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Comment Re:Wait... (Score 1) 785

If I do something to try and get someone elected do I need to wait for them to give me permission or ask before I do it? Or is it possible I may do something I believe will lead to support of a candidate or a drop in support for an opposing candidate? I haven't heard anyone claim that Trump asked the Russians to do the initial hack. I have heard rumors that they did it to support him, but I'm not sure if that's their primary intent. I do know that Putin has spoken in support of Trump, so it would not be unbelievable someone in Russia would do this with that motivation except the timeline does make that unlikely since no one considered him a contender last year. Maybe the hack was done with a different intent and the release of the emails was done with that intent?

Comment Re:And give Putin a Pulitzer Prize (Score 1) 785

My point of view is that the original leaks being exposed is fine. Reporting on them is a good thing, and we should look for maleficence in the emails that have been exposed. But calling upon a foreign power to attack someone is over the line. Does he really think they will go find those emails and nothing else? And I "hope" is an invitation to action. When your mom says "I hope you clean this basement soon." She isn't really making a meaningless statement. She wants you to do it.

Comment Re:Unforseen? (Score 1) 108

One of the funniest ironies in video games to me was a line from Star Ocean on PS2. The main character is a HUGE game fanatic. And that's why he is incredibly fit. Because in that world all the video games were developed for a system that's like a holodeck. I did not consider that an implausible future.

Comment Re: The DNC overlords always get their way (Score 1) 644

All it takes is one country to decide that it is worth the risk and the world is over. That's insane. Nukes don't threaten a single country. They threaten all countries and are a force that should never be used. Owning nukes would force countries to grow up? Why? Does giving a kid a gun make the kid grow up or make the kid think he's invincible and get people hurt? If the US having nukes doesn't discourage other countries from attacking us or our citizens why would them suddenly having nukes discourage them? If every country in the world starts building nuclear arsenals it puts us (all humans) into a more precarious position. Escalating tension does not lead to peace. If you think nukes make people able to negotiate from a position of strength it would be at best the position of a bully. I don't consider that a good position. (And it is the position of the United States often and I don't think that is good either.)

That said. I'm against nuclear proliferation, but I'm not really for complete nuclear disarmament. Decreasing the world's stockpile would probably be good and I'm glad that research into making more powerful bombs has pretty much stopped, but I can agree that nukes have had a great impact on countries willingness to go to war for the countries that have nukes currently.

Comment Re: The DNC overlords always get their way (Score 1) 644

By this logic there's no problem with North Korea getting nukes. A line needs to be drawn somewhere and nukes is a pretty damn good line. Ideally NO ONE should have nukes. Being OK with any country getting them, ally or foe, shows a lack of understanding about these weapons and think they are just big bombs. Saying Japan or South Korea should grow their military so we don't budget for their defense is an understandable argument and a case can be made for it, though increased world militarization might lead to another world war so I personally don't agree with that stance, but a case can be made for it. But nukes are far too dangerous to allow them to proliferate.

Comment Re:Environmental impacts? (Score 1) 321

I never had cavities either until a dentist ran a laser over my teeth or problems of that nature either until a dentist ran a laser over my teeth and detected what he called microcavities and drilled like 1/3rd of my teeth. Now I have problems with cavities -.- Just a warning for if you ever change dentists.

Comment Re:I don't believe that to be true!! (Score 1) 321

Just to clarify a point... the University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League school... so 2/3 of the schools on this list are Ivy League. She has taught at 25% of the 8 Ivy League schools. Pennsylvania state system of higher education indeed is inferior to Ivy league, but University of Pennsylvania is not part of the state sytem of higher education. It's a private school. I have no data about


Comment Re: we're all government's bitches (Score 1) 180

Personally I think the issue is that a $600 fine could cause poorer people to become homeless. I know people where that is their monthly income. Running a red light (where you didn't kill anyone) shouldn't result in destroying someone's life. I do not think that level of fining is correct for the level of misdemeanor. Sure if you make 100,000 a year you can probably afford it, but if you make $20,000 a year that's 3% of your yearly income, a significant portion. Society should tolerate mistakes because mistakes happen. And then police departments are incentivized to issue tickets like this despite the consequences because their budgets account for X tickets issued per month and Y% of people not even showing up to court to argue it. Oh and cops don't lie.

Comment Re:Frivilous Law Suit (Score 1) 242

I don't doubt you are wrong and all, but just want to quible one logic point. Most of the this then thats you present makes sense except the people wanting to live there but unable to leading to more people wanting to visit. I'm not sure how that works? Or are you implying the visitors are not really visitors but are those people unable to live there posing as visitors?

Comment Re:Seems fair to me (Score 1) 223

There is starting to be a fairly standard line in employment contracts that gives the employer ownership of things you produce in your own time even if completely unrelated to your employer's business domain. I wouldn't start my current job till they removed that line from the contract. They didn't realize how broad the line item was defined so they had no problem removing it.

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