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Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 66

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48615737) Attached to: Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

They voted only -after- Russia took military control over Crimea. All the while Russia was claiming that the soldiers were not Russian, and they had removed flags and ensignas from uniforms and vehicles - a ridiculous move, as everyone in the world knew they were Russian soldiers.

You know someone is doing something wrong when they are
trying to hide it.
Later, when everything was under control, Putin admitted yes, they were Russian soldiers. As if this was clear from the beginning and the Kremling had never claimed anything different. Reminded me of 1984... warp the past to suite your present.

So this is your Democracy... Russian style.

Same thing happening now in eastern Ukraine, with "maybe" there being "inofficially" Russian solders there. "On vacation".

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 1) 142

All languages are derived from a precursor language. What makes a derivative 'crappy'?

If any language is a crappy derivative, then English has the most going for it. Maybe as a native English speaker you never realized, but English is a terribly inconsistent language concerning spelling and pronounciation.

Comment: Re:As a former muslim (Score 1) 865

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48601559) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I'm not equating all religions as equally bad. I think that most religions are a tool to exert power. That power can be used for good or for bad. The decision is up to the people who wield that power.
At the moment western societies are doing well also thanks to the comparatively little power that religion has over the people living in those countries. Power that unfortunately has historically mostly been used to oppress and control rather than to support people.
In the middle east, religion still plays a large role, and many people look towards a bleak, uncertain future. That makes it easy for madmen and hate preachers to abuse religion for manipulating people to further their own goals.

Comment: Re:As a former muslim (Score 1) 865

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48601441) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

The teachings of Christ may be about Love. That didn't stop the Spanish Inquisition from exiling, torturing and burning heretics and unbelievers at the stake, all with the blessings of the catholic monarchs and the pope. The teachings of love didn't help Galileo and other scientists and deviants in the course of christian history.
It is only thanks to the Age of Enlightenment and the departure and emancipation from religious doctrines that western societies have earned the freedoms they enjoy today. It is certainly not thanks to any teachings of Jesus.

That's why, again, it's not so much about what is written in the books. It's about the people and how they choose to interpret them to further their own goals.

Comment: Re:As a former muslim (Score 3, Insightful) 865

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48599325) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Remember that in the middle, and late middle ages, the Islamic world was the advanced, progressive, cultured and tolerant civilization, far ahead of western Europe. Christian Europe was a place of endless war and bickering and of religious zealots.

Especially in Al-Andalus, under moorish rule, muslims, christians and jews lived peacefully together in what was perhaps the most advanced, safe and free place to live in the world, at the time.

It's not really about Islam or Christianity. Both holy books contain a lot of questionable, self-justifying violence. It's about the human beings who interpret and lay out the words. This, in my opinion, is one of the greatest problems with the abrahamic religions. The holy books contain so many contradictions and inconsistencies, you can justify just about anything by picking out the relevant parts that serve your cause.

Comment: Camps mixed up (Score 1) 739

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48276575) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Many of the poorest and most rural states in the country tend to favor Republican politicians.

I've observed this myself. Quite baffling that those who would profit most from social reforms mostly advocated by the left are very often politically oriented towards the right.

And then you have the super rich, who are strongly favored by right-leaning policies, asking the government to tax them more...

Crazy world.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 5, Insightful) 571

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48150081) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Everybody is joking, but this news update on fusion energy coming from an established, well known corporation is pretty serious. Isn't this the first time a respected company is claiming a breakthrough, a working prototype of fusion energy?
Do you realize what implications this has, if it is really fusion energy as they claim? It's a world changer.
I got goose bumps just from reading "Lokheed, breakthrough, fusion energy"....

Comment: Re:Fuck Greenpeace (Score 1) 252

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48110015) Attached to: Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

So it seems we have the following actors:
Shell: Lawful Evil, Lord of the Dark Resource
Greenpeace: Chaotic Good, Sea Ranger
LEGO: Lawful Neutral, Merchant

And what you're saying is:
Good > Evil
But!
Lawful > Chaotic

So it follows that:

2x Lawful - 1x Evil > 1x Good - 1x Chaotic
= 2x Lawful - 1x Good > 1x Evil - 1x Chaotic

Meaning
Lawful > (Good + Evil - Chaotic) / 2
Good Good - Chaotic - 2x Lawful

So for your assumption to be true, assuming a neutral moral stance of Good == Evil, it would have to be that:

Law = Moral - Chaos / 2
Moral = Law + Chaos * 2
Chaos = 2x (Law + Moral)

Which doesn't make any sense at all, so I strongly believe you have no freaking idea what the hell you are talking about.

Comment: Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (Score 4, Insightful) 276

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48107245) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Wrong. The original intention of the Nobel Prize was to spur human progress through innovation and development. That's one of the main reasons why it is not awarded posthumously - it's too late to motivate someone who is already dead.

The Nobel Peace prize for Obama was in this spirit. It should not be understood as a reward for anything he did, but as a motivational calling to deliver. And a moral message to the President, a reminder of the impact his decisions can have on the whole world.

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius (Score 1) 113

by allcoolnameswheretak (#48016061) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

I think what people mean is that daytrading has much in common with gambling. And there are a lot of gamblers. One of them is bound to win the lottery at some point, thanks to pure chance and luck. The difference is, if you win at the stock market, people think you are smart, and write articles about you.

I tend to see it both ways. If you are smart and know what you're doing, you can give your luck some nudges in the right direction, but you will still need to be lucky to succeed.

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