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God damn it made me just want to see that damn movie again. It really did make everything else this summer feel tame by comparison. There was more action in Fury Road then Age of Ultron and Jurassic World combined. And Fury Road had about as much meaningful plot as Jurassic World did. I won't dis Age of Ultron on the plot scale cause anything MCU is epic just by being in the MCU at this point.
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Bioengineers are developing methods to grow new arms for monkeys using human progenitor cells that can become blood cells, vessels, and other tissue.
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Makes me think of the 5th Element. Pretty soon they'll be able to 3D print new limbs on you while you wait. :) 
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Mr. Sanders pulls big crowds as he seeks the Democratic presidential nod, yet still battles perceptions of him as a gadfly on the Senate periphery.
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"Partisan" requires a party.  I may be a liberal, but I'm an independent liberal.  I've even been known to vote for Republicans.
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"It also suggests that artifacts from ancient civilizations may be underwater, and may require divers to excavate them, both Paz and Lodolo said.
"Maybe there are other sites like this present in shallow water areas," Lodolo said. "Maybe to find the roots of civilization, it's necessary to focus research in shallow water areas that are now submerged.""

I swear, the aggravating thing is that Ancient Alien Astronaut theorists have been saying this for 30 years now... that the Great Flood stories are true, and that prediluvian humanity was far more advanced than we think and that the reason we don't have more record of this is because most of it is submerged. It actually makes sense that a society that existed during the Great Ice Age when there were Icesheets covering MOST of the earth and they were miles thick over places like New York would have had most of their greatest centers of urbanization and commerce much lower than our present day shorelines. 

It doesn't have to be ancient aliens - but it gives a new lens to claims of advanced antediluvian societies. And it doesn't mean they had to be as advanced as us - simply that much of our modern understanding of pre- history may be hopelessly incorrect. It may not be prehistoric, it may be post-apocalyptic.

 And the thing is, when you look at ancient scriptural texts and the more fantastic tales of advanced societies through that kind of lens, a lot of these "metaphysical" claims seem far more likely to have been a description of a pre-apocalyptic society. 

A global cataclysmic event today, 2000 years from now the hazy legends of our society would sound like a metaphysical, superstitious fairy tale, too. 

To me, it seems most likely it is SOME variation of this scenario. Just maybe not as fantastic as the alien astronaut or Atlantis theorists suggest. 
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A recent discussion about John Oliver got me thinking about how sick I am of Europeans getting their noses so far up the United State's ass in politics. Time and time again I am told by these Europeans how they admire America and are simply concerned to see us slipping into an oligarchy supported by the Right Wing of the US. I agree with this observation. Politics increasingly serve not the people of the Untied States, but the businesses that operate here and can afford to buy the politicians. I disagree that this is solely a trait of the Right - the Left is just as complicit - they just serve a different group of multi-national corporations.

Yet, I still reject this claim from European socialists. If they respected and admired our government and truly understood it, they would not argument for increased socialism in this nation.

Donald Trump has it wrong - America has ALWAYS been a nation of handouts to immigrants. That is what the "land of opportunity," has always meant. We will GIVE you things you simply have no HOPE of achieving in your native country. We'll give you a voice, we'll give you land, we'll give you the resources and opportunities to make something of yourself. Most of our time as a nation we have been offering mountains of incentives for people to come to this nation and have opportunity that they could find no other place in the World.

But don't confuse that with European Socialist philosophies.

We have never said, "We will take care of you regardless of your own personal success or failure at leveraging the opportunity we give you." We have always said, "you have a limited time to do something positive with the handouts we grant you on arrival - and if you fail, not only will we not provide indefinite care for you, but we will take back what we gave you and give it to someone else so that THEY might achieve what you could not.

We never promised that you could come here and not work and get free healthcare and free or subsidized housing and demand a particular wage for your work and that if you could not make enough we would redistribute from those who have more than enough so that you can have a little more. Those concepts are the antithesis of the values the U.S. represents. Not only should we not extend these things to our recent immigrants, they should not be available to our naturalized citizens.

