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Obama Nominates RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

Somewhat Delirious Re:Don't worry big media, the fix is in (463 comments)

You wouldn't hate the RIAA's plumber, their lawyer should really be no different.

Ha ha HA. Very funny.

more than 3 years ago
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Bad Science Writer Talks About the Placebo Effect *NSFW*

Somewhat Delirious Re:Fast talker (131 comments)

only one, but they told him it was speed.

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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

Somewhat Delirious Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

Sure. Talk to you later when you have arrived back in reality.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

Somewhat Delirious Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

It supposed to be a fair way to raise the funds to provide the things required for a cvilised society.

And there I was, thinking that a fair distribution of wealth was part of the idea of a civilised society. Oh well.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

Somewhat Delirious Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

If it were possible for anyone and everyone to avoid paying taxes, I don't think anyone would mind.

Actually, if it were possible for everyone, the powers-that-be would close or change the tax loopholes. The rich and powerful cannot be so without poorer/weaker people to support them.

Central governments and taxation are the only things that make our modern society viable at all. Drop that and we're back in the stone ages.

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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

Somewhat Delirious Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

Stupid question.
You don't steal bread because you don't want to be arrested.
You steal services you use because you don't want to be arrested.

It's like saying "I want to use the train but forcing me to pay for a train ticket is theft".

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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

Somewhat Delirious Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

Tell that to the majority of the world population who's lives and resources we have been exploiting for hundreds of years to get to where we are. People with no redress to any form of legal protection, political representation, education or any means of getting out of the situation they are in. F*ck you buddy. You are a prime example of what is wrong with this planet: selfish, ignorant, misinformed, intellectually lazy and morally corrupt.

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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

Somewhat Delirious Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

If I had modpoints I'd give you a "Funny" for that.

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NASA's Next-Generation Airplane Concepts

Somewhat Delirious Re:Was this story a mistake? (120 comments)

If I may I would suggest plasma to be the more appropriate medium for punishing visits to a particle accelerator.

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NASA's Next-Generation Airplane Concepts

Somewhat Delirious Re:Was this story a mistake? (120 comments)

I've noticed that Timothy has been banning me for days, even weeks, at a time; because I exposed him as a Jew years ago. See the last article and other Israel-related articles on his watch as proof. Years ago, he made the mistake of posting in a discussion his trip to Israel.

See you all in a month. It's been good knowing you.

Let me clarify to you why you get banned:

I've noticed that Peter has been banning me for days, even weeks, at a time; because I exposed him as a Physicist years ago. See the last article and other Physics-related articles on his watch as proof. Years ago, he made the mistake of posting in a discussion his trip to the Tevatron.

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Stars Remain In Their Usual Places; People Panic

Somewhat Delirious Re:wrong for the last few thousand years... (468 comments)

also, santa is your parents. You're welcome.

If santa is our parents is that through immaculate conception or self pollination? Also, where can one become a formal initiate of this interesting new religion? Does it involve hot chocolate baptisms? If it does I'm seriously considering converting from Pastafarianism

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Stars Remain In Their Usual Places; People Panic

Somewhat Delirious Re:Not sure how to interpret this one (468 comments)

I checked and saw:

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An astrological website gives you an appropriate and to the point piece of advice designed to help you out with a very specific problem you actually have and still you complain? Time to take your winnings and leave the table, I'd say.

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Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read

Somewhat Delirious Easily solved (185 comments)

From TFA:

When you are a reading a straightforward sentence, or a paragraph full of tropes and cliches, you’re almost certainly relying on this ventral neural highway. As a result, the act of reading seems effortless and easy. We don’t have to think about the words on the page.

But the ventral route is not the only way to read. The second reading pathway – it’s known as the dorsal stream – is turned on whenever we’re forced to pay conscious attention to a sentence, perhaps because of an obscure word, or an awkward subclause, or bad handwriting.

Well that says it all, doesn't it. If you want people to remember what you wrote, write something interesting that doesn't consist of tropes and cliches and therefore motivates the reader to pay conscious attention. If you insist on writing something inane full of tropes and cliches, publish in Bad Handwriting Sans, throw in an obscure word or two and several awkward subclauses or maybe you could translate the entire thing into linear B.

There are good reasons for activating conscious attention and bad ones. A good one is that the information presented has intrinsic value (presents new information in the broadest sense). A bad one is presenting information in a way that fools the brain into thinking there is intrinsic value while all there actually is is a messy way of presenting information that does not warrant that kind of attention.

You can imagine what people will do outside of a laboratory when confronted with the second type. They will pay conscious attention for two paragraphs, notice that what they're reading is a badly written text full of tropes and cliches and stop reading it altogether.

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Florida Man Sues WikiLeaks For Scaring Him

Somewhat Delirious Re:What's next? (340 comments)

I think the sad thing is that when you look at American polls this seems to be a pretty accurate description of a major percentage of public opinion regarding Wikileaks in the US.

