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Comment Bill Hicks on marketers. (Score 1) 307

Bill Hicks: if anyone here is in advertising or marketing... kill yourself. [...] there's no rationalization for what you do, and you are Satan's little helpers, okay. Kill yourself - seriously. You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously.

No this is not a joke, you're going, "there's going to be a joke coming". There's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn filling the world with bile and garbage. You are fucked and you are fucking us. Kill yourself. [...]

I know all the marketing people are going, "He's doing a joke." - there's no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, fucking hang yourself, borrow a gun from a friend - I don't care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil fucking machinations.

I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too, "Oh, you know what Bill's doing, he's going for that anti-marketing dollar. That's a good market, he's very smart." Oh man, I am not doing that, you fucking evil scumbags! "Ooh, you know what Bill's doing now, he's going for that righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar. A lot of people are feeling that indignation. We've done research - huge market. He's doing a good thing." Goddammit, I'm not doing that, you scum-bags. Quit putting a goddamn dollar sign on every fucking thing on this planet!

Comment Re:Consider voting third party (Score 1) 792

The Ds who seem to think it would've been better for the Greens to have voted for Gore rather than Nader, probably saw Nader slightly to the left of Gore, and both of thoe miles from Bush; while the people who voted for Nader saw it very differently: http://www.politicalcompass.org/images/USelection2004.gif (that's 2004, not 2000, but the positions are close).

Nader voters realized that Gore was slightly closer to what they wanted than Bush, but that slight difference didn't matter considering how far away these voters were from the two plutocratic sociopaths.

Given the choice between unpopular Gandhi, and the much more popular candidates Stalin and Hitler; Greens would vote for Gandhi. It's an ethical thing: it's better to do the right thing by voting for what you consider good and then be defeated, than it is to vote for the slightly lesser evil and help that evil win.

Comment Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (Score 1) 950

8) Stop voting for the members of corporatocratic parties (for this and many other good reasons), voting instead for people who will reduce the $749 trillion military budget, and spending it instead on preventing ill people from being bankrupted by medical bills. You know, like in other developed countries.

Comment Eternal Treblinka. (Score 1) 544

Vegetables and fruit can't feel pain. Some people think causing unnecessary pain and suffering is unethical, and should be avoided. Some Jains take it further and feel it's wrong to kill anything, including insects and root vegetables.

In a PSA Paul McCartney said that "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian." The idea was that if someone actually saw the way animals are enslaved, tortured, and slaughtered by the billions (birds and mammals) and trillions (sea food) every year, that they'd become vegetarians or vegans. This turns out not to be true: some people manage to somehow forget when told the truth about where their food comes from and what unfathomable harm is done to get it cheap. Some people simply don't care - enslavement, torture, and slaughter just doesn't bother them if it's not done directly to them - they don't even care about what world they're leaving their overpopulating offspring.

Comment Re:2060 or thereabouts (Score 1) 585

According to 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (the sentence just before the rapture verse) "the dead in Christ will rise first."[1] Those zombies will then join the living raptured in the clouds.[2] All praise be unto zombie ghost Jesus!

I suggest that people who leave clothes around on the 21st, leave clear signs that the now naked raptured were Jewish, Pagan, or Muslim - signs on their shirts, burqas, etc.

[1] 1 Thessalonians 4, The skeptic's annotated Bbible
[2] 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Bible gateway

New Bill Ups Punishment For Hosts of Infringing Video Streams 278

halfEvilTech writes "Two months ago, the Obama administration asked Congress to make illicit online streaming of copyrighted movies and TV shows a felony. Such a bill has now been introduced by two senators. 'Online streamers can now face up to five years in prison and a fine in cases where: They show 10 or more "public performances" by electronic means in any 180-day period; and the total retail value of those performances tops $2,500 or the cost of licensing such performances is greater than $5,000.'"

Comment Re:Shut up with the "bigotry" nonsense! (Score 5, Insightful) 917

the real reason why it's sinful to the Church is that it denies the life-giving aspect of sexuality entirely

Is it also sinful for postmenopausal women or sterile people to have sex? Or people who realize that human overpopulation is the root cause of almost every catastrophe facing the biosphere?

Comment Re:For the genealogy (Score 1) 233

but I am curious to find out if I have a more interesting ancestry than family history suggests. The most recent immigrant in my family AFAIK came to the US

"a 2005 scientific review [Bellis] of international published studies of paternal discrepancy found a range in incidence from 0.8% to 30% (median 3.7%) [...] A study [Schacht 1963] in Michigan of 1417 white and 523 black children found non-paternity rates of 1.4% and 10.1% respectively.[...] A study [Ashton 1980] of 1748 Hawaiian families with 2839 children reported a non-paternity rate of 2 to 3%." -- Rates of non-paternity


Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You 330

sukotto writes "Ubuntu recently released an unannounced and experimental 'multisearch' extension to Firefox alpha 3, apparently in an effort to improve the default behavior of new tabs and of search. In a response to one of the initial bug reports the maintainers mentioned that the extension's other purposes were 'collecting the usage data' and 'generating revenue.' Since this extension installs by itself and offers no warning about potential privacy violations, quite a few people (myself included) feel pretty unhappy. The only way to opt out is to disable the extension manually via Tools > Add-ons." Most posters to this Ubuntu forum thread are not happy about multisearch.

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