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Comment: Re: (Score 1) 81

by Black Parrot (#47579465) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

It has been common for the government to have public executions without trial when an american citizen is known to say "bad things"

Saddam Hussein did a little more than just saying "bad things"

I wasn't aware that he was an american citizen.

Plus we didn't off him when he was murdering Kurds and other "undesirables", or when he started a revanchist war against Iran that resulted in several hundred thousand, possibly a million, casualties. He only got in the doghouse for seizing Kuwait, threatening the carefully engineered balance-of-powerlessness established in the middle east by the the allies after WWI.

Comment: Re:Who are these idiot futurists? (Score 1) 564

MAYBE machine intelligence will surpass humans in some ways, but where the hell do we get this idea that they’ll decide we’re unstable and wipe us out? Sci Fi? Do we get it from anything RATIONAL?

Your subject line holds the answer: Maybe the idiot futurists really are in danger of being surpassed by machines!

They just haven't figured out that the rest of us aren't idiots too.

Comment: Re:And every one of them... (Score 0, Troll) 61

by Black Parrot (#47339015) Attached to: FBI Issued 19,000 National Security Letters In 2013

Learn a little history. They'll target conservative extremists, but they create files on liberals just for being liberal.

IRS affair has nothing to do with the FBI. (Also, there is some indication that it's more Bengazi-style spin from the right than actual substance.)

Obama has nothing to do with it.

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