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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Kohath So what? (79 comments)

Biofuels are about government subsidies and nothing more. All the talk about biofuels and the environment is just to trick the rubes.

9 hours ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kohath Re:No, just no (218 comments)

If socialist policies don't fix everything, we'll try again. And again.

Over and over and over, never stopping, regardless of how many people are hurt with each attempt, climbing a mountain of misery toward an always elusive utopia.

Name me one complex problem that was made better by doing nothing about it?

The evils of alcohol vs. prohibition.

10 hours ago
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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Kohath Sick government schools (157 comments)

It's not society this time. The sickness here is all in the government schools.

But remember this: even though government schools do a bad job of teaching children in poor neighborhoods, we can't have non-government schools. Because poor kids wouldn't get a good education with non-government schools.

10 hours ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kohath Re:That doesn't really explain it (218 comments)

That's not the enlightened view. Everything that goes wrong is always someone else's fault. It's the #1 Truth of progressive thinking. Poor people are poor because someone else made them poor. If socialist policies don't fix everything, it's because someone else interfered. If all the someone elses could just be burned or imprisoned or gassed or reeducated, society's problems could finally be solved and progressive paradise would be achieved.

2 days ago
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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Kohath How could this be? (218 comments)

Cuba is a huge tropical island with a well educated population. North Korea is strategically located between the vibrant state of South Korea and China, soon to be the world's largest economy. Both Cuba and North Korea are in prime locations for international trade and commerce.

In addition to all that, they have the most progressive socialist governments in the world. While the rest of the world has been wasting their time with free enterprise and capitalism, these guys took the progressive, enlightened approach.

So why can't they pay their bills?

2 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Kohath Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

Again, lots of pointless talk about "rights" and "licensing" and "rules" to justify ambushing and robbing travelers. Why justify it? Just stop ambushing and robbing travelers.

If mobsters were setup along the road, stopping travelers and taking their money under implied threats, it would be wrong. Not just illegal, but actually morally wrong. Even if they only took $100 from each. Even if they only stopped people going fast. Even if they had "rules" for who was stopped. Even if they said they were only targeting people doing risky things. Even if they told you you "agreed" to this by coming on their turf. Fortunately, we don't have mobsters doing that. Unfortunately, we have an even more powerful organization doing essentially the same thing.

Mobsters don't care about right and wrong. They just want to get paid. How about you?

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Kohath Your phone should belong to the collective (184 comments)

This is the real problem. Your phone furthers your own bourgeois material individualism. It must be re-purposed to better serve the collective.

about a week ago
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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Kohath Re:Statistics (184 comments)

Easy. They keep redefining "intoxicated" closer and closer to perfectly sober. Even the slightest distraction is the same as being "intoxicated" when "intoxicated" is a half bottle of beer.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Kohath not really an argument (857 comments)

I don't get it, after reading the comments here, why is there so much resistance accept that man is causing [changes in the Earth's rotation speed]? Just thinking logically, it makes sense. We're taking carbon that's been buried for millions of years, and then burning it, on a huge scale. How can this not affect the [Earth's rotation speed]?.

That's not really an argument. Something is either happening or it's not, regardless of whether it sounds logical to you or anyone else.

People are skeptical because the climate change alarmists want to centralize government power over individuals. There's a never-ending list of reasons why we are told we should give governments more power over us. When one reason fails, the power-hungry always come up with a new reason. There's an equally long set of historical examples for why government power over individuals is dangerous.

Since power-hungry people have an obvious motive to lie, and since free people have obvious reasons to be suspicious of the power-hungry, why shouldn't you expect "resistance" when yet another reason to concentrate power is offered?

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Kohath Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

You seem to think "rule of law" means every action or inaction in every second of everyone's day needs to be ruled by a law. That's not what it means. A free person rules himself. "Rules of law" means the people in the government have to follow the law.

You really seem hellbent to justify ambushing travelers and taking their money -- even though everyone knows that's not the behavior of an honest person. You don't have to go crazy trying to defend robbing travelers, just stop doing it. Find something honest to do with your time. Maybe try helping people rather than taking their money.

