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Comment Re:Who's to say? (Score 1) 97

Just saying the US has not had to deal with autocratic kings

Indeed, because it was autocratic Governors answering to nobody other than the King that resulted in a revolt and let to the United State in the first place! So America has had plenty of it.

the colonial governors

Which is exactly what I meant FFS!

Comment Re:Who's to say? (Score 1) 97

That's a huge-ass assumption we've been living with for the last century

The assumption that increased chances of cancer sucks? Not so huge an assumption IMHO.

So we drew a straight line interpolating it down to zero

Now there is a "huge-ass assumption" that turns out to be totally wrong, especially with the "down to zero" bit. Below a certain level nobody really gives a shit other than people who want to start arguments. When dosage badges indicate something but a long way below a threshold nobody cares.

Comment Re:So sick of the Fusion Scams (Score 1) 287

It is a very new thing to many readers because so little investment has been put in that development has taken decades. We've heard of things ten years ago but they have not - it just hasn't made it into the press much lately.
It sounds dumbed down because even here it is difficult to underestimate the technical background of the readers - when a space story comes up most seem to think in terms or orbits as fixed one dimensional circles and anything about electricity generation degenerates into a grade school sandpit fight over "one true energy".

Comment Re:Who's to say? (Score 2, Interesting) 97

Since it's been a more than a couple of hundred years since the USA has had to deal with a King I suppose a reminder of how petty and spiteful autocrats can be was due :(
From the link above:

The questionnaire requests a list of those individuals who have taken part in international climate talks over the past five years

How petty is that?

Comment Re:More then the movie made... (Score 2) 58

How you recover from that level of a flop I have no idea.

It's written off as part of a portfolio of other losses to avoid paying tax.

On a funny note the original "Mad Max" (Road Warrior was the title of the US dub) was financed as part of a tax evasion scheme, which is why the director was allowed full control, and the investors were initially horrified when it started making money. Once it started making a LOT of money they were not so horrified.

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1) 574

I think if people can't be bothered to vote you don't want their vote

That way eventually leads to revolt once those people whose votes you do not want build up into a majority and decide to involve themselves in the political process by force.
Of course the gun nuts have wet dreams about that sort of stuff, but they don't understand that most of them would be among the corpses if things go that far to shit.

Comment Re:I like how this is just now a problem (Score 1) 574

Trump declared war on the media and some of them have accepted his challenge. An MIT journalism professor had a lot of interesting things to say about it in a radio interview but I've lost track of details (no summary or transcript on the net). I'm sure more on this topic will turn up.

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