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Comment: Re:feet? (Score 1) 144

by sideslash (#49545009) Attached to: I spend most of my time ...
There are conflicting modi operandorum for this site. On the one hand, it aims to be for geeks, but on the other, it is about 'murika. So go home to France*, man, you've probably never sat half a mile into Central Park and eaten a foot-long cut of barbecue ribs with a pint of grits on the side while waving the standard 36"x48" Stars and Stripes like a true patriot.

Neither have I, but you know.

* France is part of the Netherlands, right? I can never get those straight.

Comment: Re:Hire this man, right now! (Score 1) 237

by sideslash (#49473911) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament
I've read Solzhenitsyn, though not the other two. I'm flattered that you call me a "kiddo". :p Can you provide a quote where one of these authors says that the authorities will "almost never" lack physical evidence against a detainee? I don't disagree with some of the principles of what you're saying, just calling out exaggerations and unsupportable generalizations.

Comment: Re:Hire this man, right now! (Score 1) 237

by sideslash (#49473429) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

This is often how the hypothetical is phrased but it almost never works out in just this way. The usual options are [snip]

Wow, you've gone through this experience enough times to make statistically meaningful claims about it. Can I shake your hand? How are you even still alive?

Or to put it another way -- Says Who?

Comment: Re:Hire this man, right now! (Score 1) 237

by sideslash (#49472795) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

I cry BS.. there is NO reason to be deceptive, and obsure tward your fellow man.. If there is an issue work it out through the engagement of the HIGHER learning and the usage of the art of communication..

my 2c

Scenario: you are captured by an oppressive, murderous dictatorship and being interrogated as to whether you've ever been in communication with the pro-freedom resistance movement. Your choices are to lie convincingly or be taken out and shot.

Generalizations are always* wrong.

* Almost always.

Comment: Re:Isreal (Score 1) 383

You're saying that it's "evil" for Israel to defend itself by fighting back against Palestinian guns, rocket missiles, and suicide bombs. You're entitled to your opinion, I suppose, but you are coming off rather on the antisemitic side.

You know, it's a funny thing. Millions of dollars of foreign aid pour into the Palestinian territories constantly, and what do they use the aid for? Advancing themselves as a civilization? No, when they get concrete for school building, they use it instead to build fortified tunnels and attack Israel.

There's a fundamental problem there that can't be solved with money and (contrary to your view) can't be solved with land. The Palestinians are generally bad people, that's pretty much how it is. Or at least bad people get democratically elected there, so you do the math. They are not ready to run their own country as anything other than a terrorist state, and need to continue to be dealt with harshly for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:Isreal (Score 1, Insightful) 383

Self defense is not terrorism. A war of self defense will be ugly and when you look at individual events, there will be some things that are not fair. However, Israel is 100% right to fight the PLO and Hamas and kill Palestinian terrorists whenever they have opportunity. When the terrorists hide in civilian houses, they are right to bulldoze the houses. Etc.

Comment: Re:Iran is a sovereign nation (Score 1) 383

I hear what you're saying, and to some extent when push comes to shove, Israel has to be responsible for its own safety, and has of course survived to this point due in large part to its own wits and initiative.

However, even if we leave Iran alone, they won't leave us alone. To Iran's rulers, Israel is the "Little Satan". Guess who the "Great Satan" is?

Comment: Re:One sided, just a little? (Score 1) 383

So... you're saying that the Iranian general didn't say that, or...? If the NewsMax site offends your eyes, here is another article. I don't have any particular affinity for Newsmax, but I have a particular disaffinity for liberals who would apparently rather die than discuss an issue rationally, and try to shut down discussions by ad hominem, including calling their opponents racists, ignorant, etc. That really gets my goat.

Comment: Re:One sided, just a little? (Score 0) 383

Hehehe, "flamebait". Sorry folks, it's all true, though I wish parts of it were otherwise. Obama can't make treaties with other nations, the Constitution says so. Here's the Iranian general sneering that they'll still destroy Israel. As far as the likelihood that the Iranians will comply with the terms, why in the flying (insert term here) do you think they're hanging onto their underground enrichment facility, as many observers have noted?

Comment: Re:Iran is a sovereign nation (Score 2, Insightful) 383

Couple things you don't seem to be aware of -- Iran is at war with the USA's ally Israel via proxies. Iran's leaders are threatening to destroy Israel and wipe it off the map. It is perfectly rational for Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear weapons programs back into the stone age, and they are itching to do so. So yes, there are threats being made to force a "sovereign nation" to bend to the will of other nations, but that's because negotiators are trying to avert a war, or at least not increase the scope of the existing conflict.

"Freedom is still the most radical idea of all." -- Nathaniel Branden