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Comment Re:When Vermont Attacks (Score 1) 197

North Korea and Iran are both relatively small nation states capable and interested in building this type of missile system. North Korea would like to end its stalemate with South Korea whether the US was there or not. In Iran's case it is to attack a country some distance away with which it shares no borders.

The model works well here too - break each of them up into smaller units until they no longer present a threat.

Both groups of people would be much better off without 'their' States.

Submission + - Khosla, Romm Fire Back at '60 Minutes' Cleantech Exposé

An anonymous reader writes: CBS recently aired a segment on its '60 Minutes' TV newsmagazine critical of what it referred to as the 'Cleantech' industry, i.e. clean energy startups, often founded by Silicon Valley/IT businessmen and engineers. Correspondent Lesley Stahl adapted the familiar confrontational 60 Minutes style when interviewing venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, an investor in biofuel startup KiOR and dozens of other clean energy businesses, then following up with other industry experts who appear to refute Khosla's assertions. Stahl ran down a list of high profile taxpayer-subsidized industry failures (familiar to anyone who has visited Fox News' website during the last three years) and suggests that private investors such as Khosla seem to be losing money as well. Khosla has just responded in the form of an open letter to CBS News which lists allegedly false and inaccurate statements in the 60 Minutes program, while pointing out that the fossil fuels industry is also heavily subsidized by government. Khosla, a longtime general partner at Kleiner Perkins before starting his own firm, was one of four Stanford graduate students who co-founded Sun Microsystems in the early 1980's. Physicist/climate blogger Joseph Romm posted a response to what he referred to as the '60 Minutes hit job on clean energy' last week; other environmentalists have also weighed in.

Comment Re:The man was not shot for texting (Score 1) 1431

So it would have been ok if he had stabbed the guy or snapped his neck or slammed his face into the floor and stomped him? But because he used a gun, guns are evil?

Well, a lot of people argued that it was ok for Trayvon Martin to beat the shit out of George Zimmerman for a perceived homosexual advance, but were against the latter shooting the former in defense.

Comment Wow that's a lot of JEs for little ol' me! (Score 1, Troll) 42

I like how you also employed clever editing here to pretend that I was saying something other than what I actually said. Smitty, that is worse editing than your friends at Fox News. When i said i was not defending anything it was overwhelmingly obvious that i was saying I was not defending anything on behalf of the administration. Even more specifically I was offering no defense against your conspiracy theories, as none was needed since you gave no facts whatsoever to back them up to be anywhere near the magnitude of importance that you keep pretending them to be.

I wish you would go back to when you wrote JEs with an argument - or at least, a purpose. This one has neither.

Comment Re:Double bind (Score 1) 1431

If your argument against personal freedoms boils down to "bad people will misuse those freedoms", then we might as well get rid of the entire bill of rights (except perhaps the third, 9th, and tenth amendments). All of those protections "help" bad people to some degree, so we should just abolish them.

Given the restrictions on free speech in 'enlightened' countries, I have no doubt those who would deny the second amendment would also deny us our first amendment.

Canada

Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump 209

sandbagger writes "Canada's science documents are literally being taken to the dump. The northern nation's scientific community has been up in arms over the holidays as local scientific libraries and records offices were closed and their shelves — some of which contained century old data — emptied into dumpsters. Stephen Harper's Tory government is claiming that the documents have been digitized. The scientists say, 'The people who use this research don’t have any say in what is being saved or tossed aside.'"
Canada

Canadian Government Trucking Generations of Scientific Data To the Dump 209

sandbagger writes "Canada's science documents are literally being taken to the dump. The northern nation's scientific community has been up in arms over the holidays as local scientific libraries and records offices were closed and their shelves — some of which contained century old data — emptied into dumpsters. Stephen Harper's Tory government is claiming that the documents have been digitized. The scientists say, 'The people who use this research don’t have any say in what is being saved or tossed aside.'"

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