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Submission + - Natural Disaster to be Declared in France Due To Flooding

jones_supa writes: BBC reports that because of heavy rains across Europe, some towns in central France are suffering their severest floods in decades. In Paris the river Seine continues to rise, prompting the closure of a metro line running through the city centre. Rail operator SNCF announced the closure of the RER C line, which runs alongside the river in central Paris. Emergency barriers are being put up along Seine, which burst its banks in places. Louvre, the most-visited museum in the world, is closing on Friday as a precaution. Another major attraction, the Musee d'Orsay, is also shutting its doors early on Thursday. About 25,000 people are without power in Paris and central France. In Nemours, 3,000 people have been evacuated from the town centre. The Loing river, a tributary of the Seine, now has levels not seen since the devastating floods of 1910. The list of disastrous events goes on. Baltimore Sun has a photo collection of the situation.

Comment Re: $907? (Score 4, Informative) 75

I suspect that each thief used multiple accounts until each of the ATMs was out of money, then moved to the next one. Perhaps 10 or twenty large withdraws each one might take 10 to 20 minutes. Five to ten minutes to get to the next ATM would give four to eight 'sessions' over two hours, so I'd guess that each one worked 40 to 160 transactions, lets say 100 each for lack of better data. Meaning about 140 crooks for the 'back of napkin estimate', I'm no expert on the Yakuza, but that number seems really 'doable'.

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Here's a study that proves you right (Score 4, Interesting) 192

I remember reading about this study this years ago, it shows that people with more bumper stickers are more likely to be involved in road rage incidents. The theory is, people who personalize their vehicle tend to view the vehicle as their own private space, even when on the public roads. Because they are in their own private space, they literally do feel that they own the road.

Comment Re:These people don't stop existing, though (Score 1) 305

Why do you think that people are not entitled to their opinion? The irony is that you complain about 'political correctness' while complaining viciously about 'other people's language'. I can only come to the conclusion that they aren't 'politically correct' for your tastes

In reality, what you seem to think are earnest 'self righteous' (let me use the word you almost said) 'Social Justice Warriors', are simply a new version of trolls. 'this new generation' of trolls understands that everything you do or say online will be linked permanently and thus instead of calling other random people 'ass knockers' (which could be dug up and perhaps used against you in 20 years), they simply pound out anger on whichever righteous target is trending on Twitter.

Meh, welcome to trolling 2.0

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 3, Interesting) 1105

The Supreme Court itself will likely demand a replacement, if the extraordinary GOP posturing keeps the seat vacant too long. Personally, I think that we'll have an appointment within a month or two at most. Sure for now they'll spout out a bunch of nonsense, in large part because it's what they do, but the GOP leadership will likely want to avoid having their candidates commit on 'what they want in a Justice' on the campaign trail.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 4, Interesting) 1105

That's what George Bush should have done with Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement instead he replaced her with Alito, however, picking a Supreme Court justice is the Constitutional right of a President and there is little support in the Senate to play games with the Supreme Court, in part because the Court itself might fight back. He's already picked two moderates, maybe this time we will get a real liberal, but I doubt it. So you'll likely have your moderate.

Comment Re:This is not a partisan issue, never has been (Score 1) 420

When I switch from Republican registration to Democratic, it wasn't because I was 'in love with the DNC', but because the GOP had clearly become so 'bat shit crazy', the joining the Democratic party wholeheartedly was the best way to oppose them as strongly as I could. If more people voted in the Democratic primaries, we'd likely have more liberal candidates and if more people showed up to vote in the general elections, especially in the midterms, even if they had to 'hold their nose and vote for a 'non perfect' democratic candidate, we'd have a better more liberal government. A government that is more willing to help the poor and middle class. Whining endlessly simply isn't a good plan for getting things done.

Comment Re: Either the workers of the world unite (Score 1) 420

Too many people make the mistake in believing that 'the free market' was a modern or even American invention. In truth it's a least as old as human beings if not older. It's regulations which as created modern society by reiging in 'the free market' with stability and a measure of fairness to both workers (who create a larger middle class) and businesses.

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