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Comment: Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (Score 2) 239

by ultranova (#48689871) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Tyson shouldn't clarify his statements to appease people who are offended, because it's implying that he "may" be wrong. It's hamstering, and that's not what men do.

Obviously they do, since Tyson did and is a man. Why should he, or anyone for that matter, care what someone else thinks their particular configuration of genitalia obligates them to?

Be a hamster or be macho, but if you're either just to fulfil other people's expectations, you're really nothing but a puppet.

Comment: Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (Score -1, Troll) 239

by operagost (#48689837) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Tyson gave in to his need to troll.

Really, he just used his bully pulpit to troll people he dislikes. It made him look stupid, because while he's a physicist and not a historian, someone as educated as he is is expected to know about things like the old style calendar dates. He also shouldn't act like a real-life version of Sheldon Cooper, and be taken aback by common human responses. Pointing out his own earlier, even more shockingly naive comments like "which assault rifle would Jesus choose" just establishes his pattern of insolence.

All of this is ironic considering Newton's theological background.

Comment: He is my hero. (Score 2) 239

by Lumpy (#48689789) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Any scientist that is absolutely OK with pissing off uneducated rabid republicans is a hero in my book.

Carl Sagan and others had no problems calling the uneducated what they are. And none of the best human beings on this planet backed down in the face of religious stupidity.

Just Ask Galileo and Giordonano Brunio what it was like to be imprisoned by a bunch of idiots in power.

Comment: Re:What happens to the CO2 when the tree dies? (Score 1) 220

by drinkypoo (#48689785) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

What, if anything, would you do for the poor and hungry if this came to pass?

Let them eat chicken.

In what way would that be better than adopting and investing in available technologies?

It's not "better", you do both. It's not clear that there are any technologies which will let us continue deforesting without consequences.

Comment: Re:Y2K (Score 1) 57

by tepples (#48689309) Attached to: Twitter Bug Locks Out Many Users

Obviously serious problems only could occure if software was not patched.

If one claimes even patched software will cause serious problems (your preparations) he is an idiot.

I think the people predicting Y2K doom were under the assumption that someone somewhere might miss a very important patch.

Comment: Re:What happens to the CO2 when the tree dies? (Score 1) 220

by drinkypoo (#48689075) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

Unfortunately, algae's rate of conversion has been harmed by increased UV exposure, the algae near the surface is dying off. Most UV is absorbed by the first foot of water, so algae below that are doing fine, but they don't get nearly as much gas exchange there. Oceanic algae is where pretty much all our O2 comes from, in fact, so it's an issue for some significant concern.

Comment: Re: 'Defied' (Score 1) 256

Which means, ultimately, the choice we have is to either keep them in Gitmo, or to release them into the USA.

We could transfer them to a prison inside the USA which met at least the standards they have to meet here, which are pretty pitiful as it is. Why aren't we doing that? Answer, because there would be more pressure to treat those people like human beings, with rights.

And we don't want them either....

Then why have we got them? That's bullshit.

Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 256

This is the argument from apathy. You didn't cause it, so you shouldn't do anything about it.

But the world is chock-full of problems that aren't going to be fixed by those who created them, so you can either throw up your hands and say "fuck it" or you can do something.

It's frustrating to have to clean up other people's messes, but it's depressing to live in a mess.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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