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Comment This is a real boon for (Score 1) 202

the contractor corporations.

And all the skilled jobs they'll provide !

No doubt, it'll be expensive; money well spent, though.

After all, why would the taxpayers prefer more hospitals, educational funding, and social programs, when those funds can be spent building machines developed for the expressed sole purpose of killing people ?

Comment I have a different take on the whole mess... (Score 1) 1293

Sure, it's a political thing, the whole teaching of the ID "debate", but if there is a failing in the teaching of Evolution Theory, that failing is the WAY it's always been taught in public schools.

It really isn't until you go into college and are exposed to a variety of disciplines that the history of HOW Evolution is flushed-out, and it is a fascinating history, intertwined with the history of the era it was developed in.

A HS education is a very limited and skeletal education. Very rarely in HS are you exposed to the depth and breadth of how interrelated the development of scientific method is with the era and personalities it emerged within. In HS, so much of what you are taught is over-simplified and disconnected from the reality, is it any wonder people are prone to misunderstanding and fall prey to the need for their natural doubts borne out of simple ignorance to be assuaged ?

Political battles are ultimately social battles; manipulating people who lack the education and awareness of history are relatively easy to wage.

The solution is to teach more history, and how the process of discovery has brought us here from there. The best HS history classes I had where the classes we watched James Burke's "Connections" series.

You don't win a debate based on ignorance and faith by demanding more faith in science; you win it by simple education of human history, and by teaching people the difference between belief that's based more on tradition and assumption, vs. understanding based on simple discovery.

Making this entire thing out as a political battle and resorting to what amounts to scientism is just keeping it political, and keeping things polarized, and preventing the educational process from fulfilling it's potential.

Just stop it.

Comment It is interesting to me that so few geeks (Score 1) 112

Seem to have any education or interest in how the mind works, the nature of consciousness, or even basic psychology or philosophy.

I'm beginning to see now the downside of tech, how evil it really is. If you don't understand your own mind, or have any clue as to the nature of your own conscious or unconscious, what good are any of your opinions or perceptions ?

What really stuns me about this topic is how so many people seem unable to even use a search engine to look for information - maybe people need to get off their computers and go talk to a librarian. Or take some college level courses unrelated to tech. Once upon a time people strove to acquire and education that was well-rounded and inclusive. Seems to me that society is more controllable now because everyone is so ignorant outside their extremely narrow specialties.

Dreams are important ! Read some C.G.Jung for chrissakes people ! And ditch the phony "it should be empirically demonstrable" pseudo scientific double-talk, it just makes it obvious that you're just using big words you don't understand.

A wiki article is no substitute for reading a few dozen books. You've been dumbed-down.

Comment Re:No Surprise (Score 1) 174

I wasn't referring to Paul, I was going back before THAT mess.

Maybe we shouldn't be supporting a system that's based on who the media and money tell us is electable, eh ?

Maybe the people most qualified for the job are people who have no political affiliations at all.

How about we elected people that way we do jury duty. Put qualified people in there to serve the public interests for a change.

Comment Re:No Surprise (Score 1) 174

Ugh.. No, you don't get it.

Two fake "options" presented to you as "options" are still FAKE OPTIONS.

Here. You have the "choice" of drinking this beverage with cyanide OR this beverage with arsenic. Feel good in your "choice. Fight for it. Endlessly prattle about how the people who "chose" the one you didn't are idiots and wrong and stupid.

We had a chance to vote for a real alternative, and SOME people recognized that it WAS a real alternative, and not a choice between two fake options presented as the only way. Oh, but not enough people voted for it, and one of the two fake options won. The people that voted for the looser, predictably, had a little hissy fit that lasted years and blamed everything on people that had the audacity to not have their heads up their asses and vote for the only option that wasn't fake.

Those same people today are oh soooo passionate about their fake option party.

Then some rich people created a fake option party and called it "grassroots" and really fucked things up. So now we had THREE fake options, further confusing the masses of remarkably stupid partisan asshats, of which 90% of the public falls into the category of. How did they get away with this ? They managed it because the asshats int he two fake option parties have worked diligently together for years to weaken and destroy financial disclosure laws so that the public could know who is funding what political agenda. Because it that shit were made clear, the two fake option parties would be screwed, and a real grass roots option, like the one the asshats voted against years ago, would actually have a chance.

So now we have the same tired asshats making the same tired claim that there can't be an option outside the fake option system, because THEIR party of fake options is so much better than any other fake option, and that all options must be fake options.

Well, all I can say is, fuck all you partisan shitheads and your obvious fucking fake options. YOU are why the country sucks, YOU are why the system of voting for incrementally less evil has brought us here, and YOU and your three fake options simply can NOT be trusted.

Comment Re:No, he's wrong (Score 1) 148

It's worse than that.

If you've interacted with "journalists" you can hardly note their outright *contempt* for people. They do not listen, they'll attend events which they've arrived at late, and early early, before any open discussion period, which is where a great deal of truly remarkable information is expressed, and turn-around and write a hit-piece.

That contempt applies to almost everyone, tech people, any political issue outside a "journalists" narrow PC approval, medical issues, hell, even issue pertaining to how the elderly suddenly end-up dead with a broken neck the first night in an "extended care" facility after a successful surgery.

I don't know what it is that "journalists" actually DO, it certainly has nothing to do with anything that remotely involves anything "investigative" - as far as I can tell their primary purpose in life is to woo the status quo and avoid anything contrary that challenges the inevitable cognitive dissonance the rest of of who live int he real world experience and deal with on a daily basis.

THAT'S why print media is dead. The "journalists", for whatever reason they are behaving the way they do, have killed it, and they deserve to be out of jobs, and move-on to their real professions, like PR and political advisers.

Comment Re:Identify it (Score 1) 491

It isn't just the wealthy that don't want anonymity though.

People vest a great deal int heir worldviews and opinions, as well as in their own self-deceptions

People, as a group, will fight tooth and nail against any insight or truth they do not have the capacity to understand. People as a group, will shout-down anything that makes them uncomfortable.

The real chilling effect of removing anonymity is that people increasingly self-censor. You end up with extremes of opinion that are both equally false, and both nearly identically conformist.

The internet has become remarkably banal in it's extremes, the spectrum of expressed opinions predictably so.

I suppose it's a good thing, in a way. The people with the common names are essentially more anonymous, and increasingly ineffectual. The people with names that are more rare end up faced with a dilemma. Do I disconnect, and look elsewhere for human contact, or do I subject myself to the constant scrutiny of people who don't know anything, have done little, yet feel their life experience and knowledge is "equal" to mine ?

"The rich" have a lot of power, sure. And they should be kept in-check. But the common, the banal, the conformists - THEIR power is a far more destructive and malignant crippling influence. They "know" what they know, and "believe" what they believe, and will have their banal way.

What we have is already "anonymous organization" running everything.

Enjoy it, it's what you wanted.

Comment "Antimicrobial treatment" (Score 1) 149

IS the problem.

We're destroying the internal ecology we evolved with, and trying to develop drugs to treat symptoms that exacerbate the core problem.

Because modern medicine doesn't work. There have been no amazing new discoveries that translate into improving the lives of everybody for a long time now for a reason.

Comment "We were working secretly- For the military" (Score 1) 251

Our experiment in sound

Was nearly ready to begin

We only know in theory what we are doing

Music made for pleasure Music made to thrill

It was music we were making here until

They told us, all they wanted Was a sound that could kill someone From a distance, so we go ahead And the meters are over in the red

It's a mistake in the making

From the painful cries of mothers To the terrifying scream We recorded it and put it into our machine

Then they told us, all they wanted Was a sound that could kill someone From a distance, so we go ahead And the meters are over in the red

It's a mistake in the making

It could feel like falling in love It could feel so bad

But it could feel so good It could sing you to sleep

I'll bet my mum's gonna give me A little toy instrument

But that dream is your enemy

We won't be there to be blamed We won't be there to snitch I just pray that someone there Can hit the switch

But they told us, all they wanted Was a sound that could kill someone From a distance, so we go ahead And the meters are over in the red

It's a mistake we've made

And the public are warned to stay off ...

Comment People don't get it, FB owns your presence... (Score 1) 192

You agree to be owned by FB when you sue their services. You agree that everything you plug-into it is theirs to do with pretty much as they see fit.

If you don't like that, and only a fool would, stop using it. Just stop. Do you really need the internet heroin of the "like" button and pictures of kittens and ugly and banal memes to fill-up your days anyway ?

The only reason FB exists is because they've made so it easy for you to become addicted. You made the choice to get addicted to it. Stop crying about it and free yourself.

Nobody can free you but yourself. Not the government, not FB, not corporate America, not your religion, not your friends, not the political party you've aligned yourself to, none of these entities care about you or your freedom; they all seek to monetize you.

You're doing it to yourselves.

Comment Re:Just upload your encrypted data online (Score 1) 223

No. The only solution is to stop believing that the system even can work in an equitable manner, and that the public hasn't done this to themselves.

Yes, the politicians are guilty, I'm not arguing that they are not.

And yes, industry is hopelessly corrupt.

And yes, the government agencies are incompetent, lack transparency, and lack the oversight to weed-out incompetents and special interests.

However, this did not occur in a vacuum. People would rather remain anesthetized by the media, they'd rather watch "reality" tv than be educated.

They'd rather accept "news" from outlets that have a vested interest, not in actual reporting of important events, but in keeping you titillated and angry and in a state to keep buying the crap you do not need that is bad for you that keeps you stupid and accepting that YOU can't DO anything that matters.

Bitching about the government - THAT is SO old and tired. The problem is the culture.

Our culture is rotten to the core.

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