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Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 0) 412

If the summer months keep breaking records but the winter months keep canceling them out, that still indicates there is an ongoing change even if the "average" isn't moving. For example, what's worse, an increase of 1 degree to the mean or an increase of 10 degrees to the range? (answer is I don't actually know, it's just an "engage the reader's brain" thing). I think people should be less fixated on a single measuring stick; climate is more nuanced than that. But "global warming" was a great phrase to grab people's attention (or if you're more cynical, to sell ads); suddenly everyone was an armchair climatologist. Have to admit it was fun picking a side and debating it for a while. The energy companies picking a side took the fun out of it. Nowadays I mostly just read and lurk. Mostly.

Hurricanes (cyclones here in the antipodes) fascinate me too, but I'm moving inland next month - seeing them only on TV will be a fine fringe benefit! I wouldn't wish a Cat 5 on anyone. A Cat 1 is bad enough (been through two of those, friends lost their roof, have no desire to be able to personally compare a 5).

Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 3, Interesting) 412

Huh. So what you're saying is, five years ago we had a year in which some months broke all previous records for heat, and this year that's happening again, but... what, exactly? I can't tell whether you're just using this topic to vent about your coworkers, or whether you actually have an opinion on global warming (or the lack thereof), or if you're just very disappointed that we haven't had a bunch of Category 5 hurricanes. ;p

Comment Re:Hell, go after the Animal Agriculture industry. (Score 1) 227

Hmm. Two questions. How much of the animal agricultural industry's emissions are from short-cycle (biological) sources as opposed to long-cycle (geological) sources? How much impact has the animal agricultural industry had on Earth's overall biologically-sourced greenhouse gas emissions as a net change since the beginning of humanity's industrial age?

Comment Re:Um, no. (Score 1) 187

Thankyou for making your opinion clear, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council*.

I mean, you're wrong, because independent invention is in fact not a defense unless you can demonstrate you invented it first (since copyright law is functionally legalised extortion - and I say that as a good friend of several published authors), but your declaration of assholedom is duly noted.

*if that reference is unclear, I suggest you read The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 623

I love this topic because I always get to mention the Autobahn. No speed limit and half the traffic fatalities per mile as US interstates, all because the slower people keep right, and allow the faster people to just pass.

I'm from neither the US nor Germany. Is the lack of a speed limit the only (significant) reason at all? Not road quality or driver education or anything else?

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

You have yet to explain why it can be supported, and I've been pretty clear in saying that taxes cannot do so. That's why it won't work. Why will it work? Where will the free money come from?

There is no free money. None. Nada. Questions like that are what piss me off most, because they imply nothing good about the person asking the question. Furthermore, the money that goes into the current, horribly inefficient, welfare system we have NOW isn't free either. So answer me this question: do you believe there is ANY welfare system that can prevent systemic poverty? Because the current one ensures the opposite happens.

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

Others have already admitted that "the vast majority" will see their taxes go up at least as much as their UBI payments would be.

If it goes up as much, then are they worse off? If it goes up more than as much, will the excess amount place them under actual financial duress?

To make that statement true, that means that people who pay zero income tax today will be handling ALL of their UBI back to the government as taxes.

Where are you getting this from? If you're making so little income that you don't even pay income tax, why would you be handing back all of your UBI back as taxes? That doesn't even make sense.

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

Congratulations on failing to notice - or deliberately ignoring - that my first sentence answered your facetious response to my second. The "collection method" is called taxes. Yes, we may have to alter taxation structures. Yes, this may possibly reduce the median income after tax. However, do feel free to propose an alternative that _unlike the existing system_ does not perpetuate (or worse exacerbate) poverty to further ease the lives of the rich.

Because I see a lot of selfish and/or ignorant assholes in this thread who are all too happy to bash UBI and claim society can't support it without even explaining why, but what I'm not seeing is anyone with a better idea - and no, "screw 'em, got mine" is not a better idea. I'll presume that you're positively contributing to society in at least some manner, but your own self-entitlement, confirmation bias and tunnel vision are neither appreciated nor desired.

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

GDP contains _everything_. It is not just salaries, it is also everything else in the economy. It is money that goes to roads, to education, to discovering new medicine, to maintenance, to production - everything. It isn't money lying on the table (and presumably grabbed by those evil, evil capitalists), it is the total sum of all economic activity in the country. And since it isn't an actual bank account you can plunder, you cannot simply 'divide it up' and give it to the poor.

Except for the bit where you claim capitalists are evil, that's entirely true. Completely misrepresents the argument, of course.

Here's something else that's true: GDP contains the taxes we pay. UBI is a distribution method for those taxes, not a collection method. The rest of your rant is about income before taxes, when the debate is about how to distribute those taxes.

Protip: a good rant about apples can be both cathartic and impress even a discerning listener, but achieving that is unlikely when the topic is oranges.

Comment Re:Moronic argument (Score 1) 1145

The claim that BI works is wrong, and it really should not take a whole lot of thought to make you realize it. Start by studying the current Government Welfare and see how it works. It does not move anyone out of poverty, and quite frankly it is abused by a massive amount of people.

Unsupported claim: "Current system X doesn't work, therefore different system Y will not work."

That is why all communist countries must be tyrannical.

Implies that UBI is communist. However, UBI is a method for distributing taxes to the populace. Ergo, for the implication to be true, all countries that distribute taxes to the populace must be communist. Are you claiming that the United States is communist?

If you want to see the experiment in action, go live in China and become a Chinese citizen.

False. China does not have a UBI.

Comment Re:Soros? (Score 1) 1145

_Bullshit_. GDP per capita in 2015 was $51486. Federal poverty level threshold in 2015 was $11770 for a single person household. UBI is affordable, QED.

The lack of a UBI has nothing to do with math and everything to do with the mentality of the established power structures. And the dominant mentality is this: screw you, got mine. Until that changes, the nation's rich will continue to live on the destitution of its poor. So much for the Pledge Of Allegiance.

Oh, and in before any asshole shouts "Communism!" Again, bullshit. A well-implemented UBI actually ensures _more_ people have non-negligible disposable income, not less. We already have taxes; deciding on the level of UBI is just haggling over the price.

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