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Comment: Some people are alcoholics, so no one (Score 1) 204

should be allowed to drink alcohol.
Some people are drug addicts, so no one should be allowed to use drugs.
Some people are addicted to World of Warcrack, so no one should be allowed to play WoW.
The baby can't digest meat, so all of us have to drink milk....

Comment: The Nazis are interesting because (Score 1) 121

by Grey Geezer (#49721093) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

they were voted into power, by folks who had a democratic, constitutionally chartered government. Anytime a fictional work needs to show the evil of people giving over to "the dark side", either out of fear, demoralizing shame, or for some other reason, "The Nazis" provide a good model to emulate. Authors, screenwriters, and other artists are who understand this history can be forgiven for copying the concept. The excesses of Communism, while often "evil" are not nearly as interesting, from a creative point of view.

Comment: "Climbing" Everest became an abomination... (Score 2) 164

long ago. The oxygen bottles, sherpas, packaged guide services, gourmet food, bridged/extension laddered/roped route "improvements", and instant cell phone/radio communication have made it a circus. I understand why it still appeals to arrogant assholes though... but, it's similar to state of the art "sport" fishing and hunting, which, (in a similar way) "enhanced" by sonar fish locators, high speed fishing boats, carbon fiber rods, laser sighting, tree stands, scent masking, baiting, and "canned" hunts, has become spiritually bankrupt. I wish we could all stop admiring these narcissistic activities.

Comment: Re: OK (Score 2) 117

by Grey Geezer (#49479041) Attached to: Hubble and the VLT Uncover Evidence For Self-Interacting Dark Matter

Umm No. General Relativity's whole "mass distorts space time" thing kind of does explain what makes things move. As opposed to Newtonian physics that only mathematically (and inaccurately at stellar mass scales) predicted how things should move. That's not to say that through the Scientific Method we will not continue to learn new and interesting things. But GR does offer an explanation of what makes things move.

Comment: People have killed one another over what qualifies (Score 1) 700

by Grey Geezer (#49478901) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

as legitimate religion. Christians, Muslims, Pagans, etc, are all guilty of the same abandonment of logic, and the accompanying embrace of superstition. Differences about the exact way that should be done leads to schism, war, ostracism, and martyrdom. Scientology is little better or worse than any other religion in that regard. There are suckers born every minute, and no shortage of con persons willing to take advantage.

Comment: Of course "The Iranian People" are (Score 1) 383

dancing in the streets. (be careful of painting with too broad a brush) You might be dancing too in similar circumstances. The more progressive Iranians are celebrating the possibility that their country may finally be able to return to the world community. We should all celebrate that this very desirable outcome now may have a chance to occur.
The situation, in absence of this treaty, meant that work on their atomic bomb would continue, and that they would get the bomb eventually.
The Western and Iranian fanatics, who are hoping for (and working to make happen) the Armageddon that they think is prophesied in their holy books, are very upset that "the end times" may not happen in their lifetime (or maybe never will). They are, therefore, reflexively against any move toward peace and stability. We, the rational humans everywhere, dare not surrender to these nuts.

Comment: Re:Non Story...Not Exactly... (Score 1) 163

by Grey Geezer (#49225631) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

Did the police then remove the innocent citizen's DNA record from all databases it was entered into against said innocent citizen's will?
If not does:
  "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
have any real value in protecting our personal liberty?

Comment: RE: Salem Hypothis: Be careful not to paint with (Score 1) 188

by Grey Geezer (#49209937) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

too broad a brush. I am an Engineer, and can tell you that many of us hold to scientific discipline in solving engineering challenges. We do this without being atheist, or while being atheist as the individual case may be. Wanting something to be true, really badly wanting something to be true, in the absence of good, confirmed, triple checked, data, can be deadly. But really, anyone, of any profession, who attributes the unknown/unexplained to (a) God, are not (should not claim to be) scientists.

Comment: As an Engineer/Journeyman Machinist I can tell you (Score 3, Informative) 188

by Grey Geezer (#49205501) Attached to: The Origin of Life and the Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

that watches are not really all that complex. Nor do they ever evolve to better survive in a changing environment, or reproduce of their own accord. But (scientifically) the fact that we do not completely understand how something works does not mean that, a "God" must therefore have created it. The fact that we find something difficult to understand is not an excuse to abandon the Scientific Method, shrug our intellectually lazy shoulders, and attribute (said difficult to understand thing), to a creator...You are not suggesting we do...are you...really?

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