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Comment: A losing battle (Score 1) 1105

by mpp (#43456051) Attached to: Explosions at the Boston Marathon

What could we possibly do to prevent such attacks? Treat every such event like a presidential visit? Bomb-sniffing dogs everywhere? Police swarming the area? All buildings on the route thoroughly searched? Every spectator searched?

We live in a free country; stuff like this is the price we pay. What is the alternative? A police state?

Terrorists can't destroy a country, they can only scare a country into destroying itself.

Comment: America is not in the "middle" between D's and R's (Score 2) 249

by mpp (#38539986) Attached to: New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary

There is a myth that the Democrats and Republicans are on the ends of some primitive spectrum, and that "moderates" are somewhere in between. This is false. Check out Glenn Greenwald's piece on Obama (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/27/vote-obama-centrist-republican), one of the many commentators pointing out that Obama is a Republican in almost all ways. The "real" Republicans have to go off the edge in order to distance themselves from Obama. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

I want decent healthcare reform, an end to foreign wars, everyone paying their fair share of taxes, a level playing field in the business world so capitalism can do what it does best. Neither the D's nor the R's support this.

There is no political party in America that represents my beliefs.

Comment: Re:Oh, Please...! (Score 1) 126

by mpp (#35655192) Attached to: Censorware Vendors Can Stop Mid-East Dealings

Bennett Haselton is an expert in this kind of stuff, so he's sharing his expertise. Let the weapons experts share their expertise in that area. Nothing skewed about this.

Why not help people in other countries who are trying to get free speech? Would you have told those uppity American colonialists "This land is ruled by Great Britain. If you don't like it, move."?

First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Release Date Revealed 288

Posted by Soulskill
from the restocking-bubblegum dept.
stupid_is writes with news that Duke Nukem Forever has now gotten a firm US release date: May 3rd. It will release worldwide three days later. The game was resurrected last fall by Gearbox Software and 2K Games after 3D Realms' 12-year attempt at development came to an end in 2009 when the company closed its doors.

Factory To Make Biodiesel From Chicken Fat 207

Posted by samzenpus
from the extra-crispy-miles dept.
telekon writes "Tyson foods has finally found a use for chicken fat and leftover food grease that isn't McNuggets — they've partnered with Syntroleum to produce biodiesel from the stuff. Their first plant in Louisiana will be able to churn out 75 million gallons a year. The question is, will the exhaust smell like fried chicken?"

The Science of the Lightsaber 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-force dept.
Smartcowboy writes "Chances are that you have seen a lightsaber at one time or another, whether on the evening news or down at the local cantina. Therefore you know that a lightsaber is an amazing and versatile device that is able to cut through nearly anything in a matter of milliseconds. Have you ever wondered how these remarkable weapons work? Where does the energy come from, and how are they able to contain that energy in a rod-like column of glowing power? In this article, you will have a chance to look inside a lightsaber and discover the source of its incredible characteristics." I was sure the blade was made from the focused hate and disappointment of the last three movies.

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