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Comment: Well duh - they can't cover this up. (Score 1) 78

by modi123 (#48450137) Attached to: Study: Space Rock Impacts Not Random

contrary to what they thought, such events are not random,

Random? Ask the good people on the Rodger Young who were attacked by a lobbed meteor from the Klendathu system, or the near 10 million lives lost in Buenos Aires when that rock landed. Good people. Innocent people. The SkyMarshal is gathering for an all out retaliatory strike to avenge the deaths. It would be an excellent time to step up and serve and become a citizen! Do your part now!

Would you like to know more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://starshiptroopers.wikia....

Comment: Will you walk into my parlour? (Score 1) 186

by modi123 (#47334201) Attached to: Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

.... said the Spider to the Fly.

Seriously - once this genie is out of the bottle there is no way to bottle it back up. The fear of employment repercussions, insurance, etc all become a concern.

“For me, I’m so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite," he told the New York Times's Farhad Manjoo. "We get so worried about these things that we don’t get the benefits Right now we don’t data-mine healthcare data. If we did we’d probably save 100,000 lives next year."

Eeesh.. I heard this same logic, earlier this year, being applied to the pooling of all NHS records for pharmacons and researches to peel through in the UK. "Think of all the causality linking and better and better benefits".. Eeep! What?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/t...

Comment: Re:Humanity is Sick and Twisted (Score 1) 608

by modi123 (#46840929) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

Oh, hey Azriel Abyss, the Prince of Sorrows. I didn't see you come in.

Joking aside, what a sad outlook. Sure history highlights the brutality and atrocities, and if you do not accept the achievements in beauty then I point to the kindness and compassion that happens on a day to day basis. The overwhelming wash of small actions that are not globally interesting to make the history books, but profoundly affect the parties involved. Someone jumping a car for a stranger late to a job interview.. donating to a food pantry.. just stopping to say hello to a coworker on a bad day.. or a young mind sparked to better people through community action.

I guess if I were to discount those actions, and only take humanity for the history book cliff notes of violence, then I would definitely pull up a seat on goth talk. Thankfully I don't and I see a slow progression of betterment. Maybe we'll hit that sort of 'awakening' (as seen with tv tropes with alien archetypes), but if not I think we'll do pretty okay.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins

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