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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Re:Yummy, tasty animals. (336 comments)

You didn't answer any of my questions - and I don't understand where this new question is coming from.

Would you care to clarify how your question answered any of my three questions, or has this simply become a conversation you're having with something in your imagination? :)

4 hours ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

hsthompson69 Re:Have government go first. (274 comments)

Thank you, amalek - you said it better than I could.

Destroying our freedom in the interest of security, against mere "bullies" no less, is a sick position to take.

yesterday
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

hsthompson69 Have government go first. (274 comments)

If government wants to have peeps into our private lives, I say they should offer themselves up first. Have every government employee's financial records, emails, purchases, and other records completely public. Install GPS trackers on them so we can all track their movement. Put cameras in their homes, cars, and offices so that we can watch them 24/7.

If they want the panopticon, let them go first.

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 Re:The problem isn't color of one's skin... (501 comments)

Yes, the thug, gangbanger, and victimhood culture rule applies to any skin color.

Sadly, blacks are more affected by thug, gangbanger and victimhood culture, especially since they have these so-called "leaders" like Jackson banging the victimhood drum day-in and day-out. I've never heard of any south-east asian "leader" demanding racial quotas for tech companies because of prior oppression.

Cultures focused on academics, hard work, and personal responsibility tend to be prominent with asian immigrants, but other notables would be your typical jewish culture, or Mormon culture, or even just plain old "geek" culture (thank you slashdot). Cultures focused on ethnic studies to revel in narratives of oppression, or those promoting ebonics, or other self-segregation from mainstream values, on the other hand, cluster around certain ethnicities simply because of their particular targeting.

Bottom line - people of any skin color can succeed, but people with self-destructive cultures only make it harder to succeed.

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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

hsthompson69 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (251 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q...

So, if government employees start realizing that government power is too broad, unchecked, and outsized, will they actually do the work necessary to limit the size and scope of government, even though it might mean limiting their own personal powers?

It sounds like there's an opportunity here, but I'm not sure if any government employees have the wisdom to embrace the right answer.

yesterday
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Re:Yummy, tasty animals. (336 comments)

So, you're saying freedom is only true in third world countries?

Or are you saying that only third world countries have no responsibilities?

Or was your precatory statement just a reflexive contradiction of me, and the only point you were trying to make was that first world countries manage their resources (like say, the carrier pigeon or the malarial mosquito)? :)

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 Re:There's a different echo... (501 comments)

Cite?

After all, I thought Sotomayor was specifically chosen because she was a "wise-latina" :) If she's just as sexist against other women as say, John Roberts, what's the point? :)

Let's be very clear, though - regardless of what tangential and passive social ideas about inferior/superior you want to point at, that's not the critical path here. Back in the Jim Crow days, yes, overt institutionalized oppression was the blocking factor. Today, the critical path is around a victimhood culture that eschews personal responsibility and denigrates academic success as being "too white".

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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Yummy, tasty animals. (336 comments)

You're right - nobody has exclusivity over any of the species. Neither does anyone have any responsibility to keep non-tasty species around.

Freedom, I love it :)

yesterday
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 Re:The problem isn't color of one's skin... (501 comments)

I know lots of honest, hard working blacks. I know they're a tiny minority in their own communities because they resisted the culture they were raised in. I know it was hard for them to speak proper english and succeed in school while their peers denigrated them for being "too white".

And I know that many of them still feel tortured by the remnants of the victimhood culture they came from - they really are hurt by the implication that they're "too white", even if they keep up a brave face.

yesterday
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Re:My heart is for humanity, not her resources (336 comments)

You manage your resources, I'll manage mine :)

And frankly, if both of us would allow thousands of species to go extinct so that our yummy steak animals had more room, we'd probably manage them the same way :)

For the record, I care about yummy animals. Cute animals can go fuck themselves - if they did, they might beat the selective pressures building around them :)

2 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Re:My heart is for humanity, not her resources (336 comments)

Actually, that's the funny part - the stuff we want to eat, tends to thrive. We've got plenty of cows and chickens. Lots of deer too.

It's all the stuff nobody wants to eat that goes all threatened, like Pandas or Siberian Tigers or Snowy Owls :)

Surprisingly, being tasty to humans is a *survival* trait when it comes to selective pressures :)

Crop foods, and crop animals figured out an evolutionary trick - and I salute them for it!

2 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 Some survival cultures are better than others. (501 comments)

Poor asian kids, fresh off the boat, in crappy neighborhoods, focus on survival but still excel in academics and escape the poverty trap.

Certain cultures of poor american kids, born and raised in a victimhood culture, in crappy neighborhoods, focus not only on survival, but denigrate any of their peers who attempt to "act white" by speaking proper english or focusing on academics. These people don't escape the poverty trap.

We've long gotten past the point in time where whitey is actually doing any oppressing - the victimhood culture *oppresses itself*, by making it anathema to actually succeed.

2 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 There's a different echo... (501 comments)

Problem is, racism is stereotyped. White males are assumed to be racist, women and blacks are assumed to be less racist. Ask 10 slashdotters if white male hiring managers would be racist in their ratings of resumes, or if women and black hiring managers would be racist in their ratings of resumes, and I'll bet they'll rate the white male highest in terms of racism :)

There is an echo chamber of social prejudice where the social prejudice of given groups is taken as natural and confirmed.

The fact of the matter? I've met more black racists than white ones. YMMV.

2 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 drug, gang, and *victimhood* culture (501 comments)

I'll assert that even more pernicious than drug and gang culture is the culture of *victimhood*. When you believe that your failings are not your personal responsibility, and instead insist that they are someone else's fault, and that you must wait and demand for reparation from that someone else before life can continue, you end up in a morass. Mr. Jackson lives in this morass full time.

2 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 My heart is for humanity, not the tit-mouse :) (336 comments)

My choice to exploit the natural resources I own for a more prosperous and well off humanity is my choice.

Your choice to avoid exploiting the natural resources you own, and having a less prosperous and less well off humanity is your choice.

If you want to lay claim to a resource, I'll certainly respect your private property rights, but don't expect me to save the long tailed tit-mouse on my property because you believe it to be worth more than the improvement to humanity, and evolution for that matter, that driving it extinct will accomplish. If you want to offer me some fair price to purchase my property, and preserve the tit-mouse yourself, you're welcome to, but that's *your* burden, not one that you should impose upon other citizens without their explicit consent through say, involuntary taxation and redistribution of wealth :)

2 days ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

hsthompson69 The problem isn't color of one's skin... (501 comments)

...it's the content of one's culture.

If Jesse wants more people with his skin color in the tech industry, he needs to get more of them into the proper culture.

A thug mentality, and victimhood culture, does not succeed. A culture focused on academics, hard work, and personal responsibility does.

2 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Re:Nature is a cold heartless bitch (336 comments)

I'll put it in a more freedom oriented way - given that we do not have the wisdom to decide between treading lightly, or treading heavily, we'll give individuals the choice.

You can choose to tread lightly - minimize your ecological impact, the number of children you have, and the types of animals you eat.

I will choose to tread heavily - maximize my standard of living and the standard of living of others, the number of children I have, and the types of animals I eat.

The beauty is that selective pressures will figure out which one of us is being wise, and which one of us isn't :)

2 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

hsthompson69 Re:Nature is a cold heartless bitch (336 comments)

*You* do. Perhaps evangelical christians who believe that every species ever to exist was created 6000 years ago, and one lost, are never replaced, believe that as well. And of course, tween girls love cute animals.

Me, I'm on nature's side :) The cruel, hard facts of natural selection is what we can thank for the advanced life on our planet thus far, and I've got no reason to believe that any human has the wisdom to decide when such cruel, hard facts should stop.

4 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

hsthompson69 Re:Why stop there? (114 comments)

If there are programs out there that can be killed, why not just lower the tax burden on the citizens, instead of just transferring it to another government program?

Sometimes, governments can't afford things.

5 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

hsthompson69 Why stop there? (114 comments)

If 25 billion is good, surely 250 billion is better right?

And if 250 billion is good, why not just hit 25 trillion?

We live in a world of scarce resources - sometimes that means that expensive government programs can't be funded.

5 days ago

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