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Comment Cry me a river (Score 1) 186

I bet he also thinks it really hurts his efficiency that he can't simply open letters as he pleases or simply storm suspects' homes and take away whatever he considers to be evidence.

Pesky thing those "liberties" and "rights". Things are so much easier for police in a police state, I tell ya.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 2) 112

How about falling into a pile of mud that instantly covered her?

Fossils are rare. For many reasons. One of them being that back then burial rites were not really the big craze and animals that die rarely get to fall apart where they fall to the ground. Carrion eaters tend to pluck them apart and carry parts away. Sometimes a corpse gets buried quickly by natural events. Falling into a swamp, or an animal suffocating from a volcano eruption and getting buried under ash.

Yes, that's rare. But so are fossils. If you consider just how many animals have lived on this planet and then compare that with the amount of fossils we have, it's actually amazing that we DO have Lucy at all.

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 248

What's to say they will not have actually learned anything or grown beyond their imperialist phase by the time they are so advanced?

That's not really the argument, is it? By the time they're that advanced, we have nothing they need. If we have anything they want, it's either food or culture. Maybe sentients are a delicacy, so that's a potential threat, but otherwise we'd be more valuable as we are — producing art, literature and so on. Then they can point at the monkeys and laugh.

Comment What the hell is the big deal with "planet"? (Score 2) 128

Pluto is no planet!
Because it's not cleared its orbit.
Well, we have found almost a dozen others out there like Pluto!
We'd have to call all of them planets!

What the fuck is the big deal? I am still waiting for a really good reason that explains why "clearing its orbit" is so friggin' important. Technically, given its Trojans, Jupiter hasn't even done that. So let's call that biggest gasball outside the sun itself a planetoid.

I can see the "has to be large enough to have enough gravity to get round". Ok. Just for the sake of having a lower limit in mass. I can of course see the "has to orbit the sun itself and not another object" so we can tell it apart from a moon (which gets our very own planet into rather hot water, considering that outside Pluto we have the biggest moon compared to planet mass, at what point do you have a dual-planet system rather than a planet-moon system? Probably when the common center of mass is outside both bodies, I'd say).

But "clearing out the orbit"? C'mon, find a better reason if you want to keep the planet club exclusive and not include the likes of Pluto. I bet it's just 'cause you noticed that it's half-black, isn't it?

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 5, Interesting) 248

Aliens that are advanced enough to signal us with that kind of power aren't going to find us advanced enough to be worth talking to if they can even understand our primitive methods of communication at all.

Sometimes we make noises that will attract animals so that we can study them.

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