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Comment Re: Basement theory (Score 2) 98

There's no more likelihood of civil war come November 9th than there was eight years ago when Obama became President. Yes, there will be some miserable losers, and this time they'll have a miserable loser in Donald Trump, but they'll do what they did eight years ago, be assholes on the Internet and get on with their lives.

Comment Re:Phone (Score 4, Insightful) 186

If Ecuador has decided to shut off his Internet access to stop him from trying to fuck around with the US election, I have a feeling that they wouldn't be any more tolerant of him using alternative means to continue the campaign. I honestly think that his days hanging out in the Ecuadorian Embassy are numbered, and too much pursuing of his October Surprise strategy is likely to mean he's shown the door.

Comment Re:Basement theory (Score 4, Insightful) 98

Circumstantial may mean there's a question mark, but it doesn't mean "no evidence at all". Certainly Russia would gain greatly from a President who was less willing to stand behind the US's European allies, and who, all in all, would likely represent a more inward-gazing US. Russia has no hope in hell of ever militarily dominating the West, but if it can divide, then it gains a great deal of strategic space.

Clinton's victory means the general policy towards Russia that has, by and large, been the US's strategy since the Truman Administration, remains intact, so it is clearly in Russia's interest to try to help the person that at least might represent a break with that strategy.

Yes, it is circumstantial, and there is a possible counterargument that not even Putin actually would want someone as potentially unpredictable as Donald Trump in the White House, but I still lean towards Russia wanting a more isolationist Administration in the White House, much as it wants the European Union and NATO to be weakened. These three entities; the US, the EU and NATO represent significant checks on Russia's ability to project its power, and if any or all of them can be weakened or eliminated, it is of enormous strategic advantage to Russia.

Comment Re:Ignores the issue (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Ah yes, the real damaging ones are just around the corner...

It's less than three weeks away, and no modern presidential candidate has ever come from this far behind at this late a date, so if Assange and Friends really are interested in tanking the Clinton campaign, to wait until this late date, AFTER millions have already cast their ballots, would be idiotic.

The alternative explanation is that there really isn't anything there so odious that it's going to make a difference, and this is just Assange's latest "Look at me!" bid.

Probably his last, too, if the rumors that Ecuador is in discussions to kick his ass out of the embassy.

Comment Re: Probably. As resource-rich as Earth. (Score 1) 123

It's pretty doubtful that any kind of pre-biotic organic matter could even survive where there is a large biosphere with thousands of species that eat such matter are around. As to not observing things, well, no one has observed a quark, or indeed, any elementary particle, and we can only infer their existence from other lines of evidence. Does that mean electrons are impossible, or does it just mean that direct observation is not the only way you confirm a theory?

Beyond that, other aspects of your post amount to straw men. There's no reason to believe DNA was the first means of passing hereditable traits, or that the earliest self-replicating molecules were much like life we observe today.

Comment Re:Best use of your Entertainment $ out there (Score 2) 90

The big advantage of the content Netflix itself produces, or at least buys outright, is that it can show it in all the countries it is available in. So while a specific show, like the Marvel series, may be considered "niche" when one looks at one single market, the viewership in all markets for even a niche show can be substantial.

Comment Re:Luke Cage and Daredevil Season 2 were awesome (Score 1) 90

I don't know, Shades by the third to last episode is the only bad guy that's making any sense at all. Diamondback may be channeling Samuel L Jackson's Bible quoting from Pulp Fiction, but he comes off as reckless to the point of stupidity. Cottonmouth at least tried to be strategic.

Comment Re:basic income (Score 1) 880

Comparing committing a felony to receiving state benefits is a false comparison, and I think you know it. The constitution protects the voting franchise, and does not permit its limitation save through due process (in other words the courts). A felony may be voluntary, but that doesn't mean every voluntary act is a felony.

One way or the other, there are going to be a very large number of people who cannot achieve sufficient employment, as we currently understand it, to pay for their rent and food. I don't give a rat's ass about Libertarian principles (I think the entire group of Anarchist and Libertarian philosophies to be unworkable in practice), what I do know is that people are going to have to have some ability to survive when AI and robots are doing even many low-skill service industry jobs, and even performing many mid-level skill jobs. Whether it's UBI or it's much higher minimum wages, the corporate world is going to have to pay if it wants to heavily automate, and the practice of corporations to hide behind some sort of Libertarian pronouncements about the unworthiness of people receiving state money won't cut it.

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