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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

meglon Re:Since when (803 comments)

No, they didn't. The entire reason we have a constitution was that the confederacy (strong state, weak federal) was a complete an utter failure. That's what they new. If they didn't want a strong federal government, prefer the strength in the states, they would never have written the constitution. Go learn some real history, instead of the bullshith whoever taught you.

3 days ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

meglon Reason (722 comments)

There's some reasons anonymous cowards don't put their name... they're usually trolls or lying sacks of shit. In the case of this article, it's both.... and all the other trolls come out to play.

Republicans and teabaggers have waged a 5 year war against a program (the ACA) that is fundamentally conservative, having been written by a conservative think tank, and already implemented in one state as a conservative program. THE only reason they're against it now is because of Obama. It shows that on the street the people who are against Obamacare think that the ACA is much better (because they've fallen for all the outright lies by conservatives) https://www.youtube.com/watch?... and http://pollingmatters.gallup.c...

Republicans have deluded people into believing their bullshit, and now when the program is actually living up to what was expected, the anonymous cowards who are so deluded into believing their own bullshith they can't understand why their lies and misbegotten fantasies aren't matching up with reality. Look on this thread. Al there are are a bunch of whiny little bitches who can't accept that the program is working. Why do all these people HATE their fellow countrymen so much? Have we bred so many sociopaths that this type of behavior is now considered normal?

When the hell did complete stupidity become something to strive for?

/. i've been a reader here for ten years now (or so). You have a small faction of radical conservatives/anarchists/fascists who routinely derail discussions with their political bullshit, demean the people around them, and routinely try to censor posts through moderation abuse. I expect more of you than to have bullshit stories based on some fucking delusional dumbass unwillingness to live in reality, and hatred for their fellow humans... especially ones so blatant as this. Are you news for nerds, or some radical fascist conservative propaganda rag?

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

meglon Re: (1037 comments)

No, there isn't. If you're serious, then i highly suspect you don't understand the meaning of the word "evidence." There isn't even evidence that he actually existed. There is written record of the church creating the mythology surrounding the name Jesus that they use today (The First Council of Nicaea), but that's about it. There is a complete absence of corroboration that he lived, as there are no Roman records (records common and abundant at the time) that cite him, and his first mention in the writing of Josephus is a fairly obvious forgery, it being neither in his tone or style of writing, and added into a margin, with the additional complete omission of any reference in a prior work by the historian.

about two weeks ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

meglon Re:Do not rush into conclusions! (1037 comments)

....in other place with a former monopoly of state mandated Atheism....

Mandated for the state, not necessarily the people. What those states had against the organizations promoting religion was that they were a competing viewpoint, a rival political power if you will... which was something those states didn't want to allow. Both Russia and China have religious people in them, and it's fine until they do something that those countries feel is a threat to the governments power in said country.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

meglon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

People like him never know the meaning of words they use... they just use them because they know that their brain dead, head up ass friends will agree with them.

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

meglon Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

... which only shows you have no clue what "socialist" and "communist" means. There's another article a couple up the chain on why some of our politicians are scientifically illiterate.... i propose it starts with people who don't know the meaning of words, and are too fucking head-up-ass to bother to look them up before they use them.

about two weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

meglon Oh, I get it (94 comments)

So what you're saying is... if we just bury our head in the sand and just ignore these diseases, no one will ever get sick from them. Wow.... whoud'a thunk that'd werk!

about three weeks ago
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Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

meglon Re:Bans Drones not Guns. (397 comments)

Which is nice, but we're also not talking about the knee-jerk, hoard everything mental cases that bought into "the big bad government is coming" bullshit hysteria of the past 5 years.... we're talking hunters. I don't think you hunt moose with a 223, and while i can't find rules about pistols off hand, a 9mm would not be advisable... which is a big understatement; minimum effective would be a 44+. F&G has a page of info/suggestions (for rifle):

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/ind...

For a subsistence hunter, you want a weapon that will bring in food... not a toy that gives you a hard-on when you talk about it at the local bar.

No clue on the regs for transporting ammo, but i think you'd find the bigger problem the actual cost of transporting, although obviously someone is doing it... but it might not be the goldmine you think or more people would be doing it as hunting has been part of the Alaskan lifestyle for pretty much ever.

about a month ago
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Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

meglon Re:Bans Drones not Guns. (397 comments)

You haven't been keeping up on the current insanity/stupidity driven ammo market. Common game rounds are running $1+ per, if you can find it... and that here in the lower US. As for the "that, or ammo is insanely expensive where you hail from," we're talking about Alaska.... no need to guess.

http://www.avcp.org/apps/Agend...

about a month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

meglon In days of yore... (357 comments)

Used to be, some years ago now, you could go onto Ebay and sell those Wu's Fighting Gauntlets for $4-5. The difference between those gloves and bitcoins is: bitcoins are absolutely useless against giant spiders the size of small huts.

about a month ago
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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

meglon non-pork spending (142 comments)

At least they didn't invest (aka: give a private company) billions to provide them with a completely useless computer system over the course of a decade that was totally outdated before the first dollar was spent, and wasn't compatible with anything.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

meglon Never... (667 comments)

In the past 35,000 to 50,000 years that our ancestors have had some form of religious or shamanistic practices, there has never, ever, not even once, ever, been a single piece of evidence for a god, gods, goddesses, or maker.... ever. If creationism were to be given a second of consideration out of a decade of time, that would already be more than it's fair share.

Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence; in this case, the claim of "creationism" at least need a single piece of actual evidence.... and the delusions of mentally ill people does not count.

about a month ago
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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

meglon Re:Whatabout we demand equal time of our views ins (667 comments)

The problem with writing is that sarcasm and humor sometimes don't work well, and come out looking like someone making a sarcastic, humorous comment is actually making a statement which they believe. If your comment is an attempt to use sarcasm and humor, i apologize ahead of time.

If, on the other hand, you're actually putting forth what you honestly believe.. then you are a fucking idiot. Worse than that, you're a fucking idiot who's either incredibly stupid and refuses to actually learn what's in the Bible, or you're a lying idiot trying to minimize all the sociopathic bullshit that God not only condoned, but commanded people do.... all written in the Bible.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

meglon Re:Read the update at the end of the article (335 comments)

Yet the ThinkProgress site only mentions he is a "political scientist" as it to cast him as ignorant of the subject matter.

Pielke earned a B.A. in mathematics (1990), a M.A. in public policy (1992), and a Ph.D. in political science, all from the University of Colorado Boulder.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

meglon Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

I cannot ever recall groups of people who are not experts in a field so fervently trying to discredit the experts in that field, and to disprove the science in that field, all while using anything but the generally accepted methods of that field.

Point, set, match. You don't go to a car mechanic if you're having a heart attack. Pielke isn't a actual scientist, he's a political scientist who doesn't understand real science enough to make use of it, but he has a big enough mouth and the tenacity of diarrhea of that same orifice to gather a following of other incredibly intentionally ignorant dipshits who's world view his basic stupidity confirms.

If we're losing more money to natural disasters because we have more money in general, we be losing more money to ALL natural disaster types across the board, not just seeing a spike from weather related ones.

This Pielke numbnut is basically like a radical religious homeschooled idiot trying to debunk The Theory of Natural Selection using the Bible; only already true believers without a functioning ability to use logic will agree with his clearly incorrect screed.

about a month ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

meglon Re:What does it cure? (395 comments)

Yes, like Laetrile. That wonder drug saved so many lives and cured cancer and made hair grow back and... wait... what? Cyanide kills people? No shit. Well, at least it made some con artists a bunch of money while it was killing people because they took it instead of medicine that might actually have helped.

Plover said it perfectly in a post above:

Q: You know what they call a "natural cure" that has been tested and found to work?

A: Medicine.

