Way to go, to take what I wrote completely out of context. That speaks volumes about 1) the quality of your thinking, 2) your honesty.
he quoted your entire post, hardly taking things out of context.
I'm struggling to find sympathy for him personally
You don't support Snowden.
By doing what he did, he's ended himself as surely as if he'd put a gun to his own head. Except he'll probably have the US government do it for him
You speculate that the US govt will likely assassinate Snowden.
What's out of context? This is one of those issues that you either have to be for or against. Being apathetic here will allow the govt to keep trampling our rights, which is just as bad as supporting the assassination of whistleblowers.
And yes, this is "news for nerds" because
Self-reliance is a traditionally "conservative" value and knowing that you can take care of yourself and others inspires confidence, not fear. However, I'm assuming you say "conservative" meaning "Republican." In which case you could apply that idea to either of our two illustrious political parties. At this point they're each pointing at the other and screaming, "They want to take away your freedoms!" Then, they both go and take away our freedoms.
I love my country.
My friends and I all owned our own equipment and one of us worked at the local outdoors shop that sold paintball gear. We generally had a good time when we played together and we played in a variety of places; pay-to-play fields, our local woods and a few big games. The assholes were only encountered when we went to other places to play. One particular memory I have was at a big woods game, a bunch of jackasses wearing bright blue speedball shirts, jeans and sneakers went running off ahead of the pack. We saw them come walking back 2 minutes later because they'd all been shot immediately on their stupid charge.
However, even when we'd play in our own woods, we were looking at spending about $25 for the paint and CO2 and that would usually only last half a day. Not horribly expensive, but it added up quick.
Also, all these comments about how awful it is running through the woods and getting dirty are hilarious. I know it's
We all have our hobbies, but once my friends and I all realized how much money we were spending, it wasn't so fun anymore. Also, this activity lets assholes actually shoot at you. There was nothing worse than going to a big game (one of the 24hr scenario ones) and realizing you're surrounded by assholes and your own team has no interests in completing the objectives, they just want to go throw paint around then get back to drinking in the parking lot.
What's that? No, I actually haven't seen a "fuse" in person, but I understand they have something to do with computers and the "world wide web."