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Comment Democrats are sitting pretty. (Score 2) 344

It looks to me like Democrats/progressives/liberals are sitting pretty. The Republicans are down one Justice - let's call a spade a spade here - so as long as the seat remains empty the other side is that much better off. And ISTM that there's not much prospect that the next president will be Republican, and the Democrats may pick up a few Senate seats as well. So the smart Republicans may be well advised to get the best deal they can get now rather than putting it off. But the reactionary caucus will ensure that that doesn't happen.

Comment Re:What?? I thought Republicans hated handouts (Score 2) 522

So why are they helping companies get corporate welfare?

*checks calendar* oh wait, they must need donations for their upcoming election. Nevermind.

The core Republican political philosophy (before the insane took over the nut house) is that the proper role of government is to make sure the rich get richer quicker.

Of course they would never win elections if they ran on that platform, so they pretend they're actually about anything and everything else, in order sucker people into voting against their own self interests. But you see it in almost everything they do.

Comment Re:If it can be proven.... (Score 1) 225

.... that there exist things that unknowable, then would that proof constitute proof of the nonexistence of an omniscient god? If an omniscient being knows it, then it seems to follow that whatever "it" is cannot be unknowable, and if "it" is truly not known, then the alleged being is not omniscient.

Knowability probably needs to be defined in terms of the characteristics of the know-er. Presumably humans can know things that our smaller-brained ancestors couldn't know, and presumably also some creature with a larger brain might be able to know something that wouldn't "fit" into the human brain.

Similarly, their might be things that are just too complex for us to wrap our brains around, whereas some superintelligent aliens might be able to.

As for omniscience, it would presumably take unbounded storage capacity, plus omnipresence and omnichronicity to be able to acquire knowledge that otherwise would not be reachable or storable. OTOH, if there are only a finite number and size of things to know, and if is possible for some being to know stuff without having to acquire the knowledge, then such a being with finite storage capacity might suffice.

Comment Re: What the fuck has happened to Slashdot?! (Score 1) 176

I've been here quite a while too, if that counts. I am in violent agreement with the others in this thread. I like my 4 digit uid, but I long ago realized that Slashdot can't be saved. When cmdrtaco left and it was sold to dice, that was the end.

Slashdot has always been about its user community, so I am sure that a technical solution can easily be made, and that community will find it when that happens.

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