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Submission + - Want to Stop Gun Violence? (jimbrooking.net)

jimbrooking writes: The second amendment to the US Constitution begins:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,...

This portion of the amendment seems always to be forgotten when the Learned Justices consider gun control laws — even the watered-down pap that gets passed by the NRA-fearing politicians in Washington and all the state capitols and municipal governments. The only portion of the amendment that seems to arise in court cases brought by NRA minions is the last half:

...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here's something that could probably pass muster in the courts, one that could probably be done by the President without congressional approval, and one that would certainly bring armed America under control.

Consider what could be if the US Department of Defense and Worldwide Domination, which currently has four branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) added a fifth branch: Militia, and populated it with every firearms-owning individual in the country, along with their beloved firearms, through the Selective Service System (also called the Draft).

The Militia would certainly be well-regulated, as are the other branches. And its firearms security and control measures seem to be adequate: We rarely hear of an active-duty Marine emptying his H&K MP5 submachine gun into an elementary school classroom or an Air Force F-18 pilot strafing a shopping mall (at least not in the US of A!).

Of course the new draftees would require basic and refresher training, and would be subject to military law, and would also be available and subject to deployment to areas of the world in need of cannon fodder and firepower.

This idea has mind-boggling potential to solve the gun control issue and to dramatically increase our presence of force beyond the paltry 169 nations of the world in which we have a permanent military presence. It would also get the crazies off the streets and onto reservations, say, one in the Louisiana swamps, another in Death Valley, California, and one more on one of the outlying Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Think of the possibilities!

If anyone thinks this is something worth considering, please visit http://wh.gov/ivsdS and sign the petition.

Comment Problem vs Processor (Score 1) 181

Back in the day (when I was actually PAID for buying supercomputers) I devised Jim's First Law of Supercomputing: For every computer architecture there is a problem that will solve on that particular architecture "better" than on any other architecture. And conversely, for every problem there is an architecture that will solve this problem "better" than any other architecture. (You get to define "better".) You didn't have to talk to too many computer sales-people to accept this as fact. I believe the point of the OP is exactly this.

Comment Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 1) 553

Regrettably, "critical thinking" in many parts of the world means "just turn on the TV/telly/tube/media-dispenser and let hours of commercials burrow into your subconscious mind, and don't worry because you really never pay attention to ads". Got news for you: ads work. If they didn't, nobody would be spending bazillions of dollars/euros paying for them to be aired and cleverly inserted into all that nice "content" you eat up so uncritically. Ads work in the US. Political ads cause people to be elected, and that's why corporate America pours billions into our bought-and-paid-for congress and White House.

Comment Google Serving Ads thru Thermostat? (Score 1) 90

I thought I'd seen that somewhere. Here's a source: http://marketingland.com/googl... I won't be installing one of those nifty little gadgets anytime soon. It isn't enough that the cost of a Nest Protect is exorbitant, they need to make still more money by selling ads to display on it? Evil, or just a corporation doing what it does?

Comment Office Drones? (Score 2) 453

No comments about the countless clerical, finance, and other sorts of people who enter, proofread/correct, analyze, update, and/or look up data stored somewhere: the desktop historically, or the cloud (if one, or one's management, is willing to take a chance that everyone between you and your data will vote unanimously to allow you to get at the data on any given day). These people doubtless outnumber all the AutoCAD and software development people by a huge margin. It seems inconceivable that they could do their jobs with tablets or, even worse, a phone or something like Glass. For them, I imagine a good-sized screen and a keyboard will always be needed. Whether these essential I/O devices are driven by a phone (with still more third-parties getting between you and your work) or something else isn't important. It needn't have the same form factor as a desktop, but it will need much of the same I/O and connectivity as a desktop.

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