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Comment Re:Good heavens... (Score 1) 528

Not true - Germany is totally capitalist, but lacking any other resources they are harvesting brains.

Really? Have a look at page 5 of this. With a population of ~25% of the US, Germany produces 49% as much steel, or about twice as much per capita compared to the US. First resource that popped into my head, and probably the one Germany is most famous for, so other examples might not be so impressive, but... Germany does produce stuff. It is the beating heart of a first world economy with a population 3 times that of the US. Saying it is without resources is absurd.

Comment Re:ethopian link to old israel interesting (Score 1) 82

Also widely known of in recent history. A lot of Ethiopean Jews were evacuated to Israel after the state's post WWII formation. Unfortunately, they still experienced many similar difficulties with life in a different culture to black people in America, with widespread racism and discrimination despite being a faithful part of the most persecuted religion, and being brought to its centre to save them from persecution elsewhere.

Comment Re:And next (Score 1) 82

I think any surprise voiced by archaeologists might be an unconscious echo of some of the rather racist "pirate" comments further up in this thread. People only trade with someone who has something of value to them, and despite knowing that that Ethiopia was once one of the great nations of the world, people will doubtless still think in terms of the poverty stricken, warlord ruled, lawless, desolate warzone it is today.

Comment Re:Sudden? (Score 2) 268

The financing of campaigns is quite controversial, are you suggesting our legal graft set up is the best way to go?

Not at all, political financing in America is certainly out of hand. However, that is a matter of legislation rather than constitution, and also only matters to the degree that people believe what they see on their television sets. I think the big problem in the US is mental laziness; people are willing to be told what to think, as long as they feel they are doing better than somebody else.

Comment Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 268

Was parent modded down due to lack of citation? Maybe they were referring to this? http://www.prb.org/Publication...

Your parent post's point was almost meaningless. The US's per capita co2 production may be falling, but not fast enough. I live in a country where we would be near the top of the scale, if you look at co2 production per capita on a global scale. It it about half that of the US co2 per capita.

Comment Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 268

Or they spend many hours researching them and have come to the logical conclusion that it doesn't matter who you vote for, they're all just slightly different flavors of the same poison.

We need to burn the existing system to the ground and rebuild it. It's the only way to put us back on the right path.

The system you have is perfectly adequate, it is just that people don't have the required patience to use it. The obvious current flaw is a lack of additional political parties at the federal level. This can be rectified, but would have to take place gradually over the span of many electoral cycles, as most people will subscibe to the "better the devil you know" notion.

Comment Re:That's not a security move (Score 3, Insightful) 135

They're after the double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich.

It's about money. Not "our valued customer's security" or other bullshit.

They don't need servers here to funnel profits through the country, they can do that easily enough with dodgy licensing subsidiaries and some accounting sleight of hand in an office of 2 people.

Comment Re:Fast track (Score 4, Informative) 355

The "coming entitlement generation" has been on its way since at least the late 1980s when it was supposedly my cohort...and probably much, much longer.

Those articles started to appear in the 1880's. Every upcoming generation has been described as some sort of variant of entitled, lazy or "me first". It's the "get off my lawn" version of a newspaper editorial.

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” - Socrates

Comment Re:I thought evolutionists had it all figured out? (Score 1) 110

The evolutionists used to say that human intelligence could be explained by evolutionary process of natural selection, and they made no reference to viruses

The article has nothing to do with natural selection. There are two main components to evolution, mutation and natural selection. Natural selection is the description given to processes that determine what mutations remain in the gene pool, and what ones die out due to giving a poorer chance of survival and/or reproduction. The article here is about the mutation side of evolution.

Comment Re:Do it in your free time (Score 0) 300

but really, such a creature would more likely be what's commonly called a "civilization".


"Which is to say, what astronomers may have taken to be two massive balls of plasma locked in a gravitational embrace could actually be a very large, very hungry civilization devouring a hapless star."

Submission + - Learning breakthrough - Returning the human brain to a child-like state (independent.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: It sounds like something out of a film, but scientists may have discovered a way to make you smarter – by reverting the brain to a “plastic” child-like state.

Researchers at Stanford University experimented by interfering with PirB, a protein expressed in animal brain cells that allows skills to be recalled but which also hampers the ability to learn new skills, and realised they could disrupt the receptor’s regular function, allowing the brain to make faster connections.

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