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Comment Re:This kind of stuff is Exhibit #1 (Score 1) 282

it's not heresy to criticize and openly mock US culture in the US itself. Sure you'll be labeled a left-wing/progressive crank, but you'll still get paid and will still get on all the late night talk shows if you're a comedian or actor. The combination of fame and a general perception the celebrities aren't taken seriously on their political views makes them pretty safe from retribution.

I seem to have lost the thread of your original point, what was it?

Comment Re:This kind of stuff is Exhibit #1 (Score 1) 282

Do you honestly think that the Canadian government and media are outside of the influence of the US government? Sorry if it sounds paranoid, but two countries couldn't have closer economic, social and military ties than the US and Canada.

Feel free to consider Canada the borderlands where the Madness hasn't quite spread yet. But you couldn't be any closer to it than you are right now.

Comment Re:Give me a break (Score 1) 685

They had lots of different kinds of weapons during the revolution. And some educated people during the period would have known that rifling has been around since the 16th century, and around the same time of the revolutionary war the Queen Anne pistol became available and frequently included a rifled barrel.

If the framers thought that certain firearms were acceptable and certain ones were not, they would have specified that we can't own cannons or at least that we can't mount them on ships. And argued that that restriction is an anti-piracy measure, something very commonplace during that period. There were highwaymen and bandits during that period as well, to a degree that it was always of serious concern for travelers.

Can we all finally agree that people in the mid 18th century knew enough about technology around guns and human nature to have called out at least one exception to the right to bear arms?

But at this points the courts have re-interpreted it so many times that most of the Constitution is meaningless drivel. And the Legislature is unable to pass an amendment to correct the current interpretations of the 2nd amendment, one way or another.

All you have to do to stop guns is to pass a new amendment, baring that, I have a right to bear arms, and arms, without exception. Of course the police and courts will ignore all that, so don't try out my theory.

Comment Re:Waste (Score 1) 258

And people drive without plates frequently in California and motorists are unlikely to report a car with no plates.
So if you stole a car, you could probably make it to a nearby destination before being stopped.

Bike theft is a bigger problem in San Jose than car theft, in terms of volume and number of people affected.

Comment Re:Can you eat it? (Score 1) 280

Wai,t you mean a picture of something is not the same as having that thing? That there is an inherent difference between a physical object in this world and an image captured at a particular time and perspective that is interpreted by the viewer? It's starting to sound like photography is an art.

Comment Re:Good grief, it's not our government! (Score 1) 390

Yes, but you (and Silicon Valley) are not representative of California or California government.

I disagree. On the basis that you can't have a meaningful model without considering the breath of a complex issue. Distilling the issue down into a single socioeconomic group is not going to yield a productive dialog on the issue, it will just suck you into the same old racist traps.

The rule on staying alive as a program manager is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.