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Comment: Re:I hope it's a publicity stunt (Score 3, Insightful) 99

It might not have anything to do with MGS, but it sure as hell better be a publicity stunt, because anyone involved in an actual human head transplant surgery will need to lose their medical licenses and go to prison for a very long time.

Or be hailed as the greatest surgeon who ever lived.

There is no middle ground with this one.

Comment: Re:Oh Really? (Score 1) 286

The Stargrove Entertainment records provided Canadian consumers with low-priced alternatives while still ensures that the authors of the songs received the approriate royalties.

There is absolutely no reason an artist should receive royalties from works that are more than 50 years old.

Comment: Re:Oh Really? (Score 3, Insightful) 286

Is there any work that is over 50 years old that still brings in big money?

Come on, you really can't think of any music from the 1950's and '60s that's still bringing in money? Who was that truckdriver from Tennessee with the swivel hips and pouty lips? I think his catalog still makes a bit of money and just about all of his biggest hits were more than 50 years ago. When the Etta James hit "At Last" is used in a Mercedes commercial, or in a popular movie, cash registers are ringing for somebody, but certainly not for anyone who had anything to do with making the music.

The first handful of Beatle albums were more than 50 years ago. Hell, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue still sells pretty steady and that was what, 1959?

The most egregious part of this entire saga is how works that were already in the public domain - movies, music, books - are being removed from public domain. This is why you're seeing so many great old movies removed from Netflix. It's shameful and it's hurting both future generations and the current state of the art.

Comment: Re:weinstein? in pakistan?? (Score 1) 327

by PopeRatzo (#49542701) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

In other words: "If you find a source, I'm just going to say it doesn't count because I don't like it"

Do you see any sources saying it's "not possible to be a teacher in France if you're Jewish"? If so, I invite you to post it here even if it is from Haaretz or Breitbart. Because so far, I've seen nothing.

Comment: Re:weinstein? in pakistan?? (Score 2) 327

by PopeRatzo (#49542687) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

Because a few moments of googling for ME turned up the following links, which certainly suggest that the climate in France is certainly not particularly warm to Jewish people and moderate Muslims:

Ah, but that wasn't the assertion, was it? In case you're unable to scroll back to the comment to which I was replying, here's the statement:

I was just reading that, due to Muslim students, it's no longer possible for someone to be a teacher in France while being openly Jewish.

No. Longer. Possible. For someone to be a teacher in France while being openly Jewish.

Shall we take a little walk over to a few French universities and examine the names teaching Humanities? Political Science? Medicine? You want to make a little bet on whether or not it is "possible for someone to be a teacher in France while being openly Jewish"?

France is home to the world's third largest Jewish population. Not Europe's third largest, but the world's third largest. Let me guess: you think they're all money-lenders and pawn brokers? There are three quarters of a million Jews in France and 600,000 of them are French citizens. You believe none of them are teachers?

Yes there is anti-semitism in France. And the anti-semitism that is on the rise is as much from the conservatives and nationalists in Europe as from muslims. If you want to see anti-semitism, you can't do much better than white guys with SS tattoos on their necks and shaved heads. And make no mistake, there are neo-Nazis, the white Christian kind, on the rise all over Western and Northern Europe. This is not a new development, since I seem to recall some dustup in that region in the middle part of the last century. And long before that. But when you make a statement about whether it is "possible" to be a Jewish teacher in France, based on some right-wing blog or Breitbart or something, you should always use your head for a minute before accepting it as gospel.

Comment: Re:Lamar Smith, Christian Scientist (Score 1) 187

by PopeRatzo (#49540099) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

Rep Broun is hardly a valid example and I doubt anyone outside of his Georgia district has even heard of him.

Yet Republicans saw fit to appoint this young-Earth creationist to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.

It doesn't matter whether or not anyone outside of Georgia heard of him. He was on the committee overseeing US science policy for chrissake.]

But even taking it as truth, Rubio did not say the earth was created 6 thousand years ago. He was talking about the length of the actual creation event.

Wait, the actual creation event? I'm pretty sure we're done here.

I know you prefer people that just give lip service to Christianity (Obama), but to discount people based on their belief in God is just as ridiculous

I don't discount people who believe in God. I discount people who believe the Earth was built in 7 days, 6000 years ago and want to oversee national policy on Science. Somebody please tell me here: Am I being unreasonable? What's next, having an anti-vaxxer who believes we are in the End Times running the Center for Disease Control? Because there are such people in the Republican Party, and prominent ones, too. Let me guess, you want...examples?

Comment: Re:Lamar Smith, Christian Scientist (Score 1) 187

by PopeRatzo (#49539019) Attached to: House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

Examples?

Yeah, yeah

Marco Rubio, (R-FL)

http://mic.com/articles/19382/...

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/1...

Among the faith-deranged, Rubio stands out. He briefly dumped one magic book for another, converting from Roman Catholicism to Mormonism and then back again. (Reporters take note: This is faith-fueled flip-flopping, which surely indicates a damning character flaw to be investigated. Flip-flopping of a different sort helped sink John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid.) Yet even as a re-minted Catholic, Rubio cheats on the Pope with a megachurch in Miami called Christ Fellowship. As religion and politics blogger Bruce Wilson points out, Christ Fellowship is a hotbed of “demonology and exorcism, Young Earth creationism, and denial of evolution,” and is so intolerant it demands its prospective employees certify they are not “practicing homosexuals” and don’t cheat on their spouses. (Check out its manifesto under “About Us – What We Believe.”) As regards evolution, Rubio confesses that he’s “not a scientist” and so cannot presume to judge the fact of evolution on its merits, and holds that creationism should be taught in schools as just one of many “multiple theories” about our origins.

Representative Paul Broun (R-GA). Young Earth creationist and former member of the fucking House Committee on Science.

Here's a quote from a 2012 speech that Rep Broun gave:

"All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the Earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says."

And, Mr. "Where is the Proof", if you don't believe my quote, here is a video of Rep Broun's entire speech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Oh wait, the link doesn't work because it was taken down eight months before the 2014 elections.

But as long as we're rolling with Rep Broun, here's another quote from the same speech:

"And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that."

[In 2014, Rep Broun left office to run for Saxby Chambliss' Senate seat from Georgia. May God have mercy on our souls.]

If you want more examples, I can provide them, but I've used up enough space doing simple Google searches that you could have done for yourself.

You can't take damsel here now.

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