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Comment: Re: Not everyone (Score 1) 140

by dryeo (#49371005) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

As a revolution, the American one was a complete failure, not even getting within a few thousand miles of Parliament little well replacing the King. It did evolve into a successful war of secession though leading to an independent country.
As for the French, well the AC summarized it pretty well.
As others pointed out there has been a few successful non-violent ones but it seems as soon as the violence starts things go down hill.

Comment: Re:"We mulled..." (Score 1) 140

by dryeo (#49367895) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

He's right, programs get replaced by better more efficient programs. As an example I bet that the NSA hasn't sent someone up a telephone pole to physically tap a phone line in ages as that got replaced by co-locating at the phone company. Tapping telegraph lines also likely got canceled.

Comment: Re: Not everyone (Score 2) 140

by dryeo (#49367773) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

That's true. They can either force the telecommunications companies to pay for the data collection, who will of course pass the costs on to their customers but is not a tax. Or they can become more self-financing, selling drugs and weapons is one traditional way for the 3 letter agencies to self-finance or they could do insider trading as they get all the insider intelligence. Since Reagan proofed that selling weapons to your enemies is a good election tactic they may go that route.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 884

by dryeo (#49345077) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

It's a border line case but from the article I think the photographers were in the right to limit their business to traditional weddings.
When the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that denying gay marriage was unconstitutional they also stated that priests and such can not be forced to perform them but marriage commissioners, JPs, etc can be fired for refusing.
It's always hard when rights conflict, I'd hate to be a judge in those kind of cases.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 884

by dryeo (#49341027) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

You're never forced to do business with people who you consider evil. Just like the vegan who turned down a job, you can turn down a job where you might be forced to serve someone you consider evil, which includes opening a public business.
As for the photographer, if he is freelance, he should be able to pick and choose, but if he works in a wedding chapel and sells wedding pictures, well he should photograph anyone who gets married in his place of work.
Printers can refuse to print objectionable material but if the West Baptist Church only wanted some parking signs printed or some such innocent material printed, you should have to print it as you are open to the public and the WBC is part of the public
It's pretty simple, the choice to serve the public means serving all the public

Comment: Re:Nuclear Disarmament is Idiotic (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by dryeo (#49337911) Attached to: How Nuclear Weapon Modernization Undercuts Disarmament

Trying to have wars in a world with nuclear weapons is like trying to have gangs of roving banditos in a nation where everyone carries around rifles and handguns. It's just not possible, and anyone who tries won't last very long.

I guess that is why places like the middle east and Afghanistan are so peaceful.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't it be nice (Score 2) 148

by dryeo (#49333687) Attached to: Draconian Australian Research Law Hits Scientists

And yet not once has the second amendment stopped your government from ignoring the Constitution that you referenced up the page.
The British Monarch could assert her supremacy if she was doing it with the support of the people, eg an unpopular government that refused to call an election when their term ran out.
The American people could assert their supremacy just by sitting down and refusing to serve the rich, not much need for guns though handy if the government sicked the troops on the strikers, which historically has failed to stop the government and the rich's hired goons.
Back when the Constitution was written it was generally considered that a standing army led to tyranny and a militia was a better choice, so what used to be a requirement (free men owning and being proficient in arms) became a right.

Comment: Re:The moon (Score 1) 74

by dryeo (#49325047) Attached to: World's Largest Asteroid Impacts Found In Central Australia

Congratulations, you figured out why I mentioned 1 mile crater rather then 800 ft crater.
While it is true that certain types of meteorites burn up or disintegrate, many are chondrites, stony or iron. Lots of small iron meteorites have been found, along with slightly bigger stony and chondrites. The biggest difference between the Earth and Moon is that the smaller meteorites hit at terminal velocity and don't create much more then a pit.
The Earth, while obviously not getting many micro-meteor hits, does get hit by a fair amount of meteorites.
Consider http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Comment: Re:Metric (Score 1) 74

by dryeo (#49324625) Attached to: World's Largest Asteroid Impacts Found In Central Australia

When did the US army start using Imperial units? Imperial gallon = 160 fl ozs = 4.54 litres, one of many English gallons= 128 fl ozs = 3.78 litres. IIRC you used a weird sized inch as well which after switching to the Canadian inch of 25.4 mm back in the '50's, lives on as the surveyors inch.
Besides everyone knows it was the Russian army that kicked the Germans arse.

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