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Comment: Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (Score 1) 336

by Le Marteau (#47422795) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

When has there ever been a culture, in the history of the earth, that dispensed fair trials to the masses. Ever.

What made the United States experiment unique was not that it gave the average person justice. It's that it gave the average person a CHANCE at justice.

Go ahead, yuk it up, get all sarcastic and bitter, spell it "Amerika" and all. That chance at justice is something that 99.99999 percent of the people who have walked the face of planet never had.

Comment: Re:Libertarian nirvana (Score 4, Insightful) 534

Libertarians should love this

What's your next guess, asshole?

Libertarians are against the initiation of violence, whether the perps are government thugs or quasi-private organizations like this. You can shove your smug little digs right back up the hole it came from.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 345

by Le Marteau (#47279399) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Dangerous to your trim, maybe. Dangerous to your life? Not so much.

It is not speed, but difference in speed, which is dangerous to your life. I fear the one coming up behind me at a difference of 50+ MPH MUCH more than the one next to me doing a couple MPH different. Yeah, the guy next to me may take out my mirror or scuff my door, but the guy behind me may kill me.

Comment: Re:Markets Don't Make Rules, Congress Does (Score 1) 322

by jcr (#47190813) Attached to: Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

I agree Paul Krugman is a expert in economics.

I don't. When someone has called for a real estate bubble as a remedy for the dot-com bubble, suggested that an alien invasion would help the economy, and now calls for fucking up relations with one of our country's biggest trading partners, I'd have to say he has disqualified himself as an economist quite thoroughly. He may have had some clever observations to make about world trade once upon a time, but today he is no economist at all. He is a court astrologer, and nothing more.

-jcr

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN

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