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Comment Re:"Historic thaw"? (Score 1) 279

I don't disagree, but if that was the intent of the embargo, it has been a stunning failure.

The embargo was a reaction to Fidel's involvement with the Kennedy assassination, that's the reason all Presidents until Obama maintained it. Perhaps now the truth can come out. ;-)

Comment Fidel - The little bully sidekick (Score 1, Insightful) 279

You can say anything about Fidel, but he was a tough guy. Cuba resisted bravely ...

Fidel was the little bully sidekick talking sh*t, sucking up to, the real tough bully, the Soviets. He was a useful idiot, nothing more. Once the Cuban people are allowed a voice he will be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Comment Khrushchev thought Fidel insane (Score 1) 279

Khrushchev would agree with you. If he or his dream were still alive.

And Khrushchev was the sane one of the two. Part of the reason he withdrew missiles from Cuba was that he thought Fidel was f'n crazy, willing to let Cuba suffer nuclear strikes if it would advance global communism.

Comment Reagan didn't need guns to people's heads (Score 1) 279

Cuba is still communist while tricle down economics has been discredited. People die . Its if their ideas live on is what matters.

Fidel's ideas only live on under the gun's of his government. Reagan didn't need to hold guns to people's heads. When the Cuban government's guns are put aside we'll learn the people's true opinion of Fidel.

Comment Re:"Historic thaw"? (Score 1) 279

Freedom worked so well in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria...

Cubans have a western culture more compatible with democracy, like the other peoples of the region. You cite countries where the people often have a greater loyalty to local tribes.

Comment Re:Goes conservative on gun control (Score 1) 385

One of the few things the liberals get correct is that one should not leave them laying around loaded. They should be stored safely under lock and key. Once locked up the children are safe.

That then demolishes the argument that they are required for self protection against burglars.

No, there are lock boxes that can be open rather quickly and in the dark.

Comment Re:And yet it leans conservative sometimes ... (Score 1) 385

In this case the conservative side is more fact based and less appealing to emotion and placebo "solutions".

that is itself a biased and not factually accurate statement.

"Assault weapon" and "high capacity magazine" bans are placebos, they make some feel better but do little to nothing to enhance safety. "Normal" semi-auto rifles and pistols are as deadly or more deadly. Low capacity magazines would not have been exhausted in most criminal attacks, plus they can be exchanged so quickly there really is no additional opportunity for flight or defense.

Short of banning nearly all firearms, including many hunting and target shooting rifles "banners" claim they are not after, there will be no effective bans.

Where "reformers" are correct are in areas of background checks, safety instruction and safe storage. Things that many firearms owners already support.

Comment Re:Goes conservative on gun control (Score 1) 385

To be honest, I've never managed to figure out what the facts on gun control really are. I do know there are an unusually large number of idiots on both sides of the debate, such as "ban scary-looking guns" or "we can overthrow the government".

In short there is denial that nearly all problems can be solved by keeping firearms and ammunition locked up, and by having owners receive even modest safety training for when the preceding are not locked up. Plus of course some screening of owners for mental deficiency and criminal behavior.

When delving into the common placebo solutions involving "assault weapons" and "high capacity magazine" bans. The proponents are ignorant of the cosmetic and ineffective nature of such bans.

Comment Re:Goes conservative on gun control (Score 4, Insightful) 385

The summary in fact offers an example where conservative websites are emphasized and it happens to be on a topic where the conservatives usually have the facts on their side. Gun control.

Most conservative "facts" when it comes to gun control are still based on the long-ago debunked statistical model of John Lott Jr. If the claims of conservative websites were true, countries like Japan wouldn't have a murder rate per capita that is less than 1/10th of the US nor would countries like Somalia with no gun control would have one that is nearly double that of the US.

Except for the fact that gun violence is more about a poor educational system and few to low quality job opportunities, and not so much about civilian access to firearms. Switzerland has a vibrant sport shooting community but they also have a good educational system, a good social safety net, etc. Plus firearms owners have had safety training and practice safe storage. What is going right in Japan and going wrong in Somalia has little to do with gun violence. Gun violence is a symptom of other problems. But to acknowledge this with respect to US gun violence would mean accepting decades of mistaken US policy and liberal politicians would rather not do that.

Comment Re:Goes conservative on gun control (Score 1, Interesting) 385

Which is an asinine argument because us normal people are trying to protect children from those damn things.

One of the few things the liberals get correct is that one should not leave them laying around loaded. They should be stored safely under lock and key. Once locked up the children are safe.

We're not the emotional ones. They're emotional and irrational since they love their guns more than their children.

Thank you for proving my point about liberals being delusional and emotional on this topic.

Comment Goes conservative on gun control (Score 3, Insightful) 385

The summary in fact offers an example where conservative websites are emphasized and it happens to be on a topic where the conservatives usually have the facts on their side. Gun control. Like it or not the facts from an engineering and historical point of view favor the conservatives. The liberal side of the argument seems mostly emotion and embracing placebo "solutions".

Comment And yet it leans conservative sometimes ... (Score 3, Insightful) 385

As the summary indicates the bias varies with the topic. Having a conservative bias on gun control suggests the engine is getting things correct. In this case the conservative side is more fact based and less appealing to emotion and placebo "solutions". So yeah, maybe the search engine page ranking is working fine.

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