And if you think organization is necessary and only a big military machine can win, are you familiar with what's happening in the middle east? Have you ever heard of a place called Vietnam?
Where in my post did I write that organization is the same as a "big military machine"? Regarding your second point, I think that Islamic State and the Vietnamese Liberation Front qualifies as organizations.
The people don't need to be organized to hold their own, they simply need to all agree.
They need to agree on what to do and do it. In my view that is organization, even if the structures are informal.
Our country is "uninvadeable" because of geography, not people with small arms. You can bet if a large standing army were to decide to enter the US, a handful of people with 9mm pistols aren't going to stop it. Thankfully, we have oceans to our east and west, Canada is too passive to do anything, and Mexico's largest standing army is in the hands of drug cartels who would much rather sell us drugs than try and take over.
The total war scenario was enacted in Europe in two acts, showing that even with millions of armed men defending a country it was possible to invade and conquer if the invading army also had millions of armed men. Armed populations did, however, make it a lot more difficult for the Nazis to hold (e.g. Russia and Greece). But if we are looking at present day, nuclear weapons on intercontinental ballistic missiles pretty much means an end to that kind of invasion. At least until one side manages to nullify the nuclear deterrent of the others. It is a MAD, MAD world
We're all the same, Milgram proved that. Given similar circumstances you or I would behave the same way, so let's stop perpetuating the stereotypes.
No, Milgram did not prove that we are all the same. Quoting wikipedia:
In Milgram's first set of experiments, 65 percent (26 of 40) of experiment participants administered the experiment's final massive 450-volt shock, though many were very uncomfortable doing so; at some point, every participant paused and questioned the experiment; some said they would refund the money they were paid for participating in the experiment. Throughout the experiment, subjects displayed varying degrees of tension and stress. Subjects were sweating, trembling, stuttering, biting their lips, groaning, digging their fingernails into their skin, and some were even having nervous laughing fits or seizures.
So, 100% of the participants knew that they were doing something wrong and spoke up. Some 35% of the participants did stand up to the authority figure and refused to follow their orders. As I remember it, the initial experiment was conducted on white middle class college students, so I would be very hesitant to use it to generalize anything about the rest of us.
Isn't this the thing the Second amendment was supposed to prevent?
As I understand it, the 2nd Amendment was supposed to ensure against invasion from the British Empire by keeping the population armed, so any attempt at invasion would allow the armed population to spark a popular insurrection.
But it is really beside the point. A population is only able to stand up to oppression if it is organized, and in most advanced countries, governments and corporations are going to back down if an organized population demands change, e.g. Eastern Europe in the late 80s and early 90s. In most cases governments and corporations will just be biding their time, waiting for people to go home and settle back down into their lives, so they can roll back the concessions. A recent example is Egypt. Sometimes they will fight, but it is extremely dangerous, as there is no telling where it will end, e.g. Syria and Libya, not to mention destructive.
Going back to the US, it should be clear for everyone that the US rulers have successfully managed to keep its population disorganized through a variety of techniques such as sowing distrust between its citizens, massive surveillance, union-busting, mass media and the stacked circus of democracy.
actually there ARE taxes on sales... it's called VAT and is charged at 20% of the price... Amazon can't avoid the VAT bill
They actually tried to avoid VAT on ebooks in most EU countries by setting up their servers in Luxemburg that had a 3% VAT on ebook sales, compared to e.g. 20% in UK. Other ebook sellers naturally followed Amazons lead, until it became public knowledge, e.g. as described in http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/oct/24/amazon-tax-loophole-ebooks . The latest development is that VAT on ebooks and similar is paid depending on the location of the consumer, as described in http://www.thebookseller.com/news/e-book-prices-may-rise-vat-law-kicks.
That guy also came with an adamantium skeleton and claws and exceptional hearing and smell, so that would be one guy with 4-5 superpowers. Also, did you ever hear of Franklin Richards? How about Nathan Summers/Cable/X-Man? Proteus?
Despite the fact that there's no way to know if the code you're reviewing matches the installed binaries.
Even if the binaries were created with the unmodified binaries reviewed, you would need to review the compiler binaries as well.