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Comment: Re:Perspective (Score 1) 72

by smooth wombat (#48640825) Attached to: NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere
Since asshats like to take vertical movies with their phones,

Or maybe phone makers shouldn't make shitty products which create the sidebars in the first place. You never had this problem when shooting analog movies, it has only occurred when we "upgraded" to digital.

The world doesn't exist only left to right. It also goes up.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 1, Troll) 463

by smooth wombat (#48633055) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
Colorado already proved that with the tax revenue they brought in from legalized marijuana,

False. Colorado brought in 20% of the promised revenue from legalization and the prospects of them meeting their initial projections are about as likely as Steve Ballmer running Linux.

Before you then say, "Well, they at least got something," I would like to remind you of this article wherein people on here were claiming Chicago's use of red light cameras a failure when they only got 44% of the initial projected income. Apparently getting 44% of of something is much worse than getting 20% of something.

Still further, Colorado is seeing the general effects of people being stoned, such as deaths, robberies and murder, and of course the general loss of productivity from people unable to perform their jobs such as two nurses who quit their good paying jobs at a hospital where a family member works because they would have failed the mandatory drug tests.

Just like Kansas' failed experiment of lowering taxes and cutting services didn't magically produce more revenue, whatever amount of money Colorado brings in will be eaten up by the side effects of legalization and, as this article clearly indicates, bordering states will also suffer financial losses and deaths.

Comment: Re:Presidential Oath of Office - how quaint (Score 4, Interesting) 440

by smooth wombat (#48610433) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Which has nothing to do with the question I asked.

No one is saying people from other countries shouldn't be allowed to work in the U.S. (I'm not), what is being asked is they do it legally and with proper documentation.

So again, I ask the question, do you let random people walk in and out of your place without knowing who they are?

Comment: Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (Score 1) 594

by smooth wombat (#48603473) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents
to convince people to work where they live.

Because there's nothing I like better than opening my window on a nice spring evening and having to listen to the honking of car/truck horns, the accompanying smell of exhaust, people yelling up and down the street, drunk staggering about and talking to themselves at 2 in the morning and people who think it's acceptable to have a party on the street a 4 AM.

Maybe you like to keep your windows closed every day of the year, but there are those of us who like to breathe relatively clean air and not have to deal with inconsiderate slobs who think it's their right to do what they want, whenever they want, without consideration for those around them.

Comment: Re:Other tags (Score 1) 162

by smooth wombat (#48567489) Attached to: An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

Or maybe they didn't have their cameras where the looting was taking place. If they only had one crew it would be difficult under the circumstances for them to report it happening.

The did report on, and show, the body found in the burning car and showed pictures of blacks protecting white-owned businesses.

As to Brown, no sympathy. As the evidence showed, what some initially reported was completely false and even made up. He was hardly the saint people tried to make him out to be.

Comment: Re:Other tags (Score 1) 162

by smooth wombat (#48566887) Attached to: An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

The problem with the NY Post article is their reporting (obviously). Throughout their rant they kept referring to comments by the reporters saying "most of the protests were peaceful".

Most of something means not all of something. The fact that there were burnings and shootings doesn't negate the commentary. If 75% of a group of people don't riot or loot, then that is most of the people.

While there were those who chose to perpetuate the stereotype of blacks burning and looting businesses, that doesn't negate the fact that most people were protesting peacefully.

Comment: Re:From Jack Brennan's response (Score 1) 769

by smooth wombat (#48558323) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Not if we're calling out other countries who use torture. If we say we got information through the use of torture, then any country can claim the same thing and we can't say squat.

So either we condemn torture and call out those who do it, or we do it ourselves and admit that torture is acceptable.

Which is it?

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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