"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight." - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
You realise that it is unscientific to prove or disprove a god right? You simply cannot have a scientific concensus on the matter outside of a god isn't needed to explain the world. If it is more then that, it simply isn't scientific because you cannot test supernatural beings or events.
I didn't think the point was that obfuscated. Lets see how much i can dumb it down for you. I have no belief in the boogie monster. I use the notion of one to control the behavior of small children in an attemp to keep them safe at time they cannot be directly supervised.
But i find it strange that you fail in the examples you point to. For instance, smoking and cancer. Less than 10% of life long smokers will get cancer from smoking. Less than 30% of all cancer deaths are from smoking. One time won't get pregnan if it is the right time. Commonly called the rythm method, timing sexual encounters against the menstral cycle is one of the oldest and effectiver forms of birth control.
As for god making sure your business works, thats one of the dumbest thing i ever heard. Most all religions teach a principle that god helps those that help themselves. In other words, god will not make a business work, you have to do that. So it seems your rant is all about your ignorance.
Perhaps you should stay in school until your cognitive abilities fuully develope and you can work on you comprehension a bit.
Nowhere did i say there was a god or any gods, just that the blind faith in the lack of one was noteworthy. I do find it amusing that you had to interject your evangelistic atheism and rant about something never disclosed. Does it bother you that much that there could be a God? I mean because you have absolutely no proof there isn't one.
It proves nothing. Clean Water is purchased from the utilities- usually at the costs to operate them at the local levels of government, the military is paid by taxes the federal government assigns to fund it.
You are right that we are screwed if your education didn't impart that knowlege to you
Yep. Osama bin Laden, for all that he's dead, basically won. And his biggest ally was the US security industry.
Are you a Muslim? Has the US replaced the Constitution with Sharia law? If the answer is No and No, then Bin Laden didn't win, or anything thing close to it. His demand was the US convert to Islam and implement Sharia law.
Confusion on this point is potentially dangerous, and frankly stupid.
And I think your post neatly encapsulates the unseriousness of the views of many people on Slashdot. North Korea, the Empire of Japan, and al Qaida share a number of attributes. They have all managed to kill tens of thousands of people. They have all controlled territory as part of a governing authority. They have all deployed crew served weapons and other heavy armaments. They have all either experimented or used chemical and biological weapons. They all have controlled or had access to resources worth at least many millions of dollars. They are all willing to use violence to further their ends. They all have more than 100 members. The "Militia of Montana," probably not so much for any of that. Al Qaida poses a continuing risk to national governments to varying degrees around the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria, and others. They are destabilizing many others.
Many people here are cynical about fighting al Qaida due to stunted perspectives and fringe ideas on many related topics. The fact that you use scare quotes around war on al Qaida and compare it to the "war on drugs" just shows you lack perspective.
As to your comment about nothing changing in the last 15 years, do you mean terrorists trying to attack the US?
No, of course not - that sort of attack* is not preventable. No amount of infringement on freedoms can stop that. The FBI was informed that there were Saudi men taking flying lessons ($$$) who were completely unconcerned about landing or take-off, and the issue was buried within the FBI. The amount of intelligence is not the issue, it's the Feds' general incompetence that is (and always will be).
In fact, information theorists strongly warn that all of this extra "intelligence" makes things worse because it raises the noise floor significantly.
The NSA didn't stop the Boston bombings, and in Congressional testimony the NSA chief would admit that there were fewer than four potential events over a decade upon which all of their programs had any involvement in detecting, and in none of which was the NSA's intel required.
* asymmetrical, not 'airplanes as missiles' which hasn't been a viable strategy since 2004 when the last cockpit doors became hardened - the TSA is behavioral conditioning, not security.
They don't have to be soldiers of a country since their legal position is essentially similar to that of pirates. But as it happens they consider themselves to be jihadists of the Islamic Caliphate. Are you willing to be an envoy to them? They can be rough, even on their supporters. Given that they behead many of their prisoners, there may not be much to negotiate. I'm willing to see you try though. Keep in mind that they don't fight according to the Geneva Conventions, but rather according to the rules of Jihad in Sharia law. That can lead to some debates that will sound strange to modern Western ears, such as the call by various influential Muslims that the old Muslim practice of taking sex slaves in war be revived.
It is the same to the extent that both attacks caused large loss of life on American soil, and were not the only attacks conducted. Al Qaida's ultimate goal is actually more ambitious in the long term than that of the Empire of Japan. Al Qaida is also working in more countries than Japan was even if it has been less successful in gaining full control of them. Also, both the Empire of Japan and al Qaida experimented with biological and chemical weapons for possible use in future attacks. There are more than a billion Muslims of which a meaningful percentage support the goals of al Qaida and its affiliates. One meaningful difference is that Japan was more easily defeated than al Qaida will be. This conflict will not go away soon.
We need to talk. Good luck with going against this current administration. Piss them off and they all will be on the short end of an audit and an anti-trust action.
And perhaps the EPA, DNR, and any other agency that is bored this week.
I love the fact that after more than 10 years some people continue to be unable to assimilate the fact the POWs require neither charges nor trials to be held under the law of war. The rest of your post is likewise specious.
More people died in car crashes in 1941 than died in the Japanese attack that devastated the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. That was about the same number of people that died on 9/11. The US went to war against Japan, the US went to war against al Qaida after largely ignoring its attacks for many years.
It doesn't take many truck bombs at public events to produce spikes in the signal.
No, there are other conclusions that can be reached as I mentioned above. One of them being that the militants fight outside the country, which is true in many cases. Perhaps they don't want to foul their own nest
It is unlikely that this problem will be going away any time soon, so we'll be able to continue to examine it at our leisure.
Um, i was out working for the largest private IT firm on the planet in the 1980s. Idiot. I doubt you were out of diapers yet.
Aso, you really don't wish i was your child: 1 - id have beat you to a pulp on a regular basis with your attitude and 2- id have left home at 16 to get away from your stupid ass, and never looked back.
Likewise the fact that ignore the many arrests and convictions just goes to prove my point. And note that I didn't even make an effort to include the many reports of extremists leaving the US and Europe to go to areas with hot conflicts where they can fight. That is one of the major concerns of the various security services - that nationals will go to Syria or other areas, train and fight, and return to prepare for future mischief.
The fact that things at home are relatively peaceful today does not mean that there isn't a store of future trouble filling up against the day of action.