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Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 2) 105

All people receive benefits from the government; one of the problems is that some people are too stupid to know that they do to. Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society... it's not money "confiscated," although there's a bunch of fucking idiots who like to term it that way. These are the same fucking idiots that don't understand that the air they breath, the water they drink, the food they eat, the products they use daily, the protections they gain from police and firefighters, and a myriad of other government functions, keep them safer and better off than if the government didn't exist. When government is compromised by fucking assholes who's sole goal is to destroy that government, then yes, government ceases to work as well as it should.

The beneficiaries of government is everyone... the problem is when it benefits some far more than it benefits others.

Comment There's two options (Score 1) 142

Either they're just going about their business without giving a crap about anyone else.... meaning their communications may or may not be encrypted because they basically don't care if we see it, or bother to consider it an option that we see it..... or......

They're trying to communicate with us, in which case i doubt they'd be so stupid as to encrypt unless they're sharing information, instead of simply saying "hello, we're here," that they deem should be reserved for a "sufficiently advanced" society (their opinion on what that may be).

Back in college, one of my friends started learning to speak Russian... more because he thought it would make him "cool" instead of it actually being useful. He was always pretty much an ass, with an ego that seemed to never be contained by the room he was in, but i remember his conversation one day with his brother and another mutual friend where he attempted to play the "i'm superior to you" card by switching into talking Russian. His brother, by far the best of our little group in temperament and patience for the ego, simply said: "language is a tool to communicate with others. What the fuck are you trying to do?" IF the LGM's out there are trying to communicate with us, they're not going to encrypt.

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 1) 365

Of course not seeing them doesn't imply that they are there; i'm sorry your reading comprehension inferred that from what i wrote. I'm also sorry you seem to think that i "need" to "believe" in little green men.... i don't. HOWEVER, as some other people have said, and i understand, space is really, really, fucking big. Sheer probability argues that there are a vast number of intelligent, advanced species out there...and that's ignoring the probably inconceivable large number of planets with simple life forms out there.

This article is basically saying "we didn't find any civilizations that could control their entire galaxy, therefore we're alone in the universe." That's a pretty stupid conclusion, one I'd expect from a sociologist, not from a scientist. By moving the bar of "advanced" up a notch (to level III), your basically saying that any given galaxy (of between 100-500 BILLION stars or more) can only have ONE advanced species. That's kind of bullshit to start with.

It's unfortunate that most people can't grasp the vastly huge incredibly big fucking numbers that come about when talking about THE UNIVERSE, just as it's a sad testament to their ego and arrogance to make the argument that WE must be the only planet in the entire fuckingly huge UNIVERSE that has life. That's what i don't get, how someone can be so self centered and arrogant to take such a ludicrous position.

But honestly, little green men would be cool i guess; the large green motherfuckers on the other hand could give us trouble.

Comment Re:Evidence of the Great Filter? (Score 4, Insightful) 365

Exactly. Because we haven't seen them up to now, with our rather primitive, blind searching doesn't mean they're not there, just that we haven't seen them. Takes a great deal of arrogance to think we've seen all, done all, and nothing new will ever be. 35 years ago (when i was in college... how depressing) we were still trying to figure out if quasars were in our galaxy with an unknown reason for their massive redshift, or outside our galaxy with an unknown reason for their massive energy output.

Whether life (intelligent, technologically advanced civilizations) is common or rare, the simple fact is we're not going to have a definitive search done for them in a just few decades, and the fact we haven't seen them really means nothing at all.

Comment Re:And how much does the rest of the world owe us? (Score 1) 528

Your incapacity to understand the nuances of reality only further support my assessment that you need a basic education. I "got out" of college with a BS almost 30 years ago, but i still remember a lot of i learned in college, and high school, and even grade school. Growing up with parents who were actually around during WWII, having uncles who fought in the European theater, and the Pacific theater, gave me quite a decent, knowledgeable perspective of the history you, and people like you, have been trying to rewrite for decades.

Economics and politics ARE NOT the same thing (just as physics and mathematics are not the same thing); only a blind fucking moron would say that they are. If you can't understand THE BASICS of either, you're in no position to have a worthwhile opinion of either. You regurgitate crap that the birchers have been saying for 60-70 years, and the right wing fringe has been really pushing for the past 30-35. You want to distance yourself from everything "bad" that right wing groups have done, and try to make everyone think your shit don't stink. Back in the old days, we had a term for that: liar. Now, i'm giving you the benefit of the doubt... you could simply be completely ignorant, and not have the personal fortitude to actually learn.... or, you could be too mentally challenged to learn at all; so it might not be that you're an outright liar. But the effect is the same, what you say is factually wrong, and because you continue to say it, you are lying to people.

Comment Re:And how much does the rest of the world owe us? (Score 2) 528

Same stupid fucked up argument as always. People in every other country understand the differences between fascism and socialism, except for the brain dead right wingers here in the US who have been trying to change the meaning of fascism for the last 35 years. When you wonder why other countries thing the US is filled with stupid people.. look in the mirror.

Fascism is a POLITICAL ideology, not an ECONOMIC one...whereas capitalism is an ECONOMIC ideology, not a political one. Comparing the two takes complete ignorance, or intentional deceitfulness.... so are you stupid, or are you a liar?

Communism is an extreme form of socialism, typically requiring the violent overthrow of the predecessor government. It feeds off that. It is socialism politicized, which warps the economics of socialism once "power" has been achieved.

Look, i'm sorry you don't have basic political science education, but your asinine regurgitation of bullshit lies a small, vocal, radical, right wing fringe group has been peddling for the last some odd decades really just makes the case that you should have studied in 10th grade more. Communism and fascism are POLITICAL... capitalism is ECONOMIC (as is socialism); i can't really make it much more simple than that... so if you can't understand that, well, go back to school and try to pay attention this time.

Comment Re:Discount (Score 1) 528

His appeal was the same thing we see in the US today in the political arena... blaming someone else for all the bad (immigrants, gays, blacks, whomever is "different") while longing for the "good old days" that most people don't remember were actually pretty shitty. It wasn't a return to a "more natural idyllic Germany," it was a return to the white skinned, blonde hair, blue eyed Aryan race myth of superiority.... which has always made me wonder how Hitler pulled it off, looking like a rabid little rodent; then i remember that humans are basically stupider than shit, and it kind of falls into place.

Comment Re:And how much does the rest of the world owe us? (Score 2) 528

Actually he didn't. What you're trying to do is say that because something is labeled as something, it absolutely must be that.... which is just plain stupid, and takes someone either intentionally ignorant, or intentionally deceitful, to repeat. Perhaps you simply need to buy a dictionary, or better an encyclopedia and do a little reading.

The USSR was hard left communist, which is an offshoot, and has some of the characteristics, of socialism. In it's origins, it may have held those socialist promises, but being ruled by a sociopathic dictator can screw up pretty much anything.

The NAZI's, on the other hand, were a hard right, nationalistic fascists. Again, being ruled by a sociopathic dictator is definitely a minus.

But more to the point, you conflate the activities of POLITICAL ideologies with ECONOMIC ideologies to arrive at really stupid fucking talking points.

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.