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Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 1) 513

Google parses email to place ads. But so what?

Because with the right incentives, this parser may be upgraded to recognize key words like, say, "fertilizer" and "airport" and, once it detects a match, sends your personal information to a certain vacation company specializing in long-term accommodations on a Caribbean island resort.

And for all that we know, it already has.

Comment A deeper problem (Score 1) 211

Unfortunately, she doesn't have the money to fight them.

And here lies the the problem with our so called "justice" system: it's cost.
Even when you are 100% in the right, you still need to spend (a lot of) money to get justice, money you will never get back and sometimes, when the other side can throw vastly larger amount of money at the problem, you will still lose.

There is no justice, only institutionalized extortion.

Comment Re:Someone else who doesn't know what agnostic mea (Score 1) 528

I just reviewed the common definitions of "agnostic" and "atheist" which only confirmed that I have it right. Give me a reference that clearly explains your understanding of these concepts and I'll gladly educate myself. Until then I will assume that you're merely playing word games with a concept that you personally consider "too simplistic to be true".

FYI, most things in life ARE simplistic. And no, I don't pretend to be "better" than anyone, even those who try to tell ME what I'm thinking.

The problem with "common" definitions is that they do, with time, gravitate toward the simplistic, thus losing any fine distinctions, nuances and tomes that originally existed. When the original definition encompassed a broad range of meanings and depended on context for disambiguation, the "simplification" will most often drop all but one. Then, how would you communicate a concept when there are no longer words to describe it?

Regardless of what the words "atheist" and "agnostic" are currently accepted to mean, we still need a distinction among the various concepts, mainly because "lacking a belief in god(s)" is not the same as "believing there is/are no god(s)".

Comment Re:incorrect leftist BS (Score 1) 800

US citizens relinquished citizenship and due process if they joined an enemy army of the US, whether it was the Redcoats, Germans, or Al Cada (sic).

So, if the sociopathic boyfriend of your vengeful ex, who happens to hold a high position in the executive branch, "determines" that you have "joined an enemy army of the US", you are fair game? And the fact that you are stripped of your due process rights conveniently prevents you from proving your innocence? Neat.

Oh, by the way, that link that you provided? Might want to read at the bottom of that page:
"Whenever the loss of United States nationality is put in issue in any action or proceeding [...] under, or by virtue of, the provisions of this chapter or any other Act, the burden shall be upon the person or party claiming that such loss occurred, to establish such claim by a preponderance of the evidence."

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 4, Insightful) 199

Exactly. You have no idea of knowing whether "distributing" something might lend you in jail or ruin you financially.
Better be safe and all of your cultural sharing only via approved channels.
After all, what's a small fee for the assurance that you won't be charged with supporting communist terrorist pedophiles?

Comment Re:So now today we're for copyright? (Score 1) 307

It's funny how you people are against other's copyright, except when it belongs to one of your own. Hypocrite much?!?

I cannot speak for "you people", but that makes perfect sense to me:
1. We (myself and like-thinkers) are against copyright as it is currently implemented.
2. Some of us are against copyright in principle, while others will be OK with sane terms (which will allow free public participation in the culture of their generation).
3. Regardless of the above, as long as copyright remain are what they are, we will insist that they apply with equal (or, preferably, greater) harshness to the people and corporations that created, perpetuated and weaponized them, as they do to the rest of the population.

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