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Comment: Re:Sounds familiar... (Score 1) 216

by Von Rex (#44884755) Attached to: Canadian Scientists Protest Political Sandbagging of Evidence-Based Policy

If your definition is correct, why are the results of every "left wing" government less liberty, greater inequality and more division?

This is why it's almost impossible to have political conversations involving Americans these days. Before you can even start, you first have to face the legions of cultural myths that Americans take as gospel that just have absolutely nothing to do with reality.

Comment: Re:Sounds familiar... (Score 1) 216

by Von Rex (#44884699) Attached to: Canadian Scientists Protest Political Sandbagging of Evidence-Based Policy

Please, nobody is better at ignoring hard evidence than the left. Bad as all politicians are, right wing ones are still a lot less scaring than our new overlords from the left.

Wow. I'm always amazed at how much bullshit and projection rightwingers can compress into such small sentences. It's a sort of awesome literary feat, how you can fit so many completely false world views into so few words. It would be very difficult to write conservative characters with the same convincing density of completely wrong opinions.

Comment: Re:Sounds familiar... (Score 1) 216

by Von Rex (#44884627) Attached to: Canadian Scientists Protest Political Sandbagging of Evidence-Based Policy

No, his description of conservatives is entirely accurate. It's easy to find examples of conservatives glorifying ignorance on most web forums. If you think such people don't exist, then you're indulging in the same kind of deluded, wishful thinking that you're accusing in others.

Comment: Yeah, right (Score 2) 506

No, his entire post is based on our history within our lifetimes and all of his claims are easily verified.

Your post, however, was nothing but links to right-wing spew sites that are currently occupied with the business of rewriting their own movement's history because that history is repellent to a growing number of voters. That's not a trend that's going to change as the only people left still swallowing the shit you're shoveling are dying off and not being replaced.

Comment: Yeah, right (Score 1) 434

by Von Rex (#26385289) Attached to: Attempt To "Digitalize" Beatles Goes Sour

Anytime someone disses the Beatles all they're doing is revealing they have no sensitivity whatsoever to what makes music great.

I'd bet my life that people will still be listening to the Beatles in a 100 years. They'll be listening to very little of the mass-marketed crap that passes for music today.

And there will always be new Beatles fans, just because the music is that good. I have a nine year old son and half a dozen teenage cousins. Every one of them thinks the Beatles rock, because they hear their music for the first time and think "Oh my god, these are good songs compared to what I'm hearing on the radio".

I think the generation coming up is going to be a lot more sophisticated about music and they won't be as taken in by hip hop poseurs, American Idol wannabes, and pretty teenage dancers masquerading as musicians. They seem to be a lot more resistant to advertising bullshit than the current crop of young adults.

Must be because of better parenting :)

Comment: Re:And they say ... (Score 1) 1334

by Von Rex (#24578581) Attached to: Home Science Under Attack In Massachusetts

I'm not certain they even needed a warrant. I've heard from people before that you absolutely do not want to fuck with the fire department. They have even broader authority to enter a house than the police if they suspect a fire hazard. But I couldn't tell you for sure if that is true. Because I don't fuck with the fire department.

Administration Ignored Bin Laden Intel 800

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the warm-and-fuzzy dept.
gettin-bored noted a nice article running in very high priority on the Washington Post, right up there on page 17 of the print edition, where it's revealed that the CIA Director warned Rice about Bin Laden two months before 9/11. And strangely, the meeting was never mentioned during all the 9/11 commission reports making you really question what exactly they were actually hearing that was more important than the CIA director telling the National Security Advisor that Bin Laden was going to attack Americans.

Plan For Cloaking Device Unveiled 342

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the thanks-to-the-romulans dept.
Robotron23 writes "The BBC is reporting that a plan for a cloaking device has been unveiled. The design is pioneered by Professor Sir John Pendry's team of scientists from the US and Britain. Proof of the ability of his invention could be ready in just 18 months time using radar testing. The method revolves around certain materials making light "flow" around the given object like water."

Blue Ring Around Uranus 269

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the too-many-hours-looking-through-a-telescope dept.
ZedNaught writes "The BBC is reporting that 'astronomers have discovered that the planet Uranus has a blue ring - only the second found in the Solar System. Like the blue ring of Saturn, it probably owes its existence to an accompanying small moon.' According to the April issue of Science, the blue ring is one of two new outer rings recently discovered around Uranus using the infrared Keck adaptive optics system. The rings are blue and red like Saturn's E and G rings. The blue ring around Saturn hosts the moon Enceladus while the Uranus ring contains the moon Mab."

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