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Comment: Re:Does he stand a chance? (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by penandpaper (#48660393) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

You may not "win" with your vote but it is definitely NOT throwing your vote away. Throwing your vote away would be not voting entirely which happens too often in the USA.

At least with a 3rd party vote, the growing disparity would at least signal to politicians that there is a larger (and growing) voting bloc that could be won. Or signals to the major parties that they are losing their support. Why should either politicians or the party's change if either A) most people do not vote or B) the people who do vote will vote for them regardless to ensure the other lizard doesn't win?

There is every reason in the world to vote. Just like there is a reason to vote for what you believe and not against what you are afraid of. Apathy is a bigger problem in the American voting system than first-past-the-post. (Even if the later may contribute to the former).

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 579

by penandpaper (#48641981) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

There is no middle ground because the phrase "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" is pretty damn clear.

You must have missed the part where I said: "Gun law advocates never admit to the 2nd amendment".

And there is a middle ground, whether that has been muddied or not. Can buy a tank? An anti-aircraft shoulder launcher? Oh you mean that is only for militia? But I thought it says "the right of the people to keep and bear arms". What are arms? military grade equipment? Nuclear ICBM? If you got the money "Shall not be infringed" seems pretty inclusive.

Living in California

So, do you think CA is overstepping its rights to create those laws? What about other states? So much for state sovereignty, right? Are you shocked that a state has a different definition of "arms" than you? I agree with you, CA has some asinine laws but so do ALL states.

Just because American politics have become bastardized into the extremes of both political parties in all conversations, does not mean there is no middle ground that accommodates the spirit and letter of the 2nd amendment as well as the civilities and power we (individually) have as a post-modern society.

Just for clarification, I am a gun owner and gun rights supporter but even I can see that the debate has become drivel like most conversations in the US.

Comment: Re:The case of Idaho is particularly interesting (Score 1) 480

by penandpaper (#48636079) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
This. I remember hearing about a public debate in Boise about medicinal marijuana with legislators. Consensus was they want to keep it completely illegal and more funding (from Federal grants ofc). Idaho will be one of the last states to legalize any aspect of it.

Can't find source it was a year back or so.

Boise might be down with it,

Maybe a small lead in the popular vote in the city limits. But the districts/sate legislators are very few and far between.

Comment: national security of communications.... err (Score 2) 220

by penandpaper (#48634471) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower
If only there was a government agency that could secure American communications by ensuring encryption was secure. They could help find and track zero day exploits and notify the company's of said exploits to get them resolved. They could work with industry to help promote secure communications and identify weaknesses. It would be like an agency to promote national secur... Oh, wait...

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2) 579

by penandpaper (#48628539) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Currently, there is not a gun dealer in the U.S. willing to offer a smart gun for sale. A company called Armatix, based in Germany with an office in California, this year had two gun dealers — one in Maryland and one in California — ready to offer its .22-caliber handgun. The safety measure is a stopwatch worn on the wrist that sends a radio transmission, with a range of 10 inches, to the gun. The radio transmission enables the gun to fire.

The company promoted the breakthrough, and the national media jumped on the news. As a result, the two gun-shop owners were thrust into the eye of a national storm. They caught overwhelming criticism from gun owners and Second Amendment proponents. Both backed down and decided not to sell the gun.

from the second link I posted..

Yes, the law in NJ is dumb. So, is the reaction from gun rights activists/NRA on smart guns as a whole.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2) 579

by penandpaper (#48628255) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

. That's not a joke, either. You can walk down the street without a license carrying a loaded shotgun in each hand, handguns strapped all over your waist and legs, and rifles slung over your back, but nunchucks are illegal. We need to draw the line somewhere. This isn't the wild west any more.

Any one sane doesn't like armed-to-the-teeth wanna-be vigilantes walking around with an axe to grind. They are being socially ostracized too.

It may not be the Wild West anymore but the culture it shaped still clings to "simpler times". When all a man needed was his horse and a gun to tame the Wild and make a life for his family, away from that meddlesome government.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 579

by penandpaper (#48628155) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NJ State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg says she will work to reverse a law making smart guns mandatory in her state – if the NRA will agree to stop obstructing them.

It does not give a pass for stupid laws from being passed in NJ that mandated a certain type of gun in the first place. However, there was a willingness to compromise to allow consumers make the choice and repeal said stupid law.

I am for gun rights, but the debate is so soured that any discussion to make guns safer cannot even take place.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 5, Insightful) 579

by penandpaper (#48626623) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

it's just that no firearms means less risk of gun related violence.

That may be true but a key difference in the US is that gun rights are codified into law and in the culture. What is the "Wild West" without guns? In Arizona, to this day, you can walk into a bank with a gun with no problems.

My biggest gripe with gun law conversations in the US is that the discussion never can have a middle ground. Gun law advocates never admit to the 2nd amendment while gun rights advocates never admit to sane policy. So, when there is a technology that may make guns safer or better, it gets muddied by talking point vomit.

The NRA gets upset over a "smart" gun because "hurr you have to wear a bracelet to use it". While anti-gun folks were mad because "hurr it's a gun therefore EVIL! In really, it was a interesting idea that has some issues that could be better with time and better tech.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.