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Comment Re:Huh. (Score 1, Insightful) 1297

Then what? Should we invade nations to stop hangings by force in favor of gas chambers? We need to respect the choices other people make, not micromanage every trial and tell them what seems right from our perspective (plus, hanging is still legal and an option in Washington). What good is establishing a government if we immediately undermine it because of a small disagreement over execution method?

Comment Re:Need more guarantees than that (Score 4, Interesting) 611

Most reactors are built in such a way that automatically prevents them from going over critical (critical is where you want to be, as someone already pointed out). The very nature of their design, assuming something doesn't mess up, keeps them safe.

The thing is, even though reactors are built with countless safety features, something could still go wrong. That's why you have professionals constantly (or at least daily) monitoring everything. Now, if you go and produce millions of mini-reactors, put them in the backyards of regular citizens, give them nothing but automated monitoring, and leave them going for awhile, something is eventually going to go wrong. It still might work on a one-community-at-a-time basis, though. As long as appropriate precautions are taken, nuclear power is extremely effective and clean (compared to coal).

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 2, Insightful) 369

It can, perhaps, be established that being a terrorist means you are likely a Muslim. However, that does not mean that being a Muslim is a good indicator of being a terrorist. This is a logical inverse error (p implies q, therefore q implies p). When faced with millions of Muslims and maybe hundreds of Muslim terrorists, it makes little sense to generalize.

Again, maybe I'm just discriminating against discrimination. I don't think we should emphasize certain minority groups without very good reason. I think it's worth going a little out of our way to treat people equally (without compromising security).

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 369

99 percent of any and all past and present attacks against airline travel perpetrated - through passengers or baggage! - were committed by people who a) claimed they were doing it for Islam and b) who have declared as being of Muslim faith.

All "airline terrorists" - against which airport security can provide any protection - are a proper subset of "People is Muslim faith".

Therefore, it is not only logical to exclude non-Muslims from security checks but beneficial, as it wastes less resources and security staff to search improbable suspects.

Yeah, it's not like there were ever any non-Muslim hijackers that endangered countless lives for non-religious reasons, like, say, money or anything. That wouldn't make any sense. (I know you know are aware of some, but it is hardly 1%)

Even if this were the case, the lack of any non-Muslim terrorists does not mean that there never will be any. Your logic is intensely flawed. "It's [almost] never happened before so let's just assume it never will."

As a third objection, I don't believe in justified racism (or religious discrimination, I don't see any moral difference). You're saying "a few Muslims hijacked planes before, and I don't remember anyone else doing it, so let's just check any and all Muslims and nobody else." People shouldn't be persecuted and harassed (and that's exactly what it would be) because of what they believe, or because of how they were born (Arab, for example). Even if it did make sense (it doesn't) to let everyone else through, the thing is, it's just not fair. Maybe my ideals of equality, be it racial, religious, or whatever, are a little old fashioned for you, but I stand by them.

Comment Re:Fascinating Development (Score 0, Redundant) 235

Sorry for that rash comment. Sorry also for the self-response, but I don't want to waste anyone's time making them write a reply to that mess. Here, I've had a little more time to compose my thoughts. *ahem*

Something is happening here, and I'm getting a little worried. To get immediately to the point, whatever your age, you now have only one choice. That choice is between a democratic, peace-loving regime that, you hope, may get people to sign a petition to limit IEEE's ability to cause trouble and, as the alternative, the gloomy and larcenous dirigisme currently being forced upon us by IEEE. Choose carefully because no matter how much IEEE's memoirs are rationalized, they still turn over our country to yellow-bellied sideshow barkers. That said, let me continue.

Forgive me, dear reader, but I must be so tactless as to remind you that a great many of us don't want IEEE to bring ugliness and nastiness into our lives. But we feel a prodigious societal pressure to smile, to be nice, and not to object to its spiteful codices. If IEEE makes fun of me or insults me I hear it, and it hurts. But I take solace in the fact that I am still able to create and nurture a true spirit of community.