So if you admire the values and concepts of the United States, stop trying to replace it with the values of modern European socialist states. If you think that system is better - it exists, go out and find it. We have no desire to make those nations follow our model - why should so many want to impose those values on our nation?

I think it is because they know that our system is inherently better, it has been for 250 years, and it will be for another 500 years into the future. As long as it exists, eventually these other systems will look broken and without future by comparison. The only way that their system can remain attractive is if there are no other choices anywhere on the planet. For European style socialism to be "successful," any system that can out perform it must be removed.
It isn't admiration and it isn't concern about us losing our way. It is fear that their way will never last so long as ours exists.

So John Stewart and other Europeans and US Citizens who embrace European socialism should go enjoy it, and leave us alone to enjoy our system. But they can't. Because they are afraid. They should be. They will always look like an inferior system as long as America exists as our founding fathers envisioned it.
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his wife is american.

hes not bitching hes just bringing to attention just how ludicrous some of the stuff that goes on out there is!

i find it hard to comprehend how a country that created nasa, the sr71 blackbird, hubble telescope etc is so backwards in others...

like a whole political party claiming that climate change is part of "gods plan" 
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Bernie Sanders is the best thing to happen to my G+ Stream since this site opened. I've removed 6 people from my circles in the last 2 days, and I'm positive in each case that I haven't cut too close to the bone in making sure I'm getting rid of just the fringe outliers while keeping more moderate voices that I disagree with visible. 
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Clearing out the folks that water their plants with sports drinks because they have electrolytes?
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So, here is the deal... I don't go fetching information for grown adults on non-academic debates on Social Media. I'm developing a strict policy against it when that is used as a defense.

My counterpoint is, "that doesn't mean you've won, it means you're too damn lazy to look for source information yourself - which indicates that you want to protect your bias bubble."

This is aimed at anyone who goes, "You made a claim and you didn't source it and so I can disbelieve it!"

Go ahead. That won't make you more right or less wrong if the information is true.

Not my yob, mang. In the future, people are going to get referenced to this post with a heavy dose of "Fuck off and be a big boy and do your own research, or remain ignorant, not my problem..."

When I see a post from someone that I doubt, you know what I do? I don't open my mouth like a bird waiting for a parent to puke some worm-soup down it's gulliver.

I go hit Google and I look up the information myself... and I make sure I'm being as non-biased as I can in finding results that either support or dis-confirm their claim, cuz I'm grown-up enough to generally tell the difference on that, too.

If only Mother Jones, HuffPo and Slate are supporting the claim, it is suspect. If only Fox, Grudge Report, and Patriots for America (.com) are supporting the claim, it is suspect.

I dunno. "Show me the source," is becoming the new, "that is just like something Hitler would have done," card...
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Here is another one related to this that I hate... 



"You need to cite the source!" 

But... uh, you haven't cited sources on your claims... 

"I don't need to cite a source on a negative! You're making the claim. If I disbelieve it, I don't need evidence, because that is a negative. YOU have to prove it, I don't have to disprove it..." 

STFU and GTFO. 

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I discovered several years ago that a first-floor hotel room on the same side of the building as the parking lot was close enough to the rental for the doors to unlock when I put the fob on the nightstand.
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A devil's advocate generally mixes it up which side he defends for or against on claims. 

When you constantly take one side and defend that without fail in any given case - you're not being a devil's advocate. It starts to look more like those are the claims you personally support. 

But do you want to more clearly tie it in to what your point was in making that last statement, Irwin? You just kind of left it hanging there.... You've been doing that a lot lately... very mysterious... very deep and intellectual... "I'm going to say something that vaguely implies something, but I'm not going to say my actual point." Maybe a little less attempts at witty and subtle and a little more frank and blunt would serve you better in communicating what is on your mind? 

Because you leave these dangling conclusions, then I assume you mean something, and you come back with, "you're always such a fucking moron and making all these conclusions about what I mean..." 

Maybe if you said what you fucking meant - this would happen less? 
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