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Comment: Re:Israel got a lot of heat for much lesser offens (Score 1) 303

More importantly to a Canadian, it's section 6 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Of course, section 8 is the part about being secure from unreasonable search and seizure, which should prevent being asked to give up passwords at the border....

Comment: Re:Fascism largely a creation of director Verhoeve (Score 1) 316

by SuiteSisterMary (#49183389) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Discussion point: Can it be said to be voluntary if it's necessary for a major societal function?

Also, look at the example of Rico's father. At the beginning of the book, he's dismissive, possibly even contemptuous, in a non-malicious way, of Federal Service. He proclaims that voting isn't important anyway, and that people should do 'real work.'

Of course, once Bueno Ares is hit, he changes his tune right quick and signs right up, for military service, thus proving that his original statements were, short-sighted and wrong.

SST the book wasn't, I think, fascist, but it was awfully fetishistic of the military. It was St Crispin's Day/Band of Brothers in Space.

Comment: Re:military weather? (Score 1) 253

by SuiteSisterMary (#49164295) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit

On one hand, 'weather satellite' was a cold war (and probably is still) a euphemism for spy satellite. Kinda like how nuclear missile subs conduct 'oceanographic research,' not 'nuclear deterrence patrols,'

On the other hand, the military is very interested in weather, as 'Hang on, let me check if it's going to be stormy' isn't a proper military response to 'Ok, we need to move a carrier group down to, say, Taiwan. Now.'

Comment: Re:Reversable Veto? (Score 1) 434

by SuiteSisterMary (#49127021) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Something like this:

Keystone says 'we want to put a great big pipe from Here to There.'

The various Departments of Whatever say 'no.'

Keystone says 'Hey, congress guy, here's some money.' Aka, lobbying.

Congress says 'Here's a law saying 'Departments of whatever shall issue the following permits.'

President says 'Nope.'

Eventually, President says 'Ok, departments of whatever, issue the permits with the following requirements/conditions/standards built in.'

Keystone then says either 'Hmm, it's no longer profitable to build, with all these requirements' or 'great!' and goes ahead.

Comment: Re:Unconventional, but dramatic improvement. (Score 1) 289

Yeah, I was being somewhat flip. Of course natural compounds, often plant-based, are capable of making large changes to body structure and chemistry; we call it 'medicine.'

Hallucinogenics on people who possibly aren't really capable of giving properly informed consent, though? That gives me pause, I'll admit.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 327

by SuiteSisterMary (#49046079) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

Do you honestly think 'Hey, I'm looking for a way to wire up a button to trigger an SMS or email' would have gotten posted?

I don't. That's a google search. That's a solved issue.

But: "Hey, my epileptic wife who's medication doesn't work so well any more stays home all day with my baby and two-year-old, and I need the two-year-old to be able to push a PANIC button in case mommy has a bad seizure! How can I roll my own?" Now that, my friend, that brings in the page views.

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