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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 0) 1633

by flintmecha (#46771453) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Recognizing that the wording in the Constitution is often vague and open to interpretation, and suggesting that historical context is useful when examining the content, is not "revisionism". One of the oldest political debates since the birth of the US and the ratification of the Constitution, along side size/role of government, was whether in how literally to obey the words in the Constitution.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 0) 1633

by flintmecha (#46768093) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

There's something sort of romantic about the idea of the citizenry being able to arm themselves to defend against sudden government tyranny, but I have to wonder if a modern "militia" could really stand up against things like tanks and missile strikes. This isn't the 18th century anymore, so I'm not sure that the spirit behind the 2nd ammendment is all that relevant these days. That said, I'm not really opposed to people being free to defend their home/property/family or to engage in sport like hunting, but let's call a spade a spade and stop acting like we're defending ourselves from the red coats.

Comment: Re:McCarthy the Playmate? (Score 2, Insightful) 588

by flintmecha (#46745933) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

It doesn't matter if she used to be a Playboy model, or if she used to build skyscrapers, or if she used to be a circus performer: the only thing that's relevant is that she's not and never has been a medical professional. She's just as wrong as any other anti-vaxxer, the fact that she posed naked for a magazine doesn't make her more wrong and doesn't specifically have any bearing on what she knows or doesn't know.

Comment: Re:It was a myth (Score -1) 986

by flintmecha (#44618663) Attached to: Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

Historically speaking, America is a teenager compared to Europe. The overconfidence and smugness is typical. If the US lasts a few hundred more years, it'll likely be more humble and mellow about things. Right now, it still feels like it has something to prove and that it's invincible.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin is already legit (Score 0) 300

by flintmecha (#43870963) Attached to: Could Bitcoin Go Legit?

The simplest answer to all of your questions is "Privacy, if you care about that."

Bitcoin and its ilk are usually referred to as "cryptocurrencies". The idea is to have a system where exchange of goods and services cannot be tracked back to individuals. Right now supposedly the government can monitor everything you buy, or at the very least request records of what you buy from your bank. And, again supposedly, Bitcoin is meant to be anonymous. It's appealing to people who are really into that sort of thing.


+ - 8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study->

Submitted by flintmecha
flintmecha writes: A group of British schoolchildren may be the youngest scientists ever to have their work published in a peer-reviewed journal. In a new paper in Biology Letters, 25 8- to 10-year-old children from Blackawton Primary School report that buff-tailed bumblebees can learn to recognize nourishing flowers based on colors and patterns. The paper itself is well worth reading. It’s written entirely in the kids’ voices, complete with sound effects (part of the Methods section is subtitled, “‘the puzzle’duh duh duuuhhh”) and figures drawn by hand in colored pencil.
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