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Comment: Re:No guilt for you (Score 1) 286

Well, you shouldn't feel guilty for things you didn't do. That's obvious.

What seems to be less obvious to you is that nor should you nonchalantly accept past crimes and with a wave of your hand dismiss the grievances of a wronged people.

"The war is over" is the biggest historical cop-out ever heard. As long as morality is equated to victory in war, there will be no peace.

So don't feel guilty about past generations' war crimes. Feel guilty about your own imperialist moralism.

Comment: Re:Rare arguement for jury nullification (Score 1) 629

" filing misdemeanor criminal charges in juvenile court with a pre-arranged deal where they charges would be dismissed and the arrest expunged within 1-2 years would not be inappropriate."

What the hell are you smoking? It's a stupid classroom prank. Nothing that deserves to be called a crime happened here.

If you cage kids up for 6 hours a day, they're going to test the fences. This is healthy and natural. Well, testing the fences is. The forced incarceration, not so much.

And who cares if it ever happens again?

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 4, Interesting) 489

by flaming error (#49440989) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

No regulations, no permits, no artificial barriers to entry. Open competition. Cool.

I want to lay my own fiber in your neighborhood. So I bring my backhoes and dig up your street and lawn. Barbie down the street wants to lay fiber too, so she gets her backhoes. Perhaps you can see that unregulated open competition for infrastructure would be a big mess.

I have libertarianish views, and I hear what you're saying, but what you call the problem is not really the problem. The problem is trying to privatize infrastructure we all share.

The most logical entity to own infrastructure is The People. Call me a socialist, communist, whatever, but that's how it is.

But people don't like government, so they "privatize", which is to say, hand a monopoly to private hands.

So your choice. Regulated public ownership. Regulated localized monopolies. Unregulated libertarian fantasy of every american with a dream driving backhoes through your yard.

Comment: Re:Which is it? Very different cases. (Score 4, Informative) 143

"The World Resource Institute, which coordinates Global Forest Watch, notes that the loss is both of the permanent, human-driven varietyâ"razing for agriculture and developmentâ"and the cyclical; from fires, logging, harvesting, and natural tree death. In the case of the latter, forests can take decades to be restored. In the former, they are gone for good"

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.