You're focusing on the wrong bit of their comment. If you were to discover how to do something thought to be impossible, how would you obtain a patent for it? That is the point of their comment. Constructing something impossible is totally possible. Dark matter and dark energy point to an overlooked something. That could be a rounding error somewhere or that could be a result of naturally occurring anti-gravity. It is literally a known unknown. Who knows where that hole is? Of course, it is hugely improbable that that unknown affects us in a way that could be exploited, but we....don't...know. And that is just a well known unknown. What about unknown unknowns? This is what makes science so amazing. Science's best answer is "probably," never "definitely."
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I can't find anything about the Arctic, but the Antarctic ice pack has been around since the Eocene, which means it has been around for most of the Cenozoic.
Isn't that the point of the mage vs. warrior divide? Brawn vs Intellect? Mages sacrifice heavy armor to deal higher damage, but can get murdered by the slightest sneeze. Warriors sacrifice speed for heavy armor and large pointy things.
Part of the conservative narrative here in the U.S. is that ultimately any contraception is akin to abortion. The so-called "Plan B" or "abortion pill" functions by inhibiting ovulation. That means that there isn't an egg to be fertilized. However, since it is taken after a woman has sex, the talking heads can creatively use their ignorance to portray Plan B has an abortifacient. The narrative was always about getting rid of contraceptives, but no sane person is going to be on board with that kind of ban. So they got creative. Baby killing hits people hard, so they try to associate baby killing with more types of contraceptives.
Such a system is impossible. There are reasons sayings like "What can go wrong, will go wrong,"
and "When man makes something idiot proof, nature makes a better idiot" exist. Utopia ignores everything we know about the universe.
The cost of entry into any industry can be controlled. It can be controlled by the industry or the government. Who has a greater interest in competition?
All industry tends to monopoly. It is the lowest energy state of business. If you do not have to compete with another provider/producer, you are free to crank the profit/decency ratio all the way over to profit. So, left alone, all industry would gravitate from freedom to monopoly, ending in pseudo-feudalism and slavery.
Dismissing examples because they lack "freedom" is essentially a no true Scotsman argument. Everyone, everywhere is perfectly "free." It is just some are free to choose pain, death, or pain followed by death.
Thank you! I felt alone. Every time I try to explain to someone that there is a such thing as too much efficiency, I get the "How did he escape the loony-bin ?" look.
Umm, why would there be global warming in 1000? The Industrial Revolution was barely 200 years ago.
"White guys are preferred," is the default setting for society. These artificial preferences are set up to counter that default.
It's a flaw in our thinking. We prefer binary values, even though they are uncommon in nature. When does the day become night? Is it the start of sunset, the end of sunset, the end of civil twilight, or the end of nautical twilight? With the gravity on the gas giants bordering on ridiculous, a lot of effects we are familiar with here vanish there.
I'm pretty sure he meant Ion Cannon.
Sweetie, I respect your passion, but you gotta do some actual research. Start with Snopes and work from there. What is the point of passion if you base it on a mirage?
I hate the fact that the Democratic and Republican parties have left basic morality to chase money. I'm never voting Libertarian though. Until I see a party that embraces honesty, both within and without, I'll take the dubious pleasure of voting for a party that will probably screw me less.