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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

hsthompson69 Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (403 comments)

There you go again, pointing out truths that environmentalists don't want to hear :)

Don't worry, after they finally admit that CO2 doesn't drive global average temperatures or climactic swings, they'll find some *other* component of energy generation (say, magnetic fields, or plain old waste heat), and they'll demonize the hell out of that because it's causing a spotted tit-fox, or marsh trout to die off.

Warming, cooling, staying the same - none of it matters when it comes to "the consensus" :)

yesterday
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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

hsthompson69 Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (403 comments)

But...but...you can never run out of *other* people's money! /sarc

This smells like a desperate attempt by the MSM to try and spin away the shellacking the greenie Ds got last year.

yesterday
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

I haven't paid for them yet (still waiting for the english translation of the latest issue), but I've read some of the past translations, and they're *hilarious* :)

Of course, I liked Borat and Team America, so YMMV.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

Fair enough.

I suppose it's a good thing that at least a few brave souls have done, and continue to do, the incomprehensible, so that the cowards like you can reap the rewards :)

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

Wasn't trying to push a button at all - I've got no problem with your cowardice, and obviously neither do you.

The only problem I have is your seeming insistence that others should share your cowardice. I get your point - I understand your argument about being cautious when dealing with over-sensitive and violent and/or powerful people.

Do you understand that others might value their principles over the caution you recommend? Or is that simply incomprehensible to you?

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

So, you're a coward who frankly doesn't care about what other people think about their cowardice - a perfectly rational point of view, and I congratulate you for it :)

That being said...

1) it's not just about depicting mohammad, it's about mocking him, and other core beliefs of islam;

2) german anti-free speech laws are part of their culture;

3) fair enough - there are arguments for liberalization, as well as criminalization.

Can you understand why other people might not share your cowardice? It seems that your underlying assertion is "I'm a coward, and anyone else who isn't is completely irrational and stupid"...which, of course, is your free speech right to say, in my book :)

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

Because expressing free speech is the moral equivalent of buying crack, right? :)

Your point of view is clear - you don't believe that either islamic culture, german culture, or drug laws should be changed.

Sounds like you're ready to say, "sure, go ahead, sit in the front of the segregated bus, while you're at it".

But hey, that's okay - if you want to be a coward, and just let the threats of the status quo determine the ability for people to exercise their freedoms, that's a perfectly reasonable position to take to minimize risk. Just don't expect people to be all that impressed with your point of view :)

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

hsthompson69 Re:And now that hard drives have gotten cheaper... (441 comments)

Yes, I deny the apocalypse is going to be "soon", and that we must pray to your gods for forgiveness before the "end times" :)

In the meantime, cheap energy means a better quality of life for billions of people so poor you can't even recognize them.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

hsthompson69 Re:And now that hard drives have gotten cheaper... (441 comments)

Ah, the "externalities" trope.

Your imagined, unrealized externalities of the future may indeed be dire, but that has nothing to do with whether cheap energy is a good thing.

Let's, for a moment, imagine a dire, future externality of solar power - say the ivanpah generator, reflecting into space, attracts a violent alien civilization that comes and eats 90% of our population. Are you happy to pad the pockets of solar executives at the expense of the future?

Now, maybe if you had concrete, actual, real "externalities" that were paid by "all of us", like say, solar subsidies for bird zapping solar plants in nevada, or regulations that raised the cost of energy paid by "all of us", you'd have a case to make...but imaginary harms in some hypothetical future with tenuous attribution hardly make for good economics.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

Got it, the "don't do risky stuff because people are crazy" line of thinking...

like don't wear a short skirt in a bad neighborhood if you don't want to be raped...

or don't be a black person whistling at a white woman if you don't want to be lynched...

or don't let people know you're gay if you don't want to be subject to chemical castration even if you happened to have saved millions of people during WWII with your code breaking work.

If I'm being to subtle, let me state it plainly - the problem isn't people who make fun of the holocaust or muhammad, it's the people who react against such speech in violent or oppressive ways. While we can raise our hands and just say, "well, that's just the way it is", if one truly believes in free speech, one must take up the fight against such backwards cultures, and not be intimidated by their threats that it will "not turn out well and stuff".

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

Well, what you said was:

"Do you think drawing cartoons of Muhammad and making fun of him is "something that almost certainly needs to be said?"

"Shouldn't you go, right now, and draw funny cartoons that deny the Holocaust?"

My answer to both, is yes.

