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Comment Re:Math, medicine and science (Score 1) 221

With the notable exception of the self proclaimed "caliph" Al-Baghdadi, they're mostly all dead now.

Yeah, we've been hearing that for a good thirty years now - about various terrorist groups. How do you explain that, as the years go back, there are more terrorists, more terrorist groups, and more terrorist victims?

"For months we have been making triumphant retreats before a demoralised enemy who is advancing in utter disorder". - "Wasp", Eric Frank Russell

Comment Re:Math, medicine and science (Score 1) 221

And yet they seem to have learned nothing from their "studies" other than bomb making and religious nonsense.

I think you will find that it was not Muslims who first started bomb-making. (Well, the Chinese probably began it, but they mostly used their pyrotechnics for celebration). It was European nations and the USA that first mass-produced high explosives for the express purpose of killing as many people as possible. Indeed, they actually went so far as to define civilisation as the possession and use of guns, bombs and warships.

What goes around, comes around.

Comment Re:No surprise here. (Score 1) 221

ISIS is "essence of Saudi", leaking out of the Kingdom and spreading slowly across other people's lands to convert them all to Wahhabism (or kill them). Think it through, and you' see that ISIS is just a microcosm of Saudi Arabia. The obvious differences are having a caliph instead of a king, and having no fixed borders. Both great advantages when you are in the conquest'n'conversion business.

Comment Re:If they think it's viable... (Score 1) 186

How about you stop wasting MY taxpayer money on this boondoggle...

With that mindset we never would have had railroads or the interstate highway system. We all contribute and then make a collective decision about the best use of the money. I'm one of the people who votes we spend the money to go to Mars. Not because I benefit, but because we all benefit.

That's life in a democracy. If you don't like it, move.

Comment Re:Patriarchal Society gets a 'Come-up-ins'... (Score 2) 566

Given that 50 percent of the population is female, yet most jobs and management positions are held by males - a correction is in order.

Given that many females still become mothers, a position that entails a huge amount of work no matter how much paid or unpaid help is available... and given that many females still like to run their own households with all the work that entails... and given how many women are emotionally disinclined to give orders and boss other people around... good luck with that.

I am all for female managers, and have seen some very good ones. I have also seen some real Medusas, but nothing worse than many male managers. It's just a question of practicality and feasibility.

Comment Re:Suck it up. Be a man. (Score 1) 566

Then want to turn the world from one where only merit matters to the same one that existed prior to the civil rights act, equality acts, and so on.

And there it is: that simple little word "merit". It can mean almost anything that anyone wants it to, and thus legitimates almost any act. As far as I can see, in a meritocracy merit is defined as the collection of qualities that enable you to get to the top. Which are probably the same qualities that enable anyone to get to the top of any organization. Which, as we can see by inspection of our top CEOs and political leaders, are entirely compatible with (and maybe identical to) selfishness, the ability to fake friendliness, skill in manipulation, callousness and cold calculation.

Comment "Flatline" is not "flat" (Score 1) 342

"The movie theater business has seen flatline revenue, Hastings said".

That's a truly beautiful example of deceptive speech. He meant that revenue has been "flat" - in other words, they are not always getting more money with every passing year. When you think about it, how bad can that really be? Must everything grow eternally, without limit?

But the word he chose to use was "flatline", a medical term for "the continuous straight line displayed on a heart monitor which indicates cardiac arrest or death". (COED) A "flatliner" is someone who is dead! So, even if you understand his real meaning, there is the connotation of death and decay in the background.

Of course, I suppose it's always possible Hastings was merely following the common instinct to lengthen words by adding extra syllables.

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