commented on "There is no real public transportation without dedicated lines."
for the cost of (inflexible 1800s technology) rail, it seems more cost effective in the long run to invest in
1) centralizing the traffic grid (ie, timing traffic lights, etc) using wireless
2) invest in developing autonomous electric cars that interface with the traffic grid, and can optimize paths to pick up and drop off multiple people and multiple destinations.
Then, as people and businesses move around, the public transportation system can move with them. then people are less constrained by the infrastructure.
Of course, getting anyone in Seattle to agree to THAT in less than 20 yrs would be a miracle.
Apr 5, 2012
commented on Culture, Nature, and the Horrible Hyena
no nobility? the shame of the animal kingdom? ha!
all I see is an inability to appreciate the beauty in the necessities of survival. you think you're too far above it, but we're all closer than you care to admit.
Apr 2, 2012
commented on Money Without the State
think larger, Charles. I'd suggest that trade is the root of all human social relations. money is just a reasonably objective (not completely objective, though) representation of value that facilitates trade. (enter plug for free trade here).
Mar 26, 2012
commented on The Obamacare Verdict: What Will the Supreme Court Decide?
@3. its' not so much the individ mandate. the important part of it has to do with the commerce clause. the feds are threatening to withhold medicaid funds if the states don't expand their medicaid coverage. the affordable care act uses the fed's taxing power to try to compel states to engage in commerce, so that the feds can regulate it. that's the more important part. a potential scotus decision could also be that the feds can't use taxing power coercively against states (tangentially related to the individ mandate)