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Comment: Re:Fine by me (Score 5, Interesting) 665 665

by quantax (#28134493) Attached to: Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology
You are correct but there is still a big problem with scientology: it enjoys rights that no other religions in the USA enjoy via secret deals its made with the IRS that we are not privy to. This is a source of concern given its history of governmental infiltration & espionage.

Comment: This decision is ruled entirely by reason! (Score 1) 205 205

by quantax (#28102041) Attached to: A Push To End the Online Gambling Ban

'Illegal offshore Internet gambling sites are a criminal enterprise, and allowing them to operate unfettered in the United States would present a clear danger to our youth, who are subject to becoming addicted to gambling at an early age,' says Representative Spencer Bachus, Republican of Alabama and the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee.

And that is why online horse betting is totally OK.

Comment: Re:As the son of an Iranian refugee (Score 5, Insightful) 171 171

by quantax (#27788851) Attached to: Iranians Outwit Censors With Falun Gong Software
Not to defend the current theocrats, but you do realize Shah was a dictator and already "politically regressed to a very dangerous stage" which is why the revolution happened. The current government is learning that that fever of the revolution has died and people just want to live their lives. The progress will be slow but I have confidence Iranians will increasingly reject the cultural neanderthals within their current government.

Comment: Re:Forever War is fantastic (Score 3, Interesting) 296 296

by quantax (#27647453) Attached to: Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D
I just recently re-read Forever War (as well as Starship Troopers funnily enough), I actually like the ending simply since I think it fits the overall message. That is the 'happiness' of the ending demonstrates how pointless the wars often are. The war is over and the original reasons for are vague and the 'solution' seems equally vague and meaningless. It's simply just over, you can all go on with your lives now, if you were expecting an answer, there really are none. Maybe I'm giving too much credit for the idea which was intended more as a way to end the book than contribute to its whole theme of disconnection and arbitrariness of action.

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.