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Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score 1) 214

people don't in general do that

Oh, but they do. People are violent. You're old enough to remember that we had to be constantly reminded in mass media and by the stewardesses to not try to wrestle with hijackers; to do things the "civilized" way. People followed the rules until it was clear the rules didn't apply. Then they acted. And they've acted many times since. Sure, it wouldn't hurt to have a few more air marshals, but what good are four air marshals compared to a plane full of passengers with knives? Pen knives used to be carried by everyone everywhere. Now they're scary terrorist weapons.

Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score 1) 214

"Are you guys ready? Let's roll." -Todd Beamer
The passengers on Flight 93 are the heroes you deride. Given your UID, you're not a youngster, so you lived through 9/11 and you should remember the hijacking a that occasionally took place before; the rule was always "let the hijackers have their way and everyone gets out alive". Once the passengers of Flight 93 figured out what their fate was, they went full Steven Segal, forcing the hijackers to abort mission and crash the plane prematurely.

Comment Re:No, obviously (Score 1) 263

In the same vein, why does an armed robbery in many states carry an "enhanced" sentence, or even become a different crime, because a gun was used? Would a crossbow or a big knife have been any different? They're all deadly weapons.

Armed robbery includes any deadly weapon brandished as threat of force during the robbery, not just firearms. Branding a weapon while robbing lends insight to the mindset of the criminal; that he or she is willing to cause bodily harm or kill in their commission of a crime. Killing (even accidentally) in the commission of a felony is usually considered murder, so planning to kill in commission of a felony is like planning to murder.
As usual: I am not a lawyer, mileage may vary, void in the Commonwealth of Oklahansas.

Comment Re:I just got bored of the bloody thing (Score 4, Interesting) 195

Hitchcock knew that implied violence is more effective long term than overt gore. You can't become desensitized to your own imagination. GRRM's books are stories first, not gore & boob fests. He made you imagine the boobs and gore while showing you the story. Why do the GoT TV writers show you all the boobs and gore while making you imagine the story? I'll tell you why. It's because ...


... it's titillating.

Comment Re:Make rules and know when to break them (Score 1) 95

Some of the same writers on the other hand spent a lot of time making sure the stars go by in the right direction on the ship in Futurama, as they were trying to make the layout of the ship there a little more sensible, most of the time.

Despite the ship be nonsensical. FYI, it's not just the stars that move. The ship moves the entire universe!

As long as we're going to reinvent the wheel again, we might as well try making it round this time. - Mike Dennison