God or Science is a false choice, its usually propagated by people who know price of everything and value of nothing!
And many other.
No, not true at all.
> His statement has some weight.
Only in so far as you could make the argument about any of the other spendings of the US government and shoe-horn it in.
The American protestant churches are to Christianity what the Society of Saint Pius X is to the Roman Catholic Church and it's a big enough group of people that it can stand judgement on its own.
As for the services churches provide - the whole point of taxes is pooling capital that the government can use to more efficiently provide far better services to its constituents than any non-governmental organization can. If the churches were actually capable of providing those services beyond largely superficial displays of charity and piety, we wouldn't need government to begin with.
To me it seems that both churches and military investment (in the very broad) are essential and integral for the stability of the US.
I think whether this should be changed is debatable, however I don't think this can be done over night, as it would destroy said stability. Even if a majority could be gained for such a project I think it would have to be a very slow process, as so many other things are built on this foundation and many things seem to have been optimized for this system over time.
However, I am not an expert by any means and just rely on what I see, hear and think when I compare it with Europe. The only thing I have learned is that telling people to do it like others isn't something that can just be done - while keeping some stability that is.
Per capita, the US has double the CO2 emissions than China.
No intention of slowing it? They're building more nuclear plants than anyone else.
Yours is really an useless argument. This is more about consolidation of power.
If you had spent any time there, or knew anything about their culture, you'd already understand that. It's not uncommon, it's completely widspread throughout their society.
See: their cultural obsessions with numerology, superstitions, fate, luck, etc.
Nevertheless, I found it interesting how practicing "Chinese folk religion" and still calling yourself an atheist seems to not really raise eyebrows.
It would be interesting to hear of someone having more insight, as I only got this off the internet.
Makes not the slightest difference who has computing power. Its relevant only if you have reason to use it, and even then might be completely pointless.
Gave me 100 Cray Y-MP computers and I can't think of a damn thing to do with them. Countries are no different. Giving a country 100Mflops gives it nothing over the next country without 100Mflops.
BUT what I would absolutely say is true is that politicians - those great scum suckers at the bottom of the human pyramid - are highly likely to believe that it is VERY important that a country does not get left behind in its supercomputing power. Fuckwits. This is the sort of article that would send politicians racing to spend government money on state run supercomputing facilities which do..... nothing of any REAL value.
One of the only things giving me hope right now.
There's also a Green500 list of most performance-per-watt, i.e. greenest, most efficient computers, and Japan is the clear leader there.
That is pretty funny actually. China is planning to lead the world in electric car manufacturing, where they have some big natural advantages, which they hope will get them into a competitive position in the international automotive market.
They are already leading the world on solar.
read the first 3 paragraphs on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianhe-2