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Comment: Re:Suicide mission (Score 1) 730

by sjames (#49613543) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

As Rich Hudds said, you are conflating myth with supernatural belief.

Many believe that medicine as practiced in the U.S. is a science when in fact it's more of a cargo cult. Others believe that name brands are actually different under the surface. Some believe the poor deserve to be poor because of something they did or didn't do. Others compound it by believing they are somehow functionally different from the preachers of prosperity gospel.

Oddest of all are those who take on faith that by purging belief in a deity they have removed all faith from their lives.

Comment: Re:Suicide mission (Score 1) 730

by sjames (#49613303) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Some believe that they can pull all the state's teeth and make it shun it's own people and somehow achieve freedom rather than takeover by a corporate state in all but name. Others believe the GOP wants smaller government. It takes an especially large amount of faith to believe that one.

Some believe the Democrats are anything like 'the left' these days. That too takes an awful lot of faith.


Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House 252

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
seven of five writes: According to Reuters, "Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina announced on Monday she is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of Republican candidates for the White House in 2016. ... Fiorina registers near the bottom of polls of the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public office. But she has already attracted warm receptions at events in the early voting state of Iowa where she is positioning herself as a conservative, pro-business Republican highly critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Fiorina was forced by HP to resign in 2005 as the tech company struggled to digest Compaq after a $19 billion merger."

As part of her announcement, she said, "I think I'm the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works. I understand the world, who's in it, how the world works." I'm sure we'll soon begin hearing from all the HP employees, current and former, who have nothing but love for Carly F.

Comment: Re:Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 729

by jedidiah (#49611645) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

> If you are so afraid that you need to carry a gun to work with you, then you may want to consider moving to a safer area.

You mean live one place and work some place else? That's already covered. That's why roads are so full of commuters. Jobs are often located in places that you would never actually want to live. My current job is like that.

Comment: Re:lol (Score 2) 729

by jedidiah (#49611509) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

On the other hand, I've actually been to Paris and I have seen for myself what kind of weaponry they routinely carry around. You would think that with that kind of firepower they could easily put down any nonsense.

A lot of noise is made about "American gun culture" but it's the Europeans that routinely carry serious firepower around their cities.

Comment: Re:Who will win? (Score 1) 142

Hardly. AirBnb and PayPal are both good examples of this sort of thing. PayPal got raided a lot and got sent C&D letters by various state regulators when they were rolling out across the USA. Eventually they had to sell to eBay (their primary competitor) to get enough money and political immunity to survive. There's a book about it called the PayPal Wars that goes into more detail on this.

Comment: Re:Systemd and Gnome3 == no thanks (Score 1) 192

by squiggleslash (#49611223) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

Personally I wish no distro was set up to want you to use root... I have...less than fond... memories of torching everything in my Slackware systems by accident back when I used it in the late nineties.

After a temporary switch to Mac OS X in the early 2000s, I realized sudo was the way to go, and was very glad when I found modern distros reflected that.

Ubuntu isn't targeting people who need to feel like "teh lunix exparts".

Agree. It's actually aimed at a combination of newbies, and experienced *ix users. One should be protected from root at all costs. The other is experienced enough to know they should be too...

Comment: Re:Suicide mission (Score 3, Insightful) 730

by sjames (#49610005) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Practically everyone arranges their life around a fairy tale of one sort or another.

Some learn it in a mosque, some in church, some in history and civics class. Yes, that includes Atheists. Just because they don't believe in God doesn't mean they don't believe in a shared mythos. Some are more helpful and practical than others but make no mistake, they are myths.

In America, many organize their lives around the myth that they are temporarily embarrassed millionaires and so consistently vote against their own interests.

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 232

No, it wasn't premeditated. He premeditated changing his grade on the computer but failed. The fire thing was a spur of the moment act of frustration and fear for the consequences of a bad grade. He was acting exactly like a kid.

Let's say we treat him like an adult as you suggest and he gets 2 years. So, there he is, 17 years old and out, sentence served. Naturally, he should be served alcohol on request since he is an adult, right? Naturally, he'll be able to vote, being an adult and all.

Here's a question for you, what should happen if an adult acts like a kid? Do we try them as a minor?

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva