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Comment why should we care about these assurances? (Score 2) 238

i don't trust what the nsa says, does anyone?

they do everything in secret

they've been shown to have reneged on every assurance they've given so far

the nsa is a dagger pointed at the heart of our bill of rights, and operates with impunity of any oversight or control

the entire program needs to be wound down and focused on actual surveillance of actual terrorist targets, not this vacuum cleaner for everything

do we still have the backbone to press our representatives to ensure this is done?

Comment Re:Freedom of speech... (Score 1) 159

in a society where people always do whatever the hell they want with no regard for responsibility, you get absolute authoritarianism, because somebody has to make the assholes pay

in a society where people always acts responsibly, you have the utopian libertarian ideal society of 100% freedom

of course, neither extreme actually happens, but the point is, the more people behave responsibly, the more true freedom everyone has, and the less people beahve responsibly, the more people have to depend upon the state to make society function

Comment Re:Freedom of speech... (Score 1) 159

when the consequence hurts me as well, i have a right to have a say in that behavior

because i love freedom crushing authority?

no, because i love MY freedom

and i don't want my freedom oppressed by that from which a lot of freedom oppression in this world actually comes from: not the stereotypical government goon, but from my fellow citizen who is an irresponsible moron

Comment Re:Freedom of speech... (Score 5, Insightful) 159

more like "your freedom to swing your fists ends at my nose"

i can't play my music at 3 am, i impinge on my neighbor's right to sleep

i can't speed 120 mph on the highway, i impinge on other driver's right to live

i can't smoke in the office, i impinge on my fellow worker's right to breathe

and when the boss/ police/ landlord comes by and complains, there will be some, like yourself, who in their immaturity, will see it as the state taking away their rights, when the only person infringing on other people's rights is you

Comment Re:Freedom of speech... (Score 3, Insightful) 159

well said

it is unfortunate so many people out there think freedom means "i can do whatever the hell i want without consequence" like an immature child

and don't understand what freedom really is: something that goes hand in hand with responsibility, as any true adult understands

please note:

where there is no responsibility, there is no freedom

if you don't understand or agree with that statement, you don't even know what freedom really is

Comment it's the bombardier beetle all over again (Score 3, Interesting) 136


"how can it evolve? it will blow up if it doesn't get it just right!"

we should all realize that, unfortunately, creationists will immediately alight upon these gears as "intelligent design" and disproof of evolution

"how can it evolve? if the gears don't mesh, it doesn't move!"

you can't argue with the dull and intellectually dishonest

Comment a historical note: (Score 5, Informative) 524


the historical events that served as the basis for the fourth amendment

and exactly the type of abuse the NSA is perpetrating on the american people

what we are talking about with the NSA program is a thorough, gross violation of and clear, undeniable contradiction to a founding principle of this country

Comment zimmerman stalked the poor kid (Score 0, Flamebait) 588

you can't condemn martin's behavior, it only happened because martin was stalked by an asshole with a gun looking for trouble. zimmerman's behavior made the situation happen

how can you possibly look at martin's behavior and not at all consider zimmerman's behavior? zimmerman's behavior was the behavior that created the whole situation. then, when martin got upset with a creepy weirdo stalking him, as many of us would, the creep killed him

trayvon martin should be in jail for assault

but the reason he is dead is because some mouth breathing moron thinks he has a right to walk around with a gun and play cop on innocent civilians going about their business. that's the problem, that mentality, and that is the reason why an innocent man is dead. that we have laws that somehow support this disgusting behavior represents the downfall of this otherwise great nation

stand your ground laws, carry/ conceal laws: they have to go

and they will go

because one thing is true about wannabe tough guys: they look for trouble. there will be more trayvon martins. and eventually american society will wake up to the vile precedent this case represents. no civil society can tolerate wannabe tough guys walking around with a gun thinking they have a right to profile and stalk innocent people going about their normal business. trayvon martin is dead only because zimmerman had a hard on for confrontation and a gun

losers like zimmerman, empowered, represent nothing but cases of senseless pointless death in general society. no matter how many raging asocial scumbags like you see commenting all over this thread, and in society, who think and act like zimmerman: thinking they have a right to arm themselves and confront innocent civilians going about their business, the logic of what this precedent represents will dawn on the rest of us who can think clearly here

you don't arm cowards and let them police general society according to their prejudicial whims and feeble perceptions

not acceptable

Comment can't it be taken from seawater? (Score 1) 351

Although lithium is widely distributed on Earth, it does not naturally occur in elemental form due to its high reactivity.[3] The total lithium content of seawater is very large and is estimated as 230 billion tonnes, where the element exists at a relatively constant concentration of 0.14 to 0.25 parts per million (ppm),[37][38] or 25 micromolar;[39] higher concentrations approaching 7 ppm are found near hydrothermal vents.[38]


is it economically viable to isolate it from the sea?

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