184 posts • joined 18 Feb 2011
...are for nuclear power.
...why don't you fucking move? Are you that lazy or are you simply broke or what? Are you that tired of living? Please answer because I would like to get the bottom of your boggle.
The Sun is the source.
It can't be us. We simply lack the capacity to change enough of the atmosphere to have an effect on global temperatures. Besides, if you really do believe all this nonse and you are not a misanthrope, you'd be championing nuclear power. If you are not a champion of nuclear power, and you are claiming to be a "green," then I am obliged to label you a misanthrope--a person who is not to be trusted. Real greens are champions of nuclear power. Why? Because we cannot survive without energy! We cannot go back to pre-industrial times. We just can't. Think about what that would take. It would require us to die off by the millions, perhaps billions. Do you really want to be worse than Hitler and Stalin combined?
It's the sun.
It can't be us. We simply lack the capacity to change enough of the atmosphere to have an effect on global temperatures. Besides, if you really do believe all this nonse and you are not a misanthrope, you'd be championing nuclear power. If you are not a champion of nukes and you are claiming to be a "green," then I am obliged to label you a misanthrope.
We need three or four of them in rapid succession. Now, where do we find three or four Pattons to build FUSAGS around? If we can make the spy agencies look fools enough times, the politicians will cut their funding.
Wtih the IRS running our healthcare system and the NSA spying on all of us, we haven't a snowball's chance in hell, now do we? Hell, I expect to hear President Obama declare himself President-for-Life Obama just any day now. Yes, indeedy boys and girls. We are living in very interesting times.
Re: Not what Manchin wants to hear
Patrick Murck? Really? He's making a clear statement? How fascinating.
Hear that hooting laugh?
That is none other than Janet Yellin laughing at what she is about to do to all you Bitcoin fanbois. Shoulda bought into bell metal instead.
Re: Illegal Cash
The $100 bill is the largest bill printed and circulated in the United States for the very reasons you suggest. There was, at one time, $500, $1,000 and even $5,000 bills in circulation. We even had a $100,000 bill, but it was only circulated among the banks. You'd pay a good bit more than a $100,000 for a bill that size today.
You do see how much it has hampered crime, do you not? You don't? Well goodness me!
Cable televison is on its way out anyway. It is going the way of the video store.
Payroll taxes = Income taxes
If your only source of income is a payroll check, then the taxes you pay as a "payroll" tax are your income tax. This is a bureacratic sleight of hand. We would never charge a working man income tax! The hell you say. You charge us tax on our payroll so what is the difference? Er...ah...well..
It's like Nancy Pelosi saying, "We have to pass it before we can tell you what's in it." The United States government taxes everyone's income all the time, but the taxes are carefully hidden by sly language and crafty bookkeeping.
Having said all of this, I must say that I can empathize with Mister Perkins senitments. What he does nor realize is that the definition of "wealthy" has gotten steadily smaller over the years. Nowadays, what was once considered "midldle class" is called "wealthy." The sad truth of the matter is, that it simply is not possible for people to become wealthy over time in the United States. Why? Because we insist on inflating our currency and then insist on taxing the living daylights out of everyone who makes as much as two-thin dimes a month. All of this is done in the name of "fairness." Personally, I can't see what is fair about it at all. Just because anohter man is wealthy does not mean that you cannot become wealthy on your own. Given the right environment, everyone would have the opportunity to become wealthy, but there is no way to legislate self-discipline and prudence. That is up to the individual citizen to establish for himself.
The Fourth Amendment says: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The Fifth Amendment says: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Between these two amendments, there is no room for an NSA! They can claim the contrary all they want, and they can cite the Supreme Court as much as they please, but I can read well enough to understand what The Contitution of the United States intends! I say, that what they are doing violates the intention of our Founders.
