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Comment: Re:Snowden is a hero (Score 1) 100

by cold fjord (#49558275) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Hi Gary....,

Interesting theory, but it leaves some ground uncovered:
2014 was an off year election and turnout for them is pretty much always lower.
There were many democrats that were more than a little disenchanted with the Obama admin.
Obamacare was already starting to give people sticker shock, and it will get worse.
With the Republicans back in control of the House they could engage in meaninful oversight, especially on things that were "uninteresting " to the Dems. The IRS scandal is one of those. (I consider that one far more dangerous to the Republic than the NSA stuff.)
2014 was far enough along that Obama began to own his administrations record - no more Bush!!

Hard to say how 2016 will turn out. I can't believe the Democratic party will really run Hillary. New scandals emerge daily - Clinton Foundations funding, fudged tax records, foreign doners, Uranium for Russia, more to come .....

Have a nice evening

Thanks, you too.
That Gatorade is great stuff.

Comment: Re:Snowden is a hero (Score 0) 100

by cold fjord (#49558055) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Thanks kind of funny since the Russian army stil uses the goose step, and the US military never has. Interesting symbolism.

Kind of fits in with Russia invading Ukraine to steal Crimea (and was willing to use nuclear weapons to do it). Now Russia is sending troops into Ukraine's border regions to try to steal that away. Russia just openly threatened Denmark with nuclear weapons. Russia is also threatening Moldova, and the Baltic nations. Finland is concerned. Poland considers itself under threat. Russia has been sending bombers and naval vessels, and submarines to probe Sweden, the UK, and US.

And certainly Snowden is a hero in Russia for making millions of Top Secret documents on US intelligence systems available to Russia.

Wouldn't it be a pity if someday the goose stepping is outside your window? Maybe that will be sauce for the goose as well.

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 4, Insightful) 447

by cold fjord (#49557345) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Actually, we did. Like most Americans, sadly, you know nothing of history beyond, say, 1980 or some such. If you did know some history, you would know ...

Like many people on Slashdot you seem to have a defective knowledge of history and the church.

If one were to look into the history they would find that you either grossly exagerate on these matters, or are simply wrong. Many of the early colonies were formed by religous sects coming from Europe. Once in America they adopted the European customs of institutionalizing the church with the government. Although in some colonies other sects were persecuted, few were killed. In any case it was nothing like the scale or severity of European persecution. Other colonies had different views. Rhode Island was formed with the ideal of religious tolerence, and other colonies were adopting laws for tolerance by 1650. Eventually all of the colonies adeopted the US Constitution, became states, and moved past that.

As to the "Christian justifications for the genocide against American Indians" I have to ask, what genocide are you referring to? There wasn't one.

Reject the Lie of White "Genocide" Against Native Americans
Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?

As to your claims about "lines of Christian preachers submitted tons of briefs, all saying that their Christian God had deemed that black people were inherently inferior and not worthy of any basic human rights" in the case of Loving vs Virginia, which briefs are you referring to? The only brief I see listed from an organization claiming church affiliation was against Virginia's law.

LOVING v. VIRGINIA, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)

Briefs of amici curiae, urging reversal, were filed by William M. Lewers and William B. Ball for the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice et al.; [388 U.S. 1, 2] by Robert L. Carter and Andrew D. Weinberger for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and by Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit III and Michael Meltsner for the N. A. A. C. P. Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

T. W. Bruton, Attorney General, and Ralph Moody, Deputy Attorney General, filed a brief for the State of North Carolina, as amicus curiae, urging affirmance

So it looks to me that your disparagement of Christians is based on what is essentially one half-truth and two whole lies.

Now that would be bad in and of itself, but you also overlook the many positive contributions made by Christians.

The abolition of slavery - Christian and churches drove the abolisionist movement. Perhaps you could start with this man:
      William Wilberforce - the story told in this wonderful movie: Amazing Grace, released in 2007
Higher Education - Many of America's first colleges were formed by churches.
Health Care - Many hospitals have been founded by churches, or with church backing.
The Civil Right movement - Once again many churches were participants in the Civil Rights movement

There are many more that could be added to that.

Yeah, you Christians are really, really superior to other religions....

Moving past the half-truth and falsehoods you wrote certainly seems to make for a better record to reflect upon.

Comment: Re:economic interests (Score 1) 80

Many European companies did business with Saddam's Iraq just as they do now with Iran, and other unsavory regimes.
Some of that business has been lucrative arms or technology business, or to strengthen the miliary or economy. Those are matters of interest to other governments that are being attacked by those countries.
People here keep claiming that government corruption is widespread, and their leaders can't be trusted. If that is so, don't you think other countries would like to know what is really going on? Country X says its policy toward country Z is A, but intelligence shows the real policy is B, a very dangerous B.
Bribery is an accepted common practice in some countries and cultures. Should it be unknown if it is bribery that is winning international contracts?
During the Cold War various German institutions were riddled with agents of the Warsaw Pact, especially East Germany. NATO secrets were always at risk. Would that be a matter of interest?

Comment: Re:they've been trying to "join" for a while (Score 1) 80

Those double agents are not working in the interests of their country, they are working in the interests of the corrupt US corporations that control the US government.

You keep spewing this rhetoric, but could you name exactly which corporations you're talking about, and what it is specifically that you think they control? That would be helpful since there are thousands of corporations, and they often hav conflicting interests. Doing any sort of coordination among them would be difficult, and there would be records that someone should have been able to produce by now. That is something you never address, so I'm asking: where is your proof of this massive puppet show that you think exists?

Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 1) 206

The speed of the growth of the internet is a separate question from general public awareness of it. I am correct in what I wrote that by 1986 the internet was spreading quickly, and no, that isn't just CS departments in colleges. The infamous internet worm was Morris, not Mitnick.

Comment: Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 1) 206

The internet was being used as a tool by people in industry, government, and educational institutions, and not simply by "specialists".

As to BBSs and beyond, ever hear of TYMNET, Compuserve, GEnie, The Source, BIX, Delphi, Micronet? There was a big world beyond your local BBS on an XT clone, some of which also offerered access to the internet in various forms.

Comment: How good of an idea is this? (Score 0) 85

Teaching computers to beat humans at bluffing, decoying, and no doubt (now or in time) lying? Is that what we want AI to be capable of? I'm not sure that is a good idea, and the code to do that should never be among the "standard includes". I understand the utility of it in dealing with humans, but still ...

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.