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Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 1) 484

by cmdr_klarg (#48822265) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

I don't know if Kurt Bills would have been any better especially on this issue but at least I knew him and was able to have a discussion with him. Part of that may have been because I was a former student and a part of that was probably because he was my representative to the state house.

Had he been better on social issues I might have voted for him. Alas...

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 3, Insightful) 484

by cmdr_klarg (#48818891) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

What happened to the American Dream (TM) where immigrants were welcome if they worked hard and tried to make their fortune in the New World? Seems like a lot of people who benefited, or people whose ancestors benefited from immigration now want to pull up the drawbridge.

Corporate America and the oligarchs decided that they wanted *that* slice of the pie as well as the one they already had. The American Dream is exactly that; a dream.

As a Minnesotan I've backed Klobuchar but I am extremely disappointed that she is supporting this.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 589

by cmdr_klarg (#48625021) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

It's time this nation stood up, and stopped pissing its pants every time someone phones in a bomb threat.

Sony couldn't give a flying fuck over whether a terrorist attack happens during one of their movies. What they are pissing themselves about is the promise of lawsuits should an attack happen.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 445

by cmdr_klarg (#48419705) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

The Dems (including Obama) expanded and extended the patriot act at a time when they could have pushed it through with little resistance.

As much as the talking heads are going to try to make this seem like a partisan issue the fact of the matter is that there is heavy bi-partisan support for controlling the slaves of the USA and any resistance to this is largely lip service to keep the sheep filling the party coffers.

How many times do we have to go through the "It's the Democrats!" "No, no, it's the Republicans" mantra before we get sick of the game and smash the established sacred idols of the jackass and the elephant? We, The People, have become of the dog chasing its own tail. The sad thing is that the vast majority think that they're fighting the good fight when they're just being kept busy while the real powers that be loot and pillage.

Granted. Do not mistake my post as support for Obama and the Democrats. Merely pointing out that the GOP need no other reason to oppose something than the fact that Obama supports it. Look back at the last 6 years and tell me I'm wrong.

Comment: Re:In spite of this and other similar phenomena... (Score 1) 140

by cmdr_klarg (#48334855) Attached to: Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

I have faith that physicists have done their work well, and are impartial and not lying to me. But my mother that attends church feels the same way about her pastor. I do not have enough time left in my life to turn around and learn the skills I'd need to actually verify what scientist have told me, nor the money to buy the equipment. So I therefor am going on faith, just like my mother. It would be the hight of hypocrisy for me to scold her for doing the exact same thing I'm doing.

I'm not saying you should dump this science nonsense and start going to church. I'm saying you should get off your high horse and let people believe what they want to.

The difference is that it is *possible* for you to turn around and learn the skills needed to verify it, and it is *possible* because the equipment exists to allow one to verify.

There are no such skills or equipment to allow you to verify the existence of God.

Comment: Re:Not a good week... (Score 2) 445

by cmdr_klarg (#48283599) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

That was quite an illuminating rebuttal.

Going into space is not like air travel. It costs a lot of money per pound, it's a vacuum, it's cold, and there's radiation. We already see permanent health damage from astronauts on the ISS after only six months. It's not that there are technological challenges to be solved, it's that some of these problems have no solution. Ever.

This isn't a matter of discovering Bernoulli's principle, it's a matter of discovering a new power source, or a way to defeat gravity, neither of which are likely to happen any time soon.

I'm sorry to dispel your childish notions of space travel for everyone, but it just isn't going to happen in your lifetime. Space travel will never be economical enough for anyone but governments, and it will never be profitable. Thus, I laugh at people like Elon Musk, who is just a 13 year-old boy with billions of dollars to waste on the silly flights of fancy.

You might want to get some help, MightyMartian. You're projecting your suicidal thoughts and inadequacies on others.

Translation: Space travel is hard, so we should not do it. Much easier to sit and do nothing but consume like a good little cog in the economy.

I for one am glad that we have MightyMartians in this world. If we were all macsimcons we'd still be living in trees.

Comment: Re:Not to be outdone (Score 4, Funny) 175

by cmdr_klarg (#48224663) Attached to: Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Vladimir Putin announced on Russian Times that he will jump from the Mir space station at an altitude of 300,000 kilometers to celebrate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Made even more of an awesome feat due to the fact that Mir had been de-orbited in 2001.

Comment: Re:Update to Godwin's law? (Score 1) 575

by cmdr_klarg (#48041783) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

If this kind of thing isn't fixed soon, America is marching into becoming a facist state, while pretending to still be defenders of freedom and justice. And people are applauding this as it goes along.

"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause." - Padme Amidala

"I think Michael is like litmus paper - he's always trying to learn." -- Elizabeth Taylor, absurd non-sequitir about Michael Jackson

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