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Comment Re:The earth is (Score 1) 436

It's like a weapon - you sure hope you don't need it at all, ever

While I agree with the rest of your points, I imagine a not insignificant percentage of weapon owners (ok who am I kidding - gun owners) are absolutely pining - secretly or not so secretly - for a need to use their weapon to present itself, for various reasons (fantasies of being The Hero, vindication of their having said gun(s)...).

It's not hard to imagine the same could be said for many preppers actually looking forward to WTSHTF Day.

(Yes, there is some overlap between the two groups.)

Comment Re:Not news (Score 1) 219

One could argue that using age as the sole condition to determine mental readiness for any given decision (sex included) isn't terribly optimal; it's pretty obvious not everyone grows and learns at the same rate - people can be more mentally mature "for their age", or demonstrably less so. For instance, off the top of my head I can think of a certain 70-year-old going on 12.

Comment Re:Aaannd they're off (Score 1) 511

It's too bad air popped popcorn Is unappetizingly chewy compared to its crunchy microwaveable cousin, even with a freshly opened jar of Redenbacher with no butter, it just seems to always disappoint in that, in my experience. Then again, even the microwaved stuff can't compare to the crunch of oil popped corn.

Comment Re: Finally (Score 1) 404

I imagine one significant reason why nuclear reactors can be found in huge military vessels...is because they are military vessels, with rather formidable defenses that cruise ships tend not to have. Sailing a nuclear-powered cruise ship without a high firepower escort may embolden pirates, or even unscrupulous, nuclear-bereft nations.

Comment Re:to apple fan boys (Score 1) 534

I suspect much of the "joy and pride" stems from a certain vindication felt by "True Apple fanbois" who have stuck with Apple through the years of "Apple is dying". I doubt most Apple consumers feel they are being ripped off; thankfully, people have choices. Besides, I imagine you'd have to search hard to find someone who never pays a premium in any category and only buys commodity-cheap in every single thing they buy. Do you think consumers who buy Crest over the store brand feel ripped off? Other than for job requirements, do you ever wear anything nicer than a $2 Fruit of the Loom plain white tee?

Comment Re:Apple REULEZ! (Score 1) 408

If someone calls themselves a chef or a foodie, it may not make them right...but

An Appeal to Authority is a fallacy with the following form:

Person A is (claimed to be) an authority on subject S. Person A makes claim C about subject S. Therefore, C is true.

I'm no expert on logical fallacies like you are, but it seems like there's an all too familiar logical fallacy being committed here too (hint: it has something to do with the two bolds).

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