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Comment Re:Because its not just a NASA facility (Score 5, Insightful) 58

Pay no attention to the 130 years of Democrat rule of the city leading up to Katrina. All the fault for the city's unpreparedness lies with a single Republican who had no authority to intervene.

If I rolled my eyes sufficiently for the amount of derp packed into your comment, I'd probably get dizzy and fall over.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 685

Are you saying those things are not protected by the 2nd, or that they're illegal, or both? The only things on your list that you can't actually make/buy/own/use as a private citizen in the US are nerve gas, chemical weapons and nuclear weapons. The rest are legal with varying degrees of paperwork.

(Mines may have some restrictions on usage in some states since it's generally illegal to set a trap meant for a human.)

Comment Re: Yes (Score 1) 685

Can you site a source for that, because I've never seen it? Private citizens owned fleets of warships each armed with dozens of cannons during and after the revolution, and were given free reign to hunt British shipping.

Even if you agree with the more restrictive interpretation of the second amendment, that it only covers "bearable" arms (ie, weapons one person can transport alone), an interpretation that I've never seen any founder's writings suggesting, you must still grant grenades and some other forms of explosive weapons. They are man-portable, and they were available and used in the framers' time.

Grenades are still legal to make, possess, and use today: https://www.ar15.com/forums/t_...

Comment Re:I dern't believe it! (Score 1) 732

Then start buying LMT. The spice must flow: there will be 3000+ F-35s produced, and they'll be flying for the next 50 years. That requires a never ending river of spare parts, training, maintenance, country-specific upgrades, and fleet-wide vehicle upgrades. Those things cost money, which Lockheed will be the prime receiver of.

LMT pays a solid dividend, which has increased 500% in the last 10 years. The stock price itself is up over 9% per year in the same time period. In other words, it's beating the pants off of the DJIA.

Comment Re:Blunting (Score 1) 132

It is also interesting to note that the majority of mass shooters in the last 25 years have been under the influence of - or withdrawing from - SSRI based anti-depressents.

The problem is that because of the difficulty of getting this information, and the poor quality of journalism in America, this information is usually just a footnote in a state report, or a small detail in the thousands of pages of documents entered into evidence at trial.

James Holmes (Aurora theater shooter), Adam Lanza (Newtown), the Navy Yard shooter, the second Fort Hood shooter, Anders Breivik (Norway shooter), Seung Hui Cho (Virginia Tech shooter), and Eric Harris (Columbine) were all on SSRIs when they went on their rampages.


But, yeah, it's a lot easier to just lazily blame guns.

Comment Taxation too. (Score 4, Insightful) 266

As anti-business and anti-success as the American tax code is, the tax codes of most European countries, in general, are worse. When Hollande put France under a 75% top marginal income tax rate, even Sarkozy started making plans to leave the country. Think about that for a second. The ex-president was going to leave to avoid the taxes.

You're not going to lure top talent to your country to try and make a billion dollar business when you promise to tax most of their income at 75%. With proper planning, in the US you'll be paying about 50% tops in California, and 40% in some other states.

Comment Re:Of course they did. (Score 2) 226

And yet at every opportunity, American voters support giving MORE power to the government. Industry will go to where the power is and seek to buy it, regardless of who holds it; that's just them acting in their own rational best interests. When you give the power to the government to regulate EVERYTHING, don't be surprised when industry buys the government and the individual ends up getting shafted.

If you keep power away from the government, and keep it in the hands of the people, then industry will seek to buy you via satisfying your interests in the market. It will have no other choice.

It's basic economics, but it's amazingly difficult for the low-information intelligentsia that makes up so much of the American voting block to grasp.

Comment Re:Lower Receiver? (Score 1) 391

A year and a half ago:


Metal barrel and all, with at least 2000 rounds through it according to a later press release:


So yes, like I said before, the machines already exist to 3d print functional metal gun barrels, but they're just not widely available yet due to cost. Serializing barrels as a form of controlling guns in the age of 3d printing is already an obsolete idea.

Comment Re:Lower Receiver? (Score 1) 391

All that would have done is kicked this whole conversation 3 or 4 years down the road until we have 3d printers that can do barrels.

I mean... cheap, widely available 3d printers that can do barrels.

Because... we already have 3d printers that can do barrels.

See how this whole gun control thing doesn't work?

Comment Now hold on a second... (Score 0) 187

That geographic specificity helps to underscore an important point about murders, says Robert Muggah, the research director and program coordinator for Citizen Security at the Rio de Janeiro-based Igarapé Institute, in the above-lined story: "In most cities, the vast majority of violence takes place on just a few street corners, at certain times of the day, and among specific people."

A dude from Rio de Jeneiro says this concerning worldwide homicide rates, and it makes it into a summary on Slashdot.

Someone on Slashdot says the same thing about America during a debate about guns, citing statistics from the FBI, and they get downvoted as a Troll and called a racist.

Comment Is this submission for real?! (Score 5, Insightful) 198

It's quite the logical leap to go from

cuts — almost by half — social sciences funding


House Bill Slashes Research Critical To Cybersecurity

only based on the vague claim that

Cybersecurity uses human behavior research because humans are often the weakest security link.

The submitter had to really stretch things to get enough almost-tech-related and republican-hating to have his story accepted.

Comment Re:The better solution (Score 2) 538

She has a long and vibrant history demonstrating her insatiable appetite for taking away ALL of your rights.

She wants the NSA to spy on your email and web browsing. She wants books banned because she doesn't like them. She doesn't want you to be allowed to own a gun, while at the same time she's one of the privileged few who can legally carry a concealed weapon anywhere in California.

Make no mistake: she is after all of your rights. And Californians LOVE her.

Comment Re:Loaded with Lobbying? (Score 1) 631

No one here is interested. They're too bust cheering their own defeat.

Remember when the internet banded together to defeat SOPA, because it gave the government too much control over the internet?

Today, three unelected bureaucrats voted to give the government what we know will turn into even more control over the internet than SOPA was going to give them. We've seen this movie before; we know how it ends, and it always turns out bad for the people. But today is different: it's being sold as bad for corporations, so it's being blindly cheered by the internet.

No one with any bit of sense, or memory of even the last handful of years of how the US government operates, could possibly believe that this will end well. And yet, here we are. Five hundred jubilant posts on slashdot.

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