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Comment: Why roaming will stop, for Europe's sake (Score 2) 37 37

"Notably, this means (if all goes as promised) the elimination of cellphone roaming fees within the EU; however, that's been promised and delayed before."

It will work. First of all, Marietje Schaake rules and will not let go; she is on top of it for years now. Second of all, "Europe/Brussels" has something to prove to European citizens, that it does useful things for them. This is one topic that is highly visible to the common people, so it is hard to ignore by the powers that be.

Bert

Comment: Would this not have happened (Score 1) 546 546

if they hadn't tried to burn the whistleblower? The US government could have let him return to the US safely, instead of making him stay in a country where you have spies running around. Instead we get double standards: Life of the little guy is ruined, the top brass can continue (including lying to congress/senate) or get a mild slap on the wrist (David "Betrayus" Petraeus)

It is is interesting to know if the story is true in the first place: Both China an Russia crack the code, at about the same time. And we know that for both countries. Wow, I'm impressed that this spying business works so well.

Bert

Comment: Re:Assertions not based on facts (Score 1) 445 445

Actually, even if you consider all the cold facts consistent with evolution "no hard evidence", then the soft evidence for it is still infinitely more than for any god.

There are hundreds of religions. If one assumes there is only one true religion divulged by god, the others are made up by humans. So, it is possible for humans to invent a religion. Now, about that "real" one... . Does it really trump the theory of evolution?

Bert

Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 2) 628 628

His rhetoric question is also a bona fide straw man. I would feel uncomfortable yes and having sex with my mother would make me off the scale uncomfortable (both not just because she's dead). With another woman on the other hand, not so much, but still depending on who she is.

So, different people may have different feelings when it comes to a person or a picture thereof. Someone who only digs blondes or is gay may be like "meh"; no complaints were mentioned, if any. Other people get off on shoes.

Probably it was not too much too ask that the teacher had offered alternatives so as to increase the likelihood that an even greater number in the class like doing their assignment.

You can make a problem of anything. Look for a person. Why is it a man/woman? OK, one of each. Why is it a person of that skin color? Why is it a person of that age? Pffff.

Bert

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 133 133

"It started with the philosophical notion that a rational God would make a rational universe that could be understood by humans."

And the evidence that it started with that is...?

Bert

“Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” George Carlin

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