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Comment: Everyone is born atheist (Score 1) 1037

by GbrDead (#46674853) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

I was born atheist and just stayed that way. Thanks mostly to my grandparents who didn't try to indoctrinate their children in any religion (although one of my grand-grandparents had been an actual priest).
Well, I guess I have to thank a bit the religion-condemning totalitarian regime me and my parents grew up under.

TL;DR: No, the Internet did not influence me at all in this regard.

Comment: Re:Um.... (Score 2) 562

by GbrDead (#45734487) Attached to: Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

Things have improved in Bulgaria. You should pay us a visit.

For example, the present government, even if it is despised and protested against by most of the population, issued the following order to all traffic policemen: do not stop any vehicle without an obvious cause. Yes, even arbitrary checks for alcohol are no longer performed.* And even Tato's militsiya did not organize indiscriminate checks at road blocks (well, at least not in the 80-ies).
As you said, there were times when your car had to be insured so that is doesn't get stolen for sure (by the same insurers). No longer the case - insurers stickers on cars are forbidden, and I know some people with new cars and without theft insurance.
The problem is that Bulgaria is still very much into adopting leading Soviet... er... American and Western European practices. So whatever becomes the norm at your place will sooner or later become the norm here as well. The former minister if Interior even tried to pull an NSA (illegal taps). Good thing he didn't have NSA's resources at his disposal and that we have more than one party so he got exposed on time (by a party which I don't like but then again I don't like most of them).

* Guess what: the policemen complain that they cannot do their job. Reminds me of some other notorious law enforcement agency. :-)

Comment: Re:Cars running natural gas (Score 1) 416

by GbrDead (#45067229) Attached to: US Now Produces More Oil and Gas Than Russia and Saudi Arabia

In some European countries (e.g. Bulgaria) methane stations have become quite common in recent years. Running your car only on methane is now feasible - the only problem is the small tank, so you still need to use petrol if you are going at certain neighbouring countries (that don't have enough methane stations, e.g. Greece) or in the woods for a longer period of time.

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