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I guess some Americans are butthurt that Canada's middle class is in better shape.
Wouldn't that require Americans who actually care about the middle class? - Eric Logan
It's more of a vanity thing. - Todd Hoff
Considering that the vast majority of Americans consider themselves middle class (even the ones who aren't), I'd imagine it's more than a passing curiosity. - Victor Ganata
It should be. I am interested personally in alleviating poverty regardless of economic class. - Eric Logan
The fact that people who are technically supposed to be in the middle class (i.e., not poor) are struggling seems like a pretty good indicator for the trajectory of this country. - Victor Ganata
You will not get any argument from me that we as a country are on the wrong path. - Eric Logan
Why would they care that our middle class is better off, when they don't give a shit about the rest of the world's standard of living and the universal government supports that make it that way? - DJF from Android
It strikes at the heart of the myth of American exceptionalism. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
^ Psh, that just means you gotta believe harder. - Andrew C (✔)
True, the Austerians will probably take this as a sign that they're just not squeezing hard enough. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal -
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"Before pants." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
High Schoolers Obsessed With Ketchup Solve Watery Squirt Problem - Topless Robot - Nerd news, humor and self-loathing. -
High Schoolers Obsessed With Ketchup Solve Watery Squirt Problem - Topless Robot - Nerd news, humor and self-loathing.
"Except that if you disagree about THIS being nerdy, you're wrong - teenagers doing a yearlong project to invent something that will solve their lifelong irritation with the fact that there's water in the first squirt of ketchup from a bottle. I could have saved them time by saying "shake the bottle first."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Hmph, I was just thinking recently about how the upside-down squeeze bottles solve this problem almost as an afterthought to solving the initial slow-flow problem. - Andrew C (✔)
It looks like a tiny buttplug. - Hookuh Tinypants
Andrew C (✔)
History | Bumbershoot 2014 -
History | Bumbershoot 2014
History | Bumbershoot 2014
Bumbershoot 2005 had some really great graphic design. It was my first time there and I was a bit more broke back then, so I didn't buy a merch T-shirt. Stupid. 2006 had a great design too, but after that they went in a mostly boring Space Needle-centric design from 2007 all the way to 2013. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Also, I think 2005 might have had each character on a separate T-shirt, and the paradox of choice paralyzed me from getting any particular one. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The Surprising, Easy Trick To Making Perfect Bacon -
The Surprising, Easy Trick To Making Perfect Bacon
"Chewy and tender, crispy and crumbly or almost burnt -- everyone likes their bacon a little different. If you're not in the crispy and crumbly camp (which many of us at HuffPost Taste are), and prefer your bacon a little chewier, you want to know about this stupidly easy trick for cooking bacon just right. The secret ingredient? Water." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic -
How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
How Did Canada's Middle Class Get So Rich? - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic
"How did we lose the lead? The authors blame three broad factors: [....] One word that doesn't appear in the article, however, is /housing/. The U.S. is emerging from a catastrophic collapse of the housing market that obliterated household wealth for millions of middle-class families. Canada, however, is in the midst of a delirious housing boom and a personal debt craze that reminds some economists of the U.S. market exactly a decade ago (before you-know-what happened)." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"And here's an index of American home prices, using the same Shiller data. Note that the U.S. collapsed just before scratching 200, the red line that Canada is approaching. One year ago, Matt O'Brien calculated that Canada's price-to-rent ratio was the highest among advanced economies, making it the "biggest housing bubble" in the world. Canada's historic housing boom (and our historic... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Wearables - Out of fuel. | Radio Free Mobile -
"The exit of Nike from its FuelBand product shows how difficult hardware can be and that the real value is in the service and the data. . [...] On top of the high development costs, the FuelBand has not proven to be particularly reliable meaning that warranty returns have also been significant. This, plus mediocre sales (partly due to its high price tag of $150), have probably meant swathes of red ink, driving management to look for another option. This is an ominous sign for the fledgling wearables industry as any product without a unique use case and rock solid reliability looks destined to fail." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Furthermore the use cases that have emerged to date (smartphone remote control and activity tracking) can increasingly be carried out directly on the phone itself without an external sensor. Hence, without either of those two criteria in the bag, it looks like it is in Nike's best interest to bail-out of hardware. " - Andrew C (✔)
"This is a worrying sign for the likes of Jawbone, FITBIT Pebble and so on as the hardware is increasingly being integrated into the mobile phone giving users less and less reason to purchase extra devices. None of these devices meet both of the two criteria of unique use case and rock solid reliability making me pessimistic for all of them. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Avril Lavigne's New Video Is a Monstrosity -
"Avril Lavigne's new music video for her new single "Hello Kitty" is offensive on absolutely every level. It takes Gwen Stefani's objectifying and appropriative Harajuku Girls shtick, adds a generous dash of Skrillex and also a Chad Kroeger co-writing credit. It looks like what would happen if someone scraped off the diseased underbelly of American pop culture from 2004-2010 and sprinkled it generously over a festering pile of garbage." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I can't wait to get home to watch this. :p - ronin from FFHound!
