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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Muros Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

A superior education system... for a country which mysteriously produces a tiny fraction of the R&D that the US does? Tell me, why is that that almost all the big and great inventions come from people working the in United States?

Firstly, Sweden has a tiny fraction of the population of the US. Secondly, I note you said people working the in United States, not people educated in the United States.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Muros Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

Now, what's left is to determine, that the 7.38 vs. 8.02 difference is thanks to, rather than despite of their taxes being higher — rather than, say, those demography, social and cultural characteristics

You obviously misunderstand. Their higher taxes are a result of those different social and cultural characteristics, as also is their better quality of life.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Muros Re:Maybe these people.. (460 comments)

Are more interested in discovering new things or proving old things wrong, than trying to make friends with everyone.

That is quite possible. However, I would like to point out that scientists are rated as some of the friendliest, or warmest, people. If you look at the diagram in the article, it lists about 45 jobs (I wasn't too careful counting). Scientists appear to be in 13th place.

about three weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Muros Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (494 comments)

You're missing the scare-mongering by many nations in the EU that have regions with aspirations of self determination, eg. Italy & Spain. They do not like the idea of other countries allowing break-away regions, and threaten barring Scotland re-entry to the EU as a warning to their own dissatisfied citizens. Even China has had a few politicians pipe up, because they fear the impact Scottish independence might have on dissidents in places like Tibet. Of course, it is all rubbish. Scotland has something far more precious to the EU than it's oil and gas, which only make a difference to the other constituent parts of the Union. Scotland has vast fisheries which are shared with the EU at large, over which it would gain sovereign control.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Muros Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

The hatred of the drug companies or any company(corporation) is just the hard liberal/progressive left rally cry. They hate private business, they hate competition. No one should make money

Stop mischaracterizing socialism and go back to fondling your copy of Atlas Shrugged. Socialism is founded on the principle that people should be able to make money; people should be compensated for good work with decent pay. Did you ever notice an abundance of leftist political parties throughout the western world with names like "Party for the Unemployed" or "The Union of Shirkers"? No, most of them have names like "The Labour Party", or "The Worker's Party", because they are founded by and seek to look after the people who do most of the work.

about 3 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Muros Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (390 comments)

Actually what you see here is very well understood. You are seeing an inelastic market; that is if a drug or procedure will save you life, it does not matter of it costs $5 or $5000, you will find the money to pay for it. The reason why socialized healthcare drives costs down is because the government / the insurance company will bargain on your behalf. Since they are not the one who is going to die, they can not be extorted and can pit different drug makers against each other. Health care is one of the few areas where "the free market" does not work as naively expected.

Why then does the government not step in? A similar industry, in terms of how important its end product is, is farming. Agriculture in the USA gets huge subsidies to provide cheap food for the masses lest they starve. Ironically perhaps, the poor nutritional quality of many industrially manufactured foods products that result from an abundance of cheap raw materials (many of which are perfectly fine foods in moderation, but not as an entire diet), packed with starches and corn syrup with flavourings and fats added to trick people into liking them, is probably the leading cause of the need for drugs.

about 3 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Muros Re:Quote from the article (181 comments)

From what I read, the main driver for the filming happening during the birds' breeding season was filming being re-scheduled around Harrison Ford's broken leg. It was originally supposed to happen later in the year. I don't think there were any excessively greased palms, more a culture of accommodation to corporate demands framed in a seemingly reasonable way. I'm not saying I agree with it, but the best laid plans are subject to change, and politicians and bureaucrats are nearly always going to think with economic benefit at the top of the agenda, no matter how good their intentions.

about 3 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Muros Re:Quote from the article (181 comments)

Nature is not so fragile that a film crew will destroy an ecosystem just by walking around and filming a few scenes. They're under restrictions on what they can do (i.e. they're not going to be blowing up the island)

No point in watching this in the cinema then.

about 3 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Muros Re:It is more visited than 13 times per year... (181 comments)

[citation needed] or I call BS. There's no legal right in a civilized country to see X by going into someone's property, regardless of X.

