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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

dfenstrate Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

Keep pushing that canard. No activist has stopped the construction of a new power plant. The problem is financing. Banks don't want to lend the money because of the cost over-runs. That's why the nuclear industry has been pushing the government to guarantee those loans.

1. Shoreham.

2. When building a power plant will involve hundreds of millions of dollars in lawyers fees to keep your sort at bay, that tends to increase cost over-runs. Which your sort then uses as a further argument against nuclear power. (Yes, there are plenty of non-lawyer related cost overruns.)

about a week ago
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Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

dfenstrate Re: It's still reacting carbon and oxygen... (142 comments)

The more massive generalisations you make the less people should listen to you. You are merely projecting your own ideas of what an environmentalist is to you, and the battering it to death with a bizarre take on logic.

Who is listening to environmentalists these days? There's still a mass of laws and regulations they use to gum up the works constantly, but folks are starting to realize most environmentalists don't care so much about the environment as much as they hate their fellow man and his enjoyment of modern life.

Of course, you folks have your own tinpot dictator in the White House, who is a law unto himself and will probably service his ideological base with economy-crushing diktats.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

dfenstrate Re:I judge people by their merit (459 comments)

I had this argument before w.r.t. affirmative action. I asked if they didn't want to be judged on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, and was told - seriously - that quote is from Martin Luther King Jr., and he's "theirs," so I'm not allowed to use his quote in an argument. No,.. really.

The proper response is to laugh in their face.

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

dfenstrate Re:Special treatment (834 comments)

As a matter of reasonable debate- and I'm not going to pretend that everything on the internet needs to be, or ever will be reasonable debate- using slurs when debating religion would be unhelpful and polarizing. There are, however, religions out there whose adherents are unable to weather any criticism gracefully- which means that said religions are fragile and should be subject to even greater scrutiny and criticism.

about two weeks ago
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25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell

dfenstrate Re:Reminder of who not to credit (151 comments)

I'm curious how a command economy with what amounts to a captive labor force runs out money.

Hayek wrote a book about this question- The use of knowledge in society. A quote:

The peculiar character of the problem of a rational economic order is determined precisely by the fact that the knowledge of the circumstances of which we must make use never exists in concentrated or integrated form but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess.

To put it another way, no communist politburo can centrally manage the knowledge necessary to make a modern economy work. There's simply too much to know. In a market economy, the participants know how to play their role, and how to get what they need to give their customers what they want. They need to know nothing more than that. Millions of such people quietly playing their own role delivers success. In a command economy, the politburo pretends to be able to manage all the knowledge and decision making required throughout the economy- and this is an impossible task.

about three weeks ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

dfenstrate Mayday PAC and their ilk don't want money out.... (224 comments)

....of politics. They want conservative money out of politics. With the entertainment industry in lefty hands and most journalists* little more than Democratic party operatives with bylines, the Democrats have plenty of influence already.

What they want to do is choke out conservative money, because that's the primary way Republicans get heard when leftists control the culture.

Mayday PAC is transparent in this regard- they ran a video contest accepting amateur-made ads supporting their cause. A video attacking Tom Steyer, the left's Koch, won the popular vote by a large margin. They picked another video based on the 'judgement of their panel of experts.'

about three weeks ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

dfenstrate How? Hope n' Change, that's how. (190 comments)

How can the Americans allow their government to turn so rogue, so fast ?

We voted an incompetent, populist demagogue to be President. Then a sycophantic press covered for his failures & malfeasance for his entire first term, and called anyone who dared criticize the president 'racist.'

The republic can survive Obama. He is just one man. The republic cannot long survive a citizenry that would vote for Obama. He set his sights out to fundamentally change the United States, and he's doing that- but it's change for the worse. Hopefully our fellow citizens can learn from the experience.

\Cue angry responses from an unrepentant Obama voters and 'flame-bait' downmods.

about a month ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

dfenstrate When the people who say it's a crisis.... (200 comments)

When the people who say it's a crisis act like it's a crisis, then maybe I'll look into the matter. Until then, I have a hard time taking a finger-wagging jet setter seriously. You know the type, they want to make everything more expensive so only the rich can enjoy the benefits of modern life.

"F*ck the poor people who want to stay warm, or get to a job. They should die off anyway, the earth is overpopulated!"

about 2 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

dfenstrate Re:Compromise: (491 comments)

Humans like cars, not buses.

Americans like cars not buses thanks to decades of marketing getting shoved down their throats. That's led to a chicken/egg situation where it's hard to get around without a car because everyone has them.

Have you ever actually ridden a bus? You sound like someone with little experience riding a bus daily.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

dfenstrate Re:So long as it is consential (363 comments)

I really think school districts ought to start performing audits of the expenses associated with receiving federal money. Some districts have found, for example, that if they opt out of the federal school lunch guidelines championed by the first lady, the programs are quickly back in the black. Less wasted food, more purchases, and no time spent verifying compliance for grant money. The federal funds were insufficient to cover the losses associated with the mandates that came with the money.

I suspect a lot of federal school mandates would end up the same way. Ditching federal money might allow for a number of compliance administrators to be cut from a school district, and give teachers more time to do their jobs.

about 3 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

dfenstrate ...compared to the power of ACTING!! (181 comments)

The power to destroy a habitat is nothing next to the power of Money.

One must really wonder what is so special about this location, that they A) feel the need to risk damage to the habitats to film, and B) could not be reproduced in a green screen environment like they do everything else.

Excessive use of green screen likely helped Episodes 1-3 be so terrible- wooden acting being one of the many problems. An actor's performance can only be improved by actually being in the environment their character is supposed to be in.

about 4 months ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

dfenstrate Good luck with that. (317 comments)

I'm sure GM and Ford have better lawyers, and I imagine they have more resources to throw at the affair as well. I also imagine that GM and Ford will team up for their defense, and make AARC cry. GM and Ford's lawyers signed off on the system before it was even developed, let alone installed in cars. The AARC is going to waste millions and go home with nothing.

about 4 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

dfenstrate Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

Too much of a coincidence for a plane to crash in a war zone where a fighter was shot down just the other day and a transport aircraft An-26 was shot down by a missile at 25,000ft couple of days ago. And by the way, why would a commercial airliner fly through such an airspace anyway?

No U.S. carrier has been allowed to fly over certain parts of Ukraine since the end of April, due to an FAA order.

about 4 months ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

dfenstrate Re:About that.... (223 comments)

So, under your logic, government agents can just stroll right into corporate offices, and take whatever they want, because a corporation has no rights?

about 5 months ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

dfenstrate About that.... (223 comments)

Every American should incorporate themselves. It's the only way to guarantee you have rights. If you are a closely held corporation, your religious rights cannot be infringed, your property cannot be confiscated, you can commit heinous crimes and only face a fine (no jail time for CEOs); and furthermore, NSA "spying" can be sued over as industrial espionage or as copyright violations under intellectual property rights laws.

Basically you have way more rights as a corporation. If you're an individual or "citizen", you're screwed.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you're someone who hates the recent hobby lobby decision; nonetheless, the opinion delivered by Alito directly addresses this 'corporations are treated like people and it's wrong!!!' outrage perpetuated by the left.

"As we will show, Congress provided protection for people like the Hahns and Greens by employing a familiar legal fiction: It included corporations within RFRA’s definition of “persons.” But it is important to keep in mind that the purpose of this fiction is to provide protection for human beings. A corporation is simply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends. An established body of law specifies the rights and obligations of the people (including shareholders, officers, and employees) who are associated with a corporation in one way or another. When rights, whether constitutional or statutory, are extended to corporations, the purpose is to protect the rights of these people. For example, extending Fourth Amendment protection to corporations protects the privacy interests of employees and others associated with the company. Protecting corporations from government seizure of their property without just compensation protects all those who have a stake in the corporations’ financial well-being. And protecting the free-exercise rights of corporations like Hobby Lobby, Conestoga, and Mardel protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control those companies.

