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Comment Re: Trump is already a uniter (Score 1) 576

Giving people a ride on a bus to help them vote is not an act of fraud. Voter fraud does not exist. Massive voter defamation does.

Right now in NC the governor's election is still up in the air. The republicans won every election in the state overwhelmingly except the governor: mostly because the current republican governor is hugely unpopular. His bathroom bill has cost thousands of people their jobs.
Now there is huge charges of fraud being flung around with no evidence. Voter ID is a law there but student ID is not acceptable... wtf. The GOP there published a list of some 300 individuals names who 'voted in multiple states'. Just one problem: every single person on the list is innocent. No evidence was given against any of them. Many can actually prove their innocense and several are now suing the party for defamation.

Now why the hell would any party do that? Hell why complain of fraud when you overwhelmingly won every race except the one where you had a terrible candidate ?
Only one possible explanation: to convince useful idiot like you that massive voter fraud is a thing so you would support laws that prevent people excercising their legitimate votes.
These laws do not, nor are they intended to, prevent electoral fraud. These laws ARE electoral fraud.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

That pre-US anti-immigrant hysteria, as was prevalent in several native tribes, has the distinction if being the only example in all of human history that was true.
You said nothing to disprove my point though bevause I spoke if tradition. I said nothing about the law.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

Firstly it's 1.6 Billion - not 2.08 nice bit of exaggeration there.

Secondly if your contention is that the desire for theocracy makes Muslims unsuitable to be Americans - do you also extend that to the vast number of Americans who want a theocracy ? The dominionists as they refer to themselves? How do you feel about the fact that the senator from Texas is one ? And the new vice-president elect ?

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

Actually, many churches simply take it literally: that it's a christian duty to pay your damn taxes without grumbling about it.

I know that's how the church of my youth taught it. Government has a right to charge taxes regardless of whether they share your faith, you have a duty to pay those taxes and complaining about it is an act of rebellion which is specifically prohibited by numerous other passages in the new testament. The bible is pretty clear that the ONLY time a christian can disobey any law is if that law would demand they violate one of god's commands.

That by the way rules out supporting the Trump approach to immigration - since the bible gives very clear orders about how to treat immigrants (and makes no distinction between 'legal' or 'illegal') once the 'stranger' is 'in your land' your duty is to treat him as a brother. You don't get to kick him out because you don't like how he got there.
You don't get to help government do so either - that violates the order to treat the stranger in your land as a brother.

Building a wall doesn't violate any clauses I can think off... except all the ones in proverbs against being bloody foolish.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

>The ACLU does act against Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism, but I've never read of them daring to lift a finger against Islam

Because absolutely nobody has ever suggested erecting a quran on a plaque outside a state court.

It's ONLY unconstitutional if
1) Tax dollars fund it or
2) It's on public land (which includes government buildings).

If somebody DID try to declare the Quran their state book (as three red states tried to do with the bible last year) you BET the ACLU would get on that.

The rest of your post is filled with even more bullshit than that part.

Sorry, but if you get to judge the Qu'ran by any particular passage you grab out of context, I get to assume all Christians are in favor of slavery, believe in killing people by stoning if they work on a Sunday, will force their daughters to marry their rapists, maintain the right to sell said daughters into slavery - and believe that eradicating all people of different faiths is their religious duty, as was given to Israel before they arrived in the promised land (a duty they took very seriously as they set out on a path of destruction, war and genocide against all the many peoples who once lived there).

All THOSE things are called for in the Bible as well. Hell go read the story of Dinah in Genesis - nice ending that. Let's slaughter an entire tribe, man women and child... at a fucking peace summit !

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

In a nation made up of 100% immigrants it's imposssible to be a 'traditional' member of that nation and not also support 100% open borders (which, contrary to Trump's claims, means basically no politician in the USA at all meets the criteria for 'traditional' American, but then very few citizens do).

