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Comment Re:Why would this concern Trump? (Score 1) 184

An alliance is only needed when 2 powers are compatible. Like there was no way that the allies could have ousted Stalin and installed a puppet regime. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the US - particularly after 9/11 - could have occupied that country and seized their oil. That would have resolved any strategic interests. If Muslims started bitching about Infidels being in the land of the 2 holy cities, the next step could have just been to seize those 2 cities and suspend the haj until they come to their senses.

Team America World Police was supposed to be a satire, not an instruction manual.

Comment Re:Well, that was retarded (Score 1) 414

If he wasn't radicalized before, when he gets out of prison, he surely will be. Mission accomplished, idiots.

Many novice burglars get caught through their own incompetence and sent to prison, where they learn from the pros how to burgle properly.

Therefore, we should never jail someone for burglary.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 414

Do you have any idea how much surveillance teams cost?

Furthermore, jailing someone can be very cheap in countries that do not have the US's hangups about slavery. In the bad old days, Bulgaria made its prisoners work, paid them a full salary, then charged them for room, board and guard salaries. The plant in which my father worked had a production hall staffed 90% with low security prisoners. Some were being released with sizable savings... others ended up in higher security prisons - the last of these being "heavy punitive labour" which usually killed inmates within an year or two - raising pigs in a swamp, mining uranium in 18th century conditions, etc...

The US prison system: not as bad as Stalinist Bulgaria.

Awesome.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 414

It sounds like his own family wanted some sort of intervention.

As usual, involving law enforcement is the wrong call. If you call the cops on a family member for any reason other than an immediate threat to another person, you're doing them a disservice — in pretty much any country. A person having any other sort of crisis would be better served talking to a professional.

You seem to be assuming that this was some sort of incipient mental breakdown. If they were in fact worried that he was choosing to become a terrorist of his own free mind, then the security services in one form or another are precisely the people to get involved.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 414

The McCarthy witch hunts were largely predicated on the notion that to be a member of a particular movement automatically made you a traitor, or at least suspect of treasonous acts.

Here in the UK (and elsewhere in Europe) there are proscribed terrorist organisations, mere membership of which is illegal. The principle is that if you are in the IRA or ETA, you are supporting terrorism, even if you just joined for the cool hat and membership badge.

The US has a list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, but I take it that passive membership of one is not in itself a crime in America?

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 414

You stupid sack of shit, if the demand for child porn is destroyed, there will be no incentive for child porn to be made, and thus no children will be victimized by being used to make child porn.

Yeah, that's why prohibition was such a success! Outlawing alcohol destroyed the demand; nobody ran speakeasies, or hauled carloads full of moonshine around...

People drinking alcohol or taking drugs are primarily hurting themselves. That is not the same thing as consuming child sex abuse material, which is based on harm to other people.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 414

Look how well that worked out for drugs.

After prohibition of alcohol ended it took decades for per capita consumption of alcohol to reach previous levels. Public health improved in several respects.

Did Prohibition Really Work? Alcohol Prohibition as a Public Health Innovation

Locking people up for small amounts of marijuana sure destroyed demand for marijuana oh wait...

"Oh wait" indeed .....

Who’s Really in Prison for Marijuana?

The idea that our nation’s prisons are overflowing with otherwise lawabiding people convicted for nothing more than simple possession of marijuana is treated by many as conventional wisdom.

But this, in fact, is a myth—an illusion conjured and aggressively perpetuated by drug advocacy groups seeking to relax or abolish America’s marijuana laws. In reality, the vast majority of inmates in state and federal prison for marijuana have been found guilty of much more than simple possession. Some were convicted for drug trafficking, some for marijuana possession along with one or more other offenses. And many of those serving time for marijuana pled down to possession in order to avoid prosecution on much more serious charges.

In 1997, the year for which the most recent data are available, just 1.6 percent of the state inmate population were held for offenses involving only marijuana, and less than one percent of all state prisoners (0.7 percent) were incarcerated with marijuana possession as the only charge, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). An even smaller fraction of state prisoners in 1997 who were convicted just for marijuana possession were first time offenders (0.3 percent).

The numbers on the federal level tell a similar story. Out of all drug defendants sentenced in federal court for marijuana crimes in 2001, the overwhelming majority were convicted for trafficking, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Only 2.3 percent—186 people—received sentences for simple possession, and of the 174 for whom sentencing information is known, just 63 actually served time behind bars.

Comment Re:Bigger worries then Unsolicited Junk Texts (Score 0) 555

Trump will soon have the power and authority to launch a Preemptive Nuclear Strike and you are worried about the misuse of the WEA's Text Messages?!

I wouldn't worry about that, there is no profit in nuclear war so no reason to do it unless absolutely necessary. Great concern trolling though.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score -1, Troll) 228

... People have a problem with separating fantasy from reality. What else is new?

FTFY

If these people were not willing to kill, maim ... and slaughter to support their fantasy, it would not be much of a problem.

Among the worst are the people trying to build a "heaven on earth," also known as a "worker's paradise." Oddly enough they tend to be atheists.

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