The important point here is not that IEEE has a taste for interminable controversy over minor questions. The vital matter is that IEEE claims that everyone who doesn't share its beliefs is a pretentious numskull deserving of death and damnation. Predictably, it cites no hard data for that claim. This is because no such data exist. I must emphasize this because IEEE says that it has its moral compass in tact. What it means by this, of course, is that it wants free reign to muster enough force to stigmatize any and all attempts to place blame where it belongs -- in the hands of IEEE and its bitter, crass lickspittles.

I, for one, have not forgotten that IEEE's a stupid person's idea of a clever organization. I have not forgotten that the popularity of IEEE's causeries among apolaustic psychopaths is a harbinger of unprofessional things to come. And I cannot forget that IEEE has declared that it's staging a revolt against everyone who dares to analyze its principles in the manner of sociological studies of mass communication and persuasion. IEEE's revolting all right; the very sight of it turns my stomach. All kidding aside, its understrappers like to say, "Mediocrity is a worthwhile goal." Such frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. If someone wants me to believe something feckless like that, that person will have to show me some concrete evidence. Meanwhile, I intend to show you that once one begins thinking about free speech, about narrow-minded, vulgar mythomaniacs who use ostracism and public opinion to prevent the airing of views contrary to their own loathsome beliefs, one realizes that IEEE is like a magician who produces a dove in one hand while the other hand is busy trying to implement a deplorable parody of justice called "IEEE-ism".

The cure for corruption, conspiracy, and treason must start by exposing the problem to people who care and are not themselves corrupted. The same holds true for gormless pantywaists. Anyone who thinks that sesquipedalianism is absolutely essential to the well-being of society is not living in the real world. The denial of this fact only proves the effrontery, and also the stupidity, of eccentric, dodgy wantwits.

IEEE's ideologies are a mere cavil, a mere scarecrow, one of the last shifts of a desperate and dying cause. I might add: Griping about IEEE will not make it stop trying to violate strongly held principles regarding deferral of current satisfaction for long-term gains. But even if it did, it would just find some other way to dispense bread and circuses to insipid, shambolic prevaricators to entice them to cause offensive subversion to gather momentum on college campuses. The dim-witted Stalinism I've been writing about is not primarily the fault of primitive nutcases, nor of the bloody-minded shirkers who rifle, pillage, plunder, and loot. It is the fault of IEEE. While these incidents may seem minor, we must nourish children with good morals and self-esteem. This call to action begins with you. You must be the first to rub its nose in its own hypocrisy. You must be the one to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable in our society -- the sick, the old, the disabled, the unemployed, and our youth -- all of whose lives are made miserable by IEEE. And you must inform your fellow man that with IEEE so forcefully preventing me from sleeping soundly at night, things are starting to come to a head. That's why we must improve the lot of humankind.

Neither IEEE nor its lackeys have dealt squarely or clearly with the fact that IEEE doesn't care about accountability in our public systems. Let me recap that for you because it really is extraordinarily important: IEEE doesn't want us to know about its plans to direct social activity toward philanthropic flimflam rather than toward the elimination of the basic deficiencies in the organization of our economic and cultural life. Otherwise, we might do something about that. During the first half of the 20th century, ethnocentrism could have been practically identified with revanchism. Today, it is not so clear who can properly be called a peremptory buttinsky. You may be worried that IEEE will teach the next generation how to hate -- and whom to hate -- as soon as our backs are turned. If so, then I share your misgivings. But let's not worry about that now. Instead, let's discuss my observation that IEEE has a talent for inventing fantasy worlds in which its sophistries are Right with a capital R. Then again, just because IEEE is a prolific fantasist doesn't mean that individual worth is defined by race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

If we do nothing, IEEE will keep on stirring up trouble. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can shine a light on IEEE's efforts to beat plowshares into swords. Even giving IEEE the benefit of the doubt, it is not uncommon for it to victimize the innocent, penalize the victim for making any effort to defend himself, and then paint the whole self-aggrandizing affair as some great benefit to humanity. IEEE's confidants were recently seen insulting my intelligence. That's not a one-time accident or oversight. That's IEEE's policy.

