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Comment Re: Not gonna happen (Score 1) 170

Why should a capitalist corporation bother investing in developing fusion when governments are doing the spending for them? Since they have the politicians in their back pockets they will have no difficulty getting access to the technology for free if it ever succeeds. Big Oil is just investment capital looking for an investment, research is what the public pay for with their taxes.

Comment Re:Reads Like An Ad (Score 2, Interesting) 170

And does nothing to dispel the belief that fusion is fifty years in the future. And it has been fifty years in the future for the last fifty years. Given the recent success of renewables and advancing battery and storage technology, fusion is unlikely to ever see the light of day. The funding will soon be diverted into military spending for the coming global war between populist fascist states in any case. Who needs science and experts when there is a war against immigrants and foreigners to be fought.

Comment Silly Putty was miraculous (Score 4, Funny) 27

I can still recall the day I learned that you could copy a frame from the Sunday comics by pressing silly putty onto it. I thought that was the coolest thing ever.

Any time they want to mix it with graphene and inject it into my blood stream, I'm ready. I haven't seen a piece of Silly Putty in decades, but I can still recall its smell vividly. I loved that stuff. I think my childhood dog Smokey ate an entire Silly Putty once and crapped it out unchanged. I think it still had the image of Smokey Stover on it.

Comment Re:Or it might go up (Score 1) 459

Your citation shows higher poverty 2009-2015 than 2001-2008. More people have been impoverished under Obama than before.

Tell you what, Chris: People can look at the graph for themselves and see that poverty has been steadily declining since the end of the recession. And right now, poverty is lower than it was the year Obama took office.

The poverty rate today is also almost exactly where it was when Ronald Reagan left office.

Comment Who's to say? (Score 4, Insightful) 79

"How do we know this radiation isn't actually good for you? I mean, the Sun's heat is radiation, right?"

- Trump's new director of the Department of Energy.

[Note: If you think I'm somehow exaggerating, you might find tonight's story about Trump's new Department of Energy "enemies list" an interesting read:}

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 2) 459

Subsidies only drive up prices if you don't impose cost controls, as ALL profitable businesses do. Eliminating health insurance will kill any poor person who gets seriously sick or injured, as they can't pay and can't borrow and hospitals won't treat for free. Desperate people do desperate things. If the choice is rob the rich or watch your kid die, most poor people will target the rich. If you want a stable country you must ensure the poor have just enough so they don't need to do that.

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