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Comment No power, no automation (Score 1) 540

Many people want to take fossil fuels away from agriculture. Historically about 50% of the population farmed. Without diesel tens of millions of mule driver jobs will open up.

Renewable power sources will only provide about one tenth of what is available today. Human labor will be much cheaper and more reliable than machine labor.

Comment Re:Let the trade war begin (Score 1) 742

If Americans start building their own cars, phones, and computers who is going to fill the jobs these workers quit? Do you think unemployment might go down a bit? Manufacturing is a wealth creating process. Welfare and service jobs only move money from one person to another. Manufacturing also has a tail. All the things that support the process have to be provided. Things like large buildings, raw materials, security services.

The US has a very large economy, our exports are a fraction of our imports. Much of what we export has very little labor involved, mostly raw materials and intellectual property. These do not exclusively go to China so they would be on the very short end of a trade war.

Most countries do not have the tax collecting structure or individual wealth the US has. High taxes on imported goods and fuels are for revenue generation, not protection of domestic production.

Comment Re:HQ Redo (Score 1) 579

Companies that have competition charge as little as possible to keep market share. There is no collusion to keep prices low. If taxes are raised they all have to raise prices to continue to eke out a small profit. Apple is a virtual monopoly, they are charging as much as the market will bear, raising taxes will lower their profits.

Comment Re:People, this is how the system works. (Score 1) 527

First let's compare the white US population with the almost entirely white populations of Sweden, Norway, New Zealand and so forth. I think quality of life for that segment of the population is just as good. We have over 60,000 border control agents trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to keep people out so the US must be a very sought after place to immigrate to.

Comment Re: Windows 10 (Score 1) 249

The people who code these distros are very smart, why can't they include some hand holding? As an old hand at computing (I was programing on my Sinclair ZX81 in 1981) I can puzzle out what I need but a text file of how to get common things going would be helpful. I just put Kubuntu on an old HP Pavilion 1000 laptop. It took days for me to get the wireless connection functioning. I finally clicked around and saw my router name listed and activated that. The average computer user does not have the patience to do that.

Then there is the process of making a live cd/dvd. I can understand needing that for a new build but if an old system can connect to the internet why can't the downloaded files simply install themselves?

Comment Re:Fuck ALL those assholes! (Score 1) 660

Please take a minute to explain what limitations you would place on guns in America. Where would the guns be found if the Constitutionally mandated militia needed to defend the free state?

If we are to frame the debate on what the framers of the Constitution thought about guns what would they have thought about abortion?

Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 1) 760

Unless you just slipped across the border we are all paying members of society. Everyone benefits from roads and we share the potential benefit of hospitals and good sanitation. With embedded taxes only the most calculation can slip through the day without helping pay for public services.

Everyone thinks they pay too many taxes and their neighbor not enough.

Comment Re:More than one city supplies a home (Score 1) 180

The thing is it doesn't have to be that way. My niece's husband is an IT worker and has an old unlimited AT&T unlimited account. They live out in the sticks but he put the phone sim in a wireless router and has unlimited high-speed broadband. They can stream the Netflix 4k channel on their 65 in 4k set and it's beautiful, all for $70 a month. I live close to them and use Hughes satellite broadband and get 50 GB a month for $90.

Comment Re:Skip it (Score 1) 300

You sound like my brother. He doesn't eat breakfast or lunch. At work he takes a nap at lunch time. His wife has supper ready when he gets home at 6:00 PM. He claims you gain weight if you eat after dark. At 62 he weighs what he did at 20 and has a physically demanding job.

For me I have always ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast, a good lunch and dinner. I maintained 212 lbs from when I was 22 until now at 64. Being retired in the last few years I did have to cut way down on food, often a cup of sweetened coffee for breakfast and a light meal at about 3:00 PM. What ever works for you is what you should do.

Comment Re:And this will change nobody's minds.. (Score 1) 378

I guess no plant biologist cares to say anything. Soybeans and canola are open pollinated. You can save the seed. All but a tiny amount of corn is hybrid, GMO or not. You can't replant the seed anyway. There are a few so-called heirloom varieties that are not hybrids you can buy if you want to replant your own seed.

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