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Comment: Re: Hasn't been involved with Greenpeace since 198 (Score 1) 573

by O('_')O_Bush (#49312743) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
The DNP has not always been liberal and the GOP has not always been conservative. Before the Southern Strategy politics of the 60s, the DNP was comprised of two factions, the Northern/Progressive Democrats and the Southern/States Rights/Conservative Democrats (KKK included). They had different political ideologies but similar goals. That is why we had weird tickets like the very liberal JFK running with the very racist and very conservative LBJ. After the Southern Strategy politics (by Richard Nixon and the GOP), the State's Rights faction abandoned the DNP for the GOP, and the GOP have had a clear political/ideological divide ever since. Just because Calhoun was in the DNP doesn't mean he was liberal.

Comment: Re: Hasn't been involved with Greenpeace since 198 (Score 1) 573

by O('_')O_Bush (#49312709) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic
Probably because he, like the rest of us, have no idea what that person was talking about. Maybe if they were more specific as to what they meant by "mass murder" and in what context (since it was obviously hyperbole), there would be something to address.

Comment: Re: First Post (Score 5, Insightful) 447

That claim is horse shit. The meaning of the word "homeopathy" implies its major tenant, which is that problems can be cured by diluting things that cause symptoms similar to what a person is experiencing. If it was preventative, then there would be no symptoms for the homeopathy to be paired with. Instead, homeopathy is NEVER preventative and is ALWAYS reactive. If your woo doctor says otherwise, it is because they are selling you bullshit for problems you don't even have.

Comment: Re: Maybe in a different country (Score 5, Interesting) 498

by O('_')O_Bush (#49223959) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
It is largely a cultural thing as well. If you look at a ranking of countries by suicide rate, no country in the top 10 are guns easily and legally acquired. Some, like Japan and South Korea, gun ownership is nearly impossible. But countries like the U.S. and Switzerland, having the highest gun ownership, rank 30 and 44 respectively.

Comment: Re: Lift the gag order first... (Score 1) 550

Why would they do that when they can arbitrarily increase prices and hidden fees everywhere else? One of the advantages for them colluding and running an effective monopoly is they can do whatever and you either have to live with it or live without internet. It is the same reason the same companies charge $100/year to rent a $10 cable card.

Comment: Re: 3D print the gun, (Score 2) 133

Yea, you can literally buy a piece of plastic that just requires a Dremel to roughly hollow out, and from there build a complete AR-15 in less than an hour. No serial number, little to no knowhow, just a hammer, pin punches, a Dremel, and about $600. 3D printed guns are nothing more than moral panic bullshit. But so is gun-grabbing. Statistically speaking, there are few rational reasons to ban firearms, but this discussion is popular amongst people who have gun phobias. You are 50x more likely to be sent to the hospital due to a dog attack than to be killed by a firearm. I know those two things are in no way equivalent, but I have never heard someone suggest banning dogs, despite the greater frequency of harm. The reason why the largest demographic (by a large margin) for the victims of the 11,000 or so gun deaths unrelated to suicide each year are young black men, and the highest proportion of those deaths (also by a large margin) are from handguns, is largely due to the reason why that same demographic is the highest (by a large margin) in prison. The drug economy. But no, let's discuss banning "scary" looking guns like AKs and ARs, despite these being the most popular rifles in the U.S. while simultaneously their use in homicide and crime is almost unheard of (except for the black swan mass (10-30) shootings that happen with them once every decade or so).

Comment: Re: "risks serious damage to the system" (Score 4, Interesting) 138

by O('_')O_Bush (#49065999) Attached to: NVidia Puts the Kibosh On Overclocking of GTX 900M Series
It does apply to desktops, but there are several significant differences... like: 1. Desktop users have control of over ways to manage heat that they can't with laptops 2. If a desktop user fries their graphics card, they only have to replace their graphics card. In comparison, integrated graphics cards are permanently attached to the motherboard which typically also has a BGA processor soldered on. That is three components needing to be swapped out if the user screws up the graphics card from using a feature that has no use case. 3. User built desktops typically used for over clocking don't have warranties

Comment: Re: Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 1) 327

by O('_')O_Bush (#49010573) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas
About two thirds of all firearms owned in the U.S. can easily defeat body armor. The other 1/3rd are handguns which require special ammo (which can be made at home by anybody), and body armor doesn't protect one's face, arms/legs (or the arteries inside), or sometimes the stomach/groin area.

Comment: Re: good CHEAP phone (Score 1) 177

by O('_')O_Bush (#49008997) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware
Netbooks were brilliant and were hot sellers before Microsoft decided they should run Windows CE instead of Linux (which they could do in the PC market) and laptop makers found people were buying the netbooks instead of the higher priced and higher margin standard laptops. Success killed the Netbook.

Comment: Re: Why Political activitys need a fake profile/im (Score 2) 135

If you are a part of any anarchist, white supremacist, or otherwise socially/politically subversive group, the Bureaus treat you as fair game for stalking. No Matter that it is your right to have/speak those views, they will harass/arrest youfor any minor infraction or even engage in entrapment. This is tthe lesson learned since Ruby Ridge and numerous instances since.

Comment: Re: And suddenly... (Score 1) 259

by O('_')O_Bush (#48990473) Attached to: Washington May Count CS As Foreign Language For College Admission
It is only funny if you are steeped in ignorance. Given how multicultural America is, far more than its English speaking counterparts like the U.K. or Australia, it is likely that, on average, Americans speak more languages. There are no reliable statistics one way or the other, however. Most Americans have a familiarity with Spanish, French, or sign-language, which isn't surprising given their border neighbors.

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