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Comment Re:yeah (Score 5, Interesting) 307

No shit. Take this quote from Dostoyevsky:
“The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make plans for the service of humanity, and perhaps I might actually face crucifixion if it were suddenly necessary. Yet I am incapable of living in the same room with anyone for two days together. I know from experience. As soon as anyone is near me, his personality disturbs me and restricts my freedom. In twenty-four hours I begin to hate the best of men: one because he’s too long over his dinner, another because he has a cold and keeps on blowing his nose. I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me. But it has always happened that the more I hate men individually the more I love humanity.”
  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov z

Comment Re:Still uses gas (Score 0) 206

...have the potential for the most devastating effects of accidents...
Hardly. More people have died out of hydropower accidents. As for slow deaths coal emissions like carbon monoxide are one of big factors behind heart diseases. Which are a leading cause of death worldwide.

...produces the most toxic waste in both terms of preparation of the fuel and the fuel itself after it's been "spent"...
There are plenty of other toxic human activities like gold mining. Ever heard of leeching with cyanide? Neither of the toxic products need to be stored close to places where human activity occurs.

...something which produces tons and tons of weapons grade waste which needs to be kept safe for thousands of years is "clean".
It is clean in terms of air pollution. As for the waste the volume could be minimized significantly if the fuel cycle was closed. The technology exists.

...Nuclear power is a leftover from the utopian dreams people had in the 50's before they knew what they were dealing with. It's not cheap, not safe and definitely not clean.
It's one of the cheapest forms of grid connected power. If it's the cheapest or not depends on the local conditions.

Comment Re:19th and 20th century powerhouse (Score 1) 206

And yet a continent that's larger than Europe, has more people than Europe, etc did not manage to either fight the Europeans off or hold its own. A place where humanity came from so it's not like the issue was they weren't there long enough to develop. Compare Sub-Saharan Africa to China or to even the Americas. It's all kind of lame really.

I don't blame the Europeans for Africa's backwardness. I think it's more due to parasites like malaria and sleeping sickness sapping people's productivity overall.

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