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Comment Re:A few words... (Score 0, Troll) 334

I'm not sure how respectable their space program actually was, and neither are a lot of people. They did some impressive stuff, but they also had this habit of blowing up on the launchpad or otherwise fucking up - we really have no idea how many cosmonauts died during the Soviet program.

Comment Re:Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot (Score 0, Troll) 847

Firefighters do not have the ability to strip a citizen of their rights.

Police do, and their ability to strip a citizen of their rights doesn't go away when they are off-duty (please don't bring up "citizen's arrest," people, it is a largely ignored concept for a reason). They are entrusted with large responsibilities, so the case for monitoring them is vastly different from that of a regular citizen.

Comment Re:Not so happy when the shoe is on the other foot (Score 1, Troll) 847

Because in their professional capacity the police are agents of the state. My employer is not the state.

When you choose to seek the power that the police (or elected officials, for that matter) wield, you forfeit the right to be treated as a regular Joe Citizen.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 0, Troll) 384

A majority-based representative democracy is no less a representative democracy than a direct-percentage representative democracy. It just has different methods of assigning representation.

Whether or not those different methods are better--that's a different question, and one on which I share similar views to yours; I would much rather more granular representation. But it doesn't stop being a representative democracy because you, personally, have your ox gored.

Every nonzero finite dimensional inner product space has an orthonormal basis. It makes sense, when you don't think about it.