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    Some humans are wasteful, dishonest and manipulative and politics and business just calls to them like sirens. The records are there to be read. I used an example that’s famous because I know you’re not from the US but it’s a legendary example nonetheless. And when a government can drop a pallet with ten million dollars on it into the Iraqi desert and ‘lose track of it’ yeah I’m suspicious of that entity. It happened during the senseless invasion of Iraq. Ten fucking million! And a billionaire politician had the nerve to say I know ten mil may seem like a lot of money! Fucking asshole. People wonder why I keep out of politics. It disgusts me.
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    The thing is that I do think there has been a lot of badness in politics and business, it leaves a lot to be desired for sure, although if you want to survey politics and business as a whole there are examples of the good too.

    I think that the bias which the Tali talks about has come into play, heavily come into play, in politics and business, though its a pessimistic bias, which nearly prevents the discovery or awareness of any ordinary good which is taking place. Also I think that anyone who where to suddenly appear from the distant past they would be amazed at how great a job politicians or governments do, expectations have just moved on (the same could be said for why immigrants folk to what critical citizens would claim is a rotten country to live in).

    That money probably was a pay off to someone, the Bush wars saw the unprecedented use private contractors and there was a lot of confusion and lack of communication between the political and military, if the book The Operators or its adaptation on Netflix, War Machine, is to be believed and I find it very plausible. The film Made In America about the government's role in drugs and arms trafficking, Ollie North and Iran-Contra Gate is a great movie too, if you are interested in that sort of thing.

    Personally, its part of the reason I support social and health spending, as it automatically restricts the available tax revenue for intelligence or war mongering, those agencies will use whatever money is available for actions abroad which are prohibited domestically and then eventually work to expand the permissible actions or sphere of influence at home.

    I know that a lot of libertarians have said that they dont mind military-industrial spending so much because it fits with their view of what is the legitimate sphere of government action, even considering inflated military budgets good as they believe it deprives social or health budgets of funding, even looking favourably upon deficit spending, but I think that's a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Survive & Stay Free View Post
    If this lifeless rock could be mined for some sort of minerals or resources, sure, if it would be possible to discover something about the rock's composition so it could be easily targetted and destroyed if anything like this came into the solar system on a collision course with earth, sure, otherwise its a torching of a huge amount of money.
    Unfortunately it is probably travelling too fast to be mined with our current level of technology.

    I am however a big proponent of mining other asteroids in our solar system and I think it could be achieved via unmanned, automated drones. There's probably a wealth of minerals and elements to be mined from the various asteroids, moons, etc. in our system. If we can get to a point where the costs do not outweigh the benefits then I think this could benefit the planet, but I'm wondering what the potential political, international conflicts might be as various nations compete for access and rights to various bodies in space.

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    We are at an interesting point in history where we don't know if we are the only life in the universe, or the only conscious life. And we don't know whether the universe teems with life and conscious life. I am inclined to think the chances are the universe teems with life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    We are at an interesting point in history where we don't know if we are the only life in the universe, or the only conscious life. And we don't know whether the universe teems with life and conscious life. I am inclined to think the chances are the universe teems with life.
    Yes, I agree. Conscious life is probably less frequent though.

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    The universe is huge, of course there’s other life out there, to suggest otherwise is just plain moronic. You can’t have 100 billion galaxies (more that we haven’t discovered) with 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (estimated) stars and x amount of planets around many of those stars and not have something else going on out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Population: 1 View Post
    The universe is huge, of course there’s other life out there, to suggest otherwise is just plain moronic. You can’t have 100 billion galaxies (more that we haven’t discovered) with 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (estimated) stars and x amount of planets around many of those stars and not have something else going on out there.
    agreed. But I have a feeling sentient or complex life is fewer and farther between, that the majority is stuff like bacteria, single cell organisms, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asynartetic View Post
    agreed. But I have a feeling sentient or complex life is fewer and farther between, that the majority is stuff like bacteria, single cell organisms, etc.
    Oh without a doubt. Even so, given the size of the universe and the billions of years it’s been around, there has been and is a large amount of intelligent life leaving it’s mark on things.

    I have no doubt we’ll find simple life on some of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn. All we have to do is discover the simplest forms of extraterrestrial life and it will spark a huge interest in what’s out there. It’s like we have to prove it concretely before most people even show interest. It blows my mind that so many people give little to no thought of what goes on beyond our skies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Population: 1 View Post
    Oh without a doubt. Even so, given the size of the universe and the billions of years it’s been around, there has been and is a large amount of intelligent life leaving it’s mark on things.

    I have no doubt we’ll find simple life on some of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn. All we have to do is discover the simplest forms of extraterrestrial life and it will spark a huge interest in what’s out there. It’s like we have to prove it concretely before most people even show interest. It blows my mind that so many people give little to no thought of what goes on beyond our skies.
    Very strong chance of life in the oceans of Europa. And due to the radiation from Jupiter, we might learn something about how life can thrive in those conditions. It also has crazy tides due to the gravitational pull of Jupiter, that's why the surface is always cracked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    We are at an interesting point in history where we don't know if we are the only life in the universe, or the only conscious life. And we don't know whether the universe teems with life and conscious life. I am inclined to think the chances are the universe teems with life.
    What if the aliens are roman catholics and marxists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asynartetic View Post
    Very strong chance of life in the oceans of Europa. And due to the radiation from Jupiter, we might learn something about how life can thrive in those conditions. It also has crazy tides due to the gravitational pull of Jupiter, that's why the surface is always cracked.
    The problem is figuring out how to get to it. How to get through all that ice. Humans are ingenious (at times) and I’m positive we’ll find a way.

    I’m also excited by newer telescopes we plan on putting up that may be able to show pictures of exoplanets. That would be amazing. We’ve definitely come a long way since I was a kid.
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