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Comment: Re:International Copyright (Score 1) 172

by king neckbeard (#47918451) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
Not sure about why, but some countries, including Japan and Australia, get extremely price gouged in regards to CDs (although they often have bonus tracks to dissuade imports), and I wouldn't be surprised if there was a similar situation for film and TV. Giving them something close to American prices would cut into their profits.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 286

Loopholes in due process are inevitably abused, typically with techniques similar to foot in the door, and child porn and terrorism are two of the most common ways to get in (and it's nigh impossible to get them out). Due process exists for a very good reason.

Comment: Re:You make the other side's point ... (Score 1) 121

by king neckbeard (#47909675) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Which is a fallacy argument. The only way that argument could be valid is if Mercenary and Soldiers had everything in common, which they don't.

They do, in regards to the specific point I am refuting here, which I have proven false.

You claim that "The **act** of volunteering to risk life and limb for others over an extended period of time is worthy of respect" I point out that mercenaries on extended missions risk life and limb for others over an extended period of time. I also hold that mercenaries are not worthy of respect, and therefore soldiers are not inherently worthy of respect (which is itself an absolutely ridiculous claim). I make no claim for a relationship between mercenaries and soldiers here outside of that particular point.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 2) 286

The posts here aren't anti-government, they are pro-due process. Because we are pro-due process and the investigator violated due process, we do not allow this evidence to be used against him in court. It doesn't matter if we had a letter confessing that this guy murdered half the west coast, it wouldn't be admissible evidence if acquired illegally and he could walk free. That's the basis of the US legal system, and if you don't like, please leave. We've already got too many idiots that don't respect due process as it is.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 5, Insightful) 286

No, he's just familiar with the history of abuse by the government that inspired our rules regarding due process and how they are absolutely necessary to combat tyranny. The government always starts overreach with something easy to be against and slowly turns up the heat. Due process lets murderers run the streets so that mass murderers don't sit on the seat of power.

Comment: Re:You make the other side's point ... (Score 1) 121

by king neckbeard (#47897821) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
No, I introduced mercenaries specifically because they meet the same criteria of the sacrifice of putting their lives at risk for extended periods of time. I made no claim that they waived their constitutional rights. Blackwater operatives are mercenaries, and many of them are actually ex-soldiers. Automatically giving respect to someone for becoming a soldier is a dangerous mindset because war should be considered at best a necessary evil, and when it is not necessary, it is just evil.

Comment: Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (Score 1) 121

by king neckbeard (#47897779) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
I will agree that there are countries with leaders with such attitudes, and they are a threat, which is why the solution is not completely nixing the military all at once. That's also why we would undermine their rule by empowering their citizens. There is a strong relationship between freedom of speech and authoritarianism, and introduction of genuine free speech can help turn it around. The general populations of the world, absent the indoctrination that occurs in many countries, has little use for war. It's not economically sound if you actually have to pay for it.

Comment: Re:You make the other side's point ... (Score 1) 121

by king neckbeard (#47893317) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Here is a second bit of wisdom that the WW2 paratrooper taught me as a child: "Don't confuse the people who fight wars with the people who start wars. They are not the same people. Soldiers don't get to choose what wars they will fight, what Presidents they will trust."

I won't disagree, but that makes them parties that make sacrifices, not heroes.

One of the few privileges that a U.S. soldier has is to refuse to commit a horrific crime. Save the hyperbole for political rants.

No, they have the right to refuse to commit a subset of horrific crimes specified in the Geneva convention. War itself is horrific by its very nature and is at least a necessary evil. Even at a basic human level, healthy people have problems dealing with it, which is why strict deference to authority and dehumanization of opposing forces are such common tactics, often accompanied by some lofty claimed goal that likely masks the more banal reasons that a leader wants to throw bodies at an issue instead of negotiate.

Other mercenaries who probably also lack confidence in the mission and/or the leadership and after re-calculating the risk/reward see breaking the contract as the best outcome.

It would depend very much on the particular context. I would consider hitmen employed by the mafia to be mercenaries, but they can't easily turn their back on a contrct.

Comment: Re:You make the other side's point ... (Score 1) 121

by king neckbeard (#47892995) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
And none of that is relevant to the argument he was making. Soldiers are just people that end up making certain commitments and sacrifices. Whether making those commitments is a good thing or a bad thing depends on the conditions. I'm sure most people and soldiers don't see soldiers of the country they are fighting as heroes.

Comment: Re:information wants to be free (Score 1) 121

by king neckbeard (#47892487) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two
It's shorthand for 'the natural tendency of information is to proliferate absent continuous, ongoing efforts to stop the flow of information, with any failure effectively resulting in a state for which any flow downstream will be completely unrestricted.'' Information wants to be free is true enough for general purpose just like saying water wants to flow downhill is true enough.

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