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Comment Re:Making Peace? (Score 2) 270

As I said, the difference is so great that using the German reunification as a model does not provide much useful information. There is one important difference that is often overlooked. East Germans had a fairly accurate understanding of West German lifestyle and expected to rapidly attain it after unification. It is unlikely that North Koreans have any idea what the South Korean lifestyle looks like and thus is less likely to harbor expectations of reaching it quickly upon reunification. Personally, I have no idea what a post reunification Korea would look like, except to believe that the improvements for North Koreans (except for those who are among the elites there currently) would be much greater than the losses for South Koreans.

Comment Re:Making Peace? (Score 3, Informative) 270

Someone else had already addressed the comparison to the German economy (hint, reunification took the wind out of the sails of the German economy for considerably less than two decades). I was going to address several points to what you said. However, ultimately the gap between the economic situation in North and South Korea is so much greater than what existed between East and West Germany that it is hard to say how the Korea experience would compare to that of Germany.
That being said, my point remains, no matter how much like carrion crows "Western" (most likely South Korean) industrialists might be if allowed to intervene in North Korea, it is hard to imagine them making things worse than they already are.

Comment Re:Fascinating stuff (Score 1) 498

When I say that the victim was unreliable what I mean is that he had a tendency to answer "yes" to all yes-or-no questions. In addition, he described the officer who struck him as "almost black" with dark hair. The officer whom Dorner accused of kicking the victim was blonde with fair skin.
If Dorner had made these accusations in a rational manner (rather than the rambling insane "manifesto" which he released) and not after beginning a murderous rampage that included killing his own attorney's daughter and her fiance, I would be inclined to believe him, but considering the circumstances I am inclined to disbelieve him. This does not mean that I know and trust the LAPD, just that Dorner has demonstrated that, in this case, the LAPD acted appropriately in firing him.

Comment Re:Fascinating stuff (Score 1) 498

He was fired in by the LAPD in 2008. Currently he appears to have killed his own attorney's daughter and her fiance as part of this rampage against the "injustice" of being fired over four years ago. His job with the LAPD appears to be his first job after completing his enlistment in the U.S. Navy. He waited over four years after he was fired to go on a rampage. As far as I can tell, he made no other attempts to get his allegations of police brutality addressed in the meantime. So, yes, I believe that it was just a matter of time until Dorner went on a killing spree, even if he was still a member of the LAPD. (Of course in that latter case, if his victims were not police officers, the LAPD would be covering up for him rather than attempting apprehend him).

Comment Re:Fascinating stuff (Score 1) 498

And he sure as hell isn't going on a rampage of revenge over a merely satisfactory evaluation.

No, he is going on a rampage of revenge over getting fired. If he had made these allegations in a format that did not suggest that he was a loose canon, I would agree with you. The police have lost the benefit of the doubt (especially the LAPD). However, Dorner has made himself even less credible than the LAPD (and that takes some doing).
Dorner's actions in this rampage indicate that the LAPD made the correct choice in firing him. There are already too many police officers who believe that they have the right to use the power of their position to enact revenge against they perceive as having wronged them. Now if only the LAPD would fire the rest of the megalomaniac officers.

Comment Re:Fascinating stuff (Score 3, Informative) 498

The victim was an unreliable witness because of his mental problems, the victim's father based his testimony on the victim's statements (meaning that the father's testimony was of limited value). That being said, those statements lend credibility to Dorner's complaint. However, weighed against that is the fact that he made the allegation two weeks after the incident and the day after his mentor had given him an evaluation that critiqued him for certain aspects of his learning to do the job (the mentor evaluated him as "satisfactory" but it is likely that when they explained his evaluation to him they explained to him that his shortcomings were critical and failure to improve them could cost him his job).

Comment Re:Freedom of speech in the Finnish constitution (Score 1) 270

The difference being that in the U.S. the government has to justify going against the clear wording of the Constitution in order to limit speech: "Congress shall make no law ...abridging the freedom of speech,..." There is no clause in there saying, "except in those cases where the government deems it necessary..." One can certainly argue about the way that the Constitution is applied, but the wording leaves no wiggle room. Actually, I would argue that the people of the U.S. have decided that they no longer care about the Constitution, they want a government that "gets things done" and have election after election voted for people who are willing to bend the Constitution until we have reached the point where the President can do what he likes as long as those responsible for following his instructions are willing to go along with it. For example, our current President has offered waivers to legal requirements that there is no legal basis for providing waivers to. He has stated that he is not going to enforce certain laws that he does not like. He has promised companies that the government will pay the penalties for not complying with certain laws where their compliance would have been politically detrimental to him. He has ordered people to pay for services that are a violation of their religious beliefs. Understand that these examples are merely to show that we have arrived at the point where the President no longer feels bound to give anything more than the most transparent lip service to the Constitution, not an indictment of this particular President. We got to this point bit by bit. This President's predecessor signed a law that he felt was unconstitutional because he felt it was politically necessary, stating at the time that he expected the Supreme Court to overturn the law.

Comment Re:But how long will this last? (Score 1) 143

Forcing everything to be done in the open and audited makes it obvious if you are corrupt and so it's far easier to stay straight.

That is not about regulations...and neither was the example given by the OP. They are about how the regulations are set up AND it is much easier to enforce open and honest regulation if there is not very much of it. When you have so many laws and regulations that no one person can possible know all of them, then you will see corruption increase.

Comment Re:Dell? (Score 1) 217

No, I stand by my original comparison. I find the "fit and finish" of Chrysler products to be extremely cheap looking. I find the order process to place an order from HP to be extremely byzantine, generally I give up before I figure out whether they even offer the configuration I am looking for.

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