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Comment: Re:Corruption? In Russia? (Score 1) 63

by drinkypoo (#49780177) Attached to: Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

I think I see where you're both going, and I agree with him. It's not like just any asshole can broadcast. The government decides who's even allowed to bid on spectrum, so even if there were nothing fancier going on, there's manipulation at that level. But beyond that, Fox "News" and their victory in court against having to even try to tell the truth when they call it news is vindication of the position. The mainstream media does the will of the government, and buys legislation in same, to the extent that the lines between the two are blurred.

Comment: I'd be interested in seeing the starting list (Score 1) 3

by damn_registrars (#49780057) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
The article mentions:

Students from 37 countries gave their thoughts on 40 figures and significant events in world history.

But it doesn't seem to mention who was on the list, or who compiled it, or anything else meaningful about it. It would really help with figuring out how these results came to be. In particular I can think of two more Vlads who i would expect to see in the top 10 list of villains, amongst others.

Another glaring omission is Dick Cheney. This suggests that we are still a ways away from correcting the history books to show that indeed most of the terrible decisions attributed to the incompetent Bush were just the result of executing directives handed down from the man who was - in name only - his subordinate. Plenty of people in this country are aware of the disproportionate amount of power that Cheney wielded from 2001 through 2009, however it seems that abroad still very few are.

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 3

by damn_registrars (#49780011) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
While you are generally quick to defend Bush - and probably steaming over the fact that Obama is not on the top 10 - it would be interesting to see the list (article mentions a list of 40).

However, there is one distinction that Bush has that none of the others on the top 10 have. Only he launched a war against a sovereign nation thousands of miles away while in the position of head of state. Granted, several of the others did not have the technology to do so in their time (Genghis Khan, especially), but he is the only one on the list who did it either way. Others were also not formal heads of state (Khan again, or Bin Laden for a more recent example).

I expect you might want to counter with something along the lines of how Bush believed he was doing the right thing by invading a sovereign nation thousands of miles away who posed absolutely no credible threat to his own country. To that I will also point to the fact that the others on the list mostly also convinced themselves they were doing the right thing.

Comment: Re:"What happened to the dinosaurs?" (Score 1) 171

by KGIII (#49779913) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

That does not explain their curmudgeon attitude and other idiocy. It can't (I hope) be entirely due to their lack of intellect or logic. There must be a physical component and I am thinking it is due to frustration for a disaffected libido.

Hmm... Disaffected Libido... Band name, maybe? I have never typed that before and I hope I never type it again. It was wrong and I should feel bad.

It is your destiny. - Darth Vader