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Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 246

Obviously the kid is not a rational actor (most human beings aren't but we're quite good at lying to ourselves in that respect), but I wonder what made this seem like a good idea to him. I'm not excusing his behavior by any means, but what external factors lead him to believe that 1) this was an acceptable action and 2) a failing grade was serious enough to warrant this action.

Comment: Re:Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 271

by Gryle (#49498051) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.
I've seen you post this comment 3 times. I'm going to extend you the courtesy of assuming you're not a troll.

Let's assume the FBI knew this guy was intending to fly a gryocopter into no-fly space. Let's further assume based on reading this guy's emails,or tapping this guy's phone, or rummaging through his trash, or his refrigerator, or installing secret spy devices in his underpants to measure his potential for Communist sympathies, that they decided he's a legitimate protestor and not a home-grown terrorist. In that case, shooting him out of the sky risks public out-cry. Particularly since the air-defense systems around DC no-fly zones are SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES. Weee bit of overkill there. So what's less headache? Shoot the kook down or let the kook have his fifteen minutes of political-stunt-fame and go about your day?

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 1) 587

by Gryle (#49418859) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political
It's not Social Justice (TM) that the Sad Puppies are opposing. It's Social Justice (TM) at the expense of a decent or entertaining story. I was on the fence about the whole thing until last year,. What pushed me over the edge was If You Were A Dinosaur My Love winning Best Short Story in the Hugos. Even those who liked it admitted that it probably doesn't qualify as fantasty, science fiction, or speculative fiction.

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 1) 587

by Gryle (#49418811) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political
There was a 2001 Superman comic to this effect, entitled "What's so Funny About Truth Justice and the American Way?" (later adapted into an animated short, "Superman vs the Elite"). Largely a reaction to the anti-hero movement and the "flawed god" stories, it addresses the necessity of dreams and ideals and why seeing everything as bleak and depressing is our ultimate self-inflicted damnation. I highly recommend both the comic and the film version.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1168

by Gryle (#49376693) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory
The conflict is already here.

In 2014 a lawsuit was brought a couple who rents their private property to host weddings as side income. A lesbian couple tried to rent the property for the day for their wedding.. Prior to the contract being finalized, the property owners discovered their would-be clients were were lesbians (presumably they had only talked with one partner up to that point). The property owners declined to host the wedding on religious grounds but said they were willing to let the couple use the farm for a reception if they so wished since a reception was non-religious in nature. The lesbian couple sued, won, and the property owners were fined 10-grand and forced to pay the couple $3000 ($1500 to each partner).

In 2013 the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled a photographer could not decline to photograph a gay marriage ceremony, as declining the work solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the couple was a violation of discrimination law.

One the one hand I believe firmly that people should not be forced to give up their religious or moral beliefs just because they happen to own or run a business. On the other hand I believe public business must serve all equally. I see no good resolution to this.

Comment: Re:QuikClot and Celox (Score 2) 76

by Gryle (#49364733) Attached to: Material Made From Crustaceans Could Combat Battlefield Blood Loss
US Army personnel with allergies to a particular medication are required to wear a red medical ID tag along with their normal set of ID tags. If this technology becomes common place, I expect those with crustacean allergies will be required to wear a red tag same as those with pencilin allergies.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.