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New Sunlight Reactor Produces Fuel

rumblin'rabbit Headline! (269 comments)

World Energy Problems Solved!
4th Time This Month

more than 3 years ago
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Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

rumblin'rabbit Crap shoot (785 comments)

The employer is taking a chance in that graduates fresh out of university are a crap shoot. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're useless. Without an employment history to check up on, it's difficult to tell.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

rumblin'rabbit Re:the secondary problem (312 comments)

Tell that to Harry Whittington.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

rumblin'rabbit Re:A Modest Suggestion (312 comments)

Agreed. But they have to hunt on foot. And they can only use fire and spears with flint heads for weapons.

You know. Old school.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

rumblin'rabbit Re:A Modest Suggestion (312 comments)

She couldn't hit the broad side of a ... well, mammoth.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

rumblin'rabbit Re:A Modest Suggestion (312 comments)

I expect that a wild self-sustaining population would require an immense amount of land. Like Nunavut

And I doubt that they would adapt to California politics and life style. Everyone know elephants are Republicans.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

rumblin'rabbit A Modest Suggestion (312 comments)

Know what would be cool? Create a new park in northern Canada and release some mammoths there.

They would, of course, need enough forage. But once they begin to thrive, bring back sabor tooth tigers to control the mammoth population.

It would beat polar bear watching in Churchill all to hell.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

rumblin'rabbit YaBaDaBaDoo (312 comments)

Excellent. I could use a baby mammoth to help with the dishes.

more than 3 years ago
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Goodbye Bifocals — Electronic Glasses Change Focus

rumblin'rabbit Re:How do you switch? (166 comments)

It automatically switches every three seconds. Usually at just the wrong time.

more than 3 years ago
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Groklaw — Don't Go Home, Go Big

rumblin'rabbit Re:Coolidge is underrated (230 comments)

Coolidge predated the Great Depression. His term ended in early 1929, a time of prosperity.

more than 3 years ago
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Groklaw — Don't Go Home, Go Big

rumblin'rabbit Coolidge is underrated (230 comments)

.Pamela Jones said the following:

Calvin Coolidge. Lordy. If there is a top ten list of worst presidents in the history of the nation, might he win the top spot? He is definitely in the top ten.

I've never understood why Coolidge was considered a poor president. His tenure seems exceptional and he remained popular even up to his resignation. His actions on civil rights were particularly enlightened, even though thwarted by Democrats in the legislature. Perhaps people don't like him cause he was a Republican. Who knows?

more than 3 years ago
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Michael Moore Posts Julian Assange's Bail

rumblin'rabbit Hypothetical question (987 comments)

If I hacked into Michael Moore's computer, and then found and leaked a lot of embarrassing private material revealing Moore to be a hypocritical douche bag, and then I got arrested for this, would Michael bail me out of jail?

Of course I wouldn't need his bail money cause there would be a million or so other people ahead of him, but -- you know -- just asking.

more than 3 years ago
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Venezuelan Gov't Seeks Internet Content Bill

rumblin'rabbit Re:Socialism never disappoints (248 comments)

I use the conventional definition of socialism, which is where the means of production are in the hands of the government. By this definition the Scandinavian countries are not particularly socialist (although highly distributive). Venezuela is fast becoming a socialist country, particularly as the rate of expropriation seems to be increasing.

more than 3 years ago
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Venezuelan Gov't Seeks Internet Content Bill

rumblin'rabbit Re:The final step. (248 comments)

Democracy can come to resemble two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.

That's why democracy must be balanced by individual freedoms that the government can not easily override. Thus the term "liberal democracy".

Unfortunately Chavez has most (but not all) Venezuelan judges in his pocket.

more than 3 years ago
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Putting the Squeeze On Broadband Copper Robbers

rumblin'rabbit No problems here (282 comments)

That god my connection is still in inta

more than 3 years ago
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

rumblin'rabbit Re:Truthiness (703 comments)

I would define Colbert's "truthiness" as true or wise in a philosphical sense, independent of whether the facts actually support it or whether it has anything to do with facts at all.

Thus a statement can be manifestly false, and yet contain considerable truthiness. Its veracity transcends reality.

more than 3 years ago
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

rumblin'rabbit In Praise of Ideology (703 comments)

The very complexity of the world means that you need organizing principles (that is, ideologies) to help make sense of it. To believe in one's ideology too completely, and to never questions one's ideologies, are serious mistakes. On the other hand, to be a complete political pragmatist without ideology to give structure to this complex world is likely unworkable.

more than 3 years ago
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The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

rumblin'rabbit Transgressing the boundaries (703 comments)

One of the most critical skills in satire are knowing where the boundaries are. Exceed the boundaries and you go from respected to despised.