Whether or not you actually were trying to make a point with your questions, I suppose is an open question :)

Did you have a point?

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

hsthompson69 And now that hard drives have gotten cheaper... (441 comments)

...damn, we all better stop using computers!

Seriously, though, cheap energy (in absolute terms, not massaged by the heavy hand of regulation), is a good thing. Great, so we don't invest in more oil drilling...until consumption goes up, prices go up, and it becomes profitable. This is a *feature* not a bug.

Prices are momentary signals, not eternal mandates.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (894 comments)

And your point is that Germany sucks for being oppressive of free speech, or that Germany rocks for being oppressive of free speech?

Or, are you saying that Germany sucks for being oppressive of free speech, and then suddenly being all pro-free speech when it comes to Charlie Hebdo? If that's the case, then I agree - the world is filled with leftist hypocrites who imagine "freedom of speech" as only for the ideas they hold dear.

I believe significantly differently.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

The whole "fighting words" thing seems like an excuse to infantilize adults. If someone literally says something like, "I'm going to take my gun out and shoot you in the head right now", maybe you've got a right to respond to that threat...but just insulting something sacred to them?

Fuck that.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

hsthompson69 Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

Oh, no, young sir. You are too simple. Why, you might have said a great many things. Why waste your opportunity? For example, thus:

AGGRESSIVE: Fuck the pope's mother with a chainsaw!
PRACTICAL: Drop your trousers and stick your erect penis in the anus of the pope's mother.
DESCRIPTIVE: Slowly, gently, stroke the pope's mother's cunt with your dick.
INQUISITIVE: What's your favorite position while fucking the pope's mother?
KINDLY: Don't forget to give the pope's mother a reach around when fucking her.
CAUTIOUS: Careful, wear a condom when fucking the pope's mother - she's got AIDS.
ELOQUENT: While being fellated by the pope's mother may encourage you to cunnilingus, let her finish first.
DRAMATIC: The stormy cries of the pope's mother when being fucked rise in fantastic crescendo!
SIMPLE: Chinga tu madre.
MILITARY: Attention! The fucking of the pope's mother will commence! One! Two! Three! Four! One! Two! Three! Four!
ENTERPRISING: So how much do you think they'll pay for a picture of someone fucking the pope's mother?
RESPECTFUL: At your convenience, dear Francis, please take advantage your mother's sexual services - I hear she's incredible.
LITERARY: Hell, if you were Cyrano De Begerac, you could fuck the pope's mother with your nose!

These, my dear sir, are things you might have said, had you some tinge of letters or of wit to color your discourse. /inspired by the frog Edmund Rostand

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

hsthompson69 The way to fight online harassment... (189 comments)

...is the same way we fight spam - filter it.

Seriously, just have a plugin in your browser that censors the words you don't want to see, and *BAM*, we're done. No need to control the troll, just don't look at them.

about three weeks ago
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For the First Time In 3 Years, Investments In Renewable Energy Increased

hsthompson69 Re:Huh? (134 comments)

Lower oil prices mean that the value of subsidies for renewable energy are even more valuable - use a bunch of oil to build solar and wind farms that have a guaranteed price to producers, and profit.

Now, if we were talking about a free market, you'd be right - energy being more expensive would mean we consume *less* of it.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

hsthompson69 Re:The "Protesters" (1128 comments)

The justice system worked this time. A bunch of racist lynch mob members insisted that someone be wrongfully indicted based on the color of his skin.

A brave grand jury looked at the evidence, and didn't bow to the pressure of the mob. Justice served.

Now, more racist asshats have decided to try to canonize Saint "Thug" Brown, like they did with Saint "Thug" Martin - taking away valuable attention from actual *real* victims of police brutality, private property confiscation, and those wonderful "no-knock" raids.

The direct action here is embarrassing.

about 2 months ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

hsthompson69 tl;dr - economics matters (222 comments)

I did read the article, which was filled with all of the appropriate doom and apocalyptic visions, but the ultimate conclusion is really rather useless - hope and pray that magic comes along.

"Our society needs to fund scientists and engineers to propose and test new ideas, fail quickly, and share what they learn."

"We’re not trying to predict the winning technology here, but its cost needs to be vastly lower than that of fossil energy systems."

Simply *wanting* a technological innovation doesn't make it happen. Even massively funding all kinds of R&D doesn't necessarily make it happen - not all R&D is created equally, and unless you can discern between useful work, and not useful work, you're looking at huge amounts of waste.

about 2 months ago

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