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Comment Re:"Historic thaw"? (Score 1) 269

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. ;-)

That's quite a claim as JFK was the president who signed the embargo into law

President John F. Kennedy secured for himself 1,200 Cuban cigars just hours before enacting the Cuban trade embargo in 1962. Before signing the embargo, Kennedy requested his head of press, Pierre Salinger, to get him “1,000 Petit Upmanns.”

Salinger first made the revelation to Cigar Aficiando magazine in 1992.

Salinger recalled Kennedy summoning him into his office to see if he could provide "some help" in securing "a lot of cigars" by the following morning. In hindsight, it is evident that Kennedy wanted to stockpile the Cuban products before he banned their import.

http://www.irishcentral.com/ro...

Comment Re:Productivity not Security (Score 1) 122

If government workers actually spent all day working, we would need about half the number of them. This would cause mass lay-offs from the public sector, flooding the jobs market with unemployed people. This would cause a spiral of wage deflation, reduced spending power, declining tax receipts, spending cuts, leading to civil unrest, and ultimately the collapse of government and social order.

Let them have their cat videos.

To be fair I work in the private sector and I can't see much difference between your example and all of my work places.

Comment Re:Isn't that -more- expensive? (Score 1) 352

I often see this as an excuse for poor US broad band but the low population density is because 80% of the population live in urban areas leaving the about 18% in the Mid West and 1% in Alaska which is approx 10% of the whole USA more if you discount the 7% of area which is water.

http://www.getuwired.us/Small-Business-Web-Marketing/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Time-pop.-map.jpg

The USA has the 182nd greatest population density out of 244 which is low but Sweden is 196th, Finland 201st and Norway 209th. Why don't you have good broad band in the conurbations?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_territories_by_population_density

By the way the Pitcairn Islands are the 240th most densely populated country with a density of 3.09/sq mi vs 90.6/sq mi for the US

Comment Re:It's more of a statement about NYC (Score 1) 481

To be fair, South Africa is now the rape capital of the world.

Which is not to say that a system of racial oppression was to thank for keeping rape down, but rather to point out that strict policing can be associated with safer streets.

I am not sure that reports of rape on non whites would have been recorded during apartheid

Comment Re:It's an observation, not an argument (Score 1) 481

New York is directly comparable with London they are the worlds "first" and "second" cities both are very multi-cultural and have the widest possible spread of class and income.

Whilst the Metropolitan police are not the most beloved organisation especially with the poor and the black they can police the city without "means that are either quasi or outright intrinsically immoral"

London metro area pop 13 614 409 murders in 2012 89 Number of police 48,661 (31,400 police officers) NYC Metro area pop 19,950,000 murders 2012 419 Number of police 49,526 (34,450 police officers)

Comment Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 1) 146

To say that you should forfeit that right simply to board an airplane because airplanes didn't exist at the time of the Constitution is like saying I also forfeit that right when I walk out my front door because the type of concrete mixture in my sidewalk and the breed of grass grown on my lawn didn't exist at the time of the Constitution either. Perhaps I can't even get protection in my house either if I'm wearing shoes or socks, since I'm using the novel rubber-blend sole shoes and the nylon socks to "travel" around my house.

Shh don't give them any ideas

Comment Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (Score 1) 1198

and God actually said 'Thou shalt not kill'.

The correct interpretation is 'Thou shalt not murder'. A very significant difference. Besides, the Bible is full of tales of God telling people to kill someone, wipe out entire villages, towns and cities so obviously killing someone who has wronged society is not against Biblical doctrine (for whatever that is worth).

Are you suggesting that you have the same understanding of these situations as God?

Comment Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

Sorry I fat fingered a one word answer

Apple have a monopoly on Apple goods which can tie you into their ecosystem as easily as the Wintel ecosystem and they discontinue much earlier and less transparently.

Capita have a monopoly on school management systems and discontinued their original SIMS product in the mid 00s and forced an upgrade to SIMS.net

Nokia dropped symbian like a rock in 2011.

Cisco EoL IOS releases after 48 months from release or 12 months from last sale.

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