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So let me get this straight, it's perfectly OK to kill people with drones as long as they're not American citizens?
It seems so, and if the government accepts that American citizens cannot be so killed, then, well, there will be some method to remove their citizenship and then they can be killed. And then all will be as it was before; or perhaps a bit worse.
can you remember how bad the linux desktop was before ubuntu? it was atrocious....what about before x.org?
I'm afraid some of us think the ubuntu desktop was and is atrocious.
I poop a lot less
That should be something to worry about. What I've read doesn't say much about fibre, but our digestive systems have developed not only to deal with directly useful food to absorb, but also to process such 'indigestibles', and to deal with all the variation we get in a normal diet. Without this work there is every likelihood that long term harm to the guts will result. We already know that this happens to factory farmed animals fed on processed food rather than their normal diet.
. He wants to judge each discovery as "good" or "bad", then reward or punish the engineers, scientists, and the craftsmen for whatever results.
Sad as it is, I prefer the world we have, in which men and woman exercise free will.
Engineers do not 'discover', that is done by scientists, in the true sense and some other groups of thinkers. Engineers are one of the classes of people who use a known technology to a predictable outcome (others are the craftsmen that you refer to, among others). Engineers design, in the way a house builder may design a brick structure. As such they should be held accountable for the ethical consequences of what they do. Like everyone else should be. You exercise free will, you are also free to suffer the consequences. You seem to want free will without the consequences.
As a Russian citizen I doubt. You know, the strength of US Dollar is based on the fact that it's the only currency exchangeable to petroleum, and every country that uses any other currency for this purpose becomes democratic. (Saddam sold oil for Euros, and his country became democratic, Lybia sold oil for Euros and became democratic too, Iran sold oil for gold and will surely become democratic immediately after Syria). And I fear that China will become democratic too.
While this made an interesting point (of course only partially true), I think the post was intended to be funny. And it is!