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Comment Re:Failure of will (Score 0) 271

Oh, looking at your post history I see you in London. Did you happen to miss the Tube and Bus Bombings? Did you miss the beheading of Lee Rigby? these were the little things. Did you miss your Prime Minister lie to your face when he said the beheadings were nothing to do with Islam when the jihadi beheaders clearly, explicitly and repeatedly see they were. Do you not know about the 87 Sharia courts already operating in the UK (Google it! check the facts for yourself). Do you not know all the people who have been told to take down their English flags in case they offend people who voluntarily migrated to the UK? Boy, you must be "awful dumb". No wonder English Culture will disappear within a few generations - if people like you don't even know the basic facts of what is happening (and worse, refuse to believe the *facts* when they are pointed out to you). That really is dumb.

Comment Re:Failure of will (Score 0) 271

"As long as there's a line, and as long as we keep taking the wealth from their side to our side and not letting them over the line, they are going to hate us, and some of them are going to try and kill us."

This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of why the First World countries are rich. They are rich because the citizens work to *create* wealth. That's right. Wealth gets created. Through great ideas and hard work. Case studies: the Internet and iPhone. The First World invented these and *created* massive wealth in the process. The Third World was not deprived by their creation - yet the Marxists will lie to your face and say that the only reason the First World, and entrepreneurs are Rich are because they exploit others. This is absolute rubbish and it is amazing in this day and age that anyone still parrots that throughly discredited view of a long-gone Early Industrial Era.

The First World cultures work together to prmote honesty and trust in a common project. That means people can trade and corruption is exposed and minimised. Yes, the First World sometimes uses the Third World for its resources - but this benefits the Third World too (and would benefit all citizens, except for the fact that the major problem in the Third World is corruption so only a few get the benefits).

The reason the Third World is poor is because of rampant corruption and ideologies that calls great instability (eg. abberant Christianity of the Lord' Resistance Army in Uganda, or the mainstream Islamic jihad in Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Egypt, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Southern Russia etc).

To say that the First World is rich because it "stole" from the Third World is simply *wrong*. To say that the Third World is poor because of the First World is *wrong* (its due to internal problems in the Third World, such as the corruption). That's why countries with totally smashed infrastructure like Germany, Japan and Korea can got from behind the Third World to well in front.

Its the culture of personal industry, entrepreneurship, honesty and investment in the common national project that makes the difference between First World and the rest. Don't let the false Marxist memes fool you - they are not based on the historical facts.

Now to you all socialists out there. Stop whinging about the rich, k? Instead of complaining that hard working entrepreneurs give more to the poor (despite the fact they give a lot more than you) how about you create something that other people will willingly pay you for. Then you will enrich yourself, your employees and you will pay a lot of tax to keep the insatiable Governement bureaucracies going and a lot of tax will go to helping the poor. Whinging about the rich doesn't help anyone. Creating wealth yourself to share with others does. So get to it!

Comment Failure of will (Score 0) 271

The intelligence failure are not about not having sufficient technology. It is a failure of will. There is an ideology that has driven over 21500 fatal attacks around the globe and is tearing up the Middle East (citation: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/). Yet, the US Government has *banned* any mention of that ideology and association of it with the terrorism it so clearly spawns (citation: http://frontpagemag.com/2011/robert-spencer/obama-adminstration-bans-the-truth-about-islam-and-jihad/). The FBI, CIA, DoD, NSA are all *prohibited* from mentioning certain words to do with this ideology due to Government policy (where the Government has been infiltrated by the very organizations that promote such terrorism) [citation: http://www.investigativeproject.org/3869/egyptian-magazine-muslim-brotherhood-infiltrates%5D

The Orwellian nature of this ideology and its political associates has gotten so bad that I cannot even say its name on Slashdot - because to mention that ideology invites a flurry of downmods. No matter how many citations or indisputable facts one provides.

That is why the NSA will fail to provide timely information. Friendly countries can provide all the tips in the world (as the Russians did a number of times with the Boston Bombers: citation http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/russia-repeatedly-warned-us-about-muslim-boston-bomber/) by the US intelligence agencies will discard this information. This represents a failure of will on the part of the US intelligence services (driven by their political masters).

ps. this is *on topic*, so p!ss off with your downmods (those that suppport terrorism).

Comment Re:I can tell from the pixels (Score -1) 138

sadly, it's gotten to the point where you could assume if there's no bloody toilet paper it's due to a spy agency.

