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That's a pretty facile response. Lots of African countries with "strong" governments still have tons and tons of violence.

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Somalia went through a civil war in recent history. That's about the best possible example of violence caused by the lack of a strong government. Of course, violence can occur for other reasons too, so merely having a strong government is no guarantee of its absence.

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Whatever dude. The vast majority of climate change comes from Brazil destroying their rainforests, it has little to do with the US.

>If drinking water or water to grow plants runs out maybe some people start to care finally.

No, water will simply become further commoditized, as Nestle is already doing today. And instead of the bottom Billion suffering it'll be the bottom 5 Billion.

The US will still mostly be fine.

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> The vast majority of climate change comes from Brazil destroying their rainforests, it has little to do with the US.

Brazil's destruction of its rainforests to create land to raise beef for export actually has more to do with the US than you might think.

I mean, why do you think that is a profitable (in the short run, anyway) thing to do?

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Fair point, but we're not the only country that enjoys beef, many 1st and 2nd world country import it. Blaming the issues on the US is myopic and wrong-headed. We aren't over-populated. We protect our national parks. We have a functioning democracy. Etc.

Capitalistic demand can be short-sighted and there can be negative externalities, none of that should be surprising. It's up to people who OWN the land (their most valuable asset) to come up with ways to make it sustainably productive.

Like you said, ranching on rainforest land only makes sense in the very short term.

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> Capitalistic demand can be short-sighted and there can be negative externalities, none of that should be surprising. It's up to people who OWN the land (their most valuable asset) to come up with ways to make it sustainably productive.

But, as you note, there are negative externalities, which means that there is no incentive for the people that own the land to do so (because they are diffuse harms that also effect the landowners, there may be incentives for them to do so if it is in concert with mandatory restrictions on others taking actions that contribute to the same diffuse harms, but the nature of negative externalities is that the incentives to those involved in the transactions -- including those who own the land at issue -- are not sufficient for the optimal course of action, in terms of social utility, to be rational.)

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"It's not smarts or talent."

I wouldn't be so sure...

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Thanks for your kind words and support!

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LOL, just seemed like a big assumption.

To sum up your blog post more succinctly -- being productive is a skill like anything else, it takes time to develop.

Responding to inspiration quickly is one aspect of that skill, but it's not the only one.

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Is there a version that's not touchscreen?

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Where is the first line from?

Pretty egregious misrepresentation from Lenovo if that's true.

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Sorry about your illness, but I don't understand why it would keep you from ever working again?

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After 911 there is a medical background check, once a company learns I am mentally ill I get the rejection letter that says "overqualified" that rejects me.

I had a hard time trying to find work, with a history of being mentally ill on the records and my background. Most people hide it and don't see a doctor and go undiganosed because of the social stigmas of being mentally ill.

I happen to suffer from schizoaffective disorder which is rare less than .05% of the population has it. It is like bipolar and schizophrenia combined.

When I did have a job as soon as they learned I was mentally ill from my communications, I was bullied, harassed, and picked on, and then eventually fired when I had a panic attack from the stress.

I am sure if I found the right company that wouldn't treat me that way or understand mentally ill people and don't let their employees pick on, bully, and harass them.

I used to earn $150K/year as a programmer, but now they say that is too much money to trust to a mentally ill person. In all honesty it was never about the money, I just loved programming and happened to become good at it in Visual BASIC and Active Server Pages, which are 13+ years out of date now. But I still try to keep up and learn.

My wife doesn't want me to relocate, or else I've have worked for Google in 1999, and I might have avoided the stresses I had that made me mentally ill in 2001. So I am sort of stuck in St. Louis MO and what companies there are here to work that don't like mentally ill people working for them. We tend to drive up health care costs for their insurance and when they think of disabled people they think of people in wheelchairs not the mentally ill. They tried to justify firing be by having a software contractor work $100/hr to do my job while I was in a hospital claiming that none of my coworkers could operate at my level of work. This fits the undue hardship clause of the employment law.

I had about three employers do that to me in a row, and my doctor put me on disability because I couldn't get a stable job.

I was usually hired to debug software to get a company to the next level. I optimized ADO recordsets, SQL Server tables and stored procedures, optimized Crystal Reports reports, and fixed broken Visual BASIC code so it wouldn't crash the machine and it runs faster. I also did web development in Active Server Pages using VBScript and HTML and CSS and JavaScript.

But like I said, no company wants to hire me now, and if they did it would only be temporary to use me to get to the next level and then fire me after I got them there. I feel like a third stage rocket booster.

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What is the bullshit associated with non-stick pans? The off-gassing when they heat up to much?

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Guess how much fun it is to hang out with people who are perpetually "bored," "exhausted" or on their phones...

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About as much fun as it is to hang out with extroverts who get upset when they are told the world isn't all about them.

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I'm not an extravert, I just understand basic social dynamics.

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Modern civilization in general must be a huge bane to you then.

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Obviously there are positions where people do both, hence the word. Don't generalize based on your limited experience.

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