More on point, all this study says is that, once again, we have a bunch of stupid fucking ignorant people in the US who don't even have a passing acquaintance with reality.

about 1 month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

meglon Remids me of... (529 comments)

I'm immediately reminded of the "news" articles about about the "religious archeologist" who found a sliver of iron from a site in Israel, and pronounced they had found a nail from the crucifixion. What a complete pile of bullshit you get anymore when some social science dumbass tries to figure out anything.

about a month ago
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Stanford Researchers Spot Medical Conditions, Guns, and More In Phone Metadata

meglon lack of ability to remember (193 comments)

'The science, however, is clear: phone metadata is highly sensitive.'

.... and it was just as sensitive back in the 1970's when the courts said police could use it without a warrant (Smith v Maryland). Does no one remember the past anymore?

about a month ago
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CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

meglon Re:it's a dupe. (187 comments)

I'd argue that you don't have a basic understanding of tyranny. I'd also argue that you need to spend a few bucks on a dictionary and look up words before you use them. I'd also argue you need to go back to a 10th grade US History and Government class, and actually pay attention this time around.

Conservatives like to often bring up that we are a republican, not a democracy. Part of the reason is they never met a poly sci class they could pass, but the other reason i'm sure is they somehow want to equate the name of their party, "republican," as somehow innately better because it's named after what our founders called our form of government. They also like to point out that our founders, in various writings, explicitly talk about the negatives of "democracy," and did not want one in this country. This is where the lack of being able to understand the basics of government seem to drag them into intentional ignorance.

The only form of "democracy" around when our founding fathers set up the Constitution was what we now call "direct democracy." It's basically what Switzerland has, where everyone gets to vote on whether people, or smaller groups of people, have the same rights as everyone else.... which was a bad thing from our founding fathers viewpoint; they called this the "tyranny of the majority," because after a vote of all the people, there were no safeguards for any minorities rights. This "tyranny of the majority," it should be noted, is exactly what conservatives try to invoke when the ask to put same-sex marriage up for a vote so the voters can decide. THAT is tyranny.

Because of the way the world of politics and government has evolved, there are multiple types of democracy now. One of those types is a "representative democracy," which is what we have. It is the same thing as a "constitutional republic." We vote for representatives, who then are stewards of the country until they're out of office. They in turn vote for the various laws, rules, and regulations to govern our country. BECAUSE they pass a law you don't like, doesn't mean jack shit. If it passes constitutional muster (which the ACA HAS), it is not "tyranny of the majority," it is simply a law YOU don't agree with.

Now... my advice to you is, buy that dictionary, and go on back to high school and learn something.

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

meglon Re:Why dealerships get a free ride (342 comments)

Perhaps you're too young to remember what he's alluding to.

In the "old" days (way back in the 60's and early 70's), your phone bill came with an extra charge that was MANDATORY called "phone rental." You were required to pay for renting the actual phone that sat in your house. You were barred from using any phone that was not provided by the phone company. There were lawsuits, and it was eventually ruled that a common carrier could not tether their service to rental of equipment that only they were allowed to provide.

In more recent times, the shift from government protecting consumers to government being bought by corporations has led to the whole locked cell phones and ISP's charging rental for modems they require you to rent from them.

about a month ago

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Air Force Space Fence Being Shut Down

meglon meglon writes  |  about 8 months ago

meglon (1001833) writes "NASA will no longer have real time information on tracking orbital debris if the order of Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, is carried out. The Space Fence, the only monitoring system of it's kind, will cease function on October 1st. Start saying goodby to all your favorite telecommunication and GPS satellites now."
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Solar Stormwatch crowdsourcing

meglon meglon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

meglon (1001833) writes "News flash on the sun: It's Hot!

The fine folks at Galaxy Zoo have just launched another mission oriented site at http://solarstormwatch.com/

Solar Stormwatch will use volunteers to spot and track solar storms and ejecta, with hopes of understanding them a bit better, and possibly mitigating some of the potential damage from them on us poor earthlings. Perusing feeds from collected from NASA's STEREO spacecrafts, you can also happen upon comets (which is pretty cool). The interface is nice and clean, and while the video's are somewhat limited in scope, but it's a worthwhile project that could potentially save a few lives, and you never know, maybe they'll name a comet after you (if you find one before anyone else)."

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