Exactly. The only rock involved is the pedestal it's sitting on (which actually is a pretty impressive piece of work by itself).
You're right about the primaries, but it's unlikely your vote is going to change anything, so once you get to the general election, it's pretty pointless. Still can't hurt to vote in the primary to try to fix things there though.
Just look at the upcoming election: there's tons of excitement and buzz about Bernie, but of course Hillary will be the one who gets the nomination. There's no point in electing Hillary over Jeb.
Snowden himself suffers minor inconveniences relating mainly to lifestyle and the ability to see friends and family.
The friends and family bit is easily the biggest problem for him. The lifestyle might actually be better over there. Over here, an early-30s geek has a terrible time with dating; American women are mostly fat and ugly after the age of 25 (and certainly over 30), and if they're not, they absolutely hate geeks. Russian women, OTOH, are famous for being hot. I'm not sure how Russian women feel about geeks, but if he's well-employed over there, I imagine he has beautiful women lining up to date him.
The main lifestyle problem for him over there is that the Ruble isn't worth much these days for various reasons, so he likely doesn't have nearly the buying power with a job there that he had working here. So if he could get out of the country without trouble, he probably couldn't afford any decent foreign vacations like you can on an American IT worker's salary, and probably has to drive some crappy Lada instead of a BMW.
If you fire a gun in an unsafe manner, you can be charged with attempted murder, for what you "could have" done. You can also be charged with attempted murder for stabbing someone who actually survives. You could have done many things. Things you do can have many outcomes, and some things you do are illegal. In response to your exact example, if you are driving in an unsafe manner, it is called reckless endangerment, because you "could" have injured someone with your reckless driving.
None of those charges carry the death penalty.
He also broke a contract (Non Disclosure Agreement), which has pretty strict terms in it.
That's a civil matter and certainly does not carry the death penalty.
One important difference between Obama and Sanders is that Obama had pretty much zero track record before he took office. He was a state senator for a brief time, and then a US senator for a very brief time, and that's it. He was really an unknown; why people elected him is a mystery, probably just because they thought he was an "outsider". Sanders, OTOH, has a very, very long track record in politics, so you can just refer to that. If he ends up behaving completely different after being elected, then you really have to wonder if the Presidency isn't being completely controlled by someone else.
I'm not saying I know who's going to buy it, but a little birdie told me the new name is going to be "Trump News For Nerds".
I've offered them 14,500 bottle caps and $100 in NCR money. They want me to throw in 12 bottles of Nuka-Cola and a box of Fancy Lad Snacks because of some contractual obligation to Pudge.
We're still in negotiations. If I end up buying the place, I plan to paint it green and forward the link it to Soylent News.
The evidence is classified, so the trial can't be public. Classified information doesn't suddenly become unclassified when it's made public. It doesn't matter if the whole world knows; these are government rules, they're not supposed to make sense.
So how many of you know that Slashdot is up for sale? It's been on the firehose [slashdot.org] and elsewhere on the web all morning, but, as near as I can tell, not on the Slashdot front page?
It's off the market now. I bought it earlier today for 14,500 bottle caps and $100 in NCR money. Also had to throw in 12 bottles of Nuka-Cola and a box of Fancy Lad Snacks, but that was just because of some contractual obligation they had to Pudge.
Of course, being banished to Russia, is fine too
He's a man in his early 30s. Have you seen what Russian women look like in that age range, compared to American women? He's probably having a great time over there.
What he did could easily have cost lives, so death would be on the table.
So, we give the death penalty for what someone could have done? That doesn't sound much like liberty to me.
Hell, I could have run over an old lady on the way home today, but I didn't. Does that mean I should get the death penalty too?
What Snowden did was technically illegal
For the record, what every single one of the Founding Fathers of the United States did was "technically illegal", too.
Boston Tea Party? technically illegal
Rosa Parks technically illegal
Susan B Anthony? technically illegal
Martin Luther King, Jr? technically illegal
So, Ms Lisa Monaco, go jump in the motherfucking sea. You suggest that the "right way" for Mr Snowden to react to finding that his government was doing illegal shit would be to "speak out about it. Well, madame spokesperson, how the fuck do you "speak out" about something that it's illegal to disclose?
Was Snowden supposed to go on the Sunday talk shows and say, "the government is doing really sleazy, illegal and unconstitutional shit, but I can't tell you what it is"? They'd have laughed at him.
Pardons are forgiveness for guilt. He is guilty of nothing. Betraying a criminal conspiracy to violate our own laws and subvert the open process of their deliberation and public oversight is hardly a crime. If anything it is the people he exposed who should be recieving pardons if they are to be allowed to continue to walk free.
I am far more concerned with the administrations dangerous decision to lie to the public and cover up clear evidence of its own wrongdoing.
There is a reason we don't call them kings.
Perhaps more importantly, a good theory comes from further building and testing. Denying that it does anything and shelving it means no theory is likely ever happen.