To support the OPPOSITE - to want hugely restricted immigration (even on religious grounds), to turn away refugees fleeing for their lives, to want to deport millions of people - even when that means tearing appart families because some members are citizens... that is as far removed from 'traditional' as any American can ever be.
It's an anti-American as you could possibly become.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 588

>Tracking religion is not so much evil as stupid
These are not mutually exclusive things - it is not one or the other, it's both, and it's not less evil for being stupid. It's of course a flagrant violation of the constitution but Trump has proven over and over that he neither knows nor cares about that document and clearly has never read it. Hell he doesn't even know how many articles it has - because when he was trying to brag about how seriously he take the constitution he claimed the wrong number he was wrong by 90%.

> if religious works promote criminal activity, they should be banned or at the very least be made illegal to distribute to minors.

That is every religious book ... ever.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 2) 588

You people watch too much TV and read too little.
The print media DID find the evidence and published expose after expose that, every time, detailed with explicit evidence scandals that make the worst concerns about Clinton look insignificant by comparison - including detailed evidence of extreme racism in his businesses, of large scale fraud, bribery, corruption and consorting and dealing with hostile powers.

Most of those stories got exactly zero airtime on TV. The Washington post did a brutal story with detailed proof of extreme corruption in the week before the election - and it got no airtime at all, James Comey made for better ratings.

Stop watching the news. Start reading it again. Print media is nothing like TV news. It has a code of ethics, it has a demand for proof, it has constraints against wild conjecture.
And no - not "read some random website" - old fashioned, real, newspapers (even if you read them online) - the kind that will get successfully sued if they can't back their stories up, the kind that exposed Watergate.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 588

> It fits into a broader narrative in which Trump represents the second coming of Hitler, and everyone who does not unconditionally reject him is a neo-nazi.

A narative that is absolutely and objectively true on every single metric. Though, just like with the first coming of Hitler, most of the NAZIs don't yet know they are NAZIs.

Here is the list of things Trump and Hitler do NOT have in common:
1) Trump has no mustashe
2) The Drumpf family is German, The Hitler family was from Austria (it no longer exists, all the Hitlers in Germany and Austria changed their names after the war).
3) Hitler could paint.

That is it. Every other thing is EXACTLY the same. Hell this very topic is about the creation of a registry to track people of a particular faith: one of the very first Nuremberg laws.
If you think that there is any way that Trump is NOT EXACTLY like Hitler and his election is not a prime example of how a formerly free nation succumbs to fascism - then you are quite ignorant about at least one of these three things.

http://www.nybooks.com/article...
http://www.slate.com/articles/...

I can't list all the things Trump and Hitler have in common in a slashdot post- I don't have the several hours it would take to type it all out. But I've provided a complete list of the things they don't have in common, a valuable reference on what fascism actually is (and Trump meets all the requirements) and a nice article that does list the most critical similarities, including in the behaviour of both the right and leftwing right now. The GOP behaviour right now mirrors EXACTLY the behaviour of the German conservative party after Hitler's strong election showing, the behavior of the democrats mirror the behaviour of the German socialist party to the letter. And the journalists and the people - they too are saying and doing exactly what they did.

But don't take MY word for it. The countries that have the most experience of fascism, that know exactly what it looks like when it begins - Spain, Germany and Italy have roundly and universally been warning you - we know this man, we know those speeches, they are the same ones, we know where they lead - do not fall for it.
America didn't listen... America has doomed itself to repeat the same pattern. For 8 years the right have lived in a panicked fear that Obama would declare Martial Law as a precept to becoming a Tyrant... quite a weird little fantasy to have about a politician who has governed on a centrist platform of non-controversial policies - and of whom the worst you can say is that he refused to do any radical things at all, yet you just voted in the first ever American president of whom it must be said that doing so would not only be believable but EXTREMELY likely.
Indeed, only a complete ignoramus at this point doubts that this was his plan all along.

One things that history has taught us is - when the politician says he'll do something terrible, ALWAYS believe him. Even a politician who lies about everything NEVER lies when he promises to be evil. Those are the promises they always keep and exceed. Do not trust your institutions to keep him in check.

