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Comment Re:First Ammendment (Score 4, Informative) 52

How can the State of California breach the 1st Ammendment. I was under the belief that the US Constitution said what the Federal government could do, and had no effect on the States themselves, which would each have their own constitution.

It used to be the case until the 14th amendment extended constitutional protection to all levels of government.

Comment Re:Whew! (Score 1) 438

not sure how some anonymous comment proved anything, much less how an entire half of the population thinks

It just proves how some idiot needs to bring Trump into EVERY conversation. I can open up five random articles on Slashdot, political, technological, or entertainment related and find plenty of Trump-fights.

Comment Re:What makes this special? (Score 1) 222

Hey, just because you think it's a long walk to the grocery store, doesn't make that any more of a absolute yardstick.

Tell that to a quadriplegic. The back yard may be closer than the grocery store but that still doesn't mean he's gonna get there any time soon. Without the wheelchair and a motor or someone to push, all distances greater than zero are out of reach.

Comment Re:Names for 7 planets orbiting a red dwarf star (Score 3, Interesting) 222

How about: Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Grumpy?

That's appropriate because by definition, they are dwarf planets, even if bigger than Earth. There are only 8 "real" planets according to the rules makers. Nothing orbiting a different star can qualify, according to the hastily made rules designed to exclude Pluto. But you can call pretty much anything that doesn't qualify a dwarf planet.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 438

To be fair, the Russians had been allies with the NAZIs before they were enemies. They took the biggest beating in WWII because they _deserved it_.

To be fair, the Nazis had a lot of sympathizers in the USA as well, and it wasn't until around 1940 with the fall of France that popular support for them waned. While the horrors of the concentration camps and the ovens were not known of outside of Germany until the War, the Eugenics movement was quite popular in America in the early 20th Century. The America First Committee which demanded non-intervention in Europe was quite popular and excoriated FDR for trying to push the US into war with Germany (though they didn't care so much whether the US went to war with Japan). When the Japanese attacked the US at Pearl Harbor and the US and Japan were at war, Germany was required to declare war due to the Tripartite Pact, which stipulated that any country at war with one Axis power was at war with all three. It's possible (but maybe not that likely, but still possible) that if the Tripartite Pact hasn't forced Germany to declare war on the US that they might have remained neutral with each other, and the US would have contented itself with just the war against Japan.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 438

Syria is the example of what the global future looks like, where a government decides to give the middle finger to its citizens and easily hold power no matter how many revolutionaries are attacking.

I would not say Syria is that typical, given that the rebels made a number of gains before the Russians came in and bombed the hell out of them and their cities in a Total War.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 0) 438

Food is fairly inexpensive, you typically see all kinds of poor people who suffer from obesity.

That's because "food" is cheap, but "healthy food," can be quite expensive. Many of the hispanics who pick produce suffer from diabetes because while unhealthy beans and rice are cheap and plentiful, on their subsistence (or worse) wages, they can't afford the very vegetables and fruit that they harvest.

Comment Re: 3 years probation (Score 1) 204

What a well-spoken AC! But...

she now lives in a certain city area code. when she calls 911 on her cell phone, and the cell phone location shows she is 50 miles away, they should suspect it's a fake call.

Is this still the case when you use a TTY relay for the hearing impaired, as happened with the call that sent the SWAT to Kreb's?

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