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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

rednip First? (608 comments)

Maybe we're just the first to develop? Or simply faster than light travel hasn't been invented.

about 6 months ago

Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field

rednip Re:dogs deficate not staring into the sun (222 comments)

If that was true, then wouldn't it be more likely that they'd end up in a 'east-west' alignment(or something similar depending on latitude) during daylight hours , with the facing direction dependant on time of day than 'north-south' and random directions at night. If this turns out to be a repeatable study, it's one of the most shocking discoveries ever, if only because everyone who's ever waited on a dog to 'do it's business' has seen that twist every time. Of course it doesn't really answer 'why', but at least there seems to be a method to their madness.

about 10 months ago

A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

rednip Re:News For Nerds (406 comments)

Actually politics is one of the most 'nerdist' topics. Nerds tend to obsess over topics most would rather ignore.

about a year ago

Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon

rednip Re:20 mb between planets.. (43 comments)

Also, heh: "QIp vIghro' pum" is Klingon.

(fetches Okrand from the shelf...)

Hah...I get it now. I knew it! Thirteen years ago, when I bought the damned book, I knew it would come handy one day! Thank you so much.

(looks up 'Klingon translator' on google, finds oddly enough that Bing translator is the first hit)

"QIp vIghro' pum" translates to "stupid cat falls" without a 'investment' and braving more than a decade of dust.

about a year ago

Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

rednip Re:please, please (478 comments)

Pass what? All I see is another crybaby objectivist whining that 'things were better when I was young'. Maybe the editor removed the 'stay off of my lawn' from the first draft.

about a year ago

Famed ATM Hacker Barnaby Jack Dies Days Before Black Hat Conference

rednip Re:Myes, myes... (110 comments)

Really? A TV show using made up science, next you'll claim that Scottie of Star Trek didn't really have any engineering skills and was simply some actor spouting out nonsense.

about a year ago

Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

rednip Re:Phrenology and undesirable traits (294 comments)

Phrenology is a great way to find such people.

I agree! Anyone who believes in such junk science should be immediately removed from society.

about a year ago

NASA Mulling Joint Lunar Missions With Commercial Enterprises

rednip There's gold in them thar hills (59 comments)

There's gold in them thar hills, literally and figuratively.

about a year ago

NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

rednip Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

Actually, the Whig party fell apart before the GOP was formed, most of its northern based joined the new party. If (when) the GOP fails another party will gain steam, but not before.

about a year ago

Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

rednip Re:Well, he's not afraid his company might fire hi (486 comments)

the insurance will not be affordable and additionally many of the plans will actually end up being inferior to what many had before.

So says the 'chicken little' AC. Next year we'll find out if everything the GOP has been claiming for the last 5 years is really true. I believe that they will be proven wrong while millions of Americans who had pre-existing conditions will be able to find coverage at normal cost and many thousands will not lose coverage in the middle of an illness. While many millions more American will find better coverage, many at significant savings than they would have paid previously.

Meanwhile, the medicare cuts made by the ACA (aka Obamacare) which the GOP claimed would kill, have contributed to a 5% savings in Medicare costs which has reduced the budget deficit even more than expected. Every year the Republicans have been claiming that we are at the doorstep of disaster, and seemingly despite their best efforts, it has not happened. The question is when the stop being pessimistic and start claiming 'victory', how do they claim Obamacare was their idea?

about a year and a half ago

Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System

rednip Re:I always suspect.... (178 comments)

So when a rich looking white guy (new shoes, button down shirt seems to be enough) who might have every reason to be on a particular street, gets mugged, is there anyone who claims that 'he deserved it'? Or why did all those victims in the mass shooting look all fleshy and human, just begging to be shot?

about a year and a half ago

Google Ordered Back To UK Parliament To "Explain Itself" Following Investigation

rednip Re:It usually works like this (176 comments)

Most bad government has grown out of too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

Whenever I see a quote like that attributed to Thomas Jefferson, I always [use a popular internet search tool] to find more often than not that it's simple right wing fantasy. Why am I not surprised, that it's fake?.

