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Submission + - Microsoft Bribe Probe Reaches Into Pakistan, Russia Deals (wsj.com)

walterbyrd writes: The probe is one of dozens being conducted by U.S. officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a 1977 law that prohibits U.S. traded companies from paying bribes to foreign officials. The law also holds companies liable for improper payments made by others on their behalf.

Comment Re:Put some old news in a new context (Score 1) 237

With fiber optics...I don't think it's very easy. Especially with the new doped fibers that do their own recharging.

It used to be that there had to be transceivers every so often along the fiber, to turn the optical signals back into electronic signals, then generate new laser pulses. The new cables basically build lasers into the fiber, allow it to refresh the signal without going through that process.

Comment Re:The US should stay out of it (Score 1) 222

> So, keep in your mind, its not that Muslim's hate you because you are an infidel, its because of the US policies of its own interest

So why do Muslims hate Buddhists, Hindus, and other Muslims?

Muslims hate the US, but not just the US. Muslims have instigated war, and terrorism, all over the world. Much more so than any other religion.

What is with all the fatwas? How often do the clergy of the other religions demand death for critics of their religion?

Comment Make no mistake: Islam is about forced submission (Score 1) 222

It always has been. The Qur'an makes this very clear, over, and over again. When the verses are put in context, it is even more obvious.

All this stuff about Islam being a religion of peace is only to fool gullible non-Muslims (that is also mandated in the Qur'an, it call taqiyya ). Listen to Muslim clerics preaching in Islamic countries. You will no "peace and love" messages for infidels. Quite the opposite.

Or, just look at the history of Islam. Both ancient, and recent.

Comment Re:The US should stay out of it (Score 1) 222

Oh, there is a way to win a middle east conflict. Genghis Khan figured this out during his life time and the same principle still applies. If you are going to fight a war in the middle east: leave no survivors. They seem to understand, and respect, unadulterated violence and little else.

I have read that Muslims respect GWB more than Obama for just that reason. Personally, I do not respect either of them.

Problem with killing every Muslim in the mid-east - other than the humanitarian aspect - what are the numerous Muslims in western countries going to do? I am afraid they may fight back in the only way they can.

The violence over there only ends with mushroom clouds.

Nuclear? Then how do we get the oil? Much of the mid-east is not inhabited, I think conventional weapon would do the job just fine.

But then again, what do all the rest of the Muslims, all over the world, do? It is my understanding that revenge is a matter of honor to many Muslims.

Comment Re:The US should stay out of it (Score 3, Informative) 222

Quran (8:55) - Surely the vilest of animals in Allah's sight are those who disbelieve

Quran (48:29) - Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard (ruthless) against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves

Quran (9:30) - And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah... Allah (Himself) fights against them. How perverse are they!

Quran (8:12) - I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them

Quran (9:123) - O you who believe! Fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness

Quran (5:33) - The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement

According to the Quran, non-believers...

Eat like beasts 47:12
Are apes 7:166, 5:60, 2:65
Are swines 5:60
Are asses 74:50
The vilest of animals in Allah's sight 8:55
Losers 2:27, 2:121, 3:85
Have a disease in their hearts 2:10, 5:52, 24:50
Are hard-hearted 39:22, 57:16
Impure of hearts 5:41
Are deaf 2:171, 6:25
Are blind 2:171, 6:25
Are dumb 2:171, 6:35, 11:29
Are niggardly 4:37, 70:21
Works shall be rendered ineffective 2:217, 47:1, 47:8
Are impure 8:37
Are scum 13:17
Are inordinate 5:68, 78:22
Are transgressors 2:26, 9:8, 46:20
Are unjust 29:49
Make mischief 16:88
Are the worst of men 98:6
Are in a state of confusion 50:5
Are the lowest of the low 95:5
Focus only on outward appearance 19:73-74
Are guilty 30:12, 77:46
Sinful liar 45:7
Follow falsehood 47:3
Deeds are like the mirage in a desert 24:39
also...
Allah does not love them 3:32, 22:38
Allah forsakes them 32:14, 45:34
Allah brought down destruction upon them 47:10
Allah has cursed them 2:88, 48:6
Allah despises them 17:18
Allah abases them 22:18

Comment Re:The US should stay out of it (Score 1) 222

> There is no part of muslim religion that would teach to hate infidels

Wrong. Read the Qur'an. "Infidels are the most vile of creatures" "kill the infidels where ever you find them" and countless other sections.

> you still think the world hates US because of some nonexistent part fo their religion.

I am certain of it. Muslims also hate: Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, and - of course - other Muslims. You may want to catch up on world news if you doubt this for even one second. And again, read the Qur'an.

Comment Re:The US should stay out of it (Score 1) 222

I mean, yeah, it's a disaster for the common man but it's a gold mine for the folks running the show

Very good point. I should have mentioned that. I just read an article that details how US aid to Egypt is all going to US defense contractors. Then after everything is destroyed, Halliburton can rebuild it with more US dollars.

Who cares about all the death, and suffering? Who cares about further burdens on the US tax payers? As long as Dick Cheney gets even richer, I guess it's all good.

Comment The US should stay out of it (Score 5, Insightful) 222

US meddling in mid-east affairs is a guaranteed disaster for the US.

Help one tribe, and the opposing tribe will hate you forever. Then the tribe you help will soon hate you also. Bottom line: Muslims must hate infidels, it is a key part of their religion.

No matter who the US helps, the US involvement will be called an "invasion." The US will be accused of using the US military to steal mid-east oil. It happens every time.

Sadam, Osama, and the Muslim Brotherhood, were all the good guys, and our buddies, at one point. Now, even Kuwait hates us.

There is no way to win in a mid-east conflict. The only winning move is not to play.

Other than buying oil, the US has no business in the mid-east. Let the crazies kill each other, if that is what they want to do. It is part of their culture, I guess.

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