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Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 0) 390

Perhaps you should be looking in the mirror as you recite your post. The only people that can't see Issa is a full of shit partisan hack are the radically indoctrinated republicans who don't give a fuck about this country, just themselves.... everyone else see's his idiocy for what it is. The ONLY thing Issa has done is attempt to create scandals, just like Ggggnewt and his dickless wonders tried to do with Clinton. The downside (for republicans) is, Issa's so fucking stupid they keep blowing up in his face. Doesn't matter to the tried-and-true mental cases of the teabagger conspiracy base, but they're all fucked in the head anyway.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score -1, Flamebait) 390

Actually you missed option #3: Just another bullshit partisan fuckwad who'd rather score political points for the GOP rather than do his fucking job.

Seriously, when you see people badmouth conservatives and the GOP... people like you are the reason. Whiny little asshats who can't govern, but throw tantrums like toddlers with the best of them. Issa is nothing more than a political twat. He doesn't give a flying fuck about this country, he just wants to be in power.... and fucking idiots elect him because he has an (R) behind his name, not because he's a good representative or even a decent person.

You can play your stupid fucking word games, and twist your spin however you want... but anyone with even a single brain cell left can see Issa and his bullshit are ONLY about politics.

Comment: Not surprising (Score 0, Troll) 390

by meglon (#47956139) Attached to: Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Rollout
Not surprising at all. Darrell Issa has attempted to turn everything into some huge scandalous coverup purely for political gain. He's abused his office repeatedly by pushing investigations to discredit the administration, including leaking partial and misleading emails and reports along the way that he spins to show his partisan abuse is somehow legitimate, yet every time, with minimal investigation, he's shown to be taking things out of context and is intentionally trying to deceive the public. This is simply more of the same... a partisan hack attack using (and abusing) his office.

No one is surprised by this blatant abuse continues, yet those mental midgets who bought into all the rest of his lies and fake scandals will continue to. It's politics, and he's playing to his base.... nothing more than propaganda.

Comment: Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 922

by meglon (#47913481) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
It only means that if you have your head buried too far up your ass to see what's going on in the world around you.

What i'm doing is correcting his misunderstanding of the reality of the subject. What you're doing is suggesting we (atheists) ignore people being beheaded, or doctors being killed, because the murderers just "don't agree with us." If that's the case, then please let me be the first to say: fuck you.

Comment: Re:Atheism offers no values - you have to add them (Score 2) 922

by meglon (#47900103) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
You're making the mistake of conflating "religion" and "value system." Those two things are NOT the same. Everyone has a value system, not everyone is religious. There are many religious people out there who do despicable things every day purely because they're not decent people to start with, and your God scaring them, or giving them the promise of heaven if they're good, isn't enough to break them of their nature.

As for the implication that Stalin and Mao acted the way they did because they were driven by some atheist agenda, you're a fucking idiot. Mao was an anti-imperialist, while Stalin went from being a Greek Orthodox priest in training to common criminal. Your implication is the same fucked in the head bullshit that "christians" who want to attempt to show they're superior to others (while being either stupid or liars) trot out quite often. The difference is, you didn't mention Hitler, which some of the more stupid try to suggest wasn't christian.

The atheistic perspective is: you claim there's a God.. prove it. If you can't even show a single shred of evidence (and there never ever has been a single shred of evidence), then you're nothing more than delusional, and believe in fairy tales. I would suggest that the value system of someone that is delusional is what should be in question.

Comment: Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 3, Insightful) 922

by meglon (#47899947) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
It sounds like a religion to you because you don't have a basic understanding of what's being said, most likely because you are religious.

A religious person says: There is a God.

An atheist says: Prove it.

Until the religious person can prove it, or even show a shred of evidence for it, it's nothing more than some bullshit delusional fantasy.... which is exactly where religion has remained since it's inception by the human species.. in all forms. There has never, ever, in an instance, been a single shred of evidence for a God, or many Gods. Period.

I don't give a shit what a religious person believes, until they start forcing their delusion onto me or other people.. then, if they don't bring some evidence or proof, they're just some fucked in the head delusional asshat who should be heavily medicated in a rubber room somewhere.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 4, Insightful) 922

by meglon (#47899909) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
I would posit further than that by saying that a person who needs the carrot and stick approach that religion gives is morally weak to start with. A good person will do good; a bad person may do good if the carrot (heaven), or stick (hell), is strong enough to deter them from acting bad.... but that doesn't make them a good person, it simply makes them less likely to suffer the stick in life for acting their nature.

