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Comment Re:"Green" technologies aren't sufficient. (Score 1) 237

Bullshit. Nuclear power is economically unsustainable without direct government intervention and subsidy.

That's mostly because of all the NIMBYs who manage to add 20 years of delay to any nuclear power construction job.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the economics of nuclear.

This is why nuclear power stations should be built by governments - because they don't have to use the profits to pay back venture capitalists who invested billions 25 years ago on the promise of a 10000% return on their money (and that's conservative - 25 years at 20% interest - they probably ask for more than that).

Comment Re:Neglect is more likely (Score 1) 102

Either that or there also wasn't any 'south vietnamese' government during the Vietnam police action, which was at the time heavily supported by the US, but just a conflict between North Vietnam and the US.

Nearly right. The "South Vietnamese" government was an illegal and illegitimate device conjured up by Washington to justify its violent intervention. There was a nation called Vietnam. After international talks, an election was scheduled for Vietnam. Washington decided that the Communists were certain to win the election, so it engineered a "rebellion" by a newly-invented entity called "South Vietnam". Insofar as it ever existed, South Vietnam must have seceded from Vietnam, just as Washington maintains Crimea wasn't allowed to secede from Ukraine.

Incidentally, lots of people are saying that the referendum through which Crimea returned to Russia was illegitimate. It's not often mentioned that, after the dissolution of the USSR in 1990, the people of Ukraine (including Crimea) were not consulted at all about the decision to declare a new nation called "Ukraine". If you consult the history books, you will find that there had NEVER before been a nation state called "Ukraine". It had always been part of Russia, except when it was conquered by the Turks or the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

And the coup d'etat of 2014 which overthrew President Yanukovych was both violent and illegal - a fact which the present "acting" President Poroshenko has publicly admitted.

Comment Re: Huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 475

Thanks! If anyone is interested in reading a bit about the theory behind my point of view, the best place to start is David Graeber's magnificent "Debt: The First 5000 Years". You'll be chuckling within a few pages, and awed within the first 100.

You'll also be stunned at all the wrong beliefs that many people accept and take for granted. At the risk of further enraging those of other persuasions, I can reveal that one of Graeber's biggest ideas is that human beings naturally practice a form of "rough communism". Unless educated to do otherwise, we have a strong tendency to cooperate and help out. Here are a couple of choice extracts:

"After all, we do owe everything we are to others. This is simply true. The language we speak and even think in, our habits and opinions, the kind of food we like to eat, the knowledge that makes our lights switch on and toilets flush, even the style in which we carry out our gestures of defiance and rebellion against social conventions – all of this we learned from other people, most of them long dead. If we were to imagine what we owe them as a debt, it could only be infinite. The question is: Does it really make sense to think of this as a debt? After all, a debt is something that we could at least imagine paying back”.

“[Peter] Freuchen tells how one day, after coming home hungry from an unsuccessful walrus-hunting expedition, he found one of the successful hunters dropping off several hundred pounds of meat. He thanked him. The man objected indignantly:
“’Up in our country, we are human!’ said the hunter. ‘And since we are human we help each other. We don’t like to hear anyone say thanks for that. What I get today you may get tomorrow. Up here we say that by gifts one makes slaves and by whips one makes dogs’.
“The last line is something of an anthropological classic, and similar statements about the refusal to calculate credits and debits can be found throughout the anthropological literature on egalitarian hunting societies. Rather than seeing himself as human because he could make economic calculations, the hunter insisted that being truly human meant refusing to make such calculations, refusing to measure or remember who had given what to whom, for the precise reason that doing so would inevitably create a world where we began ‘comparing power with power, measuring, calculating’ and reducing each other to slaves or dogs through debt”.

Comment Re:Not in this case (Score 1, Interesting) 260

In this case, because of the method of application, this DRM is bad.

It hijacks YOUR computer because THEY want to control what you do with "their" data.

You're free to not transmit their data to your PC.

The only time DRM is bad is when it prevents you from doing things like listen to one of your CDs in your car, from making backup copies of delicate media for your kids to use, etc.

These days it's all electronic and modern cars have interfaces for mobile phones so these arguments are disappearing. If you choose to steal, that's your choice. Be a grown-up and admit that that's what you're doing though. Don't try to justify it because of the ev1L DRMs.

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