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Comment Re:So solar is 100x more labor intensive than coal (Score 1) 415

No, a massive amount of labor saved so that everyone doesn't have to walk to the town well and get their own water every time. Follow along. The correct analogy is replacing running water with rain barrels and manually operated wells on everyone's property instead of a centralized pumping and distribution system.

Comment So solar is 100x more labor intensive than coal? (Score 4, Insightful) 415

In a similar vein, I hypothesize that there'll be a whole lot more farming jobs once we drive "evil agribusiness" into the sea and go back to organic, cage-free subsistence farming. Every man for himself, plus a bunch of pig catchers to take the place of the cages.

Comment Re:What kind of jobs? (Score 1) 381

And who told them to go the internship route in the first place? Who told them that the best use of their time and their parents' or the taxpayers' money was a four year degree in Obscurist Literature followed up by a decade of living it up as the starving artist? Break down the unemployment numbers by type education and you'll see a notable lack of it among people with degrees in useful professions or training in useful trades. And yes, you are expected to move to Middle-of-Nowhere-Town, Bumblefuck County USA if that's where they can't hire enough welders and skilled machinists instead of sleeping in your childhood bedroom bitching about how all the cruelty-free artisanal ukelele playing gigs don't pay enough.

Comment Re:What kind of jobs? (Score 1) 381

Maybe it's because they aren't doing it right. Takes a special sort of snowflake sensibility to automatically conclude that your own lack of success must be someone else's fault, and then when you can't identify that someone to save your life, to move on to the "the system" being the problem. At some point, The Russians(TM) will be the reason of the week (month?) for why Johnny is still living in his mother's basement at age 28. If I were a betting man, I'd place my guess on about two slots after "systemic racism" being the problem, but a little bit before "global warming."

Comment Re: Basic income (Score 1) 726

False. The probability that a business will fail is not random chance; it is a function of the quality of the business plan, the product, the market need, and the capability of the business owner to follow through and execute. Investors who withhold capital from obvious stupid do so based on their judgement of these factors. Take away that signal, and you will have a lot more people who can barely string two thoughts together "starting a business," and thereby distorting the market for labor and capital. Not good.

Comment Re:Basic income (Score 1) 726

Option 4: learn basic economics and stop pretending that there's a big pot of "wealth" somewhere out there that the evil one percenters are keeping all to themselves.

No one is making these guys do this to themselves. If they made a poor decision, then this article does a valuable service to society by publicising it. If you take the ouch out of bad decision making by subsidizing it with free money and free stuff paid for out of the pocket of people who make good decisions, then

1. More people will make bad decisions out of ignorance
2. Fewer people will feel the need to keep themselves on the straight and narrow and make good decisions
3. The pie will get smaller for eveyone.

Comment Re: Population density (Score 1) 468

I'm sorry, what? Since when is a product that meets all realistic use cases of a smaller portion of the population expected to sell better?

I have a sedan. It gets me 20 miles to work and 20 miles back every day, and 50 miles to the remote site once every few weeks. It also gets me 300 miles to the parent's house and 500 miles to the in-laws once or twice a year. On the rare occasion I need to go farther, I fly. On the rare occassion I need to haul a big load, I use the wife's station wagon or rent a truck. I sure as shit don't want to be borrowing a vehicle too often or renting a truck more than maybe once a year or less. So an electric car that causes me to have to do that wouldn't be on my radar. I'm pretty sure a good fraction of your 40% would agree, let alone my 60%.

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