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Comment: Re:So what, the DC are gonna be gatekeepers now ? (Score 1) 197

Anyone who thinks that tens of thousands of pages of federal laws can be boiled down into "don't steal" and "don't commit assault" is an idiot. How about "don't copy an MP3 file" or "don't create, possess or distribute a piece of software to circumvent DRM"?

The OP is right. We are neither free nor safe because the federal government has created so many laws that we're all guilty of something.

http://harveysilverglate.com/B...

"Even the most intelligent and informed citizen cannot predict with any reasonable assurance whether a wide range of seemingly ordinary activities might be regarded by federal prosecutors as felonies."

Comment: Re:It didn't matter before... (Score 1) 520

"... it's a big deal. Why?"

It's the LAW! Why the hell are government employees above the law? Any criminal activity should be investigated and prosecuted by the Justice Department. Using personal e-mail to conduct government business is a clear violation of the Federal Records Act. The Act states that a federal record is any information that: "Is created or received in any medium by an agency of the U.S. Government pursuant to law or in the transaction of business."

In other words, every single one of her e-mail messages related to government business qualify as "federal records" which must be preserved. If any of those e-mails have been deleted, it is an unlawful removal of federal records under 18 U.S.C. 2071.

The opinions of the media are irrelevant and "the other guy did it too!" is no excuse.

Comment: Re:I AM SICK OF ZOMBIES! (Score 1) 244

I've enjoyed a lot of the zombie books and movies and even the Walking Dead TV series. It is fiction after all, and some of it has been good.

The genre has definitely been thoroughly exhausted over the past few years however. There are only so many unique twists you can put on the same basic story. It was fun while it lasted, but you're definitely not alone in thinking that it's getting boring.

Comment: Re: Right, but does it correctly model... (Score 2) 244

Your warehouse might work, but a high rise tower would be a terrible position. You have to figure that the power grid would go down and emergency generators would soon be out of fuel, so no elevators. How many flights of stairs do you want to climb on a regular basis while carrying food, water and fuel?

Being in a tower with only a couple of escape routes also leaves you very vulnerable to human predators who will be looking to steal everything you have.

If I actually lived in such a place, I'd probably try to stay put during the mass exodus and the initial die-off, but I certainly wouldn't seek out a tall building as a permanent base of operations.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 3, Informative) 222

by moeinvt (#49149277) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

The unicorn dream is obviously the strongest bit of evidence that Deckard is a replicant.

There's also the little hint when Rachael asks him if he's ever taken the VK test himself.

When the police first hire him, he's told that SIX replicants hijacked the shuttle and one got fried running through a force field. He then gets info about Leon, Roy, Pris and Zora ... so where's #6?

Deckard always seems to be physically out-classed by the replicants, which is evidence that he's not one of them, but he also takes a hell of a beating, which indicates that he might be.

Gaff tells Deckard "You've done a man's job."

Comment: Re:So is he a replicant, or not? (Score 1) 222

by moeinvt (#49149005) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

I know that there are hints all over the place that he is, but notice that in every scene where he has to fight one of the replicants, he's outclassed. Leon is depicted as being way faster and stronger and Roy seems almost impervious to pain by comparison. Even Pris was giving Deckard a good thrashing before he got his gun. Those encounters always undermined the "Deckard is a replicant" theory IMO.

I suppose you could argue that the Nexus 7 replicants are designed to be more like humans in their frailties.

Comment: Why not some targeted ads? (Score 1) 186

by moeinvt (#49145965) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

Are they afraid of losing eyeballs/revenue if they simply serve up some targeted ads for suicide prevention resources?
This seems a little weird. It depends on the implementation of course, but suppose you're expressing general despair about the future? Say because of environmental destruction, the burgeoning police state, disease, famine or the ignorance and violent tendencies of the human race? Might that rhetoric of hopelessness and despair be misinterpreted?
I don't mind being in a database of known political dissidents or with companies knowing enough about me to serve me targeted ads. It would be really bad to have "potentially suicidal" as a flag in one of the databases however. What happens if "potentially suicidal" & "political dissident" & "firearms enthusiast" lands you on the terrorism watch list or in the NICS database or something?
I sympathize with people who are depressed, but this sort of gives me the creeps.

Comment: Re:The real junk science (Score 1) 392

by moeinvt (#49139193) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

You might not use it as a source of scientific information, but it's a good place to learn that what's being passed off as "scientific information" is in fact a fraud. I'm sure that if the OP cited some sort of academic paper, you'd complain that the authors are being funded by the evil Koch brothers or the fossil fuel industry too.

Global warming is the new religion and questioning it is the new heresy.

Comment: Re:Gub'mnt warmist pimps (Score 1) 392

by moeinvt (#49138937) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Exactly.

"Climate Change" is to the political left as "Terrorism" is to the political right. Frighten the public into demanding that the government do more to allay their fears. Government is always happy to grant itself all sorts of new powers in order to oblige.
Funny. I thought that the left might not be so gullible, especially after the government so recently completed such a major power grab in the wake of 9/11.
Before this "climate change" nonsense is over, we'll all be limited in the number of cubic feet of living space we're allowed to inhabit and our food, gasoline, home heating fuel and electricity will be stringently rationed. To protect us from "climate change" of course.

Comment: Re:Who are these people? (Score 1) 392

by moeinvt (#49138709) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Yeah, that's why the EPA just implemented new standards which would ban the production and sale of almost all of the current wood burning stoves in the U.S.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/la...

All this environmental alarmist nonsense is just being used as an excuse for more government control.

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