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Go to: Violent anti-science anarchists vow to strike again

old-toy-boy's Avatar Jump to comment 18 by old-toy-boy

Sorry, but I feel most of the comments seem to be reactionary rather than reasoned response. I could not find any direct indication that these "terrorists" are against-science directly but rather the application of science when used to against the common good. Or have I got this wrong?

It is so easy for 'capitalism' to create the straw-man argument that is is an attack against science, and this seems to be such a case.

The story did not say that the nuclear boss was shot because he was a scientist, perhaps he was shot because he was in charge of a nuclear company. It is well known that the nuclear industry is potentially catastrophic, and financially indefensible if they were required to clean up their own mess. So far it appears they have little intention of dealing with the waste problem, other than dumping it in a third world country. Don't believe me? look at the history of the tobacco and asbestos industry, The Bopal disaster in India, the oil spill in the Mexican gulf, plastic bags floating around in the pacific ocean. Same applies to nanotechnology, Sure, it has great potential for good and bad. Trouble is, greed (under the guise of capitalism) does not give a damn. I know this sounds like a rant but human society is not yet mature enough to deal with nuclear power, nanotechnology, genetics etc, Lets face it, most of the human race is still has problems embracing the basic concept of equality.

Wed, 30 May 2012 12:44:37 UTC | #944476

Go to: Crosses, Threats and an Adjunct

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Do American workers have the any rights similar to the "unfair dissmissal" claim, as in Great Britain?

Tue, 29 May 2012 20:42:39 UTC | #944315

Go to: Scientific evidence proves why healers see the 'aura' of people

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This is fasinating but old news, I first heard about it in New Scientist, in Nov 2010. For those who do not have a paper copy, try

I do not have synaesthesia, but having been interested and trained in engineering. I cannot help but see the stresses in mechanical components. I do not actually "see" anything different from other people, but I can percive the weak parts in a component most of the time just by looking at it.

Wed, 16 May 2012 14:26:16 UTC | #941847

Go to: Human Societies Starting to Resemble Ant Colonies

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Ant-thropology? Groan! That was a terrible pun, (wish I had thought of that).


"With a maximum size of about 100, no chimpanzee group has to deal with issues of public health, infrastructure, distribution of goods and services, market economies, mass transit problems, assembly lines and complex teamwork, agriculture and animal domestication, warfare and slavery."

Has a lesser number of chimps chimps ever achived even 3/12 of those mentioned? say 50 chimps? 20? 10? perhaps even 2? Or am I missing something?

Sun, 06 May 2012 21:44:45 UTC | #940218

Go to: Holy Redundant

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In response to Comment 12 by Ignorant Amos

I'm not sure I get are the politicians in the commons 'indirectly elected'?

Surely you are aware that the UK voting population only get to 'vote' once every 5 years of so. Even then, only upon whole groups of policies. We the people, cannot democratically pick and choose which policies we want. We do not directly choose who gets to be prime minister or the monarch. The main functions of the main political parties is winning the next election and self preservation. So we end up with politicians under the whip. So when they are doing their job (in the commons), they do not vote based on 'what is best for the country' or even the majority of their constituents want, (never mind what is in the interest of future generations), they vote as dictated to by their political party. They represent their political party.

Your description of the whip system, (again comment 12), clearly defines the politicians' priorities, and they are clearly not for the people, or the country.

I want, ... no, ... we need, representatives in second house to make decisions that are in the best interest of the country and people. Not political flunkies.

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:21:47 UTC | #937445

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