There is only one, tiny, sliver of hope. The people marching against him in the street. The people protesting his ideas before he is even sworn in. Nobody did that in Germany when Hitler took office. That's new. That's different. It might change the outcome - but that is a hope, not a guarantee, and the best thing you can do to increase that hope is to get out there and join them. Those people have paid attention.

Isn't it interesting that comparing Trump to Hitler, and his movement to the NAZIs does not even violate Godwin's law ? Andrew Godwin himself has stated that it's an apt comparison. Simply put -the REASON we have Godwin's law - is so that when the time came to call Trump the next Hitler - people would realize how bad that is. It was there to prevent diminishing the horror of Hitler by comparing him to anybody before Trump. We need Godwin's law exactly so that it can NOT apply to Trump.

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 121

>I have noticed that Adobe Flash is no longer doing the "install MacAffee" checkbox that's pre-checked, maybe they got enough complaints that someone with a conscience finally removed it

More likely McCaffee used to pay them to do it, and have stopped doing so - presumably flash's reduced popularity has made them rethink it as a good way to force yourself onto as many machines as possible. I never did think their guerilla marketing approach of pushing the demo on everybody was particularly ethical - but it probably made sense for them to only pay for channels via software people still actually install.

These days even windows users hardly ever install flash anymore, most don't use microsoft's browser anymore and the most popular ones (like chrome) come with sandboxed flash already bundled - and more secure than if you install it from adobe.

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 121

>No, we weren't tricked into upgrading the way some MS-users were. But that's a rather thin defense for any software-maker, which simply discontinues older versions — forcing users to upgrade or remain open to security and other bugs.

Honestly - there are some problems with this story.
Firstly it was needed, KDE3's tech had reached a dead-end, there was no way forward there, to keep building a new base was needed. KDE4 had to happen, and it was in fact not significantly more different or incompatible to KDE3 than 3 had been 2 or 2 to 1 (I should know - I wrote one of the compatibility features - mine was a small addition but I worked closely with the team who spent their time doing huge things on that).

So what went wrong:
1) The Distros screwed up - KDE had to reach a point where the code base was stable (as in 'app developers can start using the API now') but that 'stable' was never meant to be mean 'ready for end users' - distro's misinterpreted it, and shipped the thing prematurely. The KDE4 that shipped had some terrible bugs, it was slow as hell, memory leaked frequently - it was not production ready, but it was ready to produce upon. You can't really blame KDE for what distributions did.
2) The resulting backlash was not handled well. KDE lost a huge deal of support and goodwill, partly because of bad communication at that time. It took years to recover - and I suppose KDE never really regained the same position it once held.

That said when Gnome had to make it's next major release - the same thing happened, arguably far worse and handled much worse too. Gnome effectively killed itself and almost no distro's ship it as default now. KDE is actually way better off today than Gnome - and it's largely because of that. So while KDE did not handle the transition from 3 to 4 as well as they should have, they did a lot better than Gnome did soon after. Ultimately the real issue is that during hte KDE3/Gnome2 years Linux had grown massively on the desktop (not relative to mac and windows, just relative to what it had been before then). Suddenly there were a very large contingent of users who were not programmers, who were not techs, who were not part of the original revolution. People for whom these changes (and the challenges they presented, especially in their early incarnations) were huge and highly disruptive: and there were far more of them. Neither of these desktops had ever dealt with trying to do a major version release on a platform that had large numbers of non-technical users. They had no experience of how to do that, how to orchestrate or communicate a release. And they didn't have microsoft's warchests either.

But part of what makes FOSS great is the way that horrible things can actually cause great leaps forward. The KDE problems had made Gnome the system of choice for almost all users. The subsequent Gnome issues, with KDE still misstrusted, created a vaccuum which allowed some fantastic desktops to blossom and become far more competitive than they otherwise would have been. Indeed, arguably cinnamon and mate would not have existed at all if not for that.
The same way that Oracle's terrible misshandling of OpenOffice.org gave us LibreOffice which is a massively superior product in every way (not least because there is no longer a single massive corporation with veto rights on every patch controlling features and fixes and design plans), and their screwing up of mysql gave us mariaDB, or even the way owncloud's fuckups gave us nextcloud.

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