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Comment Bahrain didn't make the filter? (Score 1) 528

Seriously, she was Secretary of State. Any mention of a foreign government, country or place should have not been deleted. In fact, nothing should have ever been deleted. She could have put them in escrow and allowed an arbitrator, like a judge, decide what should or shouldn't be released.

She broke the damn law and got away with it. If that makes you happy then really there is nothing to discuss with you.

Comment Re:Twitter isn't interest in stopping trolls unles (Score 0) 637

At the university level they don't, although in High Schools there are many statutory rapists. I predict that is the next front in the lefts war on values. Allowing 5 year olds to choose their gender and sexuality is the obvious first step. The not so slippery slope from there is that they be allowed to act on their sexuality, as they are already fighting to allow them to act on their gender re-assignment. To the left, they won't be rapists, they will be heroes allowing little johnny and jenny to fully explore and embrace their sexuality which the evil right would want to suppress.

When gay rights became a thing, many argued that it would end up in our public schools, only to be called trolls. My 6 year old is already being taught these things and we live in Texas. Her teacher lives across the street.

How many statutory rapists are currently on the Los Angeles School District pay roll protected by their union from even being fired? As California goes...

Comment Butthurt Brigade (Score 1) 407

They will gleefully call out Matt Damon for staring in a movie about the Great Wall of China, declaring it is 'yellow face' even if he is not playing an Asian (I don't know, I'm guessing). But ignore an all-black Hamilton musical or an all-female Ghostbusters. They would never ever consider saying 'white face' or 'dick face', but those would be equivalent terms.

Straight white males are free game in today's society.

Comment Re: The basest, vilest (Score 1) 1017

If they did release them it would be the best course of action for everyone, except Hillary. It would prove that her personal email server that she used as Secretary of State was compromised. It would maybe force people to ask more questions like 'Did former Secretaries of State use private email servers or did former Secretaries of State use private email?'. Those are two different things, in case you were wondering.

Trump did not invite the Russians and Chinese (as he later mentioned) to hack, he asked them to expose the hack. Something our FBI couldn't do, even after the fact. Grandpa Pinetta and the other pin heads in the DNC and at the DNC in Philly, can't figure out that talking about this is awesome. Maybe this will force Hilliary to have an unscripted press conference. She can talk about wiping her server with a rag. It was in the bathroom, so it probably needed it.

Comment Authoritarian governments (Score 0) 983

Like Cuba, Russia, China, Venezuela, etc, are run by leftist Marxists not conservatives. Liberals love Cuba and used to love Venezuela, not so much since it collapsed under its leftist ideals.

Islam is also an authoritarian form of government and that aint Western Conservatism. All the rest are petty tyrants. Conservatives are about rule of law and self determination. The only authoritarian governments that are rightist in any way are South American juntas, which have mostly disappeared and African warlords. Neither of which are Western style Conservatism.

But, but, but you stammer, we build roads and bridges and, and, and Scandinavia! There are probably more Scandinavians in America then in Scandinavia. You'd think so if you ever saw the US play Norway in soccer in the USA.

Comment Don't hate gays (Score 2) 404

Just don't think they should be able to coop the term marriage. They can have all the same rights, just call it something besides gay marriage. Also think husband and wife should be used for a man and a woman exclusively. Be creative, come up with some terms that won't confuse everyone when you bring your wife Bob to the family reunion. Most people supported civil unions but that wasn't enough. Now people are being sued for not baking a cake.

I'm also against the current argument that transsexuals can choose the bathroom they feel most comfortable using. I do support allowing people to change their sex, but it needs to be a legal proceeding. Otherwise, they may as well say anyone can use any bathroom, shower facility, etc because anyone at any time can say they feel like a person of the opposite sex. I don't hate gays, just don't agree with their agenda.

Same with Muslims, don't hate them, but not going to turn a blind eye to their religious and political tenants (Islam is both a religion and system of governance). There are lots of Muslim countries and they all seem to have serious issues with their non-Muslim neighbors. And there are Muslim insurgents in secular nations that are trying to turn those into Muslim countries. It is they that have divided the world into the part of peace (Islamic) and war (non-Islamic). They fight amongst themselves because Shia and Shite don't recognize the other as being proper Islam (and thus the other is in the region of war). I also don't like their stance on women and the wearing of the hijab, that they don't allow people to leave Islam (which is un-American), that they do not assimilate, that there are millions who support the tactics of terror, that they blow up and destroy historical and cultural artifacts (especially if they are of another religion), that the rules for their behavior changes if they are in the region of war (allowed to drink, lie, steal, have gay sex, etc if it is in support of Jihad) and I could go on. But I don't hate them, just want them to modernize and reform, which is unlikely cause apostasy is a death sentence in Islam.

BTW, all of your long posts about history are really insensitive. This Muslim inspired massacre occurred this week, not centuries ago.

