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Comment: Re:"an act of social provocation"? (Score 1) 367

by rho (#49202561) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

The funny (tragic) part is that the kind of people who tend to be strongly pro-gun, also tend to be strong against social programs that could prevent a great deal of the violence typically associated with guns.

Ain't that the truth...

It's not really the truth. If you doubt it, go to the neighborhoods in your city most thoroughly covered by "social programs."

I wouldn't go there unarmed, but that's up to you.

All of those violent neighborhoods would benefit from more of the law-abiding residents being armed to the teeth. The old saying goes "an armed society is a polite society," as nothing deters assholery so much as the sudden onset of room temperature-ness.

Comment: No, the film is *bad* satire. (Score 5, Insightful) 331

by Dr. Manhattan (#49181941) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
In "Starship Troopers" the book, a trainee asks why they are learning to throw knives when they have nukes. The instructor stops the drill, and points out that you don't housetrain a puppy by decapitating it. The military is supposed to used controlled force to achieve policy objectives, not wanton destruction. He tells the recruit who to talk to if he still doesn't understand.

In the movie, the instructor throws a knife through the recruit's hand, and says, "Hard to push a button now, eh?"

I get that the movie is satire. I even get that there's a lot in the book that can be fairly satirized. The problem is, the movie is lazy, unfair, incompetent satire.

Comment: Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (Score 1) 458

by SirSlud (#48950625) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Let's talk income tax, because the vast majority of people are employees, not small business owners (when you compare the amount of actual business owners to the amount of pandering that goes towards them, it's hilarious.) When you make a certain amount, as I do, small changes to my tax rates don't really bother me. I make a shitload of money, so another couple of % of my earnings isn't really anything I'm prepared to uproot my life for, pick up and move for. Your claim that the rich people are mostly people who own business is stupid sauce.

Comment: Re: the only relevant line of your post... (Score 2) 139

by Dr. Manhattan (#48931595) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

Time travel is possible but not in the way you think about it. It exists going backwards but is tied to alternate realities, or tied to multiple universes.

Or not. Until we can find or set up a region with a closed timelike curve, we won't be able to test such things, and it all is, well, entirely theoretical. There are several possibilities.

Comment: Perpendoxes, not paradoxes. (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by Dr. Manhattan (#48766001) Attached to: Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip
If the movie follows the story, there actually aren't any paradoxes. Instead, there are stable time loops (once called 'perpendoxes' because they are 'orthogonal to paradoxes'). Such loops don't contradict themselves like a paradox does. Killing your grandfather so you don't ever have existed, so you couldn't have killed him - that's a paradox. Becoming your own grandfather is a stable time loop.

(Yes, I've thought about this too much.)

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.