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Comment: Re:More Regulations, Please (Score 1) 147

by mcgrew (#48040057) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

The shiny side of the foil needs to be on the outside of the hat. The problem here isn't government intervention, rather a lack of same. The problem is corporate sociopathy and lack of standards. The standards should have been set up before anybody started building equipment. Where government fell down was not mandating that. Not a surfeit of regulations but a lack of them.

And had there been a monopoly there would have been no compatibility problems, but would have caused worse problems.

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Comment: Re:depends on circumstance (Score 1) 443

by fyngyrz (#48039091) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Confident? I'm just stating the obvious. There can be life on planets. It can be intelligent. It can go to space.

I don't need confidence to make those observations; even a vague awareness of the world around me suffices.

And I fail to see what my intelligence has to do with any of it. These very simple facts wouldn't change any regardless if I was Einstein or a drooling idiot.

Your comment is downright strange.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 5, Insightful) 328

by gfxguy (#48038397) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Frankly, it doesn't matter what you should think. "Arms" doesn't mean "hunting rifles." It means "arms." It's a very broad term covering things like swords.

Is it silly to think people should be able to walk around with swords? Maybe... but then we need an ammendment to the constitution limiting what "arms" means, you can't just arbitrarily think it should mean something to everybody... and any laws that ban keeping and bearing swords violate the 2nd ammendment just as much as bans on firearms.

Comment: Re: anti-science idiocy (Score 1) 194

You are right. There is always the north korean style, the chinese style, vietnamese/cambodian style, german style, and a few others i missed.

Communism has and likely will always devolve into oppresive styles of ruling over the people with brushes against mass murder because everyone has to either agree with the results of it, be forced to agree with it, or eliminated from innfluencing it at all. Every single conversion to communism we have witnessed has either mass murdered some of the people who rejected it or imprisoned them. This is just history and no one has ever pointed to anytjing that would change it in the future. There has however been plenty of people claiming it was never true communism and thinking it would somehow be different if we just tried again. Unfortunately, everyone looks like a scottsman to them.

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 430

by sumdumass (#48037751) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I'm sort of at a loss here. Why would a random person think they have ebola? The CDC has ready contacted the people possibly exposed. Either way, yes, they should contact a medical professsionsl as they have all or should have all been contacted and are aware of the threat and symptoms.

But thats largely neither here nor there. The entire point of my comment was about people knowingly in a possible situation where they could have been infected.If they are one of the, assuming they value their life or even the lives of others, do yoh think they would want to know if it was ebola or just not care and get some antibiotics?

Comment: Re:Another jackboot stomp on the way to facism (Score 1) 109

by Curunir_wolf (#48037685) Attached to: The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

There's a certain irony to someone complaining about "Another jackboot stomp on the way to facism [sic]", and "it's like a catalog of what leftists wish were true" in the same post. Fascism is a *RIGHT*-wing concept. Extremely *far* right wing, but right wing none the less.

Highly debatable. There is just as good an argument that Fascism is *LEFT*-wing, that is, it embodies a high amount of government control over individuals' economic liberty, similar to Socialism and Communism. When you get to the extremes of either wing, they tend to merge. Far left and far right groups are both full of conspiracy theorists, opposed to centralized authority, and view BOTH major political parties in the US as having very similar policies. Which in a way is true. Both parties are enemies to individual liberty on some issues (typically the right want strict social control while the left wants strict economic control).

Fascism is a merger of corporate control and government control. Which is why it is vilified from both sides. What the majority on both sides currently fail to grok is how pervasive Mussolini-style fascist policies have become in the US.

Comment: Re:Another jackboot stomp on the way to facism (Score 0) 109

by Curunir_wolf (#48037531) Attached to: The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

And in spite of widespread public support for that individual right...

Are you trying to say that there exists public support for opposing any sort of gun regulation, or that the majority of the public supports it? The second thing isn't true at all, it's just that the minority who really care about guns really care about guns and are single issue voters. The broader public which supports gun regulation doesn't consider it to be more important than other issues.

There is widespread public support for all of the individual rights explicitly pointed out in the Bill of Rights, including the right to bear arms. The level of support varies among individuals (apparently for some people speech is a low priority, since they are supporting a Constitutional amendment to weaken it), but in general they are all supported.

As far as arms rights, most people want to keep arms away from proven bad actors (convicted violent felons), so Bloomberg has convinced a significant portion of low information voters that there is some loophole that allows them easy access. Of course, most people would like to pass on their family-owned firearms to the progeny without requesting permission to do so from federal bureaucrats, so I don't think his disarmament proposals are going to get very far, even in comparatively liberal Washington state.

Comment: Re:The last sentence in the summary... (Score 1) 194

But what you can't argue against is the fact that the ice is melting at all, although that doesn't stop some people here from cherry-picking one particular type of ice (sea ice), saying that it has expanded as if that is the complete argument against the total ice loss.

Right. But cherry-picking land ice is perfectly okay (as long as it's melting, of course).

Comment: Re:Another jackboot stomp on the way to facism (Score 1) 109

by Curunir_wolf (#48035595) Attached to: The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

... the presence of personal armaments everywhere ...

Actually personal firearms are an example of the existence of personal rights and freedoms, something that totalitarian regimes tend not to allow. The 2nd amendment is every bit as important as the other amendments.

And in spite of widespread public support for that individual right, the administration, faced with the inability to explicitly change the law, are using its regulatory power over the money supply to basically shut down all commerce that enables that right. They are using the same technique to shut down the recently legalized marijuana trade in Colorado, and medical marijuana dispensaries all over the country. Just search on "Operation Chokepoint" - it's basically a program to shutdown businesses they think are "objectionable", but are clearly perfectly legal.

Comment: Re: anti-science idiocy (Score 1) 194

Exactly. Get the people to want something they have previously rejected and witnessed most previous attempts turn into violent oppressive regimes that failed to progress much through fear and contrived disdain.

All hail the stupidity of the crowd. Er i mean the will of the people.

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