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Comment That is not the point ... (Score 1) 728

Actually, Pol Pot, Stalin, and Mao did what they did because they were athiests.

Errr, no. And as someone who has studied Pol Pot a bit (due to family connections with some of his victims) it's clear that his atheism was not a significant motivating force in his rampage. And it's clear that neither Stalin nor Mao did anything due to their lack of belief

That is not the point.

No one is saying they did this because they atheists.

The point is that despite their lack of religion, they committed atrocities that are as bad as, and sometimes worse, than those committed in the name of religion.

If you go back to an age where polytheism was widespread, you will still see conquests and genocide. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had the habit of equating their own gods with gods from other cultures around them. Despite all this, they still fought bitter wars and conquered territories, ..etc, like what was done in the Middle Ages and what is done now ...

So, religion, or the lack of it, are not the cause of atrocities. It is humans who are the cause of it.

Comment War on Science and Data (Score 4, Informative) 284

Just a backgrounder ...

For the past 9+ years in Canada, we had a Conservative government (right wing ideologues).

They wanted to eliminate inconvenient truths that are against their ideologies, so they started a war on data and a war on science.

Here is a recent TV program explaining how despicable this is:

War on Data

War on Science

The new liberal government promised evidence based policies. One thing they promised is to reinstate the long form census which the Conservatives axed on false premises back in 2010.

So this is just undoing the damage done by right wingers ...

Comment Shrapnel from bomb? (Score 1) 289

This is a Daily Mail article quoting Pravda, a Russian newspaper.

Disregard the sources above for a moment, not known for being the most objective. However, look at the photos. They do show what appears to be shrapnel piercing the body from the inside out. Gives credence to the bomb theory.

Other indicators:

- USA satellite is said to detect a heat flash, probably from an explosion (could be a bomb or could be fuel tanks exploding)
- Egypt replaces the airport manager (then say, not this was not replacing, it was a promotion. Really? Days after this incident)?
- UK and USA say terrorist group chatter confirms it.

Comment Most work fine ... (Score 1) 237

It has been my experience for a decade or so that everything works with Linux.

In our household, we have three laptops, all working fine with Linux.

One is Dell, and two are Toshibas. All are 6-7 years old.

None came with Linux pre-installed. All ran fine with Kubuntu LTS. Everything works, sound, WiFi.

What does not work are the multimedia buttons (a button may work, e.g. Mute, but the ones next to it would not, e.g. Play, Stop, ...etc.)

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 2) 471

Problem is, shareholders rarely know what managers are likely to do or not to do. Managers' CVs don't usually contain evidence of their willingness to be dishonest.

Besides, blaming the shareholders for picking the wrong managers, but absolving the managers is pretty backwards. You punish the person who did the crime. Not someone that you think may have been in a position to help them avoid doing it.

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 1) 471

No, because then it will cost the shareholders, not the managers who made the decisions. Those guys will still get their bonus by saying at the stockholders' AGM: "We deserve bonuses because it would have been worse without our skilled intervention."

Don't fine the company, that punishes the wrong people.

Jail the board of directors.

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