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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Sigmon Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (832 comments)

Again, you are incorrect. Regulation of industry is a form of control. And again you demonstrate the inadequacies of your logic by 'imagining' I believe things that I didn't say. I never argued for anarchy... which is what you seem to think I was saying.... No, your cute little rant here proves nothing. The point is - we are much closer to state control over industry than we were years ago... and yet the income gap grows larger and larger. This is inarguable. I'll thank you for admitting defeat now.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Sigmon Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

How do you define, 'middle class'? And how are they 'already-hurting' in a way directly linked to the taxation they must endure?

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Sigmon Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (832 comments)

I'm afraid you are incorrect. There is one very important word you omitted (I presume intentionally) - and replaced with another to fit with your definition of capitalism. Like a good liberal, you twist the language or completely ignore words or the meaning of them to suit your political ideology. But I digress... In the strictest economic sense, capitalism is defined as that economic and political situation in which trade and industrial production are CONTROLLED by private owners and not by the state... not 'owned'. If you're the kind of person that could, with a straight face, say that the U.S. government has LESS CONTROL over trade and industry as a whole than it did 20, 30, 40 or 50 years ago then I say you are a liar and there is no truth in you. It's bewildering to me that the closer and closer we get to a system like you claim to want - the greater and greater the gap between the rich and the poor.. and you'll never ever admit no matter how much evidence is presented to you that it's your desired system that actually CAUSES that gap to become wider and wider.

about a week ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Sigmon Re:Stop trolling and learn to use Google. (385 comments)

Amen and Amen! I think these (potentially) well-meaning people that want to ban corporations from participating in any kind of political process don't really think their idea though all the way. They THINK they are promoting free-speech... but, in fact, they would simply silence somebody (or a group of people) with whom they disagree. The true test of whether or not one truly adheres to the concept of 'free speech' is his or her reaction when somebody expresses an idea or promotes something with which one disagrees.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

Sigmon Oblig. (70 comments)

It takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.

about 2 months ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Sigmon Re:Government in the U.S. is extremely corrupt. (306 comments)

I've been shouting this from the mountaintops on /. for years. Few people understand the concept and benefit of limited government. If government didn't have the power to regulate this or that, corporations wouldn't be buying it off. People seem to assume that political motivations are somehow natively nobler than that of business, but fail to realize they are often one and the same. Sadly I fear, even this clear example would not cure liberals of their stubbornness.

about 2 months ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

Sigmon Re:VISA and MC (102 comments)

I agree there is not enough competition. What causes conservative-thinking people like myself to tear our hair out is when we read "The government should step in". What you seem to fail to realize is things are the way they are because government HAS stepped in. How else do you think these unimaginably large banking organizations got so big in the first place? How do you think they squash their competition? There is absolutely nothing wrong with capitalism at all... what we have here is something called crony-capitalism. Asking government to do something about it only invites more of it! We need less government involvement - not more (not none either). Don't mean to turn the thread into a political battle... as it's off-topic. Sometimes I just can't let these "the government should do something" comments stand.

about 2 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Sigmon Re:wat (227 comments)

Sigh... Sometimes I don't know why I bother posting on /. anymore. I always end up having to deal with brat kids like you that think you're smart and go spouting off when you have no idea what you are talking about. It's as if you have some genetic need to be in an argument with somebody. No... Pay attention, I'm educating you. ALL irrational numbers are necessarily infinite in concept - by definition. That's why they're called 'irrational'. Have you EVER actually calculated the circumference of a circle? (C = 2Pi*r) What value did you substitute for Pi in your calculator? 3.14? That's close but not Pi. How about 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399? No, that's closer but not Pi either. You can get a 'close enough' value for normal everyday purposes easily enough - but you will never be able to exactly calculate any formula that contains Pi because it's an infinitely repeating decimal. Still don't believe that irrational numbers are infinite? Grab a pen and paper. Convert the fraction 1/3 into a decimal number and write it down. Post the complete result here in this thread... I'll be here waiting so you can prove me wrong.

about 3 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Sigmon Re:wat (227 comments)