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Kohath Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

I don't get tickets because I don't go fast. I don't get raped either, because I don't dress up like a slut and hang out in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But what kind of person sits by the side of the road waiting to ambush people and take their money? Honest people don't do things like that.

about a week ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Kohath Re:Hotel tax??? (319 comments)

Sewer systems are paid for by water/sewer fees. It's a fee for a service, not a tax.

about two weeks ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Kohath Re:We have those in South Carolina too (325 comments)

How about getting an honest job where you don't spend your days ambushing travelers and taking their money?

about two weeks ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

Kohath Re:Hotel tax??? (319 comments)

It's a tax. It's so some people can spend money without going to the trouble of earning it.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Kohath Re:It's just 70 gallons of crude oil (163 comments)

The LA Times story says 1200 gallons. "Thousands of gallons" is a big exaggeration that is probably intended to mislead people. But it's more than 70 gallons.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Kohath Re:Number of people affected less than 20 (163 comments)

What's the point? Either there are lots of problems all over and therefore we need to think about regulation, or not. This story is about one incident. It does not indicate lots of problems. It does not counter-indicate lots of problems either. If there is data to indicate widespread problems, post the data.

Stop pretending to have knowledge. Either post it or admit you don't know.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Kohath Re:Money money money (163 comments)

On a somewhat-related note (well, "oil + pipelines" so close enough): Imagine what sort of damage will be done by a leak of the proposed oil sands pipeline if that corrosive gunk finds its way into the aquifer used by the majority of the Midwest and the huge amount of farming that occurs there

So you'd rather people continue to die every year in oil train crashes? You don't have to "imagine" the train crash that killed 47 people in Quebec last summer.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Kohath Easy fix: regulate the courts (163 comments)

Here's an easy fix: regulate the courts. The courts must be dangerously under-regulated if they are as inefficient as you say.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

Kohath Number of people affected less than 20 (163 comments)

Why do we need national regulations to deal with a small local problem that affects only a few people?

Is it because you have a personal hatred for one of the parties involved? Is it because you will personally gain from the regulation? Or is it because you think everything in the world needs a regulatory hand guiding it -- a government hand, with armed enforcers to punish anyone who gets out of line? Which is it?

about two weeks ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about 10 months ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Eighteen-year-old Justin Carter of Austin, Texas was arguing with a friend on Facebook about League of Legends back in February. After being called "insane", he responded with "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". Below that, he wrote "lol" and "jk". He was arrested March 27, 2013 and has been in jail since that time. A hearing to review his case is scheduled for July 1, 2013. His parents have launched a change.org petition to convince the authorities to release their son."
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DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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Say "Water Prevents Dehydration" in the EU, Go to

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Researchers "lost" historical global clima

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia have produced an analysis of global temperature trends indicating climate warming during the 20th century. Recently, Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit, known for helping discredit the Mann "hockey stick", requested the source data from CRU to validate the CRU's findings. His request was refused on the premise that Mr. McIntyre is not an academic. A subsequent request by Roger Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies at UC-Boulder, was refused for a more fundamental reason: the original data is lost. While "climate change" skeptics have jumped on this revelation, professor Pielke is not among their ranks. He laments: "... it is now also impossible to create a new temperature index from scratch. CRU is basically saying, "trust us." So much for settling questions and resolving debates with empirical information (i.e., science)"."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "In today's Washington Post, Spencer H. Kim, father of the late senior CNet editor James Kim suggests that privacy laws were one factor in the inability to rescue Mr. Kim before he died of hypothermia in the Oregon wilderness. Spencer Kim writes:
Four days passed before we even knew James and his family were missing. But because my family was unable to confirm credit card and phone-use information until days after their absence was discovered, the start of the search was needlessly delayed. Precious time and a precious life were lost.
Like all laws, privacy laws have unintended consequences. Spencer Kim suggests these laws be amended to limit those consequences, even though it means less privacy."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Democratic leadership in the Senate today sent a letter to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger implicitly threatening ABC's broadcast license if they go ahead with the planned airing of the "Path to 9/11" miniseries. ABC has spent $40 million developing the miniseries, which is set to air Sunday and Monday for the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. The accuracy and truthfulness of this miniseries has been disputed by former Clinton administration officials. But is this kind of censorship really the right answer? And will we ever get to see "The Path to 9/11" miniseries so we can judge the content for ourselves?"

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