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Comment Re:But not to Nestle. (Score 2) 332

It is idiotic for San Diego to produce expensive and energy intensive desalinated water, when a short distance away in the Imperial Valley, farmers are receiving water for a hundredth the cost. Central planning has been a failure everywhere, and it is failing in California. The government should not be picking winners and losers, or segmenting the market into favored certain sectors. Instead they should just let the market set the price for water.

The core problem here isn't 'leftist' central planning by the government, it is wealthy right-wing farmers, businessmen and corporations corrupting the government to do their bidding. The rich farmers and corporations will fight for their water 'rights' with millions in campaign contributions and assorted bribes, both legal and illegal. If these were poor immigrant Mexican farmers their water would have been taken long ago.

Comment Re:German illegal? (Score 3, Interesting) 323

Also don't forget that this war was to protect the disputed areas called Texas which had already declared it's independence and then joined the Union in 1845.

American settlers in Texas, with U.S. support, declared independence from Mexico to protect slavery, which was illegal in Mexico. Nothing noble about that.

Did we take territory from Mexico during a war? Of course, during the war we actually took ALL of Mexico, seems to me we gave a lot of it back

We let them keep half their country? Aren't we special! I guess if Russia took all of the Ukraine and gave half of it back, they'd be wonderful too.

I'd bet that the people who live there now wish we had kept it all

Mexico would be much wealthier country if we hadn't taken half of their territory. Not to mention the constant meddling of the United States in Mexican affairs. As Mexican President Porfirio Diaz said: "Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!"

Comment Re:The Boston Globe was insanely left-wing.... (Score 3, Insightful) 178

The New York Times isn't extreme left wing, in fact on many issues it's center right. It supported the war in Iraq, it overall supports the war on terror, it falls in line with the government propaganda 98% of the time. I guess you think their extreme left wing because they have a liberal columnist like Paul Krugman, but they also have right wing columnists like David Brooks. Or maybe its because they had an article exposing the labor abuse at the Foxcomm factory in China making Apple products, I guess stories like that really upset you right wingers, it might hurt the stock price. But for the most part, they supports the capitalist system, they just point out some of the more pernicious abuses. I guess if they stopped doing that you right wingers would like it more.

The New York Times also supports the bulk of American Foreign policy. I know you right wingers don't give a fuck about the millions of innocent people killed by the U.S. government over the years, and have never shed a tear over innocents killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, etc, so if anyone like the NYT voices the mildest criticism of the massive crimes committed by the U.S. government, they are extreme left wing in your view. In my view, they are center right for supporting the bulk of it.

Comment Re:Oy. (Score 4, Insightful) 408

Pretty much any that doesn't involve government-enforced monopolies. Just imagine how much worse buying gasoline would be if certain companies purchased rights to supply all gasoline to individual cities, locking out competition.

I agree with this, and I'd like that add the cause of this problem isn't just governments being corrupt, it's the businessmen and corporations corrupting governments.

Comment Re:The enemy of my enemy (Score 1) 693

This plane is delivery military aid. If you include military aid as part of war (which is a valid point of view), then the US is at war with half the world.

Brilliant comment. That's the core truth of what is really going on in the world. Not this BS about the U.S. saving the world. The U.S. kills more innocent people in the world then all of the terrorists in the world combined by an order of several magnitudes.

Comment Re:Patent troll? (Score 3, Insightful) 259

The examiner's biggest problem is probably time. The paperwork flows onto his desk at a breakneck pace, and he needs to get it off of his desk somehow. Skim it, rubber stamp it, and pass it on to the next person who rubber stamps it seems to be the most common method.

Well, there is also the problem that in most jobs the ones whom management considers the best workers are those who go through their work the fastest, not those who do the highest quality work.

Comment Is Balmer a Republican? (Score 1, Troll) 913

This is compelling evidence that Steve Balmer is a Republican. Does he also believe the President was born in Kenya? You'd have to be Republican wacko to believe the failure of Windows 8 is due to the OEM manufacturers. The PC manufacturers are the ones who should be suing Microsoft for tanking their sales with the insanity of Windows 8 as a PC operating system.. But what Microsoft is doing is another Republican tactic. Accuse others of what you've actually caused.

Comment How about Windows 8? (Score 4, Funny) 540

Don't tell me the computer revolution is slowing down when Microsoft has just released Windows 8. Krugman obviously is out of touch with the computer industry and must be living in a cave, to be unaware of this life changing, revolutionary breakthrough. Windows 8 alone will throw the computer industry back into the dark ages, allowing the growth cycle to start all over again, reigniting the industry.

Comment Re:this is not a godwin (Score 1) 191

these are countries hypermilitarizing and issuing bellicose language for decades

Thank God the U.S. hasn't hyper-militarized or used bellicose language for decades (rolls eyes). The problem you don't see is the U.S. has done far more evil in the world than North Korea or Iran combined. Of course, when the U.S. kills millions of people, its only for the most saintly reasons.

Comment Re:The best thing Windows 8 has going for it... (Score 1) 504

is that there is an outside chance that it may finally see the end of Ballmer.

Yea, I've been wondering that as well, How many screw ups and years of mediocrity before the board of directors and Gates come to their senses and realizes Ballmer isn't a very good CEO? A monkey throwing darts would make better decisions than him.

Comment Re:Look at the bright side (Score 5, Insightful) 224

A lack of planet on a nearby star does not mean there is nothing around the star

There might still be fragments of ice / rocks / whatever that humankind can use to construct an artificial planet of some kind

Plus, the lack of existing planet means we get to create one, with our own design

Yea, make our own planet. Simple! This got modded 5 Insightful? Why not make another Earth in our own solar system? It would be way easier to do it here where all the resources are, instead of in a distant solar system. Or even easier, crash asteroids from the asteroid belt into Mars to create an Earth size planet. Why don't we do it? Because it would be freakin' impossible for any beings without near God-like technological powers.

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