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Comment: Re:The good thing is (Score 4, Insightful) 49

Our liberties have been further and further eroded as we've stopped calling them Individual Rights. Calling them civil liberties takes away the power, the self-awareness that comes from knowing that the right of speech (as for example) comes from YOU and can only be abridged by governments. Rights do not come from governments. Governments can either acknowledge and respect individual rights or abrogate them.

Comment: Re:Not if they think they can get more work out of (Score 2) 139

by GLMDesigns (#49790145) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines
This is one of the many reasons SS is a stupid concept. There shouldn't "age of retirement" that's set in stone. If we were a rational society we would have raised the "age of retirement" to 68 in the 1970s and 70 in the 1990s and we would now be talking about when to bring it to 72.

Comment: Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 1) 183

by GLMDesigns (#49751541) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect
It is degrading if you it results in you not feeling good about yourself. If you don't spend your time learning skills. If you expect others to provide for you. I will help someone who is helping himself (example: pushing a cart up a ramp) but resent being asked to do it myself while he is sitting by the side drinking a beer and chatting with friends and complaining that it isn't being done quickly enough.)

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 268

http://neptune.gsfc.nasa.gov/c... 2012 was above / even to 2008. And let's not forget that there was supposed to be NO ICE CAP by the summer of 2014. Ooops.

I'm not saying that we shouldn't be reducing pollution; that we shouldn't be taking actions such as no encroaching into the few wild areas left - but that we're seeing hysteria regarding global warming.

Comment: Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 1) 183

by GLMDesigns (#49751121) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect
That's interesting. I will have to look at this more carefully. I know people from the Caribbean - Grenada and other places. There was a murder in Grenada the other year and EVERYONE (the expats here in NYC) were talking about it because it was so unusual. The whole island is like a series of small towns. Homes aren't locked. It's described as "old-fashioned" small-town country life.

It's true that there are concerns that the drug-trade is coming to with its violence.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 0, Troll) 268

When the Antarctic ice pack shrinks it's all over the news. "The sky is falling." But funny, now that the Arctic ice pack has increased over the last 5 years and the prediction that there would be no Arctic ice pack by 2014 we don't hear a fu**ing peep.

In a few years when the Antarctic ice pack increases that will no longer be in the news - but since the Arctic will start shrinking. "OMG. The sky is falling."

Did you know that coastlines have risen and fallen? that the period between ice ages are periods of ... gasp ... global warming; that ice ages are a recent phenomenon (last 2.5 million years) - probably due to continental drift and change of ocean/wind currents.

Here's the thing - people living in deltas have a very short time frame (geologically) before they have to start building dykes. Maybe, just maybe, people should not build mega cities in flood plains and then be surprised that sh*t happens. Islands will disappear under rising oceans as they have numerous times before; and in a short amount of time (geologically speaking) new land bridges will arise.

But no - lets not be concerned about dioxins, dumping nuclear waste on the ocean floor - let's take our eye off the pollution and spend our time, energy and money on global warming. YEAH!!!! Makes so much sense.

Comment: Re:Rich Family Dies, World At Peril!!! (Score 1) 183

by GLMDesigns (#49750005) Attached to: DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect
I don't like the racism of the poster above but your point is incorrect. Factoring for population differences still result in blacks disproportionately being the aggressor. Now why is that?

Unlike the poster above I don't think it is due to something innate in being black. There are plenty of majority places in the Caribbean, Africa and the Americas in which the crime rate is low and normal.

There are other factors involved - oh, maybe, single-parent homes; a society which hits people with a triple-whammy: expect nothing; provide a subsistence and degrading handout; and provide incentives to not have two-parent households.

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