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Comment: Re:Well That About Wraps It Up For God (Score 1) 755

by bjdevil66 (#48705183) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

I love Douglas Adams (his books are great), but I have a problem with this quote.

"...and without faith I am nothing."

If God exists as a sentient being and isn't just a figment of human imagination, then it doesn't matter whether anyone has faith in him or not. He still exists.

Comment: How can I exist without you (Score 1) 244

by bjdevil66 (#48573339) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

How can I have sex without you (which actually kind of makes sense...)

Another (more well known mishearing):

Blinded by the light, Revved up like a deuce

I hear something like "...wrapped up like a douche". I just can't take that song seriously... it's the douche song.

Comment: Re:Slashdot, once again... (Score 1) 289

by bjdevil66 (#48490993) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

It comes from being willing to actually ask questions and observe the world to find our answers, rather than an unwavering loyalty to an ideology. In this case these fucknuts are taking their religious beliefs, based on nothing, and prioritizing them over actual science.

That phrase "based on nothing" is where you lose religious people, and expose your own belief system that isn't based in fact but supposition.

Don't get me wrong - I'm from Gilbert, AZ, and that lady had no business forcing her religious beliefs down everyone's throats and tearing out sound science because she was afraid of her beliefs not being equally represented. That kind of fear-based action is dangerous. It also gives religious, educated people a bad name.

Don't assume all of us religious people are "fucknuts", however. That's a broad stereotype that's just not fair to those of us with an open mind, have real faith in God, and want science to push forward unimpeded by any ideology - athiesm or fundamentalist.

People out there have had "spiritual" experiences that as are real as seeing the sun rise in the morning but can't explain easily or won't explain for fear of mockery at the hands of those who believe it is based on nothing. This lack of communication is often what leads to intellectual standoffs over crap like this textbook fiasco.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 720

Perhaps by the time this becomes a large enough problem, automation will have made our productivity and wealth generation sufficient that we can just provide everyone the resources they need to live off of while they acquire a new skill set...

You're describing a version of a post-scarcity economy.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 4, Insightful) 324

by bjdevil66 (#48204053) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

The original post makes a good point about the stifling effects of over-taxation and over-regulation - not some argument for supply side economics.

Did you even think about the post, or did you immediately start typing up your anti-Reagan blast? Did you listen, or wait to talk?

It's amazing how reactionary people are online these days. Look at some of the other responses besides this one. They can be summed up with - "Ohhp... someone said Ronald Reagan. Nanananana - not listening!".

And people on the left wonder why Barack Obama's better ideas get buried in a wave of "rethuglican" ignorance - the exact, same way. Critical thought has given away to intellectual laziness and yelling factoids back and forth. No respect or compassion or will to work together... just "win the next election."

Comment: Gifted vs. Hard working (Score 3, Insightful) 192

by bjdevil66 (#48023345) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

The world is full of people that are gifted in some way but don't work hard (it came too easily or they burn out). They ultimately don't make near the impact that good but not necessarily gifted people that work their butts off.

It's a truly rare bird when someone is truly gifted, they personally recognize it early, chase it, and has the drive to perfect their skill until it shines above the rest. These are the oddballs in society, secretly feared/hated and sometimes taken advantage of by their more socially adjusted but lesser peers, that move their world of influence forward. Socrates. Archimedes. (William) Tyndale. Galileo. Newton. Mozart. Tesla. Einstein. (George) Patton. Bobby Fischer. Michael Jordan. Imagine if any of these people decided to sluff off... How different would our world be?

Comment: Mod up 1000+ (Score 3, Interesting) 448

by bjdevil66 (#47826749) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

I immediately thought of the 1st episode of the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, where 99.9% of their modern military force was rendered inoperable. No. Thank. You.

The best "kill switch" is to kill the idea of leaving a ton of advanced military hardware in the hands of less-than-solid governments in the first place (no matter how much defense contractors want to sell their wares). You'd think we would have learned from Iran and the F-14s we left in Iran in the late 1970s as the Islamic Revolution took place.

Comment: Re:But hey... (Score 1) 789

There's nothing wrong with optimism based in facts, and I'd love to believe what he's saying.

At this point, however, Obama's optimism just strikes me as amateurish and naive. After watching for six years, I honestly don't think he and those in positions of power around him have an objective or accurate view of how the world really works. It's almost feels like he doesn't believe the USA is exceptional or that it should at the very least stand as an example for the rest of the world. Or that we should give up all that we as a country fought for and earned/stole/created (or whatever verb your views want to insert here).

I even heard a crackpot story on the radio that he was considering executive action that would give Hawaii back to the Hawaiians by making it more of an "Indian reservation" than a state and treat it as a "separate nation". If the president actually considered that... You just have to shake your head in wonder.

Comment: Re:But hey... (Score 1) 789

It's this kind of red herring, fearmongering that is why Obama was re-elected - despite his piss-poor record on deficit spending, inability to compromise, increasing the spy programs (vs. curtailing them), naivete about international issues from Benghazi to Syria to the Crimea.

Yes, the GOP sucks, too. Why are the extremists even debating abortion and birth control when we're running huge deficits, polluting the planet, and the world is coming unhinged? And companies like every huge bank and Monsanto are inherently toxic to society as a whole because they don't even pretend to serve a purpose for the market or the people. They only serve themselves, and any politician that is owned by one of those corporations via dirty money is irreparably tainted.

It all just makes an average Joe that actually cares and wants to get something positive accomplished about those big issues scream and puke all at once.

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