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Comment Re:It's not fanaticism (Score 2) 728

How the hell did you weave SUVs into your argument? The terrorist attack on Paris is the fault of SUV owners?

Maybe you're trolling but I'll bite.

The Middle East contains oil. A LOT of oil. The kind that's easy to extract and easy to refine. The countries in the Middle East with oil are governed by autocratic dictators who give themselves titles like "Sultan" or "King". They keep the oil profits for themselves and their family (the "1%"), and everyone else is dirt poor.

Being dirt poor sucks. It sucks everywhere in the world, but in the Arab world being dirt poor is even worse if you're male. In Arab culture, a young man cannot get married until he has a decent job and enough money to pay a dowry. And given the control that male family members maintain over every aspect of the lives of their daughters and sisters, a poor young Arab male has little prospect of getting married, getting laid, getting kissed, or even talking to a young lady that isn't a relative!

These dictators make a lot of money from oil. Enough money that foreign governments fall all over themselves selling military hardware and know-how to them. The foreign governments also like to put military bases in Arab countries to guarantee continued access to oil. The result is these countries have a lot of military power arrayed against any peasants with revolution on their mind.

So what's a poor young Arab male to do under these circumstances? Well, as it happens, the oil-rich Arab dictators tend to have a strong interest in supporting various militant groups that fight under the banner of their brand of Islam, and a lot of oil money flows in that direction. So when a poor young Arab male with no prospects hears he can make a bunch of money if he joins a militant group and fight for Islam (or at least one brand of it), that is attractive, and many of them do join.

So, due to the political and cultural realities in the Arab world, oil money fuels Islamic militant organizations. Since gasoline and diesel come from oil, driving a vehicle that gets poor mileage (like an SUV) instead of a fuel efficient car (like a Prius) means more money for Islamic militants.

And that's the link. Does that mean that the terrorist attack on Paris is the fault of SUV owners? No, of course not. SUV owners find themselves in a situation (large family/little league coach in a car-centric country) and they deal with it, much like young Arab males find themselves in a situation and deal with it. But the fact remains that those two situations will continue to lead to attrocities like we had in Paris if nobody changes.

But I can't change other people, all I can do is change myself. But what can I do? Well, I can buy a Prius and stop driving my pickup to work. I can install solar panels on my home. I can visit relatives via Skype instead of driving or flying. There's a lot I can do. Whatever I do, I won't be able to stop Islamic terrorism but I will at least be doing my part.

Comment Re:What action should be taken? Stop burning oil (Score 1) 249

At some point, a powerful country will be willing to go to war to halt carbon emissions. If you do the game theory math, if you don't bring down greenhouse emissions, the earth will eventually overheat and mass death will occur. If this is the outcome, there isn't any reason not to start blowing up everyone and everything emitting greenhouse gas. Either everyone dies, or you start dishing out death and destruction, and you might survive the resulting war(s). It's a pretty cold blooded calculus.

Hey if it's too hot, nothing like a little nuclear winter to cool things off.

Comment Re:More anecdotes (Score 1) 372

Tasers are part of the problem. They were introduced as a way to keep officers from having to shoot with their guns when someone was out of control, but didn't have a weapon. Instead officers think that it's okay to use it to get compliance for everything, thus abusing people while abusing the intent of tasers.

torture --n. 1. The act of inflicting excruciating pain, esp. as a means of punishment or coercion. - Random House College Dictionary

Taser is torture unless it's to avoid shooting someone. Police who torture should be prosecuted.

Comment Re:When will their price be on par with ICE cars? (Score 1) 107

This concept of "oil subsidies" is just nonsense.

Oil subsidies are huge, a fact you can easily confirm with a few seconds of Googling. Here's what I found in less than 10 seconds:

Comment Re:What about a bus? (Score 3, Informative) 280

Bicycles and walking are powered by very non-green energy sources. An engine that spews CO2 from one end and methane from the other end.

I don't know if you're being funny or serious, but that's a common misconception so I'll assume you're being serious. The CO2 and methane that we animals spew all came directly from the atomsphere through the food chain or through breathing. It's a closed cycle - plants and animals take CO2 from the atmosphere, store it a short while, then release it back into the atmosphere. That closed cycle is the gold standard of sustainability, pretty much the opposite of "non-green".

Comment Re:Unless (Score 1) 301

Son of Sam laws - which the courts have held to be unconstitutional.

From your link -

Though this original New York law was struck down, the Supreme Court ruling actually stated that Son of Sam laws could conceivably be constitutional, but only if written very carefully, with regard to First Amendment rights. Various states (including New York) now have laws to prevent felons from capitalizing on their crimes written with an eye towards adhering to the ruling laid out by the Supreme Court concerning the First Amendment.

After numerous revisions, New York adopted a law in 2001, again known as the "Son of Sam" law.[1] This law requires that victims of crimes be notified whenever a person convicted of a crime receives $10,000 (US) or moreâ"from virtually any source.[2] The law then attaches a springing statute of limitations, giving victims an extended period of time to sue the perpetrator of the crime in civil court for their crimes.[3] This law also authorizes a state agency, the Crime Victims' Board, to act on the victims' behalf in some limited circumstances.[4] Thus far, the current New York law has survived constitutional scrutiny.

So only the first New York law was held unconstitutional. Son of Sam laws in place now seem to be okay.


Comment Re:Wheel Group (Score 1) 118

RedHat distros set a root password during install, but also require the creation of a non-root user; this user is added to the wheel group.

I don't know if you meant to include Fedora but on all my Fedora installs the only member of the wheel group has been root. I believe the same is true of Centos but I don't have it installed anywhere right now to check.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.