Yeah, because no one cough...Rambus...cough would ever think of trolling standards group discussions to patent ideas that come out of them.
Wow, Google has invented the VPN! What great innovators.
I don't think the actual City of London has much of a permanent population.
And how exactly does panspermia get a lift here? It's not as if catching a lift in interstellar space would have been any easier at that stage than now. I suspect with the level of energetic activity from quasars and the like, it would have been even less likely.
Even Tolkien got a little irritated with CS Lewis's rather simplistic take. CS Lewis was a lot of things, but what he never was, no matter how much those who so dearly love to quote him may believe it, any kind of learned Biblical and theological scholar. At least Tolkien had the decency to stay away from the kind of allegorical Christianity that so damaged Lewis's works.
At any rate, even if I considered someone like St. Thomas Aquinas a far more potent Christian theologian, I still think their beliefs are utter claptrap. Building a more complex and consistent mythology doesn't make it any less a mythology.
Oh BS. The Ten Commandments are at bast a thin facade over top of Continental legal systems that date back to Antiquity. The common law found in most English-speaking countries has its origins in pagan German legal precepts (with a healthy admixture of Medieval Continental law), while the various civil codes owe their largest debt to Roman law. The Ten Commandments probably had more direct influence on Islamic laws than on any Christian state's laws.
There's nothing revolutionary about them; Sumerian and Akkadian laws predate them with much the same content. They certainly didn't end up being expressed very much in Western legal systems, save perhaps Canon Law, though it, like much Continental law, owes its largest debt to Roman law.
In short, the Ten Commandments may be rather important to Christians, but even during the formative years of our legal systems, they seemed to have had far less influence than the Romans and the Germans.
Perhaps we could get a monument to C'thulu built. You know, one made out of Cyclopean blocks of blasphemous stone cut into geometrical forms for which an Euclid could scarcely find a name and given the form of nightmare antiquity.
Isn't it still the first day of a 40 day drive?
It's not about forcing anyone to believe, it is about the government be neutral on issues of religion. Putting up big statues of the Ten Commandments is not remaining neutral and is in fact promoting one religion (or at least one group of religions) over others.
Prosecutor, I believe.
He's our man!
Sticks his pitchfork,
In your glands!
We like Satan,
He's so grand!
We want him to take control!
Satan Satan, best in show!
At most, Google can
.... The government on the other hand can .... Lets work on the securing the serial killer in the room before we worry about the shady used car salesman.
The difference is that Google, Facebook et al are actively trying to do those things. The government is not. And if the government were to do so, it could use the threat of violence without the need to blackmail. I suppose its more like doing something about the shady used car salesman fiddling with the odometers, instead of the guy who's hobby is to collect guns. One is more dangerous in the abstract, but seems far less likely.
Who says you need to be the world police? How many times has the world police made a situation worse then before?
The general consensus of the free world made us the world police in our sphere of influence. The collapse of the various SSR's made our sphere of influence global. See also, the world asking the US to get involved in the first Gulf war, and the Yugoslavia breakup.
Also, see our failure to act in Africa, and how no one else did.
We tend to make things better more often than not. Success stories: Germany, Japan, South Korea, (First) Gulf War, Yugoslavia. Failures: Vietnam, (Second) Gulf War. To early to tell: Afghanistan. And the Second Gulf War was a retarded from the get-go.
Yeah, Vietnam was really bad. But there we were explicitly asked to go in.
Considering the number of chinese that learn English in school compared to English speaking children that learn chinese, I have a feeling we will all be speaking a hybrid version of English and Chinese in hundreds of years. English isn't going anywhere, not when billions of chinese are all taught English from ages 4 thru 18.
So what you're saying is that Firefly got it right?
If you wish to stop your country from bombing people USE YOUR VOICE, THE ONE THAT GIVES GOVERNMENT ITS POWER.
Yeah, vote for hope and change and things will. This time it'll work!