It sure would be nice to have a universal utility function for all public policy. But in the meantime, what if we just said that any of those (lives saved, economic output, lower tax burden) are an acceptable foundation for you to base an argument on, but "because my ancient book of sacred texts says so" isn't?
This wouldn't lead to 100% logical consistency in policy, but it would surely be an improvement over the current system, don't you think?
It's like you're saying that science and mathematics are able to reconcile problems containing more than a single variable. Heretic! Burn the witch!
Now if 109 music, movie and sports stars came forward we may be talking some actual change in perception.
A large number of the NLs that signed have exactly as much biology/nutritional experience as movie and sports stars.
Understand that I do not have an issue with the proper and safe application of gene manipulation in the food chain or elsewhere. My issue rests entirely on NLs leveraging their social status to sway opinions in matters in which they are no better qualified than Bono or Mike Tyson. NLs should know better, and it diminishes the title when this happens.
This does not apply to the NLs on the list with awards in biology or medicine for this instance.
The problem was never about the NSA's very existence, it's about what it's been pushed into by the people in charge in recent years. Now, if you want to talk about an agency that's been horribly toxic to civil liberties, and really is not serving a positive purpose at all, to abolish, why don't we talk about the DEA?
The libertarian argument isn't necessarily that we shouldn't have "an" NSA, it's that we should abolish "the" NSA in its current incarnation. I identify as a libertarian, but find value in many of our socialist institutions in principle (FDA, VA, Libraries, Post Office, USPTO, etc). I do believe that the current incarnation of these institutions is untenable, and are currently existing the the detriment of our society.
The problem is people.
Indeed. One only needs to take a brief glance at Freenet to see what happens when people are given complete anonymity. There's good, bad, and holy crap uninstall!
You've made some excellent points, as have other posters in this thread.
When I first saw the source, I immediately thought "Bullshit!"
However, upon reading the TFS
They're reporting that an electric vehicle, which breaks mainly through electromagnet resistance used to regenerate electrical power, produces more break dust than a gasoline powered vehicle that uses breaks.
This doesn't even deserve the title of bullshit.
Eh. I expect she didn't KNOW it was math and assumed it was Arabbic, because, you know, squiggly lines and the state of American education.
Wait... Is algebra not of arabic origin? In arabic, algebra means "The system for reconciling disparate parts", and was brought to Italy in the ~12th century.
-1000 Extra stupid for calling someone out when you are actualy wrong. http://www.frontierrareearths....
The only 'stupid' I saw was a millionaire saying that the proper way to counter unfair subsidies is with new/more taxes.
With your bare hands?!?