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Comment: Re:We warned France not to follow our mistakes (Score 1) 167

by moeinvt (#49628429) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

I fully expect that people in the USA are going to follow their own mistakes. If the recent attack in Texas had succeeded in causing mass casualties, it would be the government's excuse for new gun control measures.

I've been saying for years that it was only a matter of time before a Charlie Hebdo or Mumbai style attack happened on U.S. soil with legally purchased firearms. Then, the gun grabbers will be out in force trying to limit access to firearms in the name of "safety". It's happening now, but the failure of the attack will prevent the gun control effort from gathering momentum.

The American people gave up Amendments 4,5 and 6 of the Bill of Rights after 9-11. Will they allow themselves to be deprived of #2 after an attack involving firearms?

Too bad it was a traffic cops and not a private citizen who thwarted the attack in Texas. Still, it proves that a good guy with a gun can prevent or mitigate mass murder.

Comment: Re:for anyone who doesn't see anything wrong here: (Score 1) 216

=>You want their money? Gather up 1000 people, walk over to their house, and take it.

==>that's unjust and immoral

LOL. It's "unjust and immoral" if you steal a person's money directly, but if you hold an election and appoint a few representatives to hire men with guns and send them to steal a person's money, it suddenly becomes "just and moral"?

Comment: Re:Not about education (Score 1) 216

"claiming that public education doesn't work when there is zero evidence of that."

No evidence? The only subject where USA students excel is in "self esteem". There's plenty of evidence that public schools are failing. If they were doing well, we wouldn't continuously be talking about how to fix them.

"Donating that 100 billion to our existing education system"

LOL Right, because the problem with public schools is lack of funding.

" ... a change that shifts education into a business, where profit is the only thing that matters and the quality of education has no consideration."

You think there is a negative correlation between quality and profits? Quite the opposite. The person or business which figures out how to provide a quality education at an affordable cost will reap the profits With "quality" being in the eyes of the parents and students, not some government bureaucrat.

Nor is a profit-driven education system some malicious conspiracy against the poor. If absolutely necessary, you can take a small fraction of the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted in public schools and create an "education stamps" program.

The top-down, big government, cookie-cutter approach to education is a failure. Time to unleash the power and creativity of the free market. Give people real choices and let people who want to be in education an opportunity to figure out what works.

Wal Mart or McDonalds could run the public school system better than the government and at lower cost.

Comment: Re:a scientific approach in the land of personhood (Score 1) 374

by moeinvt (#49578843) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

"What the fuck is a pre-embryo."

In the article, they stated that a "pre-embryo" is "an embryo that has not yet been implanted".

Something wrong with that? I think it suffices for the purposes of a magazine article. As long as they define their terms, I find it highly unlikely that they are using linguistic subterfuge to further some weird political agenda.

"If the biomatter belongs to a specific person, then it is their biomatter."

OK, so according to you, the sperm belong to the guy and the eggs to the woman, right?
Well, given the fact that they have no way of removing the man's biomatter from the pre-embryo without destroying the woman's biomatter, can you see why the issue is "hotly contested"?

Comment: Why so much focus on terminology? (Score 0) 216

by moeinvt (#49575587) Attached to: How Google Searches Are Promoting Genocide Denial

Why is the "genocide" label so important? There was undoubtedly mass murder and mass relocation/"ethnic cleansing".
Do the Armenians get some special prize, or extended privileges because their dead ancestors were victims of "genocide"? Do they get to extort present day Turkey for "reparations" or something?

Furthermore, why doesn't anyone seem to give a damn about the Ukrainian genocide (The "Holodomor") of the 1920s and 1930s? We hear about the Armenians and we hear a lot about the Jews, but even with Ukraine being a focal point for recent news, the genocide of the Ukrainians by the Bolsheviks is skipped over like it never happened.

Comment: Re:Fluoride in drinking water isn't necessary (Score 1) 314

by moeinvt (#49572013) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

I don't know about a Communist plot or thyroid problems, but numerous studies have suggested that fluoride lowers IQ:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...

Besides, the primary mechanism by which fluoride arrests tooth decay is in a surface application. Fluoridated toothpastes usually carry a "Keep out of reach of children" warning. The directions also state that for children under 6, such products should be used in small quantities and with thorough rinsing to ensure that it isn't swallowed.

Drinking fluoride to prevent tooth decay is like drinking sunblock to prevent sunburn.

Comment: Re:The wet dream of Bill Gates (Score 1) 352

by moeinvt (#49561319) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

I loathe Microsoft, but they would do a lot better job than the government is doing. Heck, I think if you let McDonalds management take over education and treat each public school like a franchise it would be better than it is now.
You can argue about the quality of McDonalds food, but they've managed to create a business model where you can order a Big Mac, fries and a shake almost anywhere and have it taste like the same Big Mac, fries and a shake you get anywhere else. Why can't someone replicate the model so that you can teach kids the same basic skills with a consistent quality?
I'd like to see some REAL entrepreneurs develop an education business whose service was so popular with the customers (parents and students) that the founders did become millionaires and billionaires.

+ - Tractor Software and the DMCA->

Submitted by moeinvt
moeinvt writes: From Wired: In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”

It’s John Deere’s tractor, folks. You’re just driving it.

Link to Original Source

Comment: Scapegoat (Score 2) 310

by moeinvt (#49526777) Attached to: Futures Trader Arrested For Causing 2010 'Flash Crash'

This is ABSURD! He's being singled out because the federal government has granted blanket immunity to the big financial firms and their employees. I guess he didn't bribe the right politicians and didn't provide enough job offers to federal bureaucrats.

Yes, placing orders that you never intend to execute is technically illegal, but the big financial firms that engage in HFT do this crap every f***ing day! Pick a random trading day in the last year and subpoena the order history of a big trading firm. I guarantee that there will be thousands of orders submitted and canceled in milliseconds. Orders which the firm obviously had zero intention of ever executing. Exactly the sort of activity they are calling "criminal" in this one particular case. The U.S. government is a monstrosity. Arbitrary enforcement of the law is a hideous injustice and it's standard procedure in government.

If I was a senator I'd be grilling the AG nominee about this selective enforcement BS.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin? (Score 1) 72

by moeinvt (#49526591) Attached to: I predict that by next Earth Day Bitcoin will ...

I don't think any libertarian geeks believe for one moment that using bitcoin is really "sticking it to the man" in terms of having a significant effect. If it was, the banking cartel and its government dogs would have made it illegal already.

No, it's more like being environmentally responsible by minimizing your own waste and energy usage. Your marginal contribution means nothing, but if your behavior was universalized, it would have an effect.

The current monetary system is a rigged game.
"The only way to win is not to play"

Comment: Chimps but not "suspected" terrorists? (Score 1) 336

by moeinvt (#49519057) Attached to: Update: No Personhood for Chimps Yet

The U.S. federal government will indefinitely detain or even assassinate a U.S. citizen accused of beign a "terrorist" without so much as a criminal indictment. Obviously that's depriving them of habeus corpus and other Constitutional Rights.

This is deemed legal while a court decides to extend those rights to a pair of chimps?

Consider the implications. The government points a finger at you and says "terrorist!" without presenting a single shred of evidence and your life is suddenly worth less than that of a chimp?

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