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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Wild_dog! Re:Political background (151 comments)

"Whether you like it or not, the tide of history is moving from smaller to larger groups."

Things tend to happen whether anyone likes it or not. That is not really specific to me.
You are right about the tide of history of smaller groups moving to larger ones. Possibly the eventual world will be one giant entity with some form of feedback loop for governance that allows for greater say by the populace on how that governance is manifest. Checks and Balances and Divided government and Voting will certainly be parts of the equation if such a government could exist.
In the interim however, I think there is a counter movement toward smaller units gaining more say in their own affairs as larger entities are formed. Even in my own community which is a small town, we seem to be gaining more autonomy over certain aspects of our governance even in the face of larger overarching governance. The state provides the overarching rules, but within those rules it is the local government that determines how such rules will actually be implemented.

"I really could not care about how the UK was not created well. It can work well nowadays. 1745 was a long time ago."

Certainly the past is the past. The UK was formed in the way most large nation states formed back then conquest. That is fine.
I think more pertinent to today is the question 'can a group have more autonomy if they feel their needs would be better met by smaller governance'. It seems to me that the argument has to do more with the idea that many of the Scots would like more say in their own affairs today. But like everyone else they also seem to want to be part of something bigger in retaining membership in the EU. Belonging to a bigger geopolitical marketplace won't be such a problem for the Scots if they choose to have greater local control over their own affairs in my opinion.

"The UK is not perfect but neither is my car. I won't make my car work better by sawing bits off."
This is analogy seems a bit off point to me.
Separating the 2 countries is not like lopping a baby in 2. It is more like separating a liver. Both parts can function and grow separately of one another because both are fully functioning even though both will have diminished size from what the whole was. Both can grow to have economies that are larger and function well also.

"Despite what the SNP tells us, if Scotland leaves the UK, it leaves every alliance the it is in."
Not really. Scotland will get to pick its own alliances and reframe how those alliances are formed is all. That means greater liberty to follow ones own course in my book and is a net positive. Every alliance formed for the UK will be revisited by all of the parties for similar terms with the Scots. Who knows, I can see scenarios where the Scots will have opportunities to form even broader alliances with parties the UK won't form alliances with.

"It will be able to apply for entry but this is not a fast process and meantime, we are outside."
I think it will be more like a rubber stamp or somewhere in between that and new EU member applications. Scotland is already in the EU as part of the UK.
Some specifics will need to be worked out, but the process will not be very lengthy or even likely inconvenient. I could see the EU giving the Scots a tentative waiver for many functional things so the transition won't be too disruptive. The EU is hoping for a greater level of stability. It is not in their economic interest to keep the Scots at arms length. They are a know quantity. The EU will avoid throwing even more chaos into their western borders in my estimation. It is in the EU's interest to move to lock down stability with Scotland rather than create greater problems.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Wild_dog! Re:Political background (151 comments)

What are your main reasons for this?

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

Wild_dog! Re:Political background (151 comments)

Scottish Independence a media stunt? or isn't going to happen???

about two weeks ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Wild_dog! Re: SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (209 comments)

hahahaha. Wish I had funny mod points.
Especially for the unemployed part. Seems oxy-moronic that most folks insist Apples products are overpriced and yet the unemployed magically are the ones using those. Something has got to give eh?

about a month and a half ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Wild_dog! Re:Disbelief in evolution=proof of science illiter (772 comments)

A fallacy in what way? I'm not sure you are using the term correctly.
I am not positing some sort of argument. I am making a statement. And more than that, my statement is neither misleading nor deceptive. You can agree or disagree, but if you disagree then please present a concrete counterpoint about how my statement is false. Perhaps you are interpreting what I am saying wrong since it is only a one line statement. You an I could even perhaps agree on most points in fact. or not.

Do you know how the Universe came about? If, as your "That's a fallacy" statement infers then you must have a clue how the universe came about. To me such an inference would be a bold statement indeed. I would then have to ask you to qualify this understanding of yours further. Where did everything before the big bang come from? Was there a before? Will there be an after? Is the universe we currently exist in merely 15 billion? What is the nature of time. What is the nature of space as it currently exists? How many dimensions actually do exist? Are we even living in a real world? Are there things beyond the known universe or is ours universe it? If there are other universes, how does ours fit into a larger scheme. Is there some sort of generator of universes or are they merely spontaneous. Have there been recurrent big bangs of our universe?

There are so many questions to be asked and answered. Many of the answerable things are being answered, yet the amount that has been answered I feel is still small compared to the larger questions about the vast unknown. Because we live on one pinprick of a planet in all of this vastness, our ability to determine things observationally are a bit limited because of our perspective. Because human civilization has been around merely some 10k years roughly and of those it has been merely 500 or so years where we have really began to delve into things as science began to take hold, I feel there is much more to learn and find out about the 15 billion year old universe, its origins, and the nature of the great infinite which seems to surround us. We have a lot more learning to do.

