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Comment: Re:How (Score 4, Informative) 134

the lawyer seeks out the victim

if you ever are the victim of a newsworthy accident/ crime, you will get cold called by a number of lawyers, who want to represent you pro bono

because such cases gild their CV, get their name out there. free advertising

some lawyers, they seek out interesting strange and noteworthy cases only. out of ego, fame, crank cause, adrenaline, hero complex, whatever:


Comment: Re:Infinite times infinite is macaroni and cheese (Score 1) 155

by Jeremi (#48944973) Attached to: There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe

This sort of thing implies that my choice of every word in this sentence causes a universe -a whole universe with planets and black holes and telemarketers and tofu- to pop into existence, just because I decided to use 'tofu' earlier instead of using "marmalade" or some other word.

Yes, but it's less wasteful then it looks, because we use copy-on-write techniques to minimize overhead. That is, we store only the "root" universe, plus the tree of diffs necessary to reconstruct the various child universes as necessary.

Which means the big bang and everything else that we know and that every human being has ever known about anything is just absolute pap.

Hmm, sounds like an appeal to consequences. I wouldn't worry though, chances are that everything is absolute pap regardless of whether this theory is true or false.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 463

i've been commenting on slashdot for years. there's always this steady drip of comments from grammar (punctuation?) nazis like yourself. do you see me changing or caring?

if you don't like the formatting of my comment, don't read it. i don't owe you anything. you're not paying me

this is an informal comment board, not a doctoral thesis. get over yourself

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 463

yes, exactly

and that's exactly the next step with a weakened government: corporation owned armies abusing you with no recourse for your rights

oh, i'm making that up? it's science fiction?

By the early 1890s, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than there were members of the standing army of the United States of America.

During the labor strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businessmen hired the Pinkerton Agency to infiltrate unions, supply guards, keep strikers and suspected unionists out of factories, as well as recruiting goon squads to intimidate workers. One such confrontation was the Homestead Strike of 1892, in which Pinkerton agents were called in to reinforce the strikebreaking measures of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, acting on behalf of Andrew Carnegie.[citation needed] The ensuing battle between Pinkerton agents and striking workers led to the deaths of seven Pinkerton agents and nine steelworkers.[4] The Pinkertons were also used as guards in coal, iron, and lumber disputes in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia as well as the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921. The organization was pejoratively called the "Pinks" by its opponents.

now remember dick cheney and his adventure with blackwater

weaken the government and blackwater expands exponentially, and corporate goons are now stepping on your throat: "get back to work slave, i mean citizen. if you have a problem with our enforcement activities, please see the corporation owned courts, or attempt to fight our legion of well-funded lawyers when you can barely get enough to eat, because we've let 'the market decide' your salary"

you look around the world at kleptocracies, warlords, mafias... you really fucking believe government has a monopoly on force?

if there is no government army, it's not suddenly peace and happiness, it's fucking hell

where do you morons come from with your bullshit unexamined beliefs?


There Is No "You" In a Parallel Universe 155

Posted by timothy
from the speak-for-yourself-singleton dept.
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Ever since quantum mechanics first came along, we've recognized how tenuous our perception of reality is, and how — in many ways — what we perceive is just a very small subset of what's going on at the quantum level in our Universe. Then, along came cosmic inflation, teaching us that our observable Universe is just a tiny, tiny fraction of the matter-and-radiation filled space out there, with possibilities including Universes with different fundamental laws and constants, differing quantum outcomes existing in disconnected regions of space, and even the fantastic one of parallel Universes and alternate versions of you and me. But is that last one really admissible? The best modern evidence teaches us that even with all the Universes that inflation creates, it's still a finite number, and an insufficiently large number to contain all the possibilities that a 13.8 billion year old Universe with 10^90 particles admits."

Comment: Re:exactly extreme exaggeration turns some off (Score 1) 328

by drooling-dog (#48944161) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

...examples of leading climate researchers from Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Yale making statements like "by 2010, New York City will be underwater"

What "leading climate researchers" said this? Citations needed. Did you hear this on Fox News, or are you just making it up?

Rising CO2 levels and climate change are politically controversial only because the fossil carbon industry hired a bunch of PR firms to sow public doubt. Who needs science, when industry PR is gospel?

Comment: Re:People support a lot of stupid things (Score 1) 328

by penguinoid (#48944017) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

But you would dictate what collectives other must participate in.

Nope. But a truly collective effort is done by everyone, even people who would rather not.

If you have good ideas people will participate.

Nope. Just because something is worthwhile doing as a collective effort, doesn't mean that people will volunteer their own resources for the benefit of others. Would you spend your own money to repair a decrepit public bridge, or even a simple pothole?

I pay too many taxes now, and they get wasted on an interest only payment on the largest debt ever accumulated.

Proof positive that what I say is true -- people want more stuff but don't want to pay for it, and they direct their politicians such. You were just advocating that people volunteer contributions for everyone else's benefit rather than force everyone to contribute; now you're complaining that you have to contribute to pay off the debt your parents accumulated. Turns out most people don't like others taking advantage of them.

Wonder what would happen if debt and its interest payments had to be paid off by the people on who's behalf the money was spent?

Comment: Re:People support a lot of stupid things (Score 1) 328

by penguinoid (#48943301) Attached to: Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Support is fine until it comes out of a paycheck.. then, no flipping way.
Watch what happens when Walmart shoppers are asked to pay higher prices for higher wages:

Obviously, did you expect that people are stupid? I support higher taxes (and more services), but I'm not willing to volunteer that money if other people won't. A collective effort is nearly worthless if it is just a couple people. Some things may be worth doing as a volunteer, other things it is best to insist be done as a collective. And in no case would I give that money to some sleazy looking guy outside a store.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 463

we have competing ambulance services here in the usa too

but they will take you to a further away hospital they have financial agreements with (fuck your actual health emergency)

and if you don't have insurance you get a life destroying huge bill (because health insurance is a "choice")

Byte your tongue.