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Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49615655) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

True enough- IF you can prove it was a murder and not an accident.
Can you prove intent with global climate change? If you ignore the utterly non-scientific process of "scientific consensus", do you even have enough data left to prove the murder weapon?
And in the long run, does it matter? We're still left with the decision to either adapt or die; we're far too late for any mitigation attempt to work. Blame the culprit is a waste of time in this case.

Comment: Re:different strokes (Score 1) 147

by HBI (#49614219) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

I agree with point 2. Book 4 (Sam and Frodo from Emyn Muil to Cirith Ungol) is the most difficult part to read for me, also. Tolkien also said it was the hardest for him to write. It is the point at which he broke off writing during WWII, only to pick it up again years later. It's just not as interesting as the rest.

The singing was apropos of the Scandinavian peoples that Tolkien was so fond of. I think he was trying to create atmosphere. Similarly, the long list of titles that Aragorn made reference to is also atmospheric. Formal greetings amongst nobles in medieval times would follow similar lines.

I think overall the singing and titles are something you have to adjust your mind to. Either you can, or you can't.

Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 4, Insightful) 147

by HBI (#49613089) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

To further elaborate, Elrong makes direct reference to sending the Ring over the Sea. "And they who dwell beyond the Sea would not receive it: for good or ill it belongs to Middle-earth; it is for us who still dwell here to deal with it."

The Eagles are representations of those who dwell beyond the Sea, Manwe in particular. Tolkien answered your question fully.

Comment: Re:The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 2) 147

by HBI (#49613039) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

Admittedly, their helping at the end is *after* the Ring is destroyed and at the direct request of Gandalf, right?

I don't think it's a really big plot hole. If that's a plot hole, why didn't Gandalf send a letter to Valinor along with some Exiles (who were leaving constantly) asking for another Host of the Vanyar and Maiar ala the breaking of Thangorodrim? The answer is "because he knew the answer: they would not come". Same with the Eagles.

Comment: The Eagles are a manifestation of the Valar (Score 1) 147

by HBI (#49612905) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

More specifically, Manwe. If Manwe and Varda and the rest were to just solve all the problems for Middle-earth, you'd have no plot. Furthermore, if you were in their shoes, would you be all that interested in fixing all their problems? I know I don't even like doing that for my daughters. Also, they'd "laid down their guardianship of Arda" with the fall of Numenor. Strictly speaking, it wasn't their job to fix all problems anymore.

Still, they did care about Middle-earth. So they sent five Istari - weaker spirits who were clothed in flesh and made to feel mortal cares and wants. They were intended to be messengers and encouragers of the good nature of the Free Peoples. They were forbidden to challenge Sauron's power directly. In extremis, one of their Istari could call on the Eagles of Manwe for assistance, as was done a few times during the novels. But any of the Istari calling on them to solve the problem by flying over Orodruin and dropping the Ring into it - I don't think they would have responded to that.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49611365) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Species that are unable to adapt have been going extinct without mankind's help for 9/10ths of the planet's history. For the remaining 1/10th, we've been a major motivator of evolution, that's true- Dodos and wooly mammoths and the like. But we are also to the point with GMO research that we can be a major cause of increased adaptation- we can speed up evolution, and likely will, because beef is tasty (among many other species that are directly useful to us, such as bees). Speaking of that last, just saw a report on OPB about a pair of beekeepers with a unique solution to colony collapse disorder- they're breeding stronger queen bees that can live through Oregon winters.

If mankind wants to survive, food needs to be our top priority. Luckily, as I mentioned someplace above I think, food production is also an answer to excess atmospheric carbon. Especially if we keep locking our own carbon up in airtight containers buried in concrete when we die.

Comment: Re:Firefox's downward slide... (Score 1) 229

by HBI (#49611363) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

I'd point out that Firefox hasn't made a change to their browser in about six years that I liked. Stop satisfying your audience, and you lose market share and adherence. Surprise surprise

When it dies, either a team that IS interested in writing a web browser will take over instead of the current team that cares more about social justice, or it'll just die. Either way, a new browser will be born. Or I'll just suck it up and use Chrome.


Comment: Re: Seriously?! (Score 1) 156

by Samantha Wright (#49607085) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin
Right, which is why I added the second sentence. My point is that it could've been phrased in a manner that avoids implying Moscow is a trap, e.g. "unable to return home." I'm sure there are schools of propaganda training that are more subtle and don't pooh-pooh that sort of structuring, but at the very least it implies some restraint on the parts of the authors away from being a proverbial anti-US slant.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge