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Comment Re:Wrong! (Score 1) 485

Gene Roddenberry was more or less a "Utopian Socialist" and he was hoping humans would "evolve past the need for money". Which is exactly as insane as it sounds. It's like hoping that humanity would "evolve past the need for numbers" or "evolve past the need for indoor plumbing".

Money is two things:

An intermediary for transactions. A universally exchangeable good. The purpose of course is to replace barter, which is massively inefficient.

A unit of measure used for economic calculation, which is necessary once an economy grows past a large family/tribe to properly ascertain scarcity and desirability of various goods. This is why Communist economies fail, the information the central planners need to make economic decisions does not exist under Communism, as prices can only be accurately created by free market exchange. (Of course the USSR and China copied western prices, which allowed crude calculations.) Of course even in a market economy, intervention by a non-market authority (government/central bank) will cause prices to go out of whack. We saw that in the .com and housing bubbles, where government regulations and central bank set interest rates that were too low for the economic conditions, resulting in a bubble.

In ST we see the absurdities created by the lack of money. How many episodes depend in whole or part on the problems associated with barter?

Comment Re:any manuscript before AD 650 is too soon (Score 1) 622

The fatal problem with the Koran is that it was heavily edited by Uthman, who then ordered all competing copies destroyed. Some copies that survived this show significant editing. So we have something delivered by a "prophet" who did no miracles except the "miracle" of the Koran itself... which was such a "miracle" it had many early variants that took political bludgeoning by a non-prophet to attempt to whittle down to one variant.

Contrast this with the Christian texts. The church was a persecuted organisation for nearly 300 years after its founding. It had no authority to wipe out competing variants en-mass until around the year 800 at the earliest. In modern days, what this means is that we have thousands of complete or partial texts from the times the church had no or extremely limited political power that were lost and then rediscovered in modern times. Any intentional editing would easily be caught, as it is in the Koran, but textual critics don't find that. They find the usual spelling errors, word substitution, word order changes and the like that you find in any document from that pre-printing press age.

When the documents of the New Testament were compiled together into one volume, after circulating as independent documents before that, no effort was made to edit or harmonize the accounts. Many apparent contradictions exist to the casual reader that are only resolved with a little research into the cultural context, historic context, and standards of writing of the day. While this makes it easy for critics to invent contradictions out of whole cloth, it's also a data goldmine for historians. Eyewitness testimony virtually always agrees on the major details while differing on the minor details.

The benefit of these minor details added off the cuff can be shown to be true or false.

When Jesus is stabbed with a spear after death, blood and water poured out. Why would water pour out of such a wound? Well today we know why. Jesus was going into hypovolemic shock from the beating he sustained before being crucified. This causes fluids, but not blood, to build up in the body around the heart and lungs. So when stabbed through the heart and lungs, a mixture of blood and what would appear to be water would spill from the wound. In the 1st century the only way you would know that is if you saw it happen. You would have no idea WHY it happened of course.

In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, workers are offered a Denarius for a days labor in the Vineyard, which we now know through archaeology was a typical days wage in Pre-70AD Judea. No Google, how may people would know the days wage for for unskilled labor 700 miles from where you live now 40 years ago unless you actually lived there?

The book of Acts is fascinating to read from the perspective of a historian because it has so many details.

The Gospels are also great reads because of the sheer incompetence of the disciples before the resurrection. If YOU were making up a religion would YOU put in your scriptures YOU committing even half of the screw-ups that the disciples got themselves into? They completely fail to understand major teachings on many occasions. Jesus calls Peter Satan. The male followers of Jesus hide in fear while the women followers go to and discover the empty tomb. They then fail to understand the meaning until he appears before them and verbally slaps them about. You have passages where large numbers of followers LEAVE after Jesus makes a statement. You have Peter denying that he was associated with Jesus during the trial. (Yea, that makes a great recruitment story, Peter is the leader of the church, the first pope, and right there you have him cowering and running away and in general being a complete incompetent.) That's not a good story to make up, but if it's what really happened then it is good history.

