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Comment: Anarchy??? (Score 5, Insightful) 288

The Internet has already descended into Anarchy.

That's why we like it. The rules are made by the people who own/run/create/manage it, by mutual agreement, not enforced from the top down. If people don't agree, they go their separate ways, because you can't be forced to allow someone on your network if they violate your network's rules.

The Internet is fine. We like it how it is. No need for more government regulation to ruin it on behalf of those with influence with government officials/politicians/bureaucrats.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 391

a real mess that he inherited from the Bush administration

And someday (perhaps after he's out of office?), Obama will start being held responsible for his own actions by those who supported him. It's what, only been almost 6 years now? That's longer than many presidents serve in office. Obama's off to a really fast start, isn't he?

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 391

Did Obama end us being at war in Iraq? Apparently not...

Giving up and removing U.S. forces isn't the same thing as ending a war. The other guys were still in the neighborhood waiting for our announced removal.

Who looks really stupid now? The Iraqis who trusted the U.S. after we took down Saddam's government. They have a pretty good gripe about our government making promises to them and then not supporting them.

We ended the war against Germany and Japan in such a way that it didn't start back up again a few years later. That took time and leaving troops behind to maintain security and help rebuild the countries in a self-sustainable way so they're good friends of ours now and positive influences on the rest of the world.

Iraq? Not so much...

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 3, Insightful) 391

Are you talking about the War in Iraq, which Obama boasted continuously about ending, despite loud criticism at the time that he was creating the conditions for what's going on right now with ISIS?

I wouldn't be boasting about that anymore, his related words are now one of those things his opponents publish on Twitter so as to illustrate how incompetent he is.

Comment: Most transparent ever? (Score 2, Insightful) 260

by _Sharp'r_ (#47960093) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

"His [Schulte's] prior experience as Chief-of-Staff at Priorities USA, the Super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election," assured Zuckerberg in a letter to contributors, "will ensure continues its momentum for reform."

But, how is this possible? I thought Obama banned his team from becoming lobbyists after they left him???

I guess that rule doesn't apply to everyone. Good thing we have the most transparent administration ever and these lobbying efforts won't influence anyone...

Comment: Re:all in all (Score 2) 221

by Stargoat (#47958327) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

It already is a fortress. In time of war, nations protect their leaders. And the US has been at war for twenty years.

Open the doors of the Temple of Janus, acknowledge the truth. Every day that the US drops a bomb somewhere in the world is a day that the President of the United States should not sleep easy in his bed. One cannot be angry when one nation attacks another, and that other nation responds in any manner it can.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 3, Insightful) 391

What's the difference between Bush's illegal wars and Obama's illegal wars?

In terms of the economy, Obama has done at least as much damage over time, based on his own administration's charts, even. Remember all those rosy predictions?

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 460

by _Sharp'r_ (#47954291) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

This voluntary online survey of academic fieldwork environments primarily shows two things:

1. These people aren't very good at science (See "voluntary online survey" again).
2. What science they've done which someone may consider valid serves only to demonstrate that one of the most left-leading, "liberal", feminist groups in the nation (academics, for whom government bureaucrats and main stream media would be their only real competition for the title) is apparently unable to successfully implement "solutions" to sexual harassment they'd confidently proscribe for everyone else to follow.

A reasonable alternate interpretation to #2, reversing causation, would be that academics are the ones who complain much more about feminist mythology-type topics and propose dramatic solutions because they happen to be the group with the biggest problem in that area, which causes them to be more concerned about it than most folks do.

Of course, they might also just be caught up in the pettiness which comes from arguing about less and less important things over time, but no one would suggest that...

Comment: Re:Probably a bad idea, but... (Score 1) 192

by Stargoat (#47936497) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

I am pleased that Scotland has the opportunity to vote for independence, but believe it would be a stupid decision. The UK is a large, important country in Europe. They have the ability to influence world decisions with an infrastructure built up across two world wars and the cold war. Should Scotland spin off, the Scots themselves will lose world influence.

Comment: Re:Interesting what he chose not to answer (Score 1) 106

by Stargoat (#47928681) Attached to: Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

I find this show difficult to watch, because it seems to mock the people and groups I grew up with. I have since married and become a bit more "normal", giving up my D&D and video game habits. I do not like seeing my friends (and my self) mocked. I do not believe I have ever met people as lovely, self-effacing and generous as those called geeks.

Those would have been valuable questions to ask.

Comment: Re:Batteries? Seriously? (Score 1) 491

by _Sharp'r_ (#47868013) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Buying a new fleet of more expensive city buses primarily benefits the politicians who get to decide which of their friends will get to sell the city the buses.

Any arguments around the desirability or suitability of the new buses are just a bonus for their election year propaganda aimed at credulous residents.

So don't worry, they'll come back around to trollies, railways, etc... they just need to allow enough time to pass for voters to forget their last expensive "great" idea.

Comment: Re:Good luck. Nice knowing you. (Score 2) 78

by Stargoat (#47861723) Attached to: Chinese Man Sues State-Owned Cell Phone Company For Blocking Google

I'm not so sure about this. I could see an argument being made where the cell phone carrier blocked the service, and not the PRC government. Yes, the carrier was told to do so by the government (or CCP, which are not necessarily exactly the same thing). But, according to the PRC constitution, they are not allowed to censor needlessly. Rather than have the government lose face, the carrier is found to have needlessly censored.

I do not believe that this would cause any changes down the road, but this case in particular could be interesting.

Comment: Re:Define technology (Score 1) 231

by _Sharp'r_ (#47838419) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Yeah, I have to resist telling my kids about the natural gas balloons we made for the 4th while unsupervised. As a parent, they're too dangerous.

Fill up a white kitchen trash bag from the stove, tie the end with kite string, unreel the string until the balloon is at least 30-40 feet in the air, then light the end of the string.

Big whump and fireball in the air later, fun was had by all.

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