INDEED! I was thinking the same thing... Believing infinity can't be 'real' or doesn't exist (because we can't model it) is very similar to saying a circle can't be real or doesn't exist... Because a 'perfect' circle can't be described mathematically... without using something which represents an infinite value! (Pi) Yet I would hope no rational thinking human would make such a claim as circles do not exist.... They certainly do! It's just not something you can model perfectly. And just because we can't create a perfect model - or completely understand a thing or concept doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Sigmon Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (1330 comments)

This whole 401k thing is out-of-hand... Generally, an employer who offers a 401k or other like option to its employees doesn't sit around and decide which specific companies to invest in... First... it's usually the EMPLOYEE which decides. And that employee generally chooses from a limited list of mutual funds - provided by whatever brokerage the employer has contracted with... Those mutual funds may invest in hundreds or thousands of companies around the country or world. To make some sort of moral equivalence between these two situations is intellectually disingenuous... I suppose, arising out of some general ignorance of how retirement plans, such as a 401k work. Heck, I don't even know much about them - but know enough to realize what these hysterical people would expect out of Hobby Lobby to absolve themselves from this perceived hypocrisy would be highly impractical or impossible... short of eliminating their 401k program entirely.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

I fully understand the argument of the article to which you linked... and i'll let it stand on its own merits. I'll only address your assertion that my own commentary contained contradictions: Bull-crap. It would appear so if you are conflating the 2 different data sets as representing the same thing... (short-term vs. long-term)... they don't. The short-term data indeed shows zero warming trend for the past 15-17ish years. FACT. Not arguable. The long-term data does... even though the recent observed data points don't match up with what the trend says they should be... there is still an upward trend. The point is... We've got quite a few more years of actual data from when the IPCC first published its report (and model predictions)... The data shows their models weren't just wrong... they were HORRIBLY wrong - way, way overestimated. That doesn't mean there won't be any more warming in the future... it just means that the long-term trend plot (at present) is nowhere near where they said it would be at this point in time. In other words - the models considered where we are right now to be way outside of the realm of possibility... therefore one should carefully consider how much faith one invests in these models' ability to predict the future.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

Dude. Chill. Sounds like you've done considerable research on the subject and I salute you for that. I wouldn't consider myself a 'climate scientist'... or even a statistician, but we have a saying where I'm from: "Figures don't lie but liars will figure." Yes, indeed, no doubt, I do not argue against that there has been a warming trend. But I've seen these long-term plots now in quite a few places here or there...from different sources... they all seem to be in basic agreement. One doesn't have to be a genius or perform all kinds of complicated mathematical analysis plotting trends to see that YES, the global temperature rise has indeed leveled off for the past 15-17ish years. This should not even be arguable... but it means just that and only that. Anybody with any kind of sense knows that we're only talking about 15ish years out of a much longer time scale. You can plot long-term trends all you want and you'd be correct, mathematically! It still doesn't negate the FACT that there hasn't been any observed warming recently. The only thing that continues to show a warming trend at this point is your imaginary plot... which doesn't match up with reality. This 'statistical noise', if it continues, will be knocking on the door of 'trend' in the not too distant future... so I guess we'll see.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:Here's a link to a story about it. (932 comments)

Hey... Citation was requested... I provided. No idea to whom the website belongs. It very well may be a 'denialist' site... but the author of the article seems to clearly and honestly outline the important details and scope of the data presented. Indeed, one of the longer time-scale graphs shows a warming trend... The author doesn't appear to DENY this. He simply exhibits the data from this particular source and indeed the data shows no warming trend for the last ~17 years. He also observes that the longer-scale actual OBSERVED warming trend is significantly less than the IPCC 1990 PREDICTED trend... even significantly less than the low-end of their predictions. Right this moment - the global warming appears to have leveled-off. These are simply facts... no parlor tricks here. In fact the author states that the warming could crank right back up next year.

about 4 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Sigmon Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

And, clearly, an 'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change' could never publish anything that is false... I mean... They're intergovernmental and everything!

about 4 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Sigmon Re:Government of the people ? (347 comments)

