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Comment Re:I believe I speak for a dozen people when I say (Score 0) 164

(You probably think I'm doing a dig at Amtrak there with the "government program" and "screw it up" bit, but actually, that really was the plan. I'm not kidding. A few years after Amtrak's creation, Louis W. Menk, the then chair of the Burlington Northern, actually blurted it out in public, saying that the government was making a mess of screwing it up. Look it up.)

I did look it up. You are correct sir, but man it took some digging to find.

Comment Re:Still confused (Score -1, Redundant) 82

FTFA: "The primary mirror is 18 centimeters thick. Because of its weight, the mirror’s precise shape can warp when it is tilted, so 150 actuators, upon which the mirror rests, continually push and pull at least once a minute to ensure that the optimal curvature is maintained. More impressive than the actuators are the clamps around the edges of the mirror, which can, at a moment’s notice, lift the entire mirror, all 23 tons of it, off the actuators and secure it to the telescope’s support structure in case of an earthquake (moderate quakes, of less than 7.75 Richter, are not uncommon here, thanks to the ongoing collision of the Nazca and South American plates). The entire telescope is designed to swing during an earthquake, and securing the primary mirror prevents it from rattling against the metal tubes that surround it."

Comment Re:May I be the first one to say (Score 2, Insightful) 262

Speaking as a "rampant cusser" myself, I can say that I am in now way "stickin' it to the Man" when I use curse words. Truth be told, I'll never fully understand why words get classified as curse words. They're simply another part of language used to convey extreme emotions. Sure, one could choose other words to display such emotions, but would it be as effective and why? Is it because some group of people decided that such words are offensive and this classification has been propagated throughout the generations? I say fuck that (I say that I do not agree with such arbitrary classification of said words). See the difference in emotion conveyed? Was anybody harmed by my wording? This world has become far too politically correct, and with no reason. If you can substantiate the classification of curse words with cases of where harm has come to a person because of their use, please do, I'd love to hear it.

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