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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

Somewhat Delirious Re:attorneys (973 comments)

So black-and-white ? Sure, if liberals stop being so black-and-white about socialism

So basically you say you will start being reasonable once everyone else who has an unreasonable view opposed to yours does so as well? Sounds like a promising approach.

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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

Somewhat Delirious Re:What grounds? (973 comments)

I agree that there is no hard proof that the US or US interests are involved in the Swedish handling of the case (doesn't mean it's not a factor though).

There is however proof that the case is politically motivated and used for political purposes in Sweden itself since the case was revived by a Swedish politician through a prosecutor in Gothenburg after the case was dismissed by the previous senior prosecutor in Stockholm.
This politician who is also currently the lawyer representing the women has a definite political agenda:

Borgstrom has often attracted attention with a series of controversial proposals and moves. He claims that all men carry a collective guilt for violence against women, and has in this context supported Gudrun Schyman's "Tax on Men".

http://tinyurl.com/6cclg2r (Wikipedia)

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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

Somewhat Delirious Re:What grounds? (973 comments)

so what's the justification?

I'm afraid you already cited that justification and then discarded it:

"We don't like him"

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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

Somewhat Delirious Re:attorneys (973 comments)

More selective reading and reporting by the press: I think it's important to realize that this reading of the defense outline of Assange lawyers as if the argument about a possible extradition to the US is somehow major or even central point of the defense is completely false.
The argument of the risk of torture or execution resulting from possible extradition to the US from Sweden is merely partial support for an auxiliary argument his lawyers are reserving the right to make.

In fact most of the defense focuses on showing that the Swedish issued European extradition warrant was unlawful and constitutes an abuse of process:
You can read the full outline of the defense here (PDF): http://www.fsilaw.com/~/media/Files/Assange%20Skeleton%20Argument%2011_01_2011.ashx

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The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics

Somewhat Delirious Re:Philosophy... (630 comments)

Essentially, yes.

Feyerabend never expressed any opposition to science in principle, he expressed opposition to the poverty of philosophical accounts of how science is supposed to work and against claims to some kind of absolute scientific authority: you cannot argue that the results, practices and consequences of science should be accepted simply because they are "scientific" and produce "truth" or "objective facts". They should be judged like any other human activity on their relative merits and consequences. Those merits and consequences for Feyerabend are weighed against the idea of liberty, the maximum individual freedom for all given that the exercise of that liberty may not cause harm to others.

You can argue that science is useful, successful, interesting, inspiring, that it allows us to understand more about how the world functions, that it allows us to do things we deem to be in the human interest but you can not claim that the practices and results of science should be simply accepted because they produce "truth". The reason for that is that there is in fact no such thing as a "scientific method" there is the scientific process which does not allow itself to be captured in formulas or definitions, therefore there is no epistemological grounding for the claim that science leads to truth and since it cannot be shown to be a reliable source of "truth" it should not be allowed to outweigh considerations of human liberty.

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The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics

Somewhat Delirious Re:Philosophy... (630 comments)

First of all there is of course no objective measure of quality of life. Feyerabend argued for a version of Mills liberty in which there is maximum individual freedom given the provision no harm is done to others.

The argument is simply that there is no absolute justification for science. Since there isn't one there are two debates you can choose from:

The debate whether science leads to objective truth and should therefore be accepted over any other world view no matter what the consequences, or the debate of whether science is a better world view on other (contextual) grounds (utility, considerations of quality of life etc.).

There is disagreement on both and I think the second one is a more fruitful and less dangerous debate.

I should perhaps clarify I'm in no way favoring voodoo over science. I love science and I'm happy with a lot of things it has brought me personally and mankind in general. Regarding religion I'm either an atheist or an agnostic depending on how you define religion. Exactly because of that I'm not going to become a believer in some new absolute "religion" of science either, since there are no convincing arguments for judging science on anything other than it's contextual merits. You see the philosophical ideal of an absolute justification of science is simply a form of totalitarian thinking that has nothing to support it.

more than 3 years ago

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Wikileaks releases CIA document

Somewhat Delirious Somewhat Delirious writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Somewhat Delirious (938752) writes "Wikileaks has just released a document from the CIA which expresses worries that the perception of the United States as an exporter of terrorism may lead to barriers to extrajudicial judicial activities of the American intelligence services abroad: "If the US were seen as an exporter of terrorism, foreign partners may be less willing to cooperate with the United States on extrajudicial activities, including detention, transfer, and interrogation of suspects in third party countries."

It also shows how the US forces other countries into bilateral agreements to insure immunity for US citizens from International Criminal Court prosecutions: "Foreign perception of the US as an “exporter of terrorism” also raises difficult legal issues
for the US, its foreign allies, and international institutions. To date, the US is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and instead, has pursued Bilateral Immunity Agreements (BIAs) with other countries to ensure immunity for US nationals from ICC prosecution. The US has threatened to terminate economic aid and withdraw military assistance with countries that do not accede to BIAs.""

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