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Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 1) 273

No, there were no WMDs in Iraq

Ok, so the WMDs in Iraq, used by Saddam to kill thousands of people in Iraq - those didn't exist? This sort of nonsense is supposed to make you sound credible? Who do you think your audience is - people just like you, but even dumber, who won't wonder if you paid any attention whatsoever to stacks of dead people killed with Iraq's chemical weapons? Man, it must be really annoying to be you, with reality being such a constant irritant like that.

Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 230

Sadly, EULAs and the like tell them they can do this. Courts have upheld it. Which means taking them at their word is pretty much useless.

What? If the user who wants to participate in online discussions on a private company's web site agrees to a EULA that states that the owner of the web site reserves the right to change the conditions of using the site, then that's exactly what you signed up for. The only "sadly" involved is users sadly not reading what they agree to. Most people in the gimme-dat-free-stuff mindset don't think things through anyway.

Real names policies exist because companies say "what value can I get from selling the fact that SuitWrinkler53 commented on the website?" and deciding that they can't sell that information.

Or, if you're a publisher, those policies exist in order to spare the publishers huge ongoing legal expenses in dealing with inquiries and even subpoenas related to digging out real names or other information about trolling, libelous, or otherwise criminal users.

And then you realize they don't know much about the underlying technology, and are probably using something like WordPress.

No, then we realize that you're talking out of your ass and haven't bothered to so much as view the source on one of their pages in order to see that you're wrong. And that the paper - like so many who can't afford to go about it in any other way - are using a third party SaaS solution. Which means a single code base for many clients, which means no, customizing it for one customer isn't always desirable or even do-able.

They just have to remind you it's technically private property, and that the license says they can change the terms if they wish.

Oh, so you DO get it. What are you bitching about, then?

Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 1) 273

The reason why Saddam was under that disposal and inspection regime was *because* of those things

You mean, the things that didn't exist? What are you saying exactly? You're trying to have it both ways.

What Saddam did in the past and was under restrictions for is itself not a valid pretext for invasion.

Sure it is, because he refused to comply with the requirements that arose from everything that went before. And you're STILL pretending that his forces never ceased to target those protecting the no-fly zone, wasn't robbing from UN food and relief funds to buy more weapons, and so on.

Where was the evidence of WMDs? None.

I know, I know, you're trying to wish away the deaths of thousands of people killed with exactly those non-existent WMDs that you simultaneously say were the basis for the inspection regime. I suspect you're don't actually listen to yourself, in order to avoid realizing how silly you sound.

Almost 15 years past we have not found any evidence of hidden/buried caches

Right, just the places where they USED to be, and which were blocked from inspection while he was still in power.

Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 0, Troll) 273

Do you mean waterboarding? The very same technique to which thousands of US military people have subjected themselves during routine training? That sort of thing?

And "behind the Irag invasions" ... what? Do you meant the invasion conducted by dozens of allies following Saddam's attempt to take over Kuwait? Or do you mean the follow-up invasion that occurred because Saddam never met any of his obligations following the cease-fire has his invasion was pushed back, and as he continued to fire on aircraft patrolling the no-fly zones over the territories occupied by the ethnic minorities he'd been systematically killing with air strikes and WMD's? Silly me, of course you know all of that, and you're just a cowardly anonymous troll out to re-write history and, as a another lying little lefty, trying to distract everyone from the fact that the party you want in power will be run by Hillary Clinton, who saw all the same intelligence and supported (through her own votes and vocal support) both the original conflict and the second one that completed it. Hint: people actually pay attention, so just lying about it doesn't actually change history.

Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 1, Interesting) 273

There was never any strong evidence for WMDs regardless of what rumors may have been out there

You're actively pretending that Saddam didn't USE his chemical weapons to kill thousands of people. And you're completely mischaracterizing the UN inspection team's early observations of large caches of VX that could NOT be later accounted for (remember the huge, completely phony "documentation" dump provided by Saddam's people to the UN, followed by active blocking of UN inspectors whenever they asked for unplanned inspections of the very places they thought they might find such things?). Yes, I remember Hans Blix, but you're choosing not to remember how things actually played out on the ground as his inspectors were turned away time and time again.

Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score -1, Flamebait) 273

Seriously, the CIA is responsible for the creation of Al Qaeda as a threat to America, you're welcome for 9/11.

So let's see ... as everyone has had to do through all of history, we worked with regional interests to help push back against the greater bad guy (the Soviets, continuing to try to expand their territory). The regional guys turn out to have their own post-Soviet-fight agenda. You, however, as typical nonsensical racist, think that people from that region aren't able to make their own decisions or set out to fulfill their own wishes. No, to you those Foreign Brown People are like zombies that would sit and do nothing without the controlling wizardry of Teh Eeevil Amerikkka blah blah blah.

the drone killing campaign which spawns ten terrorists for every one it kills

I see. So you're a bigger fan of going in on the ground with huge column of armor and troops and the supporting logistics so that we can, instead of using deliberate air strikes, get into a non-stop series of random street fights while trying to kill the same terrorists, but instead rack up huge collateral damage while also telegraphing every move on the ground and chasing the targets out of range for months on end. That is an EXCELLENT alternative. And of course that strategy wouldn't do anything to inspire new jihaddi recruits, no not at all.

stupid illegal invasion of Iraq

Oh, here we go. I didn't realize you were just trolling. Sorry. Since you're revising history and just making stuff up, I guess we'll call it a day.

Comment Re: pilots once they start flying their unmanned.. (Score 1) 192

Imagine if RC cars were a relatively new thing.. and people started attaching cameras to them and driving them on the freeway around emergency responders.

There are already laws in place to punish anyone doing such a thing. Just like there already are for flying model airplanes in the way of real aircraft.

Comment Re:Infringing on the freedom of the press (Score 1) 192

Because vehicle registration like that is a state-level activity, not a federal activity. And congress, in the 2012 FRMA law, explicitly fended the FAA off from doing some of this stuff. But the Obama administration is trying yet another counter-constitutional end-run by acting at the DoT level instead of the FAA level, and the task force is recommending that EVERY RC FLYING ANYTHING, including a kid's 9-ounce fixed wing toy plane, make that kid subject to federal registration and fines if he doesn't. Yeah, 9 ounces. 250 grams. Are you paying attention?

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 588

A wall built for one purpose will work just as fine for the other. Just like surveillance systems built to catch terrorists will work perfectly fine to keep tabs on you, too.

Really? Have you been hearing a lot about how the areas of the US/Mexican border that are actually fenced off and have been for years are being used to prevent dissident US citizens from fleeing their oppressive country into Mexico? Please, do go on. Can't wait for the links you can't provide because you're being completely disingenuous and you know it.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 588

a list of the worst things that have happened in the recorded history of the world, the USA's enslavement of black people would be right up near the top of the list

But not the European enslavement of black people? Or the enslavement of black people by OTHER black people that predated any European enslavement of black people? Or the still ongoing enslavement of black people by other black people (and Arabs, etc) that's happening right now? Your focus on the "USA's" enslavement (as if that institution wasn't in place for a couple of European-controlled centuries in North America and in Europe before there even was a USA) is pure drivel, and you know it. And then your fake ignorance of the intellectual and eventually physical civil war that erupted over and led to the practice of ending slavery - a cause to which untold thousands of white Americans gave their lives - that's a pretty tall order of disingenuous cherry picking on your part.

