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Comment: Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (seriously) (Score 2, Insightful) 741

by devnulljapan (#34287756) Attached to: Bruce Schneier vs. the TSA

These silly "solutions" the TSA keeps rolling out don't seem to be accomplishing anything other than annoying air travelers. If any of these measures had actually demonstrably stopped even one attempted attack, don't you think the TSA would be crowing it from the rooftops?

I think you miss the point ... they are accomplishing what they're designed to do: make someone a whole lot of money.

Comment: Re:oblig. Tanenbaum (Score 1) 298

by devnulljapan (#33600968) Attached to: Race Pits Pigeons Against Poor UK Rural Broadband
I just read the stuff at the link in your sig. Interesting though it is, the guy fumbles the ball at this bit, which then undermines everything else he's saying:

To understand it you must understand the difference. Hundreds of years ago a guy named Galileo said, "the universe is really not FLAT, the way the Vatican says it is". You saw what happened to Galileo. The government, for saying such things, based on SCIENCE, executed him.

Galileo said the universe is not flat? They executed him? Huh? Kinda odd coming from someone so obsessed with truth to just make stuff up for effect.

Comment: Re:Atheist (Score 1) 583

by devnulljapan (#33582002) Attached to: The Advent of Religious Search Engines

"then label those who do not believe in it." I do not accept your premise that "I" construct this world.

Convince me.

First of all, it existed long before my birth. Second, Muslims, Christians and Jews believe that the notion of such a world comes from God via Prophets, who have connection with Him.

How do you know this if it can't be observed? sounds to me like you just made it up ... or someone just made it up and you've decided to believe it for some reason.

"they disagree with your supernatural world." I know that, I am just saying that the basis of their disagreement is not scientific.

I have an invisible yellow unicorn who tapdances and sings show tunes in my garage. Do you believe me? If not, why not?

"If something can be observed there is no reason for belief." I just gave you very reason: religion helps a believer to lead happy life and frees him from anxiety.

So...heroin then? Fine and dandy is it? Sure frees junkies from anxiety. How about people who think they're Napoleon? Makes them happy you see. Why spoil it? Does that mean he is actually Napoleon then?

"Especially when the asking is done at the point of a sword." Muslims do not do that. Qur'an: 2:256:

Uh, yeah, right. rolls eyes... Care to discuss Sura 4:89 (seize them and slay them wherever you find them: and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks." ) or Quran 8:12 (I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers.) or Quran 9:123 (Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. Know that God is with the righteous.) or Qur'an:8:65 (O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding.) etc etc etc? And remind me what is the punishment in Islam for apostacy? Not picking on Islam, as all the delusional sky cake people do/have done the same thing throughout history (hello, crusades anyone?), but that's what you chose to talk about so I'm in. Look, believe in your sky faerie, you just don't get to demand anyone else do so too. You venerate a book of riddles dictated by an illiterate pedarast all you want. Fine. Don't ask me to do it too and I won't threaten to cut off your head for not accepting carbon dating. Deal?

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