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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Maritz Re:Revolt? (774 comments)

The Clique in charge in the USA now are not for budging. They work for themselves and won't be displaced easily. Anyone who attempts to do so will be a 'terrorist'.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Maritz Re:Are you kidding (774 comments)

In most democracies there are usually two parties that most people vote for (Both of which are different shades of shit).

Did you check this one out at all or just assume it to be true? America's pretty much the only one like this that I'm aware of.

2 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Maritz Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

Yeah, I get that. The general vibe is that they have a whole bunch of new physics that we don't have, and their tech is based off those principles. Lucky them. ;)

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Maritz Re:where is the controversy? (639 comments)

I'm quite prepared to accept that; I don't see any need to be disingenuous when it comes to the Bible.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Maritz Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (639 comments)

I thought I saw something once that said (TNG at least) actually had techno-babble guys. Like the script writers would stick [technobabble] on the script and some dudes would come along later and get some serious warp-bubble deflector inertial dampening jiggery pokery going on. Might be bullshit though.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Maritz Re:Actually... (639 comments)

I don't know how it's done formally, but it seems the only reasonable way for the solar system is to define it as the sun, or the centre of the sun. Seeing as it's the SOLar system ;)

For the galaxy it's probably better to define it as a region. Sagittarius A is the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy with a few million solar masses. Good a place as any to stick the 'centre' pin I reckon.

It's amazing that stuff like this and flat earth beliefs are still out there. These nutters are immune to evidence.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Maritz Re:where is the controversy? (639 comments)

I believe at one point god makes a circle with a diameter of 10 and a circumference of 30, which is a hell of a trick even for YHWH.

about a week ago
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LHCb Confirms Existence of Exotic Hadrons

Maritz Re:So what is it made of? (99 comments)

lol I know what you mean, I saw the reply to you earlier. Maybe the same dude.

about a week ago
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MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers

Maritz Re:Flawed assumption (92 comments)

None of that is unique to fiat currency. Gold just isn't that useful.

Gold may not be incredibly useful, but it is (a) rare and (b) unreactive and (c) pretty and malleable. So it definitely has intrinsic properties that make it valuable. Probably scarcity above all though.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:It's all in your head (408 comments)

The nice thing about real medicine is that it gets the placebo effect too. In addition to - you know - actually working and having a positive clinical effect.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:Almost Vaccination? (408 comments)

I think the 'almost' is key in this instance; with homeopathy, you are diluting things until there is nothing left.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:Maybe as a placebo, cured my wifes migraine (408 comments)

Considering migraines can be psychogenic this seems natural enough. It doesn't warrant homeopathy being publically funded or paid for by insurance though.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:So just ban it already (408 comments)

They are all bollocks, but banning them would not help. Better to have an educated populace that sees them for what they are and isn't conned by their bullshit.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:Vaccines are homeopathy, too (408 comments)

They work on the same principle

Homeopathy doesn't work, it's just water. Vaccines work (what's your explanation for where smallpox went to?) and are not just water.

Apart from that you're bang on the money.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:Homeopathy is not the only nonsense here (408 comments)

First off, you're taxing my pay to pay someone else to tell me something I already know. That's perverse and inefficient at best.

Bizarre as this might sound, this isn't specifically about you.

Secondly, having a state funded 'consumer watchdog' inevitably discourages the creation of private consumer watchdogs (plural) which would be more effective and efficient.

The FDA, MHRA and associated agencies are not 'consumer watchdogs'. If you're suggesting that the industry should run its own standards body I'm afraid you're blind to a huge conflict of interest. There's nothing effective and efficient about having the fox guard the hen house.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:just keep in mind (408 comments)

There seems to be some conflict over the usage of terms. Many of the homeopathic haters are arguing about the 'infinitely diluted pathogen as treatment' tactic and how that has exactly the same benefits as drinking a shot of tap water. Your post suggests that 'homeopathic' has become a synonym for 'holistic' in many areas. Holistic medicine is a mixed bag of some vitamins, some minerals, some symptom easing leaves and some distracting flavor/odor.

"Holistic" is a marketing buzzword to con the gullible out of their money. Nothing more and nothing less. Ditto 'alternative medicine'.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:just keep in mind (408 comments)

Nope, he's perfectly right. Nothing homeopathic about zinc. It's an element that does real things. Homepathy is water.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:Statins (408 comments)

Homoeopaths are selling malaria vaccinations. E.g. water. I see some potential for harm there.

about a week ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Maritz Re:Homeopathy Works (408 comments)

Yeah. The therapeutic value of someone paying attention to you has also come to acupuncture's rescue lately.

about a week ago

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RE's Skylon Spaceplane Faces Key Tech Test in June

Maritz Maritz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Maritz writes "El Reg has a good article on how British company Reaction Engines Ltd's ambitious spaceplane design SKYLON, which is designed to get to orbit in a single stage and to be entirely re-usable, faces a test of its pre-cooler technology in June. The pre-cooler is the key to their SABRE engines, which are themselves the key ingredient in achieving a single-stage-to-orbit platform. The pre-cooler aims to take air and almost instantly cool it down to cryogenic temperatures, before using the oxygen to burn with hydrogen fuel carried from take-off.

REL technical director Richard Varvill: "[The pre-cooler] is the only brand-new piece of technology". Varvill had previously said that REL has a 10-year roadmap to actual Skylon flights, with costs during that time of maybe $15bn."

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Did Dr Richard B. Hoover Just Discover Alien Life?

Maritz Maritz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maritz writes "Aliens exist, and we have proof.

That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal."

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