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Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 710

The interesting thing that I find in the gun control debate is that Progressives show great concern and compassion for gun victims and demand we "do something" because of all the deaths from guns.....

From the site http://www.gunviolencearchive....

Total number of gun deaths in 2014: 12,556

That is a horrifying number and is alarming. However, those same Progressives literally shrug off this statistic:

from the site https://www.guttmacher.org/fac...

Total number of abortions in the US in 2014: 926,200

Thats nearly TWO orders of magnitude more deaths.

I know I know, "clump of cells" and all. But Progressive are incredibly blasé about life in one sense and incredibly dramatic about it in another.

Another statistic:

From the site: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topic...

Car crash deaths: 35,092

So I'll finish with this. I get that strengthening abortion restrictions is something that Progressives won't do because well "those aren't people". And the Right won't move on gun restrictions because of the right to bear arms.

But you know what would be the best thing and save a lot of lives would be? How about we keep government from restricting our access to self driving cars because they can't figure out who will be liable. Because the longer we wait to get access to self driving capabilities the more people will be impacted by that last number. And thats one we can actually affect, although ironically by having the government not overly regulate.

Comment ThePirateBay rocks on (Score 1) 60

This is such a minor hit, and they survive the big ones. Burden of proof is well on the censorship side, if they went away today pirate bay would live in-memory for thousands of years.
In any case sounds more like a few Swedes will have to type in thepiratebay.ee to get their torrents, for a week or two, until the censors give up blocking those 600 participants..

Comment Re:The end is near? (Score 1) 481

I don't know where you get the impression I'm disagreeing with you.

My personal opinion is that widespread adoption of Nuclear power is THE answer to solving climate change. I like wind and solar power too, but that whole "constantly available" thing is a struggle for those technologies to get past. Zero emissions is zero emissions that means no coal plants that means either we pave the world with the current tech solar panels or we use nuclear.

So I'm really talking about doing what needs to be done instead of passing a bunch of laws and/or passing around a bunch of money (ie. carbon credits).

And yes my dig on Gore and Leo is not key to solving a problem, but dammit, I'd like the people stating that this is a problem ACTING like they know its a problem and showing it in how they act.

Right now Gore and DiCaprio come across like people telling us how horribly awful second hand smoke is while lighting up yet another cigar....

Comment C'mon SpaceX (Score 1) 139

This is NASA, they're pretty anal about manned spaceflight. You damn well better engineer the turbines to get rid of the cracks.

There is a huge potential for savings with SpaceX's model for launching and reusing rockets, but it all collapses given just a few failures.

If they get very high reliability of their rockets, reuse will end up being a cost destroyer. If they blow some rockets up the reuse savings will disappear.

Comment Re:The end is near? (Score 3, Insightful) 481

But overreacting just kills credibility. Telling everyday people that they have to pay twice as much for electricity and $5/gal or more for gasoline to get to work because CARBON BAD!!! while China India, Brazil and Al Gore game the system to their benefit just pisses people off.

Yep. Also, refusing to build zero emission nuclear plants to replace dirty coal plants, proves that the issue must not be that big of a deal.

Why is it that all climate change responses are about people giving up personal freedom and living under more restrictive laws and any change that really wouldn't be noticed by people is not really fought for...?

We can build the necessary nuclear plants, except the very same people saying "we're all gonna die unless we do something!!" are also out in force to protest against nuclear being one of the answers....

Oh and as for Gore and Leo and all the other celebs lecturing us on how much more control over our lives is needed to save the planet , they continue to fly around the world on charter jets. It is literally the worst thing you can do, carbon footprint wise. We should ban charter flights because of they uselessness and wastefulness. Fly commercial Al and Leo!! Or do you just not care about the environment..?

Comment Hmmmm (Score 2) 194

Arbiters of what is real or what is fake?!!

And the only "problem" anyone sees in this is that they might not find all the "real" fake stuff.

The real problem is we've given control of information and news to people who cannot be unbiased because no human can.

You will see what they let you see. What they let you see will be "correct".

The terrifying thing is not that "there's incorrect stuff on Facebook!!!" The terrifying thing is "Facebook" is actively monitoring and controlling what you see in an effort to get you to believe the "correct" things.... (note any interpretation of correct, that is not one you make yourself, is coercion, manipulation, and propaganda by definition).

The commitment to "cleanse" fake news from the world is one of the most totalitarian efforts I've seen undertaken on a mass scale in my entire life...

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