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Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 13

Your analysis doesn't mention the need to preclude the birth of a Kurdistan in northern Iraq, which would just lead to agitation in the East of Turkey.
Turks are also Sunni Muslims, and the flexing of Shi'ite Iran in Syria is not a welcome thing.
People in the West underestimate the significance of both the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East. Hydrocarbons, while seriously important, aren't the only dimension to the problem.

Comment Re:Why do you insist on misquoting me? (Score 1) 91

To reiterate an old point: I at no point believe you fully, nor give you the benefit of the doubt.
Whether you are a full-on Pollyanna in your partisanship, or are actively prevaricating is a purely academic question.
The more germane point, in the case of the IRS, is to what degree the GOP elite were complicit, in the name of protecting Holy Progress from a wave of reform.
tl;dr: You funny.

Comment Re:The two principals are Russia and Europe (Score 1) 13

"the battle of empires" OK, whom do you think is truly "Imperial" today? The Chinese. . .the Russians. . .the United States?

letting the Russians grow fat on them is out of the question. Better to burn the whole place down. The destabilization efforts are for that purpose. Not even 15 years ago, tourists were able to visit Libya, Syria, Iraq, etc in relative safety.

So, you place no stock whatsoever in *any* of the Sunni/Shi'ite tension, Iran as a regional hegemon, the House of Saud wanting to keep the Iranians at bay?

The various "failed" states, e.g. North Korea, all perform their functions in the ecosystem.

A totally nonsensical post. North Korea, et al are client states, proxies.

Want to walk that back? Client states "perform their functions in the ecosystem"; trafficking in persons, dope smuggling, what have you.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 133

Yup it does. The comments section is where a story can be refuted or additional information that was left out can be found and even have a remote chance of being seen by someone who just read the article.

You can refute stories and add information all you want, on your own platform. Journalists do not owe you a comments section and it's not "censorship" if they decide not to have a comments section.

I mean, where do you get this stuff? Do you think journalism didn't exist before there were online comments sections?

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 133

They have everything to due with free expression, which is ultimately the point of journalism.

Please find me a definition of "journalism" that includes free expression for people who have absolutely nothing to do with journalism.

Using the N-word in a comments section, doesn't make you a journalist. Calling Obama a "muslin" in a comments section doesn't make you a journalist.

Full Definition of JOURNALISM

a : the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media
b : the public press
c : an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium
a : writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine
b : writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation
c : writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest

Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 133

Sadly, EULAs and the like tell them they can do this. Courts have upheld it. Which means taking them at their word is pretty much useless.

What? If the user who wants to participate in online discussions on a private company's web site agrees to a EULA that states that the owner of the web site reserves the right to change the conditions of using the site, then that's exactly what you signed up for. The only "sadly" involved is users sadly not reading what they agree to. Most people in the gimme-dat-free-stuff mindset don't think things through anyway.

Real names policies exist because companies say "what value can I get from selling the fact that SuitWrinkler53 commented on the website?" and deciding that they can't sell that information.

Or, if you're a publisher, those policies exist in order to spare the publishers huge ongoing legal expenses in dealing with inquiries and even subpoenas related to digging out real names or other information about trolling, libelous, or otherwise criminal users.

And then you realize they don't know much about the underlying technology, and are probably using something like WordPress.

No, then we realize that you're talking out of your ass and haven't bothered to so much as view the source on one of their pages in order to see that you're wrong. And that the paper - like so many who can't afford to go about it in any other way - are using a third party SaaS solution. Which means a single code base for many clients, which means no, customizing it for one customer isn't always desirable or even do-able.

They just have to remind you it's technically private property, and that the license says they can change the terms if they wish.

Oh, so you DO get it. What are you bitching about, then?

Comment Re:Because the CIA is evil. (Score 1) 254

The reason why Saddam was under that disposal and inspection regime was *because* of those things

You mean, the things that didn't exist? What are you saying exactly? You're trying to have it both ways.

What Saddam did in the past and was under restrictions for is itself not a valid pretext for invasion.

Sure it is, because he refused to comply with the requirements that arose from everything that went before. And you're STILL pretending that his forces never ceased to target those protecting the no-fly zone, wasn't robbing from UN food and relief funds to buy more weapons, and so on.

Where was the evidence of WMDs? None.

I know, I know, you're trying to wish away the deaths of thousands of people killed with exactly those non-existent WMDs that you simultaneously say were the basis for the inspection regime. I suspect you're don't actually listen to yourself, in order to avoid realizing how silly you sound.

Almost 15 years past we have not found any evidence of hidden/buried caches

Right, just the places where they USED to be, and which were blocked from inspection while he was still in power.

Comment Re:Why do you insist on misquoting me? (Score 1) 91

I am saying they are not economically powerful.

So, who staffs the IRS, BLS, DOJ, &c. How do you expect your career buddies and your media allies not to behave as a cartel, especially in an era where no one thinks that there is any such thing as truth and accountability?

How can one be an incompetent tool and an evil mastermind simultaneously?

I think #OccupyResoluteDesk tends toward 'tool' on foreign policy, and evil master baiter on domestic issues.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller