There was about 1000 years of peace before that happened.
They then suffered a series of lost battles with the Christians and their empires pretty much collapsed. And that got blamed on not being sufficiently "pure" in the faith.
Of course that didn't stop the collapse either.
1000 years of Peace????? where????
We have more guns. (Per person!) According to our own government's statistics. Yet we have less violent crime. This is a direct, indisputable DISproof of the idea that "more guns equals more crime".
Here in Canada, we have less guns, less crime and less prisoners per capita than US. By your logic, this is absolute proof that guns are indisputable proof of the idea that, "More guns equal more crime".
I have an OCZ Revodrive first gen 120GB and its never had a problem. I also have a Vertex 4 256GB thats been running solid since I got it. The only SSD I've ever had fail was a Patriot. That drive was a total slice of crap though. Maybe the popularity decline has sonething to do with them ditching Sandforce for inhouse designs...
Ok then, word of advice, make sure you have daily backups of all your critical stuff. Image the drive, so that it is easy to restore when the drive fails. Right now if it is perfect and you haven't had a problem, the likelihood of you having a catastrophic failure in near future is rather high. This is purely based on numbers/averages available at large on Internet.
FWIW, I'm a Christian who believes in both creation and evolution.
The Bible says that one day God created x, and on one day God created y. It doesn't say how much time elapsed between those events, or how he did it. God could have created the cosmos with a "big bang".
And I believe that evolution occurs, but evolution doesn't explain what happened before the beginning of time, or where all the mass in the universe came from in the first place.
Are you kidding me ??? What was god doing before he created x, where did God come from...
Let me get this straight...You believe that god always existed (oh the irony... you can't even rationally prove that god exists)
but you don't believe that
universe always existed, even though there is overwhelming evidence(we are here
But, and here's the important part, so would spending that money on something more useful like schools or water pumps. The money spent on those would create just as many jobs, you know, and you'd also have some schools or clean water instead of a national penis size symbol.
Have you ever been to India, it is great when so many people here point out Illiteracy & safe water? Even if you have schools, uhm how many poor people are going to send their kids to school. Oh wait, forget the the poor people, how many of those who are bit better off are going to send their kids to higher education when the attitude is, what am I going to do with education, there is nothing I can do, all the government does is make schools and dig wells. Oh wait the wells they've been digging aren't so great either. For some strange reason only way Indians can get safe water (when they really need it) is when its got ton of chemicals etc. in it to kill all the unsafe things...and for some reason unsafe water peaks during monsoons(ironic you have fresh water falling from sky, yet all the water is unsafe)...oh did I mention that most Indians (even poor ones) typically boil/purify the drinking water. Oh maybe cause they've been doing that for ages, keeping drinking water separate from regular/daily use water. Then again I am sure you probably know that International firms are probably the biggest water/land polluters now.
Safe water, Universal Education, Safe Roads, Access to utilities are great things if you have money for that, but the reality is quite different. Building the lab will cost money, mostly tax payer money and maybe some donations etc. but it will be far better utilized than those socialist projects. A good sort of example of wastage would be Bridge/Road to nowhere in Alaska(I am sure you have heard of it)...whereas in India an example of waste would be a road that perhaps links bunch of villages together..but the fact is there is no trade between those villages, people's primary mode of travel is Walk/Cycle and/or Oxen/Horse carts. Some better off villagers might have Scooters or 100cc bikes. There are countless schools in India that don't have students, because the kids or their parent think they have better things to do than get educated. You cannot change that thought process, the kids should want to study, parents should want to send their kids to school, and trust me Indian government doesn't have that kind of money...so what will motivate the kids, when they see educated people get jobs, when educated population can afford better living. Right now one of the biggest problems facing the educated population is lack of good jobs.
Only reason lately India has been doing well is because of strange politics, the way Congress, BJP have been locked in horns, its has been in the best interest of past and present coalition government to be *not corrupt* and invest in good long term projects. There have been more smart long term projects & long term policies in India in past 10 years than ever before. During those past 10 year it has been mostly coalition government. Remember this is the same government that made a Nuclear deal with US & rest of the world despite the fact its not a signatory to non-proliferation treaty. Despite all that, its a fact the politicians in India are one of the most corrupt ones you will find in the world if not the worst.
Politicians are bribed to the hilt, so they turn a blind eye. A project like this which will constantly be in public eye and constantly be scrutinized by people like you, will have less money siphoned off than the "School & Well" project. Oh btw, did I mention India has already done countless School & Well projects but never the neutrino lab.
I am not saying that more schools & more wells(or bores for hands pumps atleast) won't help but right now, some thing like this lab would help way more than you think, All those kids that went through School/College/Uni, doctorates and stuff...they can appreciate having a job for a change. I have lived in India, Government policies like Free Electricity & free *safe water* for poor have been around for a long time...these socialist policies are exactly the reason why so many are poor & illiterate as some would say it. Lately the biggest issue was...the poor people keep all electrical devices & water water running constantly without even bothering to conserve etc. cause after all its free, meanwhile anyone who can afford to have a real house or bit more pay exuberant amount of money for both electricity and water(in other words they are paying for wastage by poor people). Its an on going cycle, the politicians dare not start charging poor people cause they need the votes and since poor people outnumber middle class right now...they have more votes.
I honestly don't think you have seen corruption..corruption to the level where it might endanger lives...realistically projects that make advances in science, communications etc. have been more beneficial to Indian lately. Moreover think about it you argument about waste...one of the first things they are going to need for this lab is going to be power. Power is something that they already don't have, so to build that lab, they will in turn will have to make power plants..that in itself is one of the biggest benefits that the immediate locality is going to see.
Let me tell you, I kid you not, India right now needs more of these projects than your Keynesian multiplier analysis.
There...I have vented...
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith