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Comment Re:If you want to see (Score 1) 51

You can burn the U.S. flag and nobody can throw you in jail. The "speech" is protected, even it means you're an asshole.

You just called the US Marines and the Army assholes. Nice going.

From the Marine Corps Flag Manual, MCO P10520.3B,: "Flags determined not to have historical value will be destroyed by the parent organization, privately by burning,"

Army Regulation is AR840-10. Section 2-12, paragraph c, states that if the flag has no historic value, "it should be destroyed privately, preferably by burning,"

You do realize that burning is the proper way to dispose of a US flag, right? The flag must be folded in the traditional triangle shape and placed on the fire. If burning the flag is somehow not possible then it is permitted to bury the flag, again in the triangle fold. You can also shred the flag before burial. This actually is not limited to US flags, other nations have been known to shred and bury flags, particularly in tomes of war to avoid capture of the intact flag.

Comment Re:one of five Arab Sopring uprisings worked (Score 1) 51

The lesson is if you want an Arab Spring to work, be as far away from the Arab Peninsula as possible.

Or you just need actors that are actually committed to forming a representative democracy instead of just taking power for yourself. This last part isn't limited just to the Middle East, unfortunately.

Comment Re:I don't think it will mean much (Score 1) 202

Even though they'll take responsibility, in every state in the US you must still have liability coverage. If these companies are to be their own underwriters so to speak then they'd have to jump through hurdles to be approved to operate as an insurance company as well. They could obviously partner with insurance companies as well.

Or they just work with their current insurance providers. Sure they would have to renegotiate rates, but since major companies (especially manufacturers of finished goods) already have insurance for all types of liabilities both during and after production it should be relatively easy to extend said liability to driverless cars. No need to act as your own insurer.

Comment Re:We trust what Uber says now? (Score 2) 103

That's a great example of false equivalence, and you're a great example of an idiotic sack of shit. Go fuck yourself, bitch boy.

Ok, how about this then. I set up a freight shipping line that is much cheaper because I don't worry about those pesky rest rules, maintenance, or even making sure my drivers have CDLs. Since low cost shipping is a very valuable service this should be perfectly legal? Nope, just as illegal as Uber is.

Comment Re:Are not most prison inmates liberal arts majors (Score 1) 191

Among people with college degrees in the first place, that might be true if we consider places like Wal-Mart to be private run prisons.

Please note that counting Wal-Mart as a prison is not as ridiculous as it might sound--they have been known to lock workers inside the store:

I used to work in a place that was surprisingly prison-like. We all had to wear orange, could basically only do things when told to do it, conditions were dangerous, the entire facility was fenced in, had controlled access, people coming in were constantly searched for forbidden items, and it was constantly patrolled by armed guards. I used to work at an airport.

Comment Re:A remarkable number of people are idiots (Score 1) 361

Anyhow, if we were to reinstate some sort of poll test, it may not be used to disenfranchise according to racial lines, but you can be sure that whoever is in power will find a way to stop others from voting or to make their vote count less. It's probably impossible to design a system that couldn't be manipulated once you start disenfranchising people. Who gets to define the relevant "knowledge"? How do we measure " intelligence"?

I've always thought that we should have a test to vote for national/federal elections (president, congress, etc), but for something different. A candidate should have to register specific points of their platform to the FEC. Then while they are campaigning they stress these points. When a person goes in to vote they have to identify a certain number of these platform points before they are allowed to vote for a candidate. This would go a long way to ensuring that we have a more informed voter base and will also reinforce what that politician campaigned on and hopefully allow the voters to remember why they voted for them and realize when campaign promises have been broken.

Comment Re:Games are not Sports (Score 1) 110

I have always argued that if you can drink while doing it, it is not a sport.

Well, that leaves out shooting.

There's a difference between shooting and rednecks getting drunk and plinking highway signs with a .22 from their truck.

disclaimer: I am a Southerner who owns guns (even .22s) and has hunted, but I sold my truck and I've never drank and handled a firearm.

Comment Re:Games are not Sports (Score 1) 110

Then again, I wouldn't consider bowling a sport mainly due to the amount of alcohol one is practically encouraged to consume, and yet bowling scholarships exist.

I have always argued that if you can drink while doing it, it is not a sport. This of course excludes Babe Ruth and baseball.

Comment Re:Games are not Sports (Score 1) 110

Is shooting a sport or a game? What athletic abilities does it require?

What type of shooting? Long-range shooting requires controlled breathing and very fine (and not twitch) muscle control. Timed competitive shooting (for example 3-gun competition) again requires fine muscle control and also physical stamina/conditioning as you are required to keep up a controlled constant pace for several minutes. Straight up speed shooting requires fine muscle control and excellent hand-eye coordination and muscle memory. And then of course for any type of competitive shooting there's the stamina required for training due to standing, moving, or laying in one position for hours on end holding something weighing several pounds for long periods of time. And that doesn't even include the biathlon and other similar events.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 2) 64

Update: Researchers have discovered another vulnerability regarding baggage at baggage claim that lets attackers determine the name, passenger record, and trip history of a passenger simply by reading the tag located on the baggage. Airline spokesmen were not available for comment at the time of publication.

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