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Comment: Genetic diversity is my guess (Score 1) 220

While pesticides, disease and other stresses are certainly "causing" the collapses, more genetic diversity should have solved most of it.

Honeybee breeding has typically been less rigorous than other livestock. Combined with the genetic bottlenecks they've been through with their domestication and spread around the globe, problems were bound to arise eventually.

If enough genetic diversity was present, all of the individual possible problems (even pesticides) causing colony collapse should have been sorted out relatively quickly (especially given that queens mate with multiple males).

Comment: Re:Pointing fingers at problems (Score 1) 493

Yes, it is a cultural thing, but in a way you're proving his point. In Western society, we are more free to do what WE (the individual) want, we're even encouraged to find a job that we enjoy, not worry so much about what it pays. It goes to show that if people are left to their own devices/feelings/interests, instead of worrying about what will put food on the table (or what papa wants), they will choose to do what they NATURALLY gravitate to. So if there is a natural difference of interest in the sexes, career choice will become MORE pronounced in a wealthy free society, not less

Of course we aren't perfect, but I hope you aren't suggesting that people in Iran or other less than first world countries are somehow better at women's equality

Comment: Jesus doesn't want easily offended people (Score 1) 681

by Cazakatari (#48693133) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

He must have known his tweet was going to offend many people, as well as the many people who retweeted it. Shame on anyone who unnecessarily offends others, but even more shame on people so easily offended. Many stopped following Jesus because they were ''offended,'' and he asked his disciples if they would do the same, so it's pretty clear what his thoughts on the matter were

Comment: humor (Score 1) 413

by Cazakatari (#33717198) Attached to: Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

While I know this is an unfortunate event, I have to say that the comments on this thread are the funniest I've read all week.

My opinion is, any good man probably wouldn't have a problem with others finding some amusement about his death, and any bad man does a great service to mankind with post-mortem amusement . Personally I'd want everyone who knew or cared about my death, including my family, to find something funny about it. Or laugh at all the stupid and or funny things I did in life.


+ - Man kills cat over video game->

Submitted by Cazakatari
Cazakatari writes: A Virginia man allegedly killed a kitten after the animal somehow disconnected a video game while he was playing it Monday night, police charge. Bruce Walston, 21, is facing an animal cruelty charge for allegedly killing his girlfriend's black kitten by throwing it against a wall in their apartment, according to the below Staunton Police Department report.
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Comment: Re:Not really 'impotence'... (Score 1) 892

by Cazakatari (#32385860) Attached to: The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse

He is talking about in this life, as am I. Sure, I hope that God will help me along and I think he is, but it isn't something one can just expect right when you follow a commandment. There's no promise in the bible that if you're a good christian God will make life easy for you, in fact it is mostly the opposite.

Following a religion just because you want reward or fear punishment is silly, and not what God wants.

Comment: Re:Not really 'impotence'... (Score 1) 892

by Cazakatari (#32383206) Attached to: The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse

I don't know if it is ''troll'' in the literal sense, but Man on Pink is either ignorant about religions or a bigot.

It really is saddening to see how so many people here think they're on the scientific high ground of knowledge and criticize religions so broadly. All they show is blatant ignorance (which is what they are accusing religion of strangely enough)

Some sects believe that ''the universe owes them something,'' don't get me wrong, but not all by a long shot. Maybe those are the most vocal because it's what people like to hear, personally I don't care for them either

In any case my personal christian belief almost exactly matches what he said about science:

''starts from the premise that whatever secrets Mother Nature holds will have to be earned through hard work. There are no promises of results and no guarantees that understanding will ever be reached.''


CBSA Reveals Some Laptop Search Info, But Not Much 151

Posted by kdawson
from the nothing-to-declare dept.
gmcmullen writes "The Canada Border Service Agency took its time getting documents on its policy for border searches of laptops to the BC Civil Liberties Association in response to an Access to Information request the BCCLA filed in October 2009. When the reply did come through, there wasn't much there. The documents were heavily redacted and whole sections of the Access to Information request were ignored, including requests for information on the number of laptops searched and policies for copying data from electronic devices. We did learn that the CBSA knows that 500 megabytes is roughly equivalent to 'a pickup truck full of books,' and use Windows-only software called ICWhatUC to scan for images. Documents also revealed that the CBSA understands that most 'Japanese Anime' is not child pornography, and that your family photos (even with kids in the tub) aren't child pornography either. We've made the documents we did receive available online so you can see for yourself."

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