commented on Ferguson, Austerity, and the Decline of Police Work in the US
That's the problem front to back - infrastructure too. People want to live in a fully developed, first world nation but they are too cheap to pay for it. So we're going to nickle and dime ourselves into a corrupt banana-republic.
Right wing types love that apocryphal quote, usually attributed to Toqueville, about democracy and people voting themselves money. Its a knife that cuts both ways.
commented on Humans Are the Extinction Level Event
Its not like anybody thinks there would never be another extinction event if it weren't for humans. And sure we can lament the loss of all these frogs and so forth but its not like Life on Earth as such is in any danger.
These issues are more about how pleasant or miserable will it be to be a human on Earth in the future.
commented on Hillary Clinton Ignores Questions About Ferguson
@14 - I know what you're getting at but the manner of a President's election matters a lot more than their personality. Clinton would be the source of endless heartbreak for liberal/progressive types but she would not actually ally with the GOP caucus in Congress in order to pass GOP legislation.
This is why any libertarian impulses in Rand Paul's heart are entirely irrelevant - his administration would be a Republican one.
So she's better than any Republican hands down.
I'd rate the chances of her getting us into a ridiculous war in the middle east north of 50%, though.