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Comment Re:FBI Director [Re:And she gets away with it...] (Score 1) 1010

Or 18 U.S. Code 2071: (a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Comment Re:This is not in the least surprising (Score 1) 163

Exactly. I'm not sure why yet another study confirming this is a big deal, or why it's a big deal when people such as Larry Summers make statements that, yes, there are tendencies for gender differences when talking about brains on a general basis, even if you can't make a specific prediction about any one individual based on that general tendency.

Comment I Never Stop Being Amazed At Her Supporters (Score 2) 676

U.S. Code, Title 18, Part I, Chapter 101, Section 2071, Paragraph a: “Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”

Paragraph b: Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.

That's the law, right there - plain and simple. She should be barred from holding any office in the U.S., and yet her supporters constantly defend her regardless of the reeking corruption and criminality. I get that you won't vote for a conservative, but why don't you at least try to find someone who's not criminal?

Comment Re:A nice idea... (Score 2) 348

Nothing about the big-dig is associated with any "lowest bidders". Speaking as a Bostonian, the project was a massive demonstration of the sort of crony capitalism that runs on Beacon Hill, and especially within the various transportation departments. Massachusetts, for example, spends roughly 7 times per highway dollar as New Hampshire, and yet has far worse roads. It's all about kickbacks to cronies. http://reason.org/studies/show...

Comment Re:Marriage is about property and other rights. (Score 1) 564

Agreed. So make government civil unions about that, and "marriage" a definition churches or other organizations can apply to whatever they want. I see no good reason why any sort of family unit - such as someone caring for a disabled relative - shouldn't qualify for the property rights we currently grant to marriage.

Comment This article and discussion is precisely the point (Score 1) 299

Yes, many politicians and government officials are idiots - and no politician has the local knowledge that individuals in their specific circumstances have when making decisions - so even the smart politicians cannot be smart about the specific decisions their policies will force. Because of exactly that, the guiding principle of public policy and government needs to be to maintain as light a footprint as possible in society, and foster non-government or local solutions to exist wherever possible.

It always boggles my mind how much of the techie crowd, especially developers, advocate for big government solutions to problems. The first principle of good programming is probably that top-down, monolithic designs are a bad idea, and yet that's exactly what Federal government 'solutions' to most problems are.

Comment Re:Reserves isn't the only reason... (Score 4, Insightful) 745

Has he never heard of CO2? Why would any sane person want to burn all that and turn it into CO2?

Oh, yeah, profit. Fuck the Earth and all future generations, there's profit to be made! I can own sixteen mansions instead of twelve and have a bigger yacht.

Because the only people who make any money are the CEOs with the twelve mansions you mention? What about the tens of thousands of jobs that we could use in our economy, right now - or the fact that energy prices are climbing precisely when Americans are suffering through the toughest economic times since the 1920s?

Comment Re:Reserves isn't the only reason... (Score 0, Troll) 745

CO2 is a gas vital to all life on earth. The concentration is very minute, and its effects on global temperature are totally dwarfed by the dominant greenhouse gas, water vapor. The "climatologists" are politically and economically driven, not scientifically.

I love how this comment got instantly modded to troll, when it was simply pointing out some simple truths about biology, ecology, and politics.

Comment Re:Still too vague and too poorly defined (Score 1) 705

I take it you're happy with the way government agencies are currently running? And with the political leadership we've had these past, oh, however back you wish to go? Well, congratulations on being one of the few. Pretty much 90% of the country disapproves of congress, and just about every government agency you can grant initials to, or at least how they're performing their job.

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