It does not logically follow that he must have done something. The cop could have mistaken his vehicle for another one, or perceived the situation incorrectly. Even if the cop saw him "do something" (which is a very huge range of potential things that could be totally innocuous), they don't necessarily merit pulling someone over. I too was pulled over once because a cop "saw me swerving" when I was doing no such thing. This would have been on a Friday night in a college town when bars let out, however.
Aren't DMV people state employees, and not federal?
What are these sociopathic tendencies? He wanted to expose wrongdoing and did not do it in the best way.
Sociopath: a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.
I don't see how you could claim he lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. It seems he may have them in more abundance than the average person.
Hmm, what is the purpose of your comment? Are you suggesting it is probably just better to give up, roll over, give in? Are you suggesting something else? I don't know. Your comment only seems to say "Is this guy gonna help you when fighting is hard?", and I'm not sure why that needs to be said.
Out of the 124 individuals or institutions awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, 23 of them have been from the United States. That is nearly 1/5th of all Nobel Peace Prizes. So, to state that the Nobel Peace Prize = "I HATE AMERICA" Prize is staggeringly idiotic on its face. I am not able to comprehend what could lead you to state such an ill-informed opinion in public, in front of everyone. Please try to do better with your future forum posting.
We have people aged 18, and in the past younger, who have been authorized to kill people by the government, and you're trying to tell us that a 29 year old does not have the maturity and mental capacity to understand the slightest thing about these issues? Who does? Is the answer something like "The people in charge, that we should all be listening to, because they know what is best for us"? Is there any point where you believe a person can have a moral stance separate from authority? I would be interested to know what would qualify for you. On the other hand... I think maybe I'm just falling for an old internet game.
Also, you have managed to withhold your sympathy.
Congratulations on making the world a better place.
If firearm and drunk driving fatalities only occurred to the people mishandling the firearm or drinking the alcohol, sure. Unfortunately they don't
Prison rape is awful.
Your comment sucks, but not even primarily because of the reason I just gave. It is thoughtless regurgitation, lacking in any wit. It's comedic brilliance falls somewhere between telling a woman to make you a sandwich and using a story mentioning Uranus to talk about "your anus".
You are correct that the rate of homicide has been falling steadily since the 70s. This is not just a US trend though, its been occurring in Europe and other places as well. The end result is that the US still has very high murder rates compared to other countries. For example, you are 21 times more likely to be murdered as a resident of the United States than you are as someone from Hong Kong. You can go to this Wikipedia page and sort by column to see where the US places: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate . Don't let national pride get in the way of acknowledging that this is still an issue we need to work on.
This whole business is a large part of why I can not vote for a Republican, at least in national races. Between the people mentioned in this story, and we all remember Todd "In the case of a legitimate rape" Akin and Paul "Lies straight from the pit of hell" Broun, both who were/are also on the House Science committee. I mean, a Republican can say, "Hey, yeah, that is looney, but we're not all looney!". But I have to ask, "Who let these people serve on the science committee, and what does that say about... their concern for the nation?" Its this unbelievable horror story that these people are in an elected office, just utterly baffling. Sometimes I expect Rod Serling to step out from around a corner and tell us all that this was all just an odd trip into the Twilight Zone.
Actually they are a 40 year old group (founded in '73). 30 years ago they came out with "Back in Black" (1980), which is the 1st album with Brian Johnson on vocals, but before that you had a the years of Bon Scott singing "TNT", "Whole Lotta Rosie", "Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)" etc.
And quite rightly so? Hell, NK has a fake city set up that actively blared propaganda into SK via loudspeaker for years. Popped off some artillery at a SK island setting fire to buildings a couple years back. Oh, and kidnappings. That's the easy stuff off the top of my head. For SK to retaliate with free Wi-fi would, in comparison, clearly be an appalling violation of NK sovereignty!
This may be a bit too much in the vein of Slashdot-centric posting. Others will agree, and I may be modded up into the stratosphere. Yet I keep and will keep saying that predicting your own possible mod-point oppression is one of the major negative characteristics of Slashdot posters, besides all the positive stuff there ( still ) is.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "anyone who attempts to redefine 'life' in terms suited to his personal needs is a sort of Stalinist". Is there some accepted definition of life we all agree upon, and Kurzweil is perverting that? Is his definition of life more suited to his personal needs than your definition of life is suited to yours, or mine to me, or the Pope's to the Catholic Church? And as for Marx and Ayn Rand, I have an opinion of each that falls far short of total agreement, but I think the fact that they took their ideas as far as they did contributed to a richer perspective on the domains on which they commented.
I don't know your background or take on this stuff, but I suspect, based on Lanier's essay, that we might agree that people deeply exploring certain ideas can fall prey to... oversimplification? Like the example of explaining away subjective experience as illusory, unimportant, or somehow fully explained by an objective account. Or someone explaining all of human nature as economic transactions, etc. I guess with those sorts of theories, I find that someone zealously doing their best to interpret the whole world through their particular narrow lens... leads to some nonsense and some fascinating insights. And, to be kinda flip, "I dig it."
As for Lanier's essay being 12 years old, I don't consider that a bad thing in itself, but it does place it 5-6 years before Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near". Maybe that isn't relevant, but Kurzweil does attempt to address some criticisms in that book and I suspect Lanier continued to comment in response. I'm sure I could dig up some ongoing dialog if I was inclined to.
There is something kind of lame about taking a guy who has some interesting ideas, and performing some kind of hack psychoanalysis of him, and generating this air of "because this hack psychoanalysis does a good job of making him look crazy, obviously that discredits his ideas." "He doesn't have a rational basis for this, he's just wracked with guilt over his father" is the sleaziest kind of ad-hominem argument.
As for Lanier's 12 year old essay, I'm not even sure that half of his "cybernetic totalist" beliefs are necessarily held by people intrigued by Singularity ideas, without even going into whether those beliefs are reasonable or not. It's not that I'm even convinced by the Singulatarians, but that so many people who aren't convinced make these weird statements like "He's pretty much willing to throw away everything that makes human life worth living" as if Kurzweil is some kind of Cyber-Stalinist, rather than a guy who is trying to take an idea as far as it can go to see if there is anything to it.