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They've lost the true religion, and so have fallen into ritual and rules. Because they can't distinguish the accomplished from the pretenders.

Instead of examining the state of a man's or woman's consciousness, they examine the outer trappings of his or her life. How degenerate. comment by usgoosht on Indian temple 'purified' after low-caste chief minister visits 20 hours, 23 minutes ago
What a great evil caste is. What an embarrassment that India, which aspires to join the modern world, still clings to this shameful practice. comment by usgoosht on Indian temple 'purified' after low-caste chief minister visits 20 hours, 39 minutes ago
All because the world won't make a firm commitment to universal birth control.

The religions of the world have so much misery to answer for. comment by usgoosht on 40,000 migrant deaths worldwide 20 hours, 50 minutes ago
I've seen some of these photos. They are just people being people. What strikes me about them, though, is how uniformly bad quality they are. It is like the people taking the photograph were using state of the art equipment - from 15 years ago. These are people that make their living in the visual arts. I would expect them to have state of the art photography and video equipment.

Pictures of higher quality and of women just as attractive can be seen all over the web, many posted by the women themselves. Of course, those women aren't famous actors. If these weren't photos of famous people, they would have vanished into ignominy.

Of course, their privacy was violated. And they made technical mistakes that led to that violation, mistakes which technically savvy people exploited. But they aren't technical experts, their expertise is in entertainment.

I think that some of the fault here lies with Apple. They implicitly sell the promise that they will take care of all those technical details, so the non-technical can enjoy state of the art technology without worrying about the technical details. At the very least, even if they don't admit wrong-doing, Apple should compensate all these victims. And not token amounts - millions, depending on how severe the damage is. They have stables of lawyers, it shouldn't be hard to come up with payment amounts.

What a publicity boon! They've really lost their mojo, that they aren't taking advantage of this marketing opportunity.

As for the victims, they should investigate using private encrypted servers for their storage. With two or three factor authentication. They could disconnect the storage when they aren't using it. Hard to hack something from the internet when it isn't on the internet. But they definitely aren't to blame. They behaved like millions of other people do with modern technology, and were simply singled out because of their fame. Maybe studios will be willing to hire technical consultants for their actors, to protect their investment. Or perhaps, this is a marketing opportunity for a technical consulting firm in Hollywood or New York. comment by usgoosht on EUs new digital commissioner calls celebrities in nude picture leak stupid 21 hours, 3 minutes ago
ISIS' 'brand of evil'? Just Islam as normal. comment by usgoosht on Obama vows to destroy Isis's 'brand of evil' as Iraq requests help from Britain Sep 24, 2014 10:05 PM [GMT]
Now on his way to Raqqa. "Satan has called me to be part of the Islamic state,", he said, "and I will answer that call. What greater glory for Satan can there be than killing in the name of Allah."

This just in. Cleric Abu Qatada was beheaded by militants of ISIS pursuing lesser jihad because he was an apostate. Film on the web. comment by usgoosht on Cleric Abu Qatada thanks God and lawyers after terror acquittal - video Sep 24, 2014 10:03 PM [GMT]
All sustained by foreign aid. Where is the access to birth control? Where is the family planning? Where is the education of girls?

This is insane. comment by usgoosht on A sanctuary for broken wildlife Sep 23, 2014 4:18 PM [GMT]
Irony. The policy of the Catholic Church on artificial birth control is one of the driving forces for the poverty and ignorance these migrants are fleeing.

Having babies that can't be provided for sustains poverty. comment by usgoosht on Pope calls for global cooperation on migration crisis Sep 23, 2014 4:14 PM [GMT]
Excellent! This will create a wonderful buying opportunity.

These folks are delusional. Our civilization would collapse if we stopped using fossil fuels. Many of their functions in our economy, necessary functions, have no viable alternative. Fossil fuels aren't going away in the immediate future.

So, I welcome this initiative, and also their investment in and support of alternative energy sources. comment by usgoosht on Philanthropies, including Rockefellers, and investors pledge $50 billion fossil fuel divestment Sep 23, 2014 4:09 PM [GMT]
Barring a major breakthrough in electric storage technology, we are decades away from oil becoming obsolete as a transportation fuel. And even when it becomes obsolete in transportation, it will still be valuable as a chemical feedstock. Eventually, so will coal.

And that isn't even considering the 3 billion more people that will be added to the planet over the course of this century. They won't be constrained by future harm, if they face starvation now. They will use whatever resources are available.

That's why the crises we face on the earth are all about population, and the cheapest way to address them is to give women and girls education equivalent to grade 8 or 9, and access to birth control. Far more cost effective than trying to deal with the consequences.

The earth is a lifeboat. And it is (becoming) overcrowded. None of these crises would exist if we had taken the path of limiting population growth at the time cheap effective birth control became available. There would be half as many people on the face of the earth, and our average standard of living would probably be more than twice as high.

Water under the bridge. But, those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. comment by usgoosht on High Oil Prices Are No Defense Against Risk Of Stranded Assets Sep 22, 2014 7:17 PM [GMT]

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