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Comment: Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 7

by smitty_one_each (#48032119) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic
That quotation smacks of pure nihilism. Unsure then (in the sense of a thought experiment) why people who TRULY think that way don't just off themselves. How is death different that hanging around for a good meal?
For the truly dedicated to the kind of piffle you quote, the two ideas should seem indistinguishable.

Comment: Re:You are wrong! (Score 1) 24

by RailGunner (#48022479) Attached to: You're all right
Except there is no evidence in the fossil record to support this, either.
In your example, divergent populations B and C are still fertile with each other.

A great example is the artificial construct of race in humanity. Groups that diverged based on isolation and adapted based on climate, yet any fertile male and any fertile female can still produce offspring.

Comment: Re:You are wrong! (Score 1) 24

by RailGunner (#48019131) Attached to: You're all right
Microevolution, as in, the adaptation of the species, happens all the time.
Macroevolution, as in, an offspring is mutated into a species that is unique and cannot reproduce fertile offspring with members of the prior species happens never.

There is no evidence of Macroevolution in the fossil record.

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#48013015) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

Some day you will learn the concept of peaceful coexistence...

I mean, I live in a low crime neighborhood. Thanks for pointing out the crime of having offered up "southern conservative". Indeed, I live south of the Potomac, and embrace the traditional "conservative" values of individual liberty, equality before the law and private property that are currently under such systematic attack by godless Commie sodomites. Guilty.

Comment: Re:You are wrong! (Score 1) 24

by smitty_one_each (#48013003) Attached to: You're all right
I wasn't quoting. I was paraphrasing. So, you seem to be espousing Evolution here, amIright? I'm still trying to work out the shift from inorganic to organic chemistry. In particular: why does it take less faith to subscribe to Evolution than any other of the alternatives (without bothering to espouse any one of them).

Comment: Re:Boeing bought more politicians. (Score 1) 125

Leaving out Boeing would be budget suicide for NASA.

No one should be left out because there should be no contract. Instead, NASA should be fostering a spot market for launches. They should have a separate bid for each launch: "We want X satellite in Y orbit, and insured for Z dollars." Then give the launch to the lowest bidder. That way each company can work continuously to cut costs and improve services, knowing that if they leapfrog the competition, they can win the next launch, instead of being locked out for years.

That is not feesable. It take years to be trained to fly in a spaceship - whether the lifting body like the Shuttle or Dream Chaser, or a capsule such as Soyuz, CST-100, or Dragon V2. You have to build not only the rocket, but a tower to carry the crew to the top of the rocket along with an arm to get the astronauts into the vehicle (which is not compatible/spacecraft). Escape systems need to be installed. It's very expensive, and it would never be built without assurance that the demand is there. At this time, there is no market for launches except from NASA or ESA. Cosmonauts would ride Russian spacecraft, Indians and Chinese are developing their own systems, etc. The public demand is too little at this time. Without a long-term contract, NASA is not enough for your proposal.

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#48011901) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

And you only want to "rein in" the feds to extent that your corrupt local authorities have more power to practice their bigotry and demand conformity to your culture/religion/whatever. It is your own disregard for the truth that is on display here. I don't care how much you deny it. I know what "southern conservative" means.

Wow, I think you've reached damn_registrars levels of making stuff up out of whole cloth. Everything I say underscores disregard for truth? You've moved past strawmen to a comprehensive sort of Dyson sphere of tautology surrounding me now. Let me give you a golf clap. [clap]. Does the sound penetrate this bubble in which you've encapsulated me?
Can I ask where this bubble is going, since you're doing all the driving?

Comment: Re:Gonna miss Snidely Whiplash (Score 1) 31

by smitty_one_each (#48011279) Attached to: Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General
So, other than strawmanning and boorish browbeating in the face of reasoned responses, and projection, do you have anything? Anything at all?

Your "concentration of power" nonsense is exactly that. The real complaint is its proximity, or rather, the lack thereof. You want your people to impose the rules.

What I actually want is to constrain the Federal government to its original enumerated powers. But the truth doesn't seem to amount to much with you anymore.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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