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Comment Re:Captain Kirk says... (Score 1) 298

"I am terrified of the prospect. As some point, I should start living a more risky lifestyle, since 3 out of 4 of my grandparents lived well into their '90s. Maybe I can kill myself in my early '90s through a skydiving accident or something."

Perhaps that is why there are so many first time 90+ year old skydivers. Interestingly, there are almost no second time 90+ year old skydivers.

"The problem with immortality is that it's boring."

I think that is only a problem for boring people. I find life fascinating and have over 1,000 years of ideas for things to do.

Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

One word: Monopoly

Here in the USofA a lot of people don't have a choice. We have one provider for phone and internet. We can't even get satellite because the mountains block it. So, we deal with the single provider who charges us $130/month for basic phone and slow internet. Forget broadband.

Comment Damn Cold (Score 1) 166

That -225ÂF night time low is interesting. I have a super freezer with a double compressor that goes down to -121ÂF which is colder than dry ice. I use this for shipping meat from our on-farm butcher shop. It's so cold that if you touch anything inside the freezer with your bare hands you'll stick to it and get instant frost bite. When you first open the chest freezer there is a mist undulating of CO2 vapor that hasn't quite frozen yet. Very cool to play with. Night time on Mars is far colder. Ouch!

Comment Re:Damn good money (Score 1) 866

Then please put your money in the bond market. I'll keep mine in land and tools that actually earn me money. In bad times I can live on the land, get my heat from the land, my building materials from the land, my food from the land. You can't eat bonds - or they'll give you indigestion at least. Maybe you could use them for wiping your ass.

Comment Go ahead, pay my day! (Score 1) 240

And why are we listening to this loser chump? If he wants to give 50% of his money to the government that is fine. It is perfectly legal for you to pay more taxes than required by law. Go ahead, Woz. Pay my day. But wait, no, he isn't wanting to give up his money! He wants to force other people to do it his way! Ah...! How totalitarian of the Woz of Id.

Comment Damn good money (Score 2) 866

"Swiss adults would get $2,500 per month, and kids around $625 per month"

That is more than many (most?) small farmers get now. This would mean a basic income of $52K per year for a family with three kids. I've had many years where I made $14K and supported our family fine. $52K would be luxury and that would be above the $14K - damn nice.

There are many reasons to like the universal income idea. I don't think it will actually make people stop working. People want more stuff. What it will do is give them the chance to do more interesting things. Some won't but many will.

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