I don't know how it is that people don't object to the cable monopolies in numbers that persuade change. My guess is that the typical cable subscriber is happy if he gets his ESPN on tap, and spends most of his time mindlessly watching sports.
The Truth is what we say it is. The earth is warming because of man-made carbon emissions, if we don't sign over a significant fraction of our taxes to Al Gore we will burn in IPCC Hell, and if the actual climate doesn't support these Truths it can piss up a damn rope!
Yes but attacking the mental health problem doesn't accomplish the liberal goal of disarming the populace! How can they impose their utopian dream on people if their subjects can offer a .45 caliber objection?
They could probably start by growing less corn for gasohol production and more for food production. Or are those government-subsidized crops necessary for climate change reversal?
Climate change might be coming, I admit it's more than possible. The rise of industrial centers in China and other Asian nations might be the tipping point, being as China now emits twice as much carbon as the USA.
So yah, we might get climate change. If it's coming then it's also irreversible. Best to just prepare for it.
Or maybe take measures to emit more SO2 into the stratosphere to cool the planet down a smidge.
Yeah I'm also not seeing a problem with electric automated cars becoming a major mode of transportation. Yes they would kill jobs related to the oil industry. But they would create plenty more jobs related to infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations and the cars themselves, programming for the cars, traffic management for cities, maintenance for the cars, etc. the real barrier to all this is battery technology. Once that is solved (super capacitors) then electric cars will be ideal for transport. Automation of driving is coming and can't really be stopped, nor should it be. People are way too bad at driving for that to be the end game. In the last three years texting drivers have rear ended me or my wife three times. Automation would allow them to text while keeping their delicate little irresponsible talons off the wheel. And yes, it's always a woman who does this.
When I see all the idiot drivers on the road, the make-up artists, the texters, the drunks, the kids, the blind old people going 30 in a 55... I think to myself that self-driving cars need to hurry up and get here.
Gary told me that driverless cars will bring about CARMAGGEDON!
Oil companies will crater for some reason, and the Arab states will fall into vicious face-eating cannibal anarchy.
And this will be bad.
That last part was the hardest to believe.
One thing I think we can all agree on is that young people are screwed.
If anything pops the bubble it will be a massive die-off of entrenched boomers whose death grip on political power and real estate inventory caused this problem.
I think we are about ten years from that tho, as actuarials would put boomers at ages 75-80. They'll cack around then in large numbers freeing up a lot of real estate in popular cities. But by then the metro hubs will have shifted following not the money but the talent. Today's young people will be approaching middle age by then and won't be satisfied with waiting all that time to start their lives. They'll move away to places that are better managed. San Francisco will look like Oakland, and Oakland will look like Hell. The trendy cities will be elsewhere.
So yah, eventually that bubble will pop, but don't wait around and hold your breath. If you're living in a problem area like the bay, I'd say leave. You can get in on the ground floor of the next trendy city.
If you consider the entire process of canonization invalid and heretical (as I do) you don't get too upset that the leader of such a religion chose to honor a three century dead Spanish imperialist with a fictional "sainthood."
I could nominate Adolph Hitler for sainthood in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and it would mean just as much.
My brother got one of these dogs. When it was younger it was flat out dangerous around kids, not knowing either its strength or their fragility. I about got a gun for his dog when it nearly attacked the kids. But several years later the dog has mellowed a bit an seems to like kids and people, but only in small doses. I can tell it gets stressed out by kids by the way it acts and sometimes starts biting itself. I would never trust that dog around kids or in general.
My parents have had the dog for the last three years, and they're good owners. The dog is about as good as it can be, but that still isn't anything close to reliable.
The breed is dangerous.
Only ghetto dwellers think pit bulls are so great.
@reality a "free market" gave us Chinese plastic rice mixed in with real rice to "bulk it up." It also gave us toothpaste with antifreeze for sweetener. And it gave us exploding cars, toxic pet food, toxic baby bottles, ad Nauseum
It's bad when the United States has to show communist China how to regulate markets to protect the people from amoral avaricious capitalist sociopaths.
And what the fuck was your point again?
Oh, you didn't have one?
That's what I thought.
The market is a function of economics which is a form of coercion in itself. People are coerced by the market rules to work and create things and sell thugs according to their best interests within the framework of the market rules. This form of coercion is extremely useful as it encourages a sort of arms-distance cooperation between people on a massive scale we call an "economy."
Tweaking the rules of the market is government's responsibility.
That's an excellent point about the deficit spending. With the money being siphoned more quickly than ever to the top, less is available for keeping the economy moving. Rent seekers have become drastically better at rent seeking, squeezing wage earners harder than ever before. Basically once the money makes it into the uber wealthy person's account, it's (minus a small percentage for their own lavish spending) out of the economy. Hoarded money isnt helping the economy in any way. Which may be why the dollar has been so resistant to inflation even with massive deficit spending and QE 1-5.
All that money is just helping the economy tread water. Bernie is right. To make this country great again, the rich need to be throttled back.
How about a federal mil tax on homes owned beyond the second one? That would make it more difficult for the super wealthy to hoard property (thus making is scarce and unaffordable) and would put the REITs out of business.
How about we raise capital gains taxes to match tax on wages that people earn by actually working???
How about we give far fewer corporate tax shelters and rebates to corporations that indulge in offshoring all production?