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Comment Re: No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 658

Besides a few extreme not credible nutcases like Richard Carrier no biblical scholar agrees he never existed.

See the problem?
Now, I certainly cannot speak to all biblical scholars, but I did know one in college. That he could say with a straight face what he sought within that book was The Truth was one of the more perplexing mysteries of my life. The cognitive dissonance was strong with that one.
I've researched the presented evidence for the historicity of Jesus pretty deeply. It's all propped up on some really bad logic.
There is no hard evidence, and that's *weird*, because he was supposedly a major world player at the time. Why is it we don't hear about him until hundreds of years later?

I think it would be a cool story if he was just some cult leader who got raised to messianic status post-mortem, but there just isn't anything credible I've seen to suggest that.

Also Paul heard of Jesus far away near The Turkey which means Jews passed on Jesus to his synagogue.

This is what I'm talking about- that is *not* a fact.

The fact the early Christians did not consider Jesus God as evident in the book of Mark disproves Richard Carrier theory of how he got invented.

Nor is that.

How is it fair to ignore all of the inconsistencies of the stories in favor of the few consistencies? The time between confirmed writings and his supposed existence is more than long enough for a myth to start.

Overall, I see a lot more to support him not having existed than supporting that he did exist. But I fully concede either is possible, with an open mind.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 658

The consensus is that Beethoven was a great composer.

Tsk, Tsk. That's like, their opinion, man.

We can use a common consensus to agree that the fictional character Jesus is a cool guy, or not a cool guy based upon whatever taste/culture norms rule the day, but to quote a wiser man than I, "You are entitled to your own opinion. You are not entitled to your own facts."
No matter *how* many people disbelieve Global Warming (as if a fact could be wished out of existence) it is *still* real. Thermodynamics and QED say it *must* be, and there is not one shred of evidence, not for a lack of searching for 100 years, to show that they're not correct in this instance.

The fact that more people believe in Christianity than Nordic religions is simply a factor of population growth after conquest of one of those religions by the other.
When Islam overtakes Christianity, will it then become the One True Religion? Your argument is fucking stupid.

Comment Re:Incoming liberal asspain (Score 1) 852

What the hell are you talking about, man? Hillary is very clearly ahead.
Clinton's hold over her states is far firmer than Trump's.
Hillary can carry the win with all the states she currently has in her favor, the weakest of them being NH with a 35 point disparity in her favor.
Trump can't win without flipping at the least, her weakest state.
Now let's look at Trump's weakest states- NV: .4 points in Trump's favor, FL: 2.2 points in Trump's favor, NC: 12 points in Trump's favor, OH: 15 points in Trump's favor. It's only a question of how bad he loses. It may end up being really damn close, but he's not taking any of her states away without a miracle.

Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 1) 205

Actually, I apologize for my previous post. I wasn't looking at TFA's board, I was looking at a board another poster posted specs to that *I* thought TFA was about. Similarly priced, quad-core 1.9ghz Atom in RPi format... Much cooler than the thing the TFA is actually about.

Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 1) 205

But it's not that much better.

You have a really funny personal definition of better
This thing is over twice as fast, has better peripherals and interconnects onboard, can have oodles more memory, and on-board eMMC.

if not better due to GPIO and a massive community

It has the same physical layout as an RPi, including the 40-pin header exposing GPIO and other peripheral bus interfaces.
And you're going to have a hard-sell saying an Intel machine has a smaller community than an RPi.

That all being said,
It's definitely not competitive to the RPi in markets where people care about the price difference, that's for sure.
The RPi really is more of a toy next to this thing, and the price difference reflects that. For people who want an RPi that isn't so damn underperforming, this will be another good option.

Comment Re:China china china... (Score 1) 275

In the defense of everyone involved... Without a de-orbit burn, it's goddamn near impossible to predict exactly when something at orbital velocity will succumb to air drag enough for its orbit to rapidly degrade.
A lack of a de-orbit strategy really doesn't speak to the competency of any engineer or group of engineers involved. It's an economic and practical decision. It takes big boosters and lots of fuel to do a truly controlled de-orbit of a heavy spacecraft travelling at orbital velocities, and these stations aren't equipped for that. We used a booster launched from the ground to move it to its parking orbit.

NASA considered adding retrorockets so that it could be deorbited in a controlled fashion, but the weight and cost was deemed worse than the risk involved with uncontrolled reentry.

Comment Re:What, No Spy Camera? (Score 3, Insightful) 88

They are not in the ad business like some other mobile OS makers

In all fairness, that only became true 2 months ago.

Yes, it has a GPS because, surprise, users, particularly runners, asked for it. Begged for it. Yelled and screamed for it. Not because Apple wants to track your every movement.

You're probably correct, given the above-quoted point you made, however, iAd was a full-time user of Location Services.

Untighten the tinfoil a bit.

Definitely agree there.

Comment Re: Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 396

You call it an anecdote, and sure you're correct it is. And sure, the plural of anecdote is not data- however there is plenty of data displaying European anti-science views. Does your health insurance cover "Neural Therapy?" Mine doesn't either.
Look it up.
Germans' do. They're all about voodoo medicine and pseudoscience over there.
I'm terribly sorry for the cognitive dissonance you're suffering over there.
Get to know some of them. Fascinating people. They're ripe and ready to elect another Hitler over there. Their brain trust is emigrating in numbers high enough to cause existential worry for the government. Negative population growth- and its not because of a lack of children.
They're significantly further along the path to an idiocracy than the US is.

Comment Re:Epinephrine cost per dose in about 50 cents (Score 1) 396

They were going to put in an exception to the CFC bans for inhalers, but Pharma lobbied to have it banned

False. Amphastar lobbied for *years* fighting the ban. The FDA fought back... for years to go through all the loopholes it has to go through before banning something that's contested.
There was no vast conspiracy here, just the FDA trying to follow our obligations under the Montreal Protocol, and big pharma not wanting to spend any more money making a new product when it could continue reaping the profits from the drug who's R&D was paid for 10x over every single year it was at market.

Comment Re: All these pharma/insurance stories (Score 1) 396

Tell me why the Scandinavian countries and the Germans have probably better outcomes for less

Mostly, they don't. Overall, on a massive list of medical outcomes for major diseases, they score significantly below us on survival in the majority of illnesses. They do completely destroy us on a few though, interestingly (wtf, cervical cancer?)

I don't think it has anything to do with their *system* though. I think it has more to do with the people and their love of holistic medicine.

Comment Re: Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 396

with equivalent outcomes

Not entirely true- but I don't believe that has anything to do with the healthcare *system*.
I'm absolutely on-board with single-payer healthcare, but US healthcare offers better outcomes than healthcare in most single-payer countries.

In Germany a dentist who caps your tooth with an infection in it can tell you to get "Neural Therapy" (novocaine injections) to manage the "neuropathic pain" until you become septic and nearly die. That may have something to do with it.

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