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Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 89

Japan is closing its breeder reactors. They didn't work, always broken or having serious accidents. They want to try again, with the goal being a working demonstrator by 2050.

So good luck getting people to invest in a technology proven to need a great deal of development and decades to come to fruition, assuming it works next time.

Comment Re:Black swan events (Score 1) 89

Err, no, the problem with insurance is that an accident can bankrupt a country. No insurer will take on a risk so great that it could potentially wipe them out in a single hit, and no bank would back such a thing anyway.

Fukushima is looking like it will end up in the hundreds of billions of dollars range, maybe $500bn all said and done. In a more litigious country like the US there would be additional claims for lost business etc like with the BP oil spill.

Comment Re:How do mod points work? (Score 1) 558

Even if he just goes with mass bombing with conventional weapons, these days everyone has cameras and the footage usually gets out. You can't easily commit war crimes and then walk away as the victor, untouchable any more, because you can't really cover up what you did long enough to cement your position off the back of the victory.

Comment Re:It's OK to Not Tolerate Inteolerance (Score 1) 558

He never said it justifies doing "anything you want to do, no matter how evil it would be otherwise".

This is how people try to shut down the debate. Instantly accuse the other side of taking an extreme position that they clearly did not, so they have to defend themselves and can be accused of back-tracking. Bruce's statement that it is intolerance is an opinion, and you are free to argue against it, but you didn't.

Your contributions to this debate have been mostly shitposting, solely designed to avoid discussing the issue in any meaningful way and instead trying to portray the other side as extremists.

Comment Re:They didn't tolerate intolerance (Score 1) 558

The free speech argument is usually the last ditch effort of those who cannot properly defend their position - "well it's not illegal to say it!"

It's also often the response to their realization that freedom of speech does not except them from the consequences of that speech - "waaaaah, but people are mean to me so I can't say whatever I like whenever I like.

Interestingly these are often the same people telling others to "grow a pair" and take responsibility for themselves, while demanding they are freed from it.

Comment Re:I just love it when somebody says... (Score 0) 558

Yes yes, "SJWs" are the worst people. The problem is that you assume everyone who strongly disagrees with you is one of these "SJWs" and must therefore hold all the beliefs you attribute to them. This paranoid delusion makes it difficult for you to form a rational argument.

In other words, it doesn't follow that these people are "SJWs" or that they would condone this behaviour.

Comment Re:The party of tolerance (Score 4, Insightful) 558

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

When they, by which I assume you mean the Democrats, say they are tolerant, they mean of things that people have no choice over. Gender, sexuality, race etc. They don't mean that they will tolerate any and all political views without condemnation or shunning.

Political ideas are not a protected class, they are something each person chooses and will be judged on.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 2) 558

The old "why don't you care about children starving in Africa!" argument. When your doctor treats you for an in-growling toe nail, do you berate him for not concentrating his resources on cancer patients who are in even greater need?

Here is something they can do something effective about immediately.

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