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Journal Journal: Astute Article on the Turkey/Russia Kerfuffle

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The clash between the Turkish Air Force and Russia is dangerous because it violates the first rule of proxy warfare which is principals don't fight principals. The whole point of proxy warfare is that only the seconds are allowed to cross swords. The duelists are forbidden from engaging each other directly, a convention intended to limit the scope of war.

Comment Re:W.C. Fields Does Politics (Score 1) 7

The whole Bill Cosby takedown should be instructive. When Gloria Allred and a phalanx of bimbos arrive with 88 miles of innuendo, the resulting reality show will make Charlie Sheen look like Billy Graham.
(Was I all over the map there, or what?)

Comment Re:Why do you insist on misquoting me? (Score 1) 79

I was reacting to "Some of your favorite (by message and JE count) conspiracies are of things that haven't happened at all. . ." but I really just can't quit laughing at your mindless cheerleading efforts. We've reached the point where it's not worth attempting to discuss anything at all. Which, possibly, has been your aim all along.

Comment Re:W.C. Fields Does Politics (Score 1) 7

Again, it's a question of ownership. Just like I suspect someone has a J.S. McCain file dating to his Keating Five days, so too I expect there is substantial dirt that will, at a surprising time, blow the bogus hairstyle right off Trump.

Comment Re:W.C. Fields Does Politics (Score 1) 7

I suspect you'll find he's fairly formidable against Clinton

Check the weather forecast, and see if it won't be raining knives in Trumps area at some point. Guy with that many decades in business has GOT to be an oppo goldmine.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 227

The real reason we see this is twofold - first, because of manufacturing and second, because of fraud.

No, you missed the third -- and most important -- reason: if the corporate oligarchy can abolish the concept of property rights (only for "consumers," of course), they can turn us all into serfs and force to rent everything from them in perpetuity.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 1) 227

Playing the devil's advocate... Where exactly is our "right to repair" granted? Is it in the constitution? Is it a bill signed into law?

What part of the concept of "ownership of property" do you not understand? It's been a fucking axiom of English common law since before English common law even existed!

Comment Re:Funny (Score 1) 166

. . .all of which is why so many just nod patiently and then ignore the Moebius strip that is political discourse.
I happen to think that, if we don't manage to boot Big HAL Skynet Brother and kill ourselves, technology (could) eventually walk back some of the centralization of power that is at the heart of the overall woe. A small number of people really like to boss others around. A hefty chunk of people don't mind being bossed around. It's the folk in the middle who crave liberty that are at risk.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.