Really? Seriously? Do you ACTUALLY believe that people having a sense of patriotism is how we got to where the U.S. is now? (Meaning it's not so much a government for the people, by the people, but more-so a ruling class lording their power over us.) How shallow. No, my dear fellow... We USED to have something to be relatively proud of... and still do to some extent, but it's almost gone. Freedom has been under assault for almost a century in our country... by men who believe they can make better decisions than I could and should make for myself. They go by many names... Progressives, Liberals, Democrats, Socialists... even some call themselves Republicans. All of them thirst for power and consider the 'masses' to be dumb hicks who couldn't feed themselves if the 'elite' weren't in charge. You are like one of these. Do you think a people smart enough to govern themselves are so dumb that they would just 'believe the hype'? Not at all. The sense of patriotism is toward the ideal this nation represents... not toward the government. Indeed, part of that ideal is quite suspicious and wary of people in government gathering too much power unto themselves.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Re:Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

The idea that the oceans may rise any civilization-threatening amount in the next century is laughable. If they had said 10,000 years... I might have been interested enough to look into it. Consider the surface temperature in Antarctica year-round and compare that to the melting point of H2O... The temps are going to have to raise a HECKOFALOT to get anywhere close to -32 F.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Re:Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

Not in the slightest. I didn't say there wouldn't have been ice (or won't be in the future) at the south pole... I said there wouldn't have been (and won't be at some point in the future) on the continent of Antarctica... as plate tectonics shoved the plate toward... and eventually will shove it away from the south pole. The water evaporating from the oceans over the eons... and precipitating it on land above sea-level at the pole -as ice- slowly drew the ocean levels down by some amount. This process will inexorably reverse. Any ice that may have existed at the south pole before Antarctica drifted there would have no effect on ocean levels... much like the north sea presently.

I've read about some scientific theories that postulate a trigger for planetary ice-ages is, in fact, a continent drifting across one of the poles... creating a run-away effect of increasing the albedo of the planet. One possible consequence of these theories is that we are currently smack in the middle of one of these ice-age phases - and that the "normal" state of the globe is, in fact, very little or NO ice... anywhere on the entire planet... with possibly a few seasonal exceptions in extreme locations.

The point is, the Earth will do what the Earth will do - and there is nothing we can do to stop it or change it. As any kind of Earth-science should teach us - change is the only constant in this world... Look at the fossil record! How many thousands of species lived and passed away? I live a thousand miles from the nearest ocean - yet there are fossils of sea-creatures here! Things change. And the factors that govern our climate are HUGELY more complex than than our politicians and their useful idiots are prepared to accept. Yes, we humans could wipe ourselves out someday - but its not going to happen by using the natural resources given unto us by mother nature herself to survive.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Re:A crisis? (784 comments)

Your argument is amusing considering it is generally (historically) GOVERNMENTS that 'disrupt our lives' much more so in the manner you describe.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

Sigmon Something that's always bothered me... (784 comments)

Nobody seems to stop and consider: According to plate tectonics, Antarctica wasn't always at the south pole... presumably, that ice hasn't _always_ been there. Where did it come from? The ocean, duh! In other words... All this ice was previously in the ocean to begin with... The Earth is just slowly cycling back to a state where we've been before. With continued plate tectonic activity the Antarctic continent will (eventually) move away from the south pole again anyway... and the ice will surely melt. What will we do to stem THAT tide? (if you'll pardon the pun) It's just always seemed absurd to me that people display a significant amount of panic over something that is GOING to happen... on its own... whether we like it or not. So what if we are or aren't accelerating it? Even if every ice crystal on Antarctica melts on significantly less than geologic time-scales... it's still only going to happen on a time-scale in which entire civilizations rise and fall. Knowing that the Earth has experienced warm periods and ice ages and at the same time exclaiming that the ocean level today is exactly what it should always be is the epitome of arrogance. Don't be arrogant.

Venice, Italy has been inhabited for well over a thousand years... slowly sinking into the sea... and people still live there. Rest assured, the future inhabitants of the shoreline (where ever it may be) will likely be toiling away, trying to make a living, much as we are today - and have been for thousands of years. Don't panic.

about 5 months ago

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