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Comment Re:This ruling is correct and just (Score 1) 166

He can come to the USA and face the charges, or he can flee.

So asserting rights in court (i.e. fighting extradition) counts as 'fleeing'? Does submitting a pretrial motion to suppress count as 'fleeing'? Turning down a plea deal? Pleading 'not guilty'? This seriously takes the legalistic redefinition of words to the next level.

Suppose he transfers $10000 into a USA account

Then those assets would be subject to US jurisdiction - it's the seizing of assets that are in other countries that's causing people the most concern. It suggests that I may be protected by extradition rules (e.g. dual criminality - I have free speech in the US, so they won't turn me over to Germany for mocking heads of state), but my assets are still fair game. Do I really have First Amendment rights in that situation?

Comment Re:(you lost the point) (Score 1) 183

Cancer is not something that can be cured. You can't cure "virus".

So say "No", but that is precisely what is meant by "overly rigid definition"

Again, no. It's clear from the original quote that they don't think that broad categories can be cured ('cancer', 'virus'), rather than (for example) thinking cancer can be 'treated' but not really 'cured'. Changing the definition of 'cure' wouldn't affect their critique, but saying "cure every kind of cancer" instead might.

Comment Re:No video, no evidence. (Score 1) 447

statistically speaking white people are more likely to get killed then black

Statistically unarmed, complying Black people are about 5 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a white person.

Wow, both of those pieces of information could be useful in trying to find a solution to our current issues. Let me just check the citations ... oh.

Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

The problem is I am not talking about gravity, I am talking about time. ... What I am saying is that there is no such "thing" as gravity. e.g. we will never discover gravitons because there are no particles needed to explain gravity.

Ok then.

Gravity is an effect caused by spacetime.

Yes, spacetime is curved/warped/distorted by mass/energy and this results in things with mass/energy tending to head towards each other.

When you condense matter from energy, one of the byproducts is a spacetime field.

No. Spacetime isn't a byproduct of anything like that.

I am not talking about gravity being the reason the outside edge of the galaxies appear to be faster, it is because time is moving faster.

Great! If time is moving twice as fast for some of them then all the light from them will be blue-shifted to twice the frequency (or they'll be twice as bright), and that should be easy to detect! Cite me a paper, and we're good to go!

To take this to an extreme, there are areas within the universe where 30 trillion years have passed.

Yeah, the relativity of simultaneity is pretty interesting. But you do realize that those places are also trillions of lightyears away, right? Not a few thousand?

Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

Because there are other star systems and a huge black hole making everything in the Solar system ROUGHLY homogenous. ... The effects are extreme and easily noticeable at the edge of the galaxy where there are relatively few star systems and the effect of the black hole is weak.

A. Being 'homogeneous' would only affect the things within the bulk of the galaxy, while, as you pointed out, it's the farthest objects that have the most unexplained speed. (Just as things weigh slightly less in deep mines because there's less mass below them and more above, but outside the atmosphere it falls off almost exactly with r^2.)

B: You really think that every scientist studying the problem, every college student that takes astronomy or advanced physics, in every country on earth wouldn't come up with that if it were the correct solution? At least have the decency to phrase it as a suggestion.

Why not start here.

Comment Re: Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that because the Solar system experiences a roughly homogenous spacetime field that everywhere else does too.

I'm pretty well convinced by the precession of the perihelion of Mercury that it isn't 'homogeneous' - if by that you mean that here's no significant space-time curvature.

The edge of the galaxy has no significant matter at all one one side and has an extremely limited distribution of matter on the other side.

As does, on a smaller scale, the solar system. Why are the results so different?

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

In summary, galactic rotation curves are flat because ...

Then why doesn't the same thing happen in the solar system?

*Article that doesn't mention rotation curves*

Does that summarize our discussion well enough?

Relativistic effects happen almost everywhere, but they can't explain galactic rotation curves.

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

What we call gravity arises from spacetime. ... The concept of time moves faster the further away it is from the matter that it is part of (e=mc^2 simplified).


In summary, galactic rotation curves are flat because time is faster and space is smaller where there is less matter.

Then why doesn't the same thing happen in the solar system? If it did, we wouldn't have had a mystery in the first place.

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

MOND doesn't eliminate the "need" for Dark Matter, does it.

Still, it fails in situations that otherwise have a "dark matter" explanation, just slightly fewer of them. It's not a solution to the problem.

Dark matter itself is only a partial solution, so...

You seem to have some strong feeling on the subject - could you explain?

Comment Re:Great news everyone (Score 1) 161

From the wiki:

MOND is an example of a class of theories known as modified gravity, and is an alternative to the hypothesis that the dynamics of galaxies are determined by massive, invisible dark matter halos.

It started out as a replacement for DM. 30 years later, with more evidence supporting DM, it's more like a ready-made replacement if DM fails, or an add-on if some of the observed phenomena aren't explained by a more refined DM theory.

Comment Re: Eugenics (Score 1) 93

a person born with a condition that prevents them from walking should not reproduce. But then what if that person also has a separate gene that makes them super smart?

The same thing that would happen if they chose not to have kids, or their kids didn't happen to get the gene, or if a different sperm fertilized the egg, or if the parent's birth control hadn't failed, or ...

Comment Re: Quit it already! (Score 1) 470

I personally wish golden rice worked and was viable. It's not.

I have no idea what you're talking about - it works just fine, the only issues are the political BS, scaremongering, and competing with other possible solutions.

I wish there was a magic gene ... Tinkering with genes for features that don't address those beneficial base requirements seem to have been commercially successful. Hence my skepticism.

So lowering costs (diesel, labor) and increasing yields (less pest damage, less competition from weeds) that lead to lower prices and less environmental damage isn't worthwhile? I'm sorry version 1.0 isn't exactly what you wanted, but how is that an argument against it?

Now something I could really get behind is removing certain mosquito's blood sucking gene set, reverting them back to a nectar eating bunch...

So what you're in favor of is something far beyond our current ability, as well as absurd? (How would you prevent them from speciating? Why not just take the easier route and engineer them into extinction (doable with existing tech) and breed a new pollinator from an existing one?)

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