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Comment: Re:Gerrymandering (Score 2, Interesting) 609

by moeinvt (#49725063) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

Nonsense. Maybe Republicans have been more successful in gerrymandering, but both parties have engaged in this practice. That's why there are so many "reliable" Republican and Democrat seats.
In certain places, you know for certain that the 'R' or 'D' candidate is going to win. Incumbents from both parties typically have a 90+% re-election rate.

If Democrats are so much more popular, why aren't they able to maintain majorities and governorships in state governments and re-district to their own advantage? Are they too principled to use this tactic?

That's why the TEA Party was such an excellent movement. They managed to oust incumbents who had little chance of losing a general election. Impressive achievement for a bunch of old white people. How many incumbent Democrats have progressives and socialists managed to defeat in the last 10 years? And it's not like there aren't plenty of 'D's whose only appeal to the left is that they are marginally better than Republicans.

Note that with a few rare exception, I hate both of these scumbag parties and have rarely voted for either.

Comment: Re:Political Speech vs. Commercial Speech (Score 1) 246

I don't see how they could possibly convict him for publishing or selling information that simply described how to defeat a polygraph. That's a definite First Amendment issue.

He screwed himself by running his mouth about how he had "F****d the government" and by coaching someone to pass the polygraph test, knowing(believing) that their intent in doing so was to get a government job.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 1) 422

by moeinvt (#49672423) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up

Now, how do you propose to raise the tens of trillions of dollars necessary to build this massive solar-hydrogen power generation and distribution infrastructure you're talking about?

Let me guess. Massive taxation and huge government subsidies for projects that are obviously not economically feasible at present? Maybe outright nationalization of the energy and transportation industries (because that always works so well)? Government imposed food and energy rationing? Limits on vehicles? Limits on home size and living space?

I don't give a shit about the evidence. I'd rather be burned alive than live under Warmunism.

Comment: Re:What's this "deniers" garbage? (Score 1) 422

by moeinvt (#49672199) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up

The point is that the "climate change" fear mongers are using labels to disparage their critics rather than resting on the weight of whatever "logical arguments" and evidence that they apparently have.

Same BS we saw with the terrorist fear mongers. If you didn't believe in the Patriot Act and war, you were unpatriotic and hated the USA and were letting the terrorists win and blah, blah, blah.

If the warmunists have such overwhelming evidence in their favor, why do they need to stifle dissent with a label that has such obvious baggage?

Comment: Re:Overzealous Law Enforcement (Score 1) 65

by moeinvt (#49648251) Attached to: Cybersecurity Company Extorted Its Clients, Says Whistleblower

These regulatory and law enforcement douche-nozzles love to exercise their power over helpless victims. They raid small businesses, family farms and sole proprietorships just to get their jollies. Makes them feel like real tough guys to intimidate someone into compliance. The worst are the bureaucrats in agencies like OSHA and EPA.
Until you've run a small business, you can't possibly understand the nitpicking BS that these jerks will pull on you.

Comment: Re:Politics is tyranny (Score 1) 179

by moeinvt (#49646559) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

I agree that we don't have tyranny in the USA. What scares me is that the legal framework for tyranny has largely been established. It has even been exercised to a limited extent. For example, with indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge or trial. The 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments have been practically eviscerated by draconian laws and court decisions.
The First and Second Amendments are in perpetual danger from one angle or another. Speaking of "racism", so called "hate speech" laws are probably the most likely inroad for weakening the First Amendment, with "Campaign Finance Reform" right behind. And how often are the asshats in power trying to promote new laws and regulations to restrict use of the Internet? Constantly!
People are actively fighting this stuff, but it is a perpetual struggle. No tyranny yet, but I think we're definitely trending in that direction.

Comment: Re:Politics is tyranny (Score 1) 179

by moeinvt (#49646441) Attached to: Is Facebook Keeping You In a Political Bubble?

There's a reason why democracy is called "The Tyranny of the Majority". The OP is correct. Democracy, and to a large extent, even the USA's Constitutional Republic is still about forcing your personal views on other people. No clear winners and losers in a democracy? What about when the 99% vote to murder the 1% and divide up their assets?