Here are some more things to chew on:

  • All of our founding fathers spent their entire lives as politicians both during the colonial era and after the revolution. The idea that they were somehow 'afraid of government' is ludicrous.
  • The idea that revolution was 'a bunch of farmers with their personal guns' is ridiculous, it was funded by state governments (Continental Congress) and supported by the French crown.
  • Thomas Jefferson didn't write the Constitution, nor the bill of rights, as he was minister to France that entire time, he wasn't even on the committees. Was he really even a 'Framer'? Also, for all his views, when given the chance as a President he governed with an expansive view of both executive and federal power.

about a year and a half ago

Businesses Moving From Amazon's Cloud To Build Their Own

rednip Re:The obvious next step... (121 comments)

After spending some time now as a corporate drone, I've come to believe that all 'major' plans are variations of either 'consolidation' or 'diversification', and that all big shifts in corporate power come from presenting the opposite of the last budgeted plan to senior management. However, it's important that the presenter get himself promoted to a new unrelated position before the halfway point of the project.

about a year and a half ago

Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC's Top Gear

rednip Re:Tesla need to stop being such girls (385 comments)

What I don't understand is how anyone could mistake 'Top Gear' for being a car show. I've seen it a few times on BBC America and much like Stephen Colbert mocking right wing punditry, it seem more like three comedians mocking a show about automobiles.

about a year and a half ago

Lamar Smith, Future Chairman For the House Committee On Science, Space, and Technology

rednip Re:Just vote them in to office (292 comments)

This map of districts 'servicing' downtown Austin is from the Texas's 21st congressional district on wikipedia. One should note that the street in the dead center of that mess is named 'Martin Luther King Jr', I'll leave it to the reader to figure out what the means. It includes the 25th District and the 10th district which includes both some of 'downtown' Austin and Huston suburbs. So Austin, arguably the most liberal city in Texas has three Republicans representing it.

about 2 years ago

Man Finds Roman Gold Coin Hoard Worth £100,000 With Metal Detector

rednip Re:Spend 'Em!!! (249 comments)

Considering that soap hadn't been invented yet, ancient Rome wasn't as 'fresh smelling' as you'd seem to expect.

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

rednip Re:Wow (396 comments)

As a programmer, it just seems best to use the most dangerous function ever created for a lazy coder GOTO:41621277, sure that you bushed it off quickly and seem to expect that simply restating your positions time and time again somehow will make them better, but to me at least it doesn't.

I would need to do further research to really claim the founders all agreed on this point in theory.

They didn't.

about 2 years ago

Endeavour Arrives At California Science Center

rednip Re:LA Astronauts? (57 comments)

I've seen lots of people though the years say such thing, I see it as sort of 'the halfway point' of a lucid point of view, not in their own lives, but generational (perhaps you're a gen-xer?). However, ask yourself this: when was the last time you muttered that word about another person? A black guy who cut you off you off on the highway, perhaps a slow store clerk, or a young man with baggy pants and a strait billed hat, statistically all them are likely tax payers and many of them have families to support.

One thing that I notice about myself is that I used the phrase 'Jesus' a lot (or could it be 'Geeze'), not that I'm religious, it's just something I say when frustrated. I'm not really sure where I picked it up I suspect that many people such as yourself have a similar fixation to 'the N word'. As I see it, rather than making a real attempt at modifying what society has (fortunately IMHO) bad behavior, you just claim to have a special use for it. Sure there are people who will harass and beat up people based on race regardless of that person's view, however it's far more likely to be a black man at the 'wrong end of the stick' than a white guy. Yet you might never acknowledge such a reality, because it wouldn't fit with your politics.

about 2 years ago

Curiosity Spies Unidentified, Metallic Object On Mars

rednip Re:Wow (396 comments)

However, that doesn't mean we can't come up with some agreed upon generalizations.

Who's the 'we'? Do you have a mouse in your pocket? Does 'we' mean, you and the ditto heads? You and the Ayn Rand fan club? If 'we' is you and me, I'll have to warn you about the most I'm willing to generalize about the founding fathers is that they were white men of respectable backgrounds who were representatives of their states. Also, many of them were lawyers, some of them were slave owners. Otherwise they were a diverse group who fought fiercely over the role and responsibility of government (both federal and state for that matter). Hamilton's Report on Manufactures is very clear about what that founding father intended about the 'general welfare clause'.

The wikipedia article has this under 'Opposition to the Report':

Leading opponents of Alexander Hamilton's economic plan included Thomas Jefferson (until later years) and James Madison, who were opposed to the use of subsidy to industry along with most of their fledgling Democratic-Republican Party. Instead of bounties they reasoned in favor of high tariffs and restrictions on imports to increase manufacturing; which interestingly was favored by the manufacturers themselves who desired protection of their home market.[citation needed] Although the Jeffersonian stance originally favored an "agrarian" economy of farmers, this changed over time to encompass many of Hamilton's original ideas,[3] while "the Madison administration helped give rise to the first truly protectionist tariff in U.S. history."[4]

I bring this up for two reasons, a to show more graphically just how different these founding fathers differed and to infer the idea that Jefferson was all over the map with his opinions. The man who wrote the Declaration of Independence wasn't even invited to the constitutional convention, he did not sign it nor did he participate in its first congressional session, as he was away in Paris as the minister to France and attempting to negotiate an end to various British claims (also 'hanging around' with a married woman, and later his deceased wife's slave half sister). Madison, who had also 'beat out' Jefferson for the all but the preamble of the VA constitution, was largely very quite about 'what he meant' when he wrote it, I researched it once and found only three quotes that mostly seemed to be against a broad interpretation of the 'general welfare clause'. Which might seem to be 'good news' for your cause, but as I remember it one of them basically claimed that it was 'copied over from the Articles of Confederation by accident' (not a direct quote, I'm too lazy too look, but I did once research it well) and all of them weren't statements of policies, but a few lines in private correspondence, after his two terms in the White House. Not exactly the stuff of case law and I believe that he wanted it that way. In fact several thing for which he championed were voted out, including establishment of a national university, export taxes and rules governing national elections, which of course are not exactly the ideas of a extremely limited government.

Let me ask you this, if the federal government was not intended to be bound by the Constitution, then what was the point of writing it in the first place?

Huh, I thought what we were talking about how the Constitution was interpreted, why would you ask that leading question?

It's interesting that even after agreeing with me on much of it, you still insist on making generalities about the framers. I'll note that there were only six people who signed both documents (George Read, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, and James Wilson), which further diversified 'the founding fathers'. The people who were at the Constitutional Convention are usually referred to as 'The Framers', which (as I mentioned before) did not include Thomas Jefferson, even if his work on the VA Constitution seemed to show up in it. To me the people who use his words to present some idea of a 'Jeffersonian Democracy' as being the intentions of 'the founding fathers', is full on ass hattery, which ignores the political realities of the time, seeming forgets how the man actually governed (even he thought that his Louisiana purchase was unconstitutional, but he did it anyways), and even forgets the various lessons learned. I have no idea why they get away with it.

A related note, I read up on the Madison and the Constitutional Congress, Jefferson and the Constitution and Jeffersonian Democracy I'll leave you with this quote of Thomas Jefferson in 1789, from a private letter to James Madison:

I set out on this ground which I suppose to be self evident, "that the earth belongs in usufruct to the living;" that the dead have neither powers nor rights over it. The portion occupied by an individual ceases to be his when himself ceases to be, and reverts to the society...

This principle that the earth belongs to the living and not to the dead is of very extensive application and consequences in every country, and most especially in France. It enters into the resolution of the questions Whether the nation may change the descent of lands holden in tail? Whether they may change the appropriation of lands given antiently to the church, to hospitals, colleges, orders of chivalry, and otherwise in perpetuity? whether they may abolish the charges and privileges attached on lands, including the whole catalogue ecclesiastical and feudal? it goes to hereditary offices, authorities and jurisdictions; to hereditary orders, distinctions and appellations; to perpetual monopolies in commerce, the arts or sciences; with a long train of et ceteras: and it renders the question of reimbursement a question of generosity and not of right. In all these cases the legislature of the day could authorize such appropriations and establishments for their own time, but no longer; and the present holders, even where they or their ancestors have purchased, are in the case of bona fide purchasers of what the seller had no right to convey.

Who knew that TJ was into socialist redistribution?

about 2 years ago


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rednip rednip writes  |  more than 8 years ago the neo-con platform:
Tell the sluts to keep their babies.
Let the rednicks keep their guns
Make sure the fags can't be happy


rednip rednip writes  |  more than 9 years ago Intellegent people can (and maybe need to be able to) carry on conversation which those who are less able. Pompous arrogant jerks have to tell the world why they don't need (or want to) communicate with those they deam less capable than themselves.

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