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Comment: Yeah, (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Industry lobbyists exert control over Congress through bribery, Congress exerts control over the US through law, US exerts control over as much as the world as possible through sheer bullying. Americans unimpressed by the lack of voice in Congress? What about all the rest of us that have to put up with a world marred by industry lobbyists? America's lack of democracy poisons the planet. -- Guess we'l have to start teaching our children about Anthropogenic Global Insanity...

Comment: Re:I envy the religious (Score 0) 529

by rayk_sland (#46491637) Attached to: Religion Is Good For Your Brain
Then you can envy me. The problem you have is that the framework of your worldview does not include the unseen, the unquantifiable. Of course you would think any reference to that which you tune out is a lie. But we who actually believe in "that stuff" have a steady stream of unavoidable data that is there whether you deny it or not. The fun is trying to integrate that data into all the other working theories on which our society is based. It's not easy, but I know what I sense every time I adopt a childlike inner posture and talk/reach out to someone I can't see. The materialistic worldview is like an amputation of a whole range of internal senses by which what we refer to as spiritual is perceived. Because you "know" it's a lie, for you it is a lie. But data like this evidence of better brain health might give you an inkling that there's something out there that you have still to explore.

Comment: This is hardly news (Score 1) 224

by rayk_sland (#45355321) Attached to: Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations
Microsoft has been "donating" to non-profits for years. It's actually a quite cynical process whereby they seed the market to gain market share. In my opinion they really should not get the tax breaks that come to them from these "donations." But this one is laughable because receiving Windows 8 or its decendents is going to benefit precisely no one.

Comment: Loss of functionality (Score 1) 614

by rayk_sland (#43663653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?
I've got at least one customer that won't ever upgrade one software package because the new version doesn't do all that the old version does. Developers are sometimes quite removed from their end users and don't always know nor care what features of their software have become mission critical to some customers. Consequently they use their own flawed judgment to axe this or that feature, because "nobody ever uses that" leaving a segment of their users out in the cold.

Comment: Re:Not religion, but purpose (Score 1) 931

That's an answer that seems to work within the materialistic worldview. But interactive, supernaturalistic theism has a different answer. For us, bi-directional communication with the higher power is the source of purpose. Inherent purpose cannot arise from materialism -- only self-constructed purpose. And especially for the mentally ill, that which is merely self-constructed is not trustworthy. But if you sense that what you are is guided from on high, the unknown future becomes bearable and hope, which was formerly non-existent, becomes possible. And in the presence of hope, mental illness weakens and therapy is a thing that one can work through to a reachable goal. This seems to portray a scenario in which the materialists are the strong selfmade mental nobility, who need no crutch, looking down with mixed contempt and pity on the unwashed theistic masses. To which I can only say that pity is also due the blind.

Comment: Hurray! There's Still a Debate. (Score 1) 954

by rayk_sland (#36920292) Attached to: New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models
I'm just glad that sometimes conflicting data is presented. There's no excuse for the way dissenting opinion is pilloried on slashdot sometimes. "Climate change deniers," Creationists and ID'ers are labeled and dismissed as anti-science no-minds, with a bigoted fervor that would make the Spanish Inquisition proud. But we're all people and we all have reasons for our ideas and opinions. Sometimes the data takes a turn we might not have guessed. For the record, I would put myself in all three of the aforementioned pariah camps. Denier, because I've lived long enough to disbelieve anything governments, scientists and news media unite to get their knickers in a knot about. It just has the odor of social manipulation towards an end goal. Someones attempt at psycho-history or sim-earth. Seen it before, figure there must be someone at the back of it raking in the dough from the hysteria. Creationist because someone who has experienced God as I have can't really be anything else -- even though the data I'm privy to is not acceptable to someone on the other side of the debate, I must accept it. ID'er because there's just so much ordered complexity obvious to those who have an open mind to see it. Also for the record, I applaud the effort and technology that conserves energy and protects the environment, for the reason that this world is given to us to steward well, not to rape.

"A mind is a terrible thing to have leaking out your ears." -- The League of Sadistic Telepaths

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