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Comment Re:Give some protection to Combetta (Score 1) 382

Supporters of Hillary Clinton, not the Clinton campaign.

And the right wing took that football and ran with it. For years. Hell, Trump hasn't given up on it. He's basically said he's dropping it to get his campaign to move on. Sheriff Joe Arpaio STILL thinks the birth certificate is a fake.

Actually, it's kind of impressive how Trump is taking credit for "ending" the whole birther circus when he was pretty much the only person keeping it alive the past few years. It's like someone opening up a dam, sending water downriver to the nearest town and once it's about to flood, closing up the dam then claiming they saved the town.

Comment Re: Also kicks out scores from third party purchas (Score 1) 85

How do you know if the game on Steam, matches (exactly) what you got on the CD?

What CD? The only thing included in my retail copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was a piece of paper with a Steam key on it. Which my review of will no longer be counted apparently.

I bought Fallout 4 and Far Cry Primal from Amazon on Prime Day and got actual CDs in the mail. Surprisingly, the CD versions were slightly cheaper than the digital download versions. I just had to wait 2-3 days to get them.

Comment Re:Cynically thinking... (Score 5, Insightful) 128

I get a bad feeling for the transfer just from the list of supporters: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Cloudflare and Yahoo. It feels, to me, that they are not doing it for freedom but rather for money. They are going to have services or other means of making money off the transfer where they cannot do it currently.

The problem is the Congressmen trying to block the changeover aren't doing so in the interests of online freedom, but rather in the interests of maintaining control over the internet. Either way it's all about power.

Comment Re: Incitement in Hebrew (Score 5, Insightful) 232

How about demolishing the houses of the families of Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis? Or continuously building heavily fortified settlements in Palestinian territory against international law? Do either of those things count as incitement? I swear, sometimes Israel is like a little kid that keeps poking a beehive with a stick then comes crying when they get stung.

Comment Re:backing Hillary? (Score 4, Insightful) 459

Yes, please, vote for someone like Gary Johnson, who DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT ALEPPO IS.

Christ Almighty.

He's also the only candidate that, when confronted with something he should have known, apologized, said he made a mistake and is only human (ie that he will make mistakes) and would try to limit those mistakes by having competent advisers around him. Trump or Clinton would have just danced around the question to begin with until the interviewer gave up and asked another question. I don't know why Americans expect presidents to be subject matter experts in all facets of domestic and foreign policy. Personally, I trust someone who has the balls to say "I don't know" a lot more than someone who just blusters away when confrontest with their lack of knowledge.

Comment Re:Athletics budget (Score 1) 338

Wonder how much the university spends on football every year (including coach's salaries, stadium and all associated costs)?

Could that money be put to better use?

Yep. All $0 of it. UCSF has exactly 9 sports, none of them football. And of the sports they do have cross country, beach volleyball, and possibly golf(depending on if they have their own course/how much they pay to play on local courses) are fairly low-capital sports. Perhaps you were thinking of Cal or USC?

Comment Re:Most Likely... (Score 4, Insightful) 273

If you want to shock children about the Vietnam war, there are plenty of other photos to choose from. The summary execution of the Viet Cong partisan is a very good example.

Out of curiosity, why do you find that picture shocking? It was a very common occurrence that is authorized by the Geneva convention and the rules of war.

No it isn't.

The Geneva convension is rather big on the rights of prisoners of war, you could in fact say it is the largest part of it, because it is. I am amazed you could get yourself to even believe that.

Commissioned officers captured in civilian clothing are considered spies and unlawful combatants and therefore not entitled to prisoner of war status. As an unlawful combatant as defined by the Geneva convention, they are eligible for but not guaranteed the rights and protections of a POW. If the status of the combatant is in doubt a "competent tribunal" is required to determine the status, but as the prisoner had already confessed to the act, been found in proximity to evidence of the act (the mass grave), and there were witnesses to the act his status was not in doubt and therefore a trial was not necessary. And summary executions of spies (during open conflict) and other unlawful combatants has been accepted practice for centuries.

Comment Re:backing Hillary? (Score 4, Informative) 459

The problem is that one of two people - Clinton or Trump - is going to end up as President. While neither of them is particularly likable you have to consider all the judges that they will appoint, all of the cabinet secretaries that they wil appoint, etc. All of those people have a big influence on the direction of the country albeit less obviously that the President.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The more people vote outside of the 2 main parties, the more exposure the alternative parties get. The more exposure they get, the more people will support them. The more people support them, the better they will poll. If they poll high enough, they get automatic inclusion into presidential debates. The more debate exposure they get, the more people vote for them. When enough people vote for them the alternative parties are eligible for federal campaign funding the next election, which helps them campaign more and gets the cycle repeating again. Best case, they become viable candidates for Senate, rep, or president. Worst case, they garner enough popularity that the main parties shift to include policies supported by the third parties. The system can be beat from within, it just takes a long time and requires a lot of help.

Comment Re:Give it up Trumpsters (Score 1) 629

Part of me perversely hopes you Trump fans get what you want. Because you're not going to get what you think you're getting, and it mildly bugs me that you are all so fucking stupid.

The problem is that when all the Trump supporters get their comeuppance, those of us who saw through the act get punished as well.

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