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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

A republic can be a democracy, or not. A democracy can be a republic, or not. You don't seem to know what "democracy" or "republic" means - why should anyone listen to you discuss the merits or problems of either?

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

"Republic" and "democracy" clearly mean different things to what you understand. You might want to head on over to a dictionary. A republic simply means a country that is not ruled by a dynastic leader. A democracy simply means a country in which the people choose the leaders. Clearly the two are not mutually exclusive, and the US is both, albeit to various lengths.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

How can the US go back to being "a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch"? Do you even know what "republic" means?

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

Your answer is very illuminating. In most democracies there are a host of parties which people vote for, and which have a good chance of becoming important in the policy-making of the country in question. The fact you think that isn't the case speaks volumes about how you view politics, and if your thinking is in any way common, explains why the current US situation came about. You seem to think the joke of US democracy is somehow normal.

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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

dave420 Re:Depends on who uses them (181 comments)

"Early 2000 called ... yadda yadda ..."

Seriously - you're either a terrible programmer, a troll, or both.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Heading off the Republic Pedants (696 comments)

It's not a republic any more? The US has a dynastic leader, akin to a royal or dictatorial family? Weird. Or, maybe, you just don't know what the word "republic" means. That would make more sense.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Since when (696 comments)

You don't even know what these words mean, yet get so irate when people use them correctly. What's wrong with your brain? A republic means a country without a dynastic leader. That's it. It might have democracy, it might not, it has nothing to do with it.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

dave420 Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

One guy saying something does not an oligarchy make, regardless of who that guy is.

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:by what right? (338 comments)

For you it's an issue. For science, scientists, and those who are scientifically literate, it's still just science. If the evidence changed, so would their opinions. Your opinion most likely will never change, regardless of the evidence - if that weren't the case, you'd not be parroting this Monckton-esque nonsense all over the internet for everyone to read, highlighting your ignorance and stubbornness for all to see. Get a grip - you are the very thing you are complaining about. You are the ideologue. Your cause is the ideology. You don't even realise it - it's tragic. History will not look back kindly on people of your ilk, and quite rightly so. With all the benefits we have of education, you seem quite happy to just pick what you want to know, ignore the rest, complain it doesn't exist, and then condemn those who sought the truth out for themselves and tried to educate you on your own selfish shortcomings. You are a lazy, ignorant, scared little human being. I pity you.

2 days ago
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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

dave420 Re:"Independent" discovery? (62 comments)

Not to mention LV-429. There was some talk of nuking that one, though.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:Climate lobby won't accept this as an answer (338 comments)

... he says with absolutely no evidence, thereby only highlighting his own bias, making himself look a total numpty in the process.

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:Maybe if Clinton... (338 comments)

I'm pro-nuke and I believe climatology. Your point? Apart from that generalisations are stupid?

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:the 70's called (338 comments)

Tell that to people who live in cities which are thousands of years old! Plus it's not entirely easy to move, say, New York, London, or even smaller (but just as awesome) Amsterdam further inland. I agree caution is needed, but it's needed in the causing and mitigation of global warming. So far we're only seeing it on the mitigation side, while industry continues unabated, with the Koch brothers doing all they can to keep it that way.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:Brilliant! (338 comments)

If you knew anything about this topic beyond what you've been told by non-scientists with conflicts of interest, you'd know the answers to both of those preconditions. Hint:

1. Human industry's continued emission of CO2
2. Keep CO2 levels in an acceptable range to minimise uncontrolled warming

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:What if we overcorrect? (338 comments)

Water vapour is short-lived in the atmosphere, generally turning to rain in a short period of time. When the atmosphere warms up, however, it can hold more water vapour, which increases warming even further. So more CO2 leads directly to more water vapour in the atmosphere.

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

dave420 Re:What if we overcorrect? (338 comments)

It is settled. You saying it isn't doesn't make it so. The precise details of just how much affect mankind's CO2 output is having on the world still needs more accuracy, but then that always will be the case, as no science is 100% perfect. You seem to be arguing from ignorance. We, as a species, know enough already that the continued spewing of CO2 into the atmosphere will change our planet, and will cause massive disruption to how we live our lives. That's what happens when crops we rely on are no longer found in the places we grow them, when weather events get stronger, and when trillions of dollars of real estate is flooded.

Please read more.

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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

dave420 Re:Bloody Idiot (582 comments)

The number of autism diagnoses is increasing, not necessarily the number of autistic people. Please not the difference. This is what happens when diagnosis improves. We've seen the same happen before when all sorts of diseases and conditions are discovered. By your logic AIDS doesn't exist, as before the 1980s no-one was diagnosed with it. See how ridiculous you sound? Probably not.

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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

dave420 Re:Why do people listen to her? (582 comments)

And found to be false. Your point? His data set was from experimentation he performed himself, so it's not as if the data could be shared and different conclusions made. When it comes to climatology, the data sets are shared all over the place, and anyone can check the methodology behind the collection of data, and the conclusions drawn from it. You comparing the two makes you sound as scientifically-illiterate as Jenny McCarthy. Are you happy now?

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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

dave420 Re:get stuffed (423 comments)

Because it won't be utopia? How do you know that warming those areas won't cause feedback which increases the temperature even more? Because that's a distinct possibility, given the huge amounts of methane trapped in the frozen ground. And, funnily enough, people like the weather where they live, as that's what they (and their cultures) are used to. Weird, I know.

2 days ago

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