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Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 251

I'm damned if I can explain the status quo. Feels like americans are just stupid, en masse?


There's no question that this election features the two most unliked candidates. This should be an election where 3rd parties make significant inroads. On both sides they're using the retiring or passing justices as a bludgeon of fear to beat voters to fall in line and vote for the party because, "They can't let Trump/Hillary nominate that many justices".

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 328

The main thing people like Cameron seem to be pushing with theaters is the social aspect. I'm sorry, I don't buy it. Who actually talks to or meets new people at a theater? Any socialization is between people who are already friends; if I have some friends that want to watch a movie, we can all meet up at someone's house instead (and then they can even spend the night...). I have no desire to socialize with random strangers in a theater, and in fact, this just isn't normal anyway. "Sharing the experience" is worthless to me. I'd rather share the experience with some friends at home. And I suspect I'm not unusual in this regard.

His comment makes more sense if you compare the theater experience he's talking about to the experience one might have if you attend a live theater production. There is the pre-show, intermission, and post-show social encounters. Yes, some people go just to see the show but a lot of people who attend shows want to talk with other lovers of plays and musicals. There's also the social interaction during the performance itself, even if it's limited to the applause and vocal laughter at various scenes. You do get that sort of experience with movies if you go to the right kind of theater but the movie isn't the focus unless it's part of an event like a premier showing where you have the cast and crew and other celebrities.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 603

I don't know why the truck driver's part is ignored so much. Well, I know, really, it's because that's so boring that it's not news.

People have this dumb assumption that because a truck driver drives for a living that the truck driver is a better driver and less likely to have done anything at fault.

Comment Re:Show of hands (Score 2) 133

Exactly. No one cares. Even fewer are going to give a sh*t about some other lame ass color coded scheme.

Your comment is the exact reason why they shouldn't have brought up the Homeland Security Advisory System. While the colors are the same the systems themselves are completely different. This system is an incident response system. It's like the International Nuclear Event Scale. It's a post-event system. There would never, and should never, be an ambient "color level" for this system.

The HSAS is not a post-event system. It's a system that is intended to convey the ambient risk and possibility of a terrorist event occurring. It's like the DEFCON system except with a different scope of antagonists to keep tabs on. It's dumb that HSAS uses colors but it does serve its usefulness to convey a basic understanding to groups of individuals that would be responsible to taking proactive steps to protect against or mitigate the risk of a potential terror attack. The general population does not need to be aware of it.

Comment Re:Why Such Limited Coverage for Other Parties? (Score 1) 177

The media is going to be in a pinch. Johnson is polling at 12%. If he gets up to 15% they'll have to invite him to the debates. If this was any other year, they could have ignored Johnson at the debates, but Hillary and Trump are both posting negative favorability ratings. If the media is seen as biased against Johnson in favor of Trump/Hillary then that could push more support towards Johnson. If they give him questions then it could and would expose Hillary/Trump's ideas and stances in contrast to Johnson's. The status quo is safe as long as Johnson doesn't poll at 15%, if he does.... well this election is going to get really exciting really quick.

Comment Re:Carl Malmud for head of the printing office! (Score 1) 177

Every Cabinet position, except the Vice President, is also the head of a US department. Snowden only has the knowledge and experience relevant to two of these positions but he lacks the experience to manage an organization of that size. He'd basically have to function like George C. Marshall did as Secretary of State and rely heavily on direct reports to manage the department and take care of most of it. Also, he's not get confirmed anyway.

The statement of suggesting Snowden for a Cabinet position basically betrays Stein's ignorant statement as nothing but pandering for votes.

Comment Re:Oh dear (Score 1) 177

The cabinet of the president consists of the following positions:

Vice President
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Defense
Attorney General
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary of Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of Homeland Security

Each of these positions, except Vice President, is also responsible for managing the department which reports up to them, something Snowden certainly lacks the qualifications to perform. At best, Snowden might have some qualification to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security but there's still the management level experience that he lacks and he would never receive a confirmation from the Senate anyway.

The only non-confirmation positions that Snowden could be in that are in the Cabinet or are equivalent to Cabinet positions are the Vice President and White House Chief of Staff. Since Ms. Stein hasn't said she would make Snowden her running mate that's out of the picture, and I doubt he has the skills necessary to perform in the role of White House Chief of Staff.

Ms. Stein's statement on putting Snowden on her Cabinet is blatant pandering for votes. Nothing more, nothing less.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 2) 187

The people who were taken hostage incurred a loss. They lost time that they could have been doing other productive things. They were also threatened, as is the very nature of hostage taking. For an action to be a victimless crime, the action would have to only impact yourself.

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