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Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 666

by romons (#48879691) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

More proof that this debate is political and not scientific.

Passing a law that says it is real is like voting on the sex of a chicken. No matter the outcome of the vote, only testing can provide the answer.

How about we get politics out of science and rely on the scientific method to determine if "Global Warming" is real or not.

Inhofe doesn't agree with you. (not goatse)

Comment: Re: "Forget about the risk that machines pose to u (Score 2) 227

by romons (#48836511) Attached to: An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI
If an AI suddenly woke up, killing us would kill it too. It needs power, which we supply. It may need Internet, which we also supply. Spare parts. A cold room. Inputs. Outputs. A reason to live. Meaning. Purpose. Intentionality. All of these come from us now, and in the foreseeable future. I would venture a guess that we will transform ourselves into machines well before we create artificially sentient life.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 319

by romons (#48815565) Attached to: Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

You cannot give up liberties to give you more protection. There will be a time when the lack of liberties will pose a greater threat than any terrorist can ever do. Maybe not today, but certainly some time tomorrow.

Actually, terrorists do far less damage than falls in bathtubs, or falling off ladders. They have the potential to do far more damage, but only if they get access to nuclear or biological weapons. That probably won't happen, given the current controls. So, controlling speech does almost nothing for most people, and hurts them by limiting knowledge.

Listening in on people has the potential to help prevent terrorist attacks, but hasn't really done anything yet. Given the multi billion dollar investment the NSA has already made in it, it seems more like a way to sell equipment and services by vendors than a national security strategy.

We are scared of our shadows. That is the harm that terrorism does. The terrorists have already won.

Comment: Re: Hitler and the NAZIs were so stupid. (Score 1) 292

by romons (#48726247) Attached to: Vast Nazi Facility Uncovered In Austria; Purported A-Bomb Development Site

If Bush thought they would exonerate his crime (invading a sovereign country before any aggressive move on the part of the invaded, against all international law),

President Bush didn't violate international law. Iraq regularly violated its cease fire agreement by firing upon coalition aircraft and other actions. Those are commonly known as acts of war. And that is before you get to Saddams many crimes against humanity, acts of aggression, and violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

The ONLY reason any country may attack another, under international law, is to prevent an imminent threat of attack. There was no such threat against the U.S., despite lies by the Bush administration about nuclear programs, which were actively being denied by UN inspectors at the time. Their lies were the justification for attack. Since those statements have been proven to be lies, and the people making those statements have been shown to know, at the time, that they were false, they should be in jail. Their attack on Iraq was a trillion dollar war crime.

Comment: Re: Hitler and the NAZIs were so stupid. (Score 1) 292

The chemical weapons found were supplied by the US during the Iran Iraq war. Only a dimwit would confuse the ability to create these weapons with finding a small number of expired weapons. Even Bush wasn't that stupid. If Bush thought they would exonerate his crime (invading a sovereign country before any aggressive move on the part of the invaded, against all international law), he would have quickly publicized any weapons found.

Comment: Re: Humans are oxygen sinks (Score 1) 363

by romons (#48698075) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

True. When he tried, the Republicans beat him to a pulp. He learned that the assholes were not going to meet him halfway, or at all, really. Not even when he was hawking the same health care plan they had been hawking only months before. Not even when the financial stability of the country was at stake. Not even when he was giving them what they said they wanted for the "grand bargain'. They just stood proudly, with their chests puffed out, and went back on their word.

Now, the idiots will find out what it feels like. Obama doesn't care, he can smoke their agenda with the bully pulpit. Harry Reid just wants revenge, so he will enact the" McConnell Defense" and block every bit of legislation he can. The next election is slanted left. They have screwed themselves.

Comment: Re: Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 355

The House of Representatives is 17% percent female. The Senate is also 17% female. There are 5.2% female CEOs among the fortune 500 companies. Since there are MORE females than males, these statistics are even more of a poke in the eye. I wouldn't start worrying about maintaining your undeserved elevated status for a few more years.

Comment: Re: News at 11.. (Score 1) 719

by romons (#48642669) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
Copyright infringement (aka piracy) is theft of the profits that artists and investors in artists and those involved in distribution are owed. Without those profit, investors won't invest, and artists won't art, and distributors won't distribute. They will spend their time and money on other things.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 772

by romons (#48566383) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

He didn't. He said "er, umm... Let's not do that any more, OK?"

"Fuck no" would have included timely investigation and prosecution.

Much as we on the left would like to, there's basically nothing to give Obama an attaboy for.

I guess that prosecuting Bush and Cheney (Not to mention Tenet, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the bums) would have been 'inappropriate'. I suppose they could have arranged a sham 'Reagan Party' at the Hague and let the europeans capture and prosecute them as the war criminals they are. Sadly, I suspect that that would have started a somewhat one-sided "WWIII".

So, really, there is nothing we can do. However, a recent OP-Ed in the NYT made the case for a presidential pardon for everybody involved, because if Obama doesn't somehow recognize that this was a crime, it could happen again. Putting Bush in jail would be best, but it will never happen. Making him a pardoned felon could have some effect on future presidents.

And, I'm not even sure Bush understood what was going on. Cheney, yes. That guy is Darth Vader. Tenet? Yes. Rumsfeld? Yes. All those guys would be in jail in a perfect world.

+ - Were martians murdered by Aliens?->

Submitted by romons
romons (2767081) writes "I've followed, with humor, the various 'ancient aliens' theories, but had never, up till now, seen this particular theory. Apparently, aliens attacked Martians in the past with atomic weapons, according to "John Brandenburg, a plasma physicist who got his degree from UC Davis and who has seemingly had a relatively normal, distinguished career for a scientist".

According to the article, he is going to present 'new research' to the American Physical Society regarding this. Sadly, a search of their site turned up no references to Mr Brandenburg, so this may not be true."

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