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Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 803

by cshark (#47561009) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Given that Israel rules Palestine, that really doesn't meet my definition of democracy. As an American I'm sure I'd have problems with an Islamic Israel, but we tell ourselves we value democracy and freedom above all else. Furthermore, I can't imagine the current course will end up better.

You might want to do a bit more googling.

Let's start by correcting your math.
There are 5.9 million Jewish citizens in Israel. They comprise 73.75% of the population.
There are 1.4 million arab Israelis, who comprise 17.5% of the population.

Neither group is separated by law or for any other reason. They often share the same neighborhoods, employers, and elected officials.

Of the 12 arabs in the Knesset, 2 of them are Christians; which, by your numbers would mean that Christians are disproportionately represented in the Knesset because they only comprise 2% of the overall population. MK's are represented on their merits, and very little else.

How does that not conform to your idea of a democracy?

The West Bank is not governed by Israel. Under Oslo it is fully autonomous, and it elects its own government.

The arab population in the West Bank is 92% muslim.
There are no Christian members of Fatah serving in any capacity. Nor are there any to my knowledge in the "unity" government. Christians are routinely the targets of terror attacks, are required to pay the Jizya, and are regularly discriminated against by their Muslim neighbors. Often, their homes and holy sites are used as launching posts for attacks against Israel. They are prevented by the PA from rebuilding these structures.

Gaza is a completely different country, outside of the borders of Israel since 2005, and it is not a democracy at the present time.
Just yesterday, 20 peace protesters were executed. There is a gender apartheid similar to the one in Saudi Arabia. Like the Christians of the West Bank, Gazan Christians must also pay the Jizya without the benefit of any representation in government whatsoever. No freedom of speech is tolerated by anyone. Weddings are bulldozed when music is played, and honor killings are a fact of life.

If you as an American value the ideals of peace and freedom, you're being a complete fucking hypocrite by supporting terrorists in Gaza and the Territories.

Comment: Okay (Score 3, Insightful) 627

by cshark (#46934795) Attached to: US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

You know, I hate to be the one to point this out, but nearly every one of those things can be attributed to governmental overreach as much as it can be attributed to the environment. Just look at the water shortage statistics. States that were hit the hardest all had laws against rain water collection. Wildfires, likewise, may also be related to the insane laws we have in place. Insurance companies are being regulated to death, and are playing it as safe as they legally can. It has more to do with this insatiable need to regulate the hell out of them than it does with actual conditions. Sea levels go up and down all year long, and no amount of climate change legislation is going to have any power to control that. Of course the government is going to tell you that climate change is a big problem, and that more of your tax money is needed to combat it. They have a profit motive to do so, duh. The people to listen to here are the ones who have no political or financial agenda.

Comment: Why do they always make grand inaccurate claims? (Score 1) 149

by cshark (#46198623) Attached to: Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

I would make a case for entrapment. If anyone comes to you and says something along the lines of, "I've got some drug money to launder, I need $30,000 in bitcoins..." don't say yes. I mean, Jesus Christ, how fantastically stupid do you have to be to go for that?! Still, law enforcement is breaking the law when they create crimes to arrest people for. Beyond that, unless they're going to make private money transactions illegal, this case doesn't really mean anything for the bigger picture.

Comment: Re:Ugh (Score 1) 564

by cshark (#45802619) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

PC's have a totally different tool set than mobile devices. This is what's making mobile devices so popular. If you could incorporate a touch screen and a camera into PC's, then load Android onto them in a way that makes sense (it would take some real work), that would go a long way to making desktops more appealing to the average user. As a hacker, though, I think I still prefer my Ubuntu desktop for the time being. But that could change. We'll see.

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