When I went through my period of doubt earlier in my life, looking at Islam and Christianity, the difference is that Islam depends on the text itself, while Christianity depends on the message contained in the text. If you get a text message that reads, "By moor chepz four tha perty" The message still makes it though 100%, even though the physical text itself has corruptions in it. That is one reason why the early church sought to translate the early scriptures into as many languages as possible, while Islam insists on only being "correctly" read in Arabic. Any coherent thought or concept can be expressed in any language, though some languages take more effort and others less. One religion claiming the truth has the Miracle of Pentecost and the other insists on sticking with Arabic. One has god who can compose a message that all can understand equally well, the other a message that is only "true form" in a foreign language to many.

Then there is Christianity's order to mourn those to leave the church while the other religion has an order to kill those who leave...

Believe what you think is true, but some philosiphies stand up better to scrutiny than others.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 732

If Japan hadn't attacked the USA then Germany and Japan could have easily won, simple as that. Look at the state of america's weapons at that point, our "premier" fighter was the Buffalo, our "tanks" were M2A4s, most of our ships were WWI vintage, and the American populace was by a pretty large margin isolationist.

Incorrect. The US population was Non-Interventionist, not Isolationist. There is a difference. The USSR was an isolationist country. North Korea is an isolationist country. The 1940 US was a non-interventionist country. Given the results of an "interventionist" US screwing around in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last decade, the position of people back then is hardly unreasonable.

The US premiere fighter in 1940 was the P-40 Warhawk. A design so good that it was built right up through the end of 1944. One a Zero was captured intact and evaluated by the US

The US premiere bomber was the B-17 Flying Fortress which was better than anything the Germans and Japanese ever fielded.

US small arms were ahead of German small arms. The US had the M1 Garand rifle. The MG-34 and 42 may have been superior to the M1919 in some ways, those did not offset the superiority of the M1 Garand. Japanese Small arms were, at best, functional. At worst they were hopelessly obsolete. All the tanks they fielded were obsolete by western standards.

As for German Tanks, most of what THEY had at the time were Panzer 1s and 2s. The limited number of Panzer 3 tanks had 37mm guns.

Of course most of the ships were WW1 vintage. The Washington Naval Treaty and London Naval Treaty basically stopped all new large ship construction until the mid/late 1930s.

It is quite possible their lead in tech would have been so great by the time the USA felt threatened it would have been too late.

Except that lead is grossly overstated.

The Axis powers were always years behind in radar technology to the US and UK.

In jet technology the Axis and Allies were actually pretty even. The only reason the Me 262 and other jets saw production was because the Germans were desperate. The technology was nowhere close to being ready at that point to replace piston fighters.

In electronics, the US/UK had a substantial lead. To the point where they were putting radar fuses into their AA shells. German efforts never went beyond the prototype stage.

In Fire Control Systems, the Japanese systems were poor even by WW1 standards. US Destroyers had better fire control than the best Japanese Battleships, like the IJN Yamato.

German Optical Fire Control was comparable to US and UK systems, but radar fire control was inferior to US systems.

The M4 Sherman came standard with a vertical stabilizer for the main gun, something German tanks never had.

US Mass production was MASSIVELY superior to German production methods, which had stagnated under the Nazi economic controls and regulations.

US casting technology was superior to anything the Germans had. German tanks were of welded construction, an extremely labor intensive process. US factories used much cheaper casting technology that the Germans did not have, using welded hulls only because casting capacity had been maxed out.

About the only thing they had a significant lead on the rest of the world was rocket technology. Only problem was that metallurgy technology of the mid-1940s was not where it needed to be for the rockets, and jet engines for that matter, that Hitler wanted.

Nazi technological superiority is mostly a product of the History Channel.

Comment Re:Would you guys be as poutraged for a Klansman? (Score 1) 192

Let us back up and ask a more fundamental question:

Who is supposed to be the primary beneficiary of marriage?

For thousands of years across many cultures, marriages were frequently arranged by the parents of those to be married. How could the parents know what was in the best interest of their children?

Because marriage was never about the people getting married. It was about the CHILDREN that marriage produced. People have known instinctively for thousands of years, and modern studies have confirmed it, that children do best, on average, when raised in a home with a mother and father. Ideally a father and mother who is blood related to them.

Take out the issue of gay marriage, what do researchers find when gay marriage is not in the picture?

Children raised by single parents, on average, do worse than children raised by a married mother and father.
Children raised by divorced heterosexual parents, on average, do worse than children raised by a married mother and father. Children raised by heterosexual adoptive parents, on average, do worse than children raised by a blood related mother and father. (Adoption is not the same as surrogacy. Adoption seeks to make the most of a bad situation, surrogacy seeks to create that bad situation.)
Children raised by heterosexual parents who got them via egg or sperm donation and is unrelated to one of the parents, on average, do worse than children raised by a blood related mother and father.

Then SUDDENLY, gay marriage comes into the picture and it's "children raised by gay parents turn out just as good as heterosexual parents". That is obviously false, since how else do gay "parents" get their children except by divorce, buying them via surrogacy, or adoption? Thankfully honest research is starting to come out, exposing this lie for what it is.

Note that the media and the gay lobby only ever shows children who are still dependent on their parents for testimony, they NEVER bring in people who are now adults and financially free of their parents. Ever wonder why that is?

Don't take MY word for it, look at the testimony of adults who were raised by gay parents and DARED speak openly about it and how they are against gay marriage. They have been subject to death threats, lost their jobs, put on "watch lists" for doing nothing more than talking truthfully about their childhood.


Here is Robert Oscar-Lopez, a bisexual man raised by his mother and her lesbian partner.

It’s disturbingly classist and elitist for gay men to think they can love their children unreservedly after treating their surrogate mother like an incubator, or for lesbians to think they can love their children unconditionally after treating their sperm-donor father like a tube of toothpaste.

It’s also racist and condescending for same-sex couples to think they can strong-arm adoption centers into giving them orphans by wielding financial or political clout. An orphan in Asia or in an American inner city has been entrusted to adoption authorities to make the best decision for the child’s life, not to meet a market demand for same-sex couples wanting children. Whatever trauma caused them to be orphans shouldn’t be compounded with the stress of being adopted into a same-sex partnership.

Lastly, it’s harmful to everyone if gay men and lesbians in mixed-orientation marriages with children file for divorce so they can enter same-sex couplings and raise their children with a new homosexual partner while kicking aside the other biological parent. Kids generally want their mom and dad to stop fighting, put aside their differences, and stay together, even if one of them is gay.

Go read the briefs submitted, by Mr. Lopez and the other children of gay parents who are critical of gay marriage, to the supreme court.

Even better, why don't you go read Mr. Lopez's blog and see what people raised by gay parents really think (At least those brave enough to speak out about it.) http://englishmanif.blogspot.c...

Also go check out "Ask the Bigot" who was likewise raised by gay parents and who is against gay marriage.

Suffice to say, your bigoted support for a culture of child sacrifice on the altar of "equality" will not last. You and I will grow old and eventually die. The special interest money will move elsewhere, and the children raised under the system you are creating will grow up and tear down what you have created.

Stop pretending that you are fighting some noble battle against "the man", the LGBT lobby IS "the man" and has been so for quite some time. (Note that the LGBT lobby is not the same thing as LGBT people, in private you will find quite a few gays and lesbians who do not approve of what is being done in their name.)

First it was easy divorce, abortion, and now gay marriage. The interests and rights of children always sacrificed for the selfishness of adults. In some ways, gay marriage is a good thing because it will eventually bring about the end of all three. An entire generation of children bought and sold like cattle via surrogacy, the divorce courts, and adoption. Denied their rights to a mother and father. Denied their right to know their origins because of anonymous sperm and egg donation. Denied their right to not be bought and sold like cattle. You pro-LGBT folk need to remember that children are humans and that they have their own feelings and hold their own views. One day they are going to be independent of you and free to speak their mind, that should terrify you.

The pro-abortion crowd won a decisive battle in 1973 and has been losing the war ever since. The gay marriage crowd has won a great battle in 2015, but is going to lose for the same reason, because the truth is not on their side.

