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Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 1) 436

Is there a difference between murder and manslaughter? Apparently not because intent doesn't matter, right?

The phrase you're looking for is "mens rea". It applies to some laws (murder-type laws, for instance, distinguish between killing someone on purpose and by accident).

But, and it's a big but, mens rea doesn't apply to ALL crimes. Security violations do not require mens rea to be demonstrated in as part of the crime. If you accidently leave an "EYES ONLY President" (all the way down to Top Secret", which isn't actually all that high a security classification when you get down to it) type document lying about in Starbucks, well, you're going to be nailed to a tree whether you meant to or not.

Unless your name is Hillary, of course. Then the FBI will say something to the effect of "well, we can't find a prosecutor who would try to win the case, so we're not going to recommend prosecution"....

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1) 304

Interestingly, the American Cancer Society seems to disagree with you about the carcinogenic nature or aspartame. The ACS seems to think there are no proven links between aspartame and any type of cancer.

Now, it's your privilege to decide the American Cancer Society are shills for the soft-drink corps if you want. But it does make you look rather like a dolt....

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1) 304

Nice attempt at sowing disinformation, you sickening shill fuck: the problem with aspartame isn't its toxicity; it's the fact that it's so fucking carcinogenic that a Diet Coke a day for a decade increases your risk of a brain tumor to 50%.


I don't recall seeing half the fat people in the US getting cancer back then, but I was a kid, and might have missed it. So, where, exactly, did that figure come from? Inquiring minds want to know....

Comment Re:Next: All orders will be secrecy orders (Score 4, Insightful) 190

Democrats and Republicans are equally bad at this, and are too afraid to stand up and say. "American Rights are more important than American security."

Fear has nothing to do with it. They're the Rulers, and they like it that way. Keeping the peasants from getting uppity is a good thing as far as any of them are concerned.

Remember, the more power you give a government, the more attractive it is to people who like to tell other people what to do....

Comment Re:Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... (Score 1) 203

Determining how much land is required support each person has actually been studied. 2-9 acres is one range; there are a lot of variables.

So, using your worst case, we get a circle 200-odd miles in radius around LA to provide for LA. Less than half that using your best case.

Note that your best case number (two acres per head) is a more realistic number for the most part....

Comment Re:Voice voted bills are veto-proof (Score 2) 93

as it passed both houses through voice vote.

No. Passed the House through voice vote. Passed Seante by "unanimous consent" (that means everyone, in both Parties, thought it was a great idea.

Note that one of the "features" of a Voice Vote is that there's no record of who actually voted for/against it in the House.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 2) 185

four and a half years old? i'm sorry, you don't remember shit from that age;

I was about that old (closer to 4 and 2/3) when Kennedy was assassinated. And I have very clear memories of watching the funeral on TV, wrapped in a blanket next to my mother and brothers.

Mind you, that's about the only clear memory I retain earlier than Apollo (ten then). Some things you forget (what you had for dinner three weeks ago Thursday), some you remember forever. Even if you're very young.

Comment Re:They sound completely insane (Score 1) 328

Of course, not every Muslim pays as much attention to this sort of thing as one might think. I remember a guy I knew 20 years or so ago. Egyptian. Muslim. One night I asked him if it would bother him if I did something (a beer with dinner, I think -it's been a while).

His response: "I am a Muslim. My religion requires me to not do certain things. I don't do them. It also requires me to do certain things. I don't do them either. And my religion doesn't bind you in any way."

Comment Re:And what percentage of the full user base is th (Score 2) 41

I was already assuming that Google's market penetration was 100% of the world's population.

Increase the chances and/or decrease time by whatever you assume to be Google's actual penetration (which, however slight, is enough to complete the offense)....

Comment Re:And what percentage of the full user base is th (Score 2) 41

Those numbers translate to about a 1 in 1000 chance that any particular person will be affected in their lifetime.

Assuming that they cover EVERYONE, of course.

And assuming that the request rate stays constant. There is no reason to believe that it will stay constant (especially since it's trending upwards as we speak). If the current growth rate of requests continues, then the chance of any particular person being affected in their lifetime will be 50:50 within 40 or 50 years.

Will the growth rate remain constant? Probably not. But it's more likely to increase than decrease - governments do like their new toys.

Comment Re:So this is Russia answer to the ,, (Score 1) 256


Not much, really. No, a nuclear weapon won't go off if the silly thing crashes.

Nor will it make things radioactive, really. Remember, your basic ICBM warhead is already designed for reentry, so it's not going to vaporize and spread Pu239 all over the place if the spaceplane crashes.

About all the nuclear bomber in space does, when it gets down to it, is give you an ICBM that you can change your mind about. Once you pull the trigger on an ICBM, it's done. With the spaceplane, you can decide not to be so hasty if you get nervous over the half hour from launch to deployment of the nukes from the plane.

So, ultimately this is about having the delivery speed of an ICBM with the recall-ability of a bomber....

Comment How does it taste? (Score 4, Interesting) 351

I'm assuming it tastes like chicken, in which case put me down for "yes".

If it tastes like beef, well, that's another yes.

Pork? mmmm... No, I think not.

Rubber? Definite no for that.

Any other options to be considered? Doubt they'd start with alligator (which would be a "yes") or salmon (another "yes") or elephant ("maybe?")....

Comment Umm, satellites? (Score 2) 173

Is there really someone so ignorant that they think the locations of anything visible to the sky is unknown? Seriously?

Or is this just more hatemongering aimed at a game that's actually getting kids (and adults) outside and walking around? Oh, the humanity! People are actually exercising and talking to their neighbors!!!!

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