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Comment: Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (Score 1) 156

by Druegan (#47438827) Attached to: Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Um, just for the sake of discourse.. it's not just in the case of "religious creation" that everything was created...

I mean, when two hydrogen atoms fuse into a helium atom in the core of a start, the helium atom is "created" by nuclear fusion. It doesn't necessitate the involvement of some spooky incompetant invisible father figure in the clouds entering into the picture at all.

The creation of any new thing doesn't explicitly require the presence of consciousness.. just a process by which some form of transformation can occur. Even a self-ordering system kind has to "Create" the order we will eventually see in it.

Comment: The death of the American dream (Score -1, Informative) 86

by roman_mir (#47435713) Attached to: Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

The American dream (before it was hijacked by the realtors in the USA) has died a horrific death as the government completely overtook over every function of the market and declared itself to be the legal dictator state completely dominating over the individual human being. The American dream was the idea that equal under the law individuals could pursue their own happiness on their own terms, where apart from regulating criminal conduct, government wouldn't have any authority to stop the individuals from attempting to build their own lives and businesses the way they saw fit. That dream suffered its first heart attack during Teddy Roosevelt, second heart attack during the Hoover and FDR, it was kicked in the balls in the fifties and then had a minor stroke when Nixon took the world off the gold standard. Now the dream is a dying, rotting, gangrenous corpse, that is being systematically shat on by every self proclaimed 'saviour' of the society and its values, by all the Marxists, socialists, fascists and basically brainless, dickless, heartless pigs that are happy simply to take another shit on the Constitution and smear their faeces all around them - a form of societal self degradation that periodically descends one or another population of humans into the dark ages throughout history.

Comment: Why not? Learn from Verizon.. (Score 2) 140

The broadcasters are not happy with this move, of course, claiming that Aereo should not be allowed to flip-flop on how it defines itself.

Verizon has been on a tear to get itself reclassified as a common carrier for a while.

Loopholes: not just for big companies anymore.

Comment: Re:Not really a surprise.... (Score -1) 215

by roman_mir (#47427609) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Yes, but also this is a meaningless move by Germany in the real sense of the world, because it is still not demanding that all of its gold is returned by the USA immediately.

Of-course the German central bank authorities decided a couple of weeks back that it is better to pretend that the USA still has German gold and not raise any noise than to make it clear that its gold is gone. Germany requested the USA Fed to return its gold about 2 years ago, USA came out saying that it will return half of the gold within 7 year period but in 2 years only returned 1/100th of what it was supposed to, actually the numbers can be found here. In any case if Germany truly wanted to make a statement it would insist on the return of its gold, with the correct serial numbers on the bars and everything.

If Germany simply wanted to get the gold back it also has a choice of selling the gold in the market and getting dollars back, which the Fed could easily provide by creating them out of thin air as it always does, so that then Germany could buy the gold back in the market (of-course fewer tons could be bought since the prices would go up, but at least it wouldn't be a total loss as it is now). Any of this would be better than a useless symbolic gesture.

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