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Comment Re:Yeah...whatever you believe today... (Score 1) 459

So the mouse study doesn't show that low protein diet extends lifespan as much as a ultra-high protein diet reduces lifespan, which is not really news.

The mouse study shows that much protein is toxic *in mice*. Biologists have a saying that is relevent here: "mice lie and monkeys exaggerate". But mouse models are cheap and easy to arrange; more useful people studies are horribly expensive and far more complex.

Comment Re:Get involved with your local pirate party (Score 2) 162

Censorship is binary: you are in favour of it or you are not. You can't have "partial censorship".

Actually you can, and we do. Here's an incomplete list of exceptions to the right of free speech: slander, libel, defamation, obscenity, threatening behaviour, perjury, contempt of court, profanity, incitement to violence, noise pollution, copyright infringement, passing trade secrets, treason, espionage, conspiracy, shouting "Fire!" in a cinema, sedition, encouragement of terrorism.

Comment Re:Sometimes they get it right (Score 3, Interesting) 225

The EU has done more to spread freedom and democracy than any other organisation on Earth. It projects soft power with a single carrot, the offer of membership.

The first success was rehabilitating Germany after the War. Spain, Portugal and Greece all used to be military dictatorships. Now happy, prosperous, modern democratic states. Admittedly there's been some unrest recently in Greece, but there is zero possibility of another military coup, it will stay free and democratic no matter what. That's because of the larger structure it belongs to.

Then it rehabilitated central and eastern Europe. All the countries that were offered membership are free and democratic. Every one of them. Doesn't that strike you as odd? All the non-EU candidates (Ukraine, Russia) are not. Coincidence?

Turkey is far nicer place than it used be. The army stays out of politcs. The Kurds and other minorities are being treated reasonably. All thanks to EU negotiators banging on about human rights during 30 years of talks.

What other organisation can boast such an effective record at democratisation?

Comment Re:Sometimes they get it right (Score 1) 225

Who gives a flying fuck where it comes from? Do you think "what would we ever do without the Arabs" whenever you write down some numbers?

Of course not. However, if someone here posted that the Arabs were doing a better job of implementing our number system than we were, I would call them out on their error.

Comment Re:Ah the supreme irony.... (Score 2) 225

It's partly because, of course, the Europeans are a number of otherwise independent states so it's like a democracy on an international scale - chances are that SOMEONE will kick up a fuss about something that they disagree with and concessions will have to be made

Actually, the European Parliament has a much better record of standing up for citizens rights than the Member Governments, who are usually the villians in such arguments.

Comment Re:Sometimes they get it right (Score 1) 225

I read this a lot of times, but repetition doesn't make bullshit right.
According to Wikipedia: "The Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787" and we all know the French Revolution started with the assault on the Bastille on July 14th, 1789. So how can a piece of written paper borrow ideals from a revolution that started almost 2 years later?

Both the French Revolution and the US Constitution are products of the Enlightenment Era or Age of Reason as it's also called.

The US Bill of Rights was not adopted until August 21, 1789. They were passed by amendment, remember, they didn't make it into the original document.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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