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Comment Science now dictated by party (Score 1) 366

It is unfortunate, not only for America but the world, that climate science became a political issue with a party divide. Combined with the venomous team-sport nature of current politics, where people are groomed to be patriots only of their party rather than their country, whether or not a person is allowed to believe science is often dependant on whose political dogma they are soldiers of.

Comment Re:Goodbye, internet! (Score 1) 296

There may be some countries that have even more freedom of speech than the US, but the USA still produces more words. Therefore it does, mathematically, have more free speech than any other county on Earth. USA! USA! (c'mon everybody)

I'm not American but I didn't feel particularly oppressed by the country who invented the internet overseeing this function. But I would also be surprised if it turns out that Americans are the only decent, freedom loving people in the world.

Comment Re:giant boondoggle is giant boondoggle (Score 2) 175

Sure, we bullied 54 nations into signing defense pacts, and we bullied Europe into sticking us with a huge bill for NATO. We bullied every other Nato country except for Poland and Britain into not paying the 2% of their GDP on defense that the treaty requires, so we could sociopathically pay for the gaps in their budgets, in addition to providing such a huge military force, that Germany, for instance, only needs to have available one light brigade of combat troops for NATO operations...

As a non-American in an allied country I can attest that America more than just a bully. Sometimes a bully, yes, but often a great help and friend.

Comment Re:I'm a Loyalist (Score 5, Interesting) 144

Used to live in a backwoods Canadian coastal area. It wasn't unusual to head toward the marina to watch the 4th of July fireworks coming from the rich American yachts because they could afford to put on a better fireworks show than the local town did a few days earlier on Canada Day.

All things considered we have good neighbours. Elsewhere in the world, little nations that reside beside super powers are sleeping with one eye open. We're not worried about USA. If they want something from us they pull out a check book, not a cannon. It will be just another Saturday for us but hope you guys enjoy your Independence Day.

Not sure what this has to do with tech news. I guess gun powder was a significant invention. What better way to celebrate the greatness of America than with Chinese goods?

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