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Comment Re:If it's really a policy (Score 1) 300

Don't you blaspheme Jedism.
Oh, you didn't realize that apostrophe misuse is one of the core tenets of the religion?

Yeah, I'm not sure why either. Probably because Lucas had no idea how to use the possessive when he wrote the script to Star Wars, and that trend has been passed from that holy document to its adherents.

Comment Re:If it's really a policy (Score 1) 300

Ah. So it comes down some random decision that Jediism is "not offensive" and the Christianity is "offensive". There goes the atheist meme that those 2 beliefs should be treated the same I guess.

I suppose one difference is that Jedism and Pastafarianism are widely acknowledged as parodies. As much as adherents try to keep a straight face while snickering, no one, including said adherents, believe those religions are real. While there might be some among Christianity, Islam, whatever who don't believe in those religions, most in the religions actually believe there is a God and that the Bible/Koran/etc are true.

Meanwhile, Scientology falls somewhere in the middle. Started as a scam, almost certainly believed to be a scam by the higher-ups, while many on the low rungs, at least in the early few years, probably believe it's real.

I'm not sure if that really has anything to do with the theater decision. They'll know Jedism is a joke, but if it came to Christianity, someone might likely think that a number of folks actually care about this one way or the other.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 592

Maybe, but currently Turkey is claiming this was far more than a short-term border violation, but that it was actively bombing targets in Eastern Turkey.

citation please? everything I have read, including the Turkish statements all say it was an incursion of just a few seconds where they crossed piece of Turkish land that protrudes into Syria, the jet was then shot down while it was in Syria, i.e. the jets were not even heading into turkey let alone on an active bombing run on turkey.

Hmmm, I can't find any references to it now.

Maybe this is one of those CNNisms where they report some rumor, then quietly try to hide the evidence when there's nothing to substantiate it.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 592

Actually, in terms of the GDP, we really did not. Russia outspent America by a LONG margin

I think that supports the point -- the Russians needed to match absolute dollars spent to maintain parity, not a percentage of the GDP. The US outspent the USSR in real dollars, so the Russians had to spend a much higher percentage of their GDP to keep up. The US could afford it, the USSR could not before it all came tumbling down.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 592

If they're rebelling against Assad, they're probably allied with (if not openly supporting) ISIL. It may have been different early on in the war, but not anymore.

Or they might just be super-pissed off that their parents or their sons or someone was in one of the villages that Assad gassed and exterminated.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 592

For the record, I do think ISIS will get squashed or fade out, but the longer that something like that festers, the longer it has to influence Muslims around the world to radicalize.

I'm sure the royalty in Europe thought something similar about insignificant "democracy" being declared in north america

Well, democracy wasn't necessarily "allowed to fester" in the US. France wasn't interested in Democracy in their borders, but they sure were willing to weaken Britain, so they gave their active support. India rebelled as well, and the American War for Independence became one of the first "World Wars," involving the fledgling US, Canada (British colony, though the US and Quebec had an agreement to allow Quebec in as an American state after the war) , Britain, India, France, the Netherlands, the British East India Company, the French-backed Kingdom of Mysore, and Spain. The American Revolutionary War was a spark that let the various powers that be take advantage of each others' weaknesses. I suppose there are parallels somewhere with Turkey/the Kurds/ISIS/Syria.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 592

Read it again. I was the one using the blinker. I also happen to be the only person in the state of Georgia that uses one.

Right, but my point was, how would a Texan even know what that flashing light meant?

Maybe they thought it was the hazard blinkers. "Poor fellow, something must be wrong, just let him through."

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 592

ISIS was created by two "mission accomplished" screwups. First, the unseating of Hussein after Bush thought the mission was accomplished in Afghanistan, and second, Obama's pullout of Iraq under the assumption that the Iraqi people were capable of properly self-governing or that the Iraqi government was strong or fair enough to do so.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 2) 592

Yes, Libya is not a peaceful democratic paradise now, but at least its problems are now mostly its problems and not ours.

I'm not sure about that. Khadaffi was, uhh... not exactly a friend, but I think our history in the Middle East is leading to a conclusion that the countries there need strong-man leader to keep the crazies in check. We go in, create a power vacuum, and that vacuum is replaced with something far more horrible (the Islamic State at the moment).

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 592

The U.S. bases in Japan are there because the peace treaty ending WWII says Japan cannot have an external military, and instead the U.S. will provide for its national defense. Frankly I think it's time to revise those treaties and have Japan pay for its own defense (which would drive China nuts), but until that's done the U.S. bases in Japan have to stay.

Japan has had the "Japan Self-Defense Forces" since the mid-50s. They have separate land, air, and sea forces ostensibly for purely self-defense reasons. In 2010, Japan had the 6th-highest military budget in the world.

Every time a plan is proposed to re-arm and amend the Constitution for a force that could be used outside of Japan, it meets considerable popular opposition.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 0) 592

The only reason we got away with it in Japan and Germany was because both countries were completely and utterly destroyed. The remaining leaders could take the carrot and play ball, resign, or refuse to play ball and be forcibly removed and/or accused of war crimes. There was not much choice.

They also have much different cultural norms than almost any country in the Middle East. Japan had a long tradition of being very authoritarian. When the Allied Powers became the authority in Japan, that went fairly smoothly. Germany as well, and it helps that most Germans were stunned and ashamed by what the Nazis did.

In the Middle East, the Islamic State rules because so many of them legitimately believe that there is no higher authority than the Koran. An Allied Powers sort of force that conquered society (you have to do more than topple a government) would be seen as an outside, un-Islamic occupier. For generations. Those occupiers would be treated the same way Israel is -- outsiders attacking their religion.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 592

The Saudis can't keep it up forever. In the mean time my wallet appreciates the current prices.

The Saudis are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The last time they raised the prices of oil after they had fallen like this, others didn't raise their prices and the Saudis lost a lot of countries as customers. When OPEC was the major fossil fuel power and they were all united behind OPEC, they could raise prices, and everyone else had to take it. That's not really the case anymore.

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