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The sole airline willing to deport high-risk immigrants is price-gouging ICE. There is only one carrier willing to take on US deportation flights and they're charging the US government nearly double the normal price, making flights as expensive as $33,500 per hour in November.

Sole airline willing to deport high-risk immigrants is price-gouging ICE

A basic lesson in supply and demand, as seen through the lens of ICE Air ops in an unredacted ICE document we obtained. ICE can only obtain the Boeing 767s required for its so-called SHRC (special high-risk charter) flights from one company in the entire country, because it's the only firm willing to

A basic lesson in supply and demand, as seen through the lens of ICE Air ops in an unredacted ICE document we obtained. ICE can only obtain the Boeing 767s required for its so-called SHRC (special high-risk charter) flights from one company in the entire country, because it's the only firm willing to take the contract for fear of negative press. But last month, those 767s were tied up with other, richer customers (i.e. the Dept. of Defense). So ICE was forced to take whatever the carrier offered—a 777 that was a couple of hundred seats bigger than what ICE needed, and double the price: $33,000/flight hr vs $17,000/flight hr. The company knows it's the only game in town and has no incentive to meet ICE halfway, according to ICE's primary charter broker, explaining why it can't put any pressure on the subcontractor to come down on its rate.

Every now and then, my faith is restored that the markets really know how to do their job. I'll use this as a lesson tonight to teach my kid the basics about supply and demand, and about how actions have consequences.

This is a super illuminating piece that shows the complexity of immigration control, public protest, and the business of deportation. Because ICE has garnered so much criticism few companies want to risk a public backlash and run the agency's charters. In fact, only one does it, which means it can charge

This is a super illuminating piece that shows the complexity of immigration control, public protest, and the business of deportation. Because ICE has garnered so much criticism few companies want to risk a public backlash and run the agency's charters. In fact, only one does it, which means it can charge whatever it wants.

Justin shows here how much this lack of competition is costing US taxpayers. It doesn't mean we should support all of ICE's activities but it does expose a dark side to an already dark law enforcement project.

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Is Colonizing Mars the Most Important Project in Human History?

Is Colonizing Mars the Most Important Project in Human History?

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  • The three body problem would suggest that Mars isn’t thinking big enough. Time to look for another star or start respecting our planet.

  • Can’t we just repair and preserve the planet we’re on? This is a typical human folly: the grass is always greener. Easier to dream than to do.

  • I’m going to say no. It might be an important “biological” project as in necessary for species survival. But it lacks the “humanity” of other projects like a global abolition of slavery or gender equality.

  • We can just colonize Death Valley in California. It’s about the same.

  • For the purpose of preserving humanity, risk management is key. Efforts should be made to ameliorate problems here on Earth while also assessing the viability inhabiting Mars. Two options are always better than one.

  • Only if it leads to greater manned exploration of the solar system and beyond. Any argument for remaining Earth-bound is just intergalactic isolationism.

  • Let’s go for it. We’ve all but destroyed Earth, why not do the same to mars? The science is cool but humans have their priorities so wrong and, quite frankly, this article is chalked full of blissful ignorance. Not a fan.

  • I've heard the analogy that making Mars a future home for humanity is like building an auto factory to replace your broken car rather than replacing the engine. This is a false choice. Exploring Mars will be expensive, yes. But it will also subsidize amazing advances in science and engineering that may

    I've heard the analogy that making Mars a future home for humanity is like building an auto factory to replace your broken car rather than replacing the engine. This is a false choice. Exploring Mars will be expensive, yes. But it will also subsidize amazing advances in science and engineering that may help us save earth's environment.

  • Earth might have its problems but that shouldn’t stop us from reaching for the stars. I believe humanity is more than capable of doing things synchronously.

    This is the race for the New World 2.0. Colonizing Mars would bring unimaginable opportunities and purpose.

  • An interesting read, but regardless of the right, earth is still salvageable.

  • Given that America's motor vehicle deaths were exceeded by overdose deaths in 2017, perhaps the readers will agree that the illegal substances derived from coca and poppy are like death-arrows leaving other countries and entering our space and killing our people. If so, a government-backed effort (on

    Given that America's motor vehicle deaths were exceeded by overdose deaths in 2017, perhaps the readers will agree that the illegal substances derived from coca and poppy are like death-arrows leaving other countries and entering our space and killing our people. If so, a government-backed effort (on the scale of our 7 year effort to put a man on the moon) to eradicate those two natural plants may rank high on a list of American priorities.

    And, yes, it should be a clandestine effort using modified insects, seeded clouds or any effort which leaves no fingerprints. The world should wake-up one day to learn that coca and poppy are gone...just like the Dutch Elm blight in America.

  • Why are we so obsessed with finding a cure when we can still prevent it from happening. Prevention is always better than a cure.

