Minimum Security by Stephanie McMillan

Minimum Security

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  1. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    The Chinese are right, we are stupid to send the lion’s share of our manufacturing overseas. The trouble is that most corporations live and die by the quarterly report. That’s what keeps the shareholders happy. However, there is not much long range planning. Back in the ‘80s if you didn’t think globally you were institutionalized as a backward idiot. Now it is probably too late to reverse the trend, especially in some industries. Plus the Chinese get away with little if any restrictions on pollution because they are a “poor country” so they can’t be expected to meet the same standards that we have. Guess what? Even after they have cornered the manufacturing market they still won’t start using environmentally friendly manufacturing and by then they will be too powerful for us to force them to do it.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @rick scott

    It is the First World countries that are polluting the most., consuming the most and wasting the most. We need to get second tier countries to not go down our road. In first world countries the USA is last in changing its ways.

  3. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    A very old – and flawed – saw.
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    The First World consumes the most because it produces the most, otherwise, it would not have the cash to buy the most in order to consume the most. Though China, not yet considered a First World nation, doth exceed all others in many areas of pollution.
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    As for the runner-ups, would you uphold India as a paragon of frugality? Among the hungriest of nations it, too, is among the worst in food management. A fraction of its bounty arrives safe and whole at market. The rest rots in field, in transit, and in warehouse.

  4. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    The irony? They bounced Walmart because the mega-tailer threatened to upend India’s distribution networks – by UPGRADING the local infrastructure to guarantee safe and timely deliveries.
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    The government claimed it was acting on behalf of the poor, who vend vegetables on the sidewalks for a living. But the real reason is that, due to the poor infrastructure, only “farmers” and land barons of means have the ability to get their goods to market. It costs them extra money, but it costs everyone else even more. And by depriving the market of supply, it increases the value of the produce that survives. Thus, the inefficiency of the system manages to drive a higher profit margin for the big players while killing all the others.

  5. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    Naturally, the ‘big players’ are all connected members of the ruling class. When it became apparent that Walmart’s entry would ‘democratize’ the local infrastructure, they immediately kyboshed the deal….
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    Couple years later, the infrastructure remains a ruin. No credible project has been started to improve the situation. Of course, it is “because” they have no money. But a government that spends nothing on education? nothing on roads, electricity, or basic infrastructure? that spends nothing on healthcare? nothing on the judiciary? and next to nothing on its police forces or military? …
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    Where does the money go?

  6. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    “The Economist” – oi and vay. Does economic theory alone rule our day? The economy may ‘rule’ but there are others who set the law, and they have little need for flood control when they must settle accounts with the ruling class. The needs of the underclass do not serve the ruling class, and this is why affairs are left unchanged.
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    Besides, McMillian seems to have closed this door. Remediation could include the introduction of sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere, cooling the planet and reversing the worst of global warming. A very cheap and economical suggestion, that the author rejected out-of-hand as a compounded monstrosity of man. An opinion shared by many.
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    And yet, the surgeon cuts to cure a fault. A bone must be broken to be set. There is such a thing as nuclear medicine. Pick your poison: an insult to save a wounded heart, or a hug – and say ‘goodbye.’

  7. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    If the argument is that positive change can be made without global engineering, one has to assume much – and stand on very little ground. Even the most ambitious environmental plans fall prey to basic scientific understandings and cannot reverse what is presumed already made.

  8. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    Renewable energy seems to be the great hope of the moment, but it remains experimental, unproved, and disasterous in those few places where commercialized.
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    Try this recent article on Germany’s woes, but only if you have a healthy appetite for dark humor:
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    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/high-costs-and-errors-of-german-transition-to-renewable-energy-a-920288.html

  9. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    Note that Sweden, upheld as the exemplar and guiding light for German salvation, actually relies most on hydroelectric power for its effort, which is there both abundant and profitable. The very modest power demands of this population-deprived nation also play a card in this game.

  10. Norman Baron

    Norman Baron GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    OK, let’s distill and condense this a bit. Is there a “to be continued” or “see next page” or are we hopelessly screwed? Has our world and us with it gone to far down the path of greed and corruption and the environment be damned, that it is still possible to turn things around or is it all hopeless? If there is a chance of fixing this mess then lets quit pissing and moaning and do it. If there is no chance then everyone for themselves and devil take the hindmost. Oh yes, don’t ask me for a solution because I haven’t the foggiest idea. Bon chance mes amis.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Norman Baron

    The problem is made up of many smaller problems and as long as we as a species aren’t putting our 100% in on changing our ways GCC moves relentlessly on. No cooling has occurred you must remember.
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    We have probably passed the threshold already and once the cycle is self maintaining through feed back loops it will many magnitudes harder to affect it.

  12. SusanCraig

    SusanCraig GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Why isn’t anyone talking about sending humanitarian aid to the civilians of Syria?

  13. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    Private wars lead to public loss.

  14. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    Autocracy lies at the root of human excess. As a system, it drives exploitation of the whole for the benefit of few. Self-predation is its hallmark and fundamental rule. It drives all into the mire and the muck because its one and ultimate purpose is security of power, which it can achieve with or without the prosperity of mankind.

  15. Lenin Out of the Box

    Lenin Out of the Box said, about 1 year ago

    A curative? Democracy and its attendant political instability. The weakness of its loyalties, the tithy vacillations of an empowered and entitled crowd, and the frantic need of its leadership to appease the most while inflicting the least trend the entirety to prosperity.

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