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Comment Re:Encrypt everything! (Score 1) 394

It's not easy to leave, as it means leaving the country. That said, if people *can* leave they should. Those who are rich and those who are intelligent (aka the ones countries like to court and keep) will have no problem leaving, taking their skills and wealth with them. If a government makes too many missteps, this will happen and before you know it, you're Venezuela (or Detroit). Then, either the failed government is enlightened and starts reversing it's harmful policies, or it dissolves into irrelevance on the global stage.

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

Did not vote for Trump, and his stance on torture I vehemently disagree with. That said, he is also campaigning on pulling back the military from meddling in foreign lands (so we'll be less in a position to torture), and all of his rhetoric about atomic weapons is meaningless when he wants to buddy up with Russia, the only real atomic threat to the US out there. He also is campaigning on building up America's infrastructure which are jobs that cannot be outsourced, guaranteed to both employ and ultimately improve the lives of citizens in cities and towns large and small.

As a side effect a reduced global presence of the US makes us less a target of terrorists.

But yes, the Mexican wall is full blown retard. I happen to like the idea of taco trucks on every corner.

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

You have to halve the Johnson votes to come up with how many may have been taken away from Hillary. 100% of Stein would have gone for H but only 40-50% of Johnson would have, if they were not on the ballot. Since he took from both parties almost equally (and probably drained more from Trump) if anything he made the margins slightly less favorable for Trump than they otherwise would have been. His ticket was two (R) Governors.

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

This is why Libertarianism only works at the Federal level. Your state Dept of Environmental Conservation would theoretically handle those tasks. In addition, the state / local government of your municipality could sue a private corporation for damages on your behalf.

That said, eliminating the EPA is the only Libertarian tenet I fully disagree with. If nothing else, we need a way to keep a state upstream from polluting a river that flows through multiple states. GE still has to dredge the Hudson River for PCBs and the Feds were clutch in making that happen.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 2837

Trump also included in his platform support for domestic infrastructure improvements, including the baby ordinarily in the D's camp: High Speed Rail. Trains are inherently the most environmentally efficient way of transporting anything from any A to B over land (and also cost efficient for freight). Reducing the need for air travel and taking trucks/buses/cars off the road via simple supply/demand economics will do more for the environment than regulations which boil down to trading carbon credits like poker chips.

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

I actually like my congresscritter (D). The Senator who was up for election (also D) I tried to vote out. Voting straight along party lines is dumb, and voting out someone who 90% of the time voted for things I wanted and against things I despised just because they're the incumbent is equally dumb.

Here are some of his highlights source:
Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Feb 2014) ...
Voted NO on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government. (Apr 2013)
Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
Member of House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. (Mar 2011)
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects. (Mar 2013)

For whatever reason the site does not mention one of the key votes he was against; he also voted down SOPA and its ilk.

Comment Re:Finally!! (Score 1) 598

There are a few days like that for me, too. But for the vast majority, if DST stayed in effect I would still see sun at 5PM. Massachusetts actually had the right idea; they were considering a few years ago switching to the Atlantic time zone and abolishing DST (the same effect as making EDT permanent). I don't know if the idea has gained any real traction though.

Comment Re:How long will he last? (Score 2) 2837

Except the part where Pence is actually a pretty solid candidate. While Trump was floundering with his non-stop train of blunders, Pence was actually stating coherent talking points.

But even so, grassy knoll approach is flat out stupid. Trump is a businessman first and foremost. All stances are negotiable. He's probably easier to sway with a briefcase full of cash than anyone else. Clinton already collected her payola so any newcomer trying to buy policy would have had to outdo the pre-existing arrangements she has. To put it bluntly: you can pay Trump $20 to hold up a Dr. Pepper can during a speech. You'd have to pay Hillary first the $20 she is already getting from Coke, and then another $20 for her to hold up your beverage of choice.

Comment Re:The planet? Convince a single country first. (Score 1) 598

It's more because the mind has a lot of extra data in miles. I know how many Miles/Gallon I can get, and how that relates to how much time I can travel at highway speeds. So figuring out the optimal place / time to fill up is easier if I convert the distances on signs into miles, rather than trying to change all the elements of the rest of my mental equation. A lot of it is a simple 'feeling' whether I can make it to the next town safely versus buying overpriced gas at the only station for 60 miles / 100 km in either direction, a feeling that only works if I have the distance in miles. The car's display can be changed to show litres/km instead of miles/gallon but this is sufficiently a strange enough number to me as to be, effectively, meaningless.

I suspect this is part of why Puerto Rico has only gone 80% of the way towards metrification, and stopped there. You buy gas in cents/liter, and highway distance signs are shown in km, but speed limits are shown in MPH and cars advertise MPG.

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