  • Yes and it needs an excellent PM

  • Here’s a theory: Upon a time, human beings inhabited Venus, which had an atmosphere that resembles Earth’s current one, only cleaner. As the Venusians developed the second planet from the Sun, they came to rely solely on carbon-based fuels despite the knowledge that the sun was only 67 million miles

    Here’s a theory: Upon a time, human beings inhabited Venus, which had an atmosphere that resembles Earth’s current one, only cleaner. As the Venusians developed the second planet from the Sun, they came to rely solely on carbon-based fuels despite the knowledge that the sun was only 67 million miles away and threw off more solar energy than they’d ever need.

    But Venusians ignored the power source that dominated their sky and relied on oceans of oil and natural gassed under the soil of their planet. Alas, carbon dioxide built up, trapping the heat that normally escaped the planet, and Venus began an irreversible warming. Chaos reigned during the final months of Venusian existence. As the daily temps reached 150, then 200 and then 250, mass death occurred. Desperate and wealthy enough to survive, a group of Venusians climbed aboard a rocket and successfully made the journey to Earth. That small tribe of Venusians began to populate the Earth. Unfortunately, the knowledge of how and why Venusians arrived on Earth was lost in the eons of time.

    Now Earth-based humans, sensing correctly that their planet is beginning to slide toward carbon-based death, have begun to think of colonization of Mars.

    That’s the Dier Theory that portends a dire outcome for human life on this planet.

    Eventually we’re going to run out of planets to ruin. We need to fix what we’re breaking on this planet. That should be our first priority.

  • Colonizing Mars would actually be pretty far down on my list. I think it would be amazing to get there actually set foot on Mars. However, as of right now what good would it do other than giving us some scientific data. At this point the trip is so long and there are so many chances for mechanical failure

    Colonizing Mars would actually be pretty far down on my list. I think it would be amazing to get there actually set foot on Mars. However, as of right now what good would it do other than giving us some scientific data. At this point the trip is so long and there are so many chances for mechanical failure or disaster that sending astronauts up there is just not something that we should not consider until our technology improves greatly. Even if the astronauts to make it to Mars and back what is the trip going to do to them. Being in space that long it's going to destroy the body and the question is will they even be able to recover. Personally I think there's things on this planet that we need to fix before we consider going to another.

  • I don't even know if this is a good question. it doesn't have to be the most important thing.

    but as a rule, if a headline contains a question, the answer is no.

  • We’re terrible at thinking long-term within our own lifespans. The most important things we can do for our species in the longest term are engineering optimal initial conditions for future superintelligences, and interplanetary/interstellar travel. We’ll never convince others of this; maybe not even

    We’re terrible at thinking long-term within our own lifespans. The most important things we can do for our species in the longest term are engineering optimal initial conditions for future superintelligences, and interplanetary/interstellar travel. We’ll never convince others of this; maybe not even ourselves. No matter how true.

  • No, it’s not our most important project YET. But if we (the US) continues to be governed by climate deniers and we don’t face imminent problems like climate change and ocean ollution from plastics and land runoffs, we may not have a choice.

  • It’s ok guys, we are not saving ourselves from the dying planet....we are saving Earth from us by leaving it.

  • I really want to move to mars!

  • I say use all these funds to save our own planet and make it great again. Billions of dollars are being used to fund these researches and building whatever technology needed to go to mars. It is fascinating yes but I think it’s a waste of money just to prove something instead of using it to create a

    I say use all these funds to save our own planet and make it great again. Billions of dollars are being used to fund these researches and building whatever technology needed to go to mars. It is fascinating yes but I think it’s a waste of money just to prove something instead of using it to create a solution and salvage what we already have. Also building these “rocket ships” or whatever it is they’re building to use as transpo are just adding to their carbon footprint.

  • I guess one could have said the same about the moonshots of '69 and the '70's, but realization of the achievement brought unexpected intangible benefits of accomplishment that outweighed the science it opened. Maybe it needs another race? But seriously, it's hard to put this on the top of an insurmountable to do list.

  • the single most important: probably not. but this is not an either/or. I remember so many people talking about the wasted money on the moon race, but not $1was ever left there. Russia went with power; we went the direction of miniaturization. I am doing this on a handheld. the digital age is the result

    the single most important: probably not. but this is not an either/or. I remember so many people talking about the wasted money on the moon race, but not $1was ever left there. Russia went with power; we went the direction of miniaturization. I am doing this on a handheld. the digital age is the result of the Space Race. I say go for it and I wish I was young enough to see where we go from there.

  • I will say no, there are many many other things that are much more important than spending that kind of money for something that could be utilized here more than that.

  • Looking better and better

  • Yes it is at the rate we are going we will need to send some humans to mars to keep the Human race going since we are destroying planet earth!

  • I’d say a hearty NO. Let’s learn to take care of the planet the Creator gave us rather than move to a slum like Mars

  • Why plan on colonizing an uninhabitable planet , while planning on making the one we’re on uninhabitable ?

  • No. But if it must be, then, as someone said, it would need a truly brilliant PM. I propose the cleverest political leader ever, Donald J Trump.

  • Sure LOL. Our act here on earth is going so well we need to take this show on the road.

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