christopher wipperman

Kansas City, MO, United States

About christopher

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Lifelong resident of KC. I'm very practical with my ideas and love to learn about other peoples theories on the universe.

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I'm a conservative atheist interested in space and theoretical physics.

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christopher wipperman
Posted over 2 years ago
The universe/ irony game (give an opinion)
There are also bacteria that live in acidic hot springs that would dissolve a human. There are tube worms at the bottom of the ocean in 650° water at pressure that would crush a human to the size of a soda can. This all reminds me how little we actually know about our world and the universe.
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christopher wipperman
Posted over 2 years ago
What thoughts do TEDster's have regarding plausible reasons why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is purchasing major firepower?
Just a random comment here. I used to work in law enforcement and want to mention something you may be forgetting. Every armed agent may use 1000+rounds/year between target practice and qualification. They carry guns that hold 16 rounds, plus 2 more 15 round magazines. They may have a backup gun with 16 more rounds, plus they may have a rifle w/mags totaling another 50+ rounds. I would say any armed DHS agent could account for well over 1000 rounds between training and what they carry. They also said they got a big price break by ordering more rounds at once. I know the number of rounds purchased sounds big but I bet Walmart sells 10x that many rounds in a year. I know if I go shooting, I personally could go through several hundred rounds. The Us Army probably buys that quantity in a month. So.... I say..... big deal...... I hope they got a good discount.
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christopher wipperman
Posted over 2 years ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
Pure capitalism is very sustainable. The problem is when regulations make pure capitalism impossible. (Just to be clear, regulations that ensure the safety are not my issue). The constant intrusion of silly regulations, coupled with radical intrusion such as labor unions makes capitalism hard to sustain. In a country like the U.S., unions and crazy over-regulation such as excessive environmental regs make it cheaper to move jobs overseas. There will ALWAYS be classes. Even in communist Russia, the ”worker” lived in poverty while party members enjoyed luxury. Many peoplw need the idea of improving their station in society to motivate them to work hard and innovate. Telling people that there is no reward for innovation will make many of them not even try. For an example, look at the innovations over the past 100 years. How many came from capitalist countries, compared to socialist countries? Even things in the US attributed to the government (take NASA for example) were actually made by private, for-profit companies like Northrup-Grumman, or Lockheed-Martin. Our (U.S.) Biggest threat is ”class warfare” where the ”poor” (the standard of living for a ”working class” American is far above the ”poor” of most other nations), created by politicians trying to pander for votes.