I would put helping poor people first

That would be nice. The first thing to do would be to stop voting for the people who have been conducting their "war on poverty" for decades, and who have done nothing but create a multi-generational ocean of people dependent on the vast bureaucracy and spending that that effort has ginned up. You want to see fewer people in poverty? Stop rewarding multiple births in single-parent households where absent fathers and disinterested mothers create rudderless, illiterate, unskilled, and often drug-addicted, violent kids even in areas where their cities spend enough per child on education to put three other kids through top quality private schools in any other place. The problem you're talking about, shy of true mental illness, isn't about resources. It's about local culture. Period. If you really think that you need to fix that, you have to take kids out of that environment and raise them away from it. Are you ready to make that case? Ready to take kids from their toxic neighborhoods and homes so they don't repeat the cycle of ignorance and a criminal world view? No? Then what sort of "help" did you have in mind, specifically? Give them more stuff? Spend more than $10,000 per student per year on school?

Wait. I know. We should rid their neighborhoods of the crime that plagues those places, so they can pursue a more constructive life. How should we do that? Perhaps make sure that the local criminal gangs aren't staffed up with members that cycle repeatedly through the legal system and return to commit the same crimes over and over again? Nope, can't do that, because that involved police, and we all know that police are now officially evil, and locking up violent gang members is officially racist. Looking forward to your specific suggestions, and explanations as to why they've never been tried before or have never worked before, but will now, because of how you're suggesting them.

Comment Re:Nope again. Now you're just making shit up. (Score 1) 588

Yes, and the entire conversation was with a gaggle of reporters who had been talking about the current events (Syrian refugee) situation in particular, and you're barely hearing the FIRST reporter's simultaneous questions. He (Trump) presumed everyone was still talking about the topic du jour, the refugee issue and the need to track them better than Europe has been doing. The ONLY person to suggest a "Muslim database" was a reporter throwing things into the multi-reporter scrum. If you really think that the way that was answered indicates some policy urge on his part to do what the reporter dreamed up, then you're just trolling.

Again, I am NOT a Trump supporter. I don't want him in office. But I know disingenuous faux outrage when I hear it. If the lefty media and blogosphere types really think that was something to be uptight about, then their disinterest in holding Obama, Clinton, Biden, Kerry, Reid, Pelosi and other notable Democrat figures responsible for some truly, truly stellar BS, non-sequitors, irrationalities, and outright deliberate repeated lies is ... well, a pretty predictable display of typical lefty hypocrisy. Or, would you link to your same armchair psychology analysis of some of those deliberate deceptions from people in office on the left? Please? Thank you for being intellectually honest and doing so.

Comment Re:Godwin (Score 1) 588

What makes you think you know anything about my party affiliation or lack of it? Your own rah-rah is showing.

And no, both parties are NOT equally bad in this regard. The vast majority of conservatives (who have plenty of cultural problems in the bus along with them, in the form of die-hard religious types, to be sure) are uniformly opposed to expanding government power over your personal daily life. They're not the ones trying to tell you what size drink cup you can buy, which medical services you must pay for (but only from these government-partnered sources!), which of the new 8,000 (!) new regulations issued every year may or may not make you a criminal this year while doing the same things you did last year, etc. The general disposition of the two parties is significantly different when it comes to the role of government in every day life.

When someone does something stupid, the republican's first instinct is to say, "What kind of upbringing did that person have, that they thought that was acceptable behavior?" while the democrat's immediate take on it is, "What kind of additional tax should we charge in order to fund a government program and new government employees and bureaucracy in order to attempt to control that behavior, or at least treat it as a new source of revenue?"

Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 588

Talked to a Ukrainian once. The stated reason for the wall was to keep out Western spies.

Yeah, that's why they machine-gunned families trying to climb over it in desperate attempts to escape from East Germany's little slice of Soviet hell on earth.

No, it wasn't about western spies. It was about "brain drain" - the loss of the educated, industrious, Germans who didn't want to live under socialist compulsion and control.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 588

All of the assailants they've identified so far are European nationals. There's plenty of evidence that they're trying to make it _look_ like the attacks were carried out by agents they sneaked in with the refugees, but the evidence so far on the actual attackers is that they didn't come in with the refugees.

So, just to be clear, what you're talking about is the Greek and French governments both lying about fingerprints taken just weeks ago during a border crossing in Greece and then found on the bodies of the attackers in Paris?

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