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Comment: Re:$32 million of greed. (Score 1) 150

by retchdog (#48639817) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

you're so sure that people here are merely jealous rather than spiteful at someone profiting off a system they correctly see as bullshit.

there is, actually, a difference between "hey, i want that!" and "hey, i could have had that if i were an amoral asshole. fuck this world."

of course they can both be stupid and counterproductive (particularly, the latter is just wrong), but it's a bit silly to use the same label for both.

Comment: Re: Math author dies rich... (Score 1) 150

by retchdog (#48639743) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

it's garbage, trying to fill too many roles and full of bloat, though some of this is the publisher's fault.

either dumb it down some more, or use a better book like Apostol. either way, that goddam tome is an anachronistic brick. i fucking hated calculus in high school, yet wound up with a Ph.D. in applied math once i got real teachers and real books.

fuck hell, when did Apostol go up to $220? i thought it was ridiculously expensive when i bought it years ago...

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 602

by Shakrai (#48638281) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

So will a million other factors, most of which can't be foreseen or predicted. Would your Grandparents have foreseen the day that you could access the entirety of human knowledge on a device that fits into the palm of your hand?

The Earth and humanity have never been and never will be static entities. The climate has changed a great deal during the geologically insignificant amount of time that humans have been around. Most of those changes occurred before we started digging carbon out of the ground. Changes will continue long after we've moved past carbon based energy supplies. The notion that the climate was "ideal" during some specific period would be laughable if there wasn't a serious movement trying to use it to make public policy.

Comment: Re:This is worse than mythology. (Score 1) 352

Evolution doesn't kill anything. Sometimes the environment kills things, sometimes they reach the full expression of their complexity without being killed. Evolution is when the environment kills and diversity is reduced, and the herd now again consists of those whose nature is capable of full expression in the environment.

Ever heard of Gnosticism? They preached that this world was inherently evil, and that when humanity went extinct, we'd all be resurrected in a much nicer world, and therefore, breeding was an evil act.

Not too many Gnostics around. See how that works?

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 3, Insightful) 602

by Shakrai (#48633467) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

The fate of the human race is at stake.

No, actually it's not. This is the kind of hyperbolic nonsense that makes it so hard to take the alarmist crowd seriously. It also gives ammunition to the deniers/skeptics/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. Project the worst case scenario for climate change and the human race survives. People in developing countries don't do so well and even the developed world takes a hit (higher food prices, greater frequency of natural disasters, and so on) but the human race isn't going anywhere. Homo sapiens quite probably survived a super-volcanic eruption, without the benefit of modern technology and scientific understanding. You think you can kill them off with melting ice caps, stronger hurricanes, and rising sea levels? Best of luck with that.

I'm in the crowd that believes the climate is changing and that homo sapiens are a contributory factor to that change. I get off the bus when the green crowd starts talking about pie in the sky solutions that sound great on paper but invariably result in a lower standard of living and greater Governmental control over our lives. Unless you're willing wholly embrace nuclear power (to their credit a few greens actually are) there's no way you can generate enough energy to maintain our current standard of living without sourcing some of that energy from carbon based sources.

Comment: Re:10th amendment (Score 2) 454

by Shakrai (#48633157) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

It started with FDR (*), the New Deal, and a little known SCOTUS case involving wheat....

Thanks Democrats!

(*) Actually the progressive philosophy really got started with Wilson but that asshat didn't have FDR's cojones. I guess FDR did save Western Civilization as we know it; that probably should count for something....

Comment: Re:Dry Counties? (Score 1) 454

by Shakrai (#48633077) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I on the other hand have stayed away from all drugs (including alcohol) for years, but have enjoyed and used marijuana on a regular basis.

I hate to break it to you but THC is a drug by any definition.....

Mind you, so is caffeine, and I'm not passing judgment on you for using THC, been there done that. You just can't claim that you have stayed away from all drugs while simultaneously admitting that you use marijuana on a regular basis....

Comment: Re: Stupid (Score 1) 391

by ShieldW0lf (#48630949) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

You cling desperately to your stupid "I'm thinking of a number" straw man because you know that I'm right. Everything that hasn't been confirmed not to be a threat is a threat. You secure your turf, survey it regularly, and build a wall in the hopes it will be good enough to deal with the threat of the unknown.

You know this, of course. Children could figure this out. You're taking this position because you seek to work against the interest of your neighbour and you don't want the task to become more difficult.

You're selfish, and it's as plain as day for all to see.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 391

by ShieldW0lf (#48630441) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Now you're just being stupid.

Dictionary: Adj: Secret: kept from the knowledge of any but the initiated or privileged

If you have a secret that you share with just a few and keep the rest of us in the dark, that is a conspiracy, and conspiracies are a threat to peoples freedom.

Is it a number? Is it a plan to seize control over the water supply? I don't know, but you've expended extraordinary effort to keep me from knowing what it is, which means I can't assure myself that I'm secure and further implies to me that if I knew what you were doing I'd be motivated to put a stop to it.

Your secrets keep me from having access to concrete facts, and that is the reason that they represent a threat.

Now, fuck off, coward.

"The way of the world is to praise dead saints and prosecute live ones." -- Nathaniel Howe