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Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 281

by Grishnakh (#48627939) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Now, on to the fight: America is explicitly NOT a democracy.

Yes, it is. You even say so yourself:

America is a democratic Republic.

"Democracy" in modern parlance == "democratic republic". When the word "democracy" is used in regular conversation, NO ONE is talking about Athenian-style direct democracy, unless they explicitly say so. It's only pedants like you who even think of this.

It was formed that way EXPLICITLY to prevent mob rule.

Democratic republics exist for several reasons. One is because no one citizen can possibly be competent at voting on every single issue that faces a large and populous nation, nor can every citizen be expected to invest that much time into the governing process. So we "outsource" most of the work of governing to politicians called "representatives", and elect them to represent us and do our bidding. The rules you talk about do exist to make sure there's a longer feedback loop, so people's short-term reactionary tendencies don't make a mess of things, and so that there's a rule of law: people have to follow laws, until the laws are changed.

The Constitution and Bill of rights spell out what America is supposed to be. If there is a true need for the Republic to change the rules it is built upon, then there are mechanisms in place to do that... but THEY HAVE NOT BEEN USED.

Yes, they have. The Constitution has been amended dozens of times since it was written, and countless Supreme Court cases have further changed laws. And if you have some kind of problem with a court effectively legislating and deciding law, then you have a problem with English Common Law, which this country was explicitly founded upon.

Why? We can argue about that forever. Regardless, the basic rules from which all other rules rest upon, have not been changed. That means a police state is incompatible with American law; both in the letter and spirit of the law.

Completely incorrect. If case law and legislation (at all levels of government) have resulted in a police state, then a police state is indeed compatible with American law, by very definition.

It's sad how poorly educated in basic Civics most Americans are these days.

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 281

by Grishnakh (#48626693) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Don't be stupid. Anyone who's an American Citizen is by definition an American, whether you like it or not, and whether you agree with them (and their idiotic ideas) or not. They certainly are "welcome" in America, they're Citizens and they were born here. Whether something is against the "spirit" of the founding laws is open to debate, and quite frankly, totally irrelevant since, as a representative democracy, this country (and any other with the same form of government) is supposed to reflect the will of the citizenry. If the citizens are a bunch of fools who vote for police-state laws, then that's what they're supposed to have. You're obviously the one here who opposes democracy and wishes to have an authoritarian government, because any government which does not reflect the will of the voters can only be authoritarian.

Comment: Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (Score 1) 174

by Grishnakh (#48621927) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

The several times I used Uber, it was great too. They picked me up in luxury cars (Mercedes, BMWs) and had much nicer cars than the towncar services I tried. They used GPS and took me by the most direct route, while the towncar service took weird back roads that took a lot longer. The towncars were also older and in poor shape, whereas the Uber cars were rather new and clean.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say... (Score 1) 142

by Grishnakh (#48610097) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

It is terribly inconsistent, true, however it's also extremely adaptable, which is why it has a much larger vocabulary than any other language. Basically, English is the Borg of languages.

Spanish is crappy because it has a ridiculously low information density compared to just about every other language. It's horribly verbose and has too many syllables to say the simplest things.

Comment: Re: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I wr (Score 1) 142

by Grishnakh (#48610085) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Mexico and other Latin American countries are not exactly highly industrialized. If you want to get something made, you either go to Germany or Japan (if it's really high-dollar and needs extreme precision) or you go to China (if it's cheaper and you need huge volumes). Latin America is where you go if you just need some agricultural produce.

Comment: Re:Why does this need a sequel? (Score 1) 297

by Grishnakh (#48604949) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

If Deckard is a replicant, then Roy's final act of saving Deckard, and his beautiful value of life speech means nothing.

I don't how this is, unless you think the replicants are less than human (which the movie, as you point out, is showing us is not true).

Also, Roy had no way of knowing whether Deckard was a replicant or not. Roy was obviously operating on the assumption that Deckard was a normal human.

Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 4, Interesting) 281

by Grishnakh (#48603277) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

at this point we should be storming the Pentagon / White House / Senate en masse to demand and take real freedom. There is no terrorist threat that actually warrants this level of intrusion, our own police seem to be better at killing defenceless citizens than terrorists anyway over the last year.

The problem is that most Americans are perfectly happy with the police acting this way. Yes, there's a minority of Americans who are outraged, but most of them thing it's just fine. Just look at the online comments any time one of these incidents happens; most Americans think the victim got what he deserved.

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 4, Insightful) 873

by Grishnakh (#48598205) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Conservative Christians do indeed suck, but I can't think of any serious terrorist or even violent activity by Christians in a very long time, except for a couple cases of some lone wacko shooting an abortion doctor. Muslims, however, are infamous for organizing to do violent deeds. Advocating for various laws (which aren't very successful BTW, gay marriage is becoming more and more accepted in America now and is becoming legal all over; these days I think most ultraconservatives are more worried about illegal immigration, gun control, and various other issues than about gay marriage) is not similar to carrying out violent, terroristic acts.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.