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The myth of job-stealing immigrants. Our economic system is based on growth. Adding more people grows the economy.

I have some serious issues with a system predicated on infinite growth, but this certainly seems like a solid argument.
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+God Emperor Lionel Lauer Take somebody writing and selling a book. All they spent was a bit of time (that would have passed either way) and some (renewable) food. But the added value that book injects into the economy is permanent.

Same thing with other ideas. If you figure out an improvement to a machine (improvements often mean doing more with the same amount of resources), then, again, you permanently added another bit of value in the economy, even though you didn't increase resource use. If you look for it, many economic processes are about converting time, not non-renewable resources, into economic value.

Of course an economy can't grow at any speed indefinitely - you're constrained by the time available and ultimately by the influx of energy from the sun (which is what's powering all those humans with time on their hands). There's certainly a point where growth exceeds the sustainable limit. But the sustainable growth is not zero either.
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It's not April yet, is it?

The systemd Project Forks the Linux Kernel

Edit: Yep, two bloody days early. Have they no pride?
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+Valdis Kletnieks That's the flipside. He builds huge elaborate structures to solve the use cases he cares about, but doesn't care about other people's.

My point is that packages solve well over 80% of the use cases without being baroque, and having to go back to traditional unix installs for things like (say) Samba where it touches the os in bad places.
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It burns. Make it stop.
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Meet the black hole deniers.
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+Yonatan Zunger  ...there's a conspiracy theory about it...

But how did you find me out?
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This essay is adapted from a piece originally printed in the March/April 2015 issue of Orion. Request a free trial issue of Orion here. To teach evolution at the University of Kentucky is to teach at an institution steeped in the history of defending evolution education. The first effort to pass an anti-evolution law...
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G+ was broken for months on Android, I used the mobile web version for that period.
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So, that Distrowatch systemd kernel fork story looks like an early-released April Fools, but Lennart did apparently claim that Linux isn't really UNIX.

"Then, the way our project is handled (i.e. maintaining much of the core OS in a single git repository) is much closer to the BSD model (which is a true UNIX, unlike Linux) of doing things (where most of the core OS is kept in a single CVS/SVN repository) than things on Linux ever were."

God knows I'm no Linux apologist, but what is this I don't even...
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Apparently A/UX 4.0, had it seen the light of day, might have been certified as a Real Unix(tm).
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American 'exceptionalism' is nonsense.
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50% of US tourism is to either Canada or Mexico (trips out of the US using a passport).  The whole rest of the world gets all the rest.  And this is a small fraction of the US population.  A friend of mine was just in Cuba which is currently not a police state (some people told her about periods when it was).  She was also in Myanmar and had a soldier tell a man she was talking to to cut it out, so she's had examples of things being not so good.  I'm in Nicaragua which is fairly rapidly improving under the mixed economy that Ortega (and some FSLN friends) always supported (Sweden was the model).  Most US citizens go to resorts and places that are in but not of foreign countries.  Without other languages, we're limited in what we can know of non-English speaking countries (and only the Scandinavian countries have over 70% of their population that is fluent in English.

I've seen US right wingers arguing with Europeans and Israelis about how their countries worked.
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In the U.S., sex is considered a mistake teens will make, and an act parents must fear.
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Yes.  My father wrote a YA screed about how young women protect young men from their baser side.  Couldn't get it published, fortunately, but embarrassed his children.
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I'd like to see a higher quality video, it's hard to be sure what's real and what's a compression artifact.
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When a guildie from WoW had a stroke, their doctors said to keep playing WoW to recover motor control. They had to set up keybindings for one handed play at first, but apparently it helped.
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