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Comment Blah blah blah freedom of speech... (Score 1) 298 298

This was a commercial venture being held in a public park featuring a known criminal who has fled prosecution in the jurisdiction in question.

Local jurisdictions should and do have the authority to prevent commercial criminal enterprises from operating within their boarders. Yeah, it's a fundraiser for the gang he's involved in, arguing it's some sort of legitimate not for profit venture is bullshit, so don't even try arguing that.

Frankly, the event organizers should be fined/jailed. This incident is not about freedom of speech, it's about the crime wave in a particular community that nobody but the police end up even attempting to address.

Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 1) 195 195

"It's a good argument for ensuring you don't have half-assed vaccines, which is a legitimate concern."

At one point the FDA was ready to approve an HIV vaccine if clinical trials proved it to be just 30% effective. There was no outcry from the medical or scientific community at the time. The medical and scientific communities did not give a fuck about the consequences, and STILL do not.

People are right to be extremely concerned about the state of vaccine science and research, and the role industry is playing to corrupt the regulatory agencies that are responsible with protecting the public health.

Comment This has been known for a long time (Score 1) 195 195

I'm always disappointed when I read remarks about vaccine science from people who are clearly just repeating shit that they've made zero effort to understand.

In the USA we have corporations that do not give a shit what potential long term harm they do, yet give them the power and authority over us and public policy to push whatever product they want to.

If you are pro every vaccine, you are an idiot. No reasonable, intelligent competent medical person will tell you that every vaccine is necessary or a good idea.

You're being dumbed-down int he false name of "science".

Comment Re:"Truthers" don't believe in *air* (Score 2) 321 321

I've seen this BS repeated over and over and over again, it's simply remarkable to me how stubborn people are to cling to a childish paranoia.

The argument that jet fuel can not burn hot enough to melt the steel is flawed. Because the steel didn't NEED to melt; it just needed to become malleable enough for it and the connecting structure around it to fail. What the crazies always ignore is the fact that those load-bearing steel beams WERE UNDER LOAD.

Also, arguing that jet fuel burning can only reach just so high a temperature, that's equally bullshit. I can make kerosene, almost anything, burn much hotter than it's combustion temperature just by blowing a little bit of air on it. In this case, a very light breeze at that height can suffice to bring the burning temperature up a few hundred degrees. Not rocket science. In metallurgy they've been doing this for literally centuries now.

Nobody cut corners; the building was a technological marvel, and is still considered remarkable.

It's unrealistic and betrays a lack of understanding of basic physics and economics to expect any commercial or residential structure to be entirely impervious to a jet filled with fuel traveling at a high speed.

Comment Re:I've driven behind one of these cars (Score 1) 549 549

Yeah, I don't believe that, and the vids I've seen do not support that statement.

What I do see very day are distracted drivers that should be permanently banned from driving because they are a menace to everyone on the road.

Far, far too many drivers in the USA seem to feel they have some sort of right to do whatever they want to on public roads, as if they were the only ones on them. For those people, I would like to see them forced out of the drivers seat entirely and permanently.

There's no excuse for rear-ending somebody, it always means you were following too damn close. The USA has a horrible culture of rampant recklessness when it comes to our public roads. I'd really like to see that come to an end. Freedom shouldn't mean you're free to destroy other people's lives, distracted drivers need to be held accountable.

Comment Yeah, this is a deal-breaker... (Score 1) 628 628

So much so that if it's not addressed properly, I will be replacing ALL my client's OS's with non-MS products.

I'm certain I can figure out a way to manually prevent this through the registry, but the fact that MS would do this is what I would consider the thin red line that they shouldn't have crossed.

Comment Her goal is to prevent people from being able to (Score 1) 432 432

choose what they want to do; to force us all to have to turn to the government for every option, and to only have government approved options.

I see zero innovation from taking this stand, and I do not for a moment believe her goal is to protect the public.

She wants more of us registered in insecure government databases, that when they get hacked they will never take any responsibility for. They want to be able to find new innovative ways to tax us all, and give us nothing in return but propaganda an platitudes.

Hillary isn't just for big government and big, old, outdated corporations. Oh wait. Yeah, that's exactly what she's for.

The United States is about choosing one of two fake "choices", and it's tired, and it's defenders are idiots.

Comment Comparing a tiny country like Estonia (Score 1) 654 654

To a sprawling, massive country, like the USA is what would be known as fallacious.

But let's play. Take the figures for Estonia; the total miles of tracks, total population, total number of cars and the total cost for building it - scale it all to the physical size and population of the USA.

Then it becomes markedly clear why public transit in the USA is in general incomparable to comparatively physically tiny nations and entirely unworkable.

Comment Re:It's Not Always "Lying" (Score 1) 339 339

The article is actually very good, it's the bulk of comments about the nature of lying and the lack of ability of most people commenting to fully understand the article that's the problem.

Geeks just need to take more philosophy and psychology classes. They aren't as great at thinking rationally and creatively as they believe they are.

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_