Actually, yes there is. From times when road systems were not as good as they are today, and it was literally impossible to leave your own land without traversing someone else's, there developed laws of "rights of way". These are mostly an anachronism today, but do sometimes have to be respected. When I was a young lad, there was an old woman living at the back end of our farm, in a 3 room cottage with an open hearth, no electricity and no running water, half a mile in off the road. She had the legal right to cross our land to get to to the road, and also an old well on our land. As well as the obvious reaction of not really caring if some old woman walks across a field, there were other implications to her right of access. We used to keep sheep as well as cattle; as anyone who ever worked with sheep will know, rams will charge anyone who is not looking at them, and then stand there pretending it wasn't them when you pick yourself up off the ground. Happened me loads, no big deal, but for a fragile 80 year old woman there could be all sorts of legal implications. Anyway, like I said, it's mostly anachronistic, and dwindles in importance as land consolidation continues. My father now owns all the land that could be used as any reasonable excuse to demand a right of way across that big field.

about 3 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Muros Re:It is more visited than 13 times per year... (181 comments)

There are 13 tour companies one can take to visit the island. The tours run each day during the summer but only once per day. So there are 13 boats of visitors per day for 5 months out of the year, not 13 visits per year total.

In a really good year here, we get about 10 days of summer.

about 3 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Muros Leeeeerooooy (701 comments)

JENKINS!!!!!

about 3 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

Muros Re:It's about time (547 comments)

Full disclosure: I'm a rabid pro-global-warming zealot.

You burn as much coal and oil as you can?

about 4 months ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

Muros Re:Due to White Privilege Cracke Are (166 comments)

Racist By Default.

Germans, like all Europeans which are all fucking inbreds ...That privilege makes all whites racist by default and the only good racist is a dead one.

Irony... like goldy or silvery, but made of iron?

about 4 months ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Muros Re:Why build a pyramid? (107 comments)

You want the air inside to be heated by the sun so it will rise. Mountains are pretty good at blocking sunlight.

about 5 months ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Muros Re:"free" solar energy (107 comments)

The Giza pyramids are solid structures with a few tunnels and rooms. The power generation pyramid idea would use a hollow pyramid, so you could be talking about something that weighs the same or less, even though it is so much larger.

about 5 months ago
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Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Muros Re:Make a Biosphere out of it (107 comments)

Rainwater can be collected and recycled fairly easily. Crops of hydroponic vegetable gardens can be grown using robots. One level could be set aside for chicken and cows. Wind power can be generated on the top levels. A few levels can be set aside for humans. I would think that making the base with steel and upper levels with aluminum beams would be the most practical. It would have the best balconies ever! I can't wait to move in!!

If you started of with the center of many modern large cities with skyscrapers, you already have the support structure for a massive hollow pyramid in place. Of course, few of those cities happen to be in hot deserts.

about 5 months ago
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Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

Muros Re:*cough*Rent control*cough* (208 comments)

I am saying "less is more". Or do you think 2.5k pages of Affordable Care Act + 10k pages of follow-on regulatory suppository is a Good Time?

Is this homeopathic economics?

about 5 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Muros Negative accidents (490 comments)

"Boise... 150 percent fewer than Bakersfield." How'd they manage that?

about 5 months ago

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Libya No-fly zone begins.

Muros Muros writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Muros (1167213) writes "In the past, we've heard a lot about America being "Big Brother" in the Orwellian sense. Finally, we get to see America being the big brother I remember from the schoolyard; strong, decisive, helpful but restrained and not overstepping his boundaries. The Libyan people will be saved, but not dictated to by foreigners."
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Using the Sahara's Resources

Muros Muros writes  |  about 7 years ago

Muros writes "I've had an idea floating around in my head for years; using the Sahara desert. I have put some thought into possibilities, without ever actually trying to figure out the actual viability. What I envision in my dreamings, is renting most of the Sahara from the the respective governments, under a 50 or 100 year lease, under a government similar to the distributed republics of sci-fi authors, controlled by the UN or African Union. Then, (in an environmentally friendly way in as much as possible) cover most of the Sahara with an enormous hermeticaly sealed greenhouse made of solar panels. The main issue would then be the provision of water (hence the sealing) which could be provided by desalination plants at Africa's coast and pumped into the desert (this would become less of an issue as time goes by, with water recycling), power coming from the solar panels. The costs of setting up such a venture would be astronomical, but in the long run it could provide a huge amount of both horticultural produce and electricity, and it would provide a much needed income stream to what is possibly the most resource rich, but still economically the poorest, continent in the world. It would also provide huge amounts of employment in the construction. Ok, you can start laughing now."

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