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Comment: Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (Score 2) 273

by Lotana (#47753875) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Methane is odorless.

Gas you use to warm up your house has impurities added to it to make it smell: This is for safety so that you will detect a leak before you pass out.

Methane in farts is not what causes the smell. It is the other gasses.

Alas, since the most common experience people have with methane is household gas, this misunderstanding persists.

Comment: Re:What a bunch of Wuss (Score 2) 579

by Lotana (#47699675) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Um... That "Laughing stock" was defeated on the western front during the WW1, hit by Treaty of Versailles and then the Great Depression. Despite such condition they were able to conquer the rest of Europe in an unprecidented short amount of time. It took the combination of the largest empire (British), greatest economy (USA) and the largest country to bring them down.

Say what you will, but when it comes to warfare Germans have always been amazing throughout history.

Comment: Re:Different approaches for different situations (Score 1) 254

by Lotana (#47667067) Attached to: The Benefits of Inequality

You seem to be of the opinion that anyone can competently lead. I do not believe this to be the case. Imagine your lottery picks some jobless guy with mental issues. How about racists or extremists that will make next four years hell for some people they don't like? How about selfish "screw everyone as long as I get rich" types?

OK, we need to now sort the people into electable/not electable. The criteria would already be a thorny issue. How do you judge competence for such a position? If you seek experience of leadership, this will effectively swing the balance to already rich and powerful.

Even if you get a good, intelligent, charismatic, altruistic leader: After four years the next one most likely will undo or heavily modify the policies set. After all each leader wants to leave a mark, especially if he/she cares about some specific issue. No controversial, but necessary public project will last longer than four years!

This four years thing is already an issue in this day: Why should the leader ever care about long term if he will be long gone by then.

I am sure there are other problems, but I do not have any answers or ideas. Social structure, fairness (both short and long term) and ethics are so complex. Especially since every single actor in the system is inherently selfish and greedy.

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 1) 390

by Lotana (#47609899) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Well the thread is completely shifted to religion now. Once again: It is not that simple. But it is an interesting topic.

Doing a google search on this is worthless: Every link is biased one way or another. It is either a religious preaching site or an atheism preaching site. Quite annoying how militant people are regarding this topic.

In my opinion a religious man would be much more scared of death, because then according to his beliefs he will be judged. And if his choices and behavior in life were not good enough, (At least in Christianity) he will be condemned to eternity of suffering.

Do you feel anxious before an exam or an interview? Now think about about life in the scope of following the religious teachings: It is impossible to follow it to perfection and no way to tell what will be held more harshly. So one is never sure if he/she would pass. Especially when you don't know when you actually die.

Now for atheist it is much simpler: Oblivion. After you are dead, there is nothing else. You just cease to exist. It is sometimes insightful to ponder non-existence before existential despair begins creeping in.

While this seems scary, the atheist is free from worrying about being stuck in a fate-worse-than-death. Death itself is scary on its own (Mostly because it is rarely clean and quick. By definition there is no pain afterwards, but quite a bit just before), but after that there is a guarantee of no more suffering.

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 1) 390

by Lotana (#47605593) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Thats it? You look at the number of wars and based on that number you came up with such a far-reaching conclusion?! Don't you think that is just plain stretching it?

People who are afraid of dying generally avoid going to war.

Do you honestly think it is that simple?!

Everyone is afraid of death: No matter the nationality or social status. But you may not have a choice.

Majority of conflicts in Africa are civil wars. They are not fought because "They are not afraid to die, so they just go and kill each other". Every conflict is different and complex. Civil war in Darfur resulted from government segregating non-Arab population. Civil war in Somalia is so complex that I don't think anyone understands an exact cause.

To say that "Africans are not afraid of death" because they are suffering through internal conflicts is dismissive, ignorant and downright inhumane.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown