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Comment: Re:A nice idea... (Score 2) 348

by rapierian (#46967075) Attached to: China May Build an Undersea Train To America
Nothing about the big-dig is associated with any "lowest bidders". Speaking as a Bostonian, the project was a massive demonstration of the sort of crony capitalism that runs on Beacon Hill, and especially within the various transportation departments. Massachusetts, for example, spends roughly 7 times per highway dollar as New Hampshire, and yet has far worse roads. It's all about kickbacks to cronies.

Comment: Re:Marriage is about property and other rights. (Score 1) 564

by rapierian (#46669741) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?
Agreed. So make government civil unions about that, and "marriage" a definition churches or other organizations can apply to whatever they want. I see no good reason why any sort of family unit - such as someone caring for a disabled relative - shouldn't qualify for the property rights we currently grant to marriage.

Comment: This article and discussion is precisely the point (Score 1) 299

Yes, many politicians and government officials are idiots - and no politician has the local knowledge that individuals in their specific circumstances have when making decisions - so even the smart politicians cannot be smart about the specific decisions their policies will force. Because of exactly that, the guiding principle of public policy and government needs to be to maintain as light a footprint as possible in society, and foster non-government or local solutions to exist wherever possible.

It always boggles my mind how much of the techie crowd, especially developers, advocate for big government solutions to problems. The first principle of good programming is probably that top-down, monolithic designs are a bad idea, and yet that's exactly what Federal government 'solutions' to most problems are.

Comment: Re:Reserves isn't the only reason... (Score 4, Insightful) 745

by rapierian (#37653630) Attached to: Oil May Be Finite, But U.S. Production Is Ramping Up

Has he never heard of CO2? Why would any sane person want to burn all that and turn it into CO2?

Oh, yeah, profit. Fuck the Earth and all future generations, there's profit to be made! I can own sixteen mansions instead of twelve and have a bigger yacht.

Because the only people who make any money are the CEOs with the twelve mansions you mention? What about the tens of thousands of jobs that we could use in our economy, right now - or the fact that energy prices are climbing precisely when Americans are suffering through the toughest economic times since the 1920s?

Comment: Re:Reserves isn't the only reason... (Score 0, Troll) 745

by rapierian (#37653608) Attached to: Oil May Be Finite, But U.S. Production Is Ramping Up

CO2 is a gas vital to all life on earth. The concentration is very minute, and its effects on global temperature are totally dwarfed by the dominant greenhouse gas, water vapor. The "climatologists" are politically and economically driven, not scientifically.

I love how this comment got instantly modded to troll, when it was simply pointing out some simple truths about biology, ecology, and politics.

Comment: Re:Still too vague and too poorly defined (Score 1) 705

by rapierian (#34660114) Attached to: Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?
I take it you're happy with the way government agencies are currently running? And with the political leadership we've had these past, oh, however back you wish to go? Well, congratulations on being one of the few. Pretty much 90% of the country disapproves of congress, and just about every government agency you can grant initials to, or at least how they're performing their job.

Comment: Re:Physicist speaking (Score 1) 284

by rapierian (#33463342) Attached to: New Calculations May Lead To a Test For String Theory

Interesting...As a physicist, I attack string theory.

My main problem is it's method of development. Unlike most of the rest of the theories in the history of physics, string theory seems to be developed with a preconceived notion about what the solution is. If you look at the rest of the physics world, the theories were developed after data came in and partially upset the previous theory, and they were developed in accordance with the new data.

Comment: Re:where's the birth certificate (Score 1) 194

by rapierian (#32735398) Attached to: Obama To Nearly Double the Available Broadband Wireless Spectrum
While I think that the birthers are silly, I feel bound by honesty to point out that your article (which I followed for amusement) explains that Hawaii isn't honoring requests because they get too many -- but also that only the State Health Director of Hawaii has made claims to actually having seen it.

Comment: Re:Gotta love... (Score 1) 1131

I realize a majority of Muslims are not violent. My problem with the Muslim community as a whole is that while Christians come out and protest when violence is committed in their name (such as with Abortion doctor killings), and make it known that such behavior is NOT acceptable behavior to most of them, the Muslim community very rarely condemns the violent behavior that comes from their ranks. Instead, they almost always deflect away, usually blaming Israel. Hamas and Fatah both atrociously use terrorism, human shields, and other non-acceptable behaviors as they fight, but the behavior also extends to the radical sexism Muslim countries display so frequently: honor killings, locking women and girls into burning buildings because they're not completely covered, caning women for sexual immorality because four male witnesses can't step forward to verify that it was's just awful.

I'm not saying the majority of Muslims explicitly support these behaviors, but the fact that cartoons about Allah and Mohammed are able to get so many of them protesting and even rioting because they see it as offensive and reflecting badly on Islam, while these disgusting sex crimes, war crimes, and absolutely unjustifiable terrorist behaviors committed by other Muslims in the name of their religion can occur without mention is absurdly hypocritical and shows at least a tacit willingness to look the other way for so many of these behaviors.

Comment: Re:Gotta love... (Score 1) 1131

Again, I'm not claiming Christianity wasn't as violent as anything else during the middle ages, and even more violent than many - and it probably is more of a statement about human nature than anything else. And I'm not trying to say that Christianity is superior to the other religions. My only point here is that while pretty much all of the other religions grew up in the past couple hundred years and figured out how to be tolerant of other cultures and religions, Muslims are still massacring each other and everyone else around the world, launching wars of religious conquest, enslaving, raping, and pillaging throughout Africa and southeast Asia, and in general not acting too different than they did throughout the whole middle ages. And very few Muslim organizations actually stand up and condemn so many of these atrocities that are being committed, in the name of their religion - while just about every other religion condemns the few instances of bad apples they get in their mix.

Sure, if the SHTF maybe some of the other religions would revert to more thuggish behavior, but right now Islam is the only religion I see taking hits out on people, and I just find it absolutely retarded when people try and spout politically correct moral equivalency crap about how because a handful of abortion doctors were murdered and Christianity waged religious wars a thousand years ago it's just as bad. It's utter bullcrap, and I'll call it when I see it. I would do the same if I saw someone say similar about Buddhism or Hinduism, but they're not the politically correct religion to bash.

Comment: Re:Gotta love... (Score 1) 1131

It's true that Muslims had a higher level of civilization during the middle ages. That doesn't mean they were peaceful though - Eastern Europe, Moorish Spain, their history is all about Muslim conquest after the Roman Empire fell, much of that conquest during the middle ages.

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