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Comment: Re:Canada has the future :) (Score 1) 403

by c6gunner (#47446373) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

People should be marching in the street, demanding the value stolen from them be returned, not championing the result of the thieving.

By "people" I assume you mean 80 year old grandmothers who have spent their entire lives storing all of their money as cash under a mattress? If so, I suspect the reason they're not marching is because it would require walking. And, if not, I'm curious as to who, exactly, you think has had their money "stolen" via inflation.

Comment: Re:Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Score 1) 323

by c6gunner (#47446329) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Atrocity in a country that is otherwise supposedly "enlightened" stands out more, doesn't it? And make no mistake: the current government of Israel is perpetrating an atrocity right this minute.

Oh yeah. You're right; I completely forgot that only civilized countries can perpetrate those kinds of atrocities. I mean who cares that a backwards-ass country like Palestine wants to completely exterminate the Israelis - what matters is that Israel are refusing to be exterminated! That's the real atrocity, and I'm sure your version of history will not look kindly upon it.

Comment: Re:Um, here's a glaring fact (Score 2) 102

by c6gunner (#47445645) Attached to: Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing

Having been in research for 15+ years, everyone knows that it's one big collusion of people promoting each other and excluding the rest. *Everyone* knows this. If a researcher pretends not to understand this or dismisses it then he's bullshitting you.

Totally. That's why that Einstein guy never got to publish. Goddamn Newtonians had it out for him, and I don't have to tell you the kind of grip they have on the community!

Yes. It is depressing. Oh, and while I was actively publishing I was in the 1%...

Oh, wow, me too! I mostly wrote about Heisenberg flux matrix compensators. Weren't you the guy who kept publishing about the time cube?

Comment: Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 1) 323

by c6gunner (#47444987) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Their not allowed to repair the buildings as concrete is on the list of goods that Israel prevents from being imported:

Seriously? Let's think about this:

He says if Hamas stops with the rockets, they can use the money to make repairs to buildings.
You say "but they can't fix stuff because they can't get concrete".
Israel says they can't import concrete because they keep launching rockets.

Hrm. I don't know about you, but I think I see a solution somewhere in there.

Comment: Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (Score 1) 323

by c6gunner (#47444959) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

You should remember that Israel (which have one of the best armies in the world) is fighting against a ethnical group without army.
If anyone else in the world did that, We could call it a massacre, a butchery or even a genocide.

Maybe in your special little universe. Here in the real world, Israel isn't fighting against "a ethnical group", it's fighting against a bunch of primitive fanatics who insist on constantly trying to kill Israeli citizens.

If Israel actually wanted to carry out a genocide Palestine would be devoid of life in a week; instead the Palestinian population continues to grow at a rate far higher than the population of Israel.

Worst. Genocide. EVER.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (Score 1) 152

by c6gunner (#47444819) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

It's about breaking them away from the authority of their parents, selling them the opiate of "equality" and making them serve the will and authority of the modern state.

Totally. Because that's way more effective than keeping them ignorant, beating them over the head with a bible, and making them work in the fields and factories until they drop while being supervised and subjugated by an elite class chosen from the "nobility".

Oh, wait ...

Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 2) 361

I'm sure the data is used for various nefarious purposes

No doubt planned by a guy with a cat in his lap, who likes to say "eeexcellent" a lot.

That's a bit farfetched, but everything the NSA was confirmed to be doing was also farfetched before Snowden leaked those documents.

There was nothing far-fetched about the idea that the government was dong metadata analysis, or working with large corporations to access their data. Both of those things were pretty much an open "secret" well before Snowden leaked anything; he merely provided greater detail about the extent of those operations, and brought that information into the public consciousness.

Besides which, if your thought process goes along the lines of "these far-fetched things have happened, therefore all these other far-fetched things are probably true" .... you are not a rational person. People who think that way end up believing every goddamn conspiracy theory under the sun.

Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 5, Insightful) 361

If you dare to not follow the herd, think for yourself, make up your mind by yourself without the aid of government "guided" media, of course you must be an extremist.

It's frightening how close the US already got to the USSR of old.

Oh, irony.

See, a rational person would have looked at what's going and concluded that the NSA's position is "of course you're more likely to be an extremist" rather than "of course you must be an extremist". But self-styled "free-thinkers" such as yourself always seem to tend toward these extreme, paranoid views that barely resemble the actual situation. It's almost as if you tended towards extremism or something.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 203

Which still makes me question: why 39 shots when the victim (allegedly) shot only once?

I once saw a platoon of soldiers fire ~600 rounds on a crowd of protesters who threw an egg. The first guy to fire thought it was a grenade. The rest followed suit. Luckily it was a training exercise ... but in real life shit goes sideways all the time, too. If you think you're any better, you couldn't be more wrong. If you had been there manning the perimeter, you would have fired right along with the rest.

We train hard to reduce the chances of shit like this happening in a real scenario, but no amount of training can completely eliminate it. And when you have millions of cops engaging daily in violent interactions ... it's a miracle that these kinds of fiascoes happen as rarely as they do. The only reason people find it exceptional is because youtoube is full of videos of cops behaving badly, and you can watch 50 of them in an afternoon. If you actually had to view them in proportion to normal, everyday interactions, you'd be sitting there all year. People just don't understand large numbers and selection bias.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 203

More likely: the killing of the granny was indeed an honest mistake, and then they tried to cover up their mistake by making her look like a criminal by planting drugs and the gun, in an attempt to justify their actions.

Yes, that's quite possible, if unlikely. Thanks for being one of the fee reasonable commenters.

Firing 39 shots sounds totally excessive - the hit rate is also pretty bad indeed. That indeed leaves some 33 stray bullets, no telling where they ended up.

They ended up inside the house. The hit rate is actually quite good. Take it from me. On the range I get every round in the bullseye. In a kinetic situation I'm lucky if I get 1 out of 4 on target. And I'm a guy who has better training than the police.

Civvies seem to expect every cop to be trained to special-forces standards. That expectation is ... unrealistic, to say the least.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 203

So you trust the cops word, even after a criminal conviction for their actions?

No, I weigh the evidence based on the most likely scenario. Never met a cop who would blow away grandma for no reason. If you can introduce me to some, I may change my mind.

The "evidence" shows that the police executed an illegal raid

Come again? I think these kinds of statements are why the [citation needed] tag was invented.

And the cops hit their target 10% of the time. If they weren't fired and in jail, they could have used more time on the range, anyway.

Spoken like someone who's never been in a firefight. 10% is actually well above what I would expect.

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