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Comment: Re:Dumbass (Score 2) 55

Lets expand on that. Why can't ordinary citizens of the many nations (US, UK, AU, NZ, CA) that Snowden took documents from and leaked have a grievance against him? Do they all work for the intelligence services of their government? Or can ordinary citizens be against it and express an opinion? If not, are you working on the side of the FSB and Chinese intelligence in the conduct of political warfare against the US by advocating in favor of Snowden? If not, why can't someone have a contrary view, that Snowden's actions were bad, without working for the NSA? Does the fact that he arranges for a few of the documents that he stole to be published make it all OK? Does that give Snowden a pass to do whatever he wants without criticism?

Comment: Re:Wrong Question (Score 1) 55

If he really wanted to ask questions about freedoms, he should have asked about the LGBT rights in Russia or Chechens' right for self-determination. In the US, asking about surveillance violations is the right question to ask because, by and large, it is one of the most pressing issues. In Russia, that ain't.

The proper question to ask when it comes to freedom is always the one concerning the greatest, most infamous violations.

Not really. Both subjects, and plenty more, would be appropriate to ask in Russia. There is no shortage of problematic areas of human rights issues there, not to mention a growing list of incidents of aggression against its neighbors. Russia is choosing to revert to its Soviet past.

Comment: Re:This I do know: (Score 1) 6

by smitty_one_each (#46803893) Attached to: Q: Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?
Think of it as vectors. When active, you add your bit of force to the overall system, and can drive it. I'm confident that, had the Tea Party not risen up, for example, ObamaCare would have us much farther along the road to Single Prey-er. Doubtless you'll disagree, preaching paralysis as you do. However, I'll be able to look at the grandkids, when they ask, and tell them I didn't shovel s**t in Biloxi.

Comment: Re:3D Printing - Anachy ? (Score 1) 174

by cold fjord (#46800705) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

I find it amusing that Anarchy will supposedly spring forth from a technology that depends on highly refined, multi-disciplinary engineering and built from precision materials that are only manufactured and sold at affordable pricing in the context of a highly ordered society.

Nobody said that 3D printing was going to be a sustainable technology.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.