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Comment True that (Score 1) 229

"does better in a socialist economy than in a capitalist one, because nuclear energy prefers to have the public do the cleanup, do the insurance, cover all of the losses and it only wants the profits."

This is precisely why the calls for "A free and open market with big government off our backs." is disastrous. In addition to little things like just think what it would be like if there were no regulation of meat, fuel, roads, drugs, doctors, chemical manufacturing, transport, storage, access, and I could go on and on.

The point being that if we want democracy, there has to be some way for limiting those stronger, richer, with more friends from becoming an issue for the less rich, less powerful, less popular. A society without limits is one with warlords and thugs running it.

Comment Re:I refuse to buy HP products (Score 2) 387

The key here is "$170 printer". This is not the cost of the unit; it's right at or below. The reason is because printer manufacturers have gotten used to being able to pick customers pockets once the purchase of the unit is made, counting on the consumer to have "Sunk cost fallacy".

That being said, I have advocated for simply throwing out HP equipment in my employment. I won't go into details (NDA and I don't want my opinion getting me sued) but I won't purchase HP if I have any say in the matter at all.

Comment Yeah... (Score 2) 343

...That's not gonna happen. (A pardon).

Tons of people blow their stack over Snowden's leaks. They are misguided and wrong in my opinion. What I've seen does not detail or risk named people (I may have missed something) but does bright line where our own government is breaking the law, and not just a little bit.

Look, crazy people will be able to harm us, no question. It's not giving away our own liberty and justice in the process of trying to stop them that makes the difference between an oppressive, unjust government and one that we say we want.

Comment Say what?! (Score 1) 320

"When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up..."

I about dropped my jaw when I read that. "What!?" I said to myself. Then poking around, I found that it was the Kitty Litter accident as I call it. The drum did not "blow up" in the sense of explosion, either chemical or criticality, but the kitty litter used expanded and burst the container. Ok, that was pretty stupid (the kitty litter).

What exceeds "Dumb as a box of rocks with all the smart rocks thrown out" followed that trying to clean it up.

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