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Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

meglon Not surprising (177 comments)

Not surprising at all. Darrell Issa has attempted to turn everything into some huge scandalous coverup purely for political gain. He's abused his office repeatedly by pushing investigations to discredit the administration, including leaking partial and misleading emails and reports along the way that he spins to show his partisan abuse is somehow legitimate, yet every time, with minimal investigation, he's shown to be taking things out of context and is intentionally trying to deceive the public. This is simply more of the same... a partisan hack attack using (and abusing) his office.

No one is surprised by this blatant abuse continues, yet those mental midgets who bought into all the rest of his lies and fake scandals will continue to. It's politics, and he's playing to his base.... nothing more than propaganda.

4 hours ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

meglon Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (905 comments)

It only means that if you have your head buried too far up your ass to see what's going on in the world around you.

What i'm doing is correcting his misunderstanding of the reality of the subject. What you're doing is suggesting we (atheists) ignore people being beheaded, or doctors being killed, because the murderers just "don't agree with us." If that's the case, then please let me be the first to say: fuck you.

5 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

meglon Re:Atheism offers no values - you have to add them (905 comments)

You're making the mistake of conflating "religion" and "value system." Those two things are NOT the same. Everyone has a value system, not everyone is religious. There are many religious people out there who do despicable things every day purely because they're not decent people to start with, and your God scaring them, or giving them the promise of heaven if they're good, isn't enough to break them of their nature.

As for the implication that Stalin and Mao acted the way they did because they were driven by some atheist agenda, you're a fucking idiot. Mao was an anti-imperialist, while Stalin went from being a Greek Orthodox priest in training to common criminal. Your implication is the same fucked in the head bullshit that "christians" who want to attempt to show they're superior to others (while being either stupid or liars) trot out quite often. The difference is, you didn't mention Hitler, which some of the more stupid try to suggest wasn't christian.

The atheistic perspective is: you claim there's a God.. prove it. If you can't even show a single shred of evidence (and there never ever has been a single shred of evidence), then you're nothing more than delusional, and believe in fairy tales. I would suggest that the value system of someone that is delusional is what should be in question.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

meglon Re: No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (905 comments)

It sounds like a religion to you because you don't have a basic understanding of what's being said, most likely because you are religious.

A religious person says: There is a God.

An atheist says: Prove it.

Until the religious person can prove it, or even show a shred of evidence for it, it's nothing more than some bullshit delusional fantasy.... which is exactly where religion has remained since it's inception by the human species.. in all forms. There has never, ever, in an instance, been a single shred of evidence for a God, or many Gods. Period.

I don't give a shit what a religious person believes, until they start forcing their delusion onto me or other people.. then, if they don't bring some evidence or proof, they're just some fucked in the head delusional asshat who should be heavily medicated in a rubber room somewhere.

about a week ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

meglon Re:illogical captain (905 comments)

I would posit further than that by saying that a person who needs the carrot and stick approach that religion gives is morally weak to start with. A good person will do good; a bad person may do good if the carrot (heaven), or stick (hell), is strong enough to deter them from acting bad.... but that doesn't make them a good person, it simply makes them less likely to suffer the stick in life for acting their nature.

As for the point of the article, it's bullshit. The author of the article is saying that unless we start using science as a religion, in the same dogmatic, emotionally driven way, then it's useless. Complete and utter bullshit. Science that meets those standards isn't science, it is a religion.. and it doesn't reflect reality, only someones desires. The article is a thinly veiled attempt to say: science is bad, religion is good. Bullshit.

about a week ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

meglon Re:Wasn't a meteorite (107 comments)

A light trail, or fireball, comes about from the object heating up and burning off from the friction of hitting the atmosphere. An object moving fast enough will form a bow shock that will punch through the atmosphere and minimize friction. For an object to move that fast, yet make this small of a crater, the object would have to be very small (maybe baseball sized), and most likely have a very steep entry angle (>75 degrees)... but it's very possible.

Back in the 60's/70's when people actually started thinking about collisions, and considering the damage they could do (as well as how to possibly eliminate a threat like Project Icarus from MIT), one book listed one of the worst case scenarios is a large, very fast mover hitting the oceans, as not only would it cause massive tsunami, it's bow shock could push both the atmosphere and the ocean water out of the way, and deliver a direct strike to the crust at a thinner point cause all sorts of problems.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

meglon Re:10,000 Leagues (203 comments)

Which is odd because the book was supposed to be a science book. Oh wait....

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

meglon Re:10,000 Leagues (203 comments)

First, it's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.... second, traveling 20,000 leagues submerged is quite possible for current US subs. In 1960, the USS Triton completed a circumnavigation of the globe, entirely submerged... roughly 10,500 leagues (given the path they took).

If, on the other hand, you're assuming Verne was talking about depth, then i assume your day job is (was) that of Khan Noonien Singh's space combat tactical adviser (circa 1982).

....and for the obligatory copy/paste/link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

"The title refers to the distance traveled while under the sea and not to a depth, as 20,000 leagues is over six times the diameter of Earth.[1] The greatest depth mentioned in the book is four leagues. (The book uses metric leagues, which are four kilometres each.[2]) A literal translation of the French title would end in the plural "seas", thus implying the "seven seas" through which the characters of the novel travel; however, the early English translations of the title used "sea", meaning the ocean in general."