This was just completely... unnecessary. And why the subs in Chinese as well? - ronin
Victor Ganata
"Imagine what Abraham Lincoln could've done with dragons!" (I bet this is probably being uttered out loud right now at some studio meeting.)
"Team of Fireballs" - Pete
It would have made killing all those zombies a cinch. - Todd Hoff
I thought he hunted vampires? - Andrew C (✔)
But yeah, fire does seem to be the ultimate in undead-killing. Good vs vampires, werewolves, zombies, mummies... - Andrew C (✔)
You're right, it was vampires. - Todd Hoff
This was my random thought after Daenerys declared the slaves of Meereen emancipated. I would wager I'm not the first person in this town who thought it. I would wager there are people in this town with studio backing who are thinking about making it real. - Victor Ganata
similar pitch: the Bible but with dragons added. - Andrew C (✔)
Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons - TV Tropes - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest - -
"While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada -- substantially behind in 2000 -- now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands. Thirty-five years ago, the reverse was true. LIS counts after-tax cash income from salaries, interest and stock dividends, among other sources, as well as direct government benefits such as tax credits." - Andrew C (✔)
"The findings are striking because the most commonly cited economic statistics -- such as per capita gross domestic product -- continue to show that the United States has maintained its lead as the world's richest large country. But those numbers are averages, which do not capture the distribution of income. With a big share of recent income gains in this country flowing to a relatively small slice of high-earning households, most Americans are not keeping pace with their counterparts around the world." - Andrew C (✔)
"Median per capita income was $18,700 in the United States in 2010 (which translates to about $75,000 for a family of four after taxes), up 20 percent since 1980 but virtually unchanged since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. The same measure, by comparison, rose about 20 percent in Britain between 2000 and 2010 and 14 percent in the Netherlands. Median income also rose 20 percent in Canada between 2000 and 2010, to the equivalent of $18,700." - Andrew C (✔)
"Three broad factors appear to be driving much of the weak income performance in the United States. First, educational attainment in the United States has risen far more slowly than in much of the industrialized world over the last three decades, [...] A second factor is that companies in the United States economy distribute a smaller share of their bounty to the middle class and poor... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @kimanifilm: MT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD
RT @kimanifilm: MT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD
PR BACKFIRE AHOY - Big Joe Silence
Yeah not the most well thought out of plans. - ronin
hahahaha! " ‏@desusnice: Smh RT @NYPDnews y'all finished? Keep tweeting those #myNYPD jokes like WE AINT IN THESE STREETS. EVERYONE'S GETTING FRISKED. WATCH." - - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
People always f-ing around playing SimHolodeck in the 24th century is probably the most realistic thing about Star Trek :D
*Janeway types "/played" at the console* "49 hours in six days, Seven?" - Victor Ganata
OK, I guess there would totally be people who would run the Holodeck with all safeties off. It's just like hard core mode, except even more hard core. - Victor Ganata
Isn't that "Barclay" story arc on Next Gen? - WarLord
Heh, Barclay has an arc on Voyager, too. But even Tuvok and Seven made use of the Holodeck :D - Victor Ganata
See also that Futurama educational video about why human-robot relations will lead to the end of human civilization. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm now imagining this Star Trek alternate universe where human civilization collapsed because of excessive holodeck use and what we see on-screen as Earth is really just a Matrix-like simulation. Most of real Earth is an uninhabitable environmentally-devastated ruin, while everyone lives their entire lives in the confines of holodeck cells. And this is the main reason why everyone is so desperate to join Starfleet and flee Earth and live on a far more spacious starship, even if it means being a redshirt. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Man, how is there no direct train service from L.A. to S.F.? You either need to take a bus to Bakersfield, or a bus from SLO.
