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Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 1) 249

Where I live, there's pretty much no sexual shame for a woman to have sex, which eliminates the concept of this argument.

It hasn't eliminated anything, there is nowhere on this planet (outside a 1970's hippie commune) where a 15yo girl can have sex whenever she wants, with whoever she wants....AND....still have nothing to hide because all the parents are cool with it.

Disclaimer: I make no claims about this case in particular but at the end of the day, some males are violent arseholes, some females are manipulative arseholes. Violent aresholes ruin lives, manipulate arseholes ruin lives. It's not, as Feminists and MRA's would have you believe, a "problem with men" or vica-versa, it is, what it has always been - aresholes being arseholes. Arsehoes can be suprisingly difficult to spot (eg:Rolf Harris), I pity any 'peer' with a conscience who is asked by society to find the truth in an "alleged sex-crime".

Comment Re:Veterans care (Score 1) 43

Anybody who ever served on active duty and handled classified information is just a bit hacked off at Her Majesty's cavalier attitude about, well, everything.

That's true, but comparing Hillary's sending and receiving emails that weren't marked as classified over a non-government server is absolutely NOTHING compared to Petraus' knowingly giving top secret information to someone with neither a need to know nor a security clearance. Remember Mata Hari? (I probably spelled that wrong)

Plus, his adultery is strictly against the USMJ code; people have gotten dishonorable discharges for that alone, and anyone else would have gotten time in Leavenworth for spilling secrets. Petraus got off not with a slap on the wrist, but a stern talking to.

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I use the Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to design book covers. It's an excellent free open source program that has three weaknesses -- its menu structure is completely illogical (but can be gotten used to), I can't find a full spectrum palette, and its text handling is so poor as to be useless.

Comment Re:It can't. (Score 4, Insightful) 102

Habital planets are so rare and far apart that alien life wouldn't be able to spread across the galaxy. Hell, even earth is so far away from the nearest possibly habitable planet that if we could travel 90% of the speed of light, it would take something like 10,000 years to get there. Much less a population and equipment and supplies enough to start a society.

Actually, we don't know if habitable planets are rare. We are finding a bunch and have barely look at what the universe holds. Now the traveling thing could be a problem, but maybe there are civilization on other planets that don't waste their time and resources killing each other and actually focus on science and space.

Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 2) 373

If you want to talk about paleo-climate, realise that the industrial revolution looks like an asteroid strike in the fossil record.
I will never understand why some people accept that "sea levels rose 125m in the last 10,000 years", but call BS when the same people tell them "AGW is a serious problem"? It seems to be related to the common religious behaviour where people pick and choose the bits they like, then labels the rest as BS?

Comment WTF happens in N.Dakota to require such weapons? (Score 2) 179

I'm wondering what happens in North Dakota that requires drones with non lethal weapons to fly around? Are they planning on using this on the Native American population? Or maybe the wildlife? Or is it to keep them pesky Canadian rapists who illegally cross our border in check?

Comment Sputnik was scary technology. (Score 1) 282

How many times have we all seen the clip of JFK promising to put a man on the moon?
How many of us know what the rest of the speech said about Sputnik and the Kremlin?

It was 1960, the US still clung to the idea that all out nuclear war was winnable, the coffers of the military-industrial complex depended on that belief. Sputnik put them on the back foot, a communist radio beeper was whizzing over their heads with impunity in broad daylight. Sputnik scared the crap out of the Pentagon, the fear motivated them to seek the highest ground there is - the Moon. Amazingly, they reached it.

I was a 10yo kid in a small Aussie town, I saw the moon landing live and rehearsed the "duck and cover" thing at school, nobody (least of all me) connected the two. Everyone I knew watched the landing, TV's were set up in public halls, pubs, and shops, since there will still plenty of homes that didn't have one. IMO there really hasn't been a world event to rival the public attention the moon landing received. Yes, 911 was a huge shock, but from a historical POV it was just another suprise attack on a dominant power.

Comment Re:When you define anything as "cheating"... (Score 1) 705

Actually, some of us do. For instance, those of us who try to follow Christ also, by definition, try to give at least some consideration to how Jesus defined it:

"27 You have heard that it was said to those of old,[c] 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

(Matt. 5:27-28, NKJV)

The lesson: Big sins usually start off as small ones. Don't lust after other women, don't think about cheating, don't put yourself in the position where you might, don't neglect your marriage to the point where you feel you need to, and chances are pretty good that you won't.

We also try to remember that if God has forgiven us our sins against Him, then we also ought to be willing to forgive those who sin against us. Most marriages can be saved if both partners are willing to save it, and, sometimes, even if one of them is not.

The bible says it's okay for your daughters to get you drunk and have sex with you also.

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton