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Comment Re:Obligations (Score 0) 581

First, sexual preference is a choice, race is not. BUT whatever, I don't want to feed the trolls and argue that here.

Second, even if it is a so-called "protected" trait (a phrase which itself is an enemy of freedom), we are still talking about SPEECH. It is still not illegal to be a racist. It is likewise not illegal -- or deplorable, for that matter -- for reddit to decide they do not want to support racism. It is equally not illegal to celebrate redefinition of marriage, and completely within the rights of another to not support or advocate that redefinition.

These are not two different rights.

Comment Re:Obligations (Score 1, Insightful) 581

If it's about ethics then I don't see a problem with no supporting /rFatPeopleHate. It's not like they are being silenced, Reddit just declined to offer them a free platform for their content, following their own ethical code.

There is a difference between defending someone's right to say what they like, and actually setting up a soapbox for them. There are people I'd never help spread their message, but I wouldn't want the government to ban them from saying it either. Freedom of speech does not imply an obligation to facilitate other's speech, or listen to it.

Very well said. "Free Speech" means the GOVERNMENT can't make certain speech illegal, or ban books, or silence dissent (even though all those things do happen, even China enshrines free speech in their constitution). It DOES NOT mean I have to support you, or help you disseminate that speech.

(Still with me... you won't be in a moment)

It's the same reason a Jewish printer can turn away business from a pro-Palestinian group, and the same reason a Christian baker can^H^H^H should be able to refuse to make a gay wedding cake.


Bumblebees Being Crushed By Climate Change 225

sciencehabit writes: As the climate changes, plants and animals are on the move. So far, many are redistributing in a similar pattern: As habitat that was once too cold warms up, species are expanding their ranges toward the poles, whereas boundaries closer to the equator have remained more static. Bumblebees, however, appear to be a disturbing exception, according to a new study (abstract) . A comprehensive look at dozens of species finds that many North American and European bumblebees are failing to "track" warming by colonizing new habitats north of their historic range. Simultaneously, they are disappearing from the southern portions of their range.

Comment Project Cancelled & Restarted (Score 2) 46

Ever had 6 months of application work flushed down the toilet, only to be restarted with a new manager who want's to do it "his way?" Yep. That's me.
Net progress in 1040+ man-hours? Nothing. Nada. But that's the engineering game, it happens to everyone.

Comment Re:Obama (Score 1) 211

>> "For the 5th year in a row, potatoe production has far exceeded government estimates!"
> Dan Quayle, is that you?

You caught me :)

I was using the odd spelling on purpose, since I was referencing backwards-R russia.

That said, the trailing-e spelling is, and has always been an acceptable spelling of the word. The lib media decided to paint Quayle as an idiot and thus the lie was spread. Similar to how most people think GWB is dumb. 100% manufactured propaganda.

Comment Re:Obama (Score 2) 211

"For the 5th year in a row, potatoe production has far exceeded government estimates!"

"We have now experienced an unprecedented 64 straight months of job growth!"

Government will never fail. Programs are judged by their intentions. Similar to how "businesses" in Frisco can have billion dollar IPOs without any positive revenue, or plans to make any.

We live in bizzaro-world.

Comment Re:George Washington (Score 2) 818

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) 818

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)

Submission + - 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:

Comment Re:Data tampering (Score 0) 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

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.

The Internet

FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband 413

jfruh writes: The FCC's Lifeline program subsidizes phone service for very poor Americans; it gained notoriety under the label "Obamaphone," even though the program started under Reagan and was extended to cell phones under Clinton. Now the FCC is proposing that the program, which is funded by a fee on telecom providers, be extended to broadband, on the logic that high-speed internet is as necessary today as telephone service was a generation ago.

"From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere." -- Dr. Seuss