My thesis is that humans are a violent species, and that they enjoy killing each other. A lot of people say I am wrong. Not much else, just that I am wrong.
War seems like a good way to solve a problem, even fun and exciting to watch, until it's your ass (or your son or daughter's) they call up to go. Easy to go to war when you sit at a desk and people you've never locked eyes with go off to kill and die.
Most people aren't violent and would get physically sick if they had to kill someone (though the primitive bloodlust instinct remains in us all). I think the problem is a lack of empathy and personal consequence for those in a position to send soldiers off to die to "fix" their problems. Drones make it even easier, these days.
Why should there be a banner? If you go to Twitter to get your breaking news, you're a maroon.
Because when the goon squad is making its way through your village you should really wait for the AP release before evacuating your family. Twitter is useful for on the ground, at the moment, eye-witness accounts of shit happening. The first news of the assassination of Osama bin Laden broke on Twitter from people hearing the helicopters outside their homes.
For everyone else talking shit about Twitter or calling for it to be nuked from orbit, please take your head out of your ass for a moment and realize it's just a tool, and it's up to you how you use it. You can follow some idiot in Hollywood and complain about how idiotic it is, or you can follow @NASA, @NASA_Skylab, @NASA_SLS, @elonmusk, @SpaceX, @ComsumerReports, @TEDTalks, @mental_floss, @History_Pics, @techreview (MIT), etc.
Twitter is fucking awesome. All it really needs is a "Switch Account" button to easily switch between "personal" and "professional" accounts and some minor usability tweaks.
In the book, they locked open the teleporter network to thousands of Psychlo worlds, then set a nuke off on the homeworld. The fireball washed over the teleportation fields of other teleporter platforms and ignited thousands of planets in giant nuclear fireballs.
I haven't read the book or seen the movie, but holy shit that sounds awesome.
What we know about explosions at any scale tells us nothing about the Big Bang, which was not an explosion.
The Big Bang was an expansion of space, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's not useful to consider similarities between explosions and expansions. The fact that matter and energy in the universe are not perfectly uniform and symmetrical is evidence that the Big Bang, even the singularity itself if there was one, was not uniform or symmetrical. If it was then there had to be an outside influence creating the asymmetry.
What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!