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SoylentRox95 karma

It is obvious but it takes a detailed computer model to find the exact ratio. And the reason it's "obvious" is a huge difference between the costs of solar/wind capacity and storage costs. Storage is $300+ a kilowatt-hour, while solar/wind capacity can generate a single kilowatt-hour for a few cents in costs. It means you need that battery to run for a huge number of cycles ($300/0.04 or so) just to break even on the cost of the battery.

Apparently, at current price ratios, it's better to buy a whole bunch more renewable capacity.

SoylentRox14 karma

Yep. In a reply north of here, he said that there would be a mixture of big and small players if marijuana were regulated like alcohol. Kind of how there's a Budweiser, an anheuser busch, and many small breweries. Jared didn't try to pander to the voters who would rather there were not giant corporations producing marijuana, with consistent medium quality and for low prices, with doublespeak or avoiding the question. He was honest...

SoylentRox9 karma

? Where does my post say corn? Corn ethanol is net energy negative so an infinite amount.

SoylentRox9 karma

The problem is that I'm not sure if retail hitmen even exist, at least in Western democracies. It's too much risk - the risk of going to jail for life or being executed means that a hitman would have to ask for more money than most potential clients could pay. Until proven otherwise, I would assume that any hitmen you could find and afford are just stings for law enforcement.

Also, frankly, it's probably easier to get away with a murder you personally commit than to hire someone who also knows. If you want to get away with murder, exactly one person can know you're the culprit - yourself. So if you have to murder the hitman anyway, might as well just do the murder the hitman committed yourself - gives the authorities only one crime scene to hunt for clues instead of two.

Mafia hitmen are more of a special case and are obviously very carefully vetted.

Not that it's easy to get away with murder these days. The slightest touch, you sneeze and you leave DNA, a hair falls and you leave DNA, your phone tracks your position, investigators are going to go through the victim's web of contacts, which are conveniently available in electronic form, and will question you*, if you don't have alibi that seems to almost be enough to prosecute these days, and so on.

But hiring a hitman would just make this task even more difficult.

*why kill someone you don't know? This is why serial killers can get away with it for decades while most murderers are caught.

SoylentRox4 karma

Fun fact: On average a single emergency physician will provide $200k of unfunded (federally mandated) care per year. Man I wish I made that kind of money.

How are you equating the value to 200k? I'm just saying, you're assuming a price point similar to the care you did get paid for.

In a pure "free market", where there was no limit to the number of medical school or residency slots, and thus new doctors would be trained until the price for their services dropped to the point that future would-be doctors decide to become other professions, the price would be lower. I'm not sure how low, and admittedly this wouldn't work because the very long timelag between someone deciding to become a doctor and actually entering the field would make the system oscillate wildly. (there would be a series of surges of new students and a glut of doctors followed by a shortage, followed by a surge, etc) And there are moderately sophisticated mathematical tools you could use to work out these gradients and just set the supply of physicans correctly, preventing gluts or shortages.

I'm not saying what you do isn't stressful or a very valuable service, just saying that it's relative.