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Comment: Collapse (Score 0) 139

by sonicmerlin (#49788623) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

Immortality would realistically cause the collapse of human civilization. Massive cullings would have to be undertaken. Riots, revolts, revolutions would all ensue. Economies would destabilize as the retirement system would lose all meaning. Jobs would never be vacated.

Seriously. If there is anything that might have wiped out all other intelligent species in the galaxy, it's the scientific achievement of immortality.

Comment: Re: Get rid of it (Score -1) 387

by sonicmerlin (#49786153) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

The federalist papers were written by one man. The founding fathers had a variety of opinions that lay across the entire spectrum. In general the purpose of the Constitution was to replace the weak Articles of Confederation (which couldn't deal with the variety of cross state issues) with a new document that would create a much stronger federal entity.

Comment: Re:Climate "Science" (Score 3, Interesting) 397

by sonicmerlin (#49775405) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

First, the gold standard of scientific proof is experimentation.

Uh... there's a lot more to science than that. But even if we take your word for it, the climatologists create statistical models based on observable variables and fit those models to collected data. The better the fit, the more accurate the predictions.

Comment: Re:Greece can pull out Re:Soverign debt (Score 1) 742

The corporations won't stop doing business with Greece. They would be leaving money on the table. The only problem would be high interest rates for Greece if they want to borrow money. But really... what difference does that make if you have your own currency? They're running a current account surplus even with 25% unemployment. If they ever get out of their economic depression they'll have a huge amount of money to play with.

Comment: Re: Greece cannot make debt payments... (Score 1) 742

Money is *not* printed. That's the issue. In the US the federal government subsidizes bankrupt red states by borrowing and printing more money and giving it to those states to help them balance their books. The Eurozone isn't doing that for its less productive economies. Instead they're just letting Greece suffer a massive depression that has spiraled out of control.

A university faculty is 500 egotists with a common parking problem.