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Comment Re:What exactly has he accomplished? (Score 4, Interesting) 77

If nothing else, he's been an effective popularizer of science. A Brief History of Time has been a tremendous success, and it's served as inspiration for many of today's scientists while teaching the public a bit about how the world works. Pretty cool.

Saying he has "a disability" is a massive understatement. The man's body has been effectively useless for decades now, serving only to keep his brain ticking and providing a cumbersome and exhausting means to slowly communicate. But he continues to engage the public and maintain a sense of humor. So that's something.

Sure, he's a celebrity. But he's also done some great things even if you discount all of his scientific accomplishments. He's served well as the face and (robo-)voice of science for a while. I think he's worthy of a short jaunt up to space.

Comment Re:I do not! (Score 5, Insightful) 588

And here again we see the goddamn problem. You're presented with a fair argument, outlined in easy-to-reply-to numbers, and your only response is "bu-bu-but Hillary lol."

Conservatives used to make serious arguments, sometimes reasonable, sometimes specious. Not anymore. What the fuck happened? Decades of right-wing radio and Fox News? Trump's magical promises to make literally everything better without ever explaining how? An addiction to #pizzagate-style conspiracy-mongering? Come on.

Comment Re:Ok with porn or not, that was genuinely stupid (Score 0) 251

The crowd reacting to every PR kerfuffle with a self-righteous anti-SJW hissy-fit is by far the most annoying element here.

There are 3 tweets about this that got about 45 retweets each. That's nothing. It was a dumb idea, a couple people said it was a dumb idea, and the conference admitted it was a dumb idea. Everyone has moved on. Calm your tits and realize that not everything is part of some vast SJW conspiracy to keep you from jerking off to anime porn or whatever.

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