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Comment: This was the intent. (Score 1) 421

by Lord Kano (#48235433) Attached to: Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

People need to understand that when law enforcement invokes the images of drug traffickers, money launderers and international criminals to demonstrate a "need" for new powers, those people aren't really the targets.

Regular, every day, citizens are who they want to go after.

Remember how they sold the USAPATRIOT act as an anti-terrorism measure? Remember how they sold CALEA as a tool to enforce the laws?

Law enforcement powers are intended to be abused, that's why they're always so broad and with no oversight.


Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 331

by Lord Kano (#48201263) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Obviously getting stabbed or strangled is just as bad as getting shot, but before somebody can stab or strangle you, they need to get up close first, and you can only get close to one person at the time.

Most of the people out there shooting people aren't exactly what you'd call marksmen. They're still getting pretty close most of the time.

And if that person happens to be bigger and stronger, there's no guarantee that it will even work. With a gun, against an unarmed opponent, it's a lot easier and quicker, even if the opponent is bigger and stronger.

That's precisely why guns are important. A 90 pound woman is not going to be able to fight off a 250 pound man with her bare hands. She'll be able to do it with a pistol.


Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 331

by Lord Kano (#48201155) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Even if it comes to pass that metal 3D printers become cheap enough for people to start whipping up high quality guns at home, people will still be willing to pay for new and innovative products.

I suspect that you do not have much personal contact with the American gun culture. I am deeply immersed in it. I see guys selling their Third generation Glocks to buy Fourth generation versions of the same model.

Despite the fact that the 1911 is old and proven technology that nearly any manufacture can copy, people are will willing to pay more money for a Kimber because they make a really high end product.

If you're going to argue that eventually 3D printing will be able to produce pieces that are identical to those that can be made by high end manufacturers, how can any law be enforced against them? Once they're out of the printer, there's no way to tell where it came from.


Comment: Re:Why..... (Score 4, Insightful) 259

by Lord Kano (#48147009) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

No. They're not lying. They are telling the truth. They structure their business models to make sure that the money is earned in the least taxable manner.

It's common sense. A for-profit corporation exists to maximize shareholder value within the confines of the law. To do anything less is a breach of fiduciary responsibilities.


Comment: Re:HAZMAT Theater Coming To The Airport Nearest Yo (Score 4, Interesting) 478

by Lord Kano (#48114551) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

There's a simple way of dealing with that. Don't be a racist nut job. Have actual valid reasons for your positions and keep the outrage to a reasonable level.

Coming from a person of color, far too often accusations of racism are used to silence legitimate dissent and debate.

Having valid reason and articulable concerns will not be enough to protect anyone from charges of racism.

We shouldn't be allowing anyone to enter this country if they have been to a country with an outbreak of any hemorrhagic disease in the past 90 days. For now, that means certain west African nations. The people in Zambia are every bit as black as the ones in Liberia and THEY aren't letting Liberians in.

Obama himself isn't a lefty, he's a moderate right politician. It's just the racism that blinds so many right wing nutjobs to what Obama is actually doing.

Depends on your politics. If you're an anti-war lefty, there's not much difference between Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush or Reagan.
If you're a small government righty, again, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan aren't much different.

Me, I'm a fiscal moderate and a social conservative. There are lightyears between Obama and Bush, from my perspective.


To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)