Am I right? Lets stop back in a few decades and find out.

Comment Re:The A10 (Score 1) 732

"A problem which still exists and for which the A10 is still apparently quite effective."

Sorry, but no. Against opponents who have competent anti-air capabilities, the A-10 is sadly long obsolete, as neat an aircraft that it is..

The 2K22 "Tunguska" was designed to specifically blow aircraft like the A-10 to tiny slivers of metal, with guns and missiles that out-range the A-10 by a good margin.

There are SPAAGs newer than that of course with even greater capabilities. The future is probably with simpler turboprop aircraft that can fly even lower and slower than the A-10, with a combination of cannons and rocket pods.

Comment Re:Justifiable under ISLAM (Score 1) 147

"The Koran is NOT the bible, it does not have any conflicting passages, why? Because Muhammad had the benefit of seeing how the other religions worked and came up with a frankly brilliant little fix for all the conflicts. Its really very simple...if a rule comes later that conflicts with a rule that comes earlier then the latter one supersedes the earlier one which takes care of conflicting passages."

Except that cop-out doesn't save the Koran, philosophically. You also have the problem that we know that the Koran was heavily edited by Uthman, about 20 or so years after Mohammad's death who had the political power to order competing version destroyed. Versions that survived this event differ significantly from today's Koran, confirming the editing process.

The New Testament, by contrast, was not compiled into a single work for hundreds of years. Before that the documents circulated independently. It wasn't until about the 8th century that the church had become powerful enough to physically enforce a cannon. Before the 3rd century the church was a persecuted organisation. The fact that these "contradictions" remain shows that the church did not attempt to edit and harmonize the New testament documents. Texts found today from before this time, about 25,000 full or partial texts in various languages, prove this lack of editing by being the same as what we have today, with mostly minor spelling and grammatical errors and no meaningful variations that affect core doctrines. It's so cute how some people go on about "bible contradictions" when, if you actually go and READ the Gospels and Acts as nothing more than what they undeniably are, Greco-Roman biographies you find that effectively all the "contradictions" arise from the following reasons;

Deliberate misreading of the text. (Surprising how many "contradictions" fall under this category.)

Translation issues that are resolved when read in the original Greek.

Cultural Ignorance.

Geographic ignorance

Assuming that a work is a complete and total account of everything that occurred. This was not possible due to practical constraints. All 4 gospels and acts each fit on one standard-sized scroll from the 1st century, with Mark potentially being written on a smaller than standard scroll. There are many instances were events and conversations were compressed to save space. The trial before Pilate is just one example, where the conversation between Pilate and Jesus is compressed and details omitted in one account. Arguments from Silence

Holding documents that were written in the 1st century to 20th century standards. Examples:
It was common and accepted practice for 1st century Greco-Roman biographies to be arranged topically, not chronologically. Chronological order should only be assumed if it is explicitly stated.
Authors at that time, when mentioning themselves in a work, usually refer to themselves in the third person. See the works of Josephus as just one example.

Transcription errors that are resolved via textual criticism. (The heard of pigs at Gadara that ran into the sea almost certainly actually occurred at Kursi,)

Treating two accounts as describing the same event when they might actually be describing two separate, but similar events.

People had multiple names at that time and clarification about who was being spoken to or about did not always happen. Calling conflicting minor details contradictions, when they are actually evidence for independent sources. Historians expect independent eyewitness sources to differ on the minor details of an event while agreeing on the major points. Just go ask 10 people how many planes crashed on 9/11. You will get answers that vary between 2 to 4. Does that mean that 9/11 did not happen? It does if you take the line of many biblical skeptics. If all accounts of an event read exactly the same it would be evidence of tampering, collusion, or the reliance on a single source.

Treating the inerrancy of the text as core to Christianity, when it is the inerrancy of the MESSAGE contained in the text that is core. Example: You got a text from someone you know that said, "Yure houce iz un fure. Gt hom rite now." Now that message is FULL of errors in transmision, yet that is not what is important. What is important is the message contained within the text, and that came though 100% despite the errors in the transmission of the message.

