Democracy In Action

Sometimes I’m proud of my fellow citizens.

Sometimes not so much.

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15 Responses to Democracy In Action

  1. Matt Mihaly says:

    Are you in favor of waterboarding aliens or are you one step away from betraying our flag and what we stand for? Inquiring minds want to know.

    –matt

  2. Mist says:

    As far as crazies go, UFO crazies have got to be the most harmless crazies there are. (Also: craziest.)

  3. Freakazoid says:

    The et/ufo issues need to be disclosed someday. Knowing about intelligent life beyond earth has scientific merit, at the least. I know it has that crazy stigma with it, but the longer the government keeps playing hush-hush about it, the more it will slowly snowball into an actual issue. Better to disclose it now before things get worse politically, instead of pretending we can talk about it after all our real political issues are solved (which will never come).

  4. Dave G. says:

    Why do you hate the truth, Scott?

    I saw a documentary during the 90’s about this stuff called the X-Files. You really should see it sometime and enlighten yourself before posting dismissively on the subject… or are you part of the cover-up too?

    In all seriousness, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this sort of thing has happened. There are examples of unexplained events – take for instance the Battle of Los Angeles in 1942. Whether or not there was this great big cover-up, I don’t know, but I sure wish there was a good explanation.

    What’s wrong with asking for the government to release whatever data they have on these and other such incidents?

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s a tiny sliver of a possibility that a politician, somewhere, has lied, deceived, and acted in ways as to censor information from the public for their own political ends… MAYBE.

    So maybe it’s time to come clean. If they have data to give, why shouldn’t they?

    Lastly – sure there are plenty of crazies out there. Galileo was crazy once too. Just sayin’, is all.

  5. Merkwurdigliebe says:

    I love the first comment on the “War on abstract concepts” thread. “I think it might be fine to declare war on a group too. “War on Al Queda”, etc.” Al Queda, although not an ABSTRACT concept, is still just a concept and not an actual organization. “Al Queda” is a loose collection of people brought together by the concept that the American government is interfering in the business of other nations and should piss off.

  6. Delmania says:

    Both an epic win and an epic phail in a single post. Well played, Scott!

  7. wowpanda says:

    Good point on war on drags, it cost us a lot of money. All the government should declare is if you are on drags, you loss your eligibility for health care.

    But War on terror? It should be war on Iraq instead. When your country is bombed, you are at war. The only problem is you should not start attack blindly. And Bush doesn’t have absolute power, congress dumb headed approved it.

  8. yunk says:

    Wasn’t there a picture on the net of Scott Jacobs in a black suit and hat?

    “, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this sort of thing has happened. There are examples of unexplained events ”

    well yes and no, unexplained means just unexplained. But so far science has explained a lot that was previously unexplained. For instance in The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan we read that during the inquisitions of the last few centuries, most ghost sightings, alien sightings, demon sightings, etc, all follow the same pattern. That is they are usually early morning when the person is woken up from sleep (many are not but most are). These can all be explained by lucid dreaming. A lot of people who aren’t “crazy” and completely normal and functional experience hallucinations once in awhile, especially auditory, and more often women than men (or at least they report it more).

    But the other reason to not believe aliens have visited earth, and probably the best reason, is pure statistics. Our time here has been barely a blip in the timeline of our earth, which is nothing compared to the lifespan of the galaxy and the universe. The odds of any life existing at all are so low, and most species have been short lived even on this planet (so many mass extinctions) that added onto that the odds that life would exist and evolve to intelligence, and on top of that exist at the same time as us, and evolve somewhere close enough to visit us at the same time we just happen to be around, and somehow not be wiped out by asteroid or their own technology or their sun novaing, are beyond astronomical.

  9. DoubleD says:

    There’s a lot of stars out there man.. I look through my telescope and it’s very hard to believe that there isn’t life out there.

    Then again, don’t you think it’s be design? We have enough trouble getting along with our next door neighbors. Imagine another civilization. Distances are vast most likely for these reasons.

  10. Ashendarei says:

    “a loose collection of people brought together by the concept that the American government is interfering in the business of other nations and should piss off.”

    How exactly is this different then what a large portion of the American population believes again?

  11. damn you, capitalism! says:

    wowpanda :</strongBut War on terror? It should be war on Iraq instead. When your country is bombed, you are at war.

    Iraq bombed us? News to me, and anyone else living in reality.

    And 9, you think distances between stars are due to a higher power not wanting war? wtf?

  12. wowpanda says:

    Opps, my bad. what I meant is war on terror is OK, war on Iraq is bad. If you have read my next sentence “The only problem is you should not start attack blindly”, it should have made it clear.

    And, distance makes peace. Your usually have more friction with your next door neighbor than someone far away in another subdivision.

  13. wowpanda says:

    And it is not the fault of capitalism that US in such trouble. If you check around, even in the height of the great depression, US fare better than the communist countries, and that is why the big communist countries (Russia, China etc) all tried to reform to capitalist style.

    Capitalism utilizes human greed into innovation and productivity, while in communist countries human greed turned into hungry for power. This huge mess we are in are produced when government tried to interfere with the market. The intentions might be good (banks should loan to low income people, we should bail out companies to prevent recession), but the out come is bad.

    Much like when humans try to change nature, which has been in work for million of years and we try to change it with our limited understanding.

  14. Peter Freese says:

    These comments make me sad. 😦

  15. Bonedead says:

    Hey man, aliens are cool.

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