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Comment: Re:Because SEALs aren't the police (Score 2) 333

by hsbaker (#39891241) Attached to: Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files

OBL declared war against America. As the parent stated, once there is a decared war, the international law of war takes over, and civil and criminal laws no longer apply.

"Under the law," he declared himself a combatant, which made him a legal target of military forces. There's no requirement in the law of war to have a trial before you can shoot at someone during combat.

Comment: Re:Isn't that anti-science? (Score 1) 1055

by hsbaker (#38742104) Attached to: Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

Even if the methodology is poor, the conclusion might be correct.

What? If the methodology is poor, how can you trust the conclusion?

when it comes to Mann, Jones, Hansen, and co. those guys have repeatedly been shown to have used poor methodology

Actually, they haven't.

The parent has already listed several examples. Wishing they didn't exist doesn't make them go away.

As for the stations, you should read Watt's paper, in which he answers the questions you asked. Many of the sites were set up in suitable locations, then were encroached upon later, making the sites unsuitable. But, those sites were NOT compensated for. When taken as a whole, the stations have a margin of error greater than the temperature change they are said to demonstrate.

Comment: Re:The line has to be drawn somewhere... (Score 1) 353

by hsbaker (#38314628) Attached to: Bloggers Not Journalists, Federal Judge Rules
All true. But this ruling does not abridge anyone's freedom to say whatever they like. The issue is about libel; you can say whatever you like, but if you make an untrue statement that causes damage to another person, you may have to make restitution. This judge ruled that claiming to be a journalist doesn't protect you from being held accountable for that damage.

Comment: Re:If not the government, then who? (Score 1) 353

by hsbaker (#38308646) Attached to: Bloggers Not Journalists, Federal Judge Rules
Absolutely right. However, Thomas Paine didn't simply print "King George is a thief and a liar." He made a case based on facts that reasonably supported that conclusion. Just because someone has a computer does not grant them the right to make false assertions against another. Free speech does not mean free from responsibility.

Comment: Re:Everything is ultimatly harmful to consumers (Score 1) 165

by hsbaker (#38306324) Attached to: DoJ Investigates eBook Price Fixing
Money does not equal value. If I value the tire more than the money I'm trading for it, then it's a gain for me. Since Goodyear values the money more than the tire, it's a gain for them.

That's how the free market is supposed to work. The final price of an item is determined by the value placed on it by both the seller and the buyer.

Comment: Re:Then Why Are We Seeing the Same Negative Effect (Score 2) 844

by hsbaker (#36951074) Attached to: Debt Deal Reached

All this talk about Reagan's deficit spending, Clinton's deficit spending, and Bush's deficit spending is very interesting. But why is it that no one wants to talk about Obama's deficit spending? He is on pace to double Bush's spending, and triple the per-year deficit spending.

Let's stop arguing about who is worse, and concede that they are all to blame. Then let's get on with finding a way to build budgets closer to $$OUT = $$IN.

Comment: Re:Just like so-called "Intelligent Design" (Score 1) 962

by hsbaker (#35410816) Attached to: The Encroachment of Fact-Free Science

Given that churches aren't taxed, religion already receives more government funding than science.

So what tax is levied on science?

I find it interesting that you think that no tax equals government funding. I guess we should all be greatful to the Government for whatever it lets us keep from our paychecks.

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