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Comment Re:More condoms less climate change (Score 1) 169

Without immigration the US population would be experiencing negative growth. Most European countries are the same. It seems the poorest countries do all the breeding. Imagine a program where you pay women in those poor countries to be sterilized. Give them enough money they can live in comfort the rest of their lives and you have a cold, inhuman solution to over population. In the rich countries people are too busy having fun to have children. I live and work in a middle class environment and hardly anyone has more than one or two children anymore.

Comment Re: Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 5, Insightful) 240

I don't know about all of the US but in my neck of the woods funding is not a problem with public schools. Spending per student is far above what it was decades ago even adjusted for inflation. I remember going to school to discuss problems with my daughter when she was in the 5th grade. After the meeting my daughter's teacher thanked me profusely for coming. It kind of surprised me and I asked her why in the world wouldn't I have come. She told me she had 7 meetings scheduled that week and I was the only parent to show up. It had never occurred to me that anyone wouldn't be interested in their child's education but as I started looking around I noticed more and more over the years that students that did well had parents that were involved and a lot of parents were not involved at all. A friend of mine's wife is a teacher and he has told me many horror stories about children who basically are raising themselves. This is not in the ghetto but a generally working class environment. In my almost 6 decades I've seen a lot of changes, some for the better but the breakdown of the US family structure is not a positive thing and it's accelerating.

Comment Re: The Donald (Score 1) 236

The reason Republicans are obstructionist is that their constituents want them to obstruct. If you remember, Obama had a Democratic Congress when elected. He immediately used the control of Congress to ram a particularly bad healthcare bill through. The backlash was to lose the House on the next election cycle and the Senate on the one after that. We had a Democrat in my district who was one of the very last moderate Democrats left in the House. He voted for the health care bill and despite the fact he had had a long and popular career he was done. People didn't send him up there to support Obama but to support his district. He failed and they removed him in the very next election.

Comment Re: DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 354

Idiot that can't read. Nowhere did I advocate mass genocide. Nowhere. I did mention I was fine with the Malthusians that advocated the genocide being offed but even that was meant tongue in cheek as it were. I was pointing out what it would take to stop it. The point being it's not going to stop so we'll just have to deal with it as best we can. Of course, if the people running around screaming the sky is falling were to get their worst case scenario where we have global famine then that war I spoke of is inevitable. Starving people are vicious in the extreme.

Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 354

Fine points. Someone needs to come up with a plan for reasonable goals and try to mitigate damage and plan for changes in sea level. The problem is there is so much money involved and a lot of people plan to profit big time on the situation. Cap and Trade which is a favorite of these people is set up to profit from it. As with all things the working poor stand to take it up the ass. The funny thing is, while these people largely lack education and sophistication they aren't stupid. They know when someone pisses on their leg it's not raining.

Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 354

I'm willing to start with them. Yes the world is getting hotter. Yes man is contributing and most likely is the driving force behind it. No there's no stopping it without unbelievably drastic measures that will not be accepted by almost anybody. The best chance for stopping it is a world war where 97 percent of the population is destroyed. A nuclear winter would do wonders for global warming. The climate guys would get all those glaciers back with a vengeance.

Comment Re:Except for the peasants. (Score 1) 132

The trick is to milk the people and keep them where they'll never get ahead but they don't starve and they have a few comforts. Once people actually have no hope they become dangerous. Eventually the fuckers in charge get so arrogant and greedy that they take it all. That's when it comes apart like with the French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

Comment Re:MS bugs laughable compared w/other systems (Score 3) 236

I've run into numerous bugs on Linux. I've been using it since 1999 since I finally gave up on Amiga hardware developments and moved on. During that time it has improved by leaps and bounds and has always been very stable but did suffer a lot from lack of driver support by hardware makers. It has been years since I had to hard boot a linux box though even when programs crashed. I've had to use Xkill a few times or open a terminal and kill a choked program by hand. These are generally bugs not in applications and not in Linux itself but you can see by the Kernel change log that developers are constantly chasing bugs.

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