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  1. This isn't government intrusion. First off, as you may see in other threads, CISPA is dead int he water in the US. We will be drafting our own group of bills to try and recreate it, but that's another issue entirely. Second off, not instituting a ban on asking for facebook passwords is not the same as mandating potential employers to ask for them. THe government has simply decided not to address the issue within this piece of legislation. (again, a dead legislation anyway). Let's all calm down and put away the tinfoil hats. We have real work to do in this nation now if we wish to prot
  2. I will be curious to hear your explaination of how we will put up a nationwide infrastructure of fiber optic lines purely from private monies and labor or how we will magically find a bandwidth that is not regulated to use and defies a government employee's antenna. There is no such thing as an infrastructure that cannot, or will not, be regulated in the US. Having said that, I am opposed to this horrid activity and I full on expect to have to deal with it. There is virtually no way this, or something VERY much like this wont pass sooner or later and be ratified as a "worldwide" treatie.
  3. Digital video and images were the end of any remaining credibility images had...not that they were ever especially credible to begin with. Any 8 year old with after effects or photoshop can make astounding images at this point. I am a die hard skeptic that there are little grey men with an anal fixation in the sky on my absolute most open minded of days. But with the progress mad ein the fields of digital image manipulation I can never truly trust ANY image. To prove that there are ETs on earth, I need cold hard evidence. Any less will be considered nothing but an attempt to fool me.
  4. Haha. As a genuine, unabashed and unapolagetic socialist, I agree in full. It makes me cringe every time I hear these right-wing extremist nut jobs, many of whom I know for a fact have not passed so much as a high school civics class, go ahead and scream "socialist" everytime they dislike something the President does. I WISH he were a socialist! I suspect his private ideology is probably more in line with socialist tendancies but his position of governance and track record have been staunchly moderate, even to the point of being almost Republican grade conservative on a number of issues. But t
  5. So long as she's not elected simply because she's a "she", I don't really care one way or another. I don't see it as some great victory to elect a person to any office simply because of their skin color, gender, sexuality etc etc. These things are irrelevant to the nature of the job they're signing up for.
  6. There is something to be said for not making a martyr of these types. However, the media has reported very flimsy ties to organized terror at "best"...if you can call it that. A sensationalist media would absolutely adore him being the next wave of an al queada operation as it would provide them with weeks of material to fill their stale air waves with. The fact that they have not spun the story this way suggests to me that the evidence may be pretty convincing that these were more or less lone wolves. This is just me picking apart the "facts" as I can see them, with acknowledgement that basic
  7. Neurologists have routinely stated that there is solid evidence to suggest humans hallucinate on a semi routine basis. Brain chemistry is a highly variable system and "errors" do occur. Furthemore, they have stated that these hallucinations are often so benign and take the form of mundane objects or occurances to the point we are probably entirely unaware they are just a figment of our own fluctuating chemistry. Science has yet to provide evidence of the existence of ghosts. But it has provided us proof of concept that you can experience things and be completely unaware that your senses rela
  8. Personally, I have a lot of philosophical discomfort with the death penalty, though I am not fundamentally opposed to it. We have a need as a nation to be certain we are prosecuting an innocent-until-proven-guilty defendant in a justice system and NOT persecuting a guilty by default victim in a vengeance system. I have argued in the past that the death penalties existence MAY undermind that position. Many would claim that they don't care about that because of some of the miserable things the guilty have done. I argue this point reflects an immature attitude, but I will give them that point see
  9. In fact, there is a good argument to be made that "John of Patmos" was refering not to some future time, but speaking in thinly veiled code about Domitian or Nero and the perceived corruption of the government of that time. Don't forget that Roman occupation of parts of the middle east was truly hated by the local culture. There is no small connection between Messianic theology that grew from that culture and the occupation. Messianic theology of the time had a markedly political bent to it, Jewish adherents believing that the Messiah would lead a military revolution against Rome. This concept
  10. "The Government" is a highly convenient scape goat, and one our recent culture has been entirely too willing to flog. And to be clear, I'm not saying there are not plenty of reasons to dislike the state of American politics over the last 20 years and those reasons are mounting daily. However, I have said that our problems are largely cultural and not political in nature. The political problems are a symptom of our over all poor excuse for a culture, not the cause. We have jettisoned the concept of personal responsibility, as well as resist the idea of collective responsibility. THe thing is,
  11. I am perfectly calm. Beliefs are not valid when they fail to be backed by factual evidence. Define your "dimensions" and demonstrate their existence, or admit to self deception.
  12. It all depends on what information you subscribe to. Population control may be inevitable. Before my back went haywire, I was an avid hiker and naturalist in Pennsylvania, a state where generations ago virtually all large predators were hunted to extinction. I've seen first hand what happens when a herd or small animal population goes out of control. It's a death not fit for man nor beast. It's also the ugliest of all politics. Deciding who has a right to breed goes against virtually every individualist tendency we have here in the west. And yet, numbers ar eimpassionate and do not lie. We a
  13. You are absolutely wrong that google execs dont use their own services. Google's top brass work under a corporate culture that prides itself in transparency. Unfortunately for us, that means our searches are catalogued and google does store vast amounts of data on us. But they also release vast amounts of data about themselves. I'm not saying I like the google philosophy,b ut they are in no way hypocritical about it. Google is storing data on it's owners too, because they do use their own products.
  14. Just what makes you think th emoon is being mined? Can you point to an obvious mining operation photo? Can you explain why there's no sudden influx of metals into the marketplace or a drop in price? Exactly how do you propose we're getting hauls of metal back to the planet? Our best minds could only come up with "Lets drop it in a balloon that will bounce for 50 miles" when they decided to launch a billion + dollar robot to the surface of Mars. That's not subtle.
  15. North Korea is very much a cornered animal. I wouldn't be incredibly surprised to see them actually pull an attack. It makes me wonder if their regeim actually is even aware of their situation. The world community is a little tired of their crap, to say the least. What would surprise me less than NK launching an attack would be preemptive action against them to settle this nonsense.