Comment Re: Yet more proof ... (Score 1) 258

No they aren't.

Imagine that instead of elections, politicians were hired and you were on the committee that was choosing the person to fill the position. How many in Congress today would even get past the written application?

People are given a false dichotomy with the oligarchy in place today which includes the media. See that right now with Obama being little more than George Bush's third and fourth terms for the most part.

The only way they get away with this incompetence is with the current 40 year experiment with fiat money, in which politicians are able to tax the poor and middle class via currency debasement, and then return some of that stolen wealth to them through various programs. (Since there never was enough "rich" to fund these programs, even if you took 100% of the wealth from the 1%.) This of course makes the government into the generous sugar daddy in the eyes of the public. Nobody wants to rock the boat and lose their share of the loot.

When will it change? When the fiat currency inevitably becomes over-issued and collapses. We bought some time with the dollar being the world reserve currency, but countries like China are buying up gold as fast as they can without sending the price to the moon and rolling over their long term US bonds into T-bills with maturities ranging from 6 months to 3 years. China is getting ready to exit the dollar and other nations are diversifying. When will it fall apart, who knows. Greece borrowed right up to the point where they finally couldn't. Things will come unraveled very fast when it does. Odds are before 2020, even the normally optimistic CBO is saying trillion dollars in interest alone by then, assuming interest rates don't rise.

Things will get much worse before they either get even worse than that or the welfare/dependency state finally dies the death it deserves and the US can become great again. Only time will tell.

Comment Re:iPad too fucking expensive (Score 1) 139

People were saying that same tripe back when agriculture was being mechanized.

Back around the year 1800 about 90% of the population was involved in agriculture. Today it is about 2%. Last I checked we do not have an 88% unemployment rate.

What you are professing is what is known as the "Lump of Labor" fallacy. It has been recognized as a fallacy for only a couple hundred years and it is amazing how otherwise intelligent people keep spewing economic gibberish.

Labor will be rearranged to other avenues and other uses. The problem arises when artificial constraints, government mainly, prevent that reorganization of labor though bailouts, government guarantees, and regulation. As someone who claims to work in a small business you should be painfully aware of the minefield of regulations that exist against anyone who employs another person in their business.

Comment Re:What it means: (Score 1) 254

He has pointed out the FACT that men and women are different and make different choices based on those differences and this is somehow sexist?

What next? Are you going to say that the fact that White people sunburn easier than Black people is also racist?

That the fact that the sky is blue is discriminatory against colorblind people?

Guess what? Life isn't fair. Never was and never will be. The sooner a person realizes that, the sooner a person can start looking at what can be done to make the world a better place and what is simply a pie in the sky fantasy..

Comment Re:Please take your ignorant attitude somewhere el (Score 1) 132

Why do people like you see ignorance as a virtue?

If a person kept a child from learning to talk we would see that as abuse and neglect.

If a person kept a child from learning to read we would see that as abuse and neglect.

When a person willfully neglects from learning the local language of the place they live, that is them neglecting themselves.

People who willfully neglect to take care of those they are responsible for are rightfully looked down upon in effectively every society. Those who willfully neglect themselves in such fundamental ways are within that category and worthy of the utmost contempt.

Comment Re:A joke? (Score 1) 647

Implement a stable hardware/driver ABI and video card manufacturers will code a driver for it without too much asking. Keep your broken-ass monkey-code driver model, that has no stability and requires modification to work between even minor releases, and don't be surprised when video card manufacturers show token support at best and give you the finger at worst. No they are not gonna open source their code because there often is code that is not theirs to give that is subject to a NDA. They are also not gonna continue supporting hardware that went off the market years ago with updates.

This isn't rocket science. BSD has video drivers that work quite nicely and don't break between updates. Linux is stuck using a driver model that is so old Windows 95 is cutting edge compared to it.

Too bad Shuttleworth didn't put his money towards BSD because some REAL progress would have been made instead of flushed down a toilet.

If you want Linux to be a religion, then fine. Just stop trying to claim that it can compete with anything other than Windows 98 and we'll stop mocking you for it's hilariously bad and obsolete design choices.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.