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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five is a sufficiently close approximation to infinity. -- Robert Firth "One, two, five." -- Monty Python and the Holy Grail