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Comment Re:How is this news? (Score 2) 269

Perhaps people who are "lazy as shit" are the ones who say people are lazy as shit. I'm not lazy as shit, and have been very happily working remotely for most of my adult life with ZERO complaints about productivity. Some people are lazy, sure, but their results are pretty easy to uncover. It's not a blanket statement however, but it does work better for some than others.

Comment Re:Let's talk about the meat of the matter. (Score 1) 150

haha.. Given cows aren't stacked, squared km would be more relevant..but then factor in that each one needs a certain amount of space to graze, etc..and then a LOT more space for their primary feed...as I already posted, livestock consumes about half the land used in the US. Here's another article highlighting many of the concerns.

Comment Re:Let's talk about the meat of the matter. (Score 1) 150

Did you even read what I posted, or visit any of the links? Because they are evidence against your claims. Please back up what you're saying.

Yes, I know that doesnt fit in with you 'I'm a vegetarian, so *I* am saving the planet!' worldview, but suck it up - its the simple facts of farming.

Err...as a "meat-eater", you do realize that you're just as biased? Perhaps this is an opportunity to learn from a differing opinion. I grew up as a regular meat-eater, and as I learned more about what's going on, I changed my habits in response. I have a very strong feeling that, as someone who's spent a *lot* of time reading and researching this area, I've possibly learned a bit more about food systems than you have. However, I'm happy to have you inform me. Please find some US maps illustrating the land use of human crops vs livestock feed - I've already posted some, but go ahead and surprise me. Show me the studies from the US showing how livestock is lower impact (and I'm talking water, land-use, and other resources like oil and electricity) than crops. (Yes, there are a few exceptions, but these areas are in the vast minority compared to where most agriculture takes place, so please don't cherry pick an uncommon incident.) As for them 'drinking water', you do realize most livestock in the US are kept on factory farms, and they have immense pools collecting their waste...and it's not 'watering' anything - it's typically polluting nearby water systems. And yes, I've spent a fair bit of time on farms, although that's not necessary to learn about them. Most animal products don't come from the idyllic farm you've got in mind -- and if it began to, we'd run out of space to keep them in the US pretty quick. I don't think you appreciate how much space 10+ billion animals (the number in the US) take up. (And how much they eat, and shit and piss.)

I welcome your research.

Comment Let's talk about the meat of the matter. (Score 1) 150

Since 1990? Geez...that's setting the bar pretty low...let's go back a few hundred years, I bet it's more like 80%.

Sadly one of the main culprits almost sounds like a footnote - 'logging' is often done to clear land for livestock, just look at the Amazon. And most of the 'agriculture' is also to support that same livestock. In the US, 1/2 of ALL land is used for livestock - either space they take up, or for producing their food (and 70-90% of all corn, soy and wheat grown in the US is fed to livestock). XKCD has a stunning graphic showing the mass of all mammals on the planet.....and much is (you guessed it) livestock, followed by humans, with a sprinkling of wild mammals. NatGeo illustrates how much land there is on the planet, how much remains 'untouched', and how much we consume. We use up almost 40% of the entire non-ice land for 'agriculture', the vast majority as pastures, and you'll find much of the cropland is also devoted to this area.'Free range' is actually worse, demanding even more space than 'factory farmed'.

If you really care about this issue, consider what you're eating. When it comes to resource use (water, energy, space), livestock are at the top, or near. And it's a change we all can make. (And there's never been greater vegan options to choose from, give them a try if you haven't!)

Comment Re:What if we don't care? (Score 1) 219

Well, that's why I said have both. There's online for those of us who don't care, and continue having booths for those who do care or have other concerns.. My point is: I don't see why it has to be binary. (And I'm not saying 'expose who everyone votes for online', just that if there's a chance an online vote can be traced, that caveat ought to be up-front and central, and that's a risk you know when you vote online, but for many, it's a good option as well.)

Comment What if we don't care? (Score 1) 219

How about electronic voting, with the caveat 'we can trace your vote'? I don't care who knows how I vote, I'm pretty vocal about it. For those of us that appreciate the convenience, why not make that the option? And for those who want more privacy (which is questionable in a lot of instances anyway), they can go to a booth. Win-win? (And in some ways I prefer the accountability. If I can see that my vote is actually counted, I feel better than doing it in person where it really could disappear..)

Comment Re:700 million metric tons of CO2 Equivalent (Score 1) 190

ha ha..nice. The next post asks how these amounts can actually power anything - like, what fridge uses as much electricity as a car?? By their math, the gas from a day would power a car maybe 5km. On a serious note, the article doesn't discuss how the backpack works...I see some tubes, is there surgery involved? That adds another few layers of impracticality to it all as well.

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