There was a severe shortage of toilet paper in the Socialist Worker's Paradise of Venezuela recently:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/23/venezuela-toilet-paper-shortage

Venezuela has 88.13 billion in oil revenue. It should be fabulously wealthy and have no shortages. But it does. Why? because strongly socialist systems always have endemic corruption and mis-allocation of resources. The crazy thing is after a century of repeated failure people still think socialist systems can work. In the short term they can, until they run out of stored money to spend, and then they fail. Always. Furthermore, socialist systems have greater and greater surveillance and suppression of dissenting thought (eg. the Marxist Political Correctness now infesting the 'Free World') as a result of the Cultural Marxism (look it up, please) that dominates global culture (you can't see it, because you're inside the Matrix; but once you are aware of Cultural Marxism you will see the invisible bars that are intended as a prison for your mind).

ps. I'm in New Zealand and haven't noticed any wide scale protests or wide scale awareness of the issue yet. Hopefully the awareness of the authoritarian nature of all governments (capitalist and socialist) will come. The true solution is in the populace demanding charters of limited government - just like the US Constitution (which is a fantastic document, but ignored by US Governments and most of the population - despite the Tea Party trying to raise awareness of the need for the restoration of Constitutional principles in government and law).

Comment Re:what happens if the chick get pregnant? (Score 1) 240

What do you mean, what happens? The same thing would happen to the kids as to the parents, duh. They'll all die off *well* within a generation. (If I were entering a betting pool, I'd probably go for "within a year", but the exact timeframe is rather difficult to predict without knowing the particulars of exactly who and what they're planning to take.)

There's no way to pack even remotely enough resources to last anywhere near a lifetime, and there aren't any meaningful resources to be found on Mars. If you can somehow manage to haul in enough solar collectors from Earth, it might be possible to keep yourself in air and water until the equipment breaks down, but food's going to be a serious problem, and you can just forget about anything complicated like medicine or the ability to repair the air-making equipment when it breaks.

Comment Re:Ubuntu has safe updates (Score 1) 627

This is largely a function of the packaging system. I've had Debian systems that I originally installed as sarge and upgraded in turn to etch, lenny, squeeze, and wheezy. I suspect something similar would work for any major APT-based distro.

CPAN is almost as good for upgrading (in some ways maybe better), but it lacks the ability to easily *downgrade* packages, which isn't a big deal for what it's used for but would be a significant deficiency in an OS distro package manager.

Comment Re:Despite all of the complaining about it... (Score 1) 627

> I personally don't have much gripe against sudo

The gripe probably isn't with sudo as such so much as the way it's configured on Ubuntu by default.

In particular, on Debian you use the root password to do admin functions with sudo; whereas, on Ubuntu you use your *own* password to gain root privs. I suspect this is what the other poster is complaining about.

Which way is better depends on the circumstances. For the systems I administer, as it happens, the Debian way is significantly preferable; but I can easily imagine multi-admin scenarios where the Ubuntu setup would result in better overall security and accountability. What's really needed, IMO, is some good documentation on how to decide which configuration is right for any given system (and how to make the change if necessary).

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 141

> When I said "pepper" in Spam, I meant black pepper, BTW.

I assumed so.

> I haven't been to King's Island since it was Coney (and moved).

I was there when it was owned by Paramount, but I haven't been there since Cedar Fair took over. I imagine they've probably made improvements (and by "improvements" I primarily mean coasters), because that's how they roll. But I live in Galion, which is closer to Sandusky than it is to Cinci, so when we want to go to an amusement park we normally go to the Point. (As wimpy as Ohio may be in terms of spices, we're as hardcore as any place on earth when it comes to roller coasters.)

> I've been to the "bug house" at the zoo!

Yeah, the bug house was one of my favorite parts of that zoo too.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 141

> She took that exact same formula, then dumped
> spaghetti in it. That's Cincinnati style.

Oh, I've heard my dad talk about Cincinnati-style chili, but I've never had it. I've only been down to Cinci a handful of times (five or six maybe, all told), and chili was never high on my list of things to experience while there. (There *are* things worth going there for. King's Island isn't Cedar Point, but it's not chopped liver either; the Beast alone is worth the admission price, if you ride it about three times. They've also got an excellent zoo and some nice museums -- though one of the best ones is across the river in Kentucky -- among other things.)

> I've heard about "midwest spices". They called it "Spam"
> because it was Ham with Spices. Salt and pepper!

That "salt and pepper" thing is actually a misnomer. In fact, pepper is not widely used around here. Even sausage doesn't always contain pepper. My mom and one of my sisters categorically won't eat anything that contains it, period. (My other sister will eat sausage that contains a small amount of it, though, and Dad likes it in sausage and on eggs. Then there's me: I routinely use cayenne and have been known to cook with small amounts of habanero -- but I did get the idea to do so from anyone in Ohio.)