Under a Constitutional Republic, such abuses are technically prohibited by limiting government power to commit such atrocities and the elaboration of certain fundamental Rights of the individual. Despite these protections, both of the so-called "sides" in the false dichotomy of current USA politics have authoritarian views and both "sides" want to enact policies that help their supporters and harm their opponents.
Pardon the labels, but with some exceptions, the 'left' wants to prohibit firearms ownership, wants to control relationships between businesses and their employees and wants to control the healthcare system. The "right"(again with exceptions) wants to prohibit you from using drugs, restrict your personal relationships with other consenting adults and otherwise push "morality" on you.
There are definitely clear winners and losers with all of these sorts of restrictions, and society is hardly being "improved" because of them.

Comment: No more government (Score 1) 372

by moeinvt (#49637975) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

I can't help but compare this current "climate change" hysteria to the whole terrorist scare. Instill the public with this sense of fear and impending disaster and then use it as an excuse for more and bigger government and less personal freedom.

If you're "solution" to the "problem" of CO2 in the atmosphere is granting the U.S. federal government broad powers to regulate our energy use, forget it! Isn't this just the the socialist grand plan of having a central authority micro-managing everyone's lives? Government will tell you how many cubic feet of living space you're allowed to have, how much electricity you're allowed to use, how much fuel you can consume, how much food you need, etc. etc.?

I do my part to be an environmentally responsible citizen, but I'd rather be incinerated by this alleged "global warming" disaster than live with any more government micro-management of my life.

Comment: Re:Two Party Consent (Score 1) 509

by moeinvt (#49637679) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

I remember this case from MD where an off duty cop pulled a gun on a speeding motorcyclist. They arrested the motorcycle operatorr for "wiretapping" because his helmet cam was filming the encounter. The judge ruled that cops have no expectation of privacy during a traffic stop.


Comment: Re:Easy to say when behind a keyboard (Score 1) 509

by moeinvt (#49637581) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

Oh, it's definitely irritating as hell that it suddenly became a racism thing instead of a government vs. the people thing. Especially to those of us who have been paying attention to law enforcement abuses over the long term. I've been following "Cop Block" for years, long before anyone ever heard the name "Michael Brown" and there are cases of egregious police abuses against citizens of all races. Look up the case of "Kelly Thomas".

However, I think the whole politically correct "white tyranny" theme and the way it plays in the media is having the unintended effect of raising general awareness of the "cops vs. us" issue.

Comment: Re:Two Party Consent (Score 1) 509

by moeinvt (#49637471) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

The authorities have actually tried to use this, but if you're filming police in a public place as they conduct their official duties, that law does not apply.

If you are in the position where you are filming your personal interaction with the cops, make sure to tell them that they are being recorded.

Comment: Re:Problem only for now (Score 2) 509

by moeinvt (#49637401) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

I think it's better if the police know you're filming them. They tend to be a little more polite.

You also have to be careful because of these states where there are "mutual consent" laws about recording. i.e. in some states you can record a conversation surreptitiously, while in others, all parties to the conversation must know it's being recorded. The authorities have actually tried to use this against people who film their encounters with the police. There was a case in MD where an off-duty cop pulled over a motorcycle driver who was wearing a helmet cam and they tried to say he broke the "wiretapping" laws by recording without the cop's consent.

Comment: Re:Easy to say when behind a keyboard (Score 2) 509

by moeinvt (#49637307) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

Check out "Filming Cops" and "Cop Block". They've been advocating and doing this for years and facing violence and intimidation from the police as a result.

Yes, it's definitely easy to say and hard to do, but people ARE doing it. Just know that you have every right to film the cops in public and if they try to stop you, they are in the wrong. You might even get lucky and get a payday out of it.

It's funny. For years, people on the Cop Block message boards have been criticizing people who were actively filming police. They were saying that it wouldn't change anything. Now the tide is turning. Too bad that the "racism" thing had to enter the picture when cops have been brutalizing people of all races, but if that's what it takes to raise awareness, so be it.

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