Firstly it isn't a fallacy to make an opinion statement, but even more I doubt very much that you can construct a coherent argument as to why my opinion is false. You can merely disagree with my statement, but I am not sure what the point of that would be either. None of us really has a clue since there is much to be learned yet and I include myself in this mass of humans who don't know much. We are trapped corporeally in our universe of apparently 3 discreet spacial dimensions. We are stuck in a universe that theoretically came into existence with a big bang some 15 billion years ago, but we know nothing about beyond the universe or outside the universe. Our knowledge is rather paltry in the grand scheme of things although we fashion ourselves as enlightened somehow.

Is your "pro tip" directed at me for saying that 'none of us from this tiny backwater of a planet have a clue how this universe came about.' Seems a bit of a misguided ad hominem. Especially in the face of such massive uncertainty such as the ultimate nature of our universe and the vast complexity of what exists. Plus you just did the very thing that you were warning about in your pro tip. Seems a bit like Kafka's the Castle to me ending up where you began.

I make no assumptions about people I have never met. There are those who have infinitely greater understanding than do I in all areas of human endeavor, and yet, all of the people I know, are stuck on this one planet, in this 3-d spacial paradigm, with a scant few hundred years of observational data and theory about what our universe ultimately is and how it came about. Last time I checked everything regarding what we know is still theoretical. Humanity seems to be stuck on the same boat called earth and all of our knowledge and understanding is bottled up with us.

If your experience is different that is nice. I think you need to define what you are talking about more before making easy statements like "That's a Fallacy"
Elaboration would be needed if you wish your statement to have heft. but first you would have to know what fallacy is and not confuse fallacy with mere statements and opinions.

about 2 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

Wild_dog! Re:Disbelief in evolution=proof of science illiter (772 comments)

Yep.

Literalists have a hard time with the mythic stories from the various cultures of our planet and what exists on our tiny ball for all to see. Ultimately, none of us from this tiny backwater of a planet have a clue how this universe came about. What the nature of the universe is or its ultimate origins are will likely remain somewhat of a mystery far beyond the existence of us as a species.

But a bold statement about belief in creationism preventing folks from scientific literacy seems a stretch. I know many fantastic scientists who have strong religious beliefs. Generally, they are not literalists, but they have a firm knowledge of science and its methodology.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Wild_dog! Re:There Is No Demand For "smart guns" (584 comments)

Everyone should have a recording of a pump shotgun on their phones they can quickly play!!!

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Wild_dog! Re:Police (584 comments)

The police are probably right at least with technology as it currently is.
Police need to have a live gun all the time.

about 2 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Wild_dog! Re:Police (584 comments)

Let the free market decide. If people want to buy a gun that only they can shoot, and neither their kids nor the kids friends can shoot anyone accidentally with, then let them buy such a gun.
If there is a market for it, such guns will be sold. Shop owners have a legal right to carry legal firearms and sell them to their patrons.
No need for death threats to shop owners who want to carry such things for clients who want to buy them as reportedly happened in this case.

about 2 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Wild_dog! Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

So could someone put more energy on the grid with their sunny AZ, CA weather and then at night have to use power and get charged a buy the back rate even though the amount of power they put on the grid is more than they are using?

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Wild_dog! Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

They it seems likely that in those places solar at times might be adding energy to the grid. Do people get paid when they are putting extra energy on the grid or does that energy just flow onto the grid for free?

about 3 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

Wild_dog! Re:being against subsidies.... (769 comments)

Are solar users using zero net energy? I haven't seen that this is the case for most people I know with solar.
They also use energy. I think there are few who actually produce more energy than they use.

During the day, their solar arrays add energy to the grid when the need for energy is the highest so it seems that those with solar arrays are providing a service by supplying energy to the grid when energy use is at peak.
Then, at night solar users pull energy off of the grid. But it comes at reduced rates since they added energy to the grid all day.

This is all negotiated into the rates one receives.
Seems to me that in this instance the power companies just want to discourage people from getting solar arrays by being allowed to add a nice hefty tax to solar users. If they were having problems with maintaining infrastructure for solar users, why not just adjust the buy-back rate???
This to me looks like a special up-front tax make people think twice before installing solar. Nobody wants to install solar and then have energy bill go up too. Especially, when solar users are providing free energy to the energy companies for some reduced rates on the energy they are using.

about 3 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Wild_dog! Re:So no change then (193 comments)

I was thinking more of the Colbert Report which has been on since 2005 or 2006 or something in terms of his own show. But I guess you are right about him being on TV for decades. Thanks for the clarification.

about 4 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Wild_dog! Re:So no change then (193 comments)

Has Colbert been on for decades?
He looks too new to have been on for decades.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Wild_dog! Re:Is it free software? (180 comments)

Supposed to run PLEX that would be nice.

about 4 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Wild_dog! Hard drives in firesafe. (983 comments)

What about 4 5TB mirrored drives in a fireproof safe?

about 5 months ago

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