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Comment Re:OK then what about the 2nd amendment? (Score 4, Interesting) 498

If you want to be righteous and violent then their families are fair game, and then you'll get a lot of other opportunities to be a hero when they re-escalate in response.

No, it actually works like this.

If you want to actually reduce the violence and killing, of both the cops and innocents, then you need to show restraint and fight them within the system.

The system doesn't work. As this fellow has been telling you. Also, he tried to use the system. It chewed him up and spit him out, as it tends to do when it is challenged in any way. He's moved on to another methodology now. The system has only itself to blame.

Killing bad cops won't get rid of bad cops so only the good ones are left, it will just turn good cops borderline and borderline cops bad.

That's an assumption, one that goes counter to the ones this society is based upon. It has its corollary in "executing criminals and the consequent huge collateral damage to their families won't deter crime, it'll just turn others borderline and the borderline into criminals."

But in fact, what it does is breeds restraint and caution, which moves the borderline away from criminality, and keeps those who weren't even borderline well aware that living right is worth the candle. And when we execute the criminal, they stop committing crimes.

What you want to avoid doing is executing the innocent (or doing anything else to them, for that matter) because they and their families tend to get righteously pissed. Whereas the families of murderers and rapists also get hurt and pissed, but generally speaking, at the criminal, not the system. "YOU brought this on us!" "How could you!" and similar reactions.

Now, if the cops know that engaging in fuckery will get them targeted, and that everyone will suffer if they act like jackasses, not just them, and their families know that such fuckery will also likely get them targeted, the most likely result is that they will begin to actually do their jobs as they were intended to be done.

This is the way of war against something. You go after everything to do with the enemy that has besieged you. You take out the infrastructure, you blockade supplies, you drop on cities and you drop on industry and you drop on troops. You make the cost of being your enemy so high that no one wants to be your enemy. You do it until the other side cries "no more, no more" and convinces you they mean it. Then you occupy them and watch them for a while. In the interim, everyone else watches and goes "good grief, I don't want to be their enemy!"

This guy hasn't decided to play tit-for-tat. He's gone to war. And I'm not talking about modern, trained-to-fail warfare designed to use up munitions and equipment and keep the trough full for the military industrial complex; I'm talking about fuck-we're-facing-hitler-and-tojo all-out nuke-em burn-em where they stand war. And just like that war, the boys in blue started this one. He's already done far more damage to them than they can do to him; will he be able to do enough to make a difference in the sick, decayed culture of police officers? Remains to be seen. I rather think he may have already done so. Odds are good there's at least a spark of awareness already circulating among the police (and not just in LA) that when you step on people unjustly, they may bite back in a way the system can't insulate them from. The more so, now that a powerful example is being set.

It's revolution, writ small. Been a long time coming.

Comment Re:Cloud (Score 1) 173

Because if you can't sell that item you are out the money?

What part of "retail chops" did you fail to understand? If you stock items you can't sell, you have very poor, or no, retail chops, and you shouldn't be working the retail angle.

Any website offering 10% return rates is a scam.

prosper.com has been doing better than that for some time. If it's a scam, the other shoe has yet to drop. Methinks thou doth protest too much. Perhaps it's the financial barrier to entry that actually bothers you.

In any case, none of your objections, even if they had merit, are justification for keeping money in a bank. Banks don't exist to make you money. They exist to make money off of you. And they're very, very good at it. The optimum place to put money is where it will make more money. The answer to that is never "bank."

Comment Re:Cloud (Score 1) 173

As a matter of fact, I don't. There are many reasons to avoid this: avoiding surveillance, prophylactic action against seizure whether accidental or intentional, bank failure or malfeasance, extremely low rate of return (or outright loss, in the case of checking accounts), poor accessibility, vulnerability to inflation, etc.

Now consider inventory: On the average inventory item, the margin is 30 to 50%. This allows money to earn at a rate ten or more times that of any savings account. With an inventory you can keep turning over, the rate of return is spectacular by comparison. If you have even minor retail chops, this is a much better bet than any bank.

Or, just look at the average rate of return on small lending; Sites like prosper.com offer net spreads in excess of 10%. You can do even better in the private loan segment, if you have some people skills.

So let me ask you in return: Why would I keep my money in a bank?

Comment Re:Ethanol from corn is height of stupidity (Score 1) 419

You have air filters fine enough to stop pollen and flow enough air to keep your garden cool?

No, but I would if I were growing.

BTW outdoor 'valuable crops' are the superior product. The quality is all genetics.

Which has zero to do with "outdoors"

Sol is the best sun shining on this planet.

Dur?

What is the ratio of the distances between the light and the top and the middle of an indoor plant?

Light, singular? Budget op, then? LOL. Protip: You don't mount, shine, or weight artificial lights as if they were sunlight equivalent. Shadows are your enemy. Also, protip #2, the sun moves in the sky. The takeaway from that is left as an exercise for the student.

Want to buy some used HPS lamps?

Not until it's legalized, no. But thanks anyway. :)

Comment Re:OK then what about the 2nd amendment? (Score 3, Insightful) 498

How is that any sort of legitimate fight against a government?

Cops murder people all the time. And they send innocent people off to their slaughterhouse prisons to die all the time. And they ruin innocent people's lives all the time. Families are hurt by that all the time. How is that a legitimate fight against crime? And why should their families be immune from the effects of their malfeasance, if the lives of the families of the people they abuse are not?

Actions have consequences. That's the lesson here. Not "omg, innocents!" And where were you when the lives of innocents were being ruined by these cops? Eh? Have you been pointing the finger at the cops for their daily, nay, hourly, maltreatment of innocents?

Comment Re:I wish (Score 2) 498

None of that is nearly as bad as actual murder.

I think that's rather a matter of individual perspective. A life of misery compared with a quick death? It's not cut and dry.

So all you have really accomplished by killing a family member is remove a strategic asset of theirs. And one that is replacable. There is no way that murdering the families of the corrupt, sadistic cops is justified in any way.

I think you're being more than a little disingenuous there. One of the things being accomplished, or at least how it looks from here, is that it is unsafe for everyone involved when a cop is being evil. Not only are they at risk, but their families as well. Now, while a cop may be a sociopath, the family now considers themselves at risk if he or she misbehaves, and additional pressure to behave may come out of that. And if not, well, good riddance to them anyway. Anyone who figures cops, legislators and lawyers should be free to do anything they want -- or who supports them in such fuckery -- should probably die in a fire anyway.

Comment Cloud (Score 4, Insightful) 173

You have to be very naive to trust your data to "the cloud."

So I doubt that anyone significant is moving to it. For the clueless hordes on Faceplant, already accustomed to handing over everything about themselves, maybe so... but the people who actually run things, and do big things... they'll be keeping their data where they have control over it.

They don't trust it to the IT department, either. They're more likely to run, or own, the IT department. And they have your data. But you don't have theirs.

Comment Re:I wish (Score 1) 498

Any level of sympathy or understanding for his position went out the window when he declared war on presumably innocent bystanders.

And the families damaged by false arrests, unjust accusations and punishments? The individuals who can never get a decent job again, anywhere, what about their families?

Seems to me that's what the cops think is ok for them to do, is ok to do to them.

Comment Re:OK then what about the 2nd amendment? (Score 4, Interesting) 498

Are all the gun-nuts going to start shooting the LAPD now? Why not? Are you for or against government tyranny?

This is about someone using weapons to fight out of control government. In this case, he's the only one who knows the facts, so it's appropriate that he's the one doing the fighting, taking the risks, etc. Before you can co-opt large numbers, you have to do a lot better job of establishing your case than anecdotes. Even if he's 100% right, no one else can really know that.

This is simply not the kind of issue where you'd see a revolt. It is neither serious enough, well documented enough, or of consequence to a wide enough spectrum of people.

It is, however, the kind of thing that will happen from time to time, as the powerful crush the lives and dreams of the (relatively) little guy. When you takes actions that ruin someone's life, you'd better be sure they've got plenty of reasons left not to go off the reservation, as it were.

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