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Comment Re:Why is income equality necessarily good? (Score 1) 300

Piketty argues that when inequality increases, economic productivity goes down. So that's one reason. Another reason is because it's not really fair: people who have more often didn't work an equivalent amount more to get their wealth. This is especially true for people who inherited their wealth.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:Bullshit isn't the same as "lie". (Score 2) 339

You clearly aren't particularly familiar with bullshit and conspiracy theories. The problem with them is they try to force the data to fit a world view that everything is under control (because the alternative, i.e. chaos, is scary) by connecting unrelated events with a common theme to fill in the gaps in the fabric of reality with malevolent intent.

You can get rid of a whole ton of conspiracy theorist merely by avoiding the ones who don't propose anything. They say, "How do you explain this? How do you explain that jet fuel burns at a cooler temperature than steel melts? How do you explain.......X......?" A lot of times they'll even state their point in the form of a question, "Do you see these points of light on the tower? Don't they look like controlled demolition to you?"

Ignore those kinds of people and you miss a bunch of bullshit.

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