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Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 77

Many of the Gazans are Christian. From the 2009 assault on Gaza:

"Israeli missiles hit Hamas targets but also destroyed civilian buildings in the densely packed territory, including a Christian medical clinic in Shijaiya that had provided free health care to the poor since 1968. Atallah Tarazi, a Christian surgeon at Gaza City's Shifaa Hospital, said two ambulances were hit and six of his paramedics killed, and lamented the high percentage of civilian casualties received by his hospital.

Gaza's Christian community of 2,500 suffered at least three deaths in the fighting—including 14-year-old Christine Turok, who died of a heart attack from fear—and Gaza Baptist Church and the Palestinian Bible Society were damaged by Israeli airstrikes.

A broad cross-section of Christian agencies mobilized aid to Gaza and southern Israel.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 2) 77

Some Palestinians have, if at all, just seconds to leave before an attack but many do leave and flee to the school buildings that under control of the United Nations. The schools are opened especially for this and the UN personnel take care of the refugees and keep both "militants" and weapons out of its buildings.

It also provides the Israeli military with the exact coordinates of the schools. So guess what happens next:

Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza:

As many as 30 people have been reported killed and 100 injured in the Israeli shelling of a UN school in Gaza that was being used as an emergency shelter.

Al Jazeera's correspondent Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said the school in Beit Hanoun came under shelling on Thursday. She said sources had told Al Jazeera that up up to 30 people had been killed in the bombardment.

The AFP reported a UN official as confirming "multiple dead and injured".

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Robert Turner, the director for UNRWA, the UN's refugee organisation in Gaza, said there was no warning from the Israelis before the shells landed. He confirmed there were casualties.

He said the UNRWA were in contact with Israeli forces about a window to evacuate the school before the attack happened

"This is a designated emergency shelter," he said. "The location was conveyed to the Israelis.

"This is the fourth strike on our installations in three days."

Four attacks on well known refugee centers within three days. Does anyone still believe that such attacks are some random accidents?

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 1) 77

You basically argue: "We have a right to violate the norm of humanity and just, moral behavior because of a military expediency."

I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

        He said: “Military necessity.”

        Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

        I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

        And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States and they handle these matters for us.”

When it comes down to it, Gaza was provoked into lobbing "Estes model rockets" into the land of their attackers, and then Israel respond with cluster munitions, flechette weapons and white phosphrous on the heads of children and cripples.

This is what I would expect from your shitty little racist country.

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 0) 77

Lemme guess. YOU have a horse in this race...

Israel is an illegal colony, built on the murder and displacement of natives...

No wonder the only country supporting them is... the US. Also built on the blackened bones and murdered children of the people here before them.

Comment: Re:You've got that backwards (Score 1) 104

by damn_registrars (#47534451) Attached to: Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Actually, I bet it's a lot more bilateral than either configuration. The mutual scratching of the backs while they pretend to squabble for the proles.

There is no disputing the incredible piles of cash that the insurance industry invested into Washington over the past several decades. Other than that capital investment (which helps to keep the "right" elected officials elected to office) what did the government have to gain by giving this giant gift to the insurance industry?

From my vantage point this was a killer ROI for the industry. And a massive anal probe for the people.

It takes a large state to build tyranny, whether its strings are pulled by a bunch of ideological loons, or by runaway corporate interests.

I guess that depends on how one defines large. For example few people would argue against Saddam Hussein being a tyrant, but neither his kingdom nor his government were that large. Now, if you were to instead define large in terms of what fraction of the country's wealth is consumed by the state, then I would certainly agree that his state was enormous. And indeed pretty much every highly militarized state in recent history could be qualified as large in that way.

Comment: And... (Score 2, Insightful) 176

And how much time was lost from (1) employees needing to learn a new system, (2) reintegrating email onto a new client platform, and (3) finding a new way to conduct patching. (Microsoft, for all their deficiencies, is better than its competitors at keeping patches up-to-date. I'm looking at you, Apple.)

I'm not saying that the move may not be correct in terms of dollars and sense, but please answer these questions before blowing sunshine up my ass.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"