[FoRK] Malthusian machinations

Frank Hegyesi frankpdx at gmail.com
Fri Jun 11 13:26:07 PDT 2010


The fact that you only mention I bring up Malthus in a whole new
thread illustrates how you really need to read the passage from
Ecclesiastes again.

Frank



On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM, Dave Kammeyer <kammeyer at kammeyer.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 2:31 PM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>> Alternatives, comrade?
>>
>> You paint your false dichotomy with a crude and worn brush.
>
> Been watching too much Fox News?  The only solution we've got right
> now is to have independent (e.g. government, but perhaps not
> necessarily) regulation that monitors failures of redundant systems.
> If you fine 'em when one of their three redundant systems fails, the
> probability that they will run with only one system operational, and
> then blow up is dramatically reduced.  Obviously the proper
> inspections weren't done on DWH.  The NRC though does do this for nuke
> plants, and has been fairly successful so far.  The problem is that
> the penalty for failure only goes up as the energy levels go up.
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