Re: Mass Surveillance
I would have done exactly what we should have done. Punish those who were supposed to have been on duty, just as we did those at Pearl Harbor, and then set about getting justice for our dead. We did not need a new security program. The newly extended NSA was strictly bureacratic opportunism at work. They could have set about their jobs differently, but sought to exploit the World Trade Center Atrocity as a means to their ends.
Re: The Framers
You may well be right, sir. But, everytime we get into a tight spot we teeter on the edge of the abyss. We may still plunge into tyranny, but them's the breaks. Either we will survive this crisis, or you would be well advised to prepare for war with us, because if we lose this fight, we will become a tyranical power bent on world domination.
The relevant amendments read as follows...
Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment 5: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Presidents Obama and Bush were steadfast in their ignoring the Consitution of the United States, as have all the other politicians we have elected to office, along with their appointees, such as the nine member Supreme Court. Ignoring the consitution makes their jobs simpler, safer, and more convenient--for them! It diminishes the rights of citizens, of course, but who cares about that? If the citizenry will not get up of of its lazy ass and throw these ne'er-do-well politicians out, then we deserve every abuse they impose on us.
Jefferson had an affair with a cousin's wife--or came close. Later he actually had children by one of his slaves. Benjamin Franklin was an infamous gad about whose sone rejected him and all he stood for by returning to England. There is not a single one of those men that was perfect. That makes their achievements even more astounding. They were flawed human beings who found a proper way for a populace to govern itself. That is what is going on right now. It's not pretty, but then neither is sausage making.
Pish and tosh!
Everybody knows that the internet is the work fo Herr Albert Gore and no one else.
Our elected officials have failed to live up to their oaths.
Every elected official and every hirling of the United States government is required to take an oath to do what? Uphold and defend the Constiution of the United States. Notice that this duty is not to defend the people, the President, or the members of either House of the Legislature, but to defend the Constitution. Without a strong Consitution, we are not a nation anymore. We are little more than heavily armed savages bent on doing the world serious harm. Don't believe me? Do some research of your own. Start with a Google search for "Hillsdale College."
Re: The big issue in a nut shell
We were caught flat footed by the World Trade Center Atrocity just as we were caught flat footed by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The problem does not lie with the inability of the government to violate our constitution. It lies with those who were too complacent to do their jobs! The news media did a fine job of throwing up a smoke screen over those lapses, but it had nothing to do with our inability to gather intelligence during that time. The problem was we had intelligence data on several of the perpetrators before hand, but that data was steadfastly ignored by a large number of people.
Re: Pissing the night away.
RE: ....As I've said, when said business is a service open to the public, then some would say there comes a moral obligation to offer your service to EVERYONE in that public.
Outlawing racial discrimination is a very different thing from regulating prices. The first does not excuse the latter. The first is merely an act of justice, the latter is an act of injustice. Monopolies only exist where government establishes them. Get the government out of the market and monopolies simply disappear.
Re: Pissing the night away.
RE:Last I checked, so do the telephone networks. Just because a resource is private doesn't meant the owner gets carte blanche, especially when the resource is providing a service rather than is directly a good.
But, they shoud have carrte blanche. It is their network; their hardware; often it was their inventions. What we did in the past was just as inexcusable as what we are doing today. Your need is not a claim check on anyone else's blood, sweat and tears.
Re: This isn't money
RE:By the very inflationary nature of it this is just currency rather than money. Money is something with intrinsic value whereas currency is just a number. If we took away the need to mine for bitcoin currency then anyone could do what governments do and print more money, this just puts in a process to slow that down and control the inevitable inflation.
It was intended to be non-inflationary. The system is only going to allow so many divisible bit coins to be made. The bitcoins themselves are not infinitely divisible. According to what I have read a bitcoin may only be divided into 1 x 10^-8 fragments. So, if you look at the bitcoins in terms of total (eventually) fragments you get (2.1 x 10^7) * (1 x 10^9) = 2.1 x 10^63 fragments. Because the currency is limited by its very design, it is little different from platinum, gold or silver. There is only so much of it, as much of it as there is, and those tiny fragments will all be worth something some day in distant future.
