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Comment: Re:George Washington (Score 2) 815 815

The United States (or, more accurately, "These United States" was more common in that era) did not invent slavery, but we did fight a very bloody war to end it. The fact that the founders engaged in a deplorable, yet common agricultural practice in the late 18th century does not invalidate their accomplishments or ideas.

In fact, it was the very wordings of our founding documents that Lincoln used to argue against chattel slavery. In that light, Lincoln was not a radical revolutionary, he was in fact a conservative who argued that we return to our ideals.

Comment: Try it for yourself! (Score 4, Insightful) 815 815

Search google for "confederate flag" and click the "shopping" tab.

Now replace "confederate" with just about any other potentially offensive term (nazi, communist, rhodesia) and you get plenty of results.

(NOTE: I don't support flying the flag. It's a rebel flag and I don't like it. But banning it from the marketplace? That seems rather self-defeating)

+ - Google Removes Confederate Flag from Shopping Search Results->

davek writes: "The company is planning to pull paraphernalia with images of the flag from Google Shopping, its online marketplace, as well as its product listing ads.

“We have decided to remove content containing the Confederate flag from Google Shopping and Ads,” a Google spokeswoman wrote in an email. “We have determined that the Confederate flag violates our Ads policies, which don’t allow content that’s generally perceived as expressing hate toward a particular group.”"

Try it yourself:

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Comment: Re:Data tampering (Score 0) 639 639

This is true with my AGW posts with 100% consistency. /. has very much become a victim of groupthink, where anything that questions the Liberal Agenda cannot be tolerated and will be removed via the normal channels.

Climate Change is happening. It has always happened. It's nature. There's nothing we can do about it except adjust to meet the new demands.

Comment: Re:Fast Track is Totally Misunderstood. (Score 1) 145 145

Whatever the content of the treaty the fact that TPA is just standard procedure.

You can't hammer out an agreement between multiple different countries only for a national legislature to take issue with a single concession that was won by another country and agreed to by the delegates. The negotiators are there to get the best possible deal for their country. Congress then gets to decide whether or not the deal is good enough, they can't unilaterally renegotiate it.

I think Article II of the US Constitution might disagree (requires super-majority of the Senate). But congress already voted away all their constitutional powers already anyway, so who really cares about the supreme law of the land.

And don't quote me justification using some Iran-Contra Reagan BS. That man was right on a lot of things, but not on everything.

Comment: Re:Here's a writeup about it (Score 0) 206 206

Wait wait wiat... You mean mandatory minimum sentences are antithetical to common law? You mean that reason needs to be considered when delivering judgement? That MAYBE the giant overlord of the federal government doesn't know the right thing always in all cases!?

Wow. Imagine that.


-David Dombrowsky

Comment: Re:Mine coins! (Score 1) 160 160

In the long run, I think this will be the only way digital currency becomes profitable.

I imagine giant server farms in Alaska, Canada, and Russia, all with liquid-cooled ASIC processors, keeping both the bitcoin network alive AND providing heat to their local communities. Win win.

Comment: Isn't "Steam on Linux" just a bunch of flash apps? (Score -1, Troll) 192 192

It seems to me that the whole "Seam on Linux" thing is much ado about nothing. Aren't most Steam games just flash (or HTML5, maybe) applications, which have worked in linux forever? Maybe it's the whole payment system that's so wonderful? I just don't get the hype.

+ - Politico warns that new internet regulations will make speeds "as slow as Europe->

davek writes: “These Internet regulations will deter broadband deployment, depress network investment and slow broadband speeds. How do we know? Compare Europe, which has long had utility-style regulations, with the United States, which has embraced a light-touch regulatory model. Broadband speeds in the United States, both wired and wireless, are significantly faster than those in Europe. Broadband investment in the United States is several multiples that of Europe. And broadband’s reach is much wider in the United States, despite its much lower population density,” the two wrote.
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