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Comment: "Binders full of women" was bullshit. (Score 1) 479

by Lord Kano (#48833031) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

I despise Romney, I have never voted for him and unless he's running against a demon I won't ever vote for him.

That being said, the "Binders full of women" controversy was bullshit. It was a manufactured controversy. It was in line with the Alinsky method of turning your opponents strength into a weakness and using ridicule as a weapon.

Romney has spent the past 30 years making himself acceptable to the center-left contingent of American politics and I have no doubt that he seriously looked at every qualified female prospect when he was recruiting. The operatives in service to the Democrat National Committee had to do something to de-emphasize the fact that Romney was much better on women in the workplace than they were.


Comment: Re:Gotta stop all those law abiding terrorists... (Score 3, Insightful) 329

No, The thinking is consistent , not sound.

It's a good thing when law enforcement officers have to take time to do their jobs. The power of the state is a terrible and awesome thing. The last thing a free society needs is law enforcement with spare time.

An idle cop is a cop who will find something to do. If his job is to arrest people and present cases for prosecution, he'll find new and creative ways to make that happen.

In the UK, they're doing random searches for knives...That's unthinkable in most of my country.

Mandating the use of compromised cryptography doesn't benefit the citizenry. It makes it possible, and arguably inevitable, that the government will use the knowledge of people's private communications to quash legitimate dissent.

For example, it's alleged that the FBI had knowledge of MLK cheating on his wife. How do you think the department of justice would have used that information if they had captured emails or naughty text messages proving it?

I'll take risky freedom over the safety of an overpowering government, any day.


Comment: Radio waves are neither private nor public (Score 1) 303

This is a no-brainer. It is impossible to determine from a radio wave if the transmitter is in a private space or a public space. An office in an office building may or may not be legally private space. A vehicle is private space (as far as voice communication is concerned.)

This is the real key to killing this government spying. Holder's Federal Bureau of Stasi will lose this one real quick.

Comment: Re:I'm not saying it was aliens... (Score 2) 197

by Lord Kano (#48703029) Attached to: CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

I saw something in the early 80s. I'm not trying to ascribe them to an extraterrestrial origin but they were peculiar.

What I saw wasn't a group of U2 planes in formation. I suppose it could have been A-12 Avenger IIs, but there's no evidence that they ever fielded airworthy aircraft. So, they're still unknown to me and thus it's accurate to call them UFOs.

What's funny to me is that even though I didn't know it at the time, they were moving away from an area with a nuclear research facility that employs a fair number of people in the area. I was a kid, I didn't know anything about the lab or what they did there so the significance of their path didn't occur to me until I was an adult.


Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 2) 332

One of them would be the Borg...
The Borg (sounds Swedish) didn't see themselves as evil or believe that their mission was unjust. They wanted to add other civilizations to their own, making both sides better. The Borg did not have the problems most civilizations have such as crime, starvation, jealousy, etc. Who wouldn't want that?

Another good example is the Emperor...
The Emperor wanted to bring order to a chaotic galaxy. Sometimes, the only way is with an iron fist.

The Reapers is one more...
Reapers were changed against their will. What they became was not their fault.

Any position can change depending on the perspective. People... or cyborgs... don't see themselves as evil They are doing what they think is best, twisted as it may be.

Comment: Re:Where are hurricanes? The other side of the wor (Score 2, Funny) 187

by ArcherB (#48594631) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Because that is all that matters right? 'Merica. And really only the East Coast of 'Merica.

Because that was the claim of various alarmist predictions about anthropogenic climate change made after Katrina. If they've made predictions about Asia, I hadn't heard them.

(For those keeping score, since 2005, the year of Katrina, the number of major hurricanes hitting the US mainland stands at zero. No doubt it will go up again at some point, and anthropogenic climate change will be blamed).

I think you are missing the point. Global Warming is the reason we have not been seeing as many hurricanes.

If it rains, it's global warming. If it doesn't rain, it's severe global warming.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder