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Comment: Re:people are going to be saying (Score 1) 703

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49344409) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

so this copilot is a complete scumbag. depression and suicide is nowhere remotely an excuse or even a valid explanation for selfishly mass murdering 150 innocent people.

While it's emotionally tempting to go with that opinion, I'm not so certain it applies. One thing about depression is that you stop caring and certain bits of your brain simply shut down. I think it is possible that this co-pilot, under normal circumstances and in a right state of mind would have been disgusted at the thought of killing so many people. But in the mental state of depression your emotion and empathy may cease to exist, maybe the passengers didn't even register in his thoughts when he took the decision to end his life, if that is really what happened.

It cannot be ruled out that he wanted to take all these people with him with malicious intent, but it can also not be ruled out that in that moment he was positively insane and didn't really know what he was doing.

Comment: Re: Idiot Parents (Score 2) 568

That's bullshit. Admittedly, I used to think like that too. I thought that parents that do their job right will have their kids "under control". As long as you take care of them, educate them and show them right from wrong, they will all turn out all right.

Well, life showed me otherwise. I'm vastly different from my sister, even though we had the same upbringing. I know a guy who was an exemplary son until he suddenly completely broke with his parents and refuses to have contact with them, nobody knows why. His parents are great people and his sister turned out completely fine.

One of my uncles is a complete bastard whereas the rest of my aunts and uncles are great people...

There is only so much influence parents have over their children. Friends, life, the environment and their individual character also make a huge impact. Right now I'm thinking that parents can influence only about a third of a child's character. The other third is friends and environment and the rest is just pure, uncontrollable individuality.

Comment: Re: And the almond trees die. (Score 1) 413

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49315497) Attached to: How 'Virtual Water' Can Help Ease California's Drought

You're holyness, pleese take pity on the rest of us down to Irth types when our feable minds make misstakes, for we are not hi and mightee such as thy and may sumetimes fael to flawlessly ex-press ourselfs even in a language with sutch logical and consistend pronownciation and spelling as the Inglish one, praised it be!

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 274

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49281809) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

Right, but I wouldn't say that every language has its own "world view", I would rather name it character, personality or way of thinking. Many stereotypical attributes of a people are reflected in the language. German is precise, sounds harsh (to non Germans) and is not very open to humorous wordplay. Spanish sounds lighthearted and its easy to make jokes and talk funny using the language, English is full of ambiguity but concise and practical...
I'm positive that language determines how we think and therefore also who we are. More than that, to a certain degree it determines what we can even think about.

This is one of the main points in 1984 and the scariest thing in the book; the autocratic government trying to completely eliminate dissent and control the lives of people by destroying words and manipulating language to limit how people are able to think.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile... (Score 1) 283

Japan has been stagnating a bit, but what's wrong with stagnation when you have an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, a crime rate of practically zero and a populace that is generally well of? We really do have this obsession with growth, but I don't see anything wrong with stagnation once you have reached a certain level of wealth and comfort.

Comment: Re:Free Occupied Palestine (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by allcoolnameswheretak (#49234643) Attached to: Why Israel Could Be the Next Cybersecurity World Power

I think the problem might have to do with the fact that Hamas has repeatedly stated that it will never accept the state of Israel.

I am not a fan of Israels "foreign policy" towards Palestine, especially the Gaza Strip. On the other hand, it's hard to argue with someone who says he will never accept and will always fight you.

On the other, other hand, Israel has been nurturing this sentiment towards it for decades by indiscriminately leveling buildings and killing dozens of Palestinians every time some idiots fire a mostly useless rocket over the border.

Basically, both sides are being jerks and feeding the hatred towards each other. This is how far "eye for an eye" will get you.

Comment: I only know that we know nothing (Score 4, Insightful) 59

Wow, so this is how little we really know about our cosmic surroundings...
There is this big mystery about why stars further away from the galactic center orbit at the same speed as the inner stars, defying the laws of gravitation, scientists invent dark matter and other interesting theories, then it turns out we misjudge the size of our own galaxy by 50 percent?

How can we even think about stuff like that if we don't even really know how large our galaxy is?

Comment: Protip (Score 5, Insightful) 398

Do whatever you enjoy in life. Drink, smoke, eat meat, take drugs. Don't listen to the alarmists, everything is bad for you. Instead, learn to enjoy in moderation, at the right moments.

Just don't let it become a habit. There is no savor in habits, only self contempt and other bad things, like addiction.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)