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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 Re:if you are that ignorant of his work... (Score 1) 842

Yes, but still significantly less evil than the crew that replaced him.

That seems to have been true in the long run, for the most part.

However, the important thing is that he was evil enough to set up the conditions for what followed. The brutal oppression under his regime primed the population for a radical shift, and that's what allowed the Islamists to build up support for their movement.

Of course, the Islamists pulled a huge bait-and-switch, and dealt with all parties in bad faith, but it's extremely unlikely they would ever have been anything but a political footnote if the US and UK hadn't engineered the ouster of the previous democratic government to make room for the Shah.

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 842

Then don't let people know that you're rich. There are plenty of towns you could move to that probably wouldn't recognize Bill Gates and definitely not recognize the creator of Minecraft. I know I wouldn't recognize him.

If you are Bill Gates, or even Notch, the cat's going to get out of the bag sooner or later.

Now maybe if you managed to lay low long enough, people would be okay at pretending to ignore the "new" circumstances once your identity were eventually revealed, but it's never going to be the same.

Comment Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

AFAIK IANAL dual citizenships aren't legal(or maybe not legally recognized would be more correct?) in the US to begin with.

The US position on dual citizenships is generally to ignore them. So as far as the US government was concerned these kids would be solely American. They wouldn't get in trouble or anything.

Comment Re:Similar Situation...and it's Worse than You Thi (Score 1) 734

while our son was born in Canada and I signed to forms to allow him to get a US passport. In hindsight I wish I had never done this.

If you were married at the time of your son's birth, then he was a US citizen regardless of what forms you did or did not fill out. There was nothing you could do about it. So don't feel too badly.

Comment Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

US consular assistance is pretty worthless. They do the bare minimum and charge up the ass for everything else.

As a dual US-EU citizen, I never travel on my US passport or deal with the US overseas when I can help it, because it's a waste of time.

Also, as a EU citizen, I have the benefit of recourse to consular services from any other EU nation if mine isn't available.

The US isn't the only country that evacuates its citizens, but as far as I know it's the only one that will send you a bill afterwards. I'd much rather be evacuated by the French, for example, who have a far stronger record in overseas citizen protection.

Comment Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

In fact, the USA is the only significant country that taxes based on citizenship rather than residence.

Pretty much no other country taxes its citizens when they are living outside that country in the long term. Only the USA does.

For this reason American dual citizens and expats are at a serious disadvantage in the international job and investment market.

Comment Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

You can rant all you like, but the US can easily seize your assets by putting pressure on the foreign bank where you have them stored.

Any bank of any size will have international operations in the US which are much more valuable to them than you are.

US government threatens bank, bank caves. Every time.

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