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Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 1) 1421

Trump's comments, which lead to death threats

I howled with laughter dude. Violent Democrat thugs have been attacking us and making death threats against us for a long, long time. Blaming it on Trump now is hilariously novel.

Now, your turn. When has Trump ever encouraged people to be violent? For that matter, when have Trump supporters even been violent? When did Trump supporters chase down and beat up Democrats? When did Republican riots force Bernie to cancel a campaign event?

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 1) 1421


A riot is a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people. Riots typically involve vandalism and the destruction of property, public or private. The property targeted varies depending on the riot and the inclinations of those involved. Targets can include shops, cars, restaurants, state-owned institutions, and religious buildings.

To answer your question: no, tweeting and speaking are not riots.

Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 1) 1421

Trump is probably as close to a working class president as we are ever going to see. He isn't working class himself, he wasn't born into a working class family, he doesn't pretend to be working class or have the same tastes as working class people.

But he also doesn't treat them like dogshit to be scraped off of his shoe.

Comment Re:I think civility is going to go out the window (Score 1) 1421

If there is one thing that the left has shown consistently over the last 50 years or so, it is that their idea of civility is doing exactly what they say.

Obama's idea of taking the high road was to make speeches about how he's inviting Republicans to abandon their principles and do exactly what he wants, while he and his party called them terrorists and arsonists if they disagreed in any meaningful way. Meanwhile, every single fucking office of the federal government was turned into a weapon to be used against those who opposed him or his policies.

He ranted and raved about the evils of Fox news and talk radio - and those Americans that watch and listen to them. His IRS targeted and suppressed conservatives groups, arguably costing Romney the election in 2012. His administration spied on the press and destroyed the lives of whistleblowers. He ordered the assassination of American citizens overseas. His goons torched buildings and cattle in the west and damn near murdered several ranchers - and that's not even counting their attempt to Ruby Ridge the Bundy family. His prosecutors smeared and vilified policemen who had the audacity to protect their own lives from murderous thugs while he fanned the flames on TV. While losing in the courts and legislature, he used every executive tool he had available to hinder, harass and annoy gun owners.

If that is your idea of civility, I think you'll find that we've had all of it that we are going to take for a good long while.

Comment Re:Weird title uncertainty (Score 2) 282

Actually it isn't unclear at all. The owners (usually dozens or hundreds of them) are joint owners in all regards except that they can't unilaterally decide to sell the parcel.

What is unclear is how to divvy up the property taxes. Hawaii's property tax system is the second worst in the country, in terms of complexity. (Minnesota is still king, for totally different reasons.) But the software they use is perfectly capable of managing arbitrary numbers of co-owners per parcel.

I'm pretty sure Hawaii switched entirely to Torrens because of this, so the problem at least is not getting any worse. In a deed system, ownership is attested by documents which aren't necessarily known to outside parties. In theory, under that system, someone could show up today with a 100 year old deed showing that the owner at the time sold it all privately before he died, which would invalidate the heir's claims and all subsequent sales. In Torrens, ownership is centrally recorded (at the county or whatever) and sales are done by instructing the recorder to update their ownership records.

Comment Re:Self-fulfilling Prophecy (Score 2) 306

The solution is to require all colleges and universities to rename themselves to one of a limited number of names. A partial list might include:
University of Chicago

...for after all, it's been shown that it's not the education which matters as much as the name on a diploma. As a bonus, it would reduce the amount of resources wasted on collegiate sports.

Comment Re:IoT is already here. (Score 4, Insightful) 138

"5G is viewed as a technology that can support the developing Internet of Things (IOT) market, which refers to millions -- or potentially billions -- of internet-connected devices that are expected soon to come on to the market."

Sounds more likely to be the Beginning of End of the Internet As We Know It than the "fourth industrial revolution."

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 1) 550

Did you actually read my post, or did you just skim it for keywords to trigger on?

I'm not threatening violence, I'm predicting it, conditional on circumstances that I don't expect to happen. And I'm not blaming the victims of said potential violence for damaging the character of the potential perpetrators, I'm lamenting it. If the day comes when tyranny needs to be physically removed from our nation, the tools of said tyranny are not going to fare well, even though they are victims too.

Further, I'm not saying that we shouldn't stand up for the people with actual medical problems, I'm saying that we should stand up for them by dividing them from the people that do not have medical issues. Right now, they are hopelessly entangled, to the detriment of both groups, for the gain of a third group that seeks to use them for political gain.

You may be relieved to hear that I also have sympathy for useful idiots like yourself. (Google that phrase before you take it as a personal insult.)

Comment Re:Cue Jeff Goldblum (Score 4, Informative) 157

For anyone wanting to know more, the scientific name for this is parthenogenesis. It's well documented across many species and as usual Wikipedia has an article on it here:

Simply put it is indeed a survival mechanism that's more common than we probably realise.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 794

Cheers, that's really interesting. Does pardoning the act still apply post conviction also? So if for example Snowden did face trial for leaking classified material for the leaks in general, and from some treason charge for leaking the stuff that he didn't need to leak, then must the whole act still be pardoned, or could he then be pardoned for just the leaking portion of the act, but not the treason portion of the act, and would his jail time then be adjusted for the single charge of treason with any years added for the leaking of classified material removed from his time only? I guess really, I'm asking, do partial pardons exist?

It sounds like there may well be some sensible rationale behind Obama's decision to have wanted to see a trial for Snowden before committing to any pardon.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 1, Troll) 550

Alt-right here with my take on things. We aren't monolithic, so not everyone alt-right agrees with all, or even necessarily any, of this.

Real disorder. Fake treatment. ( -- When I started writing, I had intended those four words to be the entire post.) Notice that other dismorphic disorders, like anorexia, aren't "treated" by indulging the fantasies of the sufferer. Doctors don't prescribe lap bands for people who think they are fat when they aren't. But gender dismorphia is a political weapon now, much to the detriment of the people who suffer from it, and so anyone who doesn't think we should castrate men who think they are women is an awful bigot.

If we were honest about this topic, we would notice that suicide rates increase dramatically a few years after surgery - ending up even higher than pre-surgery levels. It appears that for many people denied psychiatric treatment, surgery was a false hope. When it sinks in that surgery did not fix anything, and there are no other options left, despair sets in.

Perversely, at this stage, re-stigmatizing the condition is the most compassionate thing that can be done. Stigmatize isn't the right word exactly, but sadly, we are unlikely to gradually return to reality, so the pendulum is going to swing back too far. If we do it soon, the "swing back too far" won't be too bad - we can clear the pipeline of those merely confused, those seeking attention and those that are the suffering as a result of someone else's Munchausen-by-proxy. Let it go too far left though, and the pushback is likely to be violent, which will hurt those in genuine need of compassion the most, but will also damage the civic character immensely.

At any rate, Chelsea Manning appears to be a traitor in his heart. Snowden appears to have acted towards what he believed was best for the American people. He was flawed, and he made mistakes, but was basically going in the right direction for the right reasons, and he took some care to avoid unnecessary damage. Chealsea, on the other hand, appears to have acted out of malice, with a goal of causing as much damage on the way out as he could. He may have done some good incidentally, but blowing the whistle doesn't seem to have been on his radar until he realized that it could earn him some sympathy. At least that was my impression at the time, when I was flipping randomly through the documents.

P.S. Sorry, this isn't up to my usual proofreading standards. Been a long day and I'm yawning as I try to read it. I hope it is less sleep-inducing for you readers than it was for me to write.

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