Interesting articles, and thanks for posting them, but I wonder about this from the OP article: “From the beginning I offered simple solutions,” Assange said. “Come to the embassy to take my statement or promise not to send me to the United States. This Swedish official refused both. She even refused a written statement This is beyond incompetence.”
If this is true, you do have to wonder. If Sweden is notorious for not extraditing on espionage, how hard would it be to give written assurance that it was only a rape investigation and under no circumstances would he be extradited anywhere?
That's actually philosophy, not superstition. Feynman wasn't discussing supernatural causality - he was discussing the ramifications of human action. Couching his discussion in an older philosophical form(ie, religion) doesn't negate its value simply because your fedora gets triggered by words like "heaven" or "Buddhist". Also, reminiscing about that one time 70 years ago when you were doing science is not science, its history.
Here, I'll help you out. "The key" = knowledge (scientific, philosophical, biological, etc). "Gates of heaven" = Place you would like to exist; a place that doesn't suck ass. "Gates of Hell" = Detroit. Or maybe Cleveland. Therefore, what he was saying is akin to "Your knowledge and methodology can either put everyone in a nice spot, or fuck it up for everyone." See? Metaphors are your friend.
I also find it odd that someone with the moniker "420" after their name would get so riled up about religion, as I have never EVER met a stoner incapable of spouting actual superstitious nonsense about his drug of choice ("weed smoke is safer than cigarette smoke!", "Don't ever smoke a joint made from a gideon's bible page!", "Don't ever smoke with a white bic!", "Weed cures cancer!", etc etc).
I mean there's this person's account, and this SF Gate article stating that yelp can manipulate reviews for paying customers .
"Freedom of speech". Riiiiiight. Yelp is an extortion racket, plain and simple. Pay your hush money or lose your rating.
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