I think there is direct service but you have to tweak Amtrak's search to get that option. I know I've taken the train from Emeryville straight through to Santa Barbara. - Spidra Webster
Can't you take the coast route? - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Yeah, Coast Starlight? It's 12 hours though from Emeryville to LA's Union Station, so not exactly practical. - Andrew C (✔)
What sucks is that it doesn't actually *have* to take that long. But for as long as passengers take a siding when freight comes through, it will be that slow. We really need to re-acquire or build new rail lines so that this ridiculous situation doesn't persist. - Spidra Webster
If you have time the Coast Starlight is a wonderful trip. I think, if you transfer to a bus at Emeryville and/or Oakland, you get dropped off next to the Ferry Building (there's an Amtrak station there). - vicster: full-bodied
That 12 hour travel time basically means there's only one train every day, right? If you miss it, it's off to Bakersfield for you! - Victor Ganata
There is from LA to SJ, then Caltrain - Neal Krummell "The Coast Starlight runs on railroad tracks that give priority to freight traffic. For this reason, the rains are rarely on time. This is not the train to take if you are on a strict time schedule." - or basically what Spidra said. - Andrew C (✔)
I've taken the Coast Starlight from Ventura to San Jose. Gorgeous trip. - Tamara J. B.
A bus would take about 8 hours: - Andrew C (✔)
MegaBus goes from L.A. to SF as well. - Corinne L
Megabus has more runs too! - Andrew C (✔)
Bolt Bus? - Rochelle
Fairfax teens could get extra hour of sleep on school days
Fairfax teens could get extra hour of sleep on school days
Wow, brutal. I'm pretty sure my HS didn't start till 9 am. - Andrew C (✔)
"The study, which began in April 2013, was commissioned by the Fairfax County School Board to determine options for delaying the first bell in high schools until after 8 a.m. Some teenagers across the county board buses at 5:45 a.m. to make it to their first high school classes of the day, which begin at 7:20 a.m." - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
So do you think Phil is going to take over for Woodson?
No chance whatsoever IMO. I thought the physical demands of being head coach were too much for him already. - Andrew C (✔)
Only if he lands Kobe and/or LeBron. He has already all but selected Steve Kerr. - Julian
Well, that's what Phil told Jim Buss, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time he's changed his mind. :D - Victor Ganata
Kobe for Melo trade. I'm calling it now. :D (OK, this will *never* happen because (1) D'Antoni is still here and (2) people would probably try to assassinate Jim Buss.) - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
RT @RyanSaysThings: @BittrScrptReadr "If you honestly feel Miss America would be interested in you in any capacity, we have failed as educators. Suspended."
(Referring to a student who asked Miss America to prom during her visit to the school, even after the school told him not to.) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
How the Upright Citizens Brigade Conquered TV in 2014 | Complex -
How the Upright Citizens Brigade Conquered TV in 2014 | Complex
"If you're a massive comedy fan, there's a solid chance that the vast majority of the talents you're currently quoting, DVRing, and retweeting got their start at UCB--either in New York or in L.A. And if you're of the opinion that someone's simply either born funny or not, that comedy isn't something that can be taught or learned, let me sway your opinion with exhibit A: the near unfathomable success rate of this bi-coastal improv and sketch institution." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
SNL, Parks and Rec, Broad City, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, Veep, House of Lies, Childrens Hospital, etc... (edit: just realized this piece didn't even mention the upcoming Playing House, created and run by two more UCBers and with more UCBers among the cast and writers.) - Andrew C (✔)
I wonder what a timeline graph of various companies' dominance would look like: Groundlings, Second City, IO, UCB, etc. - Spidra Webster
That said, I think people of Tina Fey's generation -- besides the UCB 4 -- are more properly considered from iO or Second City. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm not sure about Groundlings, but for the rest, my vague sense is that Second City was first, and then the second wave of Second City "vets" really came up at IO first and got to the Second City mainstage after that... (Then again, Mick Napier, founder of the Annoyance in Chicago and a SC bigwig, has written that no one school in Chicago is sufficient: not SC, not IO, and not even his... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Spidra Webster
Pasadena company still puts music on cassette tape. Really | Off-Ramp | 89.3 KPCC -
Pasadena company still puts music on cassette tape. Really | Off-Ramp | 89.3 KPCC
"Cassette tapes may seem to have been buried by the Internet, but they’re still spinning along, and they even outsell CDs at some underground concerts. As Off-Ramp contributor CJ Greenspon reports, one of America's biggest cassette producers is a small business in Pasadena. It’s true that cassettes are still common in many parts of the world, and for some music genres here in America. But by and large, mainstream America keeps its cassettes in a box under the house. But turn back the clock to when Memorex hired Ella Fitzgerald to show what cassette tapes could do. Remember "Is it live? Or is it Memorex?" That was 1974. Within 10 years, cassettes were outselling LPs. But then came CDs, and then mp3s. But Nick Dolezal, who co-owns a cassette-only record label called Ker-Chow Tapes, doesn’t care. "The root of my love begins with recording my own music when I was 16. I didn't know what the hell I was doing. I stole my mom's karaoke machine, and I was recording with LOTS of reverb on that... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
cassettes never died! - Big Joe Silence
I think I read somewhere that fans often buy the tapes these days to have a physical token of fandom and to kick a few bucks to the band, but with no intention of ever playing the tape. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Tertial iPad holder - IKEA Hackers -
Tertial iPad holder - IKEA Hackers
Tertial iPad holder - IKEA Hackers
Instructions here: . It's a bit like my hack, except he didn't need an interfacing piece of wood between the tablet clamp and the arm. And he doubled up the springs rather than tying them off to tighten them up. I might see if I can get extra springs from Ikea to do the same thing. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Happy my birthday to all y'all. #fb
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, Andrew! - Anne Bouey
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday - Rodfather
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, Andrew. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy birthday! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Happy birthday. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Happy your birthday to you too :) - Eivind from Android
Happy birthday! For some reason, I thought your birthday was in the fall. - Anika
That would be my half-birthday! - Andrew C (✔)
Happy birthday Andrew! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday! - Son of Groucho
Camping is satirical, right?
yes - chaz2b
Then my friends are really beating this one joke into the ground. - Andrew C (✔)
I was surprised at the number of RVs and holiday trailers today. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
This Is Why Some People Should Not Be Allowed On Facebook
"I just learned africa isn't a country." "Crazy! So is it a developing country? Or jst a continent?" "I don't know, I'll find out later in the semester and let you know." - lris
SMH - Anne Bouey
"Canadians think the titanic was a real event and not just a movie, how dumb can you be." - lris
This cannot be real. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Gotta be a troll. I hope. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom * Newswire * The A.V. Club -
Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom * Newswire * The A.V. Club
"Confirming yet again that the halls of academia are no place for interpreting things, a New Jersey professor was suspended over a Game Of Thrones T-shirt whose tagline--the Daenerys Targaryen quote, "I Will Take What Is Mine With Fire & Blood"--was interpreted by his colleague as a threat. The incident came about after Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, posted a photo of his daughter doing a yoga pose in the shirt to his Google+ account, where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans. Said dean reportedly called for an emergency meeting, concerned that this small, unsettlingly agile girl in a T-shirt was Schmidt's way of announcing his intention to claim all the spoils a New Jersey community college has to offer, by force if necessary." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I mean, it would be maybe something if he wore it to work, but... - Heather, 30k Camper
Geez. - Stephen Mack
Reminds me of the Inigo Montoya t-shirt ona plane incident. - Joe - Systems Analyst
What the hell is going on with our schools that teachers and administrators feel threatened by a (1) finger gun (2) a GOT t-shirt on a little girl and (3) a science project with the word "gun" in it? - Spidra Webster
I mean, it's not as if he told the dean that he acquired his daughter's shirt by paying the iron price. - Stephen Mack
"where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans." *snerk* - holly #ravingfangirl
I've never seen Game of Thrones, but I would hope that grown-assed adults would assume a child in a t-shirt on a personal site is not a veiled threat to work colleagues. And I'm sure the psychiatrist is going to be thrilled with having to waste their time with a stupid evaluation. - Anika - "But revenge appears to be a theme in both the show and Schmidt's life -- he believes the suspension was retaliation for a grievance he had filed earlier after he was denied a sabbatical without explanation about two months before the incident. "This was payback because I filed a grievance," he said."" - Andrew C (✔)
*sigh* Oh FFS. - ronin
IOW, any excuse for those with power to take offence is a good one. same as it ever was. - Big Joe Silence
"Schmidt was suspended without pay and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being reinstated with a list of other restrictions, he said, such as not wearing clothing with questionable statements and not making disparaging statements about the college. " It would be really hard not to say something about a college with administrators that bone stupid. - Spidra Webster
This is still better than the sheriff's deputy who pulled out his gun because a barking dog "made him fear for his life" (and he accidentally shot himself.) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
then he was kicked in the balls repeatedly and required to never mention it. - Big Joe Silence
" and not making disparaging statements about the college" - if it were me, I'd be making factual statements about the college's handling of this incident and the dean in particular from now until eternity. - Andrew C (✔)
Imagine this on a shirt: "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
As long as you add "Matthew 10:21" (or whatever book/chapter/verse) after it, you could probably get away with all sorts of subversive, vaguely threatening things. - Victor Ganata
Yep. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
The Cowpox of Doubt | Slate Star Codex -
"What annoys me about the people who harp on moon-hoaxing and homeopathy - without any interest in the rest of medicine or space history - is that it seems like an attempt to Other irrationality. [...] It's saying "Look, over here! It's irrational people, believing things that we can instantly dismiss as dumb. Things we feel no temptation, not one bit, to believe. It must be that they are defective and we are rational."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"But to me, the rationality movement is about Self-ing irrationality. [...] It is about realizing that you, yes you, might be wrong about the things that you're most certain of, and nothing can save you except maybe extreme epistemic paranoia. Talking about moon-hoaxers and homeopaths too much, at least the way we do it, is counterproductive to this goal. Throw examples of obviously... