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Comment Re:Same in Mexico. (Score 1) 226

Most of the horrendous violence unleashed by various Christian sects of the centuries occurred before the advent of bombs, but if you want to talk about the cost:benefit ratio, the Christians have caused far more deaths in the name of their religion than the Muslims. Islamic terrorism is largely a result of a particular brand of fundamentalism unleashed in the 20th century. The Christian history of mass atrocity goes back centuries.

If you're asking which is objectively worse, I'd direct your attention to the genocide of every indigenous culture in South America, explicitly in the name of Christianity, as only one example of many that make Christianity objectively worse over the course of the last several hundred years. The Muslims are going to have to step their game up to even be in the same league.

Comment Re:Same in Mexico. (Score 3, Interesting) 226

You overlook the single most important difference between Muslim fundamentalists and Christian fundamentalists. The Christians don't feel compelled to conduct bombings etc in order to make political or religious points - they're still largely in charge of the political machinery. There's no point conducting mass action terrorism when you can rely on your political institutions to more or less protect your rights.

The day American Christian fundamentalists start feeling like a true oppressed minority, is the day they stop shooting abortion doctors one by one and instead turn to mass bombings.

  Of course, it doesn't help us with the Muslims when they actually participate in the political system fairly and then we all cheer when they get dethroned in a coup that we would condemn in a second if the government were anyone but fundamentalist Muslims. Now that we've proven to them that the democratic system actually doesn't work, I expect them to turn to more direct methods.

Fundies are fundies, and their tactics differ largely only in how much power they have.

Comment Re:Attaboy (Score 5, Insightful) 1501

I'm very honest and direct with the people who work with and for me. And yet magically I'm not an asshole like Linus. If you're incapable of delivering an honest and direct message without abusing people, then you're a shitty human being.

Honest and direct: "This is not good enough. The logic is flawed and the code is sloppy. Go back and do it again".
Asshole: "How fucking stupid do you have to be to write something like this crap".

See the difference?

Comment Re:Political Correctness has no place in Kernel De (Score 1, Informative) 1501

People talk that way at the office, it's just not openly aired.

If anyone spoke to another person in our office the way Linus does, he'd be taking his teeth home in a paper sack.

Linus has the protection of the intarwebz to prevent him from suffering the natural consequences of treating people the way he does.

Comment This Happens All the Time (Score 4, Funny) 509

Sevier claims that his addiction started when he “accidentally” replaced the “a-c-e” in Facebook with a “u-c-k.” Sevier said this F***book site “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male,” and he started to prefer the images on the screen to his own wife.

Man, that happens to me all the time. One time, I reached for the skim milk and accidentally drank a 40oz bottle of vodka.

Another time, I was making a peanut butter sandwich and accidentally injected heroin into an artery.

Someone should pay!

Comment Re:How else do we find out? (Score 1) 658

Wait, so you think that the details of legal (your presumption in this case) intelligence gathering operations should somehow be "transparent"?

How exactly do you imagine that working?

There of course needs to be government/legislative/judicial oversight, but by definition successful covert intelligence operations can't be transparent to the general public.

Comment A Pox On Horseless Carriages (Score 2) 314

If I could, I would repeal the internal combustion engine, for it has lead to the scourge of drunk driving which claims thousands of lives a year. Sure, people claim that the infernal explodo box is valuable because it makes possible the rapid transport of people and goods around the world, but won't someone think of the children?

Life was better back in the day. Bah Humbug.

Comment Re:O que? ("what?" in Portuguese) (Score 3, Informative) 126

No, the poster is correct. Obviously, the Brazilian government holds to the same school of thought as the US government. It's not unlawful/un-Constitutional if we do it because of the current scary and propaganda-hyped boogeyman-du-jour.

Civil rights are taking a beating everywhere these days along with those advocating for them, it seems.

Without talking about what the US government is doing, I would just point out that what is nonsensical in the original post is that monitoring what people say on Twitter isn't "wiretapping" any more than reading what you chose to post on this forum is "wiretapping".

Civil rights may well be under attack, but not by people looking at a Twitter or Instagram stream, looking for comments about where protests are being held.

Comment Re:Such as when they declared Iceland to be terror (Score 4, Informative) 404

Oh good grief. They didn't declare Iceland to be "terrorist".

They used a law called the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act (note how two of those three things aren't "terrorist") to freeze the assets of an Icelandic bank branch in the UK. They did so under provisions of the law that involve preventing actions harmful to the UK economy.

One can certainly question whether this was warranted or not, but it had nothing to do with terrorism. Nice try though.

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