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Comment: Re:Snowden is a hero (Score 1) 69

by cold fjord (#49558055) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Thanks kind of funny since the Russian army stil uses the goose step, and the US military never has. Interesting symbolism.

Kind of fits in with Russia invading Ukraine to steal Crimea (and was willing to use nuclear weapons to do it). Now Russia is sending troops into Ukraine's border regions to try to steal that away. Russia just openly threatened Denmark with nuclear weapons. Russia is also threatening Moldova, and the Baltic nations. Finland is concerned. Poland considers itself under threat. Russia has been sending bombers and naval vessels, and submarines to probe Sweden, the UK, and US.

And certainly Snowden is a hero in Russia for making millions of Top Secret documents on US intelligence systems available to Russia.

Wouldn't it be a pity if someday the goose stepping is outside your window? Maybe that will be sauce for the goose as well.

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 2) 361

by cold fjord (#49557345) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Actually, we did. Like most Americans, sadly, you know nothing of history beyond, say, 1980 or some such. If you did know some history, you would know ...

Like many people on Slashdot you seem to have a defective knowledge of history and the church.

If one were to look into the history they would find that you either grossly exagerate on these matters, or are simply wrong. Many of the early colonies were formed by religous sects coming from Europe. Once in America they adopted the European customs of institutionalizing the church with the government. Although in some colonies other sects were persecuted, few were killed. In any case it was nothing like the scale or severity of European persecution. Other colonies had different views. Rhode Island was formed with the ideal of religious tolerence, and other colonies were adopting laws for tolerance by 1650. Eventually all of the colonies adeopted the US Constitution, became states, and moved past that.

As to the "Christian justifications for the genocide against American Indians" I have to ask, what genocide are you referring to? There wasn't one.

Reject the Lie of White "Genocide" Against Native Americans
Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?

As to your claims about "lines of Christian preachers submitted tons of briefs, all saying that their Christian God had deemed that black people were inherently inferior and not worthy of any basic human rights" in the case of Loving vs Virginia, which briefs are you referring to? The only brief I see listed from an organization claiming church affiliation was against Virginia's law.

LOVING v. VIRGINIA, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)

Briefs of amici curiae, urging reversal, were filed by William M. Lewers and William B. Ball for the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice et al.; [388 U.S. 1, 2] by Robert L. Carter and Andrew D. Weinberger for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and by Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit III and Michael Meltsner for the N. A. A. C. P. Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

T. W. Bruton, Attorney General, and Ralph Moody, Deputy Attorney General, filed a brief for the State of North Carolina, as amicus curiae, urging affirmance

So it looks to me that your disparagement of Christians is based on what is essentially one half-truth and two whole lies.

Now that would be bad in and of itself, but you also overlook the many positive contributions made by Christians.

The abolition of slavery - Christian and churches drove the abolisionist movement. Perhaps you could start with this man:
      William Wilberforce - the story told in this wonderful movie: Amazing Grace, released in 2007
Higher Education - Many of America's first colleges were formed by churches.
Health Care - Many hospitals have been founded by churches, or with church backing.
The Civil Right movement - Once again many churches were participants in the Civil Rights movement

There are many more that could be added to that.

Yeah, you Christians are really, really superior to other religions....

Moving past the half-truth and falsehoods you wrote certainly seems to make for a better record to reflect upon.

Comment: The irony... remember when he took office... (Score 1) 69

by Karmashock (#49557093) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

... and his team laughed at the existing tech infrastructure? Maybe the previous administration got hacked as well or maybe the Russians weren't trying as hard then... but I find it ironic that these people that came in saying they were superior at everything keep proving themselves to be incompetent.

Fuck the politics. Just remember back to when they were dissing the old email server/old it department and look at how much better the new people ran things... aka worse apparently. That's just funny.

On purely nerd principles you have to have a bit of a laugh at the administration's expense. So much hubris.

how many of the tech people obama brought along do you think knew how to defend against state sponsored hacking? I'm guessing zero.

Comment: This isn't news... we knew this was coming. (Score 1) 176

by Karmashock (#49557065) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

I see in the comments a lot of people are bitter or in denial about it. But you can't stop it. So you might as well make the best of it.

Several things are pushing this...

1. Economics. We're spending more on everything and you can't sustain that. There are also shifts in the tax base and demographics that simply make that less sustainable.

2. Labor force quality. When women were not permitted to take lots of jobs they were basically forced to take what remained. That meant that we had higher quality teachers... typically female... in the system because they couldn't do anything else. More opportunities means we have a brain drain from education. And while some will say "just pay them more" we can't even afford existing rate structures so increasing them isn't viable.

3. Changing education requirements. The student bodies have increasingly diverse needs and the teachers simply can't keep up with it all. Keeping on top of the language differences, on top of all the new elective classes, on top of etc... they just can't. With this we can start teaching real programming to kids that want to learn it without losing money if no one does in any particular school. We can offer language courses in any language in every school. We can start teaching a lot of elective classes that got cut. We can give students access to very high quality science and math teachers.

I could go on but the point is that it is happening. Accept it or stick your head up your ass. I'm not being rude. I'm telling you the Sun is going to rise in the East and set in the West. Accept it or don't.

Comment: Re:Our democracy is broken (Score 1) 141

by Karmashock (#49557029) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

My point stands that the parliamentary system has corruption as well.

As to this notion of running things through multiple people... you say that like the US doesn't do that already.

We have a congress and a senate and the you can't pass a law unless both agree and then the president can veto it.

Then in the states things often have to go through the state senates and governor's office.

The system used to have more checks and balances but a lot of our anti corruption systems were stripped out in the name of 'democracy'.

For example, the federal senate used to not be elected by the people but instead by the states. This meant that the politics of the senate were very different from the politics of the house. And that meant for something to pass it would have to make sense to the politics of both the senate and the house.

Lots of other checks and balances... again mostly removed over the years for various reasons.

Comment: Re: Our democracy is broken (Score 1) 141

by Karmashock (#49555673) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

In a real revolution, the distinction between right and left will be meaningless. It isn't logistically viable because most states are somewhat purple... often big cities are blue and literally everything else is red. A war on a right vs left division wouldn't work.

You'd have to have regional disputes between groupings of states. What actually binds large regions together isn't right vs left. It is money and power. Mostly the issue is who gets the money and who gets the power.

So it is less an issue of right versus left and more an issue of who you want to share money and power with...

Comment: Re:economic interests (Score 1) 78

Many European companies did business with Saddam's Iraq just as they do now with Iran, and other unsavory regimes.
Some of that business has been lucrative arms or technology business, or to strengthen the miliary or economy. Those are matters of interest to other governments that are being attacked by those countries.
People here keep claiming that government corruption is widespread, and their leaders can't be trusted. If that is so, don't you think other countries would like to know what is really going on? Country X says its policy toward country Z is A, but intelligence shows the real policy is B, a very dangerous B.
Bribery is an accepted common practice in some countries and cultures. Should it be unknown if it is bribery that is winning international contracts?
During the Cold War various German institutions were riddled with agents of the Warsaw Pact, especially East Germany. NATO secrets were always at risk. Would that be a matter of interest?

Comment: Re:Two replies. Butthurt much? (Score 1) 141

by Karmashock (#49555553) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

First, how are those dicks coming? Did they get cold because you left them too long? There's plenty more if you need additional helpings.

As to my emotional state... I'm not really offended at all. You just said something that was inaccurate and I went to the trouble to see if there were any validity to your position.

There wasn't. So I informed you that dicks were to be consumed in hearty quantities.

Eat up. :)

The flush toilet is the basis of Western civilization. -- Alan Coult