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Comment: Re:Scratches Head (Score 5, Funny) 549

by wes33 (#48035065) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

General "Buck" Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?
Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

Comment: won't this zero out? (Score 1) 201

by wes33 (#47582467) Attached to: NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

the vacuum is electrically neutral; the virtual charged particles
created by quantum fluctuations will be in oppositely charged
pairs (e.g. electron / positron). Won't this drive send these pairs
in opposite directions? So the whole thing will have zero thrust

this thought is the product of complete ignorance of how this
drive is actually supposed to work however :)

Comment: Try to make sense (Score 1) 848

by wes33 (#42928587) Attached to: Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

Libel/slander laws do not limit speech. They can only be applied after the fact. So you can be held responsible for what you say or write, but you cannot be restrained from saying it in the first place.

This doesn't make sense. Laws forbid you to utter slanderous statements. Other laws forbid you to utter "fire" in a theatre. In both cases, I can commit the offense. So either slander laws *do* limit speech or the "don't shout fire in a theatre" does *not* limit free speech. Which is it?

Comment: Re:This changes nothing. . . (Score 1) 449

by wes33 (#42303807) Attached to: Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

The point is that either you have reasonable basic liberties, or you don't. If you think an adult ought to be able to decide what they will or will not ingest, then how do you get from there to the authorities stepping into that decision using coercion? If you don't think an adult ought to be able to make those decisions for themselves, then I can't have a meaningful conversation with you.

I think you mean an adult can ingest anything he wants so long as it does not harm
others (suppose I ingest substance A and B which together form a powerful explosive,
right beside YOU. Do I have the right to ingest A and B. I think not).

Now, we should have a *meaningful* discussion of whether **some** drugs are such
that there consumption harms others to a sufficient degree to warrant prohibiting their
ingestion.

I think it is completely obvious that marijuana poses no such risk; not so sure
about crack cocaine (and, from another angle, potential cognitive enhancers,
steroids for athletes etc.)

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"

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