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Comment Re:This is like those UFO "documentaries" on Netfl (Score 1) 300

The same with those ghost hunter shows. "Let's go into this old, dark house with some video cameras. Did you hear that creak? Did you feel that draft of wind? IT MUST BE A GHOST! GHOOOOOOOST!!!!!"

I would love for things like ghosts, Bigfoot, Nessie, psychic powers, and aliens visiting Earth to be real. Mostly because, with science saying they don't exist, we would need to do some serious science to explain why they do exist. However, the more high quality cameras everyone carries around, the fewer sightings we seem to get. (Or the more they seem to happen "just when my cell phone's battery died" or "when I forgot my phone at home.")

Comment Re:This guy is watching too much Sci Fi (Score 2) 300

I have two theories:

1) He meant that these objects were Unidentified Flying Objects until they were identified. For example, I saw a UFO once. It had the stereotypical alien ship saucer shape. Then, I realized it was a plane taking off. The tail was hidden from my viewpoint, the wings made the saucer, and the front made the top. Once I realized what it was, it went from a UFO to an IFO (Identified Flying Object). No aliens, just a normal everyday occurrence, albeit from a weird angle that made me question what I was seeing for a second.

2) He needs for UFOs to be real because, without them, his department gets no funding. Imagine if the guy in charge of researching UFOs proves conclusively that there are no UFOs? Mystery solved. Close the department. Last one out turn off the lights. Who knows if we'll have jobs the next day. However, if he proves that UFOs ARE real, he can parlay that small department into a larger staff with more funding to look into them. Are they threats? Where do they come from? Is there technology we can take advantage of? It turns from "mission accomplished, now close shop" to "let's' pour money into here to find out more."

Comment Re:These poor "Journalists" (Score 2) 72

Let's not forget that the Bush Administration was manufacturing the lies in the first place. They wanted the war in the first place.

The origins of the Iraq War actually date back to at least the first Bush administration and Kuwait. After Iraq invaded Kuwait and we helped liberate it, many in Bush's administration called on him to keep pushing on into Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Bush Sr rightly saw that this would lead to a quagmire and refused to do so. Many of those warmongers found places in Bush Jr's administration and pushed for the Iraq War again after 9-11. This time, unfortunately, the Bush in office wasn't smart enough to see through the lies and approved the Iraq War. Had he been as good as his father, he would have rejected these calls, would have concentrated on Afghanistan and Al Qaeda/the Taliban, and might have ended the conflict much sooner.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 2) 210

Just as they were in the United States in the past when "those Jews/Irish/Chinese" were "flooding" in and going to destroy our country if we didn't keep them out. Our country was fine - and arguably better for absorbing new groups of people - and this "wave" of immigrants (in quotes because immigration is actually down) won't destroy our country either. However, racist xenophobes in the US might destroy our country in their efforts to protect us from those scary immigrants.

Comment Re: don't be silly the bible says (Score 2) 176

Don't get me wrong. I don't think it'd be any different than the Middle East. I was just pointing out that the people who want a theocracy in the US assume that they would be in charge and thus somehow immune to any bad stuff that happens thanks to a theocracy. This is (one reason) why you can't rationally discuss this with them. They assume there will be no downside because they are in charge and wouldn't do anything to hurt themselves. Therefore, any downside is "someone else's" problem, not theirs.

Of course the reality is that, were a theocracy instituted in the US, the "ruling religion" might be a slightly different sect of Christianity and they'd wind up on the receiving end of religious-based persecution. However, these kinds of people aren't very big on recognizing reality.

Comment Re: don't be silly the bible says (Score 2) 176

If you want to live in a theocracy, go to fucking Iran. And take a good look at the whole area to get an idea what it leads to if you base your laws on the power fantasies written down by bigoted barbarians millennia ago when it was a-ok to just bash someone's head in because he has the wrong imaginary friend.

The problem is that the people who would want to turn us into a theocracy always assume that THEY would be the ones determining which religion is in charge and THEY would be the ones bashing in someone else's head for following the wrong religion (or no religion). They never think that they might be on the other end of that head bashing.

Comment Re:Misleading Title Totally (Score 1) 591

Oh, there were definitely actions Obama took that I disagreed with. Wheeler's appointment was one of them initially. I plenty surprised when he turned out to be a consumer advocate and not an industry shill. Sadly, Ajit Pai turned out to be the industry shill that he appeared to be from the outset.

Comment Re: OMG (Score 1) 591

And that's why seeing it as anything but an offer is just stupid. Transit isn't cheap, but what Netflix offers is even cheaper. Comcast's customers pay Comcast for access to that data. You'd think Comcast would choose the cheapest way to provide that access.

Comcast would, but their ultimate goal wasn't "provide great service for their customers." It was "how can we kill this Internet Video thing before it cuts into our cable TV profits too much?"

Comment Re:What is that hard? (Score 1) 285

Right now, yes, but how long until we develop the technology to mine asteroids? One bonus: You wouldn't need to worry about environmental regulations. If you dump a bunch of asteroid mining byproducts into space, nobody will really care the same way they care when you dump Earth-mining byproducts into someone's drinking water.

Comment Re:Internet regulation (Score 1) 346

And when they change enough that we have a dozen or more ISPs for each household, perhaps we won't need Net Neutrality regulations. Until then, though, mobile broadband isn't ready to take on home usage. My household uses about 500GB of data per month (mostly for streaming videos from Netflix/Hulu/YouTube). Verizon's Unlimited plan reduces speeds if you go above 22GB. Their non-unlimited data plans max out at 100GB which, IIRC was around $700 a month. Having an option that would give me 20% of the data I need for over 10 times the cost is not real competition.

My only real ISP option is Charter. If they messed around with my access to various sites, I'd be forced to either keep paying them or go without Internet. I have no real ISP choice.

Comment Re:Same as all the rest (Score 1) 314

Since homeopathy supposedly works by "the lower the dose, the stronger the medicine", then by taking zero dosage*, you're basically taking infinitely strong homeopathic medicine. It's amazing you haven't had a homeopathic OD by now!

* Yes, I realize that there's' no real dosage of anything actual drug in homeopathic "medicine."

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