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Comment: Re:Good News! (Score 1) 77

by Gavagai80 (#47969257) Attached to: Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

The most realistic answer is that space is bigger than you imagine, nobody knows we're here, and the energy required for long distance space travel never becomes practical or politically acceptable on a large scale. There's really no reason to expect aliens to continue spending their resources on expansion unless they're Borg.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 952

by Gavagai80 (#47934575) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Where's the American blockade of Mexican ports? Where are the American settlements in Mexico? Where's the regular American annexation of more Mexican land? Where's the regular American army incursions? Is America refusing to allow Mexico to declare independence and become a country, instead keeping it as an occupied territory? Are American politicians calling Mexico "the greater United States" and claiming a god-given right to take annex it completely as soon as we figure out how to get rid of the people there?

Comment: Re:Here's an idea (Score 2) 448

by Gavagai80 (#47830033) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Radicalization is caused by war. It's no coincidence that the Taliban resulted from decades of chaos in Afghanistan, or that ISIS resulted from years of chaos in Syria and Iraq. If you stop starting the wars, you stop creating the terrorists and no longer have to fight them.

Comment: Re:Not so sure (Score 1) 369

by Gavagai80 (#47789643) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

No, there's no evidence of having weapons of mass destruction. There's evidence of talking about wanting weapons of mass destruction, which should not come as any surprise to anyone. An actual conspiracy would involve evidence of possession, but this is simply a useful spin on facts.

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter