Let me tell you what I think of people who have "calling of national service", they are power hungry, control freak beehive drones, which is not a contradiction of terms, this actually complements itself. The people that want to do any gov't activity are the very last ones that should be allowed anywhere near it. Gov't is a system disease, like cancer, hiv and leprosy combined. Its willing agents are the poison that is kills the host.
And the matching arrows, too?
So, essentially, the NSA is an industrial espionage agency and any government helping them is too dumb to notice it.
Yeah, but then again, they lost a war. With the victors sitting as judges.
And while I think the NSA would do similar with the people being the judges, it's unlikely they will face the same kind of trial by their current masters. Or do you think Hitler would have convicted his cronies at Nuremberg?
You really want unemployment rates to soar?
Essentially, a lot of those "public workers" are nothing but hidden unemployed.
I'd see that as a job perk.
Also in the news, Nixon was channeled by a medium. Allegedly he claimed his only crime was that he was ahead of his time.
Maybe I can fill that question.
It's a mix of patriotism and idealism at the start, and a mix of wanting job security and jadedness at the end. In between, there's a lot of conditioning. And I don't mean some kind of active and forceful indoctrination, but rather that subtle kind where you are constantly surrounded by the same people who give you resonating and reinforcing feedback. Groupthink isn't a phenomenon that's unique to Slashdot Doubts you might once in a while have when you're crossing your personal line between what you think is good for your country and what you may impose on your people are quickly dispelled by the people around you. Your premise is that you're doing the right thing and you want to listen to people telling you that you still do when doubts cross your mind.
So Obama not showing up and telling them "good job" is probably a quite serious blow to their self-image.
of-course the only real we have today to cover our energy needs while destroying the environment the least is by using nuclear energy.
Of-course the governments of the world stand in the way of the free market experimenting with nuclear energy, AFAIC that's the reason I don't have a flying car yet, it's because we are not yet powering cars with tiny nuclear reactors and that will not change until we get gov't out of energy business (and if you want progress in any field that is useful, get government out of it).
Brew up some well known explosives, touch them off and tell me that stuff that's well understood can't be fun if done yourself.
Dangerous? Hell yeah. So? As long as you can make sure that you're alone should you blow up, more power to you and have fun!
Africa looks more and more appealing...
No, seriously. If people have real problems, they don't concern themselves with non-problems.
From the European's perspective it's more a right leaning industry protecting government, but since either side would fuck us over, who cares which branch of The Party is in charge currently?
One side doesn't want you to know because with the knowledge you could possibly create something that endangers lives, the other side doesn't want you to know because with the knowledge you could possibly create something that endangers profits.
The high school one from the 1950s, no doubt about that. It also has the much more interesting experiments. Problem is just that you can't get 9 out of 10 chemicals you need anymore due to "safety concerns" and trying to get the tenth puts you on a no-fly list and grants you a personal visit from guys that come at 6am.
On the other hand, what has the West done to Iran anyway?
Only deposed democratically elected Iranian government in order to give Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, otherwise known as BP, cheaper access to Iranian oil, but that's ancient history too, isn't it?
My point is that with every translation a change of meaning becomes a possibility. A translation is by its very definition entail an interpretation of the text, which invariably will lead to a change of pace and meaning, at the very least the emphasis changes. It's a bit like playing telephone. You can actually try it yourself provided you find a few friends who happen to speak a few different languages, let the first one draft a short text and have the others translate it. Now add the temporal difference between the original draft in Hebrew and the KJB which is literally millennia and you're dealing not only with different languages but different interpreters that have a very different world view and mindset, a completely different background and probably their own agenda in mind, too.
You want to rely on such a translation of a translation of a translation to be the verbatim word of God? After at the very least three humans had meddled with it (provided the original author had some divine inspiration), in three very different time periods with a very different outlook on the world?