Alas! Bitcoin is not the only crypto-currency system in existence. It has competition; there is Ripple, Litecoin, Namecoin, Dogecoin, Peercoin and Primcoin, all of which compete with Bitcoin. They all have roughly the same limits as Bitcoin. At least one of these competing "crypto-currencies," Peercoin, is designed to be inflationary at the rate of 1% per annum.
What I see happening is that as soon as the crypto-currency becomes credible with enough people, they will all want to become miners, rather than the producers of other goods. This will lead to more amd more competiing crypto-currencies. This will create as much inflation as we are seeing with our fiat currencies now in common use.
There are advantages to these currencies despite their flaws. They are not heavy, in that you do not have to carry them around with you in your wallet or purse. They are not mined in the classic sense, because they are not made of any physical substance. They are created on specialized computers that jump trhough special hoops to make the creation of the currencies very difficult. So this type of currency does not contribute to the impacts made by mining metals or making paper or plastic currencies. They are "earned" by computers owned by the people that own said specialized computers.
The chief disadvantage of these currencies that they are not inflation proof; they can be lost without any hope of recovery should something happen to one's machine that is the maintainer of one's digital wallet; there is a total lack of anonymity in their use. There is no way to spend them without someone somewhere being able to identify you.
I should like to add further caveats.
These kinds of systems have a very chequered record. Go here and follow the chain of links and you will find much that is unsettling.
And I am wondering how the Bitcoin system will achieve its predicted deflation when it has compeition such as litecoin.
And then there is the additional complication that middlecoin offers:
So, you're gonna git rich how?
Alas and Alack!
I cannot trust anything I cannot put my hands on. Gold is completely out of my reach as is silver. Both of those are being played by Big Banking anyway. Even Big Government cannot tame Big Banking. What's a little guy like me to do? I am convinced that the answer is bronze. When we make our money out of bell metal we will be allowing freedom to ring. Yes, I really am that corny, and yes, I really am serious. You may keep your bitcoins. I prefer something I can hold in my hand while being able to acquire it. I think that a 31 gram bell metal coin is the perfect answer.
Re: Bad link.
Thank you, I think. It leads to an eighteen-and-one-half page article on gravitational harmonics and the effects it has on the climate of Earth and other planets. <sarcasm> I am thrilled to death with it. </sarcasm>
You posted a dead link, Faux Science Slayer. Try again, please.
Re: It does not add up.
Okay, Bunbury. You do have a point. The article made no such claim about the detected planets. I inferred that from reading the article. However, I have read other articles that claimed there were extra-solar planets orbiting very near stars smaller than our sun. These extra-solar planets were projected as gas giants like Jupiter. So, again, what would make anyone think that such planets can exist in near proximity to a star of any kind, let alone one as hot as Sol? Something is wrong somewhere.
Re: It does not add up.
RE:I think it's fair to say that most people were surprised when the first of these close-orbiting gas giants were found but they probably retain most of their gaseous atmospheres due to their gravity and magnetospheres...
Jupiter's gravitational pull is roughly 2.5 times that of Earth, and, yes, it does have a much larger and much more intense electromagnetic field surrounding it. That means that it has that much more energy in its system and should be ionizing its gases much faster than the Earth does. That does not expain how such a planet could suruvive in such a small orbit around a star with an output similar to that of our sun. It simply makes the problem more puzzling. The nearer a planet is to a star, the greater the number of particles from that star the planet will have to absorb. That means the atmosphere of such a planet would be ionizing much faster than anything we have seen in this solar system.
Re: Been suggested before
RE:"Dump enough Bitcoins into the market, their price tumbles, criminals don't have enough money any more."
This is a situation in which your competition could destroy you overnight, simply by being there. What if there were more than one Bitcoin system that plans to issue a like amount of currency? What if there were two more such operations? How about three more? Getting the picture yet? Meanwhile, back at the lab, the crypto-boffins are busily increasing the complexity of this alleged crypto-currency.
