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Comment Re:How do you like your freedom now, New York? (Score 1) 141

That's one of the dumbest libertarian memes.

Truth hurts, huh?

A government which doesn't give you anything can also take away everything you have.

It could happen, yes. But the government, that's not expected to take care of all the citizenry's needs, does not need to become so powerful and omnipresent as to be able to take it all away.

So, there you go — a government limited in its responsibilities can remain limited in its power over the governed. The government expected to provide for all — can not. It inevitably becomes powerful enough to abuse the citizens. Whether it actually does abuse, well, TFA seems to provide an example... Numerous others abound.

Submission + - 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois (

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan: “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Comment Re:Telling people what can and cant do with (Score 1) 141

Communism is quite the opposite, because it is about local direct democracy

BS. Once you choose the Glorious Collective over the Deplorable Individual, an authoritarian at the top becomes inevitable.

It is no surprise, that all attempts to build Communism/Socialism in earnest — from Stalin to Chavez — resulted in just such a situation.

You could even describe Stalin as history's most successful fascist

You can't. Fascism allows private property and leaves the means of production in private hands — as long as the businesses do the State's bidding, they can manage the details on their own and can even compete with each other — this degree of freedom and the competition is what makes Fascism more efficient. Communism and Socialism (a.k.a. Communism-lite) do not allow any means of production in private hands at all. By definition.

Comment Re:Why have a democracy at all? (Score 1) 617

I didn't say the DNC ordered it so asking for evidence of a claim I didn't make is a strawman. I ignore strawmen. What you noticed was me not engaging with a logical fallacy.

As to sources, you're now conflating the strawman with a different argument tirely which means you're issuing your own strawman. I'm only noting that because you apparently don't know what a strawman is or why I'm not obligated to take it seriously.

As to patterns, what claim have I made that you can quote that relates to this issue that I have to validate. Keep in mind, if you demand any such thing I'll note some kind of claim you've made and demand a source as well just to discourage you from attempting to bog me down with link searching. A lot of people on these sorts of boards like to use that as a tactic. They just ask for sources for everything... why the sun rises in the east and then why it sets in the west. Why is water wet. Citation needed! Etc etc. And to contain that, I'm going to hold you to whatever standard you hold me to. You are not my auditor, you are not a judge, you're just another person on the internet. And if you want to play games, then I'll treat you as such.

Comment Re:Telling people what can and cant do with (Score 4, Informative) 141

Telling people what can and cant do with their own property is called Communism.

No, under Communism there is no private property at all — it is all communal. What you are describing is Fascism. It is generally better than Communism, but still quite nasty — and inefficient.

Comment Re:Why have a democracy at all? (Score 1) 617

So, can you do a net effect of this behavior on the social and political environment of area, the industry, and the nation?

Because what you're saying is that a chilling of the political climate where anyone that is a threat to the one party rule of the united states is effectively exiled or silenced is fine... So long as you do it a certain way.

So... one party rule is fine I guess. All hail Empress Clinton and her scion Chesley who will one day give birth to the future kings and queens of the Kingdom of America.

We either have a republic where people have freedom of expression or we don't. You want to play the game of "well they're just deciding"... fine... same thing happened with the Mozilla CEO. This is a pattern.

Humans have evolved to recognize patterns. It is a survival trait. Its one of the things we're good at. You're either bad at something that everyone else on this planet is good at... or you're just pretending to be stupid.

Which is it?

Comment Re:Why have ademocracy at all? (Score 1) 617

As to original notations, this is merely a confession of autism.

As to questioning statements, this is mindless nitpicking or autism. This does nothing to aid in rational and productive discourse. You concede my meaning but want every little line to compile. You're not a computer and neither am I. We are both much more complex and sophisticated creatures that are able to interpret meaning. To limit myself to what a computer would do would be to surrender that for nothing. Deal in meaning and be human.

As to write in candidates, then the notion is not especially credible. That's three for three.

As to coming down as hard on X as Y... Do it then. Judge both by the same standard. Calculate. Run the numbers. Process the program. Find your value for X. Do it. You want to play the "I'm autistic so I'm more rational" game... fine. Let us see precisely how rational you are... because I've played this game with other people that attempted the same ploy, and generally the logical contradictions happened almost immediately. Let us see if you're different. Execute.

As to autism as a pejorative, you were demonstrating an inability to grasp concepts in a larger context or interrelate phrases and topics with each other. This is a symptom of autism. I was hoping that by using the term you'd understand that your line of rhetorical argumentation was coming off as literally mentally disabled. Which to be very clear... that is how you were sounding. You take issue and then concede my points. If you weren't autistic or weren't behaving in that matter you'd have processed the context or the interrelation prior to taking issue and thus never found fault in the first place. Failing to do that demonstrated a dysfunction. Work on it.

Submission + - "Most serious" Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (

operator_error writes: Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.

By Dan Goodin — 10/20/2016

A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, according to researchers who are advising users to install a patch as soon as possible.

While CVE-2016-5195, as the bug is cataloged, amounts to a mere privilege-escalation vulnerability rather than a more serious code-execution vulnerability, there are several reasons many researchers are taking it extremely seriously. For one thing, it's not hard to develop exploits that work reliably. For another, the flaw is located in a section of the Linux kernel that's a part of virtually every distribution of the open-source OS released for almost a decade. What's more, researchers have discovered attack code that indicates the vulnerability is being actively and maliciously exploited in the wild.

"It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time."

The underlying bug was patched this week by the maintainers of the official Linux kernel. Downstream distributors are in the process of releasing updates that incorporate the fix. Red Hat has classified the vulnerability as "important."

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