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Comment Re: they will defeat themselves (Score 0) 981

this is the kind of anti-black, anti-muslim racist drivel that serves as the engine for the interventions and depositions that create the vacuum that groups like ISIS fill because we've eliminated their moderate (but still "scary") opposition. congratulations, you support ISIS/IS/ISIL.

Comment Re:All power comes at a price (Score 2) 340

Birds are not so much the concern these days, its migratory bats. Bats that move across the southern border are keystone species for pollination of many different plants, including agave, which is obviously the cornerstone of the tequila market. more windfarms == less tequila. Also, the way the bats are killed is pretty gruesome. They dont get chopped up, rather the rapid air pressure change from outside a windfarm to within it causes their fragile lungs to explode. http://www.fort.usgs.gov/Products/Publications/pub_abstract.asp?PubID=22795

Comment Re:Trust peer-reviewed science... (Score 2) 1486

mod parent up.

This is how I've resolved this question to myself every time someone brings this question up. If scientists who believe and scientists who do not can get closer to agreement on, for example, the way our neurons operate than "P" or "-P", I'm comfortable choosing to believe what I read in Science than The Book.

There's a (relatively) riveting Neil DeGrasse Tyson lecture that I like to direct folks to: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-102519600994873365# Its long but every second is worth it.

Comment Re:The technical issues (Score 2, Insightful) 309

No matter how much you like it, don't try to convince those not emotionally attached to it that NOLA is of a piece.

The slums add no charm nor endearing culture. There is no logistic necessity for ANY of the parts below sea level, they are a result of bad planning or no planning.

This smacks of latent racism and blaming the victim. Poor, black residents of new orleans have functionally no control over the elevation of their homes. To indicate that these peoples homes are somehow entirely devoid of value is the same kind of logic that justifies forced relocation of oppressed people anywhere anytime in history. you say that its a free country and all those living in the projects can simply move, but the same argument was made by fools after katrina: "those who lost everything in the hurricane should have simply packed up and left, they had 4 days warning." that probably requires the kind of capital and means of travel often shared by those communities, not individually owned and operated. i think that if you want to analyse the relative importance of parts of the oldest and most historic cities in the united states, you should consider that living in and maintaining that historicity is not simply a privilege but a civic duty to the living memory of the united states im sure you hold so near and dear to your heart. OTOH, i think it would be pretty baller to live on a floating city, so...

Comment Re:What a load of crap (Score 1) 496

About portage: except for recent kde-3.5 fiascos, portage has been pretty damn stable since I installed in early 08.

Admittedly, it may well be that things have changed significantly. My Gentoo experience was in 2004-06 - I've seen the 2.4->2.6 kernel transition, the adoption of udev and hal, and other similar "let's break it and make it anew, with blackjack and hookers" kind of fun

this. my experience with gentoo ran from 2003 -> 2005 or 2k6 and while it was good fun, making the transition to fedora was the greatest improvement to my productivity using linux. I think that being 'closer to the hardware' to learn was significant in my early linux days, I prefer being a little 'further from the hardware' now that i have 'real' work to do.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang