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Journal: Karma: Excellent 4

Journal by damn_registrars
I'm sure the fact that my 6 most recent comments were all moderated down "flamebait" in spite of being in different discussions and written on different days is just coincidental. Nonetheless, dear idiot, you haven't moved my karma. I told you that before.
Republicans

Journal: Dick "Smitty" Cheney 88

Journal by damn_registrars
Shortly after the release of the Senate investigation into CIA torture, we hear from former president Dick Cheney on his thoughts on the matter :

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called a Senate panel's report on U.S. interrogation tactics during George W. Bush's administration is "deeply flawed" and a "terrible piece of work."

"The report's full of crap," he said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday evening.

So how well versed is he on this "terrible piece of work"?

Cheney said he'd "seen parts of it. I read summaries of it."

Sounds familiar, there... His closing Bauer-ish remarks summarize his world pretty well:

He said he has no regrets about the tactics used after the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda attacks.

"I think what needed to be done was done," Cheney said. "I think we were perfectly justified in doing it. And I'd do it again in a minute."

Crime

Journal: Legislating from the other side of the bench? 27

Journal by damn_registrars
A US Supreme Court Justice made a statement on the purpose of a grand jury a while back:

It is the grand jury's function not 'to enquire ⦠upon what foundation [the charge may be] denied,' or otherwise to try the suspect's defenses, but only to examine 'upon what foundation [the charge] is made' by the prosecutor. Respublica v. Shaffer, 1 Dall. 236 (O. T. Phila. 1788); see also F. Wharton, Criminal Pleading and Practice  360, pp. 248-249 (8th ed. 1880). As a consequence, neither in this country nor in England has the suspect under investigation by the grand jury ever been thought to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented.

This was brought up in the light of the Ferguson grand jury hearing where the prosecutor notably went out of his way to bring up exculpatory evidence when the DA said:

And you must find probable cause to believe that Darren Wilson did not act in lawful self-defense and you must find probable cause to believe that Darren Wilson did not use lawful force in making an arrest. If you find those things, which is kind of like finding a negative, you cannot return an indictment on anything or true bill unless you find both of those things. Because both are complete defenses to any offense and they both have been raised in his, in the evidence.

It appears the DA, knowing that he was being asked to bite the hand that feeds him, decided to either discard legal precedent or to make up his own.

And if you're wondering who the liberal scum supreme court member was that made the earlier statement? That came from Antonin Scalia, in a 1992 case.

User Journal

Journal: Fuck implicitly endorsing racist communities. I'm out 6

Journal by i kan reed

I have no more tolerance for the bigoted fucks on slashdot.
I lived through dice and beta.
I didn't mind the things I saw as advertisements.
I had my fair share of debates I learned something from.

But the level of tolerance of racism and sexism on the part of slashdot users has gotten to be just too much. There's a level of shitty user base I just can't stand. At this point, with all the neo-misogynists and racial realists, and the widespread tolerance and endorsement of their positions by moderators, I can't see this being a community with meaningful insight anymore.

I'm sure none of those shitty people will be sorry to see me leave.

Republicans

Journal: President Lawnchair in Cartoons, again 22

Journal by damn_registrars
Not that it hasn't been described before, but this one from Chris Britt very accurately describes why President Lawnchair has been underimpressive for actual liberals.

Really, he remained in office by a combination of
  • A general lack of liberals in this country
    • ...and...
  • The far more dramatic threat that the other conservatives posed to the ability of us few remaining liberals who wanted to be able to continue to exist.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: Ah hah! The solution to everything! 9

Journal by damn_registrars
I see on the slashdot front page there is now a link to deals.slashdot.org. Certainly, this was worth the new problems we've had in the past 2 weeks with the messaging system, and solves every problem we've ever had! After all, all the other "deals" sites out there have these problems, which I'm sure deals.slashdot.org will solve for us:
  • It was too much effort to type in their addresses after spending all my time at slashdot!
  • There were just not enough of them!
  • They just weren't disorganized enough!
  • Some of them were too relevant to my actual life (or death)!

I'm glad slashdot is looking out for me. I look forward to making them my main site for shopping for the rest of eternity! Thankfully since I'm dead, I don't need food, water, or other things that poor mortals might consider to be "critical", I can just spend all my money (amazing how much life insurance I was able to get paid back to myself!) on the awesome that is sold at deals.slashdot.org!

User Journal

Journal: [TCM] Manifesto reading part 4 37

Journal by damn_registrars

The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connexions everywhere.

The bourgeoisie has through its exploitation of the world market given a cosmopolitan character to production and consumption in every country. To the great chagrin of Reactionists, it has drawn from under the feet of industry the national ground on which it stood. All old-established national industries have been destroyed or are daily being destroyed. They are dislodged by new industries, whose introduction becomes a life and death question for all civilised nations, by industries that no longer work up indigenous raw material, but raw material drawn from the remotest zones; industries whose products are consumed, not only at home, but in every quarter of the globe. In place of the old wants, satisfied by the production of the country, we find new wants, requiring for their satisfaction the products of distant lands and climes. In place of the old local and national seclusion and self-sufficiency, we have intercourse in every direction, universal inter-dependence of nations. And as in material, so also in intellectual production. The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property. National one-sidedness and narrow-mindedness become more and more impossible, and from the numerous national and local literatures, there arises a world literature.

The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilisation. The cheap prices of commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls, with which it forces the barbariansâ(TM) intensely obstinate hatred of foreigners to capitulate. It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilisation into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image.

