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Comment Re:What about her maid? (Score 2, Insightful) 733

Did you read the story? Clinton had a SCIF in her home. She sent her maid--who had no clearance--into the SCIF--to collect documents. At times, she even received the President's Daily Brief there, a document that is always Top Secret.

1) There's no way she could have not known that stuff coming into the SCIF was likely to be classified--that's the whole point of having a SCIF.

2) There's no way she could have not known that her maid was unauthorized to be in the SCIF or to be handling classified information.

Comment Re: Gold you say? (Score 1) 156

If Trump were elected (which I doubt) he could totally give China the middle finger, and maybe they'd stop buying any bonds in the future, but beyond that the US would simply continue to pay off its debts on schedule and everything would continue as it already has.

Except that it wouldn't just be China refusing to buy our bonds, but everybody. You don't get to default on that much debt and keep borrowing, and you don't get to stiff a specific bondholder without the others saying "hmmm, I wonder who's next."

Also, most bond debts are fungible and freely negotiable; if we refuse to pay China, China sells it on the open market and recoups most of its loss...if it can find a buyer (see credibility problem above).

Comment Re:Patent? (Score 1, Informative) 117

In addition, I really can't see most people building their own batteries of sufficient storage capacity to power a home during peak usage time. Maybe an "Almost Ready to Charge(ARC)" kit that you would just have to add electrolyte to before using.

I can't see even that much. Messing with house wiring can be dangerous, both to the user and to people down the line (literally). Just plugging it in and letting it backfeed could get someone killed; there's a reason generators have to be installed with a cutoff switch to prevent that possibility.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Is there anybody who makes significant use of hardcopies anymore?

Yes. We're called "lawyers," and nearly everything we submit to the court in my jurisdiction (Oklahoma) is done not only on real paper, but in triplicate at minimum (one for the Court, one for me, one for the other side; more if there are multiple parties, if the judge needs his own copy separate from the court file, etc.). PACER is all electronic in the federal courts (though some things still have to be retained on paper for audit purposes, such as bankruptcy filings), but e-filing hasn't come to my state system yet (we have one county, out of 77, working on a pilot program right now). Print, sign, make 2+ copies (I love my auto-stapler), have the clerk file-stamp all of the copies, and mail or FAX them to the other side. For pretty much everything we do.

Contracts, though not filed with the court, are done on paper. Wills are done on paper. Deeds are done on paper.

Paper isn't going anywhere.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 1) 157

I can't be bothered to click through on the rest of the Apollo missions, but the only Apollo astronaut I am aware of not reaching their eighties is Ronald Evans from Apollo 17. Basically the Apollo astronauts looks to be living *VERY* full lives if you ask me.

Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chafee; Apollo 1.

Comment Re:Its official, the FBI has become a joke. (Score 1) 1010

So intent is now needed to be prosecuted for a crime?

Mens rea is part of due process for imprisonable crimes. The only crimes without a mens rea requirement are strict liability offenses whose penalty is a fine, such as traffic violations.

True, but needs clarification. Mens rea means "an intent to do what you did," not necessarily "intent to break the law." If I punch you, not knowing that battery is illegal, I can't use lack of intent to break the law as an excuse. To support a finding of no mens rea, I'd have to make a claim that I didn't intend to punch you. A spastic tic resulting from a reaction to a medication would meet that, but "yeah, I swung my fist, I just didn't know it was wrong" wouldn't.

There's been no claim that Hillary didn't intend to run a private server; such a claim would be even more ludicrous than her initial denial of it (which could be a crime in and of itself--lying to the FBI; see, e.g. Martha Stewart). Moreover, the mens rea requirement for mishandling classified information has been defined down by statute to include negligence, so it comes closer to strict liability.

Comment Re:False alarms (Score 1) 263

In my area (greater Oklahoma City), the police do respond to alarms, though they're probably called by the monitoring company--I don't know of any (perhaps banks?) that go directly to the police. False alarms? You get one freebie; after that, you do get a bill for each one.

Comment Re:Immigration (Score 1) 1718

Perhaps the world should wake up and realize that the problem isn't muslims.

Wake up! The problem is islam. The ideology is toxic, dangerous and totally incompatible with Western civilization.

So rather than close the borders, close up islam. Close the hate-temples, forbid their religious practices, ban koran, just do not facilitate islam in any way. Stop allowing islam in our sociëty. World-wide. Those who can't live without it, will have to go find a country where it's allowed.

Have you heard of the First Amendment?

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