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Comment Re:A quote from the article (Score 1) 173

Evidence from weather satellites has shown no new warming for almost 18 years.

Here are some fun graphs:

Looks like a fairly linear increase when I hold a straight-edge up to the screen starting around 1970. No new surprises I guess?

Aside from all that though, a climate change religion doesn't sound so bad. Give a little money to the "church" and in return you get an insurance policy. The population is getting close to the estimated carrying capacity of the Earth. Once we get there, any major crop die-off would lead to starvation problems. Why should coffee drinkers spend money on bombing tea drinkers when we could instead invest that money to ensure that both coffee and tea keep growing?

Comment Stun guns seem a good step in gun control (Score 1) 698

Every time there's a local initiative to get people to turn in their guns, I wonder why they don't offer to give each person a stun gun in its place. That would be far more enticing to me. It seems like a reasonable compromise on the debate of gun control would be to have strict regulations on lethal arms while non-lethal may be purchased by all.

Maybe someone better informed on statistics can weigh in on this?

Comment Re:No such thing, it's been proven to be a hoax (Score 3, Insightful) 242

It's all about government control and increasing taxation, while giving backhanders to the oligarchs that control the planet.

I can't believe people are falling for it. And as to those "scientists", they cost less than a single lobbyist for a real cause. The govt tells them to keep the story running or they'll lose tenure and grants. You think they care about the people when they have income for life for doing as they're told a few days of the year?

You do realize that a scientist who actually disproves anthropogenic climate change would become filthy rich from the oil companies, right?

Comment Patriotic to NOT watch it instead? (Score 3, Informative) 227

Kim Jung-un has:

* Inherited a position and country that was already hated.
* Behaved as expected of his culture.
* Never been known for harming anyone outside of his own country.
* Suffered insults in nearly every report about him for as long as he has lived.
* Had the majority of information about him relayed through South Korea, a hostile country.

My understanding of the North Korean culture is that the whole system works by deifying their leader. Propaganda is extremely important. With the world seemingly against their administration, it makes sense that things that trickled into their country would be highly censored. It would be stupid of them not to censor it since it could lead to unrest, civil war, doom, destruction, death, fire, lack of bacon.... and other bad things.

South Korea has already mentioned plans to take this film, put it on dvd, and float balloons across the border to incite rebellion in the population. By trying to prevent the movie from being distributed at all, North Korea is essentially trying to avoid anarchy caused by external propaganda.

Why are we so eager to overthrow their regime? Is democracy so sacred that we must ~force~ it on every country around the world? What business is it of the US (and Hollywood) to decide what is the best system? What they have there is what developed in that region. It is a system that won out over the infighting to unite their country. It might not fit our definition of "fair" for the population, but that's only our definition. It's our own view that we're extending upon them, a culture that has had to isolate itself just to keep together.

I for one will NOT be watching this film. I find the comedic insults of a leader and the trivialization of his death is in extremely poor taste, especially since he has done no wrong to me nor anyone I know. "Live and let live" is supposed to be a phrase that the citizens of the US are pushed to believe and follow, especially recently with anti-bullying and gay marriage. This film and the common national support for it spits in the face of that mantra.

Comment Simplifying the scenario so far (Score 1) 580

Bully: "I've gathered up a bunch of people and we're all gonna make fun of you. And we're gonna get your friends to laugh at you and turn against you too."

Victim: "Why? I'm not bothering you at all."

Bully: "Because you're not like us."

Victim: "Well I like my friends. If you don't stop, then I'm gonna smack you."

Bully: "Oh! Oh... well, I don't wanna be smacked. Never mind."

Bully's supporters: "Hey hey hey, he's not the boss of you! Come on! We'll laugh at him with you! He won't hit you, he's bluffing!"

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).