Clearly at around 52,000 feet, Verne was off a bit (the Mariana Trench wouldn't even be sounded for another 5 years from his books first publishing).... then again, he was kinda spot on about electricity.

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

meglon Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Technically they had the choice of opting to make their own, with the default setting to use the federal site if they didn't make their own. Most of those are them federal government haters that decry "big" and "intrusive" federal government, yet continue to suck money out of the feds to make up for their shortcomings in their states economy.... and when they're given the chance to reduce that "intrusiveness," they opt to be lazy bitches and use the feds site.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

meglon Re:Maybe it would be good if the Ayatollah wins? (542 comments)

Actually, you could have said that about Iran.. until someone fucked it all up. But more to the point, 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were citizens Saudi Arabia. I'd suggest you pretty much have it ass backwards.

http://atimes.com/atimes/Middl...

Iran is the mess it is now (from our perspective) directly because the US fucked them over in 1953. We have a bunch of clueless myopic idiots who's first and only thought is to dump more weapons anywhere there's a problem in the world, without giving second thought to how that's come back to bite our asses time and time again. If we quit listening to these numb-nutted war neo-cons, maybe we wouldn't keep finding ourselves in bad situations decades later.... although with the whole Iraq/Afghanistan thing, it didn't even take decades.

about three weeks ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

meglon Re:"Hard redirect" (376 comments)

You'd have to ask him to be sure, but i understand those gay, interracial, midget, sailor, bestiality, latex, bdsm sites are brutal when it comes to viruses.... well, actually, any site with a sailor on it... i guess the rest of that is kinda moot.

about a month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

meglon Re:"Hard redirect" (376 comments)

Exactly.

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

meglon Re:Then they preach to the world about capitalism (306 comments)

What troubles me is that some people don't seem to understand the difference between "state" and "federal" government.

That aside, we do not have a completely free market in this country... if we did, it wouldn't be long before there would be a massive number of people each year killed by products that don't meet basic safety regulations. When people talk about regulations being bad, they seem to miss the point that it's those regulations keeping their water from being polluted with lethal amounts of arsenic, or their furniture made from materials that don't cause toxic poisonous fumes just sitting around the house being furniture. Anyone who says all regulations are bad is a complete idiot.

This, however, is not about regulating the market; this is about controlling the market. Using laws or rules to erect blocks for people or products entering and using the market to manipulate prices should never happen.... yet when it does, it seems to usually be STATE OR LOCAL governments doing it. Tesla, solar energy... and here in Washington, Seattle did the same thing to realtors. I'm sure it's more common around the country, but unless its multiple states like with Tesla, people don't tend to hear about it as often.

But if you really want that free market, you be the first to drink that bottle of water that's half arsenic... and don't bitch and whine while you lay there dying afterwards.

about a month ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

meglon Re:Gee, isn't Iron Dome supposed to be worthless? (184 comments)

That's what i like about conservatives... you can always count on them to be completely oblivious to anything but their point of view, and to be rude little bitches with their fucking ignorance.

Reports are that Iron Dome is ~5% effective. That makes it a fantastical waste of resources that, ultimately, the United States taxpayers are footing the bill for. Those same people you deride for having, and using, a brain, also point out that Israels other tactics for alerting their population to impending rocket attacks has saved lives and is very effective against very small, unguided missiles that have a very small payload.

So i'm sorry you feel so threatened by them "American liberal arts community of experts" that you have to be a fucking cunt. Maybe if you use your brain instead of your ass to think with, you'd learn to read and quit being such worthless twat.

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms That Built 'Iron Dome' Missile Defense

meglon Pr0n (184 comments)

Helluva lot of trouble just to hide their porn.

about 2 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

meglon Of course (227 comments)

.... this all revolves around the notion that the information paradox is real. It could very well be that what they think of as "information" is nothing more than a layer (or multiple layers) above what the real "information" is. The universe has a habit of proving our ideas need more work... pretty much every time we have a technological advance.

about 2 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

meglon they never learn (619 comments)

More bullshit from researchers who want to appear like actual researchers, but instead create fairly useless surveys and come away with just bizarre conclusions. One could easily have concluded: people who come from an impoverished childhood, which most of eastern Europe was at the time (given that these people actually lived in Eat Germany, meaning before 1981), are more likely to cheat. I'd suggest that that would be more logical, as that would be a survival mechanism in such environments.

The end gist: never, ever, trust soft science "research" as having any actual evidence or validity.

about 2 months ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

meglon Re:So.... (91 comments)

You know why the U. S. Marine Corps hasn't had to conduct a contested amphibious landing in over 50 years?

... because the rest of the world understands there's this thing called helicopters now days. I know it's a new fangled idea, and it might take a few years to sink into the heads of the truly incredibly stupid.... but i think they're here to stay.

By the way, we haven't had to conduct a full scale cavalry charge on horseback for a while either. I wonder if that's just because the world knows we're just so damn good at them? Or maybe they're just not as fucked in the head.

about 2 months ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

meglon Re:So.... (91 comments)

.... and it hasn't been necessary since WWII. It provides no options other than a new toy they don't need that will cost more of the taxpayers money.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

meglon SNASU (277 comments)

Situation normal, all Sony'd up.

about 2 months ago

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Air Force Space Fence Being Shut Down

meglon meglon writes  |  about a year 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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