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Comment Re:Nuke shutdown (Score 1) 75

Still, if I prevent human intervention for 48 hours, then I render a large portion of the country uninhabitable for hundreds (or thousands) of years.

What country are you talking about? Monaco?

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is only 2,600 km^2, or less than half a percent of the area of a not-that-big country, and even it is full of thriving wildlife and tourists. Modern reactor designs would be desirable, but no commercial reactor is going to make a mess big enough to render a large portion of the country uninhabitable. FUD.

Comment Re: Why even have elections? (Score 1) 419

I agree, but I'm voting for a third party anyway because I can't stomach the idea of voting for Trump or Clinton and I don't want my lack of an endorsement for either of them to written off as "voter apathy". Buffoons the others may be, but some of the third party candidates really are the lesser of the evils.

Comment Re: Election of 1968 (Score 1) 331

If that's your point, then I wholly agree with you. I thought that saying, "It's a disgrace to humanity as a whole," was you distancing yourself from from this monstrosity as if corruption was an American invention or as if the US has even exhibited corruption in its most perfect form.

This particular election (and nearly every other election in the US, at least in my lifetime) is a "shame on us" moment, but contemporary US politics don't represent the worst display of corruption in history or even in the modern world. I have no tolerance for it here, but don't make the mistake of pointing to our shit-show while letting your own fester, even if it isn't quite as bad at the moment.

Comment Re: Election of 1968 (Score 1) 331

It's almost as if the worst of your country represent you.

You must be new here (Earth). The top tiers of every government in every country are the worst of us, because the worst of us are attracted to the power and wealth that can be extracted from such positions and have no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get these positions. Where do you live where your politicians are angels (or even decent people)? Looking back through history, how many kings, emperors, presidents, and prime ministers can you name who were not monsters in one way or another?

Comment Re:because everyone carries a bag of 100 gift card (Score 1) 204

"If you click the link at the bottom of my post that's labeled 'Parent', you can actually READ the thread that you're replying to without jumping to the assumption that other people are idiots," is what I'd say if you weren't the exact person that I was replying to.

Seriously, did you forget the thread of the conversation? I was replying to your statement:

Then you should be able to provide evidence (receipt) that you bought those branded gift cards from a website instead of telling the police you bought it off from someone else?

In this case, the guy blabbed too much about his stupid scheme, but the AC upthread shouldn't have to provide any evidence at all if the police have no evidence that his hypothetical cards were involved in a crime.

Comment Re:Same ole tactic, different day (Score 1) 435

I'm not old enough to remember the Gulf of Tonkin incident, but this really is starting to feel like the lead-up to the War in Iraq, down to the vague and unsubstantiated "evidence" being unquestioningly parroted by the media. Who in their right minds wants to start a war with Russia, especially over something as inconsequential as this?

Comment Re:Same ole tactic, different day (Score 1) 435

As if a Russian or a Frenchman acting on the Russian's behalf couldn't register a domain in France?

*That's* the best you can come up with?

If you're the one claiming that it's the Russians, then you're the one who has to come up with better evidence; everybody else just needs to poke holes in your argument.

He's pointing out that there's no obvious connections to Russia here. That's more than you've come up with.

Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 352

You can't think of everything as a partisan issue.

Yes they can. For these hyper-political types, every single issue centers on politics and their team winning and if you disagree then you are evil or stupid (looking at his reply, he went with stupid/crazy for you).

Skepticism, consistent reasoning, and logic do not exist in their world. If you disagree with them on any point or don't take their favorite politician on their word, then you are flawed.

Comment Re:Brazil's biggest city is ahead: NO BILLBOARDS (Score 2) 131

I used to live in a town that not only banned billboards, but also banned the use of color in illuminated signs and had a height restriction for all commercial signs. Driving into town at night was a bit surreal, but the overall effect was visually very pleasant. Our overly commercialized cities are really pretty ugly and tacky.

Comment Re:What the actual fuck (Score 2) 255

They ruin their own lives. No one is forcing them to smoke weed.

Smoking weed may make them unmotivated or spacey, but at its worst will do nothing close to the harm to their lives that arrest, incarceration, and a felony on their record will do. Further, just like there's a difference between hardcore alcoholics and people who enjoy a beer every now and then, not everybody who smokes post is stoned every waking moment of their lives.

Full disclosure: I don't smoke pot, but I know people who do. You sound like the sort of person who would be surprised to learn who around you smokes pot, though they'd likely never tell you. You sound like you've been hitting the D.A.R.E. pipe pretty hard.

Comment Re:Blame (Score 1) 287

I'm not talking about revolution. I'm talking about increasing public awareness of the extent of the problems in our society (corruption, etc) by making them more difficult to ignore.

Only a fool thinks that electing either of the poor major party presidential choices is going to literally spark a world war or cause the country to crumble. While Trump may in a similar order of magnitude of corruption as Clinton, he's surely not going to be as crafty and good at hiding it as she has been. If he's a disaster, it will be a very visible disaster (gas on the fire) instead of a continuation of the pervasive smoldering corruption of the last bunch of presidents.

If you want to have an impact, I'd suggest identifying the corruption you see and at least trying to get some people to bring it up in public and vote against it.

The way people apologize for the corruption of both of the candidates (but especially Hillary; maybe it's unfair of me to expect more integrity from the left) makes me think that the corruption needs to be more visible to make an impression.

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