Like Mister Scott said, "The more complicated they make tha plumbin', the easier it is to overtake the drain."
This is just the first barrage aimed at the Bitcoin system.
The Feds will not stop until there is not Bitcoin system. Why? Because Big Banking does not like competition from anonymous sources that it cannot control. Down that road lies their ruin. I would feel much better if someone would start making coins out of 31 grams of bell metal. That way, what you have is what you can be counted, stored and even spent.
The US dollar along with all the other debt based currencies are about to fall to pieces. Don't believe that the US dollar is based on debt? Just read a dollar bill. What it will say is that it is a "Federal Reserve Note." Notes are nothing more than transferrable debt. The United States borrows its currency from a creature called "The Federal Reserve Bank." Despite its name, it is an entirely private company. True, the ties between the Federal Reserve Bank and the government are intimate, but the Federal Reserve Bank runs the show to suit itself. All of our politicians bow to its will as though it were God.
Tricky Dick was a slipperly little prick. He managed to screw all of us despite his being impeached over Watergate. He did that by closing the gold window at the Federal Reserve Bank. I wonder whether he fully appreciated the enormity of what he did to us? Probably not.
There is a solution to all of this!
Pick a LINUX distro, install it, and then be happy forever after. That is what I did when Windows Vista came out. Ihave had some minor problems, but they were well worth not having to suffer through one of Vista's self-imposed denial of service attacks. I even tried Windows 7 and was disappointed to see that it does the very same thing once or twice a month. An operating system should not be the cause for a hardware upgrade unless the system is something like ten years old. Oh, and never mind the vagaries of the "upgraded" interfaces. Those are simply a nuisance, not a help. Once you have learned an interface, there should be no need to learn a new one, barring a dramatic change in hardware, such as going from a desktop to a tablet.
Oh, and for those who simply must have some particular piece of M$oft Software, there is always WINE. WINE will allow almost anything you run on your wintel boxen now on Linux.
Glaciers are basically just very slow rivers. When the ice is quite high, they run faster. When it is lower, they run slower. If scientists believe that the glaciers in Anartica are now running faster than they have in the past, do they have the data to prove it? Furthermore, they will need to present a case that argues that cause is an increase in temperature and not merely increased snow load on the mountain tops driving the process. Can they do this? If so, have they done it? Have they even thought to ask these questions? Or did they conduct their surveys with preconcieved notions in mind?
Not Green at All!
Anyone who sincerely believes in global warming is all for nuclear power. Anyone who claims to beleive in global warming, but is not in favor of nuclear power is an idiotic misanthrope and should be ignored with the extreme prejudice they deserve. Also, we need to start looking at and building powerplants designed around thorium as a fuel rather than uranium. Uranium should be reserved for the production of nuclear batteries. Oh, and I think it has been shown that controlled fusion is not really possible. It is, as far as I can see, a false hope. OTEC has been proven to work and that is as near as you can get to productive solar or fusion energy.
As it happens, I am not a believer in global warming, but I do like having clear air to breath and clear water to drink. Nuclear power goes a long way toward preserving both.
All of that suffering...
...just so that they can save the costs of stack scrubbers on their coal fired power plants. Go figure.
The Fourth Amendment says...
...The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This is as plain as day. It says the the NSA is nothing but one huge violation of the Constitution of the United States. Of what use is a secret court that cannot be brought to account for its decisions vis a vis the Fourth Amendment? I say that the FISA courts are merely a fig leaf to trick foolish people into thinking that what our government is doing to us. along with everyone else on the planet. is both legal and just. Barak Obama is no better than George Bush. How could anyone pretend that there is any real difference between these two turds? One is lighter colored than the other, but so what? They both stink!
RE:Wonder what candidate Obama would have to say about today's bullcrap?
Well, you see, there is no such thing as a "high road to geometry" until you discover that you must study it peronsally.
