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Comment Re:Mugabe (Score 1) 669

Read up on exactly what Mugabe is doing

This idea that a group of civilians can enact violent revolution hasn't been valid for the past few decades. Dictators tend to have a monopoly on force in a country, they command the loyalty of military and police forces inside the country, and remain in power because no other force in the country has the capability to oust them.

I.E. Even if there were free elections in Zimbabwe, and the people DID elect someone other than this monster, he could simply say, "No." and carry on with his business.

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Naturally, there's the flip side of this, foreign interference producing a government even WORSE than the last one. The list of Western-inspired coups that produced shitty governments in the end is pretty long, but without foreign assistance, rebel groups don't really stand a chance to create meaningful change.

Comment Re:Fallout... (Score 1) 381

It's Mr. Greenwald's fault, though perhaps not yours if you honestly don't see the difference. The way you say things does make an impact upon how people perceive them, especially if they're not curious enough to find out the whole story for themselves.

TFA is pretty clearly attempting to cast Lamo in the worst light possible. I, personally, leap to the conclusion of schizophrenia when I hear someone described as mentally ill, especially when combined with the words "involuntarily committed." The diagnosis of Aspergers was actually something of a shock.

And that's just it, it's not just my biases, it's intentionally writing the article to trigger those biases that is intellectual dishonest.

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 381

While I wouldn't describe it as "standard treatment" it's definitely something the military does.

While I was in the Air Force it was called "Corrective Custody" and was something of a boogy-man NCO's told stories about to frighten the younger troops into behaving, and represents the most extreme non-judicial punishment a commander is allowed to give to his troops.

Any time I ever heard of it actually being implemented it only lasted around a week to a month, and it got rolled out when a base commander wanted to make an example out of someone. I.E. if someone is such a discipline problem they're getting administratively discharged, and they want to make the dude's last month hell so no-one else gets any bright ideas about getting out of their contract early.

Comment Re:Fallout... (Score 1, Interesting) 381

The Article specifically cites:

"numerous individuals in the Boston area, including MIT students who (due at least in part to Lamo's prior accusations) have been the subject of WikiLeaks-related probes by the FBI."

So yes, we can pretty unambiguously state that there ARE other sources, or at best accessories, that need to be protected by not releasing the chat logs.

Considering what has happened to the one source that DID get implicated, Bradly Manning is being held in the most inhumane and unconstitutional conditions imaginable, it's not just a fine show of journalistic integrity they're showing by not releasing the chat logs, it's a fine show of basic human dignity.

Comment Re:he's right (Score 1) 680

Some people are indeed predisposed to be good at certain subjects. Whether these is a function of nature (genetically inclinde for math!) - or Nurture (Your personality just developed that way) - is up for grabs.

I, for example, am terrific at math, but pretty terrible at foreign langauges. I was off living in Germany for three years, taking classes, and talked quite often with my neighbors (who didn't speak english at all!) - but still never really got beyond what I like to call "caveman german."

Even being "not a history person" might be that way simply because you hate / are bad at rote memorization, which is all the intro courses really consist of. Normally I don't think badly of a person who claims to be bad in a single subject, so long as there IS something they're good at.

There are people who just "aren't good at school." That I dismiss as blithering idiots.

Comment Re:he's right (Score 1) 680

You know what's hilarious? I was talking to a hippy the other day who thought the fact that every part of a slaughtered cow ends up in some kind of consumer product was a monstrous example of corporate greed, and all I could think about was how the very same person would probably laud the Indians for doing the exact same thing.

Comment Re:It's only fair. (Score 1) 235

* Using Sage/Maple/Mathematica/Wolfram Alpha to solve algebra and calculus problems.

A good portion of my Differential Equations class involved using how to learn Maple to solve Differential Equations. We didn't use it on tests of course, but they're valuable tools.

In an Engineering Statistics class, we used Excel's Data Analysis toolpack on tests, because "you're all Engineering and Computer Science students, this is what you're going to be doing in the real world, so I'm testing you on your ability to do it."

* driving a car in gym class instead of running?

I actually drive to the Gym, but feel a little silly for doing so. I switch off to Biking there during the summer months, for what that's worth.

* hiring a carpenter instead of doing the work in shop class?

I'll be paying carpenters to do almost all of the carpentry work I need done in the real world. They'll be paying me for all of the Electrical Engineering work they need done. Specialization of labor is a beautiful thing.

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