The bourgeoisie has subjected the country to the rule of the towns. It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life. Just as it has made the country dependent on the towns, so it has made barbarian and semi-barbarian countries dependent on the civilised ones, nations of peasants on nations of bourgeois, the East on the West.

The bourgeoisie keeps more and more doing away with the scattered state of the population, of the means of production, and of property. It has agglomerated population, centralised the means of production, and has concentrated property in a few hands. The necessary consequence of this was political centralisation. Independent, or but loosely connected provinces, with separate interests, laws, governments, and systems of taxation, became lumped together into one nation, with one government, one code of laws, one national class-interest, one frontier, and one customs-tariff.

The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together. Subjection of Natureâ(TM)s forces to man, machinery, application of chemistry to industry and agriculture, steam-navigation, railways, electric telegraphs, clearing of whole continents for cultivation, canalisation of rivers, whole populations conjured out of the ground â" what earlier century had even a presentiment that such productive forces slumbered in the lap of social labour?

We see then: the means of production and of exchange, on whose foundation the bourgeoisie built itself up, were generated in feudal society. At a certain stage in the development of these means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged, the feudal organisation of agriculture and manufacturing industry, in one word, the feudal relations of property became no longer compatible with the already developed productive forces; they became so many fetters. They had to be burst asunder; they were burst asunder.

Into their place stepped free competition, accompanied by a social and political constitution adapted in it, and the economic and political sway of the bourgeois class.

The paragraph I placed in bold in this section is a key component of communism that many people do not understand. This part may be confusing for people who were raised in the cold war mindset of "USSR==Communism==EVIL", as it shows plainly just how far from communism the USSR wandered once Lenin passed away (and some would argue even once Lenin took power).

It is critical to understand that while Communism is interested in the control of the means of production, it does not seek to lump all production into the hands of a single mega-state. Indeed here we see that Marx, Engels, and others saw that as being closer to a goal of the bourgeoisie. In fact, the very notion of the "red scare" or the "domino theory" that drove the cold war was itself immensely anti-communist.

A couple paragraphs prior the Communists actually paint the Bourgeoisie in the same light that the latter usually tried to shine towards the former:

It compels all nations, on pain of extinction, to adopt the bourgeois mode of production; it compels them to introduce what it calls civilisation into their midst, i.e., to become bourgeois themselves. In one word, it creates a world after its own image.

Republicans

Journal: Kevlar Kandidate Kicks Himself 36

Journal by damn_registrars
Scott "Kevlar" Walker has been trying to pretend that he isn't trying to position himself to run for the white house:

you have to be crazy to want to be president. And anyone who has seen pictures of this president or any of the former presidents can see the before and after. No matter how fit, no matter how young they are, they age pretty rapidly when you look at their hair any everything else involved with it.

He then went on to attack the politician who republicans assume to be the front-runner (and make second careers out of attacking):

Whether it's two years, six years or 20 years from now - because I think of Hillary Clinton. I could run 20 years from now and still be about the same age as the former Secretary of State is right now

So now Walker is trying to flip the age matter. When McCain ran against Obama, the GOP was telling us that seniority was an important and valuable thing and that one should vote for the older candidate. Now Walker is telling us that age is a bad thing. Thank you for the flip-flop, there.

On a bit of a tangent, if slashdot doesn't fix the message system here soon I will likely be reading this site a lot less often. I don't have time to search out replies to my comments on a regular basis, the front page did a great job of alerting me to them. Now that system is broken for the second time in as many weeks.

Bug

Journal: Is the message system re-borked? 12

Journal by damn_registrars
I see that I am again not getting messages to tell me when my comments have been replied to or moderated. It was borked not long ago, and then fixed, and apparently now borked again.

I also have not received any kind of email back from slashdot acknowledging the email I sent them last week when it was borked.
User Journal

Journal: Are other people not getting messages for replies? 13

Journal by damn_registrars
I don't know if it's just slow today or what, but I've had at least 6 replies to my comments that have not triggered messages on the slashdot front page box for me. It looks like the last time a comment was written in reply to a comment of mine that successfully went into that box was yesterday (Friday) very early morning.
Government

Journal: Because of course, that's what a socialist would do... ? 9

Journal by damn_registrars
Why wouldn't a socialist leader go and publicly commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall?.

"Their triumph that night was a tribute to all those who had lost their lives over the decades trying to escape to freedom. It was a testament to the brave service of generations of West Germans, Americans and our fellow allies who stood shoulder to shoulder through a long Cold War. And it was a reminder that walls of concrete and barbed wire are ultimately no match for the will of ordinary men and women who are determined to live free.

"Twenty five years later, we celebrate the progress that was made possible by the events of that November night. A united Germany plays a leading role in Europe and the world, and the United States is proud to count our German friends among our strongest allies.

User Journal

Journal: Celebrity gun fail: Jose Canseco blows off his own finger 21

Journal by damn_registrars
Cleaning a gun can be quite dangerous if you're an idiot:

Actress and model Leila Knight told the Daily News that Canseco was cleaning one of his four guns in the couple's kitchen when it discharged and blew off the middle finger of his left hand.

It's unclear if steroids can save him this time:

"He had been at the shooting range a few days earlier. He didn't know it was loaded," Knight told The News. "The middle finger was hanging by a thread, and I wrapped his hand in a towel and then called 911. The doctors said they would either have to amputate or do reconstructive surgery. But if they do surgery, he won't be able to use it again. He blew away an artery and a big bone chunk."

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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