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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition 369

mendax writes "The New York Times reports that the Russian government is warning its citizens to not travel to countries that have an extradition treaty with the United States, noting that 'detentions of Russian citizens in various countries, at the request of American law enforcement, have become more frequent.' The article reports the Russian foreign ministry as saying,'Experience shows that the judicial proceedings against those who were in fact kidnapped and taken to the U.S. are of a biased character, based on shaky evidence, and clearly tilted toward conviction.'"

Comment Here we go again (Score 1) 918

What the hell. You'd think we'd have learned the first few times we went around playing world police.

There is no compelling national security interest in Syria. None at all. There is no legal justification for Obama to strike Assad without proof they were his chemical weapons, nor proof he was the one who used them, and without the approval of Congress.

Fuck Obama. He's proved to be just another goddamn failure.


New, Canon-Faithful Star Trek Series Is In Pre-Production 401

An anonymous reader writes "Star Trek veterans such as Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Robert Picardo (the Doctor) and others are busy in pre-production of a professionally produced pilot episode for a suggested new online Star Trek series named Star Trek: Renegades, which will be faithful to the original Star Trek canon. The events of the series are placed a decade after Voyager's return from Delta Quadrant. When the pilot is complete, they'll present it to CBS in the hopes that it'll be picked up. They have also opened an Indiegogo campaign, seeking more funds from Star Trek fans to help make the production even more professional. They've already reached their primary funding goal."

Comment This solves many problems (Score 4, Funny) 192

1) This solves the problem of student access to class materials. See, with the eBook approach, licenses can be made to be enabled on the first day of class and disabled on the last day of class. This prevents students from having early access to class materials, which levels the playing field for those who, for whatever reason, do not care to start learning before the first day of class

2) This solves the problem of killing trees. Now, instead of using renewable, natural resources to print textbooks that last 50 or more years on a shelf and provide information over a person's entire career and even lifetime, we can start using non-renewable rare earth materials to make iPads, which last perhaps a few years and may or may not be able to give access to that same information depending on whether or not someone else wants you to be able to read it.

3) This solves the problem of organic learning. With the smaller form factor and lower density of information, as well as the appeal to a shorter attention span, we can stop all this organic learning stuff and resort instead to rote memorization of bulleted facts, figures, and equations, which can then simply be regurgitated on multiple-choice exams.

Hobbling more competitive students, more destruction to the environment and higher cost, and dumbing down our students. It's a hat-trick of WIN!

Comment Re:Don't fly. (Score 0) 1233

Someone mod this AC up. These have been my thoughts about America in general for the better part of two decades. People don't care enough about the theft of their liberties to do anything about it. As long as they can still catch the Kardashians on MTV, they don't care if they have to submit to daily or hourly anal probes by various three-letter-agencies.

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