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Comment Re:If you *read* TFA... (Score 1) 1111


I keep hearing "reasonable people don't do X". It may be true that it's quite uncommon, but we can't begin making accusations just because someone is doing something eccentric. I could have sworn that at one time it was normal for little old ladies to have a mattress stuffed with money because they didn't understand or trust banks.

Sure, this person isn't a little old lady and these are sketchier circumstances, but I don't think that puts the onus on Anaya to begin narcing on his clients. Especially when dealing with someone who has the potential to be as dangerous as an $800,000 wielding drug dealer.

Comment Re:The Answer To This Nonsense... (Score 1) 1111

I like the point about Canada. I, as a smoker, would support a move similar to that here to see if it helps.

As for the pot smokers operating heavy machinery that you refer to, that seems like something that company policy can control. A company can say they do not want drunk or high people running equipment and that using drugs or alcohol while on shift is an offense that can lead to termination. Governments don't need to control what some other organization can.

Comment Re:Grow Up (Score 1) 965

I wish I had mod points. Lacking that, I just have to say that I appreciate both the well constructed car metaphor and the elegantly expressed frustration with the forcible interface switches that are handed out without asking the user's consent. In this day and age of cheap storage, is there a good reason that new interfaces can't keep the legacy UI paradigms around as an option and load the correct libraries for your "theme" on demand?

Comment Re:Scientific basis (Score 1) 308

That definition you have there could be used to cover this situation.
In the case of sensory deprivation, one is eliciting strength of emotion: fear, anxiety and phobia. (among other possibilities). For drugging an unwilling person, one is using physical force and possibly intimidation to administer the drug.
That being said, violence has been getting applied to a lot of interesting situations by very hippie folks and that muddies the word. Perhaps I've been polluted by the diluted definition.

Comment Re:Scientific basis (Score 1) 308

I would actually argue that torture is the use of violence rather than pain and/or harm and violence comes in many varieties. Denying one permission to use the bathroom is a well known tactic. You're not preventing them from soiling themselves so it's not like they're going to be physically harmed. Instead, it's psychological violence. Does the lack of pain or harm make it not torture? I'd say torture also encompasses being compelled to answer questions under the influence of drugs. Forcing someone to go through that is violence in my eyes.

Comment Re:Cruelty to animals (Score 5, Informative) 182

With larger birds such as African Grey's, there is a really high risk of injury to the bird if they are allowed to grow up flying inside a house. Young birds do not understand glass for instance, and will attempt to fly into it, ultimately doing harm to themselves. To offset this, the non-permanent wing clipping is employed to prevent them from taking flight. This doesn't prevent gliding, however, so they can still leap safely off ledges to the floor to get around. Once they're older, you have to take into account that the nearly or fully grown bird has never flown, so you keep clipping the wings as they don't know how to use them.

I've never owned a Parrot but I grew up with one and my parents opted to not clip his wings. The net result was a lot of snapped feathers and a bird with neurological damage from running into things full tilt. Not pretty.

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