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Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

If you look in the FEMA site, they say that they provide gramts to perform repairs not covered by insurance. And no, they don't do a needs test. Now, the typical rich person does not let their insurance lapse just so that they can get a FEMA grant. Because such a grant is no sure thing. They also point out that SBA loans are the main source of assistance following a disaster. You get a break on interest, but you have to pay them back.

Comment Re: The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

I understand your point about view land being desirable even though it's a flood risk. I live a mile or so from the Hayward fault. But I have California's risk pool earthquake insurance. The government wouldn't be paying me except from a fund that I've already paid into. I imagine that the government does pay some rich people in similar situations, but as far as I'm aware disaster funds go to the States from the federal government and should not in general become a form of rich people's welfare. Maybe you can find some direct evidence to show me that would make the situation more clear.

Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

What you are observing is economics. As a city or town population grows, the best land becomes unavailable and those who arrive later or have less funds available must settle for less desirable land. Thus many cities have been extended using landfill which liquifies as the San Francisco Marina District did in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, or floods. Risks may not be disclosed by developers, or may be discounted by authorities as the risks of global warming are today.

Efforts to protect people who might otherwise buy such land or to mitigate the risks are often labeled as government over-reach or nanny state.

Comment Re:The problem with your explanation (Score 1) 307

Oh, of course they were caused by misguided engineering efforts. Everything from the Army Corps of Engineers to Smoky Bear goes under that heading. The most basic problem is the fact that we locate cities next to resources and transportation, which means water, without realizing where the 400-year flood plane is. Etc. We have learned something since then.

Our problem, today, is fixing these things. Which is blocked by folks who don't believe in anthropogenic climate change, or even cause and effect at all. They don't, for the most part, register Democratic.

Comment The problem with your explanation (Score 5, Insightful) 307

The problem with your explanation is that it's fact-based, and stands on good science. This is the post-truth era. Thus, the counter to your argument will be:

  • Evidence for a human cause of erosion is thin and controversial, and is being pushed by loony liberals.
  • We need those oil and shipping jobs, and jobs building and maintaining levees, not more regulation that stifles them!
  • Cause and effect is not a real thing, except for one cause, God is behind everything.
  • This is part of God's plan for us. The end time is coming, and when the Rapture arrives it will not matter that Louisiana's coast has eroded. Cease your pursuit of unholy science and pray to save your soul!

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 338

so far hasn't done anything irreversible.

I think the first victims have been farmers who can't bring in their crops. Just the people who voted for him in California's central valley and wherever else we depend on guest workers. I don't see citizens lining up to pick those crops. The small family farmers, what's left of them, will feel this worse, the large corporate ones have the lawyers necessary to help them break the rules and truck people in from South of the border.

The second group of victims will be the ones who need health care that doesn't come from a big company. It's a lot more difficult to start a small business when there is no affordable way to get health care. And that is the case for my own small business - I'd be in bad shape if my wife left the University. I think that's the real goal - to keep people from leaving employment in larger companies and going off on their own.

Comment Re:So... (Score 4, Interesting) 338

Donald Trump, unfortunately, satisfies a common desire among the populance to right things by means that won't actually right them. It's a desire to rid Washington of inaction by cleaning it out of the current folks who don't seem to get anything done: and then you find that the things they were working on are harder than you understood. It's the feeling that you can get things going right by having a manager who lights a fire under the responsible people: just the way that bank managers pressured employees to increase revenue or be fired until those employees started opening accounts fraudulently for customers who hadn't asked for them.

What I am having a hard time with is how our country gets back out of this. I fear Humpty has had such a great fall that there is no peaceful recovery.

Comment Transparency of public officials (Score 3, Insightful) 268

It's the essence of the "If you haven't done anything wrong, why is your privacy so important to you" argument.

The salient difference being that privacy is to be enjoyed in abundance by citizens qua private individuals, but should to be afforded only sparingly to public officials qua public officials. Transparency, not privacy, is the the expectation we should have of government.

History shows that the privacy enjoyed by individual citizens is inversely proportional to the privacy government officials are permitted in the exercise of their power.

Comment Discrimination City (Score 5, Interesting) 155

I have to staff exhibit booths a few times a year. I absolutely hate that applicants treat it as a modeling job and send me their photos. My wife hates it too :-) .

I ask that they be capable of standing for 8 hours per day for three days straight, and that they be well dressed, well groomed, and personable. I will always hire the smart ones (you'd be surprised how many folks with a Masters or Ph.D. are looking for weekend work), and they rarely are the model folks.

I started putting "NO PHOTOS" in my ads a while back. I am thinking of asking folks to use a first initial and not indicate their gender, just to see what happens.

Comment Re: Positive (Score 1) 316

You attempt to mislead others ...

No they were exploring etymologically, why it is that Corporations are persons ('people' is not exactly the correct word even though the idea is the same).

Also, a corporation/incorporated business consists of investors that aren't really have anything much to do together besides "business".

The same might be said of an unincorporated company. What primarily distinguishes a corporation from an unincorporated company, is that the corporation is a person in its own right (and can therefore enter into contract, sue and be sued etc), whereas the unincorporated company can only conduct itself in the name of the people .. sorry the persons .. it comprises.

People are humans.

Natural persons are humans, corporate persons are corporations.

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 1) 470

The abortion question comes down to one thing.... when does a human life begin? Everything else is irrelevant.

Life, in the biological sense, cannot begin at conception obviously, since a dead sperm or a dead ovum cannot make in living diploid human. Much less can it begin at birth for obvious reasons. Life doesn't begin it's passed on, so the question lacks coherence and we can easily reject a life-based analysis for resolving this question. That is, of course, unless you are using some specialised defintion of 'human life.' But this means this question resolves itself to how it is that we define the term.

Now we can sensibly ask when some form of legal personhood begins (which some people might mean by 'a human life'), which at common law is birth (but being law subject to re-definition). That this is arbitrary, and therefore philosophically unsatisfying, has at least the benefit of producing a definitive answer.

Philosophically we might consider the fact of individual human consciousness (which does have a beginning) that might more sensibly be considered in resolving the ethics of abortion. The question would be, at what point does the possibility of some form of rudimentary self-awareness begin? Which, I suspect, would lie at some point after conception, but before birth.

HOWEVER, there is also the question of the individual human consciousness and the bodily autonomy of the human who is to host the fetus. To sit around and insist that "the abortion question comes down to ... [the question of] when does a human life begin" or even "when does an individual human consciousness begin" is a characteristic of those whose bodies are unlikely ever to be called upon to act as a host. The abortion question, for many in the debate, comes down to one thing, whose has the right to decide what a woman may do with her own body (including carrying or not carrying a fetus from conception to birth). Everything else, they might insist, is irrelevant.

Comment Re:This is why BLOBs are a bad idea (Score 3, Informative) 154

If they don't use BLOBs, wouldn't that just mean the vulnerabilities are baked into silicon?

Your device generally includes some sort of CPU, which is usually programmed in C. It might also include a gate-array program, which is written in verilog or VHDL. Backdoors and bugs live in both of these things.

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