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Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 322

by amicusNYCL (#49495567) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

So when you join a labor union or incorporate your business, you think you're surrendering your rights to free speech?

Seriously, you guys are funny with your arguments. No where, at no time, has any INDIVIDUAL ever surrendered their right to free speech because they started a business. Their INDIVIDUAL rights have never been abridged because of that.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 322

by amicusNYCL (#49495525) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

That's a fine strawman you have there, but to answer your specific question, no, I have no problems with the first amendment, I never claimed I did, that's not what he's protesting, and that's not what the problem is about. That's a pretty common debate tactic for people on your side though, I see you got the memo. The problem is the corrupt influence of money in politics. There is a tremendous amount of money in politics today. The Citizens United ruling not only does nothing to help that problem go away, but it magnifies the problem tenfold. You can go on and on about how corporations should have the right to free speech and frame yourself as some sort of valiant defender of the constitution and your opponents as godless communists, but the fact is that the CU ruling made the problem of money in politics and the corruption that goes with it exponentially worse. Consider the fact that Hillary Clinton believes she needs a goal of $2.5 billion to win the election. That equates to spending $20 for each American voter. That's the problem, and all of the lobbying and backroom deals that go with it. But I know you're just going to ignore the issue and instead talk about how much you love the first amendment, so you just go right ahead.

Comment: Re:Delivering the Mail (Score 5, Insightful) 322

by amicusNYCL (#49482109) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

No, they arrested an idiot who is supposed to have a pilot license who does not understand the concept of a 'no-fly-zone'.

You might be the idiot. He fully understood all of the implications of what he was doing, and worked out several scenarios. His expected scenario was that a Blackhawk would be scrambled from Quantico, but would overfly him as he was flying so low and slow, and he hoped that by the time the Blackhawk caught up to him that they would have orders to not shoot him down. His biggest worries were that he would be shot down or that he wouldn't have the nerve to do it in the first place. I can't imagine the adrenaline going through him as he was flying across the national mall in sight of the Capitol without a single LEO or military aircraft in sight.

He's right, too. Campaign finance laws and all of the corruption that goes with them is the single largest problem with the current government, and apathy from people like you helps to ensure that it doesn't get fixed. Go on, citizen, stamp the vote card. R or D, your choice. Whichever R or D you want to pick will be just fine.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 4, Insightful) 322

by amicusNYCL (#49482095) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

He's a complete jackass for doing it in the first place.

I applaud him. He's protesting what is the #1 problem in government today in a peaceful way that was sure to make headlines. The problem isn't people like him, the problem is people who are apathetic about the issue in the first place.

Comment: Re:Thank goodness the NSA is looking our for us (Score 4, Informative) 322

by amicusNYCL (#49481979) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Before he took off he also called his friend back home to tell him the plan. His friend had the business card of a Secret Service agent who had previously visited and interviewed them after hearing about his plan for a "big thing" to call attention to campaign finance reform. His friend called the Secret Service agent, got no answer, but left a message informing him of the impending flight. He never got a call back, and the authorities claimed they were not aware of the flight. So, yeah, bit of an intelligence failure there.

Here's a much better article that includes a video at the bottom of him actually landing on the lawn, as well as the text of the letters he was trying to deliver. Note the complete lack of any resistance to him landing, the Capitol Police weren't out there and it took a little while to hear the first sirens.

Comment: Re:a phone (Score 2) 237

by amicusNYCL (#49474951) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

But in two of the games, Nakamura was allowed assistance of an older chess program on a laptop

That hardly seems fair.

"Grandmaster, we're going to pit you against the best computer program to ever play chess, it represents the combined efforts of decades of engineering. But, don't worry, here's a 386SX with Chessmaster 3000 to help you out."

Comment: Re:Physics (Score 3, Insightful) 108

Can you get to 208 degrees F at the internal pressure at which the space station is maintained?

No. No one on the design team thought about that, so they're going to go through all of the expense of designing, building, and launching an espresso machine to the ISS only to realize that no one though about pressure. The launch got postponed though, you better call up NASA and ask them if anyone thought of pressure before it's too late. Feel free to offer your own expertise.

Comment: Re:Watch the Video in Question First (Score 1) 489

by amicusNYCL (#49442231) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

From the video alone it is not apparent that they are sunglasses. What the video shows is a police officer picking an item up from the ground, in a crime scene, and moving that item to another part of the crime scene closer to the man that he just shot. Regardless of what the object is, that alone is questionable.

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