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Comment Re:So... redundant, in other words (Score 1) 18 18

Which is interesting because, while I share the disgust in theory, I don't actually know much about the reality and the one time I have seen it before (I wish I could remember where) it was being used by someone who actually was producing serious content, you know, an actual output other than good feelings.

That said, what you describe sounds like about the sort of cult of personality bullshit I expect enough people to fall for as to be able to support some small number of professional loudmouths.

However, I am not sure thats terrible either. Money talks, basically this is a form of grass roots advertising. What fuels them is the perception that signal boosting has value, and well, that is hard to argue with when you see what major corporations are willing to spend on it.

I dunno, as distasteful as I find the idea of throwing cash at someone to rant for me (I provide my rants free of charge as a public service)...its probably more effective than voting.

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 4, Interesting) 809 809

Well he didn't shoot the man, he shot a mechanical proxy for the man, which is not the same at all. He attacked a piece of property which, under the direction of its operator, was being used to invade his privacy by invading the space over his property, and as he pointed out, not simply to transit the area.

Assuming the area was one where it would be generally safe otherwise to fire at a bird, then I have no issue with his reasoning, seems like he was in the right to me, even though I wouldn't agree if he had shot the operator; the two are not equivalent like that.

Comment Pardons are for the Guilty (Score 1) 555 555

Pardons are forgiveness for guilt. He is guilty of nothing. Betraying a criminal conspiracy to violate our own laws and subvert the open process of their deliberation and public oversight is hardly a crime. If anything it is the people he exposed who should be recieving pardons if they are to be allowed to continue to walk free.

I am far more concerned with the administrations dangerous decision to lie to the public and cover up clear evidence of its own wrongdoing.

Comment Re:Drones (Score 4, Insightful) 289 289

Exactly. What is the difference between an automated system and one with a human at the helm when you can just replace the human with impunity if he decides he doesn't want to help you anymore?

Its not like some criminal gang where a defector could mean consequences. A defector from the drone murder program is just....replaced. Even if 100% of pilots became disgusted with the job and refused within a year.... it wouldn't even slow them down, it would just increase their training costs.

Right now, there effectively is no difference between the existing drone program and automated kill bots. The problem is what people want to do and are allowed to get away with. As long as they can murder with impunity, the methods which they use are unimportant.

Comment Re:Under what authority? (Score 5, Informative) 296 296

The thing is...they can put whatever restrictions they want, and you can then either put up with it, or go to court over it, spend lots of money on lawyers. If you win, all you get is to exercise your rights, either way you pay out the big money; out of pocket.

Then, should you want another event, expect to be denied or offered the same terms and to AGAIN need to go to court over it, and pay out big bucks to win again.

Mass Cann here in Boston had this problem year after year. The city would deny their permit, they would sue, they would win, next year, same thing.

So effectively, there is a massive unapproved tax on events the city officials don't like.

Comment Re:What's performance enhancing? (Score 1) 154 154

I think pattern recognition is part of it. Think about the effects.

What does flat white wall do? It stretches, it breathes. Maybe lines or shadows on it dance a bit, maybe the pervasive color line pattern you see behind your eyes projects onto it.

However a candle flickering through faceted glass, that could become a kaleidoscope of cartoon skulls in a burst of colors.

I saw a ted talk about the mind and pattern recognition.... how the mind has chains of pattern recognizers and seeing one part of a pattern potentiates another part. LSD is like, every pattern recognizer is potentiated, that is solid, it is liquid, it is flowing, it is breathing.....

Its like a signal. If you have a weak signal compared to the noise, then you can't distinguish the right patterns, however, if you are in the time and place where strong signals are coming in, then being potentiated towards recognizing them may be a benefit....and the signal is so a white wall, there just isn't much else it could be.

Comment Re:What's performance enhancing? (Score 1) 154 154

Maybe, it makes some sense. However, have seen similar anecdotal evidence from LSD.

So long time ago, back when I was a pool player and bar fly....a friend called me up "I dropped acid and am bored, lets go out". We met up at the bar, she was lit but handling it well. We grabbed a pool table and started to play.

Now, I was shooting a lot of pool back then. I was decent, we all were. This was a girl I used to partner up with at casual tournaments occasionally, so I was very familiar with how she shot....and she fucking KILLED IT that night.

I have NEVER seen her so on her game as she was tripping face.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157 157

The crux of my problem though...
> As for your hypothetical, material found incriminating someone not listed on the warrant would be
> found inadmissible in court and would be specifically barred from use in any later criminal trial. It
> could be a potentially great result for the third party as any bad evidence against them would now
> legally not exist.

I object to the assertion that "you can't be prosecuted" is the be all and end all of harm you or others could be exposed to. A violation of privacy is a violation of privacy, even if you can't be prosecuted in the end.

Frankly, it seems to me an invalid warrant or illegal search without one, should be a violation of rights and charged as a criminal act every time it happens.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157 157

Nah put the blame where it belongs, in the private hands of the Bush Family. their partners, and their generations long business arrangements with the Saudis which have been allowed to pervert our national interest for half a century. They created their own bogeyman.

> Saddam could easily have suddenly cooperated with inspectors. He could said wait wait stop while those conversations were happening at the UN.

Right except, as I remember it, we gave an ultimatum, he hemmed and hawed and finally agreed, and then we invaded anyway. Frankly, I don't believe for a second there was any intention of allowing a war not to happen.

Saddam was a pawn who became a liability and got sacrificed.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157 157

> Saddam used to do that all the time. Indeed, it can be expected as a regular practice precisely so
> that, when it really counts and they need to hide stuff, the delays won't seem unusual.

Except, in proper hindsight its pretty clear that the regular practice was precisely to LOOK LIKE he had capabilities that he didn't have.

It doesn't really take much to see why he would want to do that either; from his perspective he probably calculated that appearing to possibly have a nuclear program and chemical weapons stockpiles made it less likely for him to be seen as weak and vulnerable to attack and overthrow.

Though they all ham it up for the camera one way or another. Most often these situations are little more than a lot of posturing on both sides. Iran likes to take up their Iron Sheik role, because its a part of the act that works for them; just like it works for Uncle Sam to play the good guy role.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157 157

I am not even addressing that; I think it is utter bullshit that just because one is not the stated subject of a search means one is not the subject when its their property being searched. If your property is being searched you ARE the subject of the search.

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