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Comment Re:Not Selling stolen stuff (Score 1) 67

What other choice was there? Not take the deal and possibly end up with a life sentence along with the thousands of other non-violent offenders you folks have incarcerated? The U.S. justice system is completely broken. The lack of a victim in these "crimes" should rule out incarceration.

How a first-time drug charge became a life sentence for this mother of two

Update: President Obama granted Brant a clemency on Dec. 18, 2015, along with 94 other federal inmates. She was released from prison on Feb. 2, 2016
"I'm like, 'I didn't kill anybody,'" Brant told me. "They say, 'So what did you do?' 'Well, I was in a relationship with a guy who dealt drugs.' And they're like, 'That's it?' "
She's spent the last 21 years of her life behind bars on a first-time, nonviolent drug conspiracy charge.

Nobody in the history of Canada has ever been imprisoned for selling cannabis seeds. Strangely enough, when a U.S. citizen is caught selling illegal firearms across the border, your government refuses to extradite because it's not a crime in the U.S..


Comment Re:Not Selling stolen stuff (Score 2) 67

Were his crimes violent and criminal in nature, which would warrant extradition, or is this essentially a civil case?

I don't think that will make the slightest bit of difference. Marc Emery was extradited to the US for selling seeds. Something that thousands of people are selling in a large number of states with no repercussions. Not a single person existed to say they were even harmed by him let alone suffered violence. The American government abducted a Canadian who had never set foot in the USA let alone committed any crimes there and held him for 5 years alongside murderers and rapists.

Comment Re:Incomplete title... (Score 1) 399

We've reached a place and time where everyone you're going to talk to online is a bigot, whether they want to admit it or not. Even if they preach ideas like open mindedness and tolerance, nobody actually does. Accept that. I'm using the word bigot in a classical sense, meaning, intolerant of viewpoints other than their own. The media fuels this, and we all end up in a place where no reasonable political debate can happen at all. So why try? If you have to discuss politics on Facebook, do it in a group where you know people agree with you. If you have a friend who's a rabid hillary or trump supporter, and they're posting fake news, unfollow them.

Just, avoid the whole thing. Or, face the reality that you're going to have fewer friends. If you're in a general forum, and you say anything political, you're going to alienate somebody. If you take the step further, and you're a dick about it, you're going to have fewer still. Just look at the chaos that happens here on Slashdot, anytime anything political or divisive hits the main page. Is it really worth bringing that kind of crap home, to the people you know and love? I think not.

It's time for us all to be as enlightened as we claim to be, and drop the childish name calling, meaningless soapboxing, and be fucking human again.

The world is not ending.
You will survive the next election.
Shit, we survived Clinton, Bush, and Obama.


Comment Is Fiscal 2016 over with already? (Score 0) 100

Per the statement released by HP about SGI--

The company has approximately 1,100 employees worldwide, and had revenues of $533 million in fiscal 2016.

Have they already closed the books on 2016 earnings? Heck yeah they need to get bought. The hardware running their accounting software is literally more than a month faster than anything I've seen in the industry.

Comment Re:You need a water filter, ASAP. (Score 2) 166

I've owned a classic Big Berkey for about 10 years. The filters, while expensive, are the best of their class (gravity fed). You can see, taste, and smell the difference.

I don't know how impartial is, nor how rigid their testing methodology is, but the top of the line Berkey filters (the black plus the fluoride filters underneath) rank the highest on nearly every category. The systems were designed to filter questionable water in shitty, war-torn, 3rd-world environments, so they knock out pathogens, volatiles, and heavy metals.

Just because quacks may recommend a product doesn't necessarily mean it's snake oil.

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