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Comment: Re:Consensus is not Correctness (Score 1) 770

by bidule (#47856861) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

The Greeks had figured that out nearly 2000 years before Columbus ever accidentally ran into the Americas on his way to China.

And IIRC, academician gave Columbus lots of trouble because the ignorant fool believed Cathay to be way closer than it was. He really conned Queen Isabella.

Comment: Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (Score 1, Troll) 127

by bidule (#47492363) Attached to: Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

Most people I know who shit on D&D either never played it, or had a lame experience in a lame campaign.

Your friend the Computer disagrees and reminds you that D&D is a gateway drug into secret societies revering Cthulhu, mutants calling themselves "superheroes" or knowledge of the Outside such as "mouse" and "vineyard".

Comment: Re:There is no "safe" amount of ionizing radiation (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by bidule (#47492259) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

I'm sick and tired of the notion that it's OK to pollute, as long as you don't pollute "too much."

If it isn't "too much", it isn't pollution.

In a sense, breathing and pissing are polluting but as long as the ecosystem can handle it you are in a sustainable pattern.

Comment: Re:Gee Catholic judges (Score 2) 1330

by bidule (#47356839) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

While I am not religious, I do respect the rights of religious people. It is unconscionable for them to be forced to provide benefits that are in opposition to their morals. However, I am in favor of ubiquitously available contraception (for everyone, not just women, I'm egalitarian that way...).

I don't know. They are forced to pay for many things through taxes, which includes blood transfusion and the like.

If we define a minimum set of benefits for all citizens, noone should have the right to forbid them. It's not the corporation's right to decide how its employees will behave, it's the employee's right to decide not to use those benefits because it goes against the employee's religion.

Should an atheist be penalized because he works for a religious corporation?

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter