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Comment: Re:ONE THING I agree with Chomsky on (Score 1) 530

by minchazo (#44216773) Attached to: NSA Recruitment Drive Goes Horribly Wrong

Does the same thing apply to carjacking? Armed robbery? Rape? "Oh, I'm sorry, but I don't participate in such activities so you must stop". Great plan.

Yes, yes, and yes... and it is a GREAT plan.
Good ideas:
"My car was stolen. I'll contact the police."
"My money was stolen at gunpoint. I'll contact my insurance company/security."
"I was just raped. Contact the authorities."

Bad Ideas:
"My car was stolen, I'll steal this guy's car to make up for it."
"My money was stolen at gunpoint. I'll just have to steal it back (and swipe that new TV while I'm at it)."
"I was just raped. I'll contact my well-endowed violence-prone brother to rape my attacker's children. All of them."

See?

Comment: Re:ok wait... (Score 1) 406

So let me get this strait... while he's a citizen, submitting to power, freedom of speech is the most important right we have. Then, once he gains a leadership role of a community that has freedom to say whatever it is they want, suddenly that right isn't so appealing? Excuse me while I fall out of my chair laughing at his dumb ass.

Nah, it's more like a gulf than a strait.

Comment: Re:Ancient societies had diff values. News at 11! (Score 1) 245

by minchazo (#41024507) Attached to: How Plagiarism Helped Win the American Revolution
In the late 1700's, blacks were inferior to whites. People believed that slavery was better than freedom for blacks due to their brutish nature. The kind white masters could civilize them, see?
By today's standards, all of those statements are blatantly racist. In their own time, they were mainstream belief.
You're criticizing men who (as a group, if not individually) were more enlightened than the society they lived in because they haven't had the 200 years of research and knowledge that you do.
Have you never read 'Frankenstein,' 'Treasure Island,' 'Little Black Sambo,' or other books from that era?

Comment: Re:Or you could just take an ordinary train (Score 1) 148

by minchazo (#40143441) Attached to: Autonomous Road Train Project Completes First Public Road Test
Apparently you haven't tried to ride a train in the US recently. I've recently priced a trip from the east to west coast and the train was both more expensive and took longer than going by car. Granted we were taking 5+ people, so YMMV if you're travelling alone.

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