In holding that Conestoga, as a “secular, for-profit corporation,” lacks RFRA protection, the Third Circuit wrote as follows: “General business corporations do not, separate and apart from the actions or belief systems of their individual owners or employees, exercise religion. They do not pray, worship, observe sacraments or take other religiously-motivated actions separate and apart from the intention and direction of their individual actors.” 724 F. 3d, at 385 (emphasis added).

All of this is true—but quite beside the point. Corporations, “separate and apart from” the human beings who own, run, and are employed by them, cannot do anything at all."

about 5 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

dfenstrate Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (530 comments)

Unfortunately, communism has earned a fatally bad reputation after being misused by so many dictators during the 20th century.

The murder part of communism is a necessary component to deal with people who don't want to play along. That's why it happens all the time. If you don't want to play by the rules of a society that has anything resembling a market economy, the outcome is well known: Your standard of living slides down to the lowest your fellow citizens will tolerate seeing.

If you don't want to play by the rules of a society with a Marxist economy, well, abject poverty is always an option there, too. A rather common one. But if you want to work for yourself, and keep a significant portion of the fruits of your labor? Well, sorry, that's where the murder comes in. Against the fundamental rules of the society, you see.

If you disagree, kindly tell me what you do with people in your ideal communist society who want to put in above-average effort, and reap the extra rewards. Besides murdering them. The communist societies that exist within larger market economies can eject slackers, and the motivated can simply leave. The societies that are entirely communist need other options. Exiling the motivated will simply rapidly impoverish those that remain.

about 5 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

dfenstrate Re:Administrators (538 comments)

In all aspects of education, from primary school to university, the growing swarms of administrators soak up the budget. In some school systems, they vastly outnumber the actual teachers, have better pay, and yet contribute nothing to the operation of the schools.

You beat me to it. It's time for adjunct administrators and more full time professors.

about 5 months ago
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Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

dfenstrate Incumbent Protection Acts? (247 comments)

Limiting spending in elections inherently favors incumbents. Keep that in mind when you're talking about getting money out of politics.

about 6 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

dfenstrate The disease spreads.... (389 comments)

. Mitt Romney takes advantage of loop-holes in tax laws to hide his money from US taxes by shuffling it around shell corporations in the Cayman islands. Mitt pays accountants and lawyers to set all that stuff up. The whole reason the US produces so many lawyers is to help rich people and corporations walk right up the the often fuzzy line between what is legal and what isn't.

Oh, look, it's a 'Take every chance to blame an enemy of the left whenever possible even though it's not remotely connected to the topic at hand' post. I thought these were confined to fark.com; it appears I was mistaken, and it also appears there are moderators on board. Perhaps your very own sock puppet moderators.

about 6 months ago

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dfenstrate dfenstrate writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dfenstrate writes "Long suspected and now proven, Iran is supplying the insurgents in Iraq.

U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006. This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official.

This comes on the heels of suggestions that we should involve Iran in talks about stabilizing Iraq. Such a plan seems rather foolhardy when they're causing the trouble."
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dfenstrate dfenstrate writes  |  more than 8 years ago

dfenstrate writes "The latest New Scientist has an article about an engine that exploits relativity and microwaves to generate thrust. There is a working prototype.
Roger Shawyer has developed an engine with no moving parts that he believes can replace rockets and make trains, planes and automobiles obsolete. ... The device that has sparked their interest is an engine that generates thrust purely from electromagnetic radiation — microwaves to be precise — by exploiting the strange properties of relativity. It has no moving parts, and releases no exhaust or noxious emissions. Potentially, it could pack the punch of a rocket in a box the size of a suitcase. It could one day replace the engines on almost any spacecraft. More advanced versions might allow cars to lift from the ground and hover.
This phenomenon has been observed in particle accelerators:
The forces inside the latest accelerator cavities are so large that they stretch the chambers like plasticine. To counteract this, engineers use piezoelectric actuators to squeeze the cavities back into shape. "I doubt they've ever thought of turning the force to other uses," he says.
I'd like to reserve my hover car now, please."

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