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Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 475

"I suspect that IBM was involved in creating a national database of citizens. How said database was later cherrypicked and sorted was not up to IBM"

The author of a book about their role says otherwise, unsurprisingly

"Newly-released documents expose more explicitly the details of IBM’s pivotal role in the Holocaust — all six phases: identification, expulsion from society, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination. Moreover, the documents portray with crystal clarity the personal involvement and micro-management of IBM president Thomas J. Watson in the company’s co-planning and co-organizing of Hitler’s campaign to destroy the Jews"

IBM’s twelve-year alliance with the Third Reich was first revealed in my book IBM and the Holocaust, published simultaneously in 40 countries in February 2001. It was based on some 20,000 documents drawn from archives in seven countries. IBM never denied any of the information in the book; and despite thousands of media and communal requests, as well as published articles, the company has remained silent"

"The punch cards, machinery, training, servicing, and special project work, such as population census and identification, was managed directly by IBM headquarters in New York, and later through its subsidiaries in Germany, known as Deutsche Hollerith-Maschinen Gesellschaft (DEHOMAG), Poland, Holland, France, Switzerland, and other European countries.
Among the punch cards published are two for the SS, including one for the SS Rassenamt, or Race Office, which specialized in racial selections and coordinated with many other Reich offices. A third card was custom-crafted by IBM for Richard Korherr, a top Nazi statistician and expert in Jewish demographics who reported directly to Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler and who also worked with Adolf Eichmann. Himmler and Eichmann were architects of the extermination phase of the Holocaust. All three punch cards bear the proud indicia of IBM’s German subsidiary, DEHOMAG. They illustrate the nature of the end users who relied upon IBM’s information technology"

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 475

"Such political trolling really shouldn't even be dignified with a response, in general"
It's hardly trolling when these & other companies exert tremendous political influence and some have been complicit with government surveillance & overreach.
Let's not forget that many companies do the work of writing the actual legislation that gets passed. As such, they should be subject to scrutiny as much as any member of Congress.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 475

I think much of the modern radicalization of Islam is an outgrowth of interference from the West & the Soviets.
Iran in the 60s & 70s didn't look that much different from Europe at the time. Dresses above the knee, bare legs, Western hairstyles were hardly uncommon.

Similarly, male & female Egyptians wore about as much to the beach in the 50s & 60s as did Californians & Floridians

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 4, Insightful) 475

" It is their job, their purpose, to spread Islam and the Sharia law to every corner of the globe"
that certainly sounds ominous. But then one should take a look at the history of the spread of Christianity.
And the actions of America through its foreign policy & military. Or the actions of the colonial nations, Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, etc.

Comment Re:yeah.. (Score 0) 297

"Trump was crying like a 2 year old about everything (CROOKED, RIGGED, WAHH) was so unfair"

Check out his tweets from the night Obama beat Romney.
Trump was calling for a march on Washington, to overturn the election.
I particularly like the one where he calls the electoral college "a disaster for democracy"

Comment Re:When DNC loses vote, legal action follows (Score 2) 297

The GOP is a yuuuuge pack of pussies who can't decide whether to be grabbed by Trump now that he's going to be president or be a bunch of whiny little bitches when an orange self-promoting hatemonger with no moral center took over their party.
But it's okay, because he's a star. Here, have some TicTacs

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