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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Citizen of Earth Re:A brave new world (433 comments)

Used to be that in a democracy we will weight the facts and then vote on a decision.

Huh? That's never been the case.

3 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Citizen of Earth Re:So what was the result?? (433 comments)

They're not even debating the right question: Are humans causing a climate change that will cause us considerable harm?

3 days ago
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Microsoft Researchers Use Light Beams To Charge Smartphones

Citizen of Earth Re:Caution: do not charge remaining eye (63 comments)

You could get it down to one box labelled "Charge all smartphones in room". See? Super-easy!

about a week ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Citizen of Earth Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

Christianity has the same problem. If you haven't murdered every single homosexual you've ever encounterd, then you are disobeying the Bible. The crucial difference is that "Christians" have rejected the more barbarian aspects of their sacred and unchanging scripture (making them exactly what, I don't know) and all "Christian" states have rejected the integration of church and state. Islam is still stuck in its own Dark Ages.

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Citizen of Earth Re:something new. (578 comments)

The reason that languages fragmented in the past was that populations were fragmented and rarely communicated. That is not the case today. Increasingly concentrated mass media in English will cause accents and dialects of English to converge. Mind you, the root English will also evolve over hundreds and thousands of years, but eventually, everyone will speak this root English.

about three weeks ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Citizen of Earth 2% = Bald-faced lie (232 comments)

the world's aircraft are responsible for roughly 2.5% of global carbon dioxide emissions

All human activities contribute only 3% of global CO2 emissions; the other 97% are natural. Buried deeply in a footnote somewhere is that they are talking about *ANTHROPOGENIC* CO2 emissions which means that aviation is actually responsible for only 0.075% of global CO2 emissions. These political activists should really stop lying.

about three weeks ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Citizen of Earth Re:I never have understood (265 comments)

The U.S. started mortgaging its future during the Reagan era, but it was the two Bush presidencies that did the most damage.

Obama has run up more debt than all previous presidents in history COMBINED, including both Bushes, and he still has two more years to go. Do you have any criticism for him?

about a month ago
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Citizen of Earth Re:America! (230 comments)

O'er the land of the cowed and the home of the chickenshit!

about a month ago
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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Citizen of Earth Who's To Blame? (141 comments)

Yet another monopoly cartel that has outlived its usefulness and will soon be liquidated by technological change.

about a month ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Citizen of Earth Re:When 9 votes are required to send it ... (1128 comments)

You're saying that there should have been more racists on the jury to mitigate against racism? Or perhaps that there should have been more racists of your persuasion to get the result you wanted?

about 2 months ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Citizen of Earth Re:Pathetic (1128 comments)

The leftist reverence for a proven thug is disgusting. Time to face reality. Your innocent angel strong-arm robbed a store and then attacked a police officer, punching him in the face and tried to grab his gun before finally trying to charge him.

about 2 months ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Citizen of Earth How not to get killed by the cops (481 comments)

Step 1: Don't attack the cops.
Step 2: There is no step 2.

about 2 months ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Citizen of Earth Subsidies? (516 comments)

Is this price parity before or after absorbing massive subsidies from taxpayers and electricty consumers? If it is after, then the idea is not scalable.

about 2 months ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Citizen of Earth Re: Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

We don't have "better energy storage". And if we ever get it, it will cost many times what a conventional power plant would cost. So, instead of paying three times the cost (expensive solar power + backup conventional power), it will cost eight times as much as conventional power. Exactly how many future generations of taxpayers are you seeking to bankrupt? And if its cloudy or calm for too long, the storage empties and the lights go out.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Citizen of Earth CRTC misjudging its political power (184 comments)

Someone might want to inform the CRTC bureaucrats of the consequences of pissing off at least 4-million voters — election of the party that promises to rid us of the CRTC. (Really, this would be about 25% of the electorate assuming that each Canadian Netflix account corresponds to a household with 1.6 voters.)

Gouge us, go to war, waste tens of billions of dollars, the public doesn't care. But cut off our entertainment — it's torches-and-pitchforks time!

about 4 months ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Citizen of Earth Re:ya'll a bunch of lazy slobs! (275 comments)

Buzz never punched anybody! The tape was faked! You can see that the shadows are all wrong!

about 4 months ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Citizen of Earth Re:IPO wasted nearly $10B (191 comments)

Who determines the IPO price? The underwriters.

My point is that it should be The Market that determines the IPO price(s), not the necessarily incompetent and corrupt Central Planners. You'd think these guys ever heard of a little thing called the Free Market and the regulators would have an obligation to ensure that a Free Market is provided to the public?

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Citizen of Earth Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

So they get their "canadian content" that way.

Except that the simulcast material is *American* content. Its origin doesn't change just because it's been licensed by Canadian channels for broadcast in Canada. I haven't read the rules, but counting commercials as Can-Con would be pure lunacy. In fact, it would allow all Canadian channels to carry nothing but American content all of the time, defeating any pretense of Can-Con requirements actually existing.

about 4 months ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Citizen of Earth IPO wasted nearly $10B (191 comments)

The IPO also wasted nearly $10B considering that the issue price was $68 and it started trading at $95. I just can't understand the logic behind the IPO mechanism. The purpose of an IPO is to raise as much capital as possible for a company to enable it to grow. However, 41% of the IPO value didn't go to the company; it went to lottery-winning middle men who were given shares for $68 and immediately flipped them to the open market.

An IPO should operate like a Dutch auction, with company having a trading account loaded with all of the IPO shares and starting sale for at a high valuation like $200 and then ticking down 1% every minute that "too few" shares are sold. This maximizes the haul for the IPO company by not squandering billions of dollars on bank insiders.

about 4 months ago

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