Comment Re:People who say (Score 0) 240

A core component of the scientific method is convincing others that you are correct. So in that regard Mann, Hansen and Gore have done a good job. Another core component is matching theory to reality. On that regard, they have not done a good job. We are still awaiting the runaway warming predicted by Mann, Hansen and Gore. Still waiting for New York to be under water and the arctic to be ice free. Those are, for sane people, good things. Unless your livelihood depends on runaway global warming, in which case you continue to spout the same nonsense and hope that someday these things will come to pass.

As part of the 97% that believes that the climate is changing and that man is responsible for some of it, I try to keep up on the science as much as anyone. The difference is that I believe the heat trapping effects and lifespan of CO2 are low and that the feedbacks are not all positive. Compare that to M H & G who all believe the opposite.

Comment Re:Hillary vs Trump (Score 3, Insightful) 879

Hillary has no real accomplishments short of getting her husband and herself elected to numerous offices and then using those offices to make as much money as they possibly can. How much do they charge the secret service rent? Is it really enough to pay their mortgages? I bet it is enough to pay the average American's mortgage. Probably the average 10 Americans. How much do they charge to speak? How many foreign governments and companies have they taken money from? What exactly does their non-profit do besides pay for their travel expenses to speaking engagements?

She talks about giving the average American the same chances she had. How is she going to do that? Seminars on trading in cattle futures? Maybe how to setup a large scale chicken farm with her moneyed friends?

Her term as secretary of state was a disaster. She chose to intervene in Libya and not to confront ISIS. She made a big deal out of pressing a big red reset button with Vladimir Putin, who reset Russian expansionism.

As far as her policies, it would be better to look at whatever Bernie Sanders said two weeks ago. That's assuming she really means what she says and what the definition of is is.

Comment People who say (Score 1) 240

'You're either part of the solution or part of the problem' are the problem.

I'm so glad that the El Nino is fading. The Warmistas certainly enjoyed the last year. Finally some warming to talk about. Statistically it's rather small and insignificant, and they had to cool the past again, but it's there. Now they have their fingers and toes crossed hoping that the slight rebound in Artic ice will take a nosedive. Where's the next major conference? Somewhere nice I'm guessing.

Comment Re:And get off my lawn (Score 1) 702

Octavia wrote the first Sci Fi book I ever read, Patternmaster. Not particularly great, but I still remember the plot and the characters.

As far as Heinlein politics, I don't think they are consistent in his works. Starship Troopers was marshall law, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was ultra capitalism and Stranger in a Strange Land was kind of communal, hippie style. His characters had politics.

Comment A list of introductory books would work (Score 1) 180

Instead of asking what are the best works in all of sci fi, better to ask what are the best works of sci fi authors.

Heinlein: Starship Troopers, Moon is a Harsh Mistress (although for younger reader I would recommend The Rolling Stones or Orphans of the Sky)
Brin: Startide Rising, The Postman, Uplift Wars
Asimov: Foundation trilogy, I Robot
Cherryh: Cuckoo's Egg, Cyteen
Banks: Excession, Player of Games, Feersum Enjin
Niven/Pournelle: The Mote in God's Eye, Legacy of Heorot

It's still subjective, but you'll get a better list. If I am trying to find something new to read, I will look over the Hugo and Nebula nominees. Most of the time the same books will appear on both lists. I saw a couple of red flags on the sites listed in the summary. One had 'Consider Phlebas' as the only Banks book on the list. It's not a bad book, but I wouldn't say it was one of his best. Also, the same list had 'The Color of Magic' as the only Pratchett book. I definitely wouldn't recommend that as the first book to introduce someone to the Disk World series.

Comment Pournelle maybe (Score 2) 702

Read Stranger in a Strange Land or To Sail Beyond the Sunset and then get back to us. Heinlein, like every human ever, was a product of his times and a lot of his juvenile works (including Starship Troopers) were written as serials, often to specifications by the publisher. A lot of his later novels are not right wing at all.

It is the hubris of the living to cast shade on the morality of the past.

Comment And get off my lawn (Score 2) 702

Two of my favorite authors died recently, Pratchett and Banks. I still have about 5 Banks books, although none of them are science fiction. I have about 8 Pratchett books left. I'm not going to stop reading and saying there is a shortage of good authors is about stupid. I remember a flame war on the old SciFi Weekly site where some idiot said women can't write. I listed off about 8 women who can hold their own with any man, and I didn't even include Heinlein. The Sad Puppy website that someone posted didn't seem to have any overt political overtones. It seemed more like a bunch of nerds talking about what books they read that they liked. I'll probably go back and write some names down after I finish off the last of my Pratchett and Banks books.

I remember when the Hugo and Nebula would award the same book with their awards. I can't think of one book that did win that after reading didn't appear to deserve it.

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