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Comment: Re:so....why? (Score 1, Insightful) 92

by MightyMartian (#49541425) Attached to: Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

Well, thanks for showing up to tell us. It's so good of you to come on to a topic that you believe completely does not belong on /. to tell us how it does not not belong on /. You are a true champion through and through! Now use your powers to find out if that pack of 100 jelly beans in fact has 100 jelly beans, or 99 or 103.

America needs people like you!

Comment: Re:people even read the article? (Score 1, Insightful) 168

by MightyMartian (#49537605) Attached to: USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

And here come the psuedo-skeptics to attack anyone who even dares suggest what is in the interests of commercial entities may not entirely be in the interests of the wider society. I mean, God would never allow a universe to exist where humans could fuck themselves over. God wants unconstrained industries doing whatever the fuck they want, and we should just go and fucking kill anyone who ever even hints that maybe unconstrained resource extraction might possibly kind of potentially cause problems. Environmentalists are the only evil, and God loves money, CEOs, Koch brothers and AC's who post on Internet sites to condemn any concerns.

Oh, and Al Gore rapes bunnies!!!!!

Comment: Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 5, Insightful) 168

by MightyMartian (#49537573) Attached to: USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

I don't think we're poor at evaluating externalized costs. I think we're just very damned good at completely ignoring them, attacking anyone who tries to remind us of them, and undermining any kind of political or social solutions that might be brought forward. We are easily lead by the nose by those willing to tell us what to hear. We're cowards.

Comment: Re:Mandation of vaccines is not okay (Score 3, Insightful) 603

by MightyMartian (#49532415) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

You may find your black and white ideological extremism comforting, but in the real world, where real people live, collisions of liberties means there are no absolutes. In general terms, your freedom of action ends at the tip of my nose, so your liberties are not absolute.

Children have the same fundamental liberties as their parents, but are not deemed to have the emotional or cognitive maturity to exercise those liberties responsibly. The child's guardians is thus given considerable legal and moral authority over the child, but that authority is not absolute, because to make it absolute would essentially render the child's liberties null and void. And thus the courts can force a child to have life-saving procedure like a blood transfusion despite the protestation's of the child's guardian.

An elephant is a mouse with an operating system.