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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 372

Thanks for the well thought reply.

Obviously I don't know what your skin color is, and I can't presume to know what this particular police officer was thinking when he shot the man in this video. However, he was fired and is currently out on bond for this shooting. Interestingly, he was just arrested again yesterday for shoplifting. The point is that these types of senseless shootings by police are very much reality if you happen to be black or Latino in the U.S. I'm not going to cite a source on that because I think that you should take a look and discover the information for yourself.

Being afraid to go "downtown" after dark is one thing. It's still your prerogative and it's based on personal experience. I've been mugged, so I understand. Being afraid that a cop is going to shoot you and/or arrest you during a routine traffic stop because of your skin color is another thing entirely, and it's the reason people want more cameras pointed at the police.

Comment Re:SO when you pay people... (Score 1) 500

Norway, for example, which has a lot of Marx-flavored "equality"

Norway's cost of groceries (have fun driving to Sweden to buy frozen pizza!), or its skyrocketing sexual assault rate.

Norway is indeed a failure

You're begging the question. What the hell does a country's sexual assault rate (for which you've provided no sources) have to do with Socialism?

Interestingly, Norway's GDP is quite high, even compared to the U.S.

Comment Caves (Score 2) 76

mutations that drive tumour growth also make cells more susceptible to infection

Interesting. Like cave dwelling creatures who've "lost" (by process of evolution) their sense of sight in order to enhance other senses. It's all good until some other creature invents a flashlight.

Comment Re:Let the Public Decide (Score 2) 439

What are you basing this on?

The average used car sold in the U.S. is now over $18,000. If you're personally fortunate enough to buy a car with cash, then congratulations. That's just not reality for most people. As you say, people need a car to get to work. Hence, they have to buy on credit. Otherwise, no job and no savings right? Chicken, egg?

Also, what's a "first real job" these days?

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 928

Linus is deliberately taking an absolutist stance though, because he's king. Reducing common polite interpersonal discourse to "lying and backstabbing" is a logical fallacy. You can certainly be blunt without resorting to school yard insults. That so many in this thread are calling this woman a "whiny bitch" is very depressing. I've lost some respect for the slashdot community today.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 410

You got another solution?

Bombing cities on the other side of the world is not going to convince the inhabitants that your culture is better or more "moral". Let's try not doing that for a change.

stoning rape victims for adultery in God's name

I'm atheist and believe that all governments based on religion are the truest evil in the world. I'd like to see the Muslim extremists go too. That isn't likely to happen in my lifetime. At any rate, groups like the Taliban cannot keep returning unless they have support from the people around them. Afghanistan is not the U.S.

Now, what I would advocate for is to open our borders to refugees running from the wars we've started.

Your use of ad hominems is immature.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 410

Dude why are you so angry? Have a beer and chill out.

As this Kunduz debacle proves, it would be virtually impossible for a US-Air Force-free Afghanistan to keep the Taliban from taking over.

Obviously, the Taliban IS taking over. 14 years of bombing runs haven't prevented it. So, your suggestion is to keep bombing cities? It doesn't work.

their interpretation of the Koran is very heavy on the "kill them all and let God sort them out" principle.

Does that include bombing hospitals and then chalking it up to "collateral damage"? Because that's what we just did.


Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 4, Insightful) 410

Backwards from your perspective.

It was Saudi nationals who attacked us over 14 years ago, not Afghani's. Bin Laden was found in a house in Pakistan over 4 years ago, not a mountain in Afghanistan yesterday. So I ask again, why do we still drop bombs on Afghani civilians? You're bringing up 9/11 like it just happened. It was 14 years ago. Over 2300 U.S. troops dead and over 22,000 U.S. troops wounded. Many thousands more dead and wounded Afghani civilians (children) caught in the middle.

We do have a moral reason to leave -- hospital patients are being bombed by American forces. Just think about that for a moment. Accident or no, if it were an American hospital that was hit, it would not be called "collateral damage" and you would be outraged. And of course, incidents like these make Daesh, et al., stronger not weaker. Backwards thinking indeed.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 2) 410

I mean to say that there is clearly no real threat to the U.S. if:

a) the enemy is unsophisticated enough to seek shelter among civilians

b) it faces no domestic or international reprisals for bombing hospitals where it suspects those enemies might be (accidentally or otherwise)

We (the U.S.) have no moral justification for being in Afghanistan. I use the word "moral" because I suspect that the only reason we are there is because of money and/or international politics. Civilians are dying in horrific ways and we don't care because we are so far removed from the fighting that it may as well not be happening at all. There is no greater goal and I think the proof is that we have a current President and Congress who keep us committed to an endless and futile war from above instead of getting us the hell out of there.

Comment Re:Happily married? (Score 1) 286

Right. You're comparing covert extramarital sex to eating a cookie dough blizzard, but I'm naive.

We're talking about a website whose slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair.", and those who get caught using it without their spouse's consent. You can't do that and expect your spouse to remain committed to you.

Also, your google-fu sucks. You've described "polyamory", which is quite uncommon. You may have an "open relationship" with your partner, and that's cool. But it's not the topic of this discussion.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall