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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

micahraleigh Re:Failed state policies (423 comments)

Your response basically reads to me like this:

A) Here is a very bad thing that happened under Batista.

B) Here is a terrible thing that happened under Batista.

Sure. I think the mafia and prostitution are bad. I fully concede all of that.

But were people risking their lives to raft themselves to Florida during Batista? Were the Castro refugees mindless hamsters? Would you tell them they don't know a thing about Cuba?

And why do the people from Cuba hate oversized government with a vengance? Would you tell those people they don't anything about Cuba either?

You are making a losing case, my friend.

Nationalism sounds too governmenty to me. So I wouldn't label my solution that way.

10 hours ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

micahraleigh Re:Failed state policies (423 comments)

Please explain to the childish hamster brain why all the cars in Cuba were built during the Bautista administration.

Are you really going to make the claim that Cubans are better off now than they were during the Bautista days?

You seem to indicate you think it is OK to just take foreign property in your response. Does that mean the US should just be able to seize whatever it wants from other countries as well? Or is this more like a one sided kind of thing?

yesterday
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

micahraleigh Re:implicit tone (215 comments)

I want a tone that OWNS opinions as if they were being written by a human being. That's a pretty natural style: if you like something, you should be able to tell people about it.

So I say hate on Microsoft if you believe they deserve it.

But as soon as you start taking oaths and vows like "reality", "inarguable", etc. you are in fishy territory, and I don't eat fish.

yesterday
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

micahraleigh Re:Why is it there? (173 comments)

By "evolutionary role" you are delving into religion too shameful to be embraced as such.

I'm going to consult my phylogeny chart to see if I should eat a donut ...

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

micahraleigh no surprise (653 comments)

Step 1: Become an economist for the federal government (80% + of economists have done this).

Step 2: Claim that the economy depends on spending as much as possible (most economists are Keynesians).

Step 3: Profit (government spends more money on economics research -i.e. on economists).

2 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

micahraleigh clarification (198 comments)

Is this the same NASA that spent over $200M to build a tower that did nothing?

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

micahraleigh Re:Failed state policies (423 comments)

Cuba's failures have nothing to do with Cuba seizing and redistributing the property of its people.

Also, this is not happening because one of the two countries is trying to openly embrace communism for the first time.

I'm glad you are keeping up with the DNC memo's and talking points.

2 days ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

micahraleigh implicit tone (215 comments)

Could we get a summary that isn't like: "In an unbiased and purely 3rd party perspective Microsoft has been historically bad ..."?

I interpret this tone as: "You are an idiot that needs to be spoon fed value judgments" OR "You are an idiot, and I think I can manipulate you by disguising my opinion in here as uncontroversial, monolithic, undeniable claims".

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

micahraleigh Re:Check your math. (873 comments)

You are aware that most of the Muslim world was wildly celebrating on Sept 11, 2001, right?

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

micahraleigh Re:Extremist news outlets (873 comments)

If we can educate the police to use progressive labels, it will confirm the truth of our progressive political views.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

micahraleigh Re:Let me guess (873 comments)

Typical slashdot response to lump Christians with Muslims.

Those videos from Iraq where people get their heads cut off? Not the Christians doing that stuff.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

micahraleigh Re:As a former muslim (873 comments)

You think conquering the entire eastern half of the Roman empire and forcing the occupied residents to convert to Islam was peaceful and tolerant?

This is just Suleman "the Great" all over again.

And you think this is a problem with Judaism and Christianity? What happened after we conquered Iraq? We gave it back. Do you think an Islamic state would ever allow self-rule over a country they conquered?

You, sir, simply detest religion and present your aversion as if no interpretation was necessary.

4 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

micahraleigh Re:Really? (769 comments)

Give Obama an attaboy ..?

Didn't Brennan (who works directly for Obama) deny and try to cover up the report?

According to your hold-leadership-responsible theory, Obama is the foremost guilty party!

Try explaining to Eric Snowden how transparent and accountable this administration is.

If this report is really so bad (actually I think it isn't) then the first place we should point our fingers is the White House.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

micahraleigh putting costs onto customers ...? (291 comments)

Pushing costs onto the customers ...?

So, like when you order a cheeseburger at McDonald's you're not implicitly paying for the lights to be on?

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

micahraleigh this ... (416 comments)

Oren Etzioni hit the nail on the head. Agency is required to make choices.

Many people who become knowledgeable, intelligent, good-looking, strong, etc abdicate their agency, but many lacking these qualities find agency in a different way.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

micahraleigh Re:How much of that is big data-driven? (277 comments)

Big data is not a fad. It started slow (might be where you are coming from).

In my last job search 3 of the places I interviewed were interested in .NET developers with Mongo.

Mongo because ... big data.

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

micahraleigh Re:All parasites aspire to be symbiotic (172 comments)

>> ... then killing the host is not a problem.

Depends on whose perspective you are talking about there ...

about two weeks ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

micahraleigh More like devolution ... (172 comments)

Doesn't this suggest things fall apart?

If so, is the court system going to censor this due to the establishment clause?

Because I heard somewhere criticism of evolution is basically forcing someone into religion.

about two weeks ago

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