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Comment: Re:Oh Boo Hoo (Score 1) 296

You cluelessness about libertarians is typical of those who don't want to understand personal responsibility because it scares them.

If anyone is clueless it is the libertarians. Name one country with a libertarian government that actually works. You can't because none exist.

This is what happens when Ayn Rand fanbois decide to start a community based on their "ideals":

Selfishness is NOT a virtue...

Comment: Re:"It brings density which may be good..." (Score 1) 296

The only thing wrong with Texas is that it's full of Texans.

Not Austin. Austin doesn't contain any Texans; it's filled with damnyankees.

LOL seeing as how Austin is 35% Hispanic if this was true it would be full of Puerto Ricans instead of Mexican Americans.

Source: US Census

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 320

by el_chicano (#49499841) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

For example, there is a bicycle manufacturer that has added the warning to their bikes of "Not to be consumed" all because some F-N moron apparently decided to try and eat one of their bikes, and then sued the company because they didn't tell him not to.

Citation please? And pretty please, use a mainstream media source and not some right-wing crank website.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 3) 320

by el_chicano (#49499811) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Don't want to eat GE crops? There are only 8 species of food crop that are GE; if doing five minutes of research are so hard then perhaps you don't care that much anyway.

You know what would really help consumers a lot? If there were LABELS to tell which were GE crops and which weren't. Why are you so anti-consumer on this issue?

I'll believe you care about 'knowing what's in your food' and not just fearmongering when you demand all other methods of crop improvement (which most people outside of plant & agricultural science [that's you] don't even know about) be labeled and demand labeling for the hows, whys, and benefits of what has been genetically engineered.


Maybe when you give me a reason to suspect genetic engineering, instead of arbitrarily singling it out, I'll ignore all the safety data that shows no problems. So, lets talk biochemistry; what is it you find uniquely suspicious about genetic engineering, and be as specific as possible.

No let's talk "all the safety data that shows no problems" instead. Citation please?

So you write a post slandering the flawless safety record of GE crops, reflecting the multitude of misinformation on the internet, then wonder why farmers and seed companies don't want them labeled? Gee, I can't imagine why.

LOL according to the law you can only slander humans beings and not inanimate objects. BZZT try again!

And again, concerning the "the flawless safety record of GE crops", citation please? It would be nice to know that in this imperfect world a single pool of perfection exists: GE crops.

Also how do we know that in the past a farmer has not been crushed/suffocated by a pile of GE crops? Given the number of farm accidents annually world-wide the odds are good that GE crops have been involved in at least one farm accident.

But of course we would never find out about the linkage given the industry's fear of "Killer GE Crop" headlines...

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 271

by el_chicano (#49498869) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

(Anyone with two braincells to rub together would know what landing your contraception on the white house lawn would get you nabbed by guys in black vans in full view of press cameras)

The White House would most likely freak out if everybody started landing condoms and birth control pills on their lawn!

Comment: Re: America! Fuck yeah! (Score 1) 271

by el_chicano (#49498843) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

There is no non-felonious murder or car theft.

Wrong, at least for car theft in Texas:

In Texas, the value of the property will generally control the level of the offense. The higher the value of the vehicle, the higher the range of punishment for the vehicle theft.

An inexpensive vehicle theft, (under $1500), is punished as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in county jail.

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 1) 587

by el_chicano (#49420371) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

I have traced my family history back hundreds of years. Not a single ancestor within the past three hundred years owned a slave.

Also are you sure that NOBODY In your family owned slaves? Let's see, 300 years is 10 generations, going back to the mid-Seventeenth century. That is 2046 possible ancestors going back "to around the time of the English Civil War and to the early days of British settlement in North America":

Your claim that NONE of your of your ancestors owned slaves is simply unsupportable. First of all you would have to have perfect records kept during wars, revolutions, famines, epidemics, etc. Second unless you are seriously inbred you have family from all over the globe, which complicates tracing one's family history immensely.

I refuse to be punished for the acts committed by individuals over 100 years ago, especially as those acts were not committed by my ancestors.

Meanwhile you take advantage of the system of White privilege that the slave-holding families built, so you are indirectly benefiting from slavery in spite of your dubious claim your family NEVER owned slaves. Must be nice to be White in the US.

Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 1) 587

by el_chicano (#49420317) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political

I have long stated that Affirmative Action is broken. I applaud its desire to fix a real problem, but the net effect is reverse discrimination. Best qualified is best qualified whether male, female, black, blue, brown, yellow, white, or orange.

There is no such thing as "reverse racism":

I guess "best qualified" is why Whites dominate in the CEO suite:

It also must be the reason that the US Congress does not look like the US racially:

It also must be why there has not been a noticeable rise in minorities in the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list:

All I can say is I really want to get some of whatever you are smoking!

Comment: Re:Hasn't been involved with Greenpeace since 1985 (Score 2) 573

by el_chicano (#49313709) Attached to: Greenpeace Co-Founder Declares Himself a Climate Change Skeptic

Your ignorance on political history is stunning, but that is unsurprising, seeing how your veil slips when you use the word "Democrat" as an adjective. Throughout history, which of the two dominant political parties at any given time would correspond to today's "righ" and "left" has shifted many times, with the last significant shift corresponding to Nixon's adoption of the "Southern Strategy" in 1968, 47 years ago. Your contention that segregationists were "overwhelmingly Democrat over the past century" turns on all of three years and hasn't been true for the lifetimes of the vast majority of Slashdot readers.

But hey, gotta keep those disingenuous right-wing talking points going, don't we.

I am a socialist (Barack Obama is closer to Dwight Eisenhower and Gerald Ford than me) and you are basically correct but I wanted to comment on a couple of points:

1. You are partially correct about shifts in the electorate, they are called "realigning elections" but the last one most people agree on was Ronald Reagan's election in 1980.

Wikipedia speculates that Bill Clinton's and Barack Obama's elections were of the realigning type but I disagree because the swing to the left in those elections did not persist and the electorate has swung back to the right since then while Reagan's realignment was more lasting.

2. By the time John F. Kennedy was elected the Democratic Party was already on left nationally but many parts of the Southern US (including Texas) only had one party, the Democratic Party. As such the Democratic Party covered both ends of the spectrum but overall in the South the Party leaned to the right due to the conservatism of the White Protestants that ruled (and still rule) the South.

Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy was an attempt to split the Democrats in the South, and it worked for him. By the time Jimmy Carter (who was a Southerner himself) was elected the conservatives had already become disenchanted by the Democratic Party and had switched to the Republican Party. But one needs to remember that before the rise of the Republican Party in the South there were a fair number of White Protestant racists who supported segregation in the Democratic Party because there was no other place for them to go.

Also don't forget that in many progressive places like New York and Boston there were a lot of racist White Protestants that voted Democratic until Reagan. They also became disenchanted by the Democratic Party because of its emphasis on civil rights for minorities and they too became Republicans because they felt more comfortable with their fellow White racists in the Republican Party.

While I agree that Faux News and their ilk may be twisting the truth and making false narratives into talking points the only way the Left can fight those false narratives is to be totally honest, which includes admitting that the Democratic Party has been racist in the past. As long as in the present Democrats keep supporting racial equality and diversity it will eventually serve as an impetus for any racists remaining in the Democratic Party to finally become Republicans.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 504

by el_chicano (#47961615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

* With an Android device, the manufacturer outright abandons updating the phone the moment their next handset is on sale. (Samsung seems to be the worst about this, but, even Google has done it to stock Nexus phones.)

One word: CyaongenMod

I only upgraded my Samsung Vibrant to a Samsung Note 2 because I wanted 4G and a bigger screen. CyanogenMod gave the Vibrant whole new lease on life plus no crappy Samsung or t-Mobile apps. I'd like a new Samsung Note 4 but I will probably put CyanogenMod on my current phone and use it for another year.

Too bad I can't do that the iPhone 4 work made me buy when they paid for my phone line. I hated both AT&T and the iPhone so I told work to stop paying for my phone. About the best I can do is sell it cheap to some iTard...

Comment: Re:Multitasking (Score 1) 331

by el_chicano (#47717087) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

So all your web browsing is under webuser, how do you refer to web manuals while using an application as user?

Notice I said a separate webuser for porn surfing. I don't usually have issues with websites containing tech info infecting my PCs, but that will could change in the future.

Personally I find application manuals on the box itself are usually pretty useless. When I need that sort of info I will 'su -' to the regular user and use elinks to search the internet. If I really need to see the pretty pictures I will run a VNC session as the regular user and connect to that.

SSHing to a Linux box and tunneling a VNC session to my local desktop also works great on Windoze. For those times I am stuck on a Windoze PC that has net access I always carry a copy of putty and vncviewer on a USB flash drive.

"Well I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy." -- Ellyn Mustard, about marriage