The salient point here is that IEEE once tried to convince a bunch of us that it is the arbiter of all things. Fortunately, calmer heads prevailed and a number of people informed the rest of the gang that my goal is to complain about mealymouthed bums. I will not stint in my labor in this direction. When I have succeeded, the whole world will know that if you are not smart enough to realize this, then you become the victim of your own ignorance. Make special note of that point because IEEE has allied itself with the devil and serves him faithfully. Let me try to explain what I mean by that in a single sentence: IEEE insists that truth is whatever your grievance group says it is. That lie is a transparent and strained effort to keep us from noticing that before it once again claims that everyone who scrambles aboard the IEEE bandwagon is guaranteed a smooth ride, it should do some real research rather than simply play a game of bias reinforcement with its comrades.

As long as the beer keeps flowing and the paychecks keep coming, IEEE's acolytes don't really care that if it gets its way, I might very well jump in the lake. If we briefly prescind from the main point of this letter we can focus on how when I hear IEEE say that a richly evocative description of a problem automatically implies the correct solution to that problem, I have to wonder about it. Is it totally unbridled? Is it simply being hypocritical? Or is it merely embracing a delusion in which it must believe in order to continue believing in itself? To rephrase that question, what is it about our society that makes garrulous, repressive sluggards like IEEE desire to extinguish the voices of opposition? Please do not stop reading here, presuming that the answer is apparent and that no further knowledge is needed. Such is clearly not the case. In fact, I'd bet no one ever told you that IEEE is interpersonally exploitative. That is, it takes advantage of others to achieve its own infernal ends. Why does it do that? It would take days to give the complete answer to that question but the gist of it is that IEEE presents one face to the public, a face that tells people what they want to hear. Then, in private, it devises new schemes to change the course of history. Many the things I've talked about in this letter are obvious. We all know they're true. But still it's necessary for us to say them because only IEEE can praise an institution that is as grotesque and noxious as it itself.

Comment Re:Fascinating Development (Score 0, Redundant) 235

In this letter, I would like to share with you some thoughts I originally organized to improve the physical and spiritual quality of life for the population at present and for those yet to come. Let me begin by saying that IEEE's accusations are destructive. They're morally destructive, socially destructive -- even intellectually destructive. And, as if that weren't enough, I no longer believe that trends like family breakdown, promiscuity, and violence are random events. Not only are they explicitly glorified and promoted by IEEE's pompous, morbid claims, but its unedifying preoccupation with Jacobinism will steal the fruits of other people's labor before you know it. Excuse me; that's not entirely correct. What I meant to say is that I deeply believe that it's within our grasp to transform our culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. Be grateful for this first and last tidbit of comforting news. The rest of this letter will center around the way that I want to lift our nation from the quicksand of injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. But first, let me pose an abstract question. Why can't we simply agree to disagree? Many people consider that question irrelevant on the grounds that we have a dilemma of leviathan proportions on our hands: Should we seek liberty, equality, and fraternity, or is it sufficient to shape a world of dignity and harmony, a world of justice, solidarity, liberty, and prosperity? Whenever that question is asked, IEEE and its apologists run and hide. I suspect that that's precisely what they're going to do now so as to avoid hearing me say that IEEE hates it when you say that it uses words like "historicocabbalistical" to give its bons mots an air of culture and elegance. It really hates it when you say that. Try saying that to it sometime if you have a thick skin and don't mind having it shriek insults at you. All of this once again proves the old saying that even IEEE's most dotty functionaries are trained in the use of force, deadly force, advanced weaponry, and offensive and defensive tactics.

Comment ALL versions of Windows? (Score 1) 292

Not according to the article. From the second paragraph:

In an advisory posted yesterday, Microsoft said that "limited and targeted" attacks are in progress by hackers exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the WordPad Text Converter, a tool included with all versions of Windows. The flawed converter handles Microsoft Word 97 files on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4), XP SP2, Server 2003 SP1 and SP2. Newer versions of Windows -- XP SP3, Vista and Server 2008 -- are not vulnerable to the bug, however.

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