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Comment A couple more authors? (Score 1) 241

Tom Kratman and David Drake have written superb stories, which explore why we have wars. Drake especially explains that when we have nothing to fight over, nothing to fight for, we'll make the stupidest excuses to fight. As Haldeman says, "We live in an unstable and dangerous environment, and we like it. We don’t want to change it."

Comment Re:Why does the FBI continue to engage in witchcra (Score 1) 262

" but they are "good enough" for preliminary security screening."

Bullshit. They aren't even good enough for preliminary screening. Voice stress analysis has more going for it than polygraghy does, and even that is pseudoscience. Body language has always been a fair indicator, along with voice analysis. Old men and women can detect liars at least as reliably as polygraphy, using nothing more than those. Unless and until you can read other people's minds, you can't say definitively whether that person is lying.

Comment Re:Why does the FBI continue to engage in witchcra (Score 4, Insightful) 262

Actually - yes. If you research the pseudoscience, you can find a number of former government agents who describe the stress involved in taking yet another polygraph test. Of special interest to the females among us, are the women's accounts. It seems that polygraph operators often linger over sexually oriented questions, searching for the most intimate details of a woman's life. What else would you expect of some geeky sumbitch who probably doesn't even have a life of his own?

Comment Re:Why does the FBI continue to engage in witchcra (Score 1) 262

They simply haven't read the memo yet. None of the "science" was new when this article was published: A simple search for "polygraph pseudoscience" turns up 35,800 results. There should be millions of results, but I'll settle for ~36,000.

If you're subjected to a polygraph, the guy running the machinery decides whether you're trustworthy or not. You use the word "witchcraft", and it's very appropriate. Voodoo, magic, shaman, witch doctor, polygraph operator - it all amounts to the same thing. Subjective judgement, in each and every case.

Comment Re:Golden rule! (Score 0) 370

ROFLMAO - I disagree with you, but I notice that someone else has modded your post as flamebait. Abuse of mod powers - once again.

But, yeah, I disagree with you. Maybe the OP is an asshat - or maybe the other forum members are asshats, or maybe EVERYONE involved are asshats. None of that really matters. OP shouldn't have posted personally identifiable information on the web. It's dumb.

As for posting things that might anger people - that's what honest discussion is for. People who can't deal with honest, open discussion shouldn't be on the intartubez.

Comment Re: Police? (Score 5, Insightful) 370

AC nailed it.

Remember when Google insisted that everyone use their real names on G+? I never did offer my real name. Google contacted me three or four times about it, threatening to terminate all services if I didn't supply my name.

I told them that I'm almost sixty years old, and that I've made enemies in my lifetime. I wasn't willing to publish my name and address, so that one of those enemies could find me and murder me.

It was a bullshit story - but it made a point. It is stupid and potentially dangerous to post your real life contact information randomly all over the internet.

Comment Re:This summary is incomprehensible (Score 3, Insightful) 102

Odd that the site seems to begin history in 1500. I guess that's as far back as they can dig. Odd also that they only cite climate change as a force that might push a tribe out of it's ancestral home. They just ignore the fact that other tribes were competing for resources. For instance, when the Mayan civilization collapsed, a lot of Mayans moved to the southeast US, displacing a lot of "native" tribes. As the Azteca rose to power, they also displaced a lot of other tribes. And, in more recent times, the Apache were pushed into the Azteca sphere of influence when they were pushed south by other competing tribes.

Yeah - climate change affects a lot, but pressure from other groups of humans have always played an important role in the Americas. The arrival of the Europeans simply put a different face on an ages old problem. That problem being, "What do we do when we meet competition to strong to compete against?"

Comment Re:This summary is incomprehensible (Score 4, Interesting) 102

Actually - you ought to ask the warriors of the tribes how they feel about being so honored. Yeah, you can ask the women too, but most definitely talk to the warriors.

All that you have stated here, is that you do not respect warriors. You are incapable of understanding the honor of being remembered as great fighters. If you live someplace where there are no Native Americans to speak to, then you should at least talk to some military veterans. We are everywhere, there's not a chance in hell that you can't find some veterans to talk to.

As for myself, I have Native American blood in my veins, I live close to reservations, and I've worked with members of several tribes for much of my adult life. With few exceptions, all of the American Indians I've ever known take some pride in those teams named after the tribes. I hear some objections, but the overwhelming majority are proud of their fighting history.

The single strongest objection to the use of tribal names, is that the pale faces don't really appreciate the history of the tribes, much less the culture. Mostly, they laugh at the white man for being ignorant.

Comment Re:Israel hasn't vowed to "wipe Iran off the map" (Score 2, Insightful) 441

The Japanese in World War Two had dehumanized themselves to the point that NO ONE GAVE A FUCK about 300,000 civilians. Have you bothered to READ SOME HISTORY?!?! Open a google search, and enter "rape of nanking". Go ahead, you can do it. Try to distinguish between the more authoritative and historical links, as opposed to simple minded propaganda. Yes, look for the actual numbers of people killed by beasts in Imperial uniforms. Tossing babies into the air, and catching them on bayonets, then tossing them to another soldier to catch on his bayonet. Raping any female large enough to accept an adult penis, and maybe cutting a hole large enough if the girl wasn't large enough.

The Imperial army and navy had to be DEFEATED, and the civilians were in the way.

You can bitch and whine about those civilians - but if the shoe were on the other foot, no one would be mourning the loss of our parents and grandparents after the Japanese bombed Los Angeles, or New York, or any other city.

In short, you can blow it out your ass.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 1) 696

There ain't a horse that can't be rode, and there ain't a cowboy that can't be throwed.

I invite you to read David Hough. I first threw my leg over a bicycle frame about - damn - 55 years ago. Then a motorcycle frame about - ohhh - 48, 49 years ago. And, I'm still learning.

A bit of interesting trivia, that applies to both motorcycle riders, and truck drivers. The most dangerous time in either of their careers is right around the two year mark. First year, they are lacking in self assurance, they are cautious, and they may not have any accidents at all. Right around two years experience is most dangerous, because they are gaining self assurance. And that self assurance is not yet justified. Many, many riders and drivers meet their fates right around that two year mark.

Now, I don't want to jinx you or anything, but you sound a little bit overly self assured.

Just think about it. I don't want to argue, just think about it.

Comment Re:Cyclists DON'T obey the law! (Score 1) 696

You've most likely been lucky. Often enough, it isn't YOUR FAULT that you go down. The first time I ever laid a motorcycle down on pavement? A New York City cop ran a red light. No flashers, no siren, I had the right of way - that is, I had the green light. I noticed that blue and white car while I was jockying my way across some trolley tracks. Tracks behind me, I looked again, I still had the green light, looked at the cop again, and he was RIGHT THERE! My choices were, hit the brakes, or hit him. I lost control when the rear brake locked, and went out from under me.

So - yes, I did it wrong, but then, it wasn't my "fault" either.

The cop? He kept on going, acted like he never saw me.

Your fault, another cyclist's fault, a driver's fault, some stupid dog, a child, eventually the odds catch up with all of us.

Mommy, what happens to your files when you die?