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Comment Re:Fork it (Score 3, Informative) 74

I'll just leave this here, in case you think that the word "cyanogen" was made up just recently by this phone OS project: cyanogen.

The android project is in fact named after an extremely toxic compound (or generally a class of compounds) that contains the cyanide moiety. The "cyan" part of cyanide is just a historical curiosity based on it's original synthesis (from Prussian Blue).

Comment Hilary [sic] doesn't care (Score 1) 524

Hillary Clinton isn't a progressive in any way at all. She pushed the actual progressives, especially Sanders, out of the way during the primaries because it was her turn. She's a neocon and her time in office would have been filled with more middle eastern wars (or maybe an exciting war with Russia!) and corporate hegemony-building. Nothing about her political past suggests that she's every even tried to be a progressive. Where are you getting this from?

Progressives didn't fail to vote for her out of apathy, but because she had nothing of substance to offer them. The only votes she got were from party loyalists who looked no farther than the "D" and from lesser-of-two-evils votes against Trump. Very very few people voted for her.

Comment Re: Change the law (Score 1) 1426

The biggest irony in all of this is that Lessig argued that money wins elections and even ran a campaign to try to end that.

That irony was pretty apparent during his Mayday campaign. While he was arguing against the influence of money in politics (a noble goal), he was putting forth politicians like Bloomberg and Clinton as examples of ideal candidates (even though they have a history of using money to try to influence elections).

Comment Re:One rule for them and another for us (Score 1) 314

You're getting closer, but your thinking is still too clouded by party politics.

"Us" means everyone other than the entire ruling class and their cronies. If you're seeing huge differences between Clinton and Trump, D and R, etc in their disregard for the average citizen then you're still falling for their "divide and rule" BS.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 1321

In fact, it's kind of interesting that you assume all this stuff about me, even when I'm telling you that I don't hold those opinions and didn't mean what you thought I meant.

His last post was very insightful and it's sad to see that you aren't taking it to heart at all. He's not accusing you of lying, but of not fully considering the implications of your arguments (when you actually make arguments and not just call people names and attempt to shame them). The fact that you don't recognize your own arguments and seem to often feel misinterpreted supports his assessment.

Even if you need to respond to this post denying everything, please do take the time to do a little introspection.

Comment Re:there are many other distractions. (Score 1) 291

There already are laws in most of the US against distracted driving. The issue is enforcement and I don't think we'll ever see any enforcement of any traffic laws besides speeding and the occasional DUI. If it involves any effort besides sitting on the side of the road with a radar gun, it's simply not going to be enforced.

Comment Re:And Obama once again is a blatant liar (Score 2) 534

The devil is in the details. For what specific crime would Obama preemptively grant a reprieve or pardon to Snowden? And wouldn't that just open up the ability for law enforcement to charge Snowden with a related crime?

He could pardon Snowden for "all offenses that he has committed or may have committed or taken part in", just like Ford pardoned Nixon:

Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from July (January) 20, 1969, through August 9, 1974.

Comment Re:Possibly (Score 1) 667

It was well regarded by the establishment, who also applauded Obama's continuation of the more heinous of Bush's domestic and foreign policies. The citizenry originally voted for Obama based on his promise that he would put a stop to that stuff. It's a mystery why the DRC decided to run a candidate who was thoroughly steeped in such policies against a "change" candidate and after a successful "change" win by their own party.

Comment Re:Drip Coffee? (Score 1) 162

That coffee maker was never right again.

You can say that again! My brother-in-law ruined a pretty good coffee maker of mine that way. Thankfully, I was able to stop him before he tried to do the same thing with the espresso machine. My wife revoked his coffee-making privileges after that.

Comment Re: Yes! (Score 1) 412

Mishandling classified materials is a crime and there are quite a few people in prison for that right now (as is perjury and destruction of evidence). Rape and fraud (and maybe grouping, whatever that is) are also crimes and should result in prison time. Actual trials are called for in either case and my point is that a civilized society doesn't let certain people get away with crimes because they're "special".

If you're imagining that I give a shit about your stupid political parties and am ready to forgive certain politicians of their crimes because of the letter behind their name, then you didn't read my original post very well. I think that the gentleman's agreement described upthread is a sign of a corrupt and uncivilized society.

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