The most widely used spice in Ohio cuisine is almost certainly cinnamon, which shows up in about a third of all our non-chocolate desserts (and a lower percentage of the chocolate ones).

The other possible contender is onion powder, which is widely used in lieu of fresh onion.

Other spices that are more common here than pepper include garlic (frequently used with onion powder in meat dishes; but a lot of people don't like it, including my mom), cloves (usually with cinnamon in desserts; also used in pickling and occasionally with oranges), nutmeg (usually with cinnamon in desserts, but in tiny amounts), oregano (mainly used in pasta sauce and pizza sauce), and basil (sometimes added to the oregano, albeit in smaller amounts).

Oh, and I realize someone from outside the MIdwest might not agree, but my mom considers imitation vanilla flavoring to be a spice. We use a LOT of that. Whole tablespoons of it, practically every day. I bet I've eaten (food containing) more vanilla flavoring this month alone than black pepper in my entire life, past and future.

Comment Perhaps Obama can be transparent about Benghazi (Score 1) 537

Unfortunately the Obama Administration has been "less than transparent" (as in, unbelievably obstructive) to the Congressional investigation to the attack on Benghazi on 9/11. Besides the killed Ambassadors and SEALs, there were several dozen survivors but the Obama Administration started by withholding the names of these survivors, and then changing the names they did provide, and then saying things like the Marine Lt Col in charge could not be found as he was retired but it turned out he was still serving (wtf?). Then the Obama Administration blamed a jailed a filmmaker for the attack, but had drones overhead at the time and knew immediately that it was not a protest about the film. Would be nice if Obama actually delivered on the transparency he promised (or actually, anything, despite the media running cover again).

Comment Re:Better idea, shut it down - it's illegal.... (Score 1) 537

"hey were marching because he was starting a war under false pretenses. "

This is a very common meme, but is factually incorrect. Yes, it is unpopular to explain, but please let me do so. Firstly there were many reasons to get Saddam, from the mass murders of his own people to the sponsoring of terrorism worldwide (even if not the 9/11 attackers) to fulfilling the mandate for the invasion of of Iraq obtained from Congress by Bill Clinton (and therefore, representing the will of the Democrats and supposedly the will of the American people). You knew these facts, didn't you?

Now consider the details of the WMD meme. Firstly, there appear to have been WMDs in Iraq but before the invasion they were reportedly shipped to Syria (where they are being used by both sides today). Now, it is clear that when Bush authorized the invasion he actually thought he would find the WMDs. And when they weren't found he did not order them to be faked despite the enormous pressure to do do - showing that he was wrong, but honest about what he intended to find. Think about this a bit before you dismiss it.

Criticise Bush all you want, but the memes that he lied and the only reason to invade Iraq was WMD that didn't exist are simply not true. Hate Bush if you must, but at least stop spreading false memes. Thanks.

Comment Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 141

> When my grandmother made chili and dumped
> spaghetti in it, we thought she was trying to poison us!

I don't know about putting spaghetti in it (that doesn't sound _bad_, but it does sound rather _odd_), but my mom makes "chili" that does not have any seasoning in it other than salt and maybe a half teaspoon of onion powder. It's basically a hamburger broth soup with kidney beans and diced tomato. Why is it called "chili"? Well, I don't know. I guess the name was available, because nobody in her circle of acquaintance has any experience with the genuine article.

Traditional Midwestern homemade cuisine is, as a general rule, not real big on spices, especially the "hot" ones. Despite this, a lot of the food manages to be highly palatable. The canned fruits and jams are superb. The pasta is good, and the casseroles are generally not bad. The baked macaroni and cheese is great. I'd go through fire for a serving of mom's corned beef and applies. The desserts as a rule are fantastic, as long as you stick with ones made by people over age 40. (Young people keep getting the urge to make desserts out of trendy magazines, which tend to fall into one of three categories: either they recipe is so focused on being easy to make that it's completely lame, like making box-mix cupcakes in the microwave -- seriously, my sister does this -- or else it's so focused on being exotic and new that it's unaccountably bizarre, like Jell-O salad with cheddar cheese and beets and mayo in it, or else it's Yet Another Cream Cheese Thing. Skip all that. Always go for the desserts made by people who are using a recipe they got from an older person, such as their grandmother or an elderly woman from church. Those are always good.) Scalloped potatoes, sloppy joe, cornbread, muffins, biscuits, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, deviled eggs, goulash (nothing at all like the Hungarian dish by the same name, but that's neither here nor there), baked beans, applesauce, pancakes, bacon and eggs, glazed carrots, cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, buckeyes, all very good.

But the chili... yeah, not so awesome.

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