As for the point of the article, it's bullshit. The author of the article is saying that unless we start using science as a religion, in the same dogmatic, emotionally driven way, then it's useless. Complete and utter bullshit. Science that meets those standards isn't science, it is a religion.. and it doesn't reflect reality, only someones desires. The article is a thinly veiled attempt to say: science is bad, religion is good. Bullshit.

Comment: Re:Wasn't a meteorite (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by meglon (#47849753) Attached to: Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries
A light trail, or fireball, comes about from the object heating up and burning off from the friction of hitting the atmosphere. An object moving fast enough will form a bow shock that will punch through the atmosphere and minimize friction. For an object to move that fast, yet make this small of a crater, the object would have to be very small (maybe baseball sized), and most likely have a very steep entry angle (>75 degrees)... but it's very possible.

Back in the 60's/70's when people actually started thinking about collisions, and considering the damage they could do (as well as how to possibly eliminate a threat like Project Icarus from MIT), one book listed one of the worst case scenarios is a large, very fast mover hitting the oceans, as not only would it cause massive tsunami, it's bow shock could push both the atmosphere and the ocean water out of the way, and deliver a direct strike to the crust at a thinner point cause all sorts of problems.

Comment: Re:10,000 Leagues (Score 1) 203

by meglon (#47832733) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?
First, it's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.... second, traveling 20,000 leagues submerged is quite possible for current US subs. In 1960, the USS Triton completed a circumnavigation of the globe, entirely submerged... roughly 10,500 leagues (given the path they took).

If, on the other hand, you're assuming Verne was talking about depth, then i assume your day job is (was) that of Khan Noonien Singh's space combat tactical adviser (circa 1982).

....and for the obligatory copy/paste/link:

"The title refers to the distance traveled while under the sea and not to a depth, as 20,000 leagues is over six times the diameter of Earth.[1] The greatest depth mentioned in the book is four leagues. (The book uses metric leagues, which are four kilometres each.[2]) A literal translation of the French title would end in the plural "seas", thus implying the "seven seas" through which the characters of the novel travel; however, the early English translations of the title used "sea", meaning the ocean in general."

Clearly at around 52,000 feet, Verne was off a bit (the Mariana Trench wouldn't even be sounded for another 5 years from his books first publishing).... then again, he was kinda spot on about electricity.

Comment: Re:Mistake #1 (Score 2) 116

by meglon (#47822781) Attached to: Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help
Technically they had the choice of opting to make their own, with the default setting to use the federal site if they didn't make their own. Most of those are them federal government haters that decry "big" and "intrusive" federal government, yet continue to suck money out of the feds to make up for their shortcomings in their states economy.... and when they're given the chance to reduce that "intrusiveness," they opt to be lazy bitches and use the feds site.

Comment: Re:Maybe it would be good if the Ayatollah wins? (Score 4, Insightful) 542

by meglon (#47799243) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"
Actually, you could have said that about Iran.. until someone fucked it all up. But more to the point, 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were citizens Saudi Arabia. I'd suggest you pretty much have it ass backwards.

Iran is the mess it is now (from our perspective) directly because the US fucked them over in 1953. We have a bunch of clueless myopic idiots who's first and only thought is to dump more weapons anywhere there's a problem in the world, without giving second thought to how that's come back to bite our asses time and time again. If we quit listening to these numb-nutted war neo-cons, maybe we wouldn't keep finding ourselves in bad situations decades later.... although with the whole Iraq/Afghanistan thing, it didn't even take decades.

Comment: Re:Then they preach to the world about capitalism (Score 1) 306

What troubles me is that some people don't seem to understand the difference between "state" and "federal" government.

That aside, we do not have a completely free market in this country... if we did, it wouldn't be long before there would be a massive number of people each year killed by products that don't meet basic safety regulations. When people talk about regulations being bad, they seem to miss the point that it's those regulations keeping their water from being polluted with lethal amounts of arsenic, or their furniture made from materials that don't cause toxic poisonous fumes just sitting around the house being furniture. Anyone who says all regulations are bad is a complete idiot.

This, however, is not about regulating the market; this is about controlling the market. Using laws or rules to erect blocks for people or products entering and using the market to manipulate prices should never happen.... yet when it does, it seems to usually be STATE OR LOCAL governments doing it. Tesla, solar energy... and here in Washington, Seattle did the same thing to realtors. I'm sure it's more common around the country, but unless its multiple states like with Tesla, people don't tend to hear about it as often.

But if you really want that free market, you be the first to drink that bottle of water that's half arsenic... and don't bitch and whine while you lay there dying afterwards.

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