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Comment: Re:Given the UN's track record in Africa... (Score 4, Funny) 240

by OzoneLad (#44064603) Attached to: Attackers Tweet As They Assault UN Development Program Compound

They don't seem to want to play nice with the rest of the world, and frankly isn't everyone about to start getting tired of going out of our way to be some tolerant of those that show absolutely no tolerance to anyone different than they are?

For a second there, I thought you were talking about Congress.

Comment: Re:Misdirection (Score 1, Insightful) 506

by OzoneLad (#42602525) Attached to: Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax

No, they only level the playing field. While having a gun will deter the criminal that doesn't want confrontation, it doesn't deter the criminal that is looking to steal guns. It is a simple concept that seems to be lost to the anti gun types.

That's nice. We need more guns to protect ourselves from the gun-toting bad guys who got theirs by stealing our previous stash. Sounds like the only people winning this game are the people selling guns.

Comment: Re:No excuses necessary (Score 1) 1862

by OzoneLad (#42598361) Attached to: 3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

The only excuses for guns are the hobbies of hunting and target shooting. It's not worth it.

The primary purpose of protecting the right to own firearms is to allow the civilian populace of the United States to maintain the necessary power to resist and possibly violently overthrow an oppressive, out-of-control government.

Hunting and target shooting are just side benefits.

Uh, yeah. About that. Did you notice the constant erosion of your rights since 9/11? Where's the revolt? Where's the outrage? Your representatives have sold you down the river to score cheap political points. Think about that while going through your complimentary TSA groping before your next flight.

And please get your act together before Stephen Harper borrows more ideas from down south.

Comment: Re:Willing to bet.. (Score 4, Informative) 1706

Would you rather A) be unarmed, or B) have a concealed pistol.

In short, would I want to spend every waking moment surrounded by people who are armed to the teeth for the highly unlikely offchance that I happen to be in a situation like this one at some point, and then hope that amateurs take him down without hitting even more innocent people in the smoke, darkness, and chaos?

There was an incident in Montréal (Canada) last year where police officers firing upon a criminal hit and killed a random passerby about half a block away. If trained police officers in relatively controlled conditions can kill innocent people, I'd hate to see what would happen if a bunch of amateurs started firing in a crowded and smoky movie theater.

Comment: Re:Without power? (Score 1) 813

by OzoneLad (#40531767) Attached to: After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

> Seriously, though, it seems to me that infrastructure spending is one of those no-brainer things that shouldn't even be a question.

Of course it's a question; why should it be any different just because it's "infrastructure?" If there is demand for it, let the free-market provide it... nothing dictates that "infrastructure" be provided by some entity that maintains a monopoly on the use of force. Note too that "free market" includes voluntarily assembled co-operatives and communes. Communal activity for common good is one thing... forced participation in some initiative, at the point of a gun barrel, is something quite different.

Back in the early 2000s, Ontario (that's in Canada) de-regulated the power market. A few months later, the government had to step in again, because your much-vaunted free market had more than doubled electricity rates in the space of a few months.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 5, Insightful) 640

It's not about education. What's happening is certain groups are training people to believe things are true based on "because I say so" instead of "I can prove it". Pretty scary, if you think about the implications.

They *are* saying they can prove it, and then point to the Bible. What's really scary is when people just reply "Okay".

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]

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