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Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 1) 392

You might not "win," but there have been a number of SWAT officers killed during no-knock raids where the homeowner believed it was a home invasion. Several of those victims (the homeowners, I mean) have survived to be acquitted in court even.

Comment: Re:The rate at which oil prices are dropping ... (Score 1) 248

by Fjandr (#48938103) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Most of the Arab nations actually have massive diversified investment schemes that will allow them to continue being rich even without oil. Of course, it's easier for the smaller ones like Dubai and the UAE, but Saudi Arabia has been unhitching as many of their economy's horses from oil as they can for a long time.

Comment: Re: Am I missing something? (Score 1) 229

by Fjandr (#48673629) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

Not true at all. If I witness Bob murder Tom, I know Bob murdered Tom. If, however, Bob manages to destroy all physical evidence of murdering Tom, convicting him can't be done on my word alone.

There are many cases where it is well-known that someone is a criminal, and yet they are not prosecuted for lack of admissible evidence.

Comment: Re:And who will collect the trash? (Score 1) 441

by Fjandr (#48673421) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

It seems the largest part of the communication problem when talking about libertarian ideas is the misconception that "libertarian" means "no government." There are those who attach themselves to libertarian causes who would like to see "no government," but a libertarian government would exist with the mandate to protect people from exactly the sorts of things you just questioned.

Being against the initiation of force is not, in any way, the same as being against all uses of force at all times.

Comment: Re:How about ignoring it? (Score 1) 484

by Fjandr (#48637639) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

9th & 10th Amendments. Unless it's a power granted to the Federal Government, or reserved by a State, it's a right retained by the people.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has ruled that even the most tenuous, indirect link to interstate commerce creates Federal jurisdiction, which means only those rights specifically enumerated are actually protected in their eyes.

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