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Comment They won't. (Score 1) 255

Period. It's a waste of time. Any government that tries to force standard of living reduction will be voted out of office. This is essentially what happened with Obama, and he tried to do it in a stealthy way. Imagine someone openly taking an axe to public prosperity in the interest of climate change? They'd shove knives up his ass like Quaddafi.

You have to create a totalitarian state with the full apparatus of secret police, surveillance, detention camps and summary executions to even start to go there, and the focus on climate change would impair your ability to maintain that social control. Beside which, the inherent corruption in such a state would ultimately subvert your efforts to reduce your carbon footprint.

Also, i'd rather have the climate change than the secret police, thanks.

Comment I've never seen so much effort futilely wasted (Score 2) 255

The climate change police are getting more and more shrill over time. This decreases rather than increases their power to convince. But it was all futile anyway because you are asking people to reduce their standard of living by choice to accomplish a community goal. Even people who see the danger are loath to do that...thinking Al Gore and his planes and houses. It's the Whole Earth Catalog thing all over. "living guilt-free with our appropriate technology like Indians in the woods...free at last!". Only a tiny percentage of people will ever share in that goal meaningfully.

Nothing is going to change politically even when the oceans start encroaching cities, because the argument then will be that it is too late to fix the problem at that point. So, why bother with the stupid political activity, when we all know it's a nonstarter? Aren't there more constructive uses for their time? Instead of futile political activity, how about carbon sequestration-related work? Fund startups to do that... Plant trees. Do *something* to combat the problem you see rather than all of this wasted political activity...dare I say hot air? Solve the problem and stop trying to force others to change to 'solve' it.

But they won't, because it's not really about climate change. It's about social control and mandating lifestyles. People who apparently really don't like personal success very much because they choose goals that are unachievable.

Comment Re:Maybe NOW we can have Nestle chocolate back (Score 1) 311

I remember some chocolate bar from when I was a kid, it was called '100 Grand' or something. It was a bar of chocolate with honey-flavoured rice crisps in it. One day, it just vanished.

I also remember when the changed the tomato sauce used in Alphaghettis, and then it sucked.

Comment Re:The electoral college is not needed (Score 1) 452

Slavery, the vast majority of white men, let alone women and non-white people, not being able to vote, the VP being the runner-up of the Presidential election, and so on, were also 'deliberately put' in the Constitution.

Also 'deliberately put' into the Constitution? An amendment process. The fact that the EC was put into the Constitution in the 1700s to address 1700s issues was recognized, *by the writers and signatories to the Constitution,* to mean nothing to future Americans, so they gave said future Americans the ability to change things.

The Constitution, like any political document or act, was an example of compromise, horse-trading, unwritten understandings, and so on. Hell, the 'Bill of Rights' isn't in the 'original Constituion,' deliberately.

Also, the original Constitution was written with the understanding that political parties wouldn't form, and that representatives should vote each individual issue by their conscience and their constituents. The framers would be horrified by the idea of a party system, flabbergasted by the idea of a two-party system, and absolutely appalled by the idea of the 'straight party ticket' voting option.

Comment Re:What, is Google new or something? (Score 1) 173

The problem is when you have tons and tons of real time transactions that have to be kept in a very precise order. How do you easily and reliably determine which event happened first if the numerical timestamp isn't sequential?

You use a unique, sequential value independent from timestamp, I'd hope.

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