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Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 1) 412

by dryeo (#47553961) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Long term use of heroin doesn't actually do very much.

Don't lie, it's a well known fact that opiates, including heroin, have a tendency to make people constipated, much worse then destroying your liver or your heart and lungs which is why it is illegal while alcohol and tobacco are legal.

Comment: Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (Score 2) 119

by dryeo (#47544775) Attached to: When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

If you want to go that route, then rather then Canadians, we can refer to the province. Instead of the United States of Mexico we can refer to the individual Mexican States. Likewise for India where the culture differences are much more extreme then the USA and all the other Federal Republics and Federal Monarchies.
The truth is that from the outside, we don't care what State the drone came from and we don't care what State pushed for the latest unfree trade agreement. The USA is represented by the Federal government to us outside your country and that's the way it is.

Comment: Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (Score 1) 119

by dryeo (#47544701) Attached to: When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

Lots of cultures consider America as one continent, even as recently as WWII that was the common view in the United States of America. To quote wiki,

North America and South America are treated as separate continents in the seven-continent model. However, they may also be viewed as a single continent known as America. This viewpoint was common in the United States until World War II, and remains prevalent in some Asian six-continent models.[13] This remains the more common vision in Latin American countries, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece, where they are taught as a single continent. From the 19th century some people used the term "Americas" to avoid ambiguity with the United States of America.[citation needed]

and the citation

^ Lewis, Martin W.; Kären E. Wigen (1997). "1". The Myth of Continents: a Critique of Metageography. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20742-4, ISBN 0-520-20743-2. "While it might seem surprising to find North and South America still joined into a single continent in a book published in the United States in 1937, such a notion remained fairly common until World War II. [...] By the 1950s, however, virtually all American geographers had come to insist that the visually distinct landmasses of North and South America deserved separate designations."

Seems there are quite a variety of ways to classify continents and just because you were raised with the 7 continent model does not make it correct.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 475

Perhaps the OP is Roma, the culture/race that suffered 2nd to the Jews during the holocaust, and are still suffering in many countries. My glorious leader has himself stated that the only reason to criticize Jews is anti-semanticist while it's still open season on the Roma. The persecution is also quite heavy in some Eastern European countries.
Personally my wives family has been prosecuted for generations, by an alliance of government and the Catholic church ending with her forcible removal from her family at birth and given to a WASP family so she has no knowledge of her culture. Previous generations were tortured, starved and even used for medical experiments to wipe out their culture.

Comment: Re:Stability (Score 1) 85

by dryeo (#47540893) Attached to: Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

It had to be an orbit that came with a climate that allowed complex life to evolve, about a billion years for Earth. Even the really primitive life would probably need close to ideal conditions to flourish long enough to oxygenate the atmosphere and lay the foundations for complex life.
Of course with only one sample it's hard to say if there are different routes to complex life.

Comment: Re:But what IS the point they're making? (Score 1) 309

Actually in many cases it is the best cooperator that wins, humans are an example where long term the tribes that work together survive the longest. The biggest jerk might do good for a while but once he drives away everyone else and finds himself alone, that's it for long term survival, at least with a social species such as Homo sapiens.
Even in other primates often it looks like the biggest jerk is winning but meanwhile all his females are screwing the other males and it is their genes that mostly continue the species.

Comment: Re:But what IS the point they're making? (Score 1) 309

Species that have a population explosion and use up all their resources usually eventually crash. Seems like they're the fittest for a while until they outstrip the food or other resources and then it becomes obvious that limitless expansion is not a long term survival strategy.
So far humans have only been around for a blip of time.

Comment: Re:But what IS the point they're making? (Score 1) 309

If you look closely a lot of those 2x4s have finger joints where they've built an 8 ft 2x4 from a couple of pieces of tree. Around here it used to be that they didn't bother with any wood that was smaller then 16 inches at the small end. Now I see trees leaving the bush that are barely bigger then my pecker.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.