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Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 398

by bmo (#49557057) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Go ahead and find a news article of radical Christians killing thousands of innocent people every month in Africa with gasoline, matches, and machetes

They do.

Or have you completely fucking ignored what's been going on in Uganda?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Engineered by guess who? "Christians" in the US.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

People like you disgust me.

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BMO

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 398

by bmo (#49556347) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

I love how you have to go back 1600 years to find an example of Christians being assholes

No, all I have to do to find examples of Christians being assholes is to open the fucking newspaper and read current events.

The Christian Taliban, aka the Dominionists, Reconstructionists, "Christian Warriors", "Joel's Army" et alia, surely do exist. And they are frightening.

Read this take-down of Joel's Army: http://www.discernment-ministr...

The greatest weapon against religious fanaticism is education

Fixed, but only to a point. Many of the most loudest "kill all the fags" and "America is a Christian Nation" dolts that have a following have college educations. Fred Phelps was a lawyer and so is the rest of his family.

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Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 213

A terrorist has a nuclear weapon in his backpack and is 10 blocks away from where he plans to set it off. He also plans to die, so if you confront him, he'll just set it off anyway.

The sniper who is supposed to shoot the bad guy has his shot blocked by a girl on her daddy's shoulders. He doesn't have a clear shot.

Do you shoot through the girl to hit the bad guy in that case?

Well, the girl is less likely to die from a bullet wound than a nuclear bomb going off right next to her, so it's not really an ethical dilemma, any more than performing a risky medical operation to save that girl's life afterwards would be.

The problem is, this entire ridiculous scenario is an example of an idea - that ethics can be set aside if needed - fighting for existence. Ideas aren't passive things; they're encoded by living neural cells in human brains, and neurons have a basic drive to be used. So once you accept the idea of ethical exceptions in principle, that idea will always whisper in your ear in every situation, even ones that don't involve any immediate danger.

So the question is: given two imperfect options - absolute ethical commandment and a slippery slope - which one is likely to cause less destruction?

Comment: This is a publicity stunt. (Score 1) 122

by Frosty Piss (#49552397) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

So, the iceberg part is actually irrelevant. The ball could be anywhere.

The iceberg part is relevant. With this thing packed inside an iceberg, where does he plan to store a years worth of rations? How does he realistically expect to dispose of a years worth of shit? He's going to be pretty rank after a year inside a small ball.

And, if it just sits on top of the berg, who cares? If it's inside the berg, again, who cares? there is no actual science that can not be done in a much more reasonable way.

is Red Bull sponsoring this? Seriously, why does crap like this make it to the front page of Dicedot? Oh, that's right...

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Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 4, Insightful) 213

So what you are saying is that it's up to Hollywood to dictate what is acceptable in society?

How do you learn what is acceptable in a society? By watching people do stuff and get praised or reviled for it. What does Hollywood do? Show people doing stuff and get labeled heroes or villains. They're an efficient propaganda machine, for good or ill.

Comment: economic interests (Score 2) 78

" European businesses such as the giant aerospace and defense company EADS, best-known as the manufacturer of the Airbus planes, targeted, so were European politicians"

Why would you spy on private companies and your allies? The only reason that comes to my mind is economic gain... The NSA, etc serve economic interests, not safety.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 118

by ultranova (#49546501) Attached to: Swallowing Your Password

But in that case, what's the advantage of implanting it?

It gives the powerful yet another way to assert their dominance over the less so. And because the powerful are only so because of a system that backs their baseless claims of superiority, and can only continue as long as the powerless keep buying the lie, new ways to propagandize are always needed. All the little ritualistic humiliations society is so fond of, from drug tests to getting groped by the TSA, ultimately come down to the same message: "you are nothing and must obey your masters."

It's a sick, if fascinating, game. It's also one that can't go on forever, since effecively crippling people cripples their society too, yet that society still contains a very strong cultral leftover from feudalism. So what we really have here is a narrative of equality fighting a narrative of hierarchy, leading to very confused people doing completely irrational things - like wiretapping everyone in the name of freedom - without really understanding why.

Comment: Re:Sell it to black hats then... (Score 1) 144

Obviously a good person is not going to sell it to black hats.

You mean a law-abiding person. A good person does not prey on innocents, but Corporate America provides plenty of food satisfying any reasonable standard of sufficient sinfulness you care to set to qualify as an acceptable target.

It's why movies that want robbers seem heroic often use casinos as targets: no one's going to shed a single tear when those who exploit people's dreams to fleece them get victimized in turn.

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