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Comment: Re:Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 7

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48032205) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic

Fear of death. Mortal anxiety.

We are not talking about reality of non-material consciousness or ontology.

This is a discussion of the organising principle in broad human endeavour. The Pharaoh was never son of Horus. Democracy and Liberty were never the aim of establishing an international body to manage world order.

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Journal: The Matrix is Mimetic 7

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

As Yuval Harari points out, "What is so special about us that allows for such cooperation? Unflatteringly, it is our talent for deluding ourselves. If you examine any large-scale human cooperation (or co-option), you will always find some imaginary story at its base. As long as many people believe in the same stories about gods, nations, money or human rights (memes and antitropes) - they follow the same laws and rules (of conduct)."

https://www.coursera.org/course/humankind

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by Captain Splendid (#48023611) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General
Goddammit, if I weren't already ideologically minded, I would despise conservatives for their crimes against the english language.

When the best you can manage is passive-aggressive solipsism and intentionally petrified bawdy humour, PUT THE KEYBOARD DOWN.

Another fucking coder thinks the right side of his brain is worth a damn...

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 261

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48023373) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

GM does major weapons systems contracting.
http://www.militaryindustrialcomplex.com/totals.asp?thisContractor=GM%20GDLS%20Defense%20Group%20LLC
http://www.trucktrend.com/features/consumer/163_1305_military_trucks/

GM built the engines for Grumman aircraft, and won a good deal of the Pacific theatre in 41-45.
GM provided the industrial manufacturing capability to produce the M16 A1 variant for southeast Asia.

Comment: Re:So? (Score 1) 261

by bill_mcgonigle (#48023307) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Sorry but if you can afford a Tesla you ARE on the fringe!

Not really. We had a 2005 Pontiac minivan. Between acquisition cost, gasoline, repairs (and repairs and repairs), and depreciation, it cost us $50,000 over three and a half years, and that was before the inflationary boom when steak was half the current price.. We had to unload it due to the gas and repair costs and ate it so hard on the depreciation.

The Tesla is slightly more expensive than that, and that was aimed squarely at a typical young American family. The 10-year cost on a Tesla model S is going to be a lot cheaper, not to mention the model 3. It's simply a matter of financing.

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