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Comment: Re:This might alienate anti-ISI* Muslims. (Score 1) 225

by tsotha (#48570331) Attached to: US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat

Though, really, rules concerning the appropriate way to make war are just another example of a cartel colluding to protect their monopoly on the use of deadly force by raising the bar of entry.

Eh... no. The rules are there to ban the use of weapons which are low on utility but high on pain and suffering. Gas, mostly. The poor man's deadly force is still RDX and its children.

Comment: Of course (Score 1) 308

by tsotha (#48226829) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents.

No doubt. Legislation is written all the time and filed away until the public is sufficiently swept away by momentary passion. In the US gun control proponents have cabinets full of bills they pull out, like ghouls, every time there's a school shooting, just as the government has legislation that trims away privacy rights ready to go the next time the head-loppers hit the news.

Comment: Re:my thoughts (Score 5, Interesting) 372

by tsotha (#48219085) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Ebola is impossible to catch unless you are directly exposed to someone who is symptomatic.

Technically, yes. As doctors define direct exposure that's true. However, doctors and normal people don't define it the same way. If I have Ebola and get bodily fluids on a doorknob, then you come along an hour later, touch the doorknob and then rub your eyes... you can become infected. That fits the CDC's definition of "direct exposure", because you've been directly exposed to my bodily fluids.

So don't get complacent thinking as long as you don't actually touch an infected person you can't become infected.

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