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Comment Canadian experts (Score 1) 203 203

In general it's difficult to get excited about Canadian issues, since the news and commentary from our US neighbors tends to be a lot more loud and extreme. However, there are a couple commenters I turn to when I want to catch up on what is happening in my own country:

Michael Geist is an excellent source for tech and intellectual property issues in Canada.

Chantal Hebert is a fantastic political analyst... her columns are regularly insightful and devoid of the partisan screeching that seems to infect a lot of political commentary.

Comment Re: Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning (Score 1) 591 591

Oh please.

The original designer of the battle flag, William Miles, wrote that slavery was a "divine institution", and the designer of the Confederacy's flag (the battle flag on a white background) wrote that he specifically chose the white background to symbolize the supremacy of the white race.

I suppose you think that the resurgence of the battle flag during the 1950s and 1960s had nothing to do with the reactions to the gains of the Civil Rights movement. That symbol of Southern treason had almost faded into obscurity until Southern whites started to feel threatened, but sure... it's just an innocent symbol, just like the Civil War was all about "states rights" and not slavery, right?

Comment Re:The mafia state (Score 1) 219 219

I wonder how rigged the elections are in that province. You'd think that using MAFIA-style tactics would have too much risk of backfiring in any place which is not effectively a single-party dictatorship.

Let's see... in 2014 the BJP and allies won a pretty lopsided victory in Uttar Pradesh (73 out of 80 seats). In the three elections before that the results were much more evenly split, with SP beating the BJP in 2004 and 2009. Looks competitive, at least on paper.

It's weird... quietly killing a troublesome journalist is one thing, but burning them alive is usually reserved for sending a very loud message. It's a terror tactic that normally only organized crime or dictatorships can get away with. The minister who ordered the murder must have felt totally untouchable.

Comment Re: Zero Research (Score 2) 300 300

Homosexuals are just as free to marry someone with the opposite set of genitalia as everyone else, and just a restricted from marring someone with the same genitals as everyone else.

That's a funny sort of equality. Do also tell people in wheelchairs that they're just as free to use the stairs as everyone else? Would you tell your Jewish friends to stop complaining and eat the pork roast you served all your dinner guests, because "equality"?

Love has nothing to do with it. There is no law that requires you to love the person to whom you are married or the person you intend to marry.

Speak for yourself... if the freedom to marry someone you love is unimportant to you, that's your choice. The rest of us value the freedom to love and marry who we choose, and I'll continue to work damn hard against bigots like you to ensure that freedom applies to gay and straight alike.

Comment Re:Just the kind of places (Score 1) 99 99

We were fools, fools to desire such silence! Silence was never meant to be this clear, this pure, this... quiet. For a few short days, we marveled. Then the... whispers... began.

Were they Aramaic? Hyperborean? Some even more ancient tongue, first spoken by elder races under the red light of dying suns far from here? We do not know, but somehow, slowly... we began to UNDERSTAND.

No, no, please! I don't want to remember! YOU WILL NOT MAKE ME REMEMBER! I saw brave men claw their own eyes out... oh, god, the screaming... the mobs of feral children feasting on corpses, the shadows MOVING, the fires burning in the air! The CHANTING!

DO NOT MOVE INTO THE FOREST!

Comment Re:Ringworld - beware the Pak (Score 1) 85 85

That was my first thought too, except the ring belongs to a planet (or brown dwarf, at best), not the primary star.

Plus, no matter how cool the Ringworld is as a feat of engineering, it would probably just end up inhabited by a bunch of stupid pre-Industrial savages. /mutters stupid Ringworld Throne...

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