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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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. The greatest depth mentioned in the book is four leagues. (The book uses metric leagues, which are four kilometres each.) 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.
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.
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.