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"The more we concentrate on homeopathy, and moon hoaxes, and creationism - the more people who have never felt any temptation towards these beliefs go through the motions of "debunk"-ing them a hundred times to one another for fun - the more we are driving home the message that these are a representative sample of the kinds of problems we face. And the more we do that, the more we are... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"So we take the intelligent Internet-reading public, and we throw a bunch of incredibly dumb theories at them - moon-hoaxism, homeopathy, creationism, anti-vaxxing, lizard people, that one guy who thought the rapture would come a couple years ago, whatever. And they are easily debunked, and the stuff you and all your friends believed was obviously true is, in fact, obviously true, and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
This is exactly why I'm wary of any philosophy that professes a Unified Unquestionable Canonical Truth/Hermeneutics/Epistemology, deities or no deities. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF's Housing Crisis Explained) | TechCrunch -
Long piece, but a good read. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Damn, the price of limes has jumped up. $3.99/lbs.?
That's Whole Food prices! They're 5 (or 10) for $1 at my local stores. - Anika
Yep. My local bodega has em for $1 each. *sniff* - Derrick
Andrew C (✔)
RT @AdamSerwer: What General Mills is doing is absolutely BANANAS and the Roberts Court will sanction it without a second thought
Basically, even online interactions with General Mills involve giving up the right to sue them, is what they're trying to do. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Lamar Odom is a Knick - Posting and Toasting -
"As has been established: Odom has a back injury and will not play for the Knicks this season (tonight). The Knicks will work with him this summer and, if he looks good, pick up a second-year option so he'll be in the fold next year." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"@desusnice - Just saw a fellow knicks fan tweet "we need lamar for that final playoff push" and they were dead serious :(" - - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
RT @esqpolitics: Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity
RT @esqpolitics: Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity
"Recall that, yesterday, we explored Tiger Beat On The Potomac's relentless quest for Bipartisan Shangri-La -- J. Manchin, Prop. -- because it is there that also exists that legendary beast, The Reasonable Republican. Today, the journey continues with a sighting on the far horizon of what might be a Bob Corker, who the kidz now nominate as Bipartisan Of The Day." - Andrew C (✔)
"Of course, nowhere in the piece do we read about the fact that Bob Corker's union-busting ass may wind up in federal court, largely because he lied it off in order to defeat a UAW organizing effort at a Volkswagen plant that had been endorsed by, among other people, the folks who run Volkswagen. This, I guess, is the new centrism. And, mirabile dictu, he reads!" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"Joe Romm draws our attention to the third slice of the latest IPCC report on climate change, on the costs of mitigation; the panel finds that these costs aren't that big -- a few percent of GDP even by the end of the century, which means only a trivial hit to the growth rate. At one level this shouldn't be considered news. It has been apparent for quite a while that given the right incentives we could maintain economic growth even while greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But there is, in fact, some news that greatly strengthens the case that saving the planet would be quite cheap." - Andrew C (✔)
"As a practical matter, the fallacies of the right are much more important -- indeed, they may destroy civilization. What's notable about right-wing commentary on the economics of emission reduction is how people on that side suddenly seem to change their views about the effectiveness of markets. Normally they extol the magic of the marketplace, which can brush aside all limits; but... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"In fact, it's possible that solar will displace coal even without special incentives. But we can't count on that. What we do know is that it's no longer remotely true that we need to keep burning coal to satisfy electricity demand. The way is open to a drastic reduction in emissions, at not very high cost. And that should make us optimistic about the future, right? I mean, all that stands in our way is prejudice, ignorance, and vested interests. Oh, wait." - Andrew C (✔)
Even though reports play up the fact that the PRC is burning massive amounts of coal (and causing severe air pollution), the PRC's investment in green energy is a lot of why the price of solar panels has plummeted. - Victor Ganata
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