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Comment: Re:What do we really know about history, anyway? (Score 1) 139

by cloudwilliam (#29844343) Attached to: History In Video Games — a Closer Look

What do we really know about history, anyway? You get different accounts of the same event by people who were actually there. Then, as the stories are propagated by those who weren't there, you get even more different stories. Eventually, things may be written down, and you may find evidence that fits with some stories but not others, but, in the end, what do we really know?

Man, that's a depressing paragraph. Sounds like you're writing that in a darkened room with walls painted black, while listening to the Cure.

Comment: Re:Ah, paranoia (Score 3, Insightful) 746

by cloudwilliam (#29342379) Attached to: Police Swarm Bungie Office Over <em>Halo</em> Replica Rifle

"Law abiding gun owners aren't the problem, the follow laws... They are the ones who sometimes stop crimes before the police arrive. They are the ones who have CCW permits and stop deranged sociopaths who are going on public murder sprees before they can kill or before they can kill as many people as they'd like to."

Do you have an example of this? I haven't done a lot of research, but it seems that when "deranged sociopaths" do go on "public murder sprees," they tend to have specific targets in mind, say Columbine high school or the Holocaust museum, rather than just random murders of people. And in most of these exceedingly rare cases of mass murder, it's been trained professionals that put an end to the incident, not some Joe Blow packing heat. Even in situations where citizens did act--the Kip Kinkle school shooting and the September 11th flight over Pennsylvania, for example--they acted, and were effective, unarmed.

I mean, sure, public murder sprees happen movies and NRA wet dreams, but not so much in real life. Hypothetical mass murders being an argument for concealed weapons is weak at best. It's specious reasoning because if someone's nutty enough to want to go shooting, they aren't likely to give a shit whether anyone out there is armed or not. You can't guard against something like that any more than you can prevent earthquakes or lightning strikes.

Comment: Re:Hrmmm.. I dont like this. (Score 1) 522

by cloudwilliam (#25156077) Attached to: Jack Thompson Disbarred

Dude, a State Bar is not a professional association that an attorney may or may not join. It is a governmental entity that regulates the behavior of its licensees. The man still has his law degree; disbarment means he can no longer practice law in Florida. The same standard applies to doctors: are you going to say that a doctor found to be incompetent by his peers should still be allowed to practice medicine? Perform surgery? Prescribe drugs?

The state must reserve the right to revoke privileges it grants to anyone it initially deems qualified to do more than vote. That extends to lawyers, doctors, and day care operators; even to hunters, fishermen, and operators of motor vehicles. None of these things are a *right*, regardless of your degree of education. These things are privileges, granted by a political body whose responsibility it is to ensure that the citizens over whom it governs, and who ask for these privileges, act responsibly. If we do not, we are not only violating our agreement with that governing body, but with a basic social contract to which we all subscribe as members of a community, state, and country; and then we no longer get to do those things.

That's the power we grant our governments: not to curtail our rights to act irresponsibly, but to ensure that if we do, we have to answer for it, because that kind of behavior is not just obnoxious, but potentially dangerous.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.

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