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Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 577

Yep. And you're probably right that nobody (even those who are the victimes, curiously) will get that.
They will still believe the 'communicating vats' theory that when you make the rich richter it will trickle down to Joe Average and make the country as a whole great.
Well, it doesn't. Making the rich richer does just that. And the social fabric gets strained with all te consequences you mentioned for education, crime and economy.

Comment Re:Bet Alsop isn't used to being fired (Score 1) 339

Well, as one of those customers that rarely complains, I suppose I should be glad that a real loudmouth like Alsop isn't getting his way.

Strangely, I'm not. It's not like I think Alsop is right. It's just that it seems to me that Elon's action is as much a knee jerk reaction as the original post of Alsop.

I compare it to when you look at a movie where the hero is bullied by some guy, and you think: "I hope he kicks his stupid ass".
If in the next scene he does exactly that, you are bound to think "ugh, that was uglier than I thought"

Comment Re:Ia my impression wrong? (Score 1) 510


Either their incompetence is that big that they cannot even keep track of which politician is in which party (and there are only 2, imagine how they would do in Belgium where there are about 10... on either side of the language border...).
The other possibility (as the partent suggests) is they did it on purpose.

Pick your choice but I wouldn't declare any of this as a 'win' for Fox News....

Comment Re:Deniers? (Score 1) 507

If you really are not a troll: start here.
It is the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the IPCC. It is very readable and neutrally written. But despite what climat change deniers would like to imply it shows very clearly what the expected impact is with mostly a high degrees of certainty.
The conclusions in this report are (with the indicated uncertainties included) very reliable.
If you do that you have a choice:
* I want absolute certainty before I want to believe anything about climate change ==> Climate change denier (science doesn't work that way).
* Not everything is cleared out but the conclusions are clear if you look at the total amount of evidence ==> your average neutral observer

Comment Re:This was _outlawed_ in the USA? (Score 1) 545

Ideed. Here in Belgium there a girl that did the test and recorded the results (as a form of research for her thesis).
The results were surprising.
That said: we too let our kids walk/bike home from school at a similar age as in the article. And we too would be very upset if a police officer would have intercepted them and come to lecture us about our parenting.
Let alone a 'Child Protection' service threatening us...

Comment Re:I did the samw thing.... (Score 1) 400

I watched the Original star wars in the cinema because my aunt (!) obviously thought that it was something you just couldn't pass by.
I myself never though about it that way. I thought it was just me liking Sci-Fi (nobody in my family really does (that aunt doesn't really count)).

It's only by looking at the prequels that I figured out how well made the movies were. Not just the special effects, nor the epic figures like Yoda and Darth Vader.
It's just the finnish on it: the music (which is still legendary), the acting (luke, obi one, C3PO, even Chewbaccu) and lastly the editing. How every scene is reduced to it's bare minimum. Opening scene: no explanation. You just know the fleeing ship is from the rebels. The encounter with Obi-one: "you will have to if you want to come with me to Aldebaran". Etc. Etc.

And that is (to me) timeless...

Comment Re:Not ill timed... (Score 1) 633

The *average* person in the US has a 30% chance their home will be broken into, while they are home, over the next 10 years.

Are you sure about this number? It seems awfully high. It would seem that burglary is a bigger problem in the US than here in Belgium.
I just looked at the statistics (208 burglaries/day on a population of 11 mil.) this comes down to about 15% chance of a burglary in 10 years...

Comment Re:more guns needed (Score 1) 1134

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." - no matter how much the anti-gun spin-meisters would try to convince you otherwise.

Yep. So the most logical thing to do is: make sure there are as little bad guys with a gun as possible!
You see: the good guy of today could be the bad guy of tomorrow.
This NRA slogan ignores the cost of just about anybody owning a gun: the opportunity cost.

A lot of deaths in the US by guns are the result of someone having a fit and just because the gun is there this results in loss of lives. And this is not even talking about kids that accidentally or in anger shoot their parents/brother/sister/...

Gun possesion and the amount of gun related kills are simply related, no matter how much the NRA propaganda would like to convince you otherwise! link

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