RE: "Too little, too late. The rest of the world can't trust anything the US says now."
Nor should they!
Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"
At least Vlad the Putin is competent.
Gracias, El Reg!
The Fourht Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
After having read this, how can anyone pretend that what the NSA does is constitutional? Of what practical use is a secret court with unnamed judges to the victims of the NSA? Oh, by the way, there is no one in the world who can claim that he or she is not a victim. As matters stand, the NSA treats every human being as though they are suspected of having committed a crime.
Now, is there anyone else who wants to take the micky out of me over this? I was not kidding when I said that our politicians have stepped well outside the bounds of our constitution. I meant what I said then and I still mean it. American politicians trample on the constitution on a regular basis because we the sheeple let them get away with it. They will not stop their misbehavior unless and until we stand up to them and vote many of them out of office.
Re: Best intentions != right
Quoting your post: "The capabilities won't be made to go away by turning off NSA, GCHQ, etc. and there is no evidence that eliminating or crippling these agencies would make the world safer for those not involved in suicide bombing and religious warfare.
While true, we cannot eliminate guns, either. Should we therfore allow them to be used indiscriminately? Or should we demand the right to protect ourselves?
Re: @Billy Catriger
President Obama most certainly does understand it. He taught constitutional law in Chicago.
Re: Even if it were effective...
President Obama did nothing but promise the American public "change" when he ran the first time. He never said what he would change or how he would change it, but he did promise us change. It was not until after he was elected that we discovered what sort of changes he had in mind and what he wanted to change. Now we know. It is rathger like Nancy Pelosi said. We'll have to pass it before we can tell you what's in it. Now we know and we are unhappy with it, but it is entirely too late. None of our politicians are that keen on our constitution or they would otherwise not be doing the things they are doing now.
Re: Even if it were effective...
Well, what do you want me to say? The truth hurts doesn't it? The Bush-baby was bad, but Barak Obama has been ten times worse.
Re: Even if it were effective...
George Bush was President. He had no real respect for the Constitution either.
Re: @Billy Catriger
President Obama agrees with you.
Re: @Billy Catriger
Can you say, "implied ad hominem? I thought so.
But then, of course, the Chinese government has access. We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. Oh, and just look where the bulk of our digital kit is made nowadays.
The Bitcoin system will be outlawed.
It is inevitable. Big Banking does not like competition. Big Banking has everybody's money in its vaults. Even worse, Big Banking is loaning the entire world the currency it needs to conduct trade. Even worse, the borrowed money has even less intrinsic worth than a virtual currency like bitcoins. The bitcoins are supposedly going to be avallable in a fixed quantity. There is no proposed limits on how much money our governments are allowed to borrow from Big Banking. As matters now stand, Big Banking could go right on lending money at an infinite rate for infinite quantities of cash, for guess what, an infinite amount of profit in the form of infinite interest payments.
Here is what I don't like about our available currencies. The Bitcoin system is not tenable because it cannot be made accountable. The person(s) behind are unknown and therefore cannot be brought to account if there is any wrongdoing--such as making more bitcoins than they promised.
The mainstream system is based not on intrinsic worth, but upon debts. Every note you see is just that--a note. In other words, all our currencies are nothing more than transferrable debt. The plain hard facts are that very little of the US dollars in circulation are actuall printed. The overwhelming bulk of them are merely entries kept in accounting computers.
Precious metals have their drawbacks as well. Gold is entirely too scarce and so narrowly traded that its market is subject to manipulation. Silver is actually an industrial metal and is in considerably larger supply than gold is, owing to its nature, but it too is rare enough that its market can be easily manipulated. The same goes for all the platinum group metals. There are no "precious" metals that are at one and the same time of sufficient worth and of adequate supply so that they are immune to hidden manipulation.
There is, however, an answer in an alloy. That alloy is bronze. Let us make our money out of bell metal and let freedom ring.
Someone remind me.
How long did the Anti-trust law suit against IBM go on? Decades?
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