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Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 2) 239

Liberal or Conservative doesn't matter, many places put up barriers to more affordable housing, high rises and the like. The affluent like their views and large estates and will put up regulatory barriers to prevent the hoi pollio from moving into "their" neighborhoods. See Cape Cod residents fighting off shore wind generation because it will mess with their precious view or Gated Communities etc.

The Hamptons make it almost impossible for new construction due to minimum lot sizes and other methods to keep out affordable housing.

Comment Re:Good bye jungles? (Score 1) 79

I always think of Douglas Adams calling the mosquito "Nature's Viet Cong" for making it much more expensive to cut down all the rain forests. I hope the laudable goal of saving people doesn't have the negative side effect of accelerated jungle destruction.

Note that a Malaria vaccine means we don't have to cut down the rain forests to protect people from malaria. So, this particular way of saving people can also save the rain forest....

Comment Re: Overpopulation in Africa, the Middle East, Ind (Score 1) 265

Nuclear isn't viable. Nobody has figured out how to deal with the waste.

Umm, no.

We know perfectly well how to deal with the waste. Alas, the anti-nuclear types have fought for 50 years now to keep us from doing anything with the waste other than putting it into storage ponds.

Which is insanely stupid, since nuclear fuel is poisoned by its own wastes long before the fissionables are actually used up in the reactor. So there's a LOT of potentially usable nuclear fuel sitting in those storage ponds. Hell, we'd hardly have to mine uranium for a century or so if we actually reprocessed that "spent" fuel....

And that's without even considering breeder reactors, which turn all that U238 that we've mined (and which is basically useless as fuel) into usable fissionables....

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 262

to do something based on how they were born

You understand gays are not "born that way," correct?

Try telling a gay teenager that is struggling with bullying and ridicule that he/she made a choice to be gay. FYI homosexuality exists in the animal kingdom and has been recorded in humans since humans kept recording.

Your religious beliefs about sexuality have no basis in science.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 262

Yes, individuals that were members of a mixed-race marriage performed in another state were jailed. The state did this because it could. Do you really think that if the state thought it could jail LGBT members married in another state it wouldn't? Many states never formally repelled sodomy laws what makes you think this would be any different.

My point is the arguments presented buy opponents of LGBT marriages and mixed-race marriages are basically religious or I just don't like it.

Positive and negative rights are again are an attempt to say if you prevent me from discriminating against someone I don't like you are taking away one of my rights, Guess what, in your private life have at it BUT when dealing with other members of society, either as a businessman, government, or citizen trying to deny someone else the capability to do something based on how they were born, you have no right to do that in the Unites States of America. Denying marriage because you feel it is wrong for a specific individual to marry negatively impacts them much more than it does you. Many, many laws and judicial decisions in this country grant rights based on marriage status. Eliminate those and we can talk about the rest.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 262

if you think the government should stay out of marriage completely and that expanding the definition is going in the wrong direction you're 'homophobic', .

Would you prefer the more generic term of "BIGOT"? Because many of the individuals arguing against extending marriage equality to the LGBT community are using the same arguments that "BIGOTs" used to argue against mixed race marriages.

Go ahead choose your descriptor of choice and I will gladly use it.

Comment Re:Oh, this is going to be great (Score 1) 244


Of course, it doesn't sit right atop a continental divide, unlike the river in TFA.

IOW, it's still not all that big a deal. Interesting, and I'm really curious to see the long term effects (if any, it may reroute itself back next year). But not something to panic over....

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 344

And yet, traffic fatality rates have been declining for the last couple-three decades. In 2015, they were barely 2/3 what they were in 1990.

So, as cellphones became more ubiquitous, there have been fewer traffic fatalities...hardly seems to be all that serious an issue....

Comment Re:Oh, this is going to be great (Score 4, Insightful) 244

Addendum to my last:

Note that I live near the Mississippi River, which, until it was leveed all to hell-and-gone, routinely shifted its channel from year to year. So the notion of a river rerouting itself isn't terribly surprising to me, nor is it really that big a deal, unless it reroutes itself over someone's house or a town (which the Mississippi used to do from time to time in the 19th Century).

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