sufficient reason for invading (and finishing what should have been completed a decade prior). The freedom of the millions is lagniappe.

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