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Comment: I had gotten the impression... (Score 1) 2

by unitron (#47915893) Attached to: Conservative mindfuck

...that most of the right wing had secret hard-ons for Putin.

Speaking of whom...remember when Bush the younger talked about looking into Putin's eyes and seeing his soul?

Imagine my surprise to find myself in agreement with, of all people, Pat Buchanan, who said "Know what I see when I look into Putin's eyes? KGB!"

Comment: Re:Good episode of Frontline (Score 1) 119

by Enry (#47899063) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

No, far later than that. Slaves brought from Africa in the 15th and 16trh centuries came with Yellow Fever and Malaria. Since they either already had it as children or had better genes to handle the disease, they were usually okay, but Europeans who were in the colonies would get sick for a year and possibly die. They made a connection, but didn't do anything about it.

Comment: Good episode of Frontline (Score 5, Informative) 119

by Enry (#47898643) Attached to: US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

For those of you in the US, the PBS show Frontline had part of an episode dedicated to what's going on. While it is very hard to get, cultural problems there make it really easy (mourners touch the dead). People in remote villages are scared to tell doctors that they have symptoms since they'll be whisked off to the clinic, never to be seen again, just like almost everyone else that went to the clinic. In the larger cities, some nitwits are spreading the rumor that Ebola doesn't exist and the government is just trying to steal blood from the patients. So bands of people think that patents bleeding from every orifice needs to be rescued(!).

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Insightful) 81

by causality (#47885343) Attached to: Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

Man, when personal citizens' rights and powerful corporate interests align, amazing things can happen.

Now if we could only get powerful corporations to do the same thing on NSA overreach, CIA overreach, money in politiics, ...

If the majority of people would vote (at the ballot and with their wallets) for their own rational self-interests once in a while, and not what the silver-tongued TV sound bite sold to them, this would happen much more often. My cynical side tells me that few will ever appreciate the value of abstract principles in and of themselves, but the self-interest angle should be at least achievable.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.

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