Colbert's genius is that even those who he is mocking can go along with joke, perhaps ignoring or not understanding that they are being mocked.

To pretend to be organizing such a rally is funny, but to actually hold such a rally is ridiculing the rally participants too directly. The offense would be impossible to ignore, and that's not Colbert's style.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's Juno, Armored Tank Heading For Jupiter

rumblin'rabbit A modest suggestoin (185 comments)

Wouldn't it be easier just to travel at night?

more than 3 years ago
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Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested

rumblin'rabbit Re:Uh oh (433 comments)

Venezuela's forces are 130,000 strong, and they've been buying a lot of military equipment lately from oil revenues. Colombia's armed forces are 145,00 strong, not counting police, and is also well equiped.

Reminds me of Europe in 1913.

about 4 years ago

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Diversity

rumblin'rabbit rumblin'rabbit writes  |  more than 6 years ago I have a dream - well okay, a nightmare. Picture thousands of students at a university graduation ceremony, standing shoulder to shoulder in their mortar hats and gowns, blank faced and vacant eyed, intoning in unison...

WE -- ARE -- DIVERSE!

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FUD

rumblin'rabbit rumblin'rabbit writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I am tired of hearing people dismiss as FUD every opinion they disagree with.

First, let's define FUD. It stands for "Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt" (or alternatively "Fucked Up Disinformation"). To say someone is spreading FUD is to say that they are maliciously spreading misinformation with the objective of creating baseless fear. It does not just mean that the information is wrong, but that the author is being dishonest.

Now I'm sure that many people do indeed spread FUD, or at least are so careless with the facts and blinded by their own agenda that they deserve some kind of epithet.

But even if you suspect the term is deserved, you should avoid using it. Why?

  • It's a turn off for people who have not taken a position on the subject, the very people you want to convince. To them it just sounds like name calling.
  • We all think we're right, and are often convinced that only people with impure motives could possibly disagree with us. By avoiding name calling, we recognize and compensate for our own biases.
  • It distracts from the important task of pointing out exactly why the opinion is so badly misguided.

I consider the last point the most important. Name calling is intellectually lazy. Instead of organizing a thoughtful rebuttal, you resort to ad hominem attacks.

Now many people have trouble accepting the idea that even if they are sure something is FUD, they should refrain from calling it so. After all, it feels good, and they are just being candid about their beliefs. "But it is FUD!" is the common refrain.

But arguing a position isn't about feeling good, nor about stating every thought that pops into one's head. It's about pursuading those who can be pursuaded, and that requires restraint and discipline. Calling something FUD, no matter how much you believe it, just gets in the way.
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I posted the above opinion (in somewhat different words) in response to a Slashdot posting in March 2006, and a vigorous but reasonably polite debate followed. Quite suddenly, each one of my postings in the discussion got moderated down to the level of an earthworm. I got nuked, torpedoed, blown out of the water. And given the pattern (5 trolls in a row at one time), it was clearly initiated by a single moderator. This apparantly attracted more unfavourable reviews, a common phenomenon, I'm told. I ended up with so many bad mods, my posting privileges were automatically revoked for a month.

When I complained to SlashDot about such abusive moderation, I was told by a Robert Rozeboom that I deserved it for putting forward such a contentious opinion.

I didn't know there was a moderation category called "-1 contentious".

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Conservatives

rumblin'rabbit rumblin'rabbit writes  |  more than 7 years ago I am a conservative. Or rather, I'm a laissez-faire liberal who finds himself more at home in the conservative than the progressive-liberal camp. I would probably call myself a libertarian if that term ever establishes a fixed meaning.

Having said that, conservatives have to start dealing with reality. For instance:

  • Evolution happened. The evidence is vast and overwhelming. Deal with it.
  • Global warming due to pollution is likely happening, and the smart thing to do, subject to the receipt of better information, is act on that assumption.
  • Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are an embarrassment.

Not all conservatives disbelieve the above, but they have not done enough to disagree with those who do.

The conservative cause is not helped by